Tonido Backup Update Preview

Tonido applications are continuously improved based on user requirements and it is Tonido Backup’s turn to be on the block.

The next version of Tonido is going to contain significant changes to the Tonido Backup application.

The highlights are

  • Support for local backup. Now you can backup all your files & folders to an external USB disk connected to your computer or to a different hard disk or to a network drive as well as backing up to remote computer.
  • Significantly faster in detecting changed files to perform backup (For example, in my system, file changes in a folder containing 55000 files is detected in about 2 minutes)
  • Ability to stop backup activity (and restart will resume backup from the point where the backup was stopped)
  • Simplified backup record creation
  • Details of the backup activity displayed in UI (File being transferred, size remaining, number of files remaining etc)

Here is a screen-shot showing the details of a Backup in progress. Note that these can change by the time this goes live.

Tonido Backup UI

Tonido Backup UI

Backup Details UI

Backup Details UI

Unfortunately, the new Tonido Backup application is not backwards compatible. This has the following two effects

  • The old Tonido’s Backup records will be lost. New backup records must be created :(
  • For Remote Backups, Tonido Backup would require the remote Tonido Peer to be also at the new version

As always, we highly value your opinions, constructive comments. Please let us know via comments, forum posts or feedback.

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Customer Voice (2) – Why I run Tonido/TonidoPlug 24/7?

A Tonido would allow our nonprofit team of champions (volunteers, staff, Board, advisory, consultants) to easily share key information and collaborate on JUST the project documents they need to be involved with.

We use WinLive to synchronize docs on at least six different computers which is a lot of waste and over redundancy.
But we’re not in a place to be setting up and maintaining blade servers. The Tonido brings that power but with the (needed) simplicity of an appliance.

Our kids and families would love being able to view photos of the most recent camp or event/gathering. And our team would love not having to edit and upload to our web site or an external sharing site.

- A Happy Tonido User

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Preview: Guest Login and Launch Page

One of the trends you might notice as we constantly work on new releases is making things much more intuitive and easier in every iteration. And largely, most of these improvements are from your feedback so keep these comments coming.

Many users had commented that it was hard to remember and use all these different URLs for guest shares. Well, we went back to the drawing board and made some underlying changes to the login system and made it incredibly easier (or atleast, that is what we think. :-))

First of all, your guest users don’t have to remember any new URLs anymore. If they use your URL say, http://johndoe.tonidoid.com they will get a prompt to “Login as Guest”.

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If they click that link they are whisked to a separate login page where they enter their username and password. They can also get to this page directly by using http://johndoe.tonidoid.com/guest.

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Once logged in, they see a list of all the content shared with them via Tonido and it is a simple matter of just clicking these links to start viewing, listening or downloading.

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We believe this makes content sharing via Tonido much much simpler.

We would love to hear what you think. Let us know.

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Customer Voice (1) – Why I run Tonido/TonidoPlug 24/7?

My reason for running Tonido 24×7 is because the TonidoPlug allows me to have a robust personal cloud available at an extremely low energy footprint.

I love using Thots on a regular basis (for bookmarks and other interesting tidbits… it’s a quick and easy online notebook, which I love). I enjoy the ability to manage torrents remotely, it is a godsend for me when I’m on my college campus behind firewalls and such.

Money is a great recent addition, helping me manage my finances when I don’t always have my checkbook available. And workspace is indispensable to me–I use it to organize my life! I jot down assignments in class into workspace, and use it for time management.

Tonido is a wonderful product, and I highly recommend it.

- A Happy Tonido User

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Synchronize Passwords across machines using Tonido WebsharePro

Every website/software/service these days requires some type of registration or login and a password. And every password has some security requirements. Some require atleast 8 characters, some need numbers in them, some need numbers and capital text. The variations are endless. And remembering all those passwords can be quite hard unless you have a system.

Here’s one neat way to store all your passwords securely without having them stored in another third-party service.

Step 1: Download KeePass. KeePass is a nice password storage manager that requires you to remember only one master password.

Step 2: Map a websharepro share as a network drive.

