"Save to Nextcloud" would change the game!


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Roland Taylor
published Dec. 14, 2018, 11:14 a.m.


This isn't a news story (yet), but know knows, some day it may be!

I have an idea, and it's one that could really "change the game" of the personal cloud. It was inspired by a single button, which I've never really paid much attention to until now.

Save to dropbox button

That's the "Save to Dropbox" button that you'll find on TinyPNG. You'll probably also find it on numerous other services on the web.

But what you'll rarely find, is a standard, universal "Save to Nextcloud" button, which is what I'd really need, and what got me thinking. What if there actually was a standard, server agnostic, "Save to Nextcloud button"? It would certainly make my workflow a lot easier.

Currently when I use services like the same TinyPNG, I have to save whatever it is I'm downloading to a folder on my hard drive, and then it gets passed on to the cloud via the Nextcloud Client. However, this workflow could be a lot smoother, if instead of asking to save to my hard drive, it asked to save directly to my Nextcloud instance. Taking this concept further, it would be even cooler if it could load files directly from Nextcloud, process them, and return them to the server after the compression has been completed.

Of course, the basic framework needed for such a feature already exists, and all it would take is for someone to build a plugin to make this all possible. In fact, Nextcloud already supports federation, which allows you to share files between servers and Nextcloud instances with little hassle. A "Save to Nextcloud" button could, in theory, use server federation to allow you to save files from any service without needing to sign in, or even have an account on that platform.

Yet, obviously, since I'm writing this and you're reading it, such a thing doesn't exist yet (at least not as far as I know). So, which brave soul (or souls) are going to make this vision a reality? I would, but I'm not proficient enough with PHP at the moment to delve in and bring the vision to life quickly. Maybe some day, however, I will.

In any case, picture a future where you can load and save directly from/to your Nextcloud instance on any service you use - even when you're browsing the web in an internet cafe or a kiosk, or maybe using the employer provided computers at work. I think that would be a game changer, and I'd love to see it happen!