Monthly Archives: February 2012

Using the Mozy App Send Files to Your Stash

To wrap up our series of posts about what’s in the latest release of the Mozy app, we provide you a cool how-to for uploading files, using a favorite new feature: Mozy Stash.

Previous posts in this series include:

Overview

Stash is one of the hottest features ever added to the Mozy service. Although only in beta, thousands and thousands of MozyHome customers have added Stash to their account. Check out the Stash page to find out more about it.

From the Stash beta, one of the most frequently requested features has to do with the Mozy app. Many have asked for the capability to upload files from their mobile device to their Stash. It’s been possible to upload photos and videos to your Stash for a while, but not other types of files. The latest version of the Mozy app now makes it possible to upload any type of file, so that the file is then available on any of your linked computers.

Let take a look at how to do so, using my iPhone as an example. That means that the examples will be specific to iOS (which also covers iPad and iPod touch), but the workflow is similar on Android. We’ll start by showing how to send a file from the Mozy app to another app on your device. Then, we’ll show how to send a modified version back to your Stash. Along the way, I’ll mention some of the things we plan to make even better within the next couple releases.

Sending Files from Mozy to Other Mobile Apps

Even in previous versions, the Mozy app has allowed you to send files to other apps. The workflow is fairly similar, depending on whether you’re using the iOS version or the Android version of the Mozy app.

For this example, we’ll download a PowerPoint presentation and send it to Documents to Go. Start by downloading the file that you want to send to another app. Once downloaded, tap the Actions button. Then tap the Open in… button.

 

Mozy Mobile App With Stash

After that, you can select whatever applications are available.

Using the Mozy App Send Files to Your Stash

Note 1 The available applications on this screen depends on which have registered themselves as handlers for the type of file in question. If an application is not available, then it probably is unable to accept the type of file you’re trying to send to it.

Note 2 (Android) The model used by Android presents you with a “Share” button in place of “Open In…” The Share button may look a little like this:

Note 3 (iOS) While crafting this post I noticed that the Mozy app pre-pends filenames with a series of numbers. (It’s actually a milliseconds timestamp for the file.) We’ll clean that up in the next update.

Sending Files from Another App to Your Stash

Now for new feature: if you have Stash, you can upload files from other mobile apps right to your Stash!

If you have an application that supports sending files to other apps (using “Open In” on iOS, or “Share” on Android), then you can send the file directly to your Stash. Let’s take a look at how to do it, again using my iPhone as an example.

This time, we start from Documents to Go’s “Local” tab. From there, tap the Details icon to the right of the document’s name. Then, tap the Open In button on the upper right of the Details page. Finally, select Mozy as the target application.

 

Using the Mozy App Send Files to Your Stash

Your device will now take you into the Mozy app, where you can confirm the upload. (The confirmation prevents rogue apps from uploading without permission.)

 

Using the Mozy App Send Files to Your Stash

When the upload completes, you can find the file in the “Mobile Uploads” folder in your Stash.”Mobile Uploads” is a default folder currently used by the Mozy app. In a future update, we plan to provide a folder selection dialog, allowing you to select the target folder for uploading.

Tell Us What You Think

Because Stash is in beta, we’re especially eager to hear your thoughts and suggestions about any feature related to Stash. Join us in the Stash forum, where there is a thread specifically releated this blog post on mobile uploads.

Until next time, be safe,

–Ted

Some Android-only Awesomeness in the Mozy App

This morning, we released the latest edition of the Mozy app for Android to the Android Market. You can download it from there now. (If you have a Kindle Fire, it will be a few more days before Amazon completes its review for the Amazon App Store.)

With that, let’s continue our series of posts on the latest edition of Mozy app. This time, we take a look at something just for Android–whether it be the phone you got from your mobile carrier, your Kindle Fire, your Galaxy tablet, or your Nook.

As noted in the previous post, the app has a new My Mozy home screen. On Android devices only, there is a Downloaded item on the home screen. This allows you to view and use any files you’ve already downloaded–even when you don’t have an internet connection.

