27 Jun 2012 by Weihan Wang
UPDATE AS OF FEB 1, 2013
AeroFS/S3 Integration is now part of our Business offering, AeroFS Team Server. It is no longer a feature in the AeroFS desktop client. If you had enabled S3 with AeroFS already on your computer, you're still good to go and this change will not affect you. This change affects new installations of AeroFS only.
Everyday we ask ourselves, what would make AeroFS more useful? One obvious answer to that question is "to let users sync AeroFS with their own Amazon S3 acounts." So we made it happen. Today we bring you AeroFS with S3 integration! Coupled with our private syncing solution, S3’s high availability and durability makes AeroFS/S3 ideal for archiving important private data. Here are some great features of AeroFS/S3 that we think you would be excited about:
To enable AeroFS/S3, simply install AeroFS on a Linux computer using the command line interface (aerofs-cli). During setup, input your S3 credentials, a bucket ID, and a encryption key when prompted. AeroFS/S3 runs in a headless non-interactive mode. That means that no ~/AeroFS folder will be created and the files will not be locally accessible on that machine. AeroFS/S3 is best used when coupled with at least one other device.
Cheers, Weihan & the AeroFS team
PS: By default, AeroFS uses SQLite databases to store metadata locally. We also support MySQL for database replication and backup. Contact us if this is what you need.
15 Jun 2012 by Yuri Sagalov
I'd like to thank you all for your patience over the past few months while we've been busy quietly working away. Although we've tried addressing our quietness in a previous blog post, I'd like to take a moment to give you a more thorough update.
In the coming weeks we will be releasing a new version of AeroFS which is a culmination of a few months of tireless development work and provides quite a few improvements as well as important upgrades to the sharing model.
Simplified Sharing and Syncing
We've been working hard to simplify sharing and syncing, and we think we've done it!
As of the next release we are retiring the old "Library" model in favor of a simpler approach: In most cases, you can now share any folder or subfolder in AeroFS, not just the top folder!
By default, all folders and files in your AeroFS will be synced between all of your devices. If you'd like to share a particular folder with someone, simply right-click on that folder and select AeroFS -> Share Folder and enter their email address (shared folders get a slightly different icon).
Unfortunately, because the new sharing model is so different from the old "Library" model, you will need to re-invite friends/colleagues to share files with you (all your shared data will remain intact). To make this process as convenient as possible, this latest update will not be applied automatically, but will be required before you can invite any new users to share files with you.
We've made additional improvements across the board and behind the scenes:
The UI has been cleaned up and simplified across Mac/Windows/Linux
Significant improvements to the syncing algorithms should allow for faster syncing across all devices
"Bootstrapping" syncing is now supported within an account: If two of your machines have the same files and data, AeroFS will detect these files to avoid syncing them unnecessarily.
We have some other exciting features currently in the works, and we'll be sure to tell you about them as they become ready!
As always, your feedback is very important to us. Most of these changes and improvements were done as a result of feedback provided at http://support.aerofs.com. If you have other feature requests, suggestions, or other comments, please head over to http://support.aerofs.com and let us know!
18 Apr 2012 by Yuri Sagalov
Many of you have been wondering why things have been quiet on our end. I'm going to take a few moments and put some speculations to rest :)
We are still VERY actively developing AeroFS. In fact, all of our resources are currently tied up in the development of the next major release. We think you'll love it.
Unfortunately, our team is quite small (but we are hiring!) which has meant that while we've been super busy coding, we haven't had much time to respond to support requests or provide timely updates. We sincerely apologize for that, and we'll do our best to respond in a reasonable manner, but please bear with us through this period!
In the mean time, if you have any questions/requests, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yuri and the AeroFS Team
23 Dec 2011 by Gregory Schlomoff
Building great software often requires standing on the shoulders of giants, and by giants we mean the Open Source community.
Of course, it is also often said that it is better to give than it is to receive, and in the spirit of the holidays we're happy to announce our very first contribution to the Open Source community: GrowlJavaBindings, a library that makes it easier for Java developers to use the Growl notification system.
The main features are:
• Ability to display notifications even if Growl is not installed or not running.
• Compatibility with both Growl 1.3 and Growl 1.2.
If you're a Java developer on Mac OS X and you're using Growl, GrowlJavaBindings will make your life much easier. We're releasing the code under the BSD license. Pull requests are welcome, and feel free to send any feedback to email@example.com.
Greg & The AeroFS team
22 Jul 2010 by Yuri Sagalov
To say that the file syncing and collaboration market is "noisy" is an understatement at best. It seems like almost every day a new startup or product pops up that offers file syncing and backup. Generally, these tools work quite well: in the case of file syncing, you place your files in a designated folder or drive where the application can find them. Any file placed under the designated folder/drive will then be uploaded somewhere in the cloud and also distributed to your other devices.
AeroFS is designed to let you go beyond simple file syncing and collaboration. You own devices with vast amounts of storage available (e.g. laptops, desktops), yet you are forced to rely on third party cloud technologies to sync and share files between them. Cloud-based syncing and sharing works well for small personal documents and limited media, but breaks down when we talk about use cases such as:
To address these issues, we've designed AeroFS to be completely decentralized. You can sync files between any two (or more!) devices with or without Internet access, over a LAN, and behind a firewall. Your files do not need to be uploaded to the cloud, so you will retain full control of your data.
Of course, sometimes you want to store your files in the cloud (off site backup, better availability, or because you're hip like that). No problemo! To us, the "cloud" is just another peer, so if you want to share your files in the cloud, you can easily do so. We just want to make sure that you have the choice over where your data is stored.
There are some other cool things that AeroFS can do that are simply impossible with centralized solutions, but I will save these for another blog post.
AeroFS is currently in a semi-private alpha/beta development phase. What this means is that we're rolling out invites as fast as we can, but at a rate that lets us deal with the feedback that you give us. If you're interested in giving it a try, head over to the signup page and we'll give you an invitation within a few days!