Box.net to Offer offline Access for the Mobile users
August 28, 2010 Leave a comment
If you have been using the cloud-based document sharing and storage provider, Box.net’s services, they recently updated their iPhone and iPad application with support for offline downloads and background processing in iOS 4.
Translation: In addition to being able to access, share and comment on content on-the-go, you’ll now be able to:
- Save files for offline access so that you can read them on the plane or share them at a meeting without worrying about connectivity
- Sync saved files with updated versions when a collaborator makes a change – but don’t worry, we’ll notify you first and give you the option to update the file
- Preview files faster with file caching
The update makes it easier to get things done and access your documents, whether you are regardless if you are connected to the Internet or not. i.e. those moments you are on the plane with no internet access.
Unlike other file online documentation services like Google Doc or Dropbox, Box.net address the issues that can arise when working on shared or collaborative documents. For instance, if you download a Google Doc off the cloud and then get on a plane, you are not always guaranteed that you can get access to changes made to that file while you were in the air.
After an Internet connection has been established, the Box.net app alerts users if there have been any changes to their offline documents. The app will then sync any changes made on the local end with the document on the cloud server.
While Box.net works to improve its application for the iPhone and iPad, company is also working on an Android version of its mobile client. The Android version will be optimized for search and will presumably offer many of the same features as the iPad and iPhone versions. The Android version is expected to launch within the month.