Review: Direct.ly provides real-time remote access to your computers via mobile

Access your Mac or PC on the go or via the cloud with this app.

Direct.ly takes advantage of the growing trend to compute on the go by providing a real-time link between a PC/Mac and an iOS device. By giving you access to your hard drive on any computer with the Direct.ly app installed, you can easily see everything you have on your computer, not just in your cloud storage folders. This is a great tool and it works quickly and effectively, despite some serious setup difficulties.

Despite how well Direct.ly works, you must first set it up, and that takes time and patience. After signing up, registering your account, and connecting via Facebook (if you so choose), you must then install a desktop client and then set that up. From there, you must link the two to be able to see your files--all told it can take as long as 10 minutes to get everything running, depending on your configuration. From there, however, the rest is very straightforward. Direct.ly doesn't bury you with option menus--just a remote viewing tab to see your hard drive's file structure and a cloud tool to upload files into the cloud for later access.

Direct.ly, unlike costly cloud storage tools, makes accessing your files on the go as easy as leaving your computer on. It's faster than other remote viewing tools and it even integrates cloud tools so you have the option for a two-way transfer. Other than a troublesome setup process, everything about the app is designed for ease of use--a great tool in many situations.

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