Step 3: Run KeePass, create a new Database and store the database in that network drive.

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Step 4: Repeat as needed from other machines you need access to that network drive.

Step 5: There is no step 5!

Any time you edit or create a new password on one computer, it’ll automatically be available from other machines wherever they might be.  There’s a small catch here: KeePass doesn’t automatically update your passwords when it’s open, so if you make a change on one computer and save it, you want to make sure to re-open the database from a different machine before making further changes.

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Mounting Tonido Shares as Local Drives

Tonido software allows you map your folders on remote machines as local drives allowing full drag-and-drop download, upload, in-place edit, rename, copy, paste, move and delete functionality.

This is a great way to manage content and is accomplished by Tonido’s Mount as Local Drive (WebDAV) support. WebDAV is a way to manage files over HTTP, an extension to the normal protocol of the World wide web. You can think of it as something in-between FTP and a network share on your local network.

Enabling Mount as Local Drive in Tonido

Requirements: WebsharePro application on Tonido

  1. Create a normal folder share in WebsharePro and assign users with upload permissions.
  2. After the entry shows up in the shares list, you will see an entry that says “Mount as Local Drive”.
  3. That is it.

Mounting as Local Drive in Windows

Windows’s WebDAV support is spotty and non-conforming, therefore we recommend you use one of the free WebDAV clients to mount your Tonido share as a local drive.

Using NetDrive (Freeware)

  • Download NetDrive from http://www.netdrive.net. Install it

  • Start NetDrive and in the Window, click on “New Site
  • Enter any name for the Site
  • Enter the full name of the folder share shared via WebsharePro. Note: Make sure you add the trailing ‘/’ at the end. Otherwise it won’t work.
  • Set port as 80
  • Set Server Type as WebDAV
  • Choose the drive letter
  • In the account, enter the user name who has access to this drive and his password and hit “Save“. The connection is now saved as a new site.
  • Hit “Connect“, a new Windows Explorer window opens with that drive letter mapped to your Tonido WebsharePro share
  • Start using your drive

Windows WebDAV Client Alternatives: BitKinex (Free), WebDrive (Paid)

Mounting as Local Drive in MacOSX

Unlike Windows, MacOSX has great support for WebDAV. So you can just connect to your Tonido without using any third-party software.

  • Click Finder or on the desktop. From the Finder menu, select Go -> Connect to Server.

  • This will bring up prompt for your server address. Fill in the URL (add the trailing slash at the end). Press the ‘+’ button to save it as a favorite. Hit connect.

  • Next fill out the prompt for your username and password. You can choose to save the password.

  • That is it. A Finder window will appear with your Tonido Webshare Folder mounted.

Mounting as Local Drive in Linux

You can either use Nautilus or DavFS to mount your share as a drive.

There seems to be a bug in Nautilus which effects the creation and renaming of any files within a WebDAV share. If you attempt to create a file or folder with a name other than the default name, or if you rename a file/folder you may get an error like this:

The item could not be renamed.

Sorry could not rename “untitled folder” to “New name”: Bad Request.

After clicking ‘OK’, if you refresh the window by clicking on the ‘Reload’ button… You will see that the renaming/creation did actually take place.  As annoying as this bug is, it won’t actually stop you from using the WebDav share, just ‘Reload’ after any file or folder activity.

Mounting as Local Drive in iPhone

iPhone has a OneDisk app (Paid) that can access any WebDAV share and cache documents once they are accessed for faster access next time. Choose the “Other Server” option to connect to Tonido.

For more details on this, you can read our documentation.

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New Tonido Release 0.7.0.11215 Highlights

It has been exactly 3 weeks since our last release, but here we are again with significant updates that have been cooking for a while until finally they are ready to ship.

Here’s the list of major changes in this release:

1. Mounting a Tonido WebsharePro Folder share as a drive locally in your machine (BETA)

One of the big updates is beta support for a feature called as WebDAV. WebDAV  allows users to edit and manage files collaboratively on remote web servers. It is a standard and is supported widely on almost all operating systems including Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.

