News on PowerFolder Enterprise Sync and Share
As dal33t GmbH, developer of the Content Collaboration Platform (CCP) PowerFolder, which has proven its worth for over ten years, has now announced, support for version 11 of PowerFolder will be discontinued as of September 2019. The current version is 14.5.0.
In the summer of 2016, version 11 of PowerFolder was launched and has been continuously improved since then. At the end of last year we made the big leap to version 14 with its numerous improvements. These include the complete new development and redesign of the user interface called “Picasso”, which takes user experience to a new level with a host of new features and improvements, the integrated D2D Connect solution for secure synchronization of data between mobile devices even with a weak Internet connection or the complete integration of PowerFolder into the operating system.
Since then, Version 14 has been continuously optimized and further adapted to user needs. Finally, version 14.5.0 was released at the end of June.
As of September this year, support for version 11 will be discontinued. From 01.09.2019 only security fixes will be released, but no more updates.
Hints and tips for a seamless upgrade to the current version
While sprinters in track and field athletics finish after 400 meters at the latest, a sprint in software development can take up to four weeks. But then nobody has to run; rather, “sprint” here refers to a work phase in which new product functionalities are implemented and minor bugs are eliminated. The PowerFolder development team has just successfully completed the eleventh of these sprints and released version 14.4.
Düsseldorf, 16.05.2019 – With the eleventh Sprint and the completion of the PowerFolder version 14.4, the work on the WebSocket implementation was also completed. The big advantage: No additional port is needed anymore, all communication between iOS app and server is done via the web port. No additional ports have to be configured, and there are no more problems with possibly restrictive W-LAN networks and firewalls when using the iOS app.
Furthermore, some improvements have been made to the Desktop Client to ensure correct operation in the Federation. Finally, a bug in the calculation of quotas has been fixed and the multiple sending of invitation mails has been corrected.
The iOS app also profited from the 11th Sprint of the PowerFolder development team: Here it is
After PowerFolder had recently released version 14.3 of the proven File Sync & Share solution for servers and clients, the Mobile App (iOS) now also benefits from the numerous new features. It has left out the previous smaller versions and is now making the big leap from version 11.5 to 14.3 – with all the new features and benefits that come with it.
At the end of April, the Düsseldorf-based dal33t GmbH had already released the server and client version 14.3 of its proven File Sync&Share solution PowerFolder, now the PowerFolder Mobile App for iOS has also been released. And while it was rather a small step for the client/server version, which was updated from version 14.2, the mobile app comes directly from the older version 11.5 – which now means a considerable gain in ease of use and new features for the users.
Mobile App 14.3 – More productive, faster and more beautiful
What immediately catches the eye is the completely revised and redesigned interface with its appealing, clear layout. This not only looks much better, but also ensures a faster, uncomplicated workflow. For example, images can now also be viewed in advance
Between the larger PowerFolder updates 14.3 (already released) and 14.4 (coming soon), the developers still found time to fix some minor bugs with a current hotfix and to further improve performance (server, client, iOS app). Among other things, the loading speed of the folders, the editing of accounts in the frontend, the gallery display in the iOS client and some features in federal operation have been revised.
The PowerFolder team has finished the work on version 14 SP3 as planned and released the update for download. As in the first two version updates of PowerFolder 14, the developers focused on fixing minor bugs.
Thanks to the lively exchange with the numerous PowerFolder users, the developers were again able to follow up suggestions and hints from the community and eliminate some minor inconsistencies in version 14.2. For example:
- The upload via file links or form data works smoothly again.
- Minor problems with uploading with directories with umlauts and spaces in the name have been fixed
- The Drag & Drop Upload also works with special characters in Sub-Directories again without any problems.
- The avatar can be changed again.
- All open invitations are displayed in the Permission List again.
- A new database can also be created again on MS SQL Servers 2012 and 2014.
In addition, some EDU/Federation-specific functionalities have been revised in close cooperation with relevant partners. PowerFolder 14 SP4 is planned for May.
New in version 14: Picasso, D2D Connect and more
One of the most important new features in version 14 is the completely new development and redesign of the user
Yesterday, Wednesday, we were alerted to a critical vulnerability in the PowerFolder server, which we analyzed and closed during the day.
The gap only affects PowerFolder Server 11.x. PowerFolder Server 14.x is not affected.
Normal user accounts or external attackers without a user account cannot exploit the gap. However, we strongly recommend an update to version 11.7.711, which we have just released. The download link and further information can be found here.