Archive for January, 2011

Tonido App for iPhone/iPod and iPad v2.0

Hello All Tonidoids,

Continuing the theme of mobile goodness, we, at CodeLathe, are proud to announce that the next generation of Tonido app for iPhone is now available on Apple Appstore.

This update supercharges the app by adding brand new functions and significantly improves earlier functions. And as always it is free!

The documentation for the iPhone app can be downloaded here

In order to use the app, you need to satisfy the following requirements

  1. Tonido server version 2.25 or higher running in Windows, Linux or Mac or Tonido enabled devices such as TonidoPlug.
  2. iPhone , iPod or iPad running iOS4.2 or newer

Some of the salient features of this update are presented below

Tabbed interface with search function:

The new explorer interface has been upgraded and now has thumbnail view,

Search functions etc has been added.

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Clicking the detail button (on each row) shows the details regarding the file or folder and the various actions available for that item.

You can see the usual suspects such as “Share“, “Upload photo“, “Create new folder” etc in the action menu plus some new actions have made an appearance in the action menu, namely, “Add to favorites” and “Download to Phone:)

Folder Detail view:

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File Detail View:

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Favorite link Support

The App can now access the Tonido Favorites feature and retrieve the files and folder that have been tagged as favorites

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Updated Photo viewing

The photoviewer of the app has been overhauled and now provides thumbnail views and full screen views photograph with swipe and double tap support.

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Over the air transfer of content to the device and access it offline

One of the most exciting features of this release is the ability download files or files of a folder to the device and access it offline! Simply access the detail view of a file or folder and tap the “Download file or folder” option to store it locally! Now that file can be accessed without network! Furthermore, you can also add files to Tonido app using iTunes by dragging and dropping.

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Ability to launch downloaded documents with different applications (for example pdf files can be opened with iBooks)

One of the most requested feature is here! Downloaded files can be launched with other installed iOS application. Simply tap the “action” button on the preview page of a file to launch the list of compatible application to launch!

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New Music player interface

New music player that is capable of playing files over the network or the files that are saved to the device is now available in the App.

Background play, Locked mode play etc are available as standard ofcourse!

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Settings menu added to provide information of the service and control music streaming quality

Network access of songs can be problematic in spotty network conditions. Never fear, you can control the compression quality of the song being streamed over the network (This option was available in the earlier avatar of this app but was simply not well known to users). Files that are already downloaded to the device will be played at full quality of course :)

Also,  Automatic network detection and use LAN IP in local networks for fast access is now active. This means, if you are connected in same network as the Tonido server, then local IP will be used instead of the relay in which data  travels all over the world before reaching your phone :)

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No Chump change !

All this functionality is provided free of course without any sort of catch. No Ads, No “use X times a month”, No fee and No Gimmicks.

We, however, do ask you to add reviews and ratings to the Appstore :) and let us know your feedback on how we can improve the app via our Forums.

It would also help if you spread the word!

New Tonido Android App v20 – Over the Air file transfers and much more …

As we mentioned in our earlier posts, we wanted to kickoff 2011 with releases that offer great value to users.We are proud to announce the next version of our Tonido Android app. You are really going to love it :) .

Major features:

  1. Option to download file/folder (aka OTA File transfer) for offline viewing.
  2. Access to downloaded files even when you are offline.
  3. Favorites support.
  4. Automatically identify and use local ip (e.g http://192.168.x.x:10000/) when your Android device is connected to the same LAN as the Tonido device (which translates to high download speeds within LAN).

NOTE: Tonido software on Desktop or TonidoPlug should be updated to a version above 2.25.
You can’t use this new Android App with older versions of Tonido on your Desktop or plug.

Start page has four icons:

  1. Browse remote files
  2. Browse favorites folders in the backend Tonido device
  3. Browse all the downloaded files
  4. View status of current downloads

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Favorites

Favorites are great way to have quick access to important files and also to create playlists. Once you have created a playlist, selecting a song in the playlist will continuous play the songs in that playlist.

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Downloads

‘Download’ in the menu will give an option to select folders or files to be downloaded. When you select a folder to download, the app downloads all the files in that folder. You can even select favorite folders to be downloaded. Downloads would continue as along as the app is open. If the app is closed, all the current downloads would be canceled.

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Download status

‘Download status’ page shows all the current downloads and their status.’ Cancel downloads’ button clears all the current downloads. ‘ Cancel downloads’ doesn’t impact already downloaded files.