Simply put, WebDAV protocol allows you to manipulate a remote files and folders as if it is a drive on your local file system. You can drag-and-drop upload, use native programs to open files, edit files in place, create directories, rename files and folders etc.

In Tonido, WebDAV will be supported out-of-the-box for folder shares shared via Tonido WebsharePro. Once you select a folder and setup a share and assign users to that share, those users can connect to that share using that URL through any WebDAV compatible client.

The following clients have been tested and known to work at this point.

Windows: NetDrive (Free), BitKinex (Free), WebDrive (Paid)
MacOSX: Mac Finder (Free)
Linux: Nautilus (Free)
iPhone
: OneDrive (Paid)

It is pretty simple to make WebDAV work.

  1. Share a folder in WebsharePro
  2. Add one or more users and give them permissions to access that share (give upload access so that everything works). This is important because WebDAV will not be enabled for Public shares.
  3. Paste that Share URL in the client of your choice. Make sure you add the ‘/’ at the end. When prompted for password, enter the user name and password. You are done.
Shared Folders are now available for mounting as Local Drives

Shared Folders are now available for mounting as Local Drives

We will post more details on how to setup various clients in a subsequent post, but in Mac OS X, it is as simple as opening Finder->Go->Connect to Server.

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The reason we currently don’t support WebDAV through Microsoft Windows Explorer native WebFolders implementation is that it is incredibly buggy and non-conforming. Instead of spending a large amount of time doing workarounds, we decided to release a version so that you can start using it right away.

This is a significant step in user productivity and the usefulness of  Tonido and TonidoPlug for everyday computing.

2. Tonido iPhone WebApp

The primary purpose behind Tonido is to give you access to your information wherever you are or whatever device you use. And today we are happy to say we have our first mobile device support through an iPhone WebApp.

If you now open your Tonido URL say http://johndoe.tonidoid.com in iPhone’s safari browser you will now use Tonido Explorer app with an iPhone specific UI tailored for quick and easy access to your files. You can also share any file or folder instantly by emailing a link to it using iPhone’s email. It is that easy.

iPhone Tonido Explorer

iPhone Tonido Explorer

If you click on the ‘+‘ button on the bottom of the screen, and click “Add to Home Screen“, you will get a nice looking icon in your iPhone’s App which you can use as a quick shortcut.

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We expect to add support for access to other Tonido apps in the future.

3. No more limits on File Upload sizes

Previously, file uploads were limited to amount of memory available on the device. Which meant about 250 MB or so max file upload on the TonidoPlug. There is no longer any file size upload limit. As long as your HTTP connection remains solid you can upload any size file.

4. Real speedy HTTP Downloads

Previously, HTTP downloads were limited by the network speed setting with a max of 2 MB/s. There is no longer any preset limit. HTTP downloads will automatically use the max speed possible through the connection. For example, within a LAN, you will now get download speeds of 6 MB/s to 10 MB/s quite easily.

5. Resume-able HTTP Downloads

HTTP downloads now support a HTTP specification called as “Byte Ranges”. So this means that if you are downloading a large file, it will be possible to resume that file if the connection drops or pause it temporarily without having to download the entire file again.

6. New Webshare/WebsharePro File and Gallery Skins

Tonido is getting an updated look and we started this process with Explorer and now we continue with it to File Sharing and the Photo Gallery views. Much nicer to look at and way consistent with other app styles.

Webshare Photo Gallery

Webshare Photo Gallery

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Webshare Folder Share Listing

7. Consolidated Guest Users for Jukebox/Webshare

This consolidates guest user accounts into one single place (accessible from Tonido Admin). Now you can create a single user account and it will now show up in Jukebox or Webshare for assignment. Also, if you create a guest user in Jukebox, that guest automatically becomes available in webshare for sharing files and folders and vice-versa.

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Manage Guest Accounts in Tonido Admin

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Manage same guests in Jukebox

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Manage same guests in Webshare

This is actually step 1 of 2 and we will release a subsequent update which will allow much more easier URLs for guests (something like http://johndoe.tonidoid.com/guest). Once logged in, a guest can see all the stuff shared with him. Removes the need to remember all those different URLs.

and much much more…

As usual there is a bunch of bug fixes and other changes including translations etc. Please see release notes for complete set of changes.

