Across all these events, he found that attendees were not networking effectively or navigating big events easily. They were stuck reading program booklets and were networking with the wrong people. On the other side, organizers weren’t able to improve from event to event because they weren’t getting accurate analytics on the success of the event. And sponsors weren’t getting the ROI they were expecting from participating in events.
Tariq resolved to find solutions. He and his team created NVOLV, an app aimed at event organizers, sponsors and attendees that consolidates the social activity at an event. It allows attendees to generate buzz and indirectly become brand ambassadors for the event and its sponsors. Over the course of eight months, Tariq and his team developed the app, which includes mobile apps, an API layer, and an admin portal.
NVOLV encourages attendees to create buzz around an event by posting photos and videos of the event. For larger conferences, Tariq and team provide white-label event apps to preserve event branding. The goal is for users to have full access to their own files from anywhere. The app comes with all the necessary discovery features that are needed at festivals, conferences, and expos, such as schedules, lineups, real-time notifications, and maps.
During development, Tariq discovered that some users didn’t want to keep an event-specific app on their device after event was over. But if users deleted the custom-branded event app, they would lose all their photos from the event. Tariq found a solution with Bitcasa.
Using Bitcasa CloudFS, Tariq and his team were able to provide full access to users’ own files and data at all times through the NVOLV app. Originally, they were using Amazon S3 to store the content and implement their custom user-authenticated layer and storage. Apart from the pitfalls of creating secure spaces for users’ files, creating the app was becoming time consuming.
Bitcasa CloudFS made development easy by providing a file system in the cloud that securely stores all the media files, and which users can access anytime from anywhere. Now they’re developing a web interface with the same user authentication as in the app so users have access to the files across platforms.
Bitcasa CloudFS was the right fit for the developers of NVOLV. Tariq found it secure, structured, and easy to integrate. He and his team have developed an app that can store all the social activity, pictures, and videos simply and securely in the cloud.
NVOLV will soon be available in the App Store. The Android app will also be available shortly.
We’ve incorporated your feedback into the new app making it easier than ever to put your digital library to work on your iPad and iPhone. See what’s in store on the new app:
Have you given the iOS7 app a test drive on your iPhone or iPad? Let us know what you think.
Hard drives, sync solutions and others, beware! Today we’re launching a new version of Bitcasa that will transform the mobile experience and extend our global reach. From performance enhancements to international support, these updates set a new standard for storing, accessing and sharing your content. It will undoubtedly lead to the demise of hard drives worldwide and bring us one step closer to storing the world’s data—are you ready?Hablas español?
Is English not your first language? Don’t worry because Bitcasa is your new multilingual friend! From your browser to your app, Bitcasa now fluently speaks 11 languages including English-US, English-UK, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), Japanese and Korean. Bitcasa automatically sets your language based on your computer or phone. Voilà!Mobile Makeover
Not only is Bitcasa’s new iOS and Android mobile experience beautiful and sleek, it’s also secure and intuitive. With a sidebar menu and smart search option visible on every page, navigation is a breeze. Sort files by name and date to quickly find that new song you’ve just uploaded or old video you want to watch. Have a new picture you want to share? All of your recently added and viewed files are bookmarked right on the home screen! The new mobile app also makes life easier with the option to make payments directly from your device.
New Android Homescreen
New iOS HomescreenThe ONLY cloud storage that is truly private
Hesitant about prying eyes viewing your files? Well, we’re beefing up your mobile security. In addition to our existing client-side encryption that makes it cryptographically impossible for anyone else to see your stuff, you can now also set a Passcode Lock on our mobile apps so you never have to worry about unwelcomed eyes accessing your files on your phone and tablet.
Time to Get Organized
Drag and drop. How much simpler can it get? With the new browser file management, you can upload files by dragging any file directly into your browser. You can also create, rename and share your files and folders directly at my.bitcasa.com. Now if only organizing your house was that easy! Don’t forget, you can stream your music and videos from the web without any wait time or making space to download files.
So what are you waiting for? Check out the new desktop version of Bitcasa today at https://www.bitcasa.com/download or download our Bitcasa app at Google Play or Apple store. We can’t wait to hear what you think!
Also, in celebration of our official entry into Europe, Bitcasa will be offering a special 20-percent discount of £55/€60 for a year of Infinite Storage to our new international users. This special introductory price will be available through August 31, 2013 when international users enter the promotional code: UKEU20. Just sign up here.Never run out of space again!
As well as performance updates, we have made printing, sharing, storing and viewing your pictures easier than ever!Instant printing of your pictures! When viewing a photo, click the “export” icon (looks like a down arrow into a tray) on the bottom right. The following menu appears: Then you select “print” and as long as you have a wireless printer set up, you can print! Social sharing Sharing a link to a file via SMS, email or social networks has never been easier with our new short links. We’ve also added the ability to save photos to your camera roll, for easy posting of the actual image on Instagram or Facebook. You can also save photos and documents to other apps via the “Open In” menu. To make accessing your stuff easier, we added the ability to swipe through photos or play entire music albums within the “My Drive” and “Favorites” views. You can also zoom in and out of photos by double tapping them while viewing. You’ll also notice that Bitcasa now appears in the “Open With” menu, meaning you can upload anything to your drive from email, SMS or your other apps! As always, every photo or file you save in Bitcasa is available anytime, anywhere from any computer, phone or tablet. With these updates, we just made sharing and enjoying photos even easier. Let us know what you think!
Over the last few months our developers have been heads down working on creating a more intuitive and higher performing Web experience. Many of these changes were the direct result of what we heard from you and the stuff you care about.
For those of you that haven’t used our Web access you should check it out. Go to my.bitcasa.com from any browser (you don’t need to install Bitcasa first) and use it as a fast & easy way to stream your music, videos and photo albums anywhere you might be. The Web interface not only gives you access to all your content, but it also plays videos natively in your browser.
A Better Web Experience
Here are some of the latest editions to the new Bitcasa Web experience at my.bitcasa.com:
1. A Crisp New Look
We are now optimized for mobile phones and tablets, creating a really great experience for anytime, anywhere instant access to all your digital goods (music, videos, photos, etc.).
We have also made lots of other changes under the hood to make sure you have thright tools at your fingertips when you’re on the go.
2. Photo and Document Preview
Now when you click on a Bitcasa Send Link, you can instantly see a preview of your photos or document right there on the web page. No need to download them to view!
3. Shorter Send Links We have taken a hint from the folks at Bitly and shortened our sharing links so they’re easier to include in your emails, Facebook posts, and tweets.
4. My Drive is the new Folders
We have renamed the “Folders” view to “My Drive” to better reflect all the content you have on Bitcasa. Click it to see what’s on your Infinite Drive. We will be doing this across all our applications for a more seamless experience.
5. A Better Photo Viewing Experience
We know that album art from your music collection can clutter your Photos view. We now filter for any small photos under 50kb in size to be excluded from the “Photos” section.
If you have questions about how my.bitcasa.com works, please check out this post which highlights some commonly asked questions and gives advice on how to get started.
An improved Web experience is one of the many things we are working on and you’ll be the first to know as soon as we have any new updates.