WebShare Manager G8 User manual (Version 5.0.0)  

1 HELIOS WebShare Manager

1.1 Introduction

WebShare Manager adds web-based “drag & drop” workflow support and file synchronization to HELIOS WebShare, the web-based file access and management solution. Using any web browser, remote users can view server content in HELIOS WebShare, and drag and drop files and folders between the WebShare sharepoint and the desktop, with automatic two-way synchronization of changes.

Remote workflows – with remote file management via drag and drop, remote workflows are much easier because users can work in their preferred manner. In a typical network environment, users can drag and drop files from network volumes onto their local workstation hard disk. WebShare Manager adds exactly this capability to WebShare web-based file access.

Remote project collaboration – is greatly facilitated because of the two-way file synchronization. For example, while one user is designing a document, another could be retouching the images at an entirely different site. When a file on the server gets updated by another user your local copy automatically gets updated as well. Or, when you make changes to your local copy, the server version can get automatically updated. Automatic synchronization of the content ensures that all parties are working with the same versions.


WebShare Manager does work with older WebShare servers, thus you will only need the latest WebShare Manager when logging on to different WebShare server versions.

Remote backups – another significant benefit of WebShare Manager file synchronization is that it can automatically backup files from a workstation to a remote WebShare server, allowing remote offices and laptops to be integrated into your corporate backup system.

1.2 New WebShare Manager features

For new features in the WebShare Manager software see the HELIOS website:
www.helios.de Go to HELIOS Product Versions – New Features

For HELIOS Base, the foundation used by all HELIOS products, see the HELIOS Base product web page:
www.helios.de Go to Products > Base

1.3 WebShare Manager installation

1.3.1 System requirements

See the client requirements for WebShare Manager in the HELIOS Base manual, chapter 4.1.3 “Client requirements”.

1.3.2 Get WebShare Manager

Download via Internet

If the WebShare Manager application is available on one of your WebShare sharepoints, download the appropriate version for your platform. Otherwise, contact your WebShare administrator to request WebShare Manager.

LAN connection – Windows

Mount the “HELIOS Applications” volume, go to “Windows > WebShare Tools” and double-click the “HELIOS WebShare Manager Setup.exe” icon. Follow the instructions of the setup program.


Use the Windows control panel “Add or Remove Programs” to uninstall older versions of the “HELIOS WebShare Manager” tool.

LAN connection – OS X

Open the network volume “HELIOS Applications”, go to “MacOS > WebShare Tools” and double-click the “HELIOS WebShare Manager” icon to start the program, or copy it to your local “Applications” folder.

LAN connection – UNIX/Linux

Copy “/usr/local/helios/public/Java/HELIOS WebShare Manager.jar” to a UNIX/​Linux workstation and enter the command:

# java -Xmx1024m -jar <path>/HELIOS\ WebShare\ Manager.jar

1.4 Create a project in WebShare Manager

Before WebShare Manager can manage project files, with the related downloads, uploads, and synchronization, it is necessary to create a project. You may define a project either manually or have it done automatically.

1.4.1 What is a project?

A WebShare Manager project is simply a list of files (and optionally folders) on a WebShare server, conveniently viewed in a single WebShare Manager project window. It is in effect a “virtual directory” that can list files residing in any sharepoint or directory on a WebShare server. This makes it easy to work with a group of files related to a project, even though the files might be scattered in many directories on the WebShare server. For example, a project to create a financial report might require spreadsheets, artwork, financial analyses, document templates, etc. These would typically be saved to many different directories on the server, but can conveniently be collected in a single project list.

Each project consists of a list of files. Each file entry in the list is similar in some respects to a Windows Shortcut, or a Mac Alias. But, there is a significant difference, in that each file name in a project list actually references two files: the version on the server, and a local copy.

Files from a WebShare server are added to a project by means of drag and drop, or via the WebShare Manager “File Chooser”. These files are automatically downloaded to the project folder (specified when creating the project) on your local workstation. At the same time, the files are added to the file list in the WebShare Manager project window. The project list shows the file name, status, size, and modification date.


