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 +====== Android Storage Made Easy ======
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 +Android Storage Made Easy enables you to manage,​share and collaborate with your Cloud Files from one easy interface on the Android Operating System. It features sync from phone to cloud and from cloud to phone for many different cloud storage providers. It also features notes management and creation, and notes sync back to your nominated storage cloud.\\ \\ The App is optimised for Android SmartPhones and Tablets as well as tables and virtualises cloud files from different provides and lets you manage them in a single virtual cloud file system.\\ \\ Clouds Supported include:\\ \\ Google Docs\\ Amazon S3\\ RackSpace Cloud Files\\ Box.net\\ MobileMe\\ Microsoft SkyDrive\\ Microsoft Live Mesh\\ Microsoft Azure Blob Storage\\ FTP\\ GMail\\ Email (POP3 or IMAP)\\ Mezeo\\ WebDav\\ Files Anywhere\\ Zimbra Briefcase\\ Google Storage\\ iCloud\\ SharePoint (Personal Lifetime Business and Cloud File Server users only)\\ Amazon Cloud Drive\\ \\ The current version of Android Storage Made Easy is 1.7.\\ \\
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 +===== 1 Getting Started =====
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 +The sign in screen is where you can sign into your Storage Made Easy Account. You need a valid account with StorageMadeEasy.com to do this. There are many free accounts so all you need to do is [[https://​storagemadeeasy.com/?​p=static&​page=pricing#​Free%20Cloud%20Packages|sign up]].  \\ \\ From version 1.6 of the App you can sign up directly from the login screen by choosing the Menu function and choosing "New Registration"​ button (see the following sections of the manual for this process in detail). You do not need to register from the App if you do not wish to. You can do this from the website [[https://​storagemadeeasy.com/​|StorageMadeEasy.com]] which will probably be a **quicker experience**. If you wish to do this from the website you can find out more about this process from the [[gettingstarted|Getting Started Guide]].\\ \\ Other Options from the menu on the login screen are:\\ \\ **Offline:​** If you do not currently have an internet connection you can still access your local files. downloaded files, and notes without logging in\\ **Manual:** This takes you to the Storage Made Easy Wiki site to the manual\\ **Server:** This is the API endpoint and should not be changed unless asked to by Storage Made Easy\\ **Activate:​** This is where you enter the activation code given in the email when you first register (only needed if you did not click the link in the email)\\ \\
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 +===== 2 Registration =====
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 +From version 1.6 you can now register in App' by clicking the Registration option from the menu. This takes you to a wizard. The first step is to enter your user details and also enter the verification code.
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 +===== 3 Registration:​ Select Cloud =====
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 +Once you have entered the registration details you are taken to a screen where you can select the cloud you are interested in using. You can use the drop down to the right of the cloud name to view all clouds available.
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 +===== 4 Registration:​ Completion =====
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 +Once you have completed selecting your cloud you will receive an Activation email to activate your account.
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 +===== 5 Activation email =====
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 +Once you have registered you will receive an activation email. If you registered with the email address that you have access to from your phone then this can be accessed direct from your phone. Once it arrives you can just click on the link to authorise the email address and the account. This will launch the web browser and you will receive a message to let you know activation is complete.\\ \\ Alternatively you can cut the unique code and paste it into the activation code direct from the App (accessed from the activation menu option on the login screen).
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 +===== 6 Welcome email =====
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 +Once you have activated your account you will be sent a welcome email which details your username and also help and tool links.
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 +===== 7 First login =====
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 +On your first login after registration the App will detect that you have no clouds setup and will ask if you wish to create one. You should click "OK " to this.
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 +===== 8 Adding your first cloud =====
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 +You will then be taken to a wizard where you can add the provider you first registered interest in, or select another if you have changed you decision. You can use the drop down on this screen to choose the provider you wish to use.