Mozy mobile app for Android

When you tap the Downloaded item on the “My Mozy” home screen, you see the different locations from which you have downloaded files:

Mozy Mobile App

When you select a location, you can then see whatever files that you have previously downloaded:

Mozy mobile app

Of course to download files, your device must have an SD card to store whatever you download.

Until we meet in the next blog post, be safe,

Ted
Mozy Product Management

Favorite Files in the Mozy iPhone App

Having just released the latest version of the Mozy app, we’re doing a series of blog posts covering some of the new features in the app. In our previous episode, we looked at the new My Mozy home page, and how the app now can remember multiple Mozy accounts for faster login.

Now let’s take a look at Favorites in the iPhone app. Okay, it’s also the iPad app. And, it’s also the iPod touch app. Well, technically speaking, since it supports all three, I guess it’s the iOS app. But our marketing peeps tell me that a lot of people don’t know the name iOS. So I always end up using all three names. Anyway, let’s get to the point…

You can view offline files on iOS devices by making the file a “favorite.” Start by downloading a file. Once it downloads, tap the star in the bottom right of the viewer to mark it as a favorite.

Mozy Mobile App

After doing so, the app will keep a copy of the file on your device so you can view it even without an Internet connection.

I should note one important thing about Favorites. This version of the app doesn’t automatically update your favorites. (We’re working on it!) So, if you have updated a “favorite” file from your computer and then back it up (or sync it with Stash), you might still see the old version on your iOS device when you view it while offline. If you view it when your iOS device does have an Internet connection, then the app will download the update.

In our next post, we’ll take a look at something similar for Android devices…like your Kindle Fire, Droid X, Galaxy Tablet, HTC Desire HD, and…oh, there I go again. I guess you get the point.

Until the next post, be safe,

–Ted
Mozy Product Management

What’s in the Latest Update of the Mozy App?

Mozy mobile appAlmost one year ago, Mozy debuted the Mozy app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android mobile devices. The Mozy App puts all the files you protect with Mozy right at your fingertips.

Today, Mozy announces the mobile app’s fourth update. The iOS version (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) is available now, and the Android version will be available early next week. For this latest update, we dedicate a series of blog posts to covering some of the improvements we’ve made.
In this post, we look at how the app now supports multiple accounts, and the new “quick access” feature.

Simplified login for multiple accounts

Admittedly, we were a little surprised to find out that many people have use more than a single Mozy account. So this feature is for those of you who use MozyHome at home and MozyPro at work, or share your iPad with others in your family, or just prefer the extra sense of security that logging out provides.

To make switching between different Mozy accounts a little easier, the updated app now remembers the login name of the past five users. Now you can just type the first letter of your email account, and then select it. (Of course, you still have to enter your password!)

As an example here’s the login screen on my iPhone:

Mozy mobile app

Quick Access

The app’s “My Mozy” home screen has been completely redesigned to help you browse and find files by type. You now have Photos, Documents, Recent, Music and Videos all right at your fingertips. And, you can tap “All Files” to use the full file system browser you know from previous app versions.

Mozy mobile app     Mozy mobile app

Here’s a look at my Android screen after clicking Photos from the home screen:

Mozy mobile app

Over the next couple posts this week, we’ll take a look at the iOS-only Favorites feature, the Android-only Downloaded option, and something cool and new for Mozy Stash in the mobile app.

Until the next post, be safe,

–Ted
Mozy Product Management

Is backup alone enough?

Mozy Online BackupInteresting question, isn’t it? For years it seemed that a simple duplicate back up of your files was enough to provide peace of mind and opportunities for your company to succeed. However, in today’s mobile world, is backup enough?

Written by industry analyst firm IDC and sponsored by Mozy, a new white paper, entitled “Make Your Backups a Competitive Advantage for Greater Productivity” shows companies how to make backups more strategic, and how accessibility is the new name of the game in online storage.

According to the paper: “Service providers are leveraging backup services to enable higher levels of worker productivity to individuals, departments, and organizations. This increased productivity comes from providing functions pertaining to collaboration and data sharing, managing accessibility, reuse and leveraging the value of the data, and improvements in disaster recovery scenarios.”

