The first independent release of the SMEStorage file Manager is now released and available for download on the OpenOffice.org extension site.
The extension enables you to open and save files directly to/from your primary SMEStorage cloud, be that Amazon S3, Gmail-as-a-Cloud, Email-as-a-Cloud, FTP-as-a-Cloud, Box.net, MobileMe, Mosso CloudFiles, WebDav Cloud, and now MIcrosoft Live SkyDrive also ( next post).
Once installed you will see a new SMEStorage toolbar which you can then use to open and save documents to your cloud of choice.
The extension currently works only for OpenOffice on windows but if enough people request it, we will also enable it to work on other OS’s also.
A SMEStorage account is required to use the plug-in.
You can view a video demo of the Plug-In on YouTube.
This plug-in is again based on our Multi-Cloud API.
Update: For those who had an issue saving file, please see this support thread.
We continue to add new features to the platform, often at the request of users, and the newest is the ability to share files that have been set to public over RSS feeds. For quite a while now user have had the ability to share public files. An example of such a feed can be found here. This is the RSS feed for these public files which are shared via Amazon S3.
RSS for files supporta all the Clouds SMEStorage supports i.e. Amazon S3, RackSpace Cloud Files, MobileMe, Box.net, Gmail, Email, FTP, Evernote, Google Docs, and any WebDav enabled cloud.
If a user clicks on a the links of the RSS item in the feed, the file will be downloaded.
RSS links are in the format:
The order can be ‘last’ or ‘popular’
For Example .
If a user or tag is ‘*’ then any user/tag is used (no filter with user/tag)
Also the link can be truncated if default values are used. For Example:
This shows all the latest files
This shows the the same as the previous example
This show the most popular files of all users
The shows the popular user files of a user called ‘TestUser’
This show the last files of a user called ‘Testuser’ with tag mp3
The default values are: order – last, limit – 100, user – * (all users), tag – * (no filter with tag)
Cool things you can do ? Well you could store all your files in your GMail account and then give access to them over an RSS Feed. Alternatively, if you are a company you could have an RSS link at the bottom of your email signature that gives access to white papers or product documentation for download. Or how about displaying the files you want to be available for download on your WordPress or Joomla CMS using the RSS plug-in’s they provide. If you come up with a unique use, let us know !
Today we released our Organisational Cloud Package. This is specifically for businesses who want to take advantage of Cloud Storage. The Organisational Cloud package supports Amazon S3, Mosso Cloud Files, Box.net, Email-as-a-Cloud, Private Cloud, and GMail-as-a-Cloud.
Specific features are:
– Mix and Match Cloud Providers and view all your files from all providers in one File System
– Use one or more Cloud Providers between as many users as you prefer. We offer 5 and 10 user packages but ask us if you want more than this.
– Administrator can invite and manage users, decide which clouds are used, is responsible for public organisation folders, and can monitor logs.
– Use your preferred client – Web, Firefox plug-in, Windows Virtual Drive (with explorer, shell and sync tools), iGoogle, iPhone
– Easily Backup or import from different Cloud Providers, which also includes Google Docs and Evernote.
– Integration with Microsoft Office and Open Office
– All Backups can be scheduled to happen in real-time or offline at a specific time each hour,day,week or month.
– Support automated emails backup using POP3 or IMAP with plug-ins available for Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express.
– Encrypt your files at any time using SHA-1 secure encryption. Only you have the private key so your files can be absolutely secure.
– Incorporate your own Private Organisation Cloud using a simple FTP Server. This can be used to access files in the virtual file system or even backup from private to public cloud or vice-versa.
– Web platform offers integrations with Zoho Office (create documents directly in the cloud), Evernote, Google Docs, Picnik (inline image editing), ScribD (view PDF’s and other documents), and Twitter (file share using Twitter or be notified of users sharing files with you)
– Rich Collaboration, document workflow and file sharing features.
– Sophisticated Filter mechanisms to deal with large volume of files