Later this week we will share what else you can expect from us in 2014; but for now, here is our most recent release updates. Thanks for your support!
You can now download SpiderOak Orange General Release 5.1.1, featuring auto-proxy-configuration, new download-code and much more:
- Fix: dir-watcher didn’t stop on Ubuntu 13.10
- Fix: Don’t minimize the About dialog when launch minimized option is in effect.
- Fix: Restoring resource forks on Mac sometimes failed.
- Fix: windows_dir_watcher didn’t handle long paths.
- Fix: sending links to Metro Mail Application.
- Blue Fix: read default option only for new devices.
- Read all release notes.
The SpiderOak mobile client has reached a small but significant landmark: you will find a new release, 2.9.0, in both the Apple iOS App Store and the Google Android Play Store. The interesting thing is that the builds for both platforms are based on almost entirely the same code. The majority of the code is HTML5, hybridized with small, platform-specific portions as native PhoneGap/Cordova plugins. This way, we can get the benefits of a mostly single, common code base, but also fill functionality gaps not yet satisfied by HTML5, and preserve essential, platform-specific nuances.
In general, while the client builds will have the native user experience of their respective platforms, the application will operate in fundamentally similar ways. The platform builds will have all the same features. Incorporation of new features will usually convey, intrinsically, to all platforms. In some cases there will be some development overhead for each platform, if the feature depends on a native plugin, but usually we will be able to advance all platforms, in tandem.
The Android client has been based on this code since version 2.0. This is the first public release of the iOS version. We feel it stands up well to the prior, native iOS version that was in the App Store until now.
(Incidentally, we also will be making a beta Blackberry release of the 2.9.0 version available, but do not feel that it is ready for full release until some runtime technical issues in Blackberry OS are resolved. Windows phone is also on our agenda, but it presents additional challenge in not using a webkit-based browser, so we’re not sure when we will get to that.)
Here are the release changes:
- Resuming app optionally challenges user to authenticate with 4-digit passcode
- Default + content thumbnail preview icons
- (new on iOS) Tap and hold on files and ShareRooms for more actions (sharing, etc)
- Common code base for iOS, Android
- Fixed selecting hive files as favorites
- Corrected storage URL “Send Link”
- APK backup inhibited, prevents info leak
- Stay-logged-in setting properly holds
- (UI change) Logout button moved to settings screen
- Menu closes on content view taps
- Account details now includes sizes, devices
- Download progress for all file operations
- “Stay logged in” instead of “Remember me” or “Keep me logged in”
- (Android only) Protection from accidental exit – back key at top levels must be tapped twice
- (new to iOS) Favorites and remembered ShareRooms are now per-user, no longer deleted on logout, and are available even without “Stay logged in” active
- (new to iOS) Passcodes are now per-user, and available even without “Stay logged in” active
- (new to iOS) Selecting a file as a favorite, and ShareRoom remembering, no longer forces “Stay logged in”
- (new to iOS) Proper alphabetization of files and folders (symbols and numbers before letters, folders before files)
- (changed in iOS) Moved “Advanced Login” to Settings > Server (from the Login Screen, use the “Go to ShareRooms” button, then access the side menu, and from there, Settings)
- Better OS integration