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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.

Now Hiring –> Web Developer!

SpiderOak is interested in hiring a San Francisco-based web developer to help the front-facing web presence around SpiderOak. You will be working closely with our on-staff designers and our CEO to craft the perfect web presence for SpiderOak.

You’ll be expected to have mastery of HTML-related presentation technologies, from HTML layouts with CSS to JavaScript-based UI frameworks like jQuery and Bootstrap. We also make heavy use of template systems, and you have to be comfortable making pages that will be ultimately created via template. In addition, we’re looking for someone with a strong web design background and willing to stand their ground and fight for what they believe is best as well. This person will also be expected to work and play well with our existing web designers and engineers- stand your ground and fight for what you believe in but be able to be pleasant while dealing with people.

SpiderOak is a distributed, virtual-office, work-from-home company. Any developer we hire will have to be a top-notch communicator. They will be expected to reliably show their face around our super-duper IRC channel at some point during typical US business hours as well as jump in and communicate across our issue tracker, email, and wiki. Even though we’re looking for you to be in San Francisco, the rest of SpiderOak now spans eighteen timezones and communicating via the written word is essential.

If you want to join in on our merry adventure, you will need a functional grasp of English (don’t worry, we have several staff on-board already for whom it’s a second or third language). You may also be expected to occasionally travel (at company expense). Important cities in the SpiderOakVerse are San Francisco, CA, Kansas City, MO, and Chicago, IL (for reference, these three cities make up about half of SpiderOak). A sense of humor is always appreciated and welcome.

Still interested? Send an email to jobs@spideroak.com including “web dev 2013″ in the subject with a little about yourself and your experience to date (a ‘cover letter’ if you will). English only, please. We also will want to see a portfolio of your work. It’s OK if you’re fresh and it’s thin- we want to see what you’re capable of and how you put pages together.

We know there’s talent in everyone regardless of what little papers might say, so we have no “minimum” requirements for degrees. We’re also super-equal-opportunity: quality design knows no bounds for race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, species[1], or religion. If you can meet what we need, we’ll do amazing things together, no matter who, what, or where you are.

Footnotes:

1: Giant Pandas will be encouraged because, in the words of our new QA person, “AAAAhhhh-dorable!!!!”