Thanks for your continuing support and let us know by comments below your feedback!

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Dropbox for Photographers – An alternative

If you are a amateur or professional photographer, you probably have GigaBytes of photos in your computer. Dropbox is a no nonsense service to sync photos among your computers and online for safe keeping. It just works. But the problem is that the free account only gives you 2 GB of storage. You need to shell out $9.99 per month for 50 Gigabytes of storage.

If you are looking for an effective and free alternative to Dropbox, Tonido Photos is the answer. Using Tonido Photos you can synchronize your photos among all your computers. Your photos get automatically synchronized among all your computers when you add new photos to your folder. Tonido Photos doesn’t impose any size limit on photos. Hence, you can share high resolution pictures without losing resolution or cropping pictures.

Not only that, Tonido Photos allows you to synchronize the photos collection with your peers as well. If you are a member of a Photography Club, it is a common practice to solicit feedback and suggestions from your fellow members to improve your skills. With Tonido Photos others can comment and provide feedback to your latest snaps.

How does it work? (For curious hackers)

Let’s look a bit under the hood of Tonido Photos to understand how different it is from myriad other offerings. Since Tonido Photos uses the Tonido P2P engine, photos are transferred to other users in a group directly. The photos are NOT relayed, routed, stored in any third party servers. Photos once transferred are available locally and therefore can be accessed without internet connection with little latency.

Tonido Photos- How does it work?

Furthermore, the data transfer is encrypted using AES encryption for maximum security. No configuration is necessary such as port forwarding, router setting changes to make this work as it is all handled by Tonido’s P2P engine. It is as simple as selecting a folder to share with a group. Tonido Photos will do the rest!

So Why use Tonido Photos?

Tonido Photos’ primary mission is to make sharing of photos simple and secure while providing advanced features such as comment/rating/tag sharing capability. While there are specialist applications available in each of these areas, they all have disadvantages that cannot be ignored.

Disadvantages of web based photo applications

Services such as Flickr, Photo.net, Pbase, Photobucket, picasaweb provide easy to share photographs and collaborate over them but not without disadvantages such as

* Photos stored in third party servers with little control on who can view it/download it
* Limits on the size of photo
* Internet connection required to access the photographs
* Photo comments/ratings/tags available publicly
* Service contracts could be changed at anytime
* Service could be discontinued at anytime (for example Sony’s ImageStation)

Disadvantages of desktop applications

Applications such as Picasa focus more on photo organization and have no real capability to share other than to upload to picasaweb (an online location). Applications such as Memeoshare depend on storing the photos in third party servers and suffer from privacy and service interruption issues.

Tonido Photos on the other hand provides complete control on who can access your photo without having to worry about privacy and security considerations. The photos are never stored or routed via third party servers and there is no limit on the size of the photos. The photos are available regardless of internet connectivity because the photos are downloaded right to the hard disk automatically. All comments/ratings/tags are shared ONLY with the group members removing the worry of abuse.

In summary, Tonido Photos is a great app to share and sync your photos with friends and family as well among your computers. If photography is your hobby you owe it yourself to try out Tonido Photos.

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Apple Time Machine & TonidoPlug the match made in heaven !

That’s right! TonidoPlug can now be used to back up your Mac using Time Machine. It’s been tested on Mac OS X 10.6.2 Snow Leopard. The TonidoPlug’s drive doesn’t even have to be HFS formatted – it’s been tested and works on ext2/3, but should also work on NTFS. Just hook up a big drive to your TonidoPlug and follow the guide:

1. Mount the TonidoPlug/MediaDisk share in Finder. Connect as the Guest user.

2. Open a Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app)

3. Run this:

wget http://mikestaszel.com/files/tonido/makeImage.sh

4. Make sure Time Machine is turned off, and run in the Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1

5. You’ll need to make a disk image that backups will be stored on – change the “200″ to whatever size (in gigabytes) you want the maximum Time Machine Backup space to be. You might also need to change “MediaDisk” to wherever you mounted the TonidoPlug share:

./sh makeImage.sh 200 /Volumes/MediaDisk

6. Open up Time Machine in System Preferences and select the MediaDisk drive. Wait for the backup to start and have fun!

Your backup might fail if your computer’s name contains apostrophes (which is default in Mac OS X. Change your computer’s name to something simple (I named mine “Mac” in System Preferences/Sharing) – and re-run the makeImage command.

