Storage Made Easy for Windows Phone 7

The Windows Phone 7 client for the Storage Made Easy platform provides a local file manager as well as enabling you to view and manage files from many different clouds directly from your WP7 device.

1 Gettings Started

Storage Made Easy WP7 enables you to manage, share, and collaborate on data from many different information clouds which are displayed in a virtual cloud file system on your WP7 device. How many clouds you can access depends on your plan with Storage Made Easy, but users can sign up as many times a they want to access single clouds for free.  

Storage Made Easy WP7 is packed with features and these included the ability to take, and categorise, notes that can be synchronised back to an underlying storage cloud you choose; The ability to take and synchronise voice memos; share files over email, twitter, publicly; Share and set expiry links on files shared; Collaborate with other users using business groups;   send files to your file cloud using our unique FileBox feature; access files that have been encrypted using the Storage Made Easy Gateway + many more features

The sign in screen is where you can sign into your Storage Made Easy WP7 Account. You need a valid account with to do this. There are many free accounts so all you need to do is sign up. If you are not yet signed up the register button enable you to sign up direct from the application.  

After registration you will receive and email with an activation code. When you receive this, re-launch the application, hit the Activation button   and copy / paste the registration code. After this you can login and, if you are not using Storage Made Easy hosting on Amazon S3, you can setup your Cloud details.

Setting up your cloud details   is required to enable Storage Made Easy to access your files.

When you synchronise your files with Storage Made Easy, your files don't move anywhere. All that occurs is that Storage Made Easy syncs the file information i.e. filename, filesize etc. This ensure the Storage Made Easy 'view' of your files is the same as the view you get from your Cloud Storage Provider when you access your account.

Once this is done you can use the Storage Made Easy services, including Storage Made Easy WP7 to manage your files, as well as uploading new files etc.

You can use Storage Made Easy WP7 for multiple accounts by signing out and signing back in again with a different account.

The secure connection radio button, if checked, enables you to login securely over HTTPS.  

If you don't wish to login you can swipe to move to offline mode and access offline files and notes.

2 Registration

We have a secure registration system, and you can register directly from within the Application. The steps are:

1. Click Register and enter your details and click submit
2. You will receive an email to your WP7 device with an activation code or URL to click
3. Either click the url or copy/paste the activation code and click the activation code button and paste your activation code
4. You will now be able to login

After login you will be asked to enter the authentication details for the cloud provider that you signed up for so we can refresh the view of you files from Storage Made Easy WP7. Once this start you don't need to wait for this to complete. You can exit the App and come back in a few minutes and log back in and check the status from Background tasks to see if it is complete. Once it is you should be able to see your cloud files.

3 Cloud Menu

If you login over the API you will be taken to the Cloud Menu options after login. This has a number of options that you can   choose which we'll drill down into further into this Wiki.

4 Local Menu / Local Files

The local menu enables you to access local files, notes and voice memos, as well as creating new notes and voice memos. If you have Cloud access then you can also sync pictures, memos, voice memos and upload single pictures.

5 Cloud Files Browser

When you click on 'Cloud Files' from the Cloud Menu, you are taken to the Cloud 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.  

The Cloud file system is navigated as you would a normal file system.

You can copy files to/from the Cloud File System from the cloud clipboard.

6 File Options

To access a the file options click directly on a file from the Cloud File browser. This brings up , such as which cloud it is stored on,   and has options as to what you can do with it. The Filename, Tags, and description are all editable. The other options are as follows:

View: Enables you to view the file without downloading it

Download: Downloads the file to the local files folder where it can be accessed offline

Delete: Deletes the files form the Cloud and moves it to Trash

Get TinyURL: Creates   an email with a link to the file that you can send to a friend or colleague

Share: by Email : 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 public in Storage Made Easy which means it appears on your Public Files page, whose URL is<username>.

