Using SME Multi-Cloud Explorer with Ubuntu

One of our users recently pointed out to us how they are using the SMEStorage Multi-Cloud explorer within Ubuntu. The explorer is one component of our windows tooling that is installed. The explorer itself is a dedicated .exe file so that makes it compact an easy to run when using virtualisation libararies such as WINE or Crossover.


Ubuntu provides support for WINE within its additional applications. To intalle support for Wine in Ubuntu you need to add the Wine Package:


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Once Wine is added Just double clicking on the explorer file will launch it using the WINE virtualisation.


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The Explorer can work with the Following clouds (depending on your package):


– Amazon S3
– Mosso Cloud Files
– MobileME
– Box.net
– WebDav enabled Clouds
– GMail-as-a-Cloud
– Email-as-a-Cloud
– FTP-as-a-Cloud (Private Cloud)


A single version of the explorer without having to install the entire suite on windows to extract it can be downloaded here.

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New site features

We’ve made some upgrades to the site over the last week or so. The first change was upgrading the way that we deal with Tags. You will notice a new Tag Explorer that has much more features and is integrated into the site so that you can easily add existing tags to files:


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We’ve also added search as a dedicated tab within the File Manager. You can also save your searches for future use:


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We’e also tidied the file manager, and made some other small changes to the interface.

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Back up your contacts to the Cloud(s)

As part of some new changes on the SMEStorage web platform (more of those in the next post) we have introduced contacts as data that you can back up to the cloud platforms we support.


In the SMEStorage explorer bar you will now see a Contact root Node:


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When you click on this node you will see two new icons in your SMEStorage explorer Bar:


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The first icon gives you the ability to backup contacts from over 50 email and social sites that provide contacts:


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Once your contacts are imported (and you can back them up to any cloud that we support (which includes Amazon S3, Mosso Cloud Files, Box.net, Gmail-as-a-Cloud, Email-as-a-Cloud, FTP-as-a-Cloud, MobileMe, and any WebDav enabled cloud) they are stored as VCard files, and as they are treated as files you can mark them as favourites, share them over email, or Twitter etc.


You can also edit each contact and add extra information or more fields:


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Once your contacts are imported you can create contact groups and sub groups and organise your contacts. All your contacts and contact groups are integrated into the site so if you want to share files over email or from business groups when you start typing the first letters your contacts will popup for your to insert.


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Multi-Cloud Storage API

All our client tools are developed using the SMEStorage Multi-Cloud API. It has been used to develop our iphone web client, Windows Tooling, Firefox plug-in, iGoogle Widget, Facebook Widget and more. It provides an abstraction against several storage clouds and features:


– File like system for manipulation
– Services, such as Email Backup, Send to Twitter, Create Business Collaboration group, email share, and many more


The API manual can be downloaded from Google Code and it is our intention to keep providing code examples. Currently on the site there is a .Net code example for creating a MS Office toolbar plug-iin which will work against all the clouds SMEStorage support. We will follow this soon with PHP examples and XCode / Cocoa examples.

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Using Amazon S3 or Mosso Cloud Files with Sharepoint with SMEStorage

We’ve got a couple of clients using our LIfetime Cloud package (which enables users to mix and match Amazon S3, Mosso Cloud Files, Box.net, Gmail-as-a-Cloud, Email-as-a-Cloud, FTP-as-a-Cloud, MobileMe, and Webdav clouds) to integrate with Microsoft Sharepoint to enable them to:

  • Access Sharepoint files via SMEStorage clients, such as the iPhone client.
  • Automate Sharepoint backups to any of the cloud providers they choose from their Lifetime cloud package, such as Amazon S3, Mosso Cloud Files etc.


  • To access Sharepoint they use the WebDav provider. Once the WebDav provider has been added as a Cloud Provider (from My Account -> Packages) you need to enter the following details:

  • Enter the URL of your SharePoint site (ex. http://sharepoint.yourdomain.com/) as your WebDav server host
  • Enter your SharePoint login credentials as your username and passsword
  • Enter any folder path
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    Once you have done this you can choose whether to sync the metada from the files and folders held in Sharepoint to SMEStorage and then you will also be able to access the files through the SMEStorage platform.

    After you have done this you can choose to do a scheduled background sync to another cloud provider such as Amazon S3. To do this go to MyAccount->Providers and choose to add a ‘New Provider‘.  Choose the Primary Providers as your WebDav SharePoint Provider and choose the new Backup Provider to be Amazon S3 (or whichever other cloud you wish). You can then choose how often you want the sync to occur i.e. hourly, daily, weekly.

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    That is it, you now have Sharepoint integrated with your SMEStorage account.

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