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Browse Download Files

You can browse downloaded files and folders when you are offline by clicking on “downloaded files” in the login page. If you are logged in, you can browse files by selecting “Downloaded Files” icon in the start page. Also, you can use native app to browse to /sdcard/tonido/download.

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Use Local IP When on Same LAN as Device

When your Android device and Tonido device are connected on same LAN, Tonido Android app would try to use local ip to download and data transfer, which would increase overall download performance.

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You will see this icon when Android app is using local ip.

Nothing motivates a small start up like us than encouraging comments from our users like you. Please let us your thoughts and feedback through our forum, Facebook and twitter.

Finally, please show your support by rating the app in the Android app market! Thank you!

CES 2011 in Pictures

Pictures from our recent visit!

Hyundai's Futuristic Concept

Hyundai's Futuristic Concept

Modular Computers

Modular Computers

Multiple Credit Card Accounts in a single card

Multiple Credit Card Accounts in a single card

Free slick MMORPG meets Strategy

Free slick MMORPG meets Strategy

Movie Prop

Movie Prop

Could I have those?

Could I have those?

and those?

and those?

Tron Themed Car

Tron Themed Car

3D TV was big news as usual

3D TV was big news as usual

How many tvs can you fit in a wall?

How many tvs can you fit in a wall?

That's a nice StarCraft2 setup

That's a nice StarCraft2 setup

CES for Dummies

CES for Dummies

Personal Cloud anyone? Everyone is talking about the Personal Cloud!

Personal Cloud anyone? Everyone is talking about the Personal Cloud!

What is CES without some zany costumes?

What is CES without some zany costumes?

Ditto!

Ditto!

Double Decker Shuttle Buses are Fun

Double Decker Shuttle Buses are Fun

Nice iPhone Case

Nice iPhone Case

New Tonido Release 2.25 Highlights

Wish you all a happy new year 2011 folks! And what better way to kick off a new year than a brand new Tonido release?

We are happy to announce the first new release for 2011. There are a huge bunch of improvements, some of them visible, some of them not,  but paving the way for the next versions of our mobile apps on Android and iPhones.

New Cleaner Design and Layout

Based on user’s feedback, we constantly strive to make the UI as simple and easy to use as possible. There is a new color scheme and controls for the left hand and right hand panel. This helps make Tonido more easy to use in netbooks and in screens with less real estate. The different views are now highlighted using Tabs and makes it much more prominent and easier to navigate.

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Integrated Music Player

The biggest theme in Tonido continues to be ease-of-use, and even though your music was playable in the explorer before, it didn’t offer any kind of functionality comparable to Jukebox. Not anymore, the explorer now contains fully functional music player with all the normal controls found in Jukebox, including track selection, play all songs in a folder, bit rate selection and jumping to now playing location.

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Favorites Support

Adding a better music player however requires playlist support. And now Tonido explorer now allows you to create “playlists” via Favorite Folders. You can create a favorite folder and start adding any number of files to it. Once you have added the files you want, you can simply go and play all the files in that favorite folder. It is that easy!

Favorites are not just a convenient playlist mechanism, they allow you collect the useful folder and file locations in your storage in one single place and offers a quick and easy shortcut to them, saving you time in drilling down to a location every single time.

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Go ahead and try it, you will love it.

Download Folder Support

You told us and we listened. It is now possible to download whole folders directly from Tonido explorer similar to how WebsharePro download folder support works. Enjoy!

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Faster inside LAN

You get faster performance when using the http://yourname.tonidoid.com URL inside your network automatically. When you type this URL in your browser, you will get automatically redirected to your LAN IP based address allowing your data to flow directly instead of through our servers.

PHP Support

This does not directly affect user visible functionality, but PHP support is now available for Windows and for the TonidoPlug with this release. This allows developers to write new functionality and add it to Tonido without much effort. We already have some great apps lined up  from some of our thirdparty devs. Look for more announcements on this soon. The end result is much richer functionality delivered via Tonido going forward.

As usual there were a bunch of bug fixes, including minor UI fixes to Torrent and to other parts of the app. You can look at the release notes for more details.

Our pledge to you as our customer still remains the same as always, that is to offer the same kind of support, service and commitment on innovation as always. We love building our product, we hope you love using it, and we request you to help us spread the word and goodness of Tonido!