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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Introducing Sosius Mobile

We're excited to announce the release of the mobile version of Sosius, using the latest HTML 5 technology we have redesigned Sosius for your smartphone giving you the full power of Sosius on the go! Check out the latest activity via the mobile dashboard, view your workspaces and files, send group messages, discuss issues in realtime chat and much more.



  • Keep up to date with the streaming dashboard
  • Navigate your workspaces and content
  • Chat in realtime to other team members
  • Message people and groups in your company directory

Go to my.sosius.com on your mobile to check it out.
Posted by andrew.cameron-webb
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New PDF Merge Service

We've added a new add on service called PDF Merge, which does just what is says on the tin. Load a bunch of PDF's into a workspace folder and then with one click merge them into a single master PDF document. You can customise the headers and footers plus other options from the PDF Merge page.


  • Rolls up multiple PDF documents into one master PDF
  • Set the master PDF documents properties including header/footer, pages count, and more

To install please go to - my.sosius.com/services and install the 'PDF Merge' service, you will then see the 'PDF Merge' button on folders that contain PDF files.
Posted by andrew.cameron-webb
Thursday, January 26, 2012

New Management Features

We've introduced a raft of new features to help account administrators mange their company members more effectively.

  • Workspaces only - provide a simple view of Sosius for members who don't need the full featured version. This option hides the Dashboard, People, Profiles & Settings pages
  • Set Members Home Page - you can now set the home path (the location users are redirected to after they login) for members either company wide or individually
  • Security Update - email notifications are sent to the account owner when a direct access share is created/modified by other users
  • Member Management - the members edit profile page now includes check boxes for group management
  • Security - company members cannot remove their network connection with their company administrator
  • Layout - the 'Items shared to me' workspace widget is suppress if company only sharing or company only workspace is set for the member
  • Permissions - pending company members are displayed in the company admins permission selection list
  • Permissions - direct access shares listed under 'Profile & Settings' show all direct access shares beneath the account



To view these new features go to 'Profile & Settings' > 'Company Management'
Posted by andrew.cameron-webb
Sunday, July 24, 2011

Real-time Chat

Feature Overview
Chat Session
Sosius's chat allows you to instantly communicate with members, partners and other users on your company platform.

  • Works in real time
  • Chat with a single user, multiple users, or with a group
  • Add members to an existing chat
  • Ability to select online and offline users
  • Offline users will see updates upon next login


How Does it Work?

Chat Notification
The grey bar by default reflects the number of online users. Clicking on the bar enables you to select a user you would like to start chatting with.

If the grey bar isn't visible you can turn it on by going to Profile & Settings - > Edit Details - > Enable Chat, or if you are part of a company account then please contact your company administrator to turn this feature on. Company Administrators can enable the chat company wide by going to Profile & Settings -> Company Managements, including the option to override this feature for individual company members.

How do I start a chat?
  • Through the Chat bar on the bottom right of your browser
  • Within a workspace, via the network online panel on the left side of the page
  • On a user's profile page. A chat button will be visible if the user is online
Who's online/offline?
  • Online users are indicated by a darker grey coloured font
  • When a user is offline, this font turns to a lighter shade of grey


The Options Menu

Chat Options
Clicking on the grey bar brings up the Options area where advanced chat features can be found.

Start a chat
Use this to start a group chat as a multi or group conversation
  • Multi Conversation - Select members to add to a chat. Member list here shows online and offline members. Offline members will receive messages upon Login to Sosius.
  • Group Conversation - Select a group to have a conversation with. Groups here refer to groups that have already been created under the Company Administrator account.
Previous chats
Show a list of previously held conversations. Please note that conversations already open in the grey tabs will not appear here.

Close all windows
Instantly remove the previous/existing chats from the bottom of the browser. This will not delete chats, but simply remove them from your view.

Play sounds
Turn the sound notification On or Off. When Sound is turned On, it will be played when messages are sent or received.


Other Features

  • Conversations can be reordered by dragging the grey tabs around.
  • Remove individual conversations by clicking on the x next to the grey tab.
  • Clicking on the arrow on the top left of a chat window minimizes the window.
Posted by andrew.cameron-webb
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Updated Dashboard and Messaging

We've updated Sosius with some awesome new features that will make working on Sosius even more fun. Based on your great feedback, we are confident that this major improvement will increase the usability, efficiency and joy of using Sosius.

The new dashboard comes with an improved design

We've updated the dashboard with a new layout, better filter options and quick links to your groups. You can do everything from the new dashboard. Quickly navigate and update your workspaces using our new intelligent updater.