On OS X and Windows you can move local files to any working directory within the same volume. WebShare Manager recognizes the file ID and volume ID, and hence preserves all links in a project.

Local files can also be added to a project, via drag and drop onto a file in the project window. Since the file already exists on the local workstation it is not copied into the local project folder. This can be verified in the Local File path list in the project window (it may be necessary to activate the column as described in 1.6 “Customize the WebShare Manager project list”). In addition, local files added to a project are immediately uploaded to the WebShare server.

So once a project is created and files are added, there is always a copy on the WebShare server and a copy on the local workstation. A project synchronize plan (see 1.11.2 “Create or modify a synchronize plan”) can be configured so that, when the file on the WebShare server gets updated by other users, the local file is updated as well. Or, the synchronization can work the other way so that changes that you apply to a local file are updated to the copy on the WebShare server.

1.4.2 Define a project automatically

If you drag and drop a file from the desired WebShare sharepoint into the WebShare Manager main window, a “New Project” dialog window opens, with all fields but the project name already filled-out (Fig. 1.1). If a project with the same WebShare URL, the same WebShare File Server and the same user already exists, this project is used and the file is added to it, even if it already exists in another matching project. In that case, the file is not downloaded to the project folder, instead the project entry is tagged with a link to the existing local file. To cause the automatic creation of a new, different project, detach any matching projects first (see 1.7.1 “Detach a project”). When defining a project manually, this is not required (see 1.4.3 “Define a project manually”).


State a project name and select the desired synchronize options.

Defining a project automatically

Fig. 1.1: Defining a project automatically

1.4.3 Define a project manually


Start WebShare Manager and select Projects > New from the menu. Then fill in the fields with the desired data.

Project Directory is the location to which all downloaded files will be saved. Files will be created with the same directory tree as in the WebShare sharepoint.

If the For Uploads, Backup Original Files option is checked, files that are uploaded from the local project folder to the WebShare server do not overwrite existing older files with the same name. Instead, the existing files are renamed to “.sav”, “.sav1”, “.sav2”, and so on.

Defining a project manually

Fig. 1.2: Defining a project manually

After clicking OK, the project (“Pricelist_2017” in Fig. 1.2) has been created and can be utilized.

1.4.4 Define synchronization of directories

When synchronizing/​downloading a whole directory from a WebShare sharepoint into a WebShare Manager project, only the files currently within the specified directory are downloaded into the local project, and subsequently synchronized. However, if the Allow Directories As Project Files option has been enabled, the directory itself is added to the project as a synchronization object. When this is set, any new files added thereafter to that directory are added to the project and synchronized.

If the While Adding A Directory, Search All Subdirectories is enabled, the directory content is searched recursively, i.e. all subdirectories with their content are also included in the synchronization/​download.

WebShare Manager receives file names from the server in HELIOS-UTF8 encoding. By default it converts them to UTF8 on Mac clients, and preserves HELIOS-UTF8 on Windows clients because Windows does not allow special characters in file names.

1.5 Toolbar

The WebShare Manager toolbar contains the following items:

ICON Choose a new file for upload/​download

ICON Open selected files in their default application

ICON Open directories of selected files

ICON Show enhanced info for selected files

ICON Open “Log Window”

ICON Start upload immediately for selected files

ICON Start download immediately for selected files

ICON Stop selected file transfers and lock files

ICON Refresh window and update synchronization status icons;
ICON does no file synchronization

ICON Start synchronization immediately, all other synchronization plan
ICON settings apply as usual

ICON Copy a URL list of the local copies of the selected project lines to
ICON the clipboard

ICON Paste URLs from the clipboard:

ICON 1. If it is a local project file (“*.wspro”) the project is attached

ICON 2. If it is a file on the WebShare server it is downloaded

ICON 3. If it is a local file it is uploaded to the server directory that
ICON belongs to the project line

ICON Remove selected files

ICON Search for a string in local file names

ICON Find last search string again

The toolbar can be toggled hidden and visible by use of the key shortcut Ctrl+hsymAltKey+T (Mac: hsymOptionKey+hsymCommandKey+T). All toolbar icons have a counterpart in the menu. The related function can be called via the shortcuts shown there.

