01 Jun

New Mailing Address & An Updated Client Area

Before we begin, we want to let you know that we’ve moved offices. If you have any need to send us mail,  please update your records accordingly.

ExaVault, Inc.
344 Thomas L Berkley Way, Suite 410
Oakland, CA 94612

And now, onto our regularly scheduled newsletter.

Updated Client Area

We’ve just updated our Client Area, the place where you can manage your billing information, support tickets and the like.


 

It’s more than a new coat of paint — in addition to displaying critical elements like open support tickets or unpaid invoices, we’ve made it fully responsive. You can now manage your account — even order new service— directly from your phone or mobile device. 
 

Get the Skinny on Your Files

Have you ever looked at a file in your account and wondered where it came from? When it was uploaded? Where it’s going? Well, you can answer 2 out of 3 questions by right clicking on any file or folder and selecting “Get Info”.

You can also right-click and select "View Activity" to see even more detailed statistics on what has been happening with your files since they were first uploaded.

 

We’re Always Here to Help (even when we aren’t)

Even though we man the support desk during business hours, there may be times where you have a question and we're not available.   Because humans require sleep (sometimes), which we have a help button up in the top right labeled, helpfully, “help.”


Clicking on this button will show you what you can do on the current page. If you still have a question, feel free to contact us either in the Client Area or by emailing support@exavault.com, or or livechatting with us from 9am to 5pm PST.

24 Apr

Sort Your Way To A Better Year

Here in the US, we’re slowly digging ourselves out of winter. It’s an exciting time - grass is starting to grow and trees beginning to bloom. As nature sorts itself out, we’re here to help you sort out your ExaVault account.


Assorted Sorting

You have a lot of important files in your account and sometimes it can be hard to wade through them all. Sorting the files is one simple and easy way to quickly find what you’re looking for.


To begin, click on the “Sort by” button. You’re defaulted to “Timeline”, which sorts by Date, grouped with indicators that say things like “This month.” You can also sort by Size and Type, which can also help on your quest to find the files.


The Advanced Search and Sort

Sorting is nice and all, but it can only show you what’s in the folder you are currently looking at. In order to expand your sort, we need to employ some search trickery. What we’re going to do is use the search in the top right of the web interface to list out all our files with a certain file extension, then sort them.


To see a list of all the PDFs in your account, type ".pdf" (without quotations). From there, you can easily sort them by size. Chain these two tips together and soon you may be crowned king or queen of Searchtopia*.


Spring Cleaning

If you’re anything like us, you have files in your account that have been in there for longer than you care to admit, which are simply taking up space.  Using the techniques described earlier, you can find the largest files in your account and remove them if they are no longer needed.

As always, if you have any questions for us, feel free to drop us a line at our support email, which is support@exavault.com. Keep on keeping on, ExaVaultians!



*Searchtopia is not a real province, land, municipality or kingdom. Becoming Lord of Searchtopia doesn’t infer any implicit rights, power or status. It will make you feel good, however.

10 Feb

Featured Feature: API & You

ExaVault has had an API for a bit now and have seen customers deeply integrating our services directly into their applications, while retaining all the features that we provide with our web interface and FTP accessing capabilities.

Every once in awhile, we get the question “Why would I want to use this? What could it do for me?” The short answer is nearly anything, but that’s not a very satisfying answer (and an even worse blog post!) Today, we’re going run down a little about what the API is and what you can do with it.

To begin, let’s define what we’re talking about. API stands for Application Program Interface and what it lets you do is write code that directly talks to ExaVault. Anything you can do from our web interface, you can do via our API, which in turn means you can do it programmatically.

What can you do? Well, you can upload or download files, create or edit shares, create users, move files around, get activity logs and much more. You can see the full list of commands here

Still confused? Let’s get into the examples. Let’s say you’re a musician (with spiky punk rock hair) and you want to create a way for musicians to easily collaborate with complete strangers by sharing audio-takes and having others add on? You could use our API to store those files in ExaVault, and you could control 100% of your users experience - you would be able to control the accounts, the virtual bands, everything and make it seamless for your users. In terms of what the API would be doing in this example, you would be creating folders, creating new users, and storing their files in their folders.

