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Search Through All Your Cloud & Locally Stored Files From One Place Thanks To FileShadow’s Recent Update

By David J. Crewe on July 8th 2019

In case you were like me and didn’t know, FileShadow makes it possible for you to conveniently search for and access files from Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Macbook or Windows from a single and secure location. Adding to this functionality, FileShadow has recently announced the addition of custom tagging capabilities, allowing users to organize files and photos stored in their FileShadow cloud vault by using custom search tags.

Users can select one file or as many files as they want to adjust. They can add new tags, or edit or remove any auto-generated tags that aren’t relevant to their files in the vault. Being a file management OCD kind of person, this seems pretty cool to me! Trust me i’ll be reaching out to get a demo to do some reviewing.

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“One of the built-in features of FileShadow is an extensible metadata store. We’ve enhanced the system by allowing user editing of the metadata tags,” said Tyrone Pike, president and CEO of FileShadow. “With FileShadow, customers can collect all of their content, and fine-tune the metadata tags so they can efficiently locate their files.”

The Process

When a file is copied into the FileShadow vault, the service automatically generates searchable metadata for each file, including location (GPS), optical character recognition (OCR) of PDFs and machine learning (ML)-generated tags for images. By using machine learning, FileShadow provides superior search capabilities, allowing the user to find files quickly.

For example, a picture of someone golfing might automatically generate tags such as golf, golf ball, golf club, golf course, professional golfer and sand wedge, even if those terms are not in the file name.

As a result of the automated tagging feature, users can quickly find images related to their search term. With this new FileShadow update, users can also adjust the terms associated with their files. In the example above, users could add the term “putter” and delete “sand wedge,” making their tags more relevant to content depicted in the image.

FileShadow builds a metadata system for all files, regardless of their storage source. Sources include cloud storage (iCloud, Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe’s Lightroom solutions, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and OneDrive for Business) and local storage (macOS, Windows Desktops, Windows Virtual Desktops, Drobo network and direct attached storage (NAS/DAS) devices*). The service provides a single, secure vault from which to search and access files.

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The FileShadow Service is free of charge for up to 100 GB of data. Subscriptions are available for more storage ($15/month for 1 TB; $25/month for 2 TB; each additional terabyte is $10/month). Subscriptions for FileShadow for Virtual Desktops are available for $25/month for 2 TB, and each additional terabyte is $10/month.

About FileShadow

FileShadow is a service that aggregates files from multiple cloud sources, Windows Virtual Desktops, Windows PC and macOS desktops, and Drobo network and direct attached storage (NAS/DAS) devices into one secure, reliable and searchable cloud vault. Compatible with Amazon WorkSpaces, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, HVE ConneXions VDI Solutions, IOXO Workspace Technology, Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop, and VMWare Horizon, FileShadow for Windows Virtual Desktop delivers thin provisioned access to the user’s vault.

* Supported Drobo NAS products include: 5N, 5N2, B810n; DAS Products
Include: 5C, 5D/5Dt, 5D3 on Windows over USB and the 5C, 5D/5Dt, 5D3, 8D for Mac.

Visit FileShadow.com for more information.

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David J. Crewe is a full-time commercial photographer and Senior Editor with SLR Lounge. Based out of both Southern California & Las Vegas, Nevada.

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