Rather than just preserving data, businesses now need to understand and implement ways to make that data more accessible and easier to share. Backups of your company’s important information are still valuable, but the more businesses can empower employees to utilize and share that data, the more productive they will be.

An example of such a service that allows businesses to easily share this data is the recently launched public beta of Mozy Stash. Stash is feature that provides Mozy customers with a simple and secure way to keep their files current and available across multiple computers, smart phones and tablets. With Stash, current Mozy customers have access to a combination of Mozy’s industry-leading online backup with the ability to synchronize files across multiple computers and devices.

Working together, Mozy online backup and Stash ensure that all files are not only protected but are available to you from anywhere you have Stash installed, as well as on your iOS or Android device through the Mozy mobile app.

Make sure to download the full IDC white paper “Make Your Backups a Competitive Advantage for Greater Productivity.”

Android: Using Stash with the Mozy App

Although mobile support for Mozy Stash is currently in its infancy, the Mozy app for mobiles includes some early features supporting Stash.

This post focuses on Android, which is currently a little bit ahead of iOS in its Stash support. (If you have an iPad or iPhone, I encourage you to check out the post “iPhone + Stash = Awesomeness” in the Stash forums.) So, let’s take a look at what you can do with Stash from the Mozy app for Android.

Uploading Photos and Videos to Stash

If you have installed the Mozy app on your Android phone (or on a Galaxy tablet, or a Kindle Fire), you can send photos and videos directly to your Stash. When the upload completes, any computers you have linked to your Stash will then download the photo to a special folder in your Stash. (Currently, the folder is called “Mobile Sync,” but this will change in an upcoming update to the app.)

Here’s how you do it:

First, launch the Gallery app and select the photo (or video) you want to send to your Stash.

Then, click the Share button, highlighted in green in the above graphic.

Next, select Mozy from your list of available apps.

Finally, select Upload to send the photo to your Stash.

Note: Depending on your wireless data plan, you might want to reserve this for when you have a WiFi connection if you plan to do it often. Photos and videos can quickly chew into your mobile data plan.

Automatic Uploads

While the Mozy app on both Android and iOS support manual uploads, the Mozy app currently only offers “automatic upload” for Android. Automatic upload is a preference setting that causes your Android to automatically upload all photos and videos on your phone. It’s kind of like having Mozy online backup for your Android’s photos and videos. As with manually uploaded media, auto-uploaded media get download on any computers you have linked to your Stash.

Let’s take a look at how to enable it.

To enable automatic upload, launch the Mozy app and go into Preferences, then select Upload Settings.

You can select whether to auto-upload photos, videos, or both. Also important is the Only on WiFi setting. If you’re a serious shutterbug, or you enable automatic upload of videos, this setting ensures that your uploads don’t eat up your mobile data plan, which can be costly. When enabled, uploads won’t happen until your Android device has a WiFi connection. (Ten seconds of HD video on my HTC Desire creates a 5 megabyte file!)

Note: The auto-upload feature is that it’s currently in an early beta stage. Consequently, it may upload images from other applications. (My HTC Desire HD device uploads four images of buttons used in some other app.) We plan to improve this in an upcoming release.

That’s it for this Stash update, but since you’re still reading, you’re probably an avid fan of the Android platform. So, perhaps you will find this next section informative.

Android fun fact

The term “android” was originally coined in 1919 by Isaac Asimov. It was a typo, in which he accidentally swapped the article “a” for “an.” He actually meant, “a droid.” Few people know this. Similarly, most people don’t know that the I in I, Robot was originally intended to be a Roman 1, to enumerate the first story in what became a series of nine. On hearing the first story’s title, Asimov’s eager fans anticipated that the second story would chronicle the life of a robot pirate captain (“Aye, Aye, Robot!”). In his dismay, Asimov hastily renamed the series’ second story “Runaround,” then re-purposed his original title to cover the complete set of nine. True story.

Ahem.

Be safe, and happy Stashing,

Ted