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 +===== 9 First time refresh of file view =====
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 +At the end of the wizard, what we call a "Cloud Sync" task will be started to refresh the view of your files through the Android client. You can wait for this to complete or exit the App and login later. **We recommend that you exit the App and come back at a later stage once the initial sync is complete.** The process occurs on the server side so the App does not need to be running. When you log back in you can check the status of this from the 'Cloud Tasks' menu option.
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 +===== 10 Secure Login / Data Transfer =====
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 +If you are concerned about security of any information you wish to transfer you can choose to turn SSL on from the main menu. This can slightly slow down performance and upload / download speeds but provides encrypted data traffic using https.
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 +===== 11 Main Menu =====
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 +The first screen you see after logging in is the Menu. From this screen you can choose which functions you would like to invoke. This is the main menu screen you navigate back to/from your menu choices.\\ \\ From this screen you have the option to logout, simplify the menu, or get help which takes you to the online manual (internet connection needed).
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 +===== 12 Adding files directly to your Android device =====
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 +When you are at the main menu, you can click the Android Menu options and from here you can activate HTTP or FTP Sharing.\\ \\ Either of these options let you upload files directly to your Android Phone or Tablet from your PC or laptop over WiFi (as long as you are on the same Wi Fi network).\\ \\ The FTP sharing turns the App into an FTP Server so you will need and FTP client to upload files.\\ \\ The HTTP sharing turns the App into a HTTP Server and you can upload files from a web browser.
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 +===== 13 Adding File to your device using a web browser =====
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 +Once you click on the HTTP Sharing button from the menu in the prior step you will be taken to a screen where you can start the http / web server. Clicking Start Server will give you an address that you can visit to upload files.\\ \\ The HTTP Sharing service, when running, will appear in the Android notifications taskbar. When it is stopped this is removed.\\ \\ Files can be added to any directory  \\ \\ %%**%%Note that you must be on the same WiFi network as the machine that tries to use the web address from a browser\\ %%**%% Note that on clicking Start Server for the first time, you may need to click it again as the first click completes an initialisation.\\ %%**%%Note that you should turn this off from a security perspective when you are not using it
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 +===== 14 Adding files to your device using an FTP Client =====
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 +Once you have click to access the FTP sharing from the Main Menu, Menu Options you will first need to assign a username and password. Once this is done you can choose to start the FTP Server and you will be given a FTP address to access from your FTP client.\\ \\ The FTP Sharing service, when running, will appear in the Android notifications taskbar. When it is stopped this is removed.\\ \\ %%**%%Note that you must be on the same WiFi network as the machine that tries to use the web address from a browser\\ %%**%%Note that you should turn this off from a security perspective when you are not using it
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 +===== 15 Simplified Menu =====
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 +The simplified menu option removes the advanced options and keeps the basics available. You can easily change between views just by choosing this option from the menu.
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 +===== 16 Cloud Files Menu Options =====
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 +When you click on 'My Cloud Files' from the Main Menu, you are taken to the File Browser Screen. Here you can see all your Cloud Files and folders from a single cloud or many clouds depending on which clouds you have mapped to your account. ​  \\ \\ When you added Cloud Storage Providers to your Account the storage provider is added as a directory within something we refer to as a **//virtual cloud file system.//** This cloud file system lets you see your files from several different clouds as if they all existed in one directory - pretty neat I think you will agree.\\ \\ Oh, and your files don't move anywhere ! They are still on your original cloud storage. We don't cache the files or copy them to our servers. We just cache the information about your files to enable us to create the virtual cloud file system view.\\ \\ If a key is shown against a file in the file browser, this means it is password protected and you will need to enter the password that you created when you uploaded the file before you can access it on Your Android Device\\ \\ When you are within the root or any other folder you will see the following options"​\\ \\ **//New Folder//**: Create a new folder in the current directory\\ \\ **//Upload Picture//​**:​ Upload a Picture in the current directory\\ \\ **//Upload File//**: Upload any file in the current directory\\ \\ Note that if you navigate in to a Cloud Folder ie "My Google Docs" or "My SKyDrive etc" then your files will be uploaded to this Storage provider just by navigating into the directory structure. You don't need to do anything else. In this way it is easy to upload files to different cloud storage providers simply by changing directory.\\
