Pydio 6 – Product Tour


Until now, open source file sharing solutions have struggled to deliver a workable alternative to consumer-focused cloud storage services. Pydio 6 reinforces enterprise scalability, multi-device flexibility and extends the platform’s centralized administration controls. But more importantly, it combines this with a complete reworking of the front-end user experience.

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Welcome Page

Your users’ time is valuable, as is their state of mind. We’ve reworked the welcome screen to display the most important information in an easy to understand way. Users new to Pydio can quickly learn the basics by watching the online courses.

 

New welcome page
New welcome page

Workspaces info on welcome page
Workspaces info on welcome page

Video tutorials for end-users
Video tutorials for end-users

 

Dashboard

Users can edit their profile, manage shared users, and list all shared elements of all workspaces.

User profile: display name, avatar, etc
User profile: display name, avatar, etc

Shared users "address book"
Shared users “address book”

User shared files and folders
User shared files and folders

Files explorer

The main workspace screen is now more well-organized. Most used actions (such as Download, Share) are highlighted. The left pane gives quick access to bookmarks and shared files. The workspace selector is now in the top-left corner next to the workspace title. And finally the various uploader plugins can be toogled on-the-fly depending on the usage scenario.

Workspace main screen
Workspace main screen

Users can choose the best uploader for their needs.
Users can choose the best uploader for their needs.

List mode: default list
List mode: default list

LISTING - DETAILS
Listing mode: detailed table layout

Listing mode: resizable thumbnails
Listing mode: resizable thumbnails

Online Previewers

Most files can be previewed directly in the application. Low-res versions of the images are generated on-the-fly.

Image preview
Image preview

The preview tool generates a low-res version of the image and can display it in the full-screen mode.
The preview tool generates a low-res version of the image and can display it in the full-screen mode.

Search engine

The search engine layout has been streamlined. Advanced filtering allows users to filter by file properties and indexed metadata.

Advanced search engine
Advanced search engine

Monitoring modifications

Alerts are displayed top-left on a per-workspace basis (meta.watch must be activated in the workspace).

Monitor any file or folder for modification or request for discussion by another user
Monitor any file or folder for modification or request for discussion by another user

Alerts sent by email are displayed in the left column
Alerts sent by email are displayed in the left column

Sharing Features

Sharing has been redesigned from the ground up. Now all parameters can be modified after the share link has been generated. This includes the link’s “hash” that can be set to a user-friendly string. Folder and file sharing options are now identical, and the presentation layout can be chosen depending on the specific situation.

Sharing security options: password, automatic expiration by date or downloads
Sharing security options: password, automatic expiration by date or downloads

Share folder: security options and minisite layout
Share folder: security options and minisite layout

Share folder with existing or new users as a new workspace
Share folder with existing or new users as a new workspace

Share page with preview
Share page with preview

Share page without preview
Share page without preview

Manually edit the generated link
Manually edit the generated link

Send email invitations from within the app
Send email invitations from within the app

User warning when trying to delete a shared file or folder
User warning when trying to delete a shared file or folder

Admin Panel

The admin panel allows you to manage all aspects of the application: workspaces and users, plugins options. The new analytics dashboard will be enhanced in the near future (SQL logging required).

Workspaces, Users, Groups and Roles
Workspaces, Users, Groups and Roles

New analytics dashboard
New analytics dashboard

There are plenty of new plugins to choose from
There are plenty of new plugins to choose from.

Each plugin offers a wide range of options
Each plugin offers a wide range of options

 

Under-the-Hood Improvements

  • A new database indexing mechanism developed for use with the new synchronization client.
  • Authentication plugins are now split into two groups: front-end and back-end. The front-end plugins (authfront.* plugins) are used to obtain credentials via different methods (login form, http auth, api key, etc.) and can be layered, while back-end plugins (auth.* plugins) are used to validate credentials.
  • New authentication methods for integration with existing systems: auth.custom_db allows you to use an existing database as your user/password directory, while authfront.cyphered_post lets you create a token and pass it to Pydio to pre-log a user.
  • Share links don’t create PHP files in the data/public/ directory any longer. All relevant data are stored in a database, which makes the system significantly more flexible and scalable.
  • The UI embeds a backbone router that allows navigating across workspaces using the browser’s Back and Next buttons. This means that it’s now possible to use jQuery, but only in the noConflict mode.
  • Object-storage drivers have been upgraded to use the most recent version of the external SDK. This makes it easier to connect S3-compatible or Swift devices.
  • Scalability has been thoroughly tested and improved, so it’s now possible to deploy Pydio in large organizations.
  • The CAS authentication plugin has been rewritten from the ground up, adding the ability to use a ProxyTicket service.