News on PowerFolder Enterprise Sync and Share

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PowerFolder releases version 14.4

 

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 now possible to access the files in the app directly from the Microsoft Office app; this saves annoying detours. The iOS app was recently upgraded from version 11.5 directly to version 14.3 in order to be able to enjoy the numerous new features on the go and has now also reached version level 14.4.0.

 

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 interface (“Picasso”), which not only looks much more appealing and modern, but also brings a lot of new features and improvements – such as the responsive design, the multi-select functionality for file operations or a new overview page for admins, which provides all important information at a glance. Integrated into version 14, D2D Connect is also a solution that enables reliable and secure synchronization of data between mobile devices. For example, a company’s employees can use D2D Connect at trade fairs to

securely exchange data, even if the network is overloaded there – or information is passed on by aid organisations in the event of a disaster or in areas without sufficient network coverage. D2D Connect is currently only available for iOS devices; an Android version will be released later.

Other important new features of version 14 include the complete integration of PowerFolder into the operating system – and the resulting further increase in performance – as well as improvements in accessibility, document processing and drag & drop functionality.

PowerFolder releases Mobile App 14.3 for iOS

 

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 in a gallery view, additional users can be invited to folders that have been released for this purpose both via the iOS and the server address book, and the user’s own account can now also be edited just as easily on the move; whether changing the user name, managing the linked email addresses or providing an overview of the cloud memory used: all this is now also possible on the move without any problems.

 

The focus is on the data

But above all, the handling of stored data has also become much more convenient – and offers far more possibilities. Files can now also be moved, renamed or copied on the mobile device – and can of course also be used in offline mode. In addition, files can be searched directly on the server and then displayed, so that a possible complete download is no longer necessary. Another useful new feature is “Smartsync”: Once downloaded files remain on the mobile device, they are automatically synchronized and updated the next time the user logs in, without the other files being downloaded from the same directory; this saves time, storage space on the mobile device and data volume. Such a Smartsync also works at the directory level.

Finally, file links can now be generated, sent and shared as in the desktop version and protected by a password or expiration date. The link sender can check how often a file has already been downloaded and how often the link has been used. In addition, an overview shows which links already exist and have been shared.

 

D2D Connect: Always a secure connection

Integrated into the iOS version 14.3 was also the innovative D2D Connect, a feature developed by PowerFolder together with the ” Working Group for Technology of Social Networks ” of the Institute for Informatics of the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. D2D Connect enables data to be sent directly from device to device (“D2D”), via WLAN, WLAN adhoc or Bluetooth, after users have logged in and identified themselves via the server. For example, employees of a company can securely exchange data at trade fairs, even if the network there is overloaded or information is passed on by aid organizations in the event of a disaster or in areas with inadequate network coverage.

New Hotfix released

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.

 

PowerFolder Version 14.3 released

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 interface (“Picasso”), which not only looks much more appealing and modern, but also brings a lot of new features and improvements – such as the responsive design, the multi-select functionality for file operations or a new overview page for admins, which provides all important information at a glance.

Integrated into version 14, D2D Connect is also a solution that enables reliable and secure synchronization of data between mobile devices. For example, a company’s employees can use D2D Connect at trade fairs to securely exchange data, even if the network is overloaded there – or information is passed on by aid organisations in the event of a disaster or in areas without sufficientnetwork coverage. D2D Connect is currently only available for iOS devices; an Android version will be released later this year.

Other important new features of version 14 include the complete integration of PowerFolder into the operating system – and the resulting further increase in performance – as well as improvements in accessibility, document processing and drag & drop functionality.

Critical vulnerability discovered and closed in PowerFolder Server 11.x

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.

PowerFolder agrees partnership with Collabora

Duesseldorf’s dal33t GmbH, developer of the proven File Sync & Share solution PowerFolder, has entered into a partner agreement with the British specialist for online document processing, Collabora. This will give PowerFolder users another way – in addition to OnlyOffice – to work online on their documents, presentations and spreadsheets.

Dusseldorf / Cambridge, December 2018 – From the spring of 2016, PowerFolder – the first German Sync & Share solution – offered an integrated online document processing system with OnlyOffice. With the conclusion of a partner agreement with the British developer Collabora, PowerFolder users will soon be able to choose whether to edit their documents, presentations and spreadsheets with OnlyOffice or with Collabora Online. The technical implementation of the integration of Collabora Online into PowerFolder is currently racing ahead.

 

Safe and comfortable working with Collabora Online

With Collabora Online, documents can be edited directly in the cloud, without the cumbersome effort of having to download them or an Office program having to be started. Collabora Online runs with all current browsers, without any need for additional plugins. It works with all common office formats, such as odt / docx / doc, ods / xlsx / xls or odp / pptx / ppt and many more. The documents can be edited online, in real time, by several users, simultaneously, and provided with comments, eliminating the hassle of sending them back and forth by email. The open-source software Collabora Online – which was created at the end of 2016 from the LibreOffice Online – can be used both in the cloud, as well as, if desired, also on-site, installed on its own local servers and thereby optimally integrated into existing structures. The user interface can be also customised. Announcing the cooperation,

PowerFolder CEO Christian Sprajc said, “I am pleased that, with Collabora, we can offer another powerful online document processing system. Thanks to its transparent product and partner strategy, Collabora Online is also a secure, reliable solution for the longer term.” And Michael Meeks, General Manager of Collabora adds: “We love to work with bright partners who have a great vision for their technology. It is good to collaborate with those who value privacy, to provide a joint support offering that is easy to buy, install and use.”