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 +===== 17 File menu Options =====
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 +When you have navigate to a file there are various options available. The default   menu has options as to what you can do with the File.   The options are as follows:\\ \\ **Download and View:** Downloads the files to the local files folder and if the file is a supported file type lets you view it.\\ \\ **Download:​** Downloads the file to the local files folder where it can be accessed offline\\ \\ **Send Link:** Creates   an email with a link to the file that you can send to a friend or colleague\\ \\ **Share:** Enables you to share the file with a collaboration group that you have setup.\\ \\ **Make Favorite:** Makes the file a favorite so that you can view it from the Favorites menu option.\\ \\ **Make Public:** This makes the file pubilc in Storage Made Easy which means it appears on your Public Files page, whose URL is StorageMadeEasy.com/<​username>​.\\ \\
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 +===== 18 More file options =====
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 +Clicking the "​more"​ on the default file options shows you all file options. The additional file options are:\\ \\ **Copy to Clipboard:​** If you want to share many files from different clouds you can choose to add them to the iSMEStorage Clipboard and when finished go to the 'Cloud Clipboard'​ menu options and choose to share the files that reside there which will result in an email being created with   file links for all of the the files you shared.\\ \\ **Get TinyURL Link:** This gets a unique link for the file that you can share and copies it to the iPhone clipboard for use in other iPhone programs.\\ \\ **Send link to Twitter:** This option is only usefil if you have entered your Twitter details in Storage Made Easy. If you have, you can create a message and share your file directly on Twitter.\\ \\ **Share:** Choose to use any of the default phone sharing options\\ \\ **Rename:** Enables you to rename the file\\ \\ **Delete:** This deletes a file form your Storage Made Easy Cloud Files view and moves it to Trash. It does not remove it from the underlying cloud unless you visit the website at StorageMadeEasy.com and choose to remove Trash. You can also set this up as Cloud Tasks options that you can start from the phone.\\ \\ **New Folder:** Creates a new folder in the given directory\\ \\ **Add this dir to sync:** This adds the current directory to Sync. You can select as many different directories as you wish to be added to sync. You can sync these directories down to the phone from the "My Syncs" menu option.\\ \\ \\ \\ \\ \\
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 +===== 19 Navigating directories =====
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 +To navigate within directories,​ if you have a trackpad or a wheel on your phone, you can select the directory and click, otherwise you should double tap on the screen.
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 +===== 20 Quick View of files =====
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 +When in the cloud files view you can quickly download and view files by pressing on the file and holding. This will popup a menu options that enable you to quickly download or view the file.
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 +===== 21 Uploading Pictures =====
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 +When you navigate to a directory and have not yet selected a file, you will see two menu choices:\\ \\ 1. New Folder - enables you to create a new cloud folder.\\ 2. Upload Picture - enables you to upload a picture to this folder from you albums.\\ \\ Note that which file storage cloud these reside on (if you have a multi cloud account) will depend on which cloud has been set as your Primary Cloud Provider. You can check this by navigating to the Cloud Providers menu option and checking which one has the start against it, which designates it is the primary provider. from Providers  \\ \\ The exception to this rule is If you are within a cloud directory (such as "My Google Docs", "My Amazon S3" etc) when files will always be uploaded to this cloud provider despite what cloud primary you have set to be the primary.\\ \\ You can also choose to keep your whole photo directory in sync with your cloud by adding the directory to be synchronised when within the 'My Syncs' view.
