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Android App Beta 2 – Updated with your feedback

Dear Tonido Users,

First, a big thank you for all your feedback on our Android Beta. We carefully read each one of your comments and we have addressed some of the issues and a few of your enhancement requests in this new version. Here are the changes in Beta 2.

Multiple Music Formats Support
Many of you had requested for multiple music formats support and we have added support for mp3, flac, m4a audio formats.

UI  Feedback to User Actions
Some of you  have expressed that app should provide some UI feedback to user actions and we have addressed that by highlighting the selected row in the explorer and changing the background color when “next” “previous” button is selected.


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Folder Selection Highlight

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Next Button Highlight

Image Navigation
Two big enhancements requests 1) better images navigation and 2) ability to resize images
To improve navigation, we added more UI feedback to user actions and in addition to that, we have added an option to see the pictures in gallery view.  menu->gallery would generate a scrollable thumbnail view of photos in that folder.  (Please note that viewing gallery for  the first time would be slow since backend would be generating those thumbnails.)

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Gallery Menu Option

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Gallery View

A “long click” on an image would open image where you can resize the image through pinch. For some phones where pinch doesn’t work,  a scroll motion would open zoom options.

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Zoom In/Out

Inconsistent Behavior in Exit and Home Menu
We received consistent feedback that menu buttons didn’t have consistent behavior across all views. We made
‘Exit’ menu should “logout” but your credentials would not be deleted.
‘Home’ menu should take you to root director in the file explorer

Handling Special Characters
Beta version truncated folder names that had special characters. New version should handle all the special characters

Login Error Message Improvements
Edited some of the error messages so that users get right information and also added a few input validations to help users.

Some issues we couldn’t reproduce especially app crashes when camera menu is selected or some pdf files are opened. We are working on those.

How to Participate in Beta?
For users who have sent emails earlier, we will send you the instructions in an email. New users, please join the following thread in our forum.

Please Do Send Your Feedback
Please feel free to send us lots of feedback our way as it helps us fix issues and test on a variety of phone hardware. Please post in our Tonido on Mobile Forums.

These are exciting times for Tonido, and we thank you for your continuing support.

 


Announcing Tonido Beta for Android

Finally, the wait is over. We are happy to announce Tonido Beta on Android. We know a lot of folks are interested in the app and were waiting for a while for this to get released. So now here it is.

The Tonido Android app supports the following major features:

1. Login into your remote computer (TonidoPlug or a computer that runs Tonido). Tonido Android App remembers your credentials so that you need not re-enter your Tonido login/password every time

2. Browse your files and folders in the remote computer. Open many file formats like Word, Excel, Powerpoint and PDF (You need appropriate apps that open these document types)

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3. Quickly browse your pictures

4. Stream your music, and listen to your music in the background

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5. Instantly share any file or folder via Tonido Webshare and email the link (Webshare URL)

6. Take a picture using your camera and upload it to remote computer…

To Join the Beta

If you are interested in Beta testing the Tonido Android app, please send a mail to support@codelathe.com.

Don’t Forget the Feedback

Please feel free to send us lots of feedback our way as it helps us fix issues and test on a variety of phone hardware. Internally, we have tested on a couple of hardware models. But more coverage and usage will surely identify problem areas and other improvements to make. Please post in our Tonido on Mobile Forums.

These are exciting times for Tonido, and we thank you for your continuing support.


Announcing Guest Access for Workspace

Since our release, Tonido Workspace was a P2P sync application (similar to Microsoft Groove), allowing multiple Tonido users to synchronize workspaces among them. While this was great, many users were hampered by the fact that they had to install Tonido in all their machines and setup a group etc before they can work and collaborate together on a project.

Now, with the upcoming Tonido 2.x release, things are much simpler. You can now give Tonido Guest users access to your workspaces. This means they can access your workspace and collaborate together without needing to have anything installed.

So how does it work?

1) Add Guest Permissions for Specific Workspaces, by clicking the “Add/Remove” link and then clicking on the “Guest Users” link.

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2)  Give access to Guests for that workspace

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3) The guest as usual, logs into Tonido (for example, via the guest link, http://john.tonidoid.com/guest) or through the “Login As Guest” link in the login screen.