New Dashboard

Email members and groups

We've built a fantastic new messaging system: email members and groups directly from the dashboard with full conversation history.

See who's in your workspaces

Filtering your dashboard by workspace now displays a new 'Sharing' member panel so you can easily see who has access to that workspace.

Enhanced preview options

You can now preview files, events, database entries, discussions, blogs and much more with our new enhanced preview viewer. When you are previewing an item the comments are updated in realtime allowing you to discuss feedback with your colleagues who are online.

See who's online now

Your dashboard's network member list now updates automatically when someone logs in so you can see who is online at the moment.

Stay tuned for more updates

I would like to thank all of you who have provided feedback in the recent months, your comments are helping shape Sosius! In the next few weeks we will be releasing some more awesome features - stay tuned!

Posted by andrew.cameron-webb
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Introducing the new streaming Sosius Dashboard

I'm delighted to be able to tell you: the new realtime streaming Sosius Dashboard is here.

This major upgrade and redesign has re-written the rules of online collaboration, with a huge list of new features that means using Sosius Dashboard is an improvement on even being in the same room at the same time with your colleagues. It's not only Real Time, it's enhanced Real Life.

The new functionality gives you information when you want it, in any way you want it, and responds to your particular needs. It looks and feels like a social network, allowing you your space within the company, your voice within a project, and your influence on a conversation. It's easy, secure, and complete; a relief to know where to go to find everything.

Here are some of the amazing features:
Streaming Sosius Dashboard

You're always up to date

You can instantly respond to changes, add comments and start discussion threads, all without leaving the Sosius Dashboard. It makes working easier, faster and fun. Collaborate in real time with your colleagues, get updates on changes as they happen, or see at a glance what's been going on the next time you log back in. No more searching across a variety of different places. When a new document that needs your approval arrives, preview it directly and add your comments, all without leaving the dashboard.

You're always up to date

Zoom in, zoom out

Got a lot going on? No problem. Our filtering options mean you can quickly narrow down what's incoming to one project, one person or even one thread. Customise your dashboard to see just what's relevant at any one time.

Zoom in, zoom out

Keep in touch, stay on top

The new Sosius Dashboard makes it easy to post status updates into the stream. Let people know what you're working on or what you need next. Respond to your colleague's posts with comments or upload a file or image. Broadcast to everyone or chat to a single individual. And if you are an observer, not a participant, then sit back and watch an evolution!

Keep in touch, stay on top

Requirements

Even though the new realtime dashboard is easy to use, it is based on advanced, new technology which require a modern browser. That means if you are using older software, you cannot utilize this new feature. At this time we will not be offering support for Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 and 7.

At Sosius we recommend using Mozilla's Firefox, Google's Chrome or Apple's Safari. All of these browsers are free, and offer both performance and security improvements compared to older browsers.

Welcome to a new experience

All in all, we are confident that this major improvement will increase the usability, efficiency and joy of using Sosius. Try it out and let us know your thoughts.
Posted by andrew.cameron-webb
Thursday, June 17, 2010

June Update

Sync Projects to your local calendar

We have implemented a feature that lets you sync Projects from Sosius to your local calendar, in the same fashion as you sync calendars. Your local calendar will display the Project name, task titles, start and due dates, as well as links to the actual tasks in the service. Seeing as we use the iCal format for this, you can also add your project-tasks to calendars in Sosius this way, just like you would subscribe to an external Google calendar or similar.

Project Feeds

Reset Permissions and Ownership

On the Manage Existing Permissions page for any item, we included a new option simply titled Reset. Here you can with the click of a button remove permissions and ownership of items (with the option to cascade children). This means that you can copy/move material, and very quickly remove any unwanted ownership/permissions that came along.

Reset Permissions

ACL Improvements (Navigator Folder visibility)

First of all, allow me to state how excited I am to bring you such a seemingly technical and boring feature! To explain I will use a couple of examples.

The navigator has always been somewhat problematic because it exposes items located in the parent node. So for instance if you in the below example, only had access to Subfolder 2, you would still see Subfolder 1 and Subfolder 3 as well, even though you could not access them.

Old

While this might seem like an insignificant detail, the fact of the matter was that it limited the flexibility of our folder structures.

Now we have changed this, striving towards the concept: You only see what you have access to. Meaning that in the above example, where you only have access to Subfolder 2, this is all you will see:

New

Picture Folder as a Sales-team, and each of the Subfolders as different Clients, who should not know of each-other, and it gets easy to see how valuable this is when creating folder structures that needs to fit your own companies needs, as well as your clients.

