We’ve submitted the iPad version of iSMEStorage to the Apple App Store. We don’t want to say too much about this until its approved but you can it really does add something to the iPad as you can have up to 10 storage clouds in the palm of your hand. As soon as its approved we will publish a fully featured post, but in the meantime there are some images below to whet your appetite !
For many of use in the office using Mac’s we’ve yearned for some tighter integration with SMEStorage and the Mac. You can choose to use the Windows explorer via Crossover or WINE with the Mac and it works nicely, and you can also use the Firefox plug-in which also works really well, but having OS level integration is always nice.
Snow Leopard has enhanced the integration of the automator services into the OS which makes it much easier to provide contextual functionality.
Using this method there is now available an add-in for users of SMEStorage to be able to upload their files directly from the Mac to their chosen cloud of choice (and we now support over 10 storage clouds), and after the file has been uploaded a unique link for the file will be copied to the clipboard.
You can view a video below that show this working with Google Docs:
We did some updates on the Mobile SMEStorage web client so that it now uses our API (it was designed pre our API) and so now supports all the cloud providers that SMEStorage supports, namely Amazon S3, Mosso CloudFiles, Box.net, GMail Cloud, Email-as-a-Cloud, and of course combination of these such as Box.Net+Gmail or Amazon S3+GMail.
The final version of the Firefox plug-in for SMEStorage can be downloaded here. It fixes some small bugs and also now allows files to be shared using the plug-in and also for groups to be administered also using the plug-in.
To intall the Plug-In, download it and then either drag it onto the Firefox screen and release and it will auto-install, or choose file, open from the Firefox menu and locate the plug-in to install.
We have introduced a new feature that is currently in beta but that is live on the site. It allows you to set a file / files to be public. Once it has been set to public the files can be accessed from your public url which takes the format: http://www.storagemadeeasy.com/users/.
To set the file to be public just click on the file and then the share file icon (the icon to the very right of the file name). Choose to set the file to public and then click ‘Set’.
Once the file is uploaded if you go to your public files url as described above you will see the shared public files
You can tell that the file is now public as opposed to just shared with a Group as the box around the file has two red spikes comes from it that designate it as public.
We’re busy adding some more features to the SMEStorage website, which address the user requests we have been seeing in the last couple of months.
The first is the ability to get a download link for a file from the browser itself. Of course you can already shared a file with other people via the email feature, which allows you to select a file or multiple files, set an expiry date, and send them. We’ve had requests however for an easy way to get file links so that they can be embedded in blogs, etc. To that end we are putting in a new feature that gives you a unique link whenever you click on a file.
We are also continuing to tweak and add features the email backup service. This allows you to backup any email account directly to SMEStorage, whether it is secure or not. A couple of things that had been pointed out to use where timeouts with large Inboxes and the lack of anything visual as the emails are processes. Both of these will be addressed over the next couple of days, and we’ll do a more complete feature on the Email backup service when we have done the tweak.