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 +===== 22 Uploading Files =====
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 +You can upload a file to your cloud from the Cloud Files directory by clicking the Android Menu function and choosing the **//Upload file//** option.\\ \\ If you upload a file into one of the cloud mapped folders, it will always be uploaded onto the cloud that is mapped to that folder. So, if you upload a file "​**//​My File.doc"//​** into the cloud folder structure "​**//​My SkyDrive files->​My Docs"//​** then it will be place into the "​**//​My Docs//​**"​ folder on **//​SkyDrive//​**. Simple !\\ \\
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 +===== 23 Favorites Menu =====
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 +Any file that is marked as a favorite in the File Menu is available for easy viewing From the Favorites menu. This is a handy way to get quick access to frequently used files.\\ \\ \\ \\ \\ \\ \\
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 +===== 24 Sharing files using the ClipBoard =====
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 +You can add files to the cloud clipboard when you are navigating your cloud files and then return to the cloud clipboard to send a link to all files from the same email.
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 +===== 25 Cloud Tasks Menu =====
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 +Cloud tasks represent tasks that you have either setup or that have completed on Storage Made Easy. These invariably represent one of three things:\\ \\ 1. Sync'​ing Storage Made Easy meta-information with your Cloud(s)\\ 2. Backing up email\\ 3. Emptying Trash\\ \\ From here you can check the status if they are scheduled, or you can choose to rerun tasks that have occurred previously but are completed. For example if you have previously sync'd your Amazon S3 File information with Storage Made Easy but want to redo the sync as you have entered files using another Amazon client you could do it from here. The same goes for any task.\\ \\ Note that you can rename the sync title   that you see from   the 'Cloud Sync Tasks' menu option which can access from the sidebar when logged into StorageMadeEasy.com
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 +===== 26 Business Groups Menu =====
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 +You can create new business collaboration groups directly from the Phone. Collaboration groups are groups you setup to share file content with all members. You only need to share a file with the Group and all members get an email letting them know the filename that you shared with the group and that it is available for them to view.   You can find out more about business groups and collaboration [[collaboration/#​step10|here]].\\ \\ Note, You can control whether members can be collaborators from the Groups Menu with the [[cloudfilemanager/#​step21|online Storage Made Easy FIle Manager]].
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 +===== 27 Business Groups Actions =====
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 +You can press and hold on a business group to perform further actions. You can choose to rename or delete the group, or view its members.
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 +===== 28 Business Group Members =====
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 +From the Business Group members screen you can view existing business group members and add new members.
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 +===== 29 Invite Group members =====
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 +From the Business Group Members screen you can choose to directly invite members from the phone by entering their email, your name and the message you want to send. The person you invite will receive an email with these details.
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 +===== 30 Syncing Files =====
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 +The Storage Made Easy Android Sync enables you to sync from a local directory to your cloud or from a cloud directory to your phone.\\ \\ To add a directory from your phone to be kept in sync within the root directory of your default cloud storage provider (if you have more than one cloud in your account, you can see which is root from the Cloud Providers screen, it will have a star against it)\\ \\ 1. Click My Syncs\\ 2. Click Add Folder (picture 1 above) - this will take you into Android Directory Structure (see picture 2)\\ 3. Navigate into the folder you wish to add and choose "Add to Sync" from the menu\\ \\ To add a directory from your cloud to the phone:\\ \\ 1. Click "Files on clouds:\\ 2. Click on the directory you wish to add to be sync'd to your phone (see picture 3)\\ \\ \\ To sync:\\ \\ When you are ready to sync:\\ \\ 1. Navigate to My Syncs\\ 2. Click on the directory you wish to sync from My Syncs\\ 3. Click Sync now\\ 4. Repeat for each directory you added, whether it is added from the phone or the cloud.\\ \\ Each Time you wish to refresh your Cloud Files view, all you need to do is to go to 'My Syncs',​ select any directory you wish to refresh and choose to sync from the menu. Any updated or new files will be sync'd up to your Cloud of choice or down to the phone. You can also see the date and time of the last sync on the folder from within the 'My Syncs' view.\\ \\ If you wish to have all your sync folders update on login, you can choose the 'Sync All on Startup"​ from the "My Syncs" menu. This will initiate a background sync when you login. If you look in the top right hand of your screen after activating this option and logging in you will see a refresh icon to show you the sync is in progress. You can also go back to the My Syncs view at any time a background sync is running and check the last sync time on folders to check on progress.