Let’s look at another example. You run a print shop (and have normal, human hair) that works entirely online. As a part of your website, you have to get the files that need printed from the customers. Sure, you could use our Uploader Widget, but you want more. When a customer enters an order, you want everything about the order to be contained in a folder so the people downstairs in the printing area don’t get confused.

In this example, you could go through our API to create a new folder for each customer, and a folder inside of each customer's folder with a new folder per order. You can store the files that need uploaded in that folder, as well as their contact information and shipping address that you collected as a part of the order process in a text file with the files.

There are many other examples, and many different hairstyles that could go along with those examples, but we hope you get the idea. If you can dream it up, you can do it with our API. If you’d like to get started using our API, visit our introduction page and get to coding.

21 Jan

Notifications, Dragging and Dropping and more!

Welcome to 2016! We hope your start of this new year has been as fantastic as ours has. Once again, we're here to regale you with tales of ExaVault, so let's get into it. 
 

Always Be In The Know

You probably already know about Delivery Receipts when you send a file via ExaVault. Did you know you can also also create Notifications on any file or folder in your account, even if they aren't shared?

Let's say you are waiting for your coworker to upload the quarterly projections into a folder. With Notifications, you can skip checking the folder manually, and instead be emailed when the document is uploaded.



To do this, just right click any file or folder, then select "add notification." You can even specify to only be alerted when a specific user does an action!
 

Upload Even Faster, With Less Clicks

You're looking at a file on your computer - it's right there. You want to get it into ExaVault, but it's in some deep folder that you don't want to find again. Good news, hypothetical person! You're just a drag away.

Just drag any file or folder that is in your File Explorer (or Finder) onto the file portion ExaVault interface. You can even drag things into a folder without first navigating into that folder! You just saved precious seconds that you can use later to find where you put your car keys.
 

Natural Selection

Have you ever had the burning desire to move multiple files into a folder at once?

All you have to do is use the checkboxes on the right of each file or folder to select multiple items. You'll notice that you can also send or download specific files using multi-select. You can even select multiple files to drag and drop them into folders!


We have a lot to show you later this year, and we hope you're as excited to see what we've been cooking up as we are to show you. We're going to get back to work on those new features that we're making now.

-ExaVault Team

20 Dec

New Feature - Customizable Uploader Widgets

This month, we have some new features to tell you about, as well as some hidden gems that may be new to you. Let's dive right in!
 

New Uploader Widget - Made For Developers, By Developers

We've just released our new file upload widget, which lets you integrate ExaVault file uploads straight into your app.


With this new capability, you can now paste some HTML into your site to place an uploader widget. These new widgets come with tons of developer-centric options, like callback support, choosing what file types the uploader will accept, and more!

To get started, please visit our developer documentation section.

 

Get Alerted When a New File is Uploaded

Now that you have your Receive Folder set up, do you want to be notified when someone uploads a file? Easy - we can do that. Just select "Add Notification" on that folder, and you'll always be up to date.

You can also specify what email addresses you would like to notify, to make sure that the people who need to be in-the-know are kept that way.




One Easy Trick to Slim Down Files

Let's say you have a metric love-ton of images in a folder which you don't need to access all the time, but you would like them to take up less of your precious ExaVault usage space. Maybe it's time to think about slimming them down.


To do this, right click (or click the action menu button on the right) and select "Compress". This will make a zip archive of your files that will be smaller than the originals*!

That's it for us - for those of you in the United States, have a great Thanksgiving! For everyone else, we wish you a merry Thursday.

 

*Actual file size reduction may vary depending on file type. Consult your doctor to see if you are healthy enough for compression. Side effects of compression may include lossless lung, in-place deflation and WinZip.