Tonido beta was originally released in early 2009 and it has been almost 3 years since its initial release. During that time, based on users feedback, we have slowly evolved many of Tonido’s features in the web user interface, mobile apps, introduced Tonido Sync as well as Tonido Drive and improved many many features.
However, there are parts in Tonido which have seen little or almost no use and have been harder to maintain over time. To help have a faster and smaller Tonido app, we are making some changes and removing those features. These are backwards incompatible, in the sense that if you upgrade to this release, some existing features will stop working.
Removing features is never an easy thing, but in this case, like every successful software we have to evolve so that we can concentrate our development on areas that are the most important.
Originally, Tonido groups feature allowed P2P communication between two tonido installs. This was used by some apps including (now obsolete) Tonido Photos, Tonido Workspace and Tonido Backup. However, based on user feedback, Tonido Groups were difficult to setup and get working reliably. Going forward, Tonido Groups feature will be removed. You will no longer be able to create new Tonido Groups via Tonido.
Using the Tonido P2P functionality, it was previously possible to send messages between one Tonido system to another. This feature will be now dropped.
Tonido Workspace P2P Synchronization
Tonido workspace allowed two Tonido installs to synchronize workspace data between themselves. With Tonido Groups being removed, this feature will be now dropped. Note that it will still be possible to create new Tonido Workspaces and allow guest users to access it via URL.
Tonido Remote Backup
Tonido Remote backup allowed users to backup files and folders from one machine to another machine via Tonido P2P Groups. This feature is being dropped. Local Tonido Backups will continue to function. Going forward a new Tonido Backup client app (similar to Tonido Sync) will be released that will be much more powerful and easier to setup and use than the old Tonido Remote Backup.
Although these features are going away, a whole host of exciting new features are coming as well. It is certainly made easier because of the increased focus on the features that are the most important and critical for users.