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4) The workspace link now shows up in the guest’s home page and when he launches the link, he will see all workspaces shared with him and he can make changes to all those workspaces.

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Note that, if you have setup synchronization between Tonido accounts for a workspace, that will continue to function as well. So you can share your workspace with guests AND synchronize it between multiple accounts. This truly makes it quite powerful and flexible.

We expect to release this feature in the upcoming Tonido 2.10 release.


The Family CRM Service – A solution

Recently, Fred Wilson has expressed an interest for a Family CRM Service that can organize and store your family contacts in an easy to use fashion.

His major requirements are:

1. Import contacts from excel or word document

2. Organize the contacts – Tagging support

3. Email the contacts

4. Mobile apps to access the application.

After reading the post, it hit me. Tonido workspace is a perfect solution for this problem. My wife and myself use the app to store our family contacts and calendar. Even though it doesn’t satisfy all of Fred’s requirements, the missing parts can be easily done.

Tonido workspace allows you to import your contacts through ical files. You can tag and filter the contacts. It has a family calendar. It also supports tasks, notes, files and p2p synchronization of workspaces among family members. The coming Tonido version will also have a guest user support so that all the family members don’t need to have Tonido in their computers.

Workspace Contacts

Workspace Contacts

Workspace Calendar

Workspace Calendar

Workspace Main Page

Workspace Main Page

The most interesting part of Tonido workspace is that it employs a hierarchical information scheme. What it really means is that any workspace objects (task, event, calendar, notes & Files) can be a sub object of other objects.

If you want a non geeky explanation:

Say you are organizing a Christmas Party. You can enter  “organize Christmas party” as a task. Under the main task you can include all the contacts that you would like to invite. You can insert other sub tasks like order food, buy party supplies and send out invites under the main task. Also you can set a calendar event for each of the sub tasks. The app is quite powerful and easy to use. The beauty is that it will help you to streamline your task organization.

Currently the app doesn’t have the email ability as Fred has asked for. That can be added. Also we don’t have the native mobile apps for the application. Still you can access the app from a mobile device through a web browser. We are currently building native Tonido apps for iPhone, Blackberry and Android. In the next iteration we can include workspace support in the native mobile apps if there is sufficient interest.

Like any other Tonido application, Tonido workspace is completely self hosted and you can run it from Windows, Mac, Linux or TonidoPlug. You don’t need to depend on an online service and worry about the privacy of your personal data.

It also can be used as a light weight CRM for startups and small teams. We use it everyday in CodeLathe. I can tell you it is incredibly useful. Check it out and let us know your comments and feedback.

Announcing Tonido Beta For iPhone

A picture’s  worth  a thousand words. What about few screen shots of Tonido iPhone application?


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Internally, we have been testing the Tonido iPhone application for last couple of weeks. It is awesome and has become everybody’ s favorite. Now we would like to give an opportunity for our users to beta test drive the Tonido iPhone application.

Update:  Tonido iPhone app is now available from the Apple iPhone App Store. So you will be able to download for free directly. Search for “tonido” in the AppStore. You can find more details here.


[How-to] Install Tonido on a x86 ReadyNAS device

This is a quick guide to installing Tonido on your x86 series ReadyNAS (NXV, Pro, or Ultra) and has only been tested on RAIDiator 4.2.12. While this is fairly simple because the ReadyNAS runs Debian Etch, keep in mind this may void your warranty or cause your device to behave in unpredictable ways. I’ve tested it out fairly thoroughly and had zero problems, but your mileage may vary. Now that the warning is out of the way, here we go.

Installing Tonido on a ReadNAS

* Download and install the RootSSH add-on from Netgear.
* SSH into your ReadNAS and type the following at command prompt

wget http://www.tonido.com/download.php?TonidoSetup_i686.deb

* Then

dpkg --force-all -i TonidoSetup_i686.deb

It will complain about a libfreetype6 being too old and possibly a few other things, but they are all apparently all related to running Tonido on a local GTK session. Since there’s no monitor output for the ReadyNAS, this doesn’t matter.

* You need to run Tonido once to get it to generate a config file.