Add / Remove from 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 clipboard and choose to share the files that reside there which will result in an email being created with the file links of the files you shared.

Share with Group: This shares the file with any groups you may have setup

Share with Twitter: This option only appears 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.

7 Viewing Cloud Files

You can view Files stored on the Cloud without downloading the file to the local device. If you click on the file to view the properties then you can choose the view option. This options gives you an options to view or edit files using viewers such as Google Docs or Zoho and if the files are .doc or .xls you can edit them online with the Zoho office service which we have integrated with a save button so the edits will be saved back to your Cloud.

You can of course choose to download the file and view it offline also

8 Favorites

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.

You can also mark folders as favorites by using a Folder action. This is a great way to quickly access long file paths.

9 Cloud Clipboard

The Cloud Clipboard is a place you can put files from single or multiple Clouds that you can later choose to paste or move to different Clouds or locations.

10 Cloud Tasks

Cloud background 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). This updates the view of your files within WP7.
2. Backing up email
3. Emptying Trash

From here you can check the status if task 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 you could do it from here. The same goes for any task.

Note that you can rename the syncs from   the 'Cloud Sync Tasks' menu option from the Storage Made Easy web task options.

11 Collaboration Groups

You can create new collaboration groups directly from WP7. Collaboration groups are groups you setup to share file content with 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 add create new groups and add new members directly from your phone.

12 Adding / Syncing Memos / Notes

You can create text memos or text notes directly in WP7 Storage Made Easy. There is no formatting, these are simply text files. The advantage of creating them in Storage Made Easy is that they are easy to share, and they are easy to store as they are sync'd back to the default cloud.  

You can also choose to upload a memo and encrypt it. This will require a password if the memo is opened via any other Storage Made Easy clients, and also means it will be inaccessible to anyone else how tries to access it without the password.

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.

Note that whilst doing a sync you have the option to keep the screen unlocked so that they WiFi or connection does not stop and corrupt the sync.

13 Voice Memos

You can create voice memos directly in   WP7 Storage Made Easy. Voice Memos are created as .Wav files. The advantage of creating voice notes in Storage Made Easy is that they are easy to share, and they are easy to store as they are sync'd back to the default cloud.   To sync click the sync icon in the top right hand side of the screen from the initial menu.

You can also choose to upload a voice memo and encrypt it. This will require a password if the memo is opened via any other Storage Made Easy clients, and also means it will be inaccessible to anyone else how tries to access it without the password.

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 voice memos will still be sync'd back to the phone.

Note that whilst doing a sync you have the option to keep the screen unlocked so that they WiFi or connection does not stop and corrupt the sync.

14 Uploading / Syncing Pictures

You can choose to upload photos and videos directly from your phone to your cloud provider by choosing the Upload Picture option from the Local Menu.

Your Photos will be saved in the My Pictures Cloud folder on the Cloud that is set as your default Cloud.

Note that whilst doing a sync you have the option to keep the screen unlocked so that they WiFi or connection does not stop and corrupt the sync.

15 FileBox - sending files over email

Filebox is a unique email address for your Storage Made Easy Account that you can send emails with attachments to. The body of the email, and the attachments are stored in your FileBox folder. This Folder is in the root of your Storage Made Easy Account and files that are sent to it over email are stored on the Cloud that you have set as your default, or primary, storage Cloud.

The Subject line of the email that you send becomes the folder title that is created within the the FileBox folder structure.

 You can setup a unique name for your filebox email from 'My Account' on the web sidebar after login, and choosing options.   The unique name you choose will result in your FileBox email address becoming filebox.<unique name>

The FileBox email address must come from your registered Storage Made Easy email address. Anything sent to your FileBox email address from other addresses will be ignored. This is to prevent spam. If you feel you need another email address that files can be accepted from you can go to “My Cloud add-on's” from after login and purchase another email address.

