SME iOS Cloud File File Manager app now with Touch-ID, Document Provider & Share extensions

The latest iOS SME client app version 3.13 released on the 25th March has been updated with very useful new features, following is a list of some of the main ones:

— Document Provider —

The new Document Provider feature makes SME Cloud available to other 3rd party apps giving easy access to your SME files.

For example, you can now import a file from a mapped SME Cloud into dropbox as follows:

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Turning your iOS or Android device into a wireless Flash Drive

This blog post title may seem a little strange given that Storage Made Easy promotes the use of secure cloud file share and sync but we understand that there are times when you simply want to bulk move files directly from a laptop or PC to be able to access them on the move.

A little know feature of the free SME iOS and Android Apps is that they have the ability to turn themselves into an FTP Server which can be wirelessly connected to from an FTP client on the same network.

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This allows files to be easily uploaded to the App in Bulk on each device.

From a security viewpoint you will still want to secure the files in the event you lost the device or the device is stolen.

On iOS the SME App can be protected by a pin, and the forthcoming release supplemented by fingerprint Touch ID for devices that support it. Also If you turn on the device password for the iOS device then the SME App takes advantage of the encryption features build into iOS and all files are encrypted when the device is ‘locked’ or “at rest”.

On Android the SME App can also be protected by a pin but for additional security users should consider encrypting their device storage. You can read an article now how to do that here.

 

 

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Automating iOS Application Testing Part 1

There are popular frameworks for automating iOS testing like Calabash and Frank but they can only automate your own app which is very limiting. For example you can’t automate pressing the ‘Home’ button, switching to another app, going into airplane mode, rebooting the device, touching anywhere on the screen outside your own app etc

As a concrete example, the new version of the SME iOS client app that we are currently working on implements the Document Provider extension which allows other apps to open an SME document. To automate Picking an SME Document, you’d have to automate the host app which normally you have no control over.

The existing automation testing frameworks don’t provide the required control so a better solution is needed.

Gaining control of your devices

One way of gaining enough control of your testing devices is by jailbreaking them. With a jailbroken device you can SSH into it and run system commands.

To be able to SSH into the device, first install OpenSSH from inside Cydia.

You also need to find the IP address of the jailbroken device by going to Settings/Wi-Fi and touching the name of the wi-fi connection being used.

Then SSH into the device from your computer’s terminal app, for example if the device’s IP address is 192.168.1.23, the following command allows you to SSH into it:

> ssh root@192.168.1.23
> password: alpine

Before you can simulate actions on the device you need to install Activator ( created by Ryan Petrich ) and SimulateTouch ( created by iolate ). To find them just do a search inside Cydia.

Activator allows you to run automation commands like for example:

– Run the SME app or bring it to the foreground if already running:

> activator send com.janats.smestorage

Run the Readdle Documents iPad app:

> activator send com.readdle.ReaddleDocsIPad

Simulate touching the home button:

> activator send libactivator.system.homebutton

To list the commands you can run with activator use the following command:

> activator listeners

SimulateTouch allows you to run the following command to simulate a touch on the screen position with x=100 and y=200:

> stouch touch 100 200

With Activator and SimulateTouch you can automate just about everything but you also need to download the screenshots taken by your device which will be processed on your computer to determine if a test has succeeded.

To take a screenshot use the following command:

> activator send libactivator.system.take-screenshot

The device will save the screenshot image to:

/var/mobile/Media/DCIM/100APPLE

You can look at the contents of that folder with the command:

ls /var/mobile/Media/DCIM/100APPLE

You should see images with names like “IMG_0260.PNG”, the index will increment for each screenshot taken.

To retrieve the image to your computer you can use SCP as follows:

scp root@192.168.1.23:/var/mobile/Media/DCIM/100APPLE/IMG_0260.PNG ./

You should then have the screenshot available locally.

Now we’re equipped with the tools we need for the implementation of an automated testing framework.

To where your appetites for the next part of this article please find below a short video of the automated visual testing framework that has been created to easily test iOS Apps.

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Rich Client enabling HP Object Cloud Storage

SMEStorage Cloud File Server now supports HP Object Storage which is in public beta. You can sign up for HP Object Storage from HP Cloud Services here.

To add HP Object Storage to your account after sign up please take the following steps:

Navigate to your DashBoard and choose to add a new Cloud Provider and choose the HP Cloud:

Next follow the wizard to enter the correct information:

When you are authenticated, if there are existing buckets then you can choose to index them to make them available via the SME Cloud File Server and/or you can create a new bucket name:

Next your can choose to sync or index your data. All this does is find out information about your data such as filename, date, size etc.

Once done your data is available to work with through the web rich client as well as other mobile and desktop tools:

In a future blog article we will look at how you can use HP Cloud Storage to implement a full fledged multi-tenant Cloud File Server in which you can assign user permissions and governance controls to data.

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Integrating iAnnotate with Google Drive, Amazon S3, OpenStack, and other Cloud Storage solutions

The latest version of iAnnotate PDF, the iPad App that enables editing of PDF Documents, adds support for WebDav which means that you can use the SME ClouDav Protocol Adaptor, free with the iOS SME iOS App, to connect iAnnotate to many Clouds that it does not natively support. SMES supports integration with more Storage and SaaS Clouds than any other service.

The steps to enable access to the Clouds mapped to your SME Account are simple:

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CloudDav is enabled with all Business Cloud File Server Accounts and also available in the on-premise enterprise version of the Storage Made Easy EFSS solution.

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