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 +===== 31 Enabling Scheduled Sync =====
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 +From version 2.1 of the product you can set up a scheduled sync between you cloud files/​folders and your Android device.  \\ \\ To enable this, when at the Sync Screen (**//Main Menu->My Syncs)//** click on the Android Menu to display   the options and then click on **//Auto Sync//**. You will then be able to choose how often Storage Made Easy will sync files/​folders you have on your device with the Cloud and vice versa. The choices are:\\ \\ - **//​Never//​** (choose this when you wish to cancel the existing sync)\\ - **//On Application Start//** (each time the Application starts up)\\ - **//Every two hours//**\\ - **//Twice a day//**\\ - **//Once a day//**\\ \\ Once the sync is enabled you will see a notification in the Android taskbar letting you know when the next sync will occur.\\ \\ %%**%%Note - Auto Sync could provide to be expensive if you have a paid data plan so be sure to control it when you are using your cellular network.\\
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 +===== 32 Local files Menu =====
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 +There is a local file browser that you can use to go back to files that you have viewed and downloaded from the cloud that are stored in a local directory on the phone. If you choose to delete a file you can also choose to delete the file on the cloud.\\ \\ You can also navigate your directory structure and copy files to this folder if you wish. These files reside in the SD card directory within a directory called "​Storage Made Easy".
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 +===== 33 Cloud Notes Menu =====
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 +You can create notes directly in Android Storage Made Easy. There is no formatting, these are simply text files. The advantage of creating them in Storage Made Easy is that can be sync'd back to your underlying cloud, such as SkyDrive or Google Docs for example.\\ \\ You can also assign categories to notes which become folders on your actual storage cloud.\\ \\ To sync notes up/down you just need to click the sync button available from the menu options.\\ \\ If you have a multi-cloud account and change your primary provider then then memos could end up being stored on different clouds. You may want this, but then again you may not, so be aware of this. From the sync viewpoint it does not matter as all memos will still be sync'd back to the phone.
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 +===== 34 Cloud Notes Options =====
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 +There are various menu options that you have when you click on a note:\\ \\ **//​Open//​**:​   Opens the note to edit (or just double tap the note)\\ \\ **//​Delete//​**:​ Deletes the note\\ \\ **//​Rename//​**:​ Renames the note\\ \\ **//​Send//​**:​ Enables you to share the note using Android sharing options. If you choose the email the note will be attached.\\ \\ **//New Note//**: Start a new note
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 +===== 35 Cloud Providers Menu =====
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 +The Cloud Providers screen lets you change your primary storage provider. If you have a single cloud account you will only seen one option here but if you have an account that has more than provider you will see a choice. You can choose to set a different provider to be the Primary provider from the menu choices available when highlighting a provider and hitting the '​menu'​ button on your device.\\ \\ Changing the provider will means that the upload location for photos and memos will change to the cloud you just made the default provider.  \\ \\ Note that if you have created and sync;d existing memos to one cloud they will continue to reside there. Any new memos created will reside on the new primary cloud. You will just see a view that shows you all memos.\\ \\ \\
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 +===== 36 Refresh Cloud files view =====
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 +If you have uploaded any files direct to your cloud rather than through Storage Made Easy your cloud files view could be out of date. To refresh the view you can go to the Cloud Providers Tab, highlight the cloud whose view you wish to refresh and then choose to "Sync now" which will start the process of refreshing your files view.
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 +===== 37 Search Menu =====
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 +You can search for your files easily by clicking the search option on the Main Menu. If you have more than one cloud mapped to Storage Made Easy then the search will be done on the criteria you select against all clouds. For example if you have SkyDrive, Amazon S3, and Google Docs mapped to your Cloud and you search for '.doc files' then the search will be done against all Cloud Providers and the results returned.
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