With the release of ownCloud 7 Community Edition just a few weeks away, I started a series of posts about what is coming in this release. I published a blog about the new server to server sharing feature in ownCloud and today, I will cover improvements in other aspects of sharing.
The server-to-server sharing simplifies working with data others have shared with you from other ownCloud servers. But we have also simplified sharing on a single server. Previous versions had a shared folder that would show up when files or folders were shared with you. All these files would be in that folder. No more: Shared files and folders now appear in the your root directory with the overlay icon representing “shared with me.” This means they are no longer confined to a specific location but you can move these files to where it makes most sense. Keep all your study files in a study folder, your work files in a work folder and so on. Of course, if you wish to have a shared folder, you can simply create one and move all of the shared folders and files into the shared directory. And if you are upgrading, you can continue to use the Shared folder you already have.
Of course, with the ability to have shared files in many places, things can get a little more complicated. And control over your data means knowing who has access to it. ownCloud 7 provides a clear overview of what you’re sharing with others – and what they share with you – by introducing shared files overviews in the Files app. It features a side bar with the selections files shared with me, files I shared and files shared with link. This provides a clear view on the files you are sharing with others and what they are sharing with you.
And while browsing your entire file selection, you can see the name of the file owner displayed on the files so you never loose track of who owns what.
Sharing is a primary function of ownCloud, and ownCloud 7 brings massive improvements in this area. With the Beta out last week, extensive testing and debugging is taking place and home and small office users will soon have access to this release. Users with large enterprise-scale deployments should wait for the extensive verification, certification and hardening process to be finished for the enterprise release of ownCloud 7, expected in September.
These are all the sneak peeks we released:
- ownCloud 7 for developers
- ownCloud 7 for system administrators
- online collaboration with Documents
- Performance and Ease of use
- More sharing!
- Improved sharing
Find more details on owncloud 7 in the feature list!