BITTORRENT has announced a major update to the mobile element of its cloudless-sync BitTorrent Sync service.
The app, which has previously been purely for viewing files, has now been expanded with a productivity element. Users can create files from within the app, and save them directly to a sync folder which will then sync across all other devices.
The beauty of this is that it uses your existing apps - the 'save location' triggers the sync - and you edit in your choice of app, as BitTorrent product management VP Erik Pounds explained.
"Today, we are rolling out a new version of the Sync app. It takes the app from file access and viewing, to one that also enables productivity," he said.
"Users will now be able to create various types of files to save directly into a Sync folder to share, as well as make edits directly to files and synchronise the changes to others."
Use cases include being able to edit and save videos on the fly to your home machine without upload, or edit a document that you left on your home computer.
This is the latest move on a long road that has seen BitTorrent (the company) taking Bit Torrent (the protocol) from the world of seedy illegal torrenting to a safe alternative to cloud computing.
Bit Torrent Sync itself is already on version 2.x, with a 100 percent cryptographic security system, universal availability across platforms for even larger files, and full granular control over folder permissions, just as with a cloud-based solution.
In addition, the company has reported speed improvements of up to 16 times over the cloud.
The new mobile apps are available now across Android, iOS, Kindle and Windows Phone. µ
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