/usr/local/tonido/tonido.sh start

* Now type

vi ~/tonido/data/configex.xml and scroll down to the section that says

<rowentry>
<name>WebAccess</name>
<type>string</type>
<value>local</value>
</rowentry>
<rowentry>
<name>RemoteAdmin</name>
<type>bool</type>
<value>0</value>
</rowentry>

Change the 0 between the value tags to a 1. If you aren’t Linux savvy, type a to start editing, then hit Esc to stop in vi. To exit the file, hit Esc and then type :wq and hit Enter. All done.

* Type

/usr/local/tonido/tonido.sh restart

to restart Tonido with your config file changes.

* Log into Tonido for the first time by opening a web browser and going to

http://IP address of your device:10001

You’ll be prompted to create an account. Once done, you should see your Tonido screen. You can follow the wiki from here on out.

Optional to get Tonido to run at every bootup

* SSH into the ReadyNAS if you aren’t already and type

cp /usr/local/tonido/tonido.sh /etc/init.d/tonido.sh

* Type

update-rc.d tonido.sh defaults

Note that this doesn’t seem to be the direction the ReadyNAS SDK was pointing me in, but it seemed to be the only reliable way for it to start every boot up.

Stopping Tonido from running at bootup

* From SSH, first

update-rc.d tonido.sh remove
rm /etc/init.d/tonido.sh

Uninstalling Tonido

* If you had Tonido running at boot, do the above steps under Stopping Tonido from running at bootup first
* Then

dpkg --purge tonido

* Finally

rm ~/TonidoSetup_i686.deb

And there is no more Tonido.

Additional Information
Tondio does seem to make the ReadyNAS slightly less snappy than a default configuration on a ReadyNAS NVX. I’m thinking that upgrading the RAM on the device will help solve this. Because of the increased specs on the Pro and Ultra, the hit shouldn’t be as noticeable.

Disabling the torrent client in Tonido seems to have the biggest boost on performance without a hardware upgrade. I think this is because of the mass of tracker requests you get from running it. I had a ton of traffic on port 6881 even though I never did anything with the torrent app, but disabling it made that go away as well as making everything (the NAS console and Tonido) seem snappier.

Performance overall is still quite acceptable for a home user and I can still stream 1080p video off the NAS to playback anywhere on the local network.

Remember to enable port forwarding on 10001 if you want to reach your NAS outside your home network and allow for UPnP if you want to use all Tondio plug-ins (Torrent, etc.).

If you have any issues, please post it in the Tonido Forum.

Courtesy: Acoustician

Announcing Tonido Beta for BlackBerry

Tonido is going fully mobile!

We just recently announced our Android app, and now we are  excited to announce a Beta release of our Tonido native application on Blackberry .

So what can you do with the blackberry app?

Browse

Browse through the files and folders of the remote computer that has Tonido installed. You get full access to the entire computer.

Launch Tonido in Blackberry

Launch Tonido in Blackberry

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Login into Tonido in your Blackberry

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Browse your files via Tonido for Blackberry

View Files

Open and view most common file formats including images PDF, Word (DOC, DOCX) , Excel (XLS, XLSX), PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX), Text (txt) etc.

View Files on Blackberry using Tonido

View Files on Blackberry using Tonido

Download and save files to blackberry device

After viewing files, you can even download it and save it locally in your blackberry for quick offline access.

View Pictures

View all your pictures remotely.

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View Images in Blackberry

Share viewed Pictures via Email or via MMS

Pictures can then be shared via Email/MMS.

Share a file or a folder through Tonido

If you have Webshare or WebsharePro installed, you can quickly share any file or folder and get a link to that file or folder. This link can then be emailed to anyone to share instantly.

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Share Folder or File via Tonido URL

Share your Folder Link via Email Instantly!

Share your Folder Link via Email Instantly!

How to install the Beta App

To install the Tonido Blackberry beta (version 1.0.0.1) on your blackberry mobile, open the link http://patch.codelathe.com/mobile/blackberry/tonido.jad on your blackberry browser.

Click download and install Tonido on blackberry.