Note: Posted On behalf of Mike. Thanks mike for a great tutorial :)

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Finally, the winner of Magic Plug is ….

First of all, Let us thank everybody who participated in the contest. We are touched by your overwhelming response. There were several interesting comments. You made our life difficult to select one :) . We have selected 7 comments out of 35 comments which captured the true essence of Tonido. We have selected the winner randomly from that list.

The finalists are:

I mostly use it because I feel like my data is safe and it’s MINE, yet I can share it. I don’t have to worry about 3rd party services losing my data, stealing it, or shutting down. I also like that the developers are passionate about their product. They offer their platform for free in addition to selling innovative hardware such as the TonidoPlug (which I own). Security, Innovation, and Peace of Mind – those are my reasons for running Tonido.

My favorite apps are:
1. Workspace
2. Thots
3. MMEX
4. Jukebox (can we get a non-flash version?
- Mykal

This is the best concept since there is the internet/web: private clouds, which are able to communicate with the greater cloud and/or each other, however, completely under the supervision and control of the user, especially when using ssl and considering you can use your own relay/name service. – Malik Sezgin

Well, I use mainly Thots, Webshare, Workspace and Jukebox.
I am away from home a lot, so it is very convenient to have Tonido as a central, always accessable, trustworthy friend who keeps all my data together, like a personal assistant.The feature I would place number 1 is not available though, it is a mailserver with multiple account support (which retrieves mail from several accounts via pop and makes them available via imap and webmail).Maybe one day this will come as well and make my Tonido even better. -Jasper

We have a group that is split up and living in different Latin American countries that needs access to the same pool of documents and photos. They need to have secure access to those docs and photos, and be able to update them from everywhere. - Marty Lange

Tonido combines the advantages of cloud with the ability to control their own data directly. The very limited consumption allows to run it 24 / 7 and, therefore, to access applications from any place and at any time. Personally I will use it to manage my tasks and to share my files. I see a great future for solutions like Tonido. - Antonio

My reason for running Tonido 24×7 is because the TonidoPlug allows me to have a robust personal cloud available at an extremely low energy footprint. I love using Thots on a regular basis (for bookmarks and other interesting tidbits… it’s a quick and easy online notebook, which I love). I enjoy the ability to manage torrents remotely, it is a godsend for me when I’m on my college campus behind firewalls and such. Money is a great recent addition, helping me manage my finances when I don’t always have my checkbook available. And workspace is indispensible to me–I use it to organize my life! I jot down assignments in class into workspace, and use it for time management. Tonido is a wonderful product, and I highly recommend it. - gatesphere

A Tonido would allow our nonprofit team of champions (volunteers, staff, Board, advisory, consultants) to easily share key information and collaborate on JUST the project documents they need to be involved with. We use WinLive to synchronize docs on at least six different computers which is a lot of waste and over redundancy. But we’re not in a place to be setting up and maintaining blade servers. The Tonido brings that power but with the (needed) simplicity of an appliance. Our kids and families would love being able to view photos of the most recent camp or event/gathering. And our team would love not having to edit and upload to our web site or an external sharing site. - Barry

I can share all my baby’s pictures easily with his grandparents in Japan. I don’t even have to think about it. Share the top level photo directory and they can see his life unfold. - smick

Living in a small apartment means that I have limited space. Having notebooks, they aren’t dependably located and I don’t want an ugly monster sitting in a corner sucking power needlessly, paying for my own server at a data center seems rather sillly. I need a solution that fits in between and Windows home server isn’t it. ;-)
– Josiah

and

THE WINNER IS JASPER…

Please send your shipping address to support@codelathe.com to collect the Magic TonidoPlug :).

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