CloudApp is an advanced tool to take screenshots, record GIFs, and video. It also presents annotation and sharing options along with cloud storage support. The UI presents straightforward options to grab the important items, annotate them, and share them with your team members or any other person. This application’s main advantage is its simplicity – you never feel that the app interrupts your workflow. Is CloudApp worth trying on your desktop? Let’s discuss more the app in detail.
Features of CloudApp
Some of the interesting features of CloudApp are:
1. Record all the important things on your screen with or without webcam. If you want, you can also record device and microphone audio.
2. Instead of recording videos, you can create GIFs to explain the smaller things. CloudApp supports creating GIFs up to 1 min.
3. Screenshot the particular region or entire region of your screen and get a secure link to share the image with others.
4. Edit the screenshots and GIFs with the various annotation tools. Unlocking the premium version will provide more tools.
5. You can also upload the locally stored important files (videos, audios & GIFs) to your cloud storage for future access.
Pricing and Supported Devices
In terms of pricing, CloudApp is available in four different versions: Free, Pro, Team, and Enterprise. The features will vary from one version to another version.
|Free (Individual User)||–||–|
|Pro (Individual User)||$10/month||$96/year|
|Team (Minimum 2 users)||$9/month||$96/year|
|Enterprise||Contact the team||Contact the team|
While comparing with the free version, the premium version provides additional features like
- Unlimited recording time (90 seconds in the free version)
- Record videos in HD quality
- Create GIF up to 1 min (free version offers only 15 seconds)
- Upload file with size up to 1 GB (free version – 25 MB/file)
- Unlimited access to your files
In terms of compatibility, CloudApp offers native apps for Windows, macOS, and iOS. Apart from this, you can find an extension for the Chrome browser. Linux users can download this tool as a Chrome extension. PC users can download the installer file from CloudApp’s official site. Whereas, the iOS users can install it from their App Store.
How to Use CloudApp
Before installing the app, head to their official website, and create a free user account as you can’t use this tool without signing in. If you want, you can also purchase premium plans for your account.
While launching the app for the first time, it will prompt you to enter the login credentials. After signing in, the app will open with options to
- Capture [Alt + Shift + 5]
- Record [Alt + Shift + 6]
- Annotate [Alt + Shift + A]
By selecting the capture option, you will have a cross-hair to select the required area. After choosing the area, the image will open on the editor. You can customize the screenshot with various tools, including arrow, line, oval, highlighter, rectangle, text, and more. On the top right corner of the corner, you will have the option to get a shareable link for your image. Select the drop-down located next to the Copy Link menu, and you will get options to
- Copy the image to the clipboard (CTRL + C)
- Save the file locally (CTRL + S)
- View the screenshot on browser
While recording the screen, the app will present options to record either full screen or selected region. You can also select whether to record to cam footage or not. Like that, you can select to record microphone/device audio. Select your recording format (Video or GIF) and click Start recording.
The app will record the screen with a 3-seconds count down. After recording, click the Finish button, and the recorded video will open on the CloudApp. Unlike the screenshot, you can edit the video. From there, you can either save locally or get the sharing link.
All the screenshots and recordings will appear under the Drops section of CloudApp. By hovering the mouse over the file, you will get options to
- Copy sharing link
- Copy the file to the clipboard
- Open the file in the viewer
- Secure drop
- Share file via email
- Add the file to collections or favorites
You can also access those files on any device by logging into the web version (share.getcloudapp.com).
Things to Consider
Like most of the products, CloudApp also has certain drawbacks that you need to consider before purchasing it.
- The image editor lacks advanced editing options like watermark, blur, and a few more.
- You can’t edit the recorded videos with advanced tools.
- The tool lacks support to capture the scrolling web page or document.
- Despite having its own cloud storage, it lacks the ability to share the files on social media platforms and other cloud storage like Google Drive, Dropbox, and BOX.
Is it worth trying CloudApp? Definitely, Yes. It is more than handy to replace the built-in Snipping tool on your system. But if you want the above-mentioned features, you have to look for other apps.