Install Tonido on Blackberry

Install Tonido on Blackberry

We tested the app on Blackberry Curve, but we expect it to work on other blackberry mobiles.

If you have problems or feedback, please let us know  via our forums.

Announcing Tonido Android Application

We promised some more exciting developments during our Tonido desktop release announcement, and here is one.

We are happy to announce that we are working on a Tonido Android native app and we expect to release it shortly.

Meanwhile, we wanted to share with you some screen shots of the app in development.
Note, that these are preliminary screen shots and might change before release as we refine the user interface.

Tonido Login

Tonido Login

Browse your files and folders

Browse your files and folders

View images right in the application

View images right in the application

Share a file or folder and send the share via email instantly

Share a file or folder and send the share via email instantly

We will shortly be needing volunteers to beta test this app, so if you own an Android phone and use Tonido, please help us out when the beta starts.

Enjoy!

New Tonido Release 1.9.0.11838 Highlights

This is the best and most significant Tonido release ever and our first release to reach and cross the magical 1.0 version number.

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As mentioned in the preview, we basically took a hard look at how our users were using Tonido and switched around the entire interface to reflect that usage. In case you missed it, the design makes all the major Tonido pieces easily available

  • a brand new cool File Explorer
  • a shortcut to a listing of Shared Files
  • a shortcut to Guest Users
  • shortcuts to all your Tonido apps
  • a shortcut to managing your apps
  • a shortcut to settings
  • a shortcut to documentation and help

Here are some of the salient features:

Fully Integrated Navigation across apps

This is big, now you know exactly where you are in Tonido and it is 1 click to switch to another app or another section or setting.

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The navigation can be minimized by clicking the the collapse button, which makes the navigation tree collapse to the left hand side to get more space.

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Once collapsed, you get more working room.

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Multi-File Upload Support

The first big change is the ability to upload multiple files in Tonido Explorer. Select as many different files as you want and then hit upload.

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Optional Uncompression of Zip Files on Upload

If selecting multiple files is laborious and you want to upload a full folder full of stuff. Just zip it up, and upload it, the zip will get unzipped after it gets uploaded. Nifty, eh?

Drag-and-Drop Copy Support

There are almost 3 ways to copy files and by far the coolest ways is to drag multiple files from one folder to another.

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Post Links to Facebook/Twitter

Tonido has to keep up with the times and that means we need to make things easy for people to share links on Facebook or Twitter.

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Keyboard shortcuts galore

We added a dash of keyboard shortcuts in many places to make it easier for you work. Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V for copying, DELETE for deleting files, F2 for file rename are some of them.

Open Apps in the same window or in a new window

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You can right click on an app to open it in the same window or in a new window (like how it used to open previously)

Other Bug Fixes

We also fixed several bugs, including a crash and memory leak in Mac OSX, an issue with Tonido data paths in Windows.

While Tonido’s UI has been undergoing evolutionary changes over the last year, this release extends beyond evolution and actually marks a significant jump. And in doing so, we believe that these changes lay the foundation upon which Tonido and app user interfaces will evolve over next few years.

As you use this new UI, please let us know either via our blogs, forums, facebook or twitter on what you liked, what you didn’t like and everything in between. It greatly shapes the direction forward.

And there are even more exciting stuff in the pipeline that we should announce this month. So stay tuned.

Introducing brand new Tonido UI

We are excited about our most significant Tonido UI upgrade ever coming in the upcoming Tonido release.

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We have totally revamped the view once you login into Tonido.

We were working with two major objectives.

  1. Making it easy for new Tonido users to understand and use the system with the minimum of hand holding
  2. Providing all the controls for experienced power users to get to easily with minimum clicks

The design makes all the major Tonido pieces easily available

  • a brand new cool File Explorer
  • a shortcut to a listing of Shared Files
  • a shortcut to Guest Users
  • shortcuts to all your Tonido apps
  • a shortcut to managing your apps
  • a shortcut to settings
  • a shortcut to documentation and help

One other major change is that when you click on a new app link in the left, it will actually open the app on the right and it is extremely easy to switch apps and navigate between them. You will have to use it to believe it.

As always, we are looking for feedback and comments on the new design, so let us know.

Enjoy!