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Organize and manage your bookmarks

We finally got tired and decided to do something about bookmarks, we wanted to make them available on all devices and keep them organized. One of our guiding thoughts was that it should be easy to organize them using Windows, Mac or Linux normal file system or using a web browser. No more organizing using awkward bookmarks management built into browsers. Using our web or mobile apps, a great overview of all bookmarks should also be available with small thumbnails of the web sites.

It seemed like a dream, create bookmarks on a computer and instantly have them available through your iPad, Android tablet or smart phone. Since we decided to use our file system and cloud service these bookmarks would also be possible to share with friends. Although it took us a while to get the user experience right, it finally is ready. So what do you think about the result?


How to start using bookmarks in CloudMe
It is easy to get started with a synced Bookmarks folder across all devices. Just follow these steps:

  1. Download and install CloudMe for your desktop, https://cloudme.com/sync
  2. Create a folder on your desktop or where you want to have your bookmarks, for instance a folder named Bookmarks
  3. Open the CloudMe Sync user interface by right clicking on the CloudMe icon on your taskbar (close to the clock)
  4. Drag and drop the Bookmarks folder to the folders under the Synced-tab, this will add the Bookmarks folder as a sync folder
  5. In the window that pop up, choose to “Add” the folder, then close the CloudMe Sync window
  6. You are now ready to start creating sub-folders and adding bookmarks into your new Bookmarks folder, with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox you can go to any web page and then drag the address field and drop it in your Bookmarks folder, you have now created a new bookmark file
  7. If you are using Google Chrome, you can login to the CloudMe web app and go to your Bookmarks folder, then drag and drop any open tab in Chrome into that folder by start dragging the tab and hover the tab where you are logged in to CloudMe and finally dropping it in the file list
  8. Using your web browser, iPad, Android tablet or smartphone you can now start viewing, organizing and seeing all your bookmarks as thumbnails! Conveniently switch between grid or list view to also see the name of the bookmarks

Sharing recipes with friends
You can set up any of your folders with bookmarks as a shared folder, either for read-only access through a WebShare or for a group of people to jointly add bookmarks to. In the example below the Recipes bookmark folder is shared as a Collaborate folder, allowing all invited friends to also add their own recipe bookmarks.

Follow these steps to share a folder:

  1. Create a new folder or select an existing folder
  2. Right click the folder and choose Share (also available in right side menu)
  3. Choose Collaborate to allow other people to add their recipes and set a password
  4. Invite your friends!

Shared bookmarks are perfect for planning your next vacation with your family or friends, buying new furniture with your spouse, sharing wine tips for your private wine club, creating a list of items to buy online, sharing book recommendations, creating a list of music or movies to see or buy or why not use it to plan your wedding?

Sharing your favourite bookmarks with everyone
All CloudMe users have a public profile page under https://my.cloudme.com/user_name. You can choose to create a specific bookmarks folder like My Favourite Sites and share it with everyone by making the WebShare public. Bookmarks you put in this folder will then be published on your public profile page for everyone to enjoy.

Bookmarks across Mac, Windows and Linux
We have managed to support all common bookmark formats from these operating systems, which means that you can safely add bookmarks to the Bookmarks folder from your Mac, then later from your Windows computer and still view them on your iPad or through our web app on any operating system – it all works seamlessly.

Mixing bookmarks with other files
If you are working on a project, it is perfect to be able to mix documents, PDFs, images and bookmarks with articles and reference material in one folfer. CloudMe also make thumbnails for PDFs and images.

Please note that all web sites will not get a thumbnail. Our provider has a huge catalog of thumbnails, but all web sites are not represented. After a couple of requests for unknown web sites, they will eventually be added.

Automatically download Favorites as well as the latest additions

The Holiday season has begun and with it comes loads of WebShares consisting of photos and videos from loved ones.  Most of them you will end up favoriting by pressing “Add to Favorites” on the WebShare.  However, a few will be extra special and you’ll end up downloading a copy of those photos and videos to your computer.  But what is even better is that you can download the current files and automatically continue to download any additional files added to that Favorited WebShare in the future.  All you need to do is use CloudMe Sync. Just create a new Download Sync folder.

Using CloudMe Sync to create a Download Sync folder

  1. Download and install CloudMe Sync from cloudme.com
  2. Log in to CloudMe Sync and click on “Add a sync folder”
  3. Under the Local Folders tab, select a current local folder to download to or create a new folder
  4. Under the CloudMe folder tab, double-click on Favorites and select a Favorite folder to download and then click “OK”

Done! You’ve just created a download sync folder for the Favorited WebShare you wish to have a copy of on your computer.

To make sure that all the latest additions to that Favorited WebShare are downloaded to you regularly, make sure to go into Application Settings(the cogwheel icon) and set the Scheduler to daily or weekly.

So remember!  Once you’ve set up your Download sync folder, every time new photos, video, music, etc  are added to the WebShare you’ve Favorited, you’ll automatically have a copy on your computer.  What a great way to keep those memories forever and always have an up-to-date copy of the latest additions!

