Revamped Spreadsheet Output, Redesigned Document Controls, Image Zoom & More

What a week! We’ve revamped the spreadsheet output and document controls, added image zoom, introduced edit mode, and redesigned the menu. We’ve also squashed 37 bugs and consumed 120 cups of tea.

Spreadsheet

excel-output

We’ve been supporting spreadsheets with basic output since launch. But now we have revamped the entire output – adding rows/columns heading, cells (grids), and sheets – to help you browse spreadsheets quickly. You can use the arrows on the bottom right corner to view more sheets if you have a large spreadsheet. Users can scroll both horizontally and vertically with ease. Since it’s a new implementation, we want to hear from you if you come across any bugs or bad output.

Document Controls

new document controls

Our previous document controls on the top right side of the document was not fixed. This led to many problems. When you zoomed the document, the control box moved further to the right, annoying many users. We’ve now put the document controls in a fixed bar on top, giving you more controls and ease of use. You will now also find zoom percentage and the option to reset zoom back to normal.

Image Zoom

jumpshare zoomed image

This feature was requested by designers who wanted to share designs and mockups with clients. When developing zoom functionality, we wanted to ensure that the images load as quickly as possible and at the same time making them zoomable without quality loss. We think we did a fairly good job, if you have any suggestions for further improvement, do let us know.

Edit Mode

Jumpshare Edit Mode

One of the most important option for management is “Edit”. When you click this button, it enables Edit Mode, allowing you to merge folders, delete folders, copy files, move files, and delete files. Those who use this option are often clueless how many folders or files they have selected and the total size of their selection. Starting today, you will see the Edit Mode section in the right sidebar providing this vital information.

Menu Revamp

new jumpshare menu    new JS menu

We’ve revamped the menu so that it’s easier to switch between options. The extra space also allows us to add more options in future.

Other than these changes, we will be releasing some big updates in the coming days, so stay tuned!

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Jumpshare Now Supports Video Buffering And More

It’s been a busy few weeks at Jumpshare. We’ve added a slew of new stuff, improved performance and fixed many bugs. You will now find that Jumpshare is faster and more responsive. Below we’ve listed some of the most visible changes, followed by smaller changes.

Video and Audio Buffering

Jumpshare video buffering

Starting today, you will see buffering in both videos and audio files. Buffering helps inform users how much of the content has loaded, it’s a great way to navigate to any part of the audio or video clip and helps those who are on slower internet connection get a better streaming experience. Buffering is only supported in browsers which are fully HTML 5 compatible. These are Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer 10. Unfortunately, since Firefox uses Flash for videos, buffering is not yet supported on this browser, but we’re working on a solution for this.

New Activity Icon

New Activity Icon Jumpshare

One of the first things you will notice on logging in is the brand new activity icon. This icon is part of a bigger plan. Hint: Desktop app. Stay tuned!

10x Faster Image and Document Viewer

Opening and closing the content viewer just got faster. Not only that, you can now navigate between images and load documents 10x faster, thanks to the special compression technique and minimizing HTML and CSS that reduces the load time.

Updated Panel UI

Updated Panel UI

We’ve made small changes to the design of Panel UI to simplify it further and make it visually appealing. This change includes adding a small border around the images to make them stand out and simplifying the Cog Wheel icon.

Converting & Loading…

All content uploaded to Jumpshare is first converted and then optimized for online viewing. To make it easier for users to know which of their files are converting and which are loading, we’ve added two new messages inside the file viewer; Converting and Loading.

Miscellaneous Changes

  • Deployed CDN
  • Utilized Browser Caching
  • Clicking “View All” in Activity pop-down box will take users to General Activity page
  • Fixed Facebook Sharing
  • Fixed Scroll bar in document viewer
  • Rename folder by clicking on its name when inside that folder
  • All action buttons are now on the right side in all pop up boxes
  • Users will see new photos/videos in the navigation strip of the viewer as they upload
  • Play/Pause videos by clicking anywhere inside the video frame

Apart from the above changes, you will notice more stability thanks to the countless bugs that we have fixed. We love to hear feedback from our users, so if there is anything, feel free to shoot us an email. Go ahead and take it for a spin. Visit Jumpshare!

Share Once And Forget, We’ll Take Care Of The Rest

We’ve made a small update to the way recipients are notified when files are shared with them. Before if you shared a folder with someone, the recipient got an email, and when you added more files to the shared folder, there was no way for the recipient to know that you have updated the folder.

Starting today, you only have to share the folder once and if you add more files to the shared folder, we will let the recipients know that you have updated the folder with more files. There is absolutely no extra work or actions that you need to perform – everything is automated!

If the recipient has a Jumpshare account, this is what he/she will see in the activity.

add more files to folder activity

And this is what the email looks like.

added more files email

Happy sharing!

Rolling Out iOS Optimized File Viewer And Other Improvements

We’ve been busy for the past few weeks fixing numerous bugs and improving our core functionality while also developing exciting new features (more about that in future blog posts). So what were we up to? Here’s the list of changes you will notice in Jumpshare.

Note: We have only listed the most visible changes/improvements in Jumpshare below, we fixed hundreds of backend issues, improved our service etc., which will (obviously) not be noticeable to our users.

iOS Optimized File Viewer

File Viewer Web, iPhone, iPad

As we continue to optimize our service for smartphones and tablets, we want to make sure that the file viewing experience remains top class. If you viewed shared photos on your iPhone or iPad, there was one major issue; you could not swipe left or right to explore more photos. Today, that is no longer an issue. Reading a document? You can now scroll up and down just like native PDF viewer in iOS.

Please note that the photos swipe feature works flawlessly on iOS and some Android devices. It does not work on Windows Phone and Microsoft Surface. We are working to make it compatible with all smartphones and tablets.

