April 9, 2013
SpiderOak Launches 5.0 Beta
Today we are proud to release the SpiderOak 5.0 Beta. It comes as the result of a lot of hard work and planning and we are excited to get it into the hands of our users. The most significant addition is SpiderOak Hive which makes syncing data between your various devices simple and easy. You can find a detailed list below of what will be included from new features to feature enhancements to bug fixes as well as some FAQs about SpiderOak Hive. Please click here to download the 5.0 Beta. (Click here for the 64-bit Windows build)
- SpiderOak Hive: We adopted a simple approach to syncing data across all devices by creating the SpiderOak Hive folder. Simply drag and drop files or folders into this folder and they will automatically sync to your other devices.
- OS Integration for Windows (Mac and Linux soon to follow): Granting right-click access functions via Explorer now allows you to backup, share, and view historical versions.
- ShareRoom Enhancement: Users can now add passwords to their ShareRooms which adds an additional layer of security when sharing important files.
- Remote Diagnostics: We added a capability for remote diagnostics to help when troubleshooting problems with customer support. This option is disabled by default. You must explicitly enabled it. Diagnostic reports consist of metadata such as program and OS version information, file system types, program log files, folder and file names. Reports do not include backup data, passwords, or encryption information.
- ShareRoom Enhancement: We added clarification to the ShareRoom creation wizard
- LAN sync: Fixed a bug with LAN sync, allowing the client to recover from certain error conditions
- UI / View Tab: Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the UI to erroneously disable the View tab in the client after displaying the “out of space” popup window.
- AppIndicator framework: Switch system tray icon to use AppIndicator framework on Ubuntu.
- Backup: Fixed a bug which prevents category size indicator on basic backup tab from updating without restarting the client
- Downloads: Fixed a bug that prevented downloads from resuming after a network failure.
- Uninstalling SpiderOak: Fixed a bug on Windows which reports publisher info as ‘unknown’ when uninstalling SpiderOak.
- Sync: Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented sync from detecting a moved folder properly, instead considering it a deletion
- Backup: Fixed a bug causing backup to fail under a very rare edge case
QUESTIONS ABOUT HIVE?
Here are five questions and answers we anticipate users having.
1. What is SpiderOak Hive? How does it work?
SpiderOak Hive creates a simple way to sync data between your various devices. All you have to do is place files and/or folders inside your SpiderOak Hive and the data will automatically appear on any other device running SpiderOak. Easy.
2. Where do I find the SpiderOak Hive folder?
A shortcut to SpiderOak Hive will appear automatically on your desktop. Depending on the operating system, SpiderOak Hive will also appear in the file system browser as follows: Windows Explorer –> Documents folder; Mac Finder –> “/Users/<username>/SpiderOak Hive/”; Linux –> Home folder.
3. Can I still backup my files from their original locations using the SpiderOak application? Do I have to use SpiderOak Hive?
SpiderOak Hive was designed to run on top of the existing SpiderOak application; as such, you can still select specific files and/or folders for backup using the ‘Backup’ tab inside the application. We view this ability to create a unique and structured backup set as a core function of SpiderOak and have no plans to get rid of this functionality.
4. How do I get SpiderOak Hive?
Currently – SpiderOak Hive is in Beta and available by clicking on the following link: https://spideroak.com/getbuild?beta=yes. (or 64-bit Windows) As soon as you install the new version, SpiderOak Hive will appear automatically on your desktop.
5. If I would prefer to use SpiderOak Hive as opposed to selecting data to back up and sync inside the SpiderOak application, how do I make this transition?
This is simple! All you have to do is drag and drop all the items in your current backup set over to the SpiderOak Hive folder. This action will cause SpiderOak to effectively move this data over to Hive which will take a few moments to process. Upon completion, you will be done and fully ready to use your SpiderOak Hive folder. Please remember that future files must be saved into your SpiderOak Hive folder to ensure they are being backed up and synced.
Update: The beta download links may have delivered a 32-bit build to Windows users with 64-bit computers, rendering the OS Integration feature inoperative. If you have a 64-bit version of Windows, please re-download using the updated links, or by clicking here: 64-bit Windows build. Sorry for the inconvenience!