CloudMe Sync Part 1- Upload Sync

Looking for customized syncing above and beyond our preset Blue Folder? Then CloudMe Sync is for you! Let’s start by exploring the first type of sync offered by CloudMe – Upload sync.

Use Upload sync for an easy upload of your files as well as for scheduled automatic daily backups. With Upload sync, your files will only be synced one way –up to your CloudMe account.

Examples of Upload Sync folders

  1. Pictures– Ensure that all your pictures are synced daily to the cloud
  2. Music – Easily upload your music so you can listen to it anywhere
  3. Computer backup – Schedule a daily backup of your computer files for peace of mind

Tutorial –How to create a new Upload sync folder.

The following instructions will help you setup an Upload sync folder for your pictures.  That way every time new pictures are saved to your computer, they’ll be backed up daily to your CloudMe account. Access, view and share them while on the go from our iPhone/Android app or log in to our web access from any computer or device.

Now, just open your CloudMe Sync application and we’ll get started!

3 Easy Steps to Create a new Upload sync folder – Ex. Pictures*

1. Add a sync folder

 a. Click “Add a sync folder”

 b. Under the Cloud Drive tab – double click to open the “Documents” folder and select “Pictures”

     c. Under the Local folders tab – select your “Pictures” folder from your local computer and click “OK”
2. Change Sync type

     a. Select the “Picture” sync folder you just created

b. Under “Sync type”, select “Upload” (Note: The default sync type for new sync folders is Bidirectional. The double  arrows on the sync folder will change to a single upward arrow once you select “Upload”)

     c. Exit this window

3. Set Scheduler

     a. Click on the cogwheel (Settings) icon

     b. Under “Scheduler”, check the box “Use scheduler”

     c. Choose daily or weekly then click “OK”

*Repeat this process for every folder on your computer, such as Music and Documents, that you’d like to backup daily by creating their own Upload sync folder.

Create as many Upload sync folders as you wish!

Take a load off your mind. Safeguard your pictures, music, documents –heck, your entire laptop’s files from loss, theft or damage by setting an automatic daily backup for them.  With CloudMe Sync, just set it and forget it!

 

Getting Started with CloudMe Sync

Congratulations on downloading and installing CloudMe Sync. You now have the Blue Folder on your computer which hotsyncs with the Blue Folder in your CloudMe account. In fact, you can get the Blue Folder on all your computers by just downloading and installing CloudMe Sync on them all!

The Blue Folder is magical

Any file you place in there will instantaneously be available everywhere – ie. in all your Blue Folders. That is what we mean by hotsync!

With the Blue Folder, it’s possible to move from computer to phone to tablet and still always have the latest version of a file with you. Why not use the Blue Folder for all your active files?

But wait, there’s much, much more to CloudMe Sync

The Blue Folder is just one of many sync folders you can have. You can set up as many sync folders as you like. You can create other hotsync folders that sync instantaneously just like the Blue Folder or maybe you prefer a bi-directional sync folder that syncs on a schedule you choose instead. Maybe you just want to sync one-way? Then creating an Upload or a Download sync folder would be the way to go.

That’s the beauty of CloudMe Sync! You can create as many sync folders as you wish. You can choose the direction of the sync and the sync schedule.

To recap

CloudMe Sync offers the pre-installed Blue Folder that hotsyncs and the opportunity to create as many customizable sync folders as you wish. There are 4 different types of customizable sync folders (Upload, Download, Bidirectional and Hotsync). Within CloudMe Sync, just click on the cogwheel to come to the Settings page. There you can set the schedule that applies for the first three types of sync folders.

Getting started with CloudMe is as easy as 1,2,3
1. Download and install CloudMe Sync
2. Use the Blue Folder to keep all your active files in
3. Create a new sync folder* -(Great way to back up your photos and music or why not your entire computer?)
*Don’t forget to set the scheduler for scheduled sync folders (Upload, Download, Bidirectional)

Looking for help to create a new sync folder?

Then read our advanced help or check back here next week where I’ll be posting specific examples of practical applications of CloudMe with accompanying tutorials. Please feel free to leave a comment here and let us know how you use CloudMe Sync in your daily life!

The Blue Folder? It’s here!

You have probably already heard about it. We have taken the next step in our development on the way to become the most wanted cloud storage service out there. You have told us that you appreciate all the possible ways to adapt CloudMe to your specific needs. At the same time you are all looking for simplicity in your everyday use.

Now finally, you can have both!

By downloading CloudMe to your computer you will automatically get a Blue Folder on all your connected devices. And just by putting your files in the Blue Folder, they are accessible from everywhere! Can it be any easier?

But wait, there is more.

For those of you who want to be able to set up your own preferences, the new release doesn´t end with the Blue Folder. It´s just the start. By enabling you to choose which folders to sync, and how to sync them you will have endless possibilities to personalize CloudMe to meet your specific needs.

If you are already using Easy Upload you will find that the new CloudMe download keeps all your settings and implements them in to the new version. Now all you have to do is to download CloudMe from here to your computer.

Enjoy!