Sharing Files

Share files Jumpshare

As most of you are already aware, you can share files with up to 20 recipients at a time. To make it easier, now you can copy & paste multiple email addresses separated by commas and they will be turned into proper formatted input in the “To” field. Also instead of increasing the height of “To” field to multiple lines, we have fixed it to three, so you will now see a scroll bar appearing when you share files with a large number of recipients.

No Preview Available

No Preview Available Jumpshare

We’re doing our best to ensure that over 200 file formats can be viewed online instantly across all devices. However, sometimes, on rare occasions, some files fail to convert. This can be due to numerous reasons; large file sizes, unsupported file formats, and under-optimization at our end. As always, we are constantly improving our file viewer to ensure all types of files, irrespective of their format and/or size, can be viewed online. To better inform our users, starting today, you will be seeing a “No Preview Available” message right inside the file viewer when a file fails to convert due to above mentioned reasons.

CSV Spreadsheet Output

View CSV Online Jumpshare

When we introduced support for Spreadsheets, one of the problems our users constantly faced was that large CSV files were failing to convert. We have fixed this issue and made it even more reliable; so much so that now, you can preview large CSV files within seconds. The conversion of CSV is faster than Excel (XLS/XLSX).

Internet Explorer

While we like Internet Explorer 10, we dread older versions of the browser. However, we have no choice but to work on them because they still command a good chunk of browser market share. We spent a week on numerous fixes for both Internet Explorer 8 and 9. If you could not perform a certain task or could not preview files in the past, you will no longer face such issues starting today.

Code & Text Encoding

We improved the encoding of both code and text files. It’s even more reliable than before.

Smarter Buttons

Import box Jumpshare

Downloading, Copying, Moving, Merging, Importing and Deleting files are some common actions our users perform every day. Previously, when they clicked any of the respective buttons, there was no way to inform them that the action had been performed, which resulted in some users pressing the buttons multiple times, triggering multiple actions. For example, in the case of Importing files, if you clicked the “Import” button two times, it imported the file twice. This is no longer an issue now since we show users that the action has been performed and prevent them from repeating it.

These are some of the visible changes you will see in Jumpshare this week. Happy sharing!

Better Video Conversion, Support For More Audio Formats and Improved Text Output

Text output

We made some improvements to our video, audio, and text output. You will now see faster conversion and better output than before. Some videos and audio formats failed to convert, we have fixed that issue. You can see the complete changelog below.

Changelog:

Video:

  • Fixes to support most handheld devices’ encoded videos
  • More reliable avi and mp4 conversion.
Audio:
  • Improved audio conversions, bug fixes and added two new audio formats 3ga and ac3.

Text

  • Improved output and text formatting (see screenshot above).

We are continually improving our conversion engine and output. If you see a bad output or simply a file failing to convert, let us know.

Your Documents and Presentations’ Output Is Now Pixel Perfect

Since launching in September, 2012, our users complained about the jerky and iffy output of their documents; MS Word, Pages, and PDF document. Because the same engine is utilized to convert the presentations, the output of Powerpoint presentations had been equally unimpressive. After spending countless hours coding, revising, testing and sweating blood and tears, today we are happy to announce that the output of our document and presentation viewer is perfect down to the last pixel. Below we have made some Before and After comparison to show you how much the output quality has improved. Scroll down to take a quick glance.

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We are constantly striving for the highest quality of our file viewers and will not stop until we have achieved the best output. We are improving our engine routinely so if you come across any bad output or bugs, please don’t hesitate to report it (support@jumpshare.com). We will be more than happy to fix any problems you encounter and to ensure that you get the best possible file sharing experience.

Converting a document is a complex task and a multi-part procedure. We achieved this result by using both our technology and the open source pdf2htmlEX (for PDF to HTML conversions). Many users can experience the native PDF viewer in Chrome and Firefox browsers, however many more who are using Internet Explorer, Opera, and other browsers are not able to preview it. With Jumpshare, everyone, irrespective of the browser they are using, will be able to enjoy the pixel perfect output of Word, PDF, Pages documents and Powerpoint presentations. Did we mention that we support OpenOffice docs too?

Go ahead and upload some docs. Let us know how you like it in the comments below.

Share Your Files On Facebook And Twitter

Jumpshare Share Web

Starting today, you will notice a small but significant change when sharing files and folders on Jumpshare; the Email button has been replaced with a richer Share button. Two new options for sharing have now been added; Facebook and Twitter, allowing you to share the files quickly with your family and friends. For those of you who stay connected with their friends through Facebook and Twitter, this means sharing to those networks is now possible. Instead of manually copying and pasting links, you can share directly to these social networks.

Happy Sharing!

Now You Can Import Files Shared With You To Your Account

Jumpshare Import

We know how irksome it is to not be able to download files shared with you, either because your connection is slow or because your ISP has a bandwidth cap. We are also aware that many of you want to download files only to upload them again to your own account for safekeeping or to share them with your friends. Today we are introducing the Import feature to solve these problems. Just click Import on a folder or file shared with you and it will be added to your account instantly. If you are traveling and want to immediately save the files to access them later (either because you are busy or don’t have a fast internet connection), Import will come very handy.

You have the ability to Import the entire shared folder or individual files. To import the entire folder, just click Import button and confirm the action (see screenshot above). To import an individual file, hover your mouse over that file, click the Cog wheel icon and in the drop down, click Import. In the next step, specify which folder you want to import your files to. If you don’t want to import the file into any existing folder, you also have a choice to create a new folder.

Jumpshare Import Files

You can test this feature here. We hope you like it. Want more features or have a bug to report? Let us know. We’re listening. Happy sharing!