Jun 7, 2013 ยท 1 minute

You can probably guess what I'm doing with my computer just by glancing at which applications I'm using. Google Chrome, Evernote, and Rdio usually signify that I'm writing. Pixelmator, GarageBand, or any member of the Adobe Creative Suite are typically reserved for those times that I've re-convinced myself that I'm totally artsy. Google Chrome Incognito mode with the lights off means... well, you get the picture. These apps are often opened in clusters and rarely used separately. So why should I have to launch just one app at a time?

Cupcloud thinks that I shouldn't. The service, which is currently available in a public beta, saves these clusters (it calls them "cups") of applications and makes them available across devices and computing sessions. Instead of launching these apps separately and then finding my place in each one -- opening a bunch of tabs in Google Chrome, finding the transcription of an interview in Evernote -- Cupcloud lets me save a session and then re-open it later with one click.

"Your work is not the same every day. And when I say work, I mean workflow, with the tabs you have open and the files you're using," says Cupcloud co-founder Kevin Yun. So he and two other co-founders decided to build a simple way to jump between workflows without any of the hassle. "You could do this through file storage services -- things like Dropbox and Google Drive -- but that still involves a lot of clicking and thinking about how different projects have different files, applications, and data associated with them," he says.

Cups are saved locally and via Amazon's Web services, Yun says, and beta users are able to save an unlimited number of cups at any time. After the service exits beta, it will operate on a freemium model, in which free users will be restricted to 30 cups at a time. Cupcloud is currently focusing on adding more advanced integration with other programs, such as the Adobe Creative Suite, and exiting beta; Yun says that the company, which has been boot-strapped until this point, is currently seeking funding so that it can build and expand the service at a faster rate.

[Image Credit: Pablo Ferreira]