16 Secure Files

If you upload files to your Cloud from the website or the the free windows cloud files explorer or other tools, you can choose to assign a unique password that only you know that is not stored on Storage Made Easy. These files will show as being padlocked in the Storage Made Easy Cloud Files view.  

When such files are downloaded you will need to enter a password prior to download otherwise the file cannot be downloaded.

Note: If you forget the password you will not be able to access the file. We don't keep the password and the file is encrypted using AES 256 bit encryption.

Note: If you password protect a file you will only be able to “open” the file via Storage Made Easy. If you try and download it direct from your cloud you will not be able to access the files contents.

17 Web Browser

The web option enables you to access Storage Made Easy in your web browser in the event you wish to access options that you cannot access from WP7 Storage Made Easy.

18 Adding / Removing Cloud Providers

The Cloud Provider screen is where you can:

- Add new Clouds

- Remove existing Clouds

- Re-sync existing Clouds

- Change the Primary Cloud Provider

Adding Clouds:

To add new Cloud Providers swipe to the allowed screen and choosing a provider to add. You may have options of either entering your username / password or also OAuth which is a security mechanism provided by some Cloud Providers to enable access to your account by delegation which can be revoked at anytime, normally from the settings page of the Cloud Provider website.

Once you have added a Cloud click on it from the Cloud providers screen and from the resultant screen click the refresh icon to sync the meta-data so that it is accessible from the file manager.

Removing Clouds:

Select the Cloud you wish to remove and from the resultant screen choose the trash bin option which will delete the cloud from your account and any associate meta data.

The only provider that cannot be deleted is the free Storage Made Easy provider. This is because we actually store your data here rather than just give you a view of your data on other clouds.

Resyncing existing Clouds:

Cloud such as Google Docs, and MobileMe etc enable you to upload files from many different access points and tools. If you do this then the view you have from within iSMEStorage could be out of date. You can refresh the view here by clicking the refresh button to the right of the cloud. You don't have to stay in the App whilst this occurs although you will be updated as to status in real-time. If you want to exit you can as this will still continue and you can come back later and check the status from Background tasks.

Changing the Primary Cloud 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   all the Clouds mapped to your account. You can check which Cloud is the Primary provider by clicking on a Cloud and checking its details.

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 if you swap it.. In the memos screen you will just see a view that shows you all memos.

19 Trash

When you delete a file, it is not deleted on your underlying cloud it is placed in the Trash. This is an additional security measure to prevent accidental deletion. It will stay there until you swipe and delete the individual file or you empty the Trash. If there are a lot of items in Trash, emptying the Trash will create a scheduled deletion request which you can monitor from Background Tasks.

20 Storage Made Easy Help

The help screen is self-explanatory and available from various screen. It provides a way to either find out information or contact Storage Made Easy. If you have any problems syncing or using the App then please do contact us as we are very responsive.

21 Questions

I see files that are on my cloud but I cannot see them through the Storage Made Easy Application?

Because you are able to add files directly to your storage cloud, the SME Gateway does not know about them yet so you need to refresh the view. To do this go to My Account→Providers on the website and choose 'settings' for the relevant Cloud Provider. From the screen this takes you to, choose to resync your provider.  This will refresh the files view and update the Gateway about the new files you added directly to your underlying Cloud.

If you choose to do a 'background sync' when asked (after you have chosen to resync) then the sync can be monitored by clicking on 'Cloud Sync tasks' on the sidebar from the website.. Whilst you are there, choose to rename the task '<cloud name> Sync'. Now when you next login to your Storage Made Easy App you will see this sync task from the 'Background tasks' menu choice. You can now choose to restart this refresh of the view of you files directly from your WP7 device anytime you wish.

You can also do a sync directly from your Windows Phone 7 device, by choosing cloud providers → choose provider → sync

Some things do not work for me as expected?

Please visit the FAQ section of our site to see an updated list of FAQ's for Storage Made Easy, and also our forums and feel free to log any errors directly to us at Support.