Unscheduled Maintenance

Due to unscheduled maintenance to optimize and further improve the performance of our servers, access to the PowerFolder cloud this Friday will be limited. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Space.Cloud.Unit: Developers and other cloud service partners wanted

Work on the Space.Cloud.Unit (SCU) project is progressing rapidly. At the end of last year, the team had started to build the world’s first blockchain-based marketplace for cloud storage, which will be funded through an ICO. On October 1st, the public pre-sale will start. Of course, the SCU managers are already thinking ahead and are therefore looking for additional developers and other cloud service partners in order to be able to also maintain the high impact rate in the planning, development and implementation of the SCU project in the future.

Duesseldorf, 25.09.2018 – The idea for Space.Cloud.Unit was born in 2017, in a small group, in the head office of dal33t GmbH, a company that, with its File Sync & Share solution “PowerFolder”, has been providing a proven product for over ten years. The idea for Space.Cloud.Unit was roughly sketched, checked for its feasibility and approved. More than 20 additional employees were gradually brought in to implement the project – crypto specialists, blockchain specialists, marketing artists, smart contract designers, ICO connoisseurs, IT lawyers, financial jugglers and many more. The implementation and help of such experienced companies as Blockchain Solutions, Kloepfel Digital or the law firm Winheller proved invaluable.

For the next development phase of Space.Cloud.Unit, the team needs to be extended even further. We are currently looking for developers, first and foremost Blockchain Developers, Network Managers and Front-End Developers. Further details about the positions are available via the contact form of Space.Cloud.Unit (https://space-cloud-unit.io/en/contact/) or by e-mail (mail@space-cloud-unit.io).

 

Other cloud service partners are welcome!

Space.Cloud.Unit brings together cloud storage seekers and cloud storage providers in a single marketplace. For the providers, this has several significant advantages compared to the models that are currently common on the market: This means that, not only is the administrative burden reduced by the fully automated processing, costs in marketing, sales and contract conclusion are saved. The implementation and tracking of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) are easily possible, too, but access to completely new target groups also becomes opened up. This allows the provider to concentrate fully on their core competences. In plain language: The additional marketing of its offer provides advantages for

cloud space providers, in every respect and without much effort. Some cloud service providers have already confirmed their participation in Space.Cloud.Unit, as they are entirely convinced of the innovative and unique concept. Of course, other cloud service partners are always welcome! Interested parties can contact the SCU team directly – either via the contact form of the Space.Cloud.Unit (https://space-cloud-unit.io/en/kontakt/) or by email at (mail@space-cloud-unit.io).

 

PowerFolder: Picasso is online

In the course of the announced step-by-step rollout of Version 14 of the File Sync & Share solution PowerFolder, the new web interface of PowerFolder – which operates under the picturesque name “Picasso” – has gone online. PowerFolder users benefit from an increase in speed and comfort and many other new features.

One of the most important new features of PowerFolder version 14 is the complete redesign of the web portal called “Picasso”. Not only does it look much more responsive and modern, it also brings more speed and comfort – and a lot of new features and enhancements. For example, the responsive design ensures that Picasso’s graphic design adapts perfectly to the requirements of each device. A multi-select functionality has also been integrated: File operations such as “Copy”, “Cut” or “Paste” can then be executed on multiple files or file folders. Finally, for admins and resellers, Picasso offers a new overview page: The dashboard provides all important information at a glance, such as the licenses issued, the memory used, the utilization of the servers or the connected devices. The pre-release version of Picasso for on-premise customers is expected to be released by the end of August.

 

Feedback is requested

Despite the quality assurance, there may be small discrepancies. In that case, users will be asked to report any issues to support (support.powerfolder.com). Screenshots, device information, the browser version and a process description of the discrepancies should be transmitted to the support if possible so that the requests can also be processed quickly.

 

D2D Connect

Another important component of the step-by-step rolled-out version 14 will be D2D Connect – a solution that enables reliable and secure synchronization of data between mobile devices. It originated from a cooperation of the dal33t GmbH with the “working group for technology of social networks” of the institute for computer science of the Heinrich Heine university Duesseldorf. With D2D Connect, for example, employees at a trade show can securely exchange data, even if the network is overloaded there, or data can be shared by relief organizations in the event of a disaster or in areas without network coverage.

A first executable version has already been released for Apple devices; For the moment, it only runs on the PowerFolder Productive Cloud (https://my.powerfolder.com). The D2D Connect App can be downloaded for free from the App Store. (https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/d2d-connect/id1173812488?mt=8)

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