World of HELIOS: iOS and Android draining developer resources
New HELIOS Admin background desktop rebuilds, improved efficiency
HELIOS Document Hub certified for iOS 10
Meet HELIOS at MacTech Pro Conference 2016
HELIOS Newsletter 10/2016
Dear HELIOS client,
Welcome to the latest information from the world of HELIOS. Keep
your networking lead and stay one step ahead. Turn your colleagues
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Enjoy the news.
Your HELIOS team
Helmut Tschemernjak, CEO & President
1. World of HELIOS: iOS and Android draining developer resources Now after we have completed a few mobile apps, especially our
file server document sharing solution HELIOS Document Hub, which
has been available for some time on iOS and now on Android (preview),
we have sufficient experience with iOS and Android development.
As a result, I can share that Document Hub offers exactly the
same features, ease of use, and performance on both platforms:
iOS and Android.
The main disadvantage for developers is that native app development
(not the limited HTML apps!) needs to be programmed from
scratch using Objective-C or Swift with Apple libraries on iOS,
and in Java using Android APIs as well as standard Java APIs on
Android. This basically means that if an app requires 3 man years
of development, it is required to plan development resources twice
(6 man years), to serve iOS and Android clients. It is disappointing
that this development needs to be done twice, often with different
engineers specialized in iOS or Android.
Compare that to standard programming languages and libraries,
lets say C/C++ on Mac and Windows, where more than 90% of the
code can be shared between the platforms. Examples are Acrobat,
MS Office, and RagTime which are all cross-platform and offer
identical features and native look & feel.
Hopefully at some point in time the vendors will standardize on
a common programming language, e.g. Swift, and standard foundation
libraries, to allow developers to focus on their solutions and
not program the same logic again for a second platform.
Everyone is welcome to discuss this further on my Google+
2. New HELIOS Admin background desktop rebuilds, improved
efficiency The new HELIOS Admin makes the “Rebuild Desktop” and “Rebuild
Spotlight Index” options much more convenient. These “rebuild”
options now run in the background without blocking, which means
that once one or more rebuilds have been initiated, other administrative
procedures can be performed in HELIOS Admin without waiting for
the rebuilds to complete. Additional enhancements to “indexsrv”
make Spotlight indexing of file text content and metadata more
efficient. Updates to “rebuild” improve its efficiency as
For complete details, see updates u1160, and u1164-u1166 on the
Updates web page. Updates can easily be installed as described
in the Base UB64 manual,
and as demonstrated in the video
“HELIOS Update Installer – 4 easy steps”.
3. HELIOS Document Hub certified for iOS 10 As Apple updates their products, HELIOS tests their beta and final
releases to verify that our solutions remain fully compatible.
We are happy to report that Document Hub works perfectly on iOS
10, with no update needed. Document Hub is a free download from
the Apple App Store, that allows iPad and iPhone users to securely
access WebShare sharepoints, to browse, view, upload, download,
search, and sync documents on their company server. The Document
page and videos
provide an overview. Document Hub is easy to test, even without
setting up your own WebShare server. Simply download Document
Hub from the App Store (search for “HELIOS Document Hub”).
A test server with sample data is already pre-configured.
4. Meet HELIOS at MacTech Pro Conference 2016 The deployment of Mac computers and mobile devices continues to
expand in corporate environments. For example, IBM has over 90,000
Macs deployed, and is working with Apple to help customers
develop enterprise apps for iPhone and iPad. System administrators
need to smoothly integrate and support these devices and users.
The upcoming MacTech
Conference 2016 (Nov 16-18, 2016 Los Angeles, CA, USA), is
a technical conference where Apple IT pros, enterprise sys admins,
techs, and consultants meet to network, and learn about a range
of Mac IT topics. Meet with HELIOS at this conference to see how
HELIOS Universal File Server, Document Hub, and Script Server
can make cross-platform file sharing and syncing, along with Spotlight
search, and workflow automation, easy to deploy and support.