Expanding on that concept, we also made some changes to how items in the "Content window" are displayed. Take the following example: You have access to Folder, but you have explicitly been denied access to Subfolder 1 and Subfolder 3 - we now use the same concept: you only see what you have access to:

New

As Subolders 1 and 3 are no longer visible in this scenario, this means no more fumbling around creating unnecessary root workspaces, navigator-disabling, or ill-conceived use of the hidden functionality.

One thing to be aware of is that the breadcrumbs needs to be visible in order to maintain navigation and the URLs (this example: Sosius >> Folder), so any parent nodes will be visible. This means that a good practice from now on will be to name these main categorizing folders "discretely".

Depending alerts

When you are using the project tool, a lot of times it makes sense to set up a task as being dependent on another. So what you really want to see when you are finished with the first task, is an alert being sent out to the person who is assigned to the next task. We have changed the issue response page to include an option to Alert Depending Members, which allows for just that.

Depending alerts

Other improvements from this update

To reduce the length of this blog, I will try to summarize the other, smaller items we have been working on this month more briefly:
  • The Logout URL which Company Admins are able to define in their Company Management page, now also works for the company admins themselves, not only the other users.
  • You can now enable/disable the Java uploader from your settings (all mentions of Active X are also removed).
  • We have changed the wordings on the Company Management page, so that you no longer have mysterious options such as "Restrict Workspace Disabled".
  • You are now able to enter three-digit telephone country codes (for countries such Finland and Ireland)
  • You can CC yourself when sending Direct Access links, by simply selecting the corresponding checkbox.
  • The Calendar Month view now works better in Internet Explorer (as well as other browsers)
Posted by andrew.cameron-webb
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Introducing Web Folders

Work Locally
Mount Sosius workspaces on your computer

I'm very excited to announce Sosius now supports Web Folders. The new Web Folders feature, which is is based on WebDAV allows you to have your files and folders appear in a network drive. To put it simply, it mimics the behavior of an external hard drive and ultimately integrates Sosius as a part of your computer.

The Benefits

  • Manage your files
  • The Web Folders eliminates the need for a browser to manage your files and folders stored in Sosius. Copy, Rename, Cut, Move, Paste and delete, just like you would do it on your local computer.

  • Use your favorite software
  • Seeing as you now have your Sosius content as a Networked Drive, you can use your local software to edit files. The Open, Save and Save As options in all applications will allow you to directly reach or place files in Sosius. Save your documents using Microsoft Word directly to Sosius. Edit existing spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel. And that's not all, other handy features you might be used to are available as well: Mac OSX's Quick Look works, as well as the preview pane in Windows 7.

  • File transfer
  • The Web Folders takes the sting out of transferring data. Upload and download folders, folders including subfolders and selections of files. Use the copy/paste dialog or simply drag and drop them using your file-manager.

  • Resume transfers
  • Transferring files using Web Folders supports resuming on advanced clients. This means that if you are disconnected from your wireless when you have uploaded 50mb of a 100mb file, you do not have to upload the entire file again, only the remaining 50mb.

  • Versioning
  • The Web Folders supports Versioning. You will always have the latest version available to you in the Web Folders. Uploading new version will automatically put the older one into the versions-list, available in the Web Interface.

  • Permissions
  • The Web Folders supports the Permissions applied in the Web Interface, meaning that you will have access to the same files, with the same permissions as defined in the service, and nothing else.

  • Create Shortcuts
  • You can create shortcuts to any item in your Web Folders. Place shortcuts to your active project on your Desktop for quick and easy access.

  • Multi-OS Support
  • WebDAV is a common protocol, and most modern operating systems support it natively. This includes Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OSX and Linux. It is simply a matter of enabling these features and setting them up with your username and password. In addition there is a number of dedicated WebDAV clients which you can use with the Web Folders for more advanced functionality.

    Learn how to set up Web Folders on your computer.

Posted by andrew.cameron-webb
Monday, December 7, 2009

Sosius get's screen sharing, web meetings, private IM and more...

Our new real-time collaboration desktop client brings you voice conferencing, a private IM network, on screen collaboration & screen sharing.

Best of all, there are no downloads or installs required for your participants - they can view your screen through a standard web browser.



Download the client.
Posted by andrew.cameron-webb
Monday, November 2, 2009

Share your content with everyone



If you've got big files to share, email can be time consuming and corporate mailboxes often reject anything over 2Mb.

Sosius Direct Access lets you mail a link to anyone, even outside your Sosius network, so they can access your content instantly. You can even limit the availability by setting an expiry time for both link and content.

Learn More.

Posted by andrew.cameron-webb

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