odrive beta was awesome. Now we’re back in the lab!

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A sincere thank you to everyone that participated in the odrive beta. We’ve learned a ton about the experience and features that you need from odrive. And we found things that we couldn’t have found without your help. Now we’re taking your input and going back to the lab to concentrate on some futuristic, George Jetson, stuff…

What “going back to the lab” means:
  • We will continue to support current beta users, but we’ll be releasing new versions more slowly for a bit.
  • We won’t be supporting additional downloads of our beta gateway software.
  • Current beta users will be the first to get the incredible stuff we’re cooking up!

If you haven’t already, follow us on twitter for the latest. Thanks again, and you’ll be hearing from us soon!

Cheers,
-Leo

How to manage all your precious pictures, without weighing down your computer

Let’s face it, we take a LOT of pictures. In fact, every 2 minutes today we take as many pictures as all of humanity took in the 1800s. The difference is now we store them on our computers, rarely viewing, editing, or sending them more than once. Should we really have to carry around 100GB or so worth of pictures with us at all times? What do you do when you actually have more photos than what your regular machine can store? iPhoto forces you to keep those pictures on the same machine or go through an elaborate archival process. Picasa forces you to store your photos in Google storage or again makes you jump through archival hoops.

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We have an answer! Today, I’m going to show how you can easily manage all of your pictures without taking up space on your computer or having to pay for cloud storage.

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3 keys to producing better videos

Producing decent quality video is more and more accessible today. From HD smartphone and camera recording to cardioid USB microphones, from screen capture software to iMovie, good production tools are more affordable than ever. To that, we’ll add one more tool – the best way to manage all those huge files you create during even the smallest production: odrive.

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The best access to your Photoshop and design files

Tired of waiting for Creative Cloud to sync your Photoshop files? Were you ever actually waiting? ;)

Fuggedaboutit. odrive gives you and your team the best access to your design files.

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It’s simple. Setup odrive gateway on a spare computer, an actual file server, or in a cloud like Windows Azure. This machine will act as the master copy of all your Photoshop and design files, and behave like your own dropbox. Pick a machine that already has the design files you want to use, or load it up before you install odrive.

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Build your own dropbox in Windows Azure in minutes

Have a few minutes to spare? Of course you do. Today we’re going to walk you through how to set up your own dropbox in Windows Azure.

What? That’s crazy talk you say?

As we’ve said before, odrive is the easiest way to connect any storage to any user. We’ve already shown you how to make a private dropbox out of an old computer. Well, for those of you that want to test odrive outside of your production environment, on various flavors of Windows Server, this is the post for you. For those that want to see what this Windows Azure thing is about, here’s your excuse.

You can do it all for free, without hardware, in just a few minutes.

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Make a private dropbox with an old computer in minutes

Do you want the ability to get files from a central machine that you own, wherever you are? Do you want to enable multiple people to share files without using cloud storage?

AKA: Do you want to set up your own private dropbox?

Well, all you need is odrive and a spare Windows or Mac computer and you’re in business!

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What your private dropbox will be able to do:

  • Enable you to access all of your files on other computers
  • Enable you to work on synced files whether you are online or offline, on the same network or different networks
  • Enable others you invite to be able to access files from it
  • Enable a group of people who have access to the same folder to be able to work on the same files

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Automatic backup, so you don’t have to think about it

According to recent studies, more than half of small businesses still do not backup their data daily and more than 2/3 only backup some of their data. Factors cited include: backup being too time-consuming,  backup being unnecessary, and how backup is too costly.

With odrive, you don’t need to think about backup any more – it works automatically.

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