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Arrived: SpiderOak Version 3.6… An Evolution

I must admit that Charles Darwin’s theory on evolution is one of my favorites. (Another happens to be Newton’s law of gravity – the pulling of items to a core – but we can discuss this another time.) What I like about evolution is that it happens all around us and is constant – there is no way to shut it off. I further appreciate the measured and thorough approach – working over long periods of time such that care and thought can prevail.

It is in this evolutionary spirit that I would like to announce the release of our new SpiderOak Version 3.6.9606 – boasting important architectural changes to overall layout and function. To begin, we have re-arranged the tab display such that Status appears first – followed by Backup, View, Sync and Share. The Status tab also now contains an ‘Overview’ section where you can see
high level information on what is occurring within in your SpiderOak Network – what is being backed up, if a sync is active, and so on. Our hope is that this page relays more pertinent information in a more readable format. I would also like to direct attention to the ‘Stats’ section as we will be adding additional elements to this page soon.

You will notice some important changes to the Backup tab. We created a new ‘Basic’ view that will display all of the various categories and their corresponding size in MBs or GBs. For the less technical user it will provide an easier way to navigate the backup process. Of course we did not remove the ‘Advanced’ selection process where you can select individual folders and files
throughout your network (external drives, network volumes, etc…).

And yes – you did read correctly – SpiderOak also now supports the ability to backup individual files. You will notice that both folders and files now have a corresponding checkbox next to them. We have not yet included the ability to share individual files and are curious to know if this is a feature you all might use – please comment below to let us know?

Lastly and on a more technical note, this new version allows for the creation of a user entirely from the command line without the need for GUI interaction – something we have been planning for quite some time and are happy to finally include.

For more information on what else is included in our new SpiderOak Version 3.6.9606, please view our release notes here: https://spideroak.com/release_notes.

Here’s to evolving…

Comments

  1. Omegamormegil says:

    Any plans on changing the interface so that I can make it shorter? It doesn't fit on the 1024X600 screen of my netbook and I have to use Alt to get to the buttons at the bottom of the window and to see the status bar (Running Ubuntu 9.10 with one 24 pixel panel at the top).

    I like the new interface, by the way.

  2. Martin / Hades32 says:

    Single File Sharing would be very important! And it would make a strong point against Dropbox et.Al.
    And it would make my Quick Share app obsolete… https://spideroak.com/forum/threads/id/222/

  3. advancedsleep says:

    Sharing individual files would be great :)

  4. tramsgar says:

    I strongly second comment #1 and #2 (not #3 though).

  5. Steve says:

    Omega,
    Selecting "full screen" mode (square box in upper right corner) on my Dell Mini 10" displays the SpiderOak Window properly.

  6. Kentaur says:

    That is a definitiv yes to single file sharing!

  7. doliveira says:

    The sync feature doesn't work!

  8. DavidPaquet says:

    I'm considering using Spideroak to backup my webserver. Do this mean that I don't need to do this workaround anymore ? : https://spideroak.com/faq/how_do_i_install_spideroak_on_a_headless_linux_server If so, maybe you should update your FAQ :)

    TY

  9. Tom Zimmermann says:

    Yes, absolutely is single file sharing a must-have. Please add as soon as possible… I'm currently trying out OakTree and must say it beats any other service out there… just wish the application looked a little more mac-like… but no big deal :p

  10. Tom Zimmermann says:

    Yes, absolutely is single file sharing a must-have. Please add as soon as possible… I'm currently trying out OakTree and must say it beats any other service out there… just wish the application looked a little more mac-like… but no big deal :p

  11. Ramon says:

    Single file sharing will be very important as most of the sharing done
    within our office is of this kind.
    also upload bandwidth statistics would help a lot so we could know what is
    the speed with which we backup our data, it's important so we could plan
    our upgrading of the internet connection accordingly and that we could
    plan backup timing better accordingly.

    Please consider,
    Ramon Szmuk

  12. Vykis says:

    "We have not yet included the ability to share individual files and are curious to know if this is a feature you all might use – please comment below to let us know?": yes, I am searching for it! Sometimes you only need to send one big file on the fly. Witjout creating sharing rooms, moving stuff there, etc. Best: via the drag and drop or contextual menu. I like how it works in memopal. Other things are working less good there, that is the reason why I am moving to Spideroak. But sharing in memopal was a bit easier.

  13. zzz says:

    Memory management requires work. Now Spider Oak allocates too much RAM to encrypt large files. It should encrypt and send the files piece by piece with a very small memory footprint. Also real-time backup would be a nice option. Great work on GUI. Cheers.

  14. Gair Humiston says:

    Yes!!! Please enable the ability to share individual files. Thanks!