Conversations about life & privacy in the digital age

Single File Sharing

A few months ago we posted a blog listing some new features that we planned of implementing. Among them was the ability to share just a single file – a feature we had not previously included with the sharing functionality. A good many responses came in suggesting that the ability to share one file at a time would be a welcome feature and certainly be easier than having to create a folder with a single file inside (as our ShareRooms only operate at the folder level).

I am very happy to announce that we have launched our single file sharing capability. Well – to be fair – we pushed this feature a release or two ago but I wanted to make sure I mentioned it in the blog now that it is fully functional and all of the kinks are ironed out. As it so happens, the planning for single file sharing emerged from our recent iPhone development as it integrated the ability to send a link to any file stored in your SpiderOak Network from your phone.

To access this feature in the application, you will find a new menu button on the View tab labeled ‘Link’. When you highlight a file on the View tab, the ‘Link’ button will become active and pressing it will generate a URL to that particular file. You can then cut & paste that URL into an email or other message and send it to friends, family, colleagues, or clients. And similar to our ShareRooms, only that one file will be exposed as the rest of your data remains secure in our ‘Zero-Knowledge’ privacy environment. Further details are available here: release notes for 3.6.9643.

As a last mention, we are now working on our OS integration such that SpiderOak will be embedded inside the Finder/Explorer window on Mac OS X and Windows respectively. In addition to being able to see which files are among the backup set and eventually a status indication, through the contextual menu you will be able to both select additional folders/files for backup and enact the single file sharing feature such that there will be no need to interact with the SpiderOak application.

Please don’t hesitate to send further thoughts and/or ideas on features as we do greatly enjoy hearing your feedback and it is crucial in our efforts to best serve you.

In the trenches…

I sit writing this blog at 35,000 feet above the earth as myself and about a
100 other travelers head from San Francisco to Chicago. The time is 4:30 am CDT
(or 2:30 PDT) on Saturday morning October 25th.

It has been an exciting although long week at SpiderOak. In fact, this week
brings the conclusion of a long string of weeks, ending successfully in the
launch of SpiderOak 2.0 – a faster, more responsive, more flexible iteration of
our initial version. In addition to these increased functions, the truly
exciting part about 2.0 is that it serves as a strong foundation for many
important and needed features to come including our Sync tool, Team Sync (or
read/write ShareRooms), development of our multi-user / multi computer
environment for small businesses, and several others…

Over the last couple of weeks we have received many emails asking if we had
stopped developing or growing because our blog had not been regularly updated.
Being somewhat of an outsider to the blogging world, I thought the question a
bit strange. After all, the last few months have seen some of our most
important advancements as a company – a redevelopment of our core architecture
to make SpiderOak faster, more efficient, and increased responsiveness (a known
issue since we launched). But because this development hadn’t happened in
‘public’ or our progress been constantly updated in the formal setting of our
blog, people thought this a sign of weakness.

Well – I write this post to ensure you all – those who inquire about our
resolve or longevity – that we are here and here to stay. And if it is regular
blog posts that you require to confirm this, then you shall have them as we
promise to rise up from the trenches more often and let you all know that we
are alive, well, and committed to bringing you the best and most secure online
backup, storage, access, sharing, and sync product available. And 2.0 brings us
a lot closer..

1.4x Series Builds Released: 4x faster + Share RSS feeds

Last week we released the 1.4x series builds of SpiderOak out of beta.
Download here. Existing installs
on Windows and OS X should self-update, and the newest Linux packages are in
the apt. Most users seem to have upgraded already.

In addition to many internal improvements, users are likely to notice a huge
responsiveness and speed boost: we estmiate 4x faster than the predecessor.

There’s also several new command line options, and SpiderOak now supports
backup queues larger than physical memory, so go ahead and install on machines
with hundreds of thousands of files.

A new web feature you may have noticed: each SpiderOak share room now has an
associated RSS feed which will indicate when items in a share room are changed
or updated with newer versions. So, for example, everytime you add new
pictuers to a shared folder, or you make changes and a new version of a
document in one of your shared folders is archived, subscribers to the RSS feed
will automatically notice without you having to do anything extra.

See the complete release
notes
for more information.