We’ve been getting a lot of questions on why we changed the product name. Not that it’s a particularly rousing topic but I wanted to end the mystery.
As cute as it might have been, (Not sure we ever wanted to be cute in the first place: I’ll leave that to our cat, Mr. Biggles) we found that not very many people even would pronounce it right. Most of the time, it was “Skyberry”. Folks thought we were either a mountain-side fruit or a yogurt chain. We already owned SkySync so it seemed to make sense, that is except when I ran the name past my wonderful wife of 30 years (She’s an interior designer); so naturally she thought it was spelled SkySink.
One of our key design goals is to focus on deep file storage unification/migration capabilities. Moving files from Point A to Point B can be straightforward, unless of course you want to move A LOT (terabytes) of content to/from myriad different systems (with varying features/functions). Compound that with preserving all of the file-related info/structures like folder taxonomies, file properties, document versions, metadata, tags, ratings, comments and the like across all systems (no matter what their core capabilities are) and just as it sounds, it gets daunting.
In SkySync, any of these file-associated properties can be viewed and edited within any connected storage system whether the destination platform natively supports them or not, (“Really?” you say). For example, you now have tags, ratings, and comments functions for documents on your PC or network file-share. You can edit them too; the same goes for custom metadata fields.
SkySync 1.0 also synchronizes files within any number of storage systems and in a variety of different methods (copy, move, publish, archive). Once configured, it’s a fully-automated migration process that runs as a Windows Service in the background (The service can span across multiple Servers/PC’s). Coupled with file drag-and-drop copy/move; and you have a powerful, yet simple tool to organize files in bulk as well as smaller folder-level jobs.
With all the possible copy/move enumerations, we spent countless hours of testing. That meant we had to have someone young, (counts me out), detailed and brimming with energy without the need for a constant ingestion triple espresso’s, so a special thanks to Udae and his team, they rocked. By-the-way, if you do find a bug, it’s all his fault. (The new guy always gets the blame – just how it is).
If you’ve already downloaded SkySync and took it for a test drive, then you already know that it’s pretty darn simple to run. No need for a, “SkySync for Dummies” book.
We’re already off to the races with the next release; it will have some really powerful search and storage control features sans the normal complexity; we’re sticking to our mantra of keeping things simple. For most software developers I know, I would be getting the finger about now with workload we’re throwing at them, however Shaun (our Chief Architect- scary smart guy), likes things when they’re difficult. That certainly works for me.