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Introducing Redesigned Shares

Shares are one of the many useful features in the suite of SpiderOak products. They let you selectively allow portions of your data to be viewed by others. We’ve seen them used for a variety of purposes; sharing pictures with family, providing files to clients, distributing software releases. This week we launched a new redesign of Shares, aimed at improving them along a variety of aspects.

First of all, they look totally awesome.  We’ve been working with a top notch designer (Andrew from http://pautlerdesign.com) who really understands the digital medium, and I think the results speaks for itself.

Introducing New SpiderOak Share Design

New Share Design

On top the new eye-candy, we’ve also made the shares easier to use and navigate. You can easily get a preview of all your items in the grid view, or open your pictures in a lightbox. If you have a sufficiently modern browser, you can even preview your music files in the browser. We’ll be looking into providing in-browser previews for more types of media in the future. One new feature not previously possible: you can now link or create a bookmark that points directly to any subdirectory within a share (so long as that subdirectory still exists; remember your shares are automatically updated as you update the associated folders).

Keep an eye out on the rest of our web backend, as this redesign is part of an overhaul currently in development across all of our web products. We’re looking forward to launching those changes soon, as well as hearing your thoughts and opinions of these current ones.

Comments

  1. Madmyke says:

    Finally preview DOES work !!! Yes
    Thank you very much for this very waited function !! Desing is clean and clear ok for me, I can finally really create usseful shared rooms :-)

    Great great !!!

  2. Liv says:

    Let me confirm that this is excellent work. (And the share room indeed needed a serious lift-up.)

    I only see two issues with the current layout:
    - the “created by Name Surname” text is an affront to privacy. There is no need to use the real name in a share room, as sometimes the address to the share room may be public information. If the user wants to include some explanatory text, they can always include a README.txt in the shared folder. But putting by default in all share rooms the real name of the person is, to put it mildly, unnecessary.
    - in a share room that I created previously, I see a display bug: “created on September 0, 2013″

  3. MJ says:

    Yes, such a shame. A joke for you:

    How many complaints does it take to force ’100% private’ online service to respect your privacy?
    I have no idea, 2 years and 2 months is surely not enough, apparently: https://spideroak.com/forum/threads/id/1641/