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July 25, 2011

Splarchive – Save, Search, and Store PDF Files

Everyone could use a little more space, especially when it comes to online document storage. Luckily, Splarchive is a web-app that anyone can use to archive their files in a PDF format online. Once they’re archived, files can be searched for and retrieved on many different platforms, which makes it easy to get access to a document on the go from a mobile phone or an iPad.

If you can upload and attach a document to an email, then you should be able to start using Splarchive without any learning curve. New accounts come with 20mb of free space, so your storage needs shouldn’t be an issue from the get-go. The web-app actually takes your Word Document, Excel, and PowerPoint files and converts them into universal PDFs. This makes them both easy to preserve and easy to search for when it comes time to access those files in the future. Splarchive is “platform agnostic,” which means your PDF documents can be accessed and downloaded no matter what new hardware comes out or what new file formats come into style. Documents that are stored with Splarchive are encrypted in a way that makes them so safe and private that even Splarchive can’t access them without first obtaining your approval.

For business users, Splarchive offers an upgraded Pro plan that comes with cloud migration, cloud backup, and custom software services. Companies that use Google Apps, Apple, or Microsoft for business purposes can sign up for Splarchive as a way to make their current archiving and storage systems run even more efficiently. Splarchive can be especially useful for doctors and other professionals who want to store patient records online without losing ownership, control, or possession of their most vital data.

Practical Uses:

  • Protect yourself from hard drive crashes by storing files in the cloud
  • Get access to all of your documents from an iPad or iPhone
  • Archive files you may need to access again in the future
  • Search for keywords in the text of the files you’ve saved

Insider Tips:

  • All files are converted into a universal PDF format for storage
  • Splarchive Pro is available for small to medium size businesses
  • Each Splarchive user has his or her own individual “cloud”
  • Archived Splarchive files can still be access even if the software originally used to create the file is no longer supported

What we liked:

  • People can email their files to Splarchive to automatically be archived
  • Archived files can be searched by keyword
  • Splarchive can create cloud back-up solutions for businesses to ensure data will always be available regardless of which software vendors have gone offline
  • Files in almost any format can be emailed to a special Splarchive address to be archived in the cloud

What we didn’t like:

  • It takes time after a file is sent to Splarchive before it shows up in a user’s account
  • Splarchive has limits on the file sizes that can be uploaded for users with free plans

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Company Info:

  • Launched: 2011
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Los Angeles, California
  • Founded by: Art Holland and David Vogler
  • Web site: http://splarchive.com

Costs:

  • Free accounts for individual users
  • Prices vary depending on needs for Pro accounts