New Cloud Storage Package launched – Amazon S3 + GMail

We’ve launched a new free cloud storage package that enables your to have a virtual cloud
file system based on a combination of Amazon S3 and GMail. In this free package you get
250 MB free on Amazon S3 and can also choose to store files on a GMail account. You can
see all files through the SMEStorage virtual file system.

The steps you need to take for this package are:

  • STEP 1: Register for the GMail + S3 package
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  • STEP 2: Activate your account
  • STEP 3: Login and go to My Account -> My Providers
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  • STEP 4: if you wish to Use Gmail as well as Amazon S3 add the Gmail provider
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  • STEP 5: Enter your GMail account information. We store this as encrypted information in
    our Database.
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  • This information is then authenticated against GMail
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  • STEP 6: Finally, you are ready to sync. If any files already exist in the GMail account they will be
    sync’d to SMEStorage cloud file system
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  • DONE !: You can now see the imported files available in the SMEStorage cloud file explorer.
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  • When you go to upload file to your cloud you now have the option to store them on
    SMEStorage S3 or on Gmail, and of course you can still encrypt files for each platform
  • Cloud Upload

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    New workflow rules for SME Cloud Files

    We’ve added some new workflow features for cloud files access through SMEStorage. You can now be notified of auto-updates if certain characteristics of a file changes.

    The way this works as follow:

    First click on the folder that you want to base your worfklow rules on:

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    Now Click on the Groups Tab and you will see some new icons, one of which lets you add some auto-sharing workflow rules.

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    Once you click on this you will invoke the workflow editor. From here you can choose to add details about the file(s) that you want to monitor and to which part of the file this applies to i.e. the filename, extension or description. You can see from the screenshot below that the ‘MyDocs’ folder we selected earlier is used as the base container for the rules. Additional to this you can decide whether the rules only apply to this folder or also include sub-folders of ‘MyDocs’.

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    Whenever any new files or changes to files are made that invoke the rule, you will be notified. For example if you choose to monitor all files that have the extension .doc, when a new doc files is uploaded to a folder you will be notified. Alternatively you could be monitoring any file title that has the word “scan” in it’s title. Again as soon as anything is uploaded in this folder (or sub-folders) that has the word scan then you will be notified.

    If you work in teams and want to be notified when others amend files or upload new files then you should find this functionality useful.

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    Encrypt your Cloud files

    We have now added encryption to the platform. This enables you to encrypt your uploaded files using SHA-1 encryption. The way this works is:

    Firstly, when you click on upload and you will see a new option to encrypt sensitive files

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    If you click the encrypt link you will see a screen where you enter a passphrase. This passphrase is used to encrypt the files and is needed to download and view the files. It’s very important you make a note of the passphrase as we do not store it on the server

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    When you download a file that has been encrypted you will be asked for this passphrase.

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    We have added this feature at the request of some of our users who handle client data that they want to ensure is secure.

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    New version of Firefox Plug-In

    The latest version of the Firefox plug-in (0.39) for SMEStorage can be found here. It uses the new uploader API and works much better for large files. If you have chosen to use your own Amazon S3 keys or our platform or Gmail as your storage cloud you can use the Firefox plug-in to batch upload/download files, as well as share files or send to business groups that you have formed.

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    SME New API Manual

    We’ve released another update to our API manual. This incorporates the new uploader API changes, email backup, and our an API for our forthcoming Fax integration.

    This API is what we use to design the tools and add on’s you use, from the iPhone Web Application to the Windows File Explorer and Microsoft and Open Office Add-In’s.

    You don’t need to worry about any provider we support, this API sits on top of that. Right now the two storage cloud providers we support are Amazon S3 and Google GMail, although we will be announcing several more soon. This API provides a real file system on top of these providers as well as offering all sorts of functionality such as sharing files, making files public etc.

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    Amazon Import / Export on all accounts

    In the recent batch of changes we also snuck in an Amazon / Import export for all accounts. This means that if you have a SMEStorage Account and you want to import your files to your own Amazon then you can. Alternatively if you want export your own Amazon S3 Account files to SMEStorage you can.

    And of course you can do combinations that involve AOL XDrive and GMail now also.

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    SME now supports Google Mail for Cloud Storage

    The SMEStorage platform now supports Google Mail for Cloud Storage. What does this mean ? It means that when you establish a Google email account and pair it with SMEStorage you can use the Google email account for file storage and data access via the SMEStorage platform.

    All files stored will be able to be used with the SMEStorage Windows File Manager, iPhone, iGoogle, Facebook etc, and can be integrated with Microsoft Office, Open Office, Zoho Office, iPaper, and Picnik for imaging editing etc.

    As we provide a consolidation layer and API on top of cloud storage platform, this means you can do some really cool stuff like import your Amazon S3 files to Google, or export your Google emails and files to Amazon S3. As we also support AOL XDrive, you can also import your AOL XDrive files to Google.

    Here is how to start:

    1. First Establish a Google Account

    2. Next Register for a new SMEStorage Account. Make sure that your register for the GMail package. Once you have validated your account, login and enter your Google details. If you have existing emails and file attachments in your account these will be imported. It can be a good idea to start a separate Google Email account for your stored files if you want to use Google email as your cloud storage

    3. Next Enter your Google Details.

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    These details will be checked and then you will have the option to save the details. If you choose to save them they will be encrypted and saved. If you choose not to save them you will have to enter them every time you access your SMEStorage account.

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    Once you click continue you may have to wait a while if you have a lot of files / email as SMEStorage syncs with GMail. If this is a new GMail account you have just created then this step will be quick.

    That’s it ! You can now upload files to Gmail via SMEStorage. All your files will be stored in GMail and accessible also via the GMail platform.

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