We have enabled the possibility to log in to Sprend using your Facebook account.
The e-mail address is the Sprend username and after verifying the login with Facebook we fetch the e-mail address for the Facebook account.
If no Sprend account exists for the e-mail address we create a new account (giving free Sprend Pro access for 5 days).
When we have verified an account exists the user is automatically signed in to Sprend.
We have updated our tech note on how Sprend Pro users can add a custom layout and replace the background image.
We have updated Sprend to allow for sending a file to multiple recipients. This is available to all our users with a paid account, Sprend Pro.
Register to test Sprend Pro for 5 days at no cost.
The full list of changes are:
- Sprend Pro users can send a file to multiple recipients (max 100) and the upload page has been modified slightly to support this
- Multiple recipients can be entered in the single-line input field which also can be toggled into a multiple-line input field for easy copy and paste of addresses
- The file is not removed after download but is available for the whole storage period of 21 days
- History of sent files has been adapted to handle multiple recipients
- It is not possible to use pin code if number of recipients is more than one
- A file can be downloaded a max of 50 times per recipient
- Sprend can now be accessed via a secure connection (SSL)
Many thanks for your support!
Today we have deployed a minor update.
- Pin codes are now 6 characters
- Improved pin code generation algorithm
- Added “Send file” to menu displayed when logged in
Today we upgraded the Sprend platform:
- Files are now kept 2 hours from first download instead of being immediately deleted
- Warning if user clicks a link that would interrupt an ongoing upload
- Validate format of e-mail address
- Help and about pages have been moved to our blog
- Many preparations for Sprend Pro and other minor improvements
- Possibility to apply minor updates without service downtime
There will soon be more!
This is how Sprend looked for years before we changed the layout in October 2011. Anno 2004 was the year when Sprend saw the optical fibre of the Internet light up for the first time (the name at that time was skickafilen.se).
A few weeks ago Sprend initiated a cooperation with Infoflex Connect and FileCentral. We are now making some changes to improve the user experience and quality of the service:
- New internet connection with better stability and capacity
- New hardware
- Updated layout
- Many internal improvements
And there is more to come…
Please give us your feedback either as a comment or on our “Feedback” page on sprend.com.
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I’ve had the goal of making the Sprend project more open and transparent. But writing blog posts takes a lot of effort so I’ve hesitated. Let this be a new start. With a little luck from now on I’ll write more often, but perhaps my thoughts might not be as well pondered as those of Paul Graham.
Internally we’ve had discussions on our mailing list and irc channel about the next step. A new thing is our Facebook page thanks to Börre. I not particularly fond of the all-u-can-eat, we-are-the-internet kind of goal that Facebook has, and I canceled my account some time ago. But perhaps I can change my mind.
Now for the meat. This is my view of the future. The focus for Sprend (as soon as I’ve managed to amass enough cash to support myself for a few months) is to build a first commercial version. And no, we won’t kill the free version in the process.
The goal is to build a premium service with as little as possible of new functionality, with the simplest way of charging money (simplest to implement for us), and having a reasonable chance, in case of trouble, to bring back files of paying customers, with at most 2-3 hours downtime. The new functionality: multiple recipients and downloads, new field for sender’s email address (= pretty much the top items of sprend.uservoice.com).
We will do this according to the KISS principle, as simple and as cheap as possible. At least we need to do the following:
- Design and implement the premium service.
- Solve problem 1: Our connection to the internet is down. How do we solve this for paying customers within 2-3 hours?
- Solve problem 2: Our server is down (for whatever hardware or software related reason). How do we solve this for paying customers with 2-3 hours?
- Solve problem 3: When the load of our free service affects the performance of the payed version, how do we make sure that the paying customers get to their files?
- Will we be ready for so much more support calls and emails?
I have most certainly left out a number of important issues. But this is a start. What do you think, team?
Sprend now has a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sprend/131233920261255
It’s in norwegian, because Børre – our norwegian guy – created it.
But we’re in the process of transforming it into english, because that’s our default language when communicating with the world (we often use swedish and norwegian when appropriate though).
It has a nice visual design, so kudos to Børre’s work.
Next year we have some improvements planned.
- A more modern user interface (the “look” of the website)
- The most requested features at http://sprend.uservoice.com
- Backend (server) upscaling, to increase speed, reliability and recovery of deleted files
- A pay-for premium version that will have more features, speed, reliability and security