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Version 3 is here!

by ClouThe


We are proud to announce that we have over 600 fans on Facebook! It has been roughly 2 months since the launch of ClouThe and we are very excited about the growing number of fans. To bring even more good news, we are also releasing v3 today!

On this release, we focused on adding new features, especially those that give users more apps (or tabs) to view their files on the cloud; with this release, we introduced the Docs, Photos and Videos app as well as improving the Music apps. In addition, we made many minor bug fixes to address the issues some users were experiencing. As always, if you ever experience issues with ClouThe, please report it here.

Here are some of the major changes that come with v3:

Photos

ClouThe now has a photos app which makes photo browsing a breeze. It will instantly scan all the drives you have access to and then organize them. You can view either by date, user, or drive. In addition, just like with music, you can view photos on your drive by Most Recent or Most Popular. A cool feature with photos is the “Play Slideshow” button, which allows you to easily open all your photos into a pod and view them in full screen! (Sweet, right?). The screenshot above shows a slideshow embedded in a pod.

Videos

The all new video app provides a easy way to find all the videos you have access to. All videos are thumbnailed automatically upon upload and from there you can get a quick preview of your video library. Videos can be browsed based on user, length, quality, format, and drives.

Docs

There is now a Docs app which gives a quick and easy document browsing experience. For added security and convenience, ClouThe Docs integrates the Scribd API to securely convert and render your uploaded documents so you can instantly preview your documents without having to download them.

Batch Downloads

All across the app, you will find that you can now download folders as a zip file. By clicking on the folder with a arrow icon, you can download the entire folder and everything inside of it with one click. All the compression is done on the cloud which makes it fast and convenient. In addition, when you are browsing on the Video, Music, Docs or Photos app, there are "Download All" buttons which allows you to download all the files that is currently in the list you are viewing.

Music Playlists

One of the user requests was the ability to save music playlists, so we listened and it is now on ClouThe. On music playlists, you can sort your current playlist by simply dragging and recording the songs. On the bottom of the playlist, you can save the playlist to view later.

Thank you again for using ClouThe and please help us spread the word by sharing our Facebook page.

Also, we made a new video for Version 3 of ClouThe; check it out here as well as some new screenshots here

Version 2 is out

by ClouThe


Hey ClouThe users!

Welcome to our new blog! Here you will find the latest news and update information on ClouThe.

To start things off with a bang, today we rolled out ClouThe v2! We have taken a lot of your feedback and have been improving ClouThe based on your input. Thank you again for supporting ClouThe. As you can imagine, we are still a small and new startup, and the team has been working hard on developing new functionality as well as improving the site’s overall performance.

One of the major goals of v2 was to bring even greater performance increases: downloads now begin instantly rather than having to wait, files are indexed when uploaded instead of periodically, and security has also been improved with the introduction of Links and Sessions as well as using PHP X-SendFile to distribute files rather than hashed URLs.

Here are some notable changes arriving with v2:

Links

Sharing files are now easier with the new “Links” page. By clicking on the link icon next to any file, a unique link will be generated in which you can then send to anyone, including people without a ClouThe account. Since we know that most of the time users only want to send a file to a single recipient via email or chat, links can be assigned limits to provide added security. By default, each link can only be used once and will expire in exactly 24 hours. We hope this feature will provide added security without requiring the creation of new accounts.

Sessions

To add even more security to ClouThe, there is now a “Sessions” page that shows you a history of all your prior logins, including location. This tool alsogives you the ability to force logoffs on other sessions that you might have forgotten to log off from, even if you clicked “Remember Me” on a public computer.

Searching

Searching files are now improved with the ability to search for folders. Folders are now a category next to the other file types. In addition, you can also open folders directly in the search page. Overall, search performance is much faster than before; files are now indexed upon upload so there is no more waiting to see the files appear while searching.

Images

Photos will be displayed in tile format rather than each photo taking up an entire row. The buttons on the top for close and refresh are now moved to the page itself to give a better user experience. Folders now contain sizes so you can see how much space is taken up by each folder.

This sums up the notable changes in v2.

Feel free to give it a try and let us know what you think! Remember, your input is vital for improving ClouThe!

As always, please report any bugs to http://clouthe.com/contact.php and stay tuned for our next release!