1.6 Customize the WebShare Manager project list

The WebShare Manager project list view can be customized according to your needs (Fig. 1.3):


Right-click on any column header.


In the contextual menu select (or deselect) the items that should be available (or hidden) in the project window.

Customizing the project list view

Fig. 1.3: Customizing the project list view

1.6.1 Project list column descriptions

Color Label Color label (used by Mac, WebShare, and “HELIOS Meta” PCShare plug-in)
File File name on the server (can be modified locally)
Status File status – Get more information from the tooltip
Size File size (synchronized)
Date File modification date (synchronized)
Server Path Path to the file on the WebShare server
Local File Path to the local file
File ID Internal file ID (local, synchronized)
Comment File comment (synchronized)
Resize Columns Resize columns. Columns are resized to fit window

1.6.2 Rearrange columns

Show/hide columns Right-click on the column title.
Check the columns that should be displayed.
Rearrange column headings Click on a column title and drag it to new position.
Adjust column width Click and drag the vertical divider between column headings.
Sort column Click on a column title to sort by that column, or to reverse the sort.

1.7 Manage projects and the project list

File management in the project list is done by selecting one or more files. A right-click opens the contextual menu, which allows selecting items from the File menu (Fig. 1.4). By setting the file status to “locked” (choose ICON), you can exclude it from being synchronized.

Opening the
contextual menu

Fig. 1.4: Opening the contextual menu

Selecting Get Info opens a window (Fig. 1.5) containing information about the file status and path (both local and on the server), creation and modification date. It allows setting, modifying and deleting color labels and comments.

The project list shows the synchronization status (see Fig. 1.3 and Fig. 1.4) while the “Info” window (Fig. 1.5) shows the current local file compared to the corresponding server file.

Comments that were modified via the WebShare Manager “Info” window are displayed in the WebShare project list upon the next synchronization. Color labels inherit the base color from the synchronization. A colorized arrow pointing upwards signalizes a local change, an arrow pointing downwards indicates a change on the server.

If the file information window is opened for a folder, the Also Add New Subdirectories option becomes available. This allows adding folders recursively.

File information window

Fig. 1.5: File information window


To open a document with a particular application, drag it onto the program icon of the application. To open the document with the specified standard application, highlight it in the project window and click on the ICON icon, or simply double-click on the file name.


Click on the ICON icon to remove a file from a project. The referenced file on the WebShare server is not deleted but the corresponding local file will be deleted if you select Delete file and reference. Click on Remove reference only (or hold down the hsymAltKey or hsymOptionKey key while clicking on the icon) to make the file disappear from the WebShare Manager project window, however it will remain in the project folder.


Local files that are added to the project (via upload) are not copied to the project folder. On confirming the deletion (“Delete file and reference”), the local original files are deleted from the file system! In this case an additional confirmation query is displayed.

1.7.1 Detach a project

When a project is detached, the project is no longer shown in WebShare Manager, and the project files are no longer synchronized with the corresponding files on the WebShare server. However, the local project files are not deleted, they remain in the local project folder.


To detach a project, select it in WebShare Manager and choose Projects > Detach Project from the menu.

1.7.2 Attach a project

To attach an already defined project to WebShare Manager do the following:


Open Projects > Attach Project. In the file browser open the respective project folder and select “*.wspro”.

You may also to drag the “*.wspro” file directly from your local file manager (e.g. Finder, Windows Explorer) onto the WebShare Manager project window.

1.7.3 Delete a project

There are two ways to delete a project from WebShare Manager:


If it is still running, quit WebShare Manager.


Navigate to your user directory and open the “WSManager” folder.


Delete the desired project folder from your computer.

Or, without the need to quit WebShare Manager first:


Detach the desired project (Project > Detach Project).


Navigate to your user directory and open the “WSManager” folder.


Delete the desired project folder from your computer.

1.8 Download files and folders from a sharepoint using WebShare Manager

There are two ways to download files or even whole folders from a WebShare sharepoint to a WebShare Manager project:


In the WebShare Manager project list, click on the ICON icon, which opens the “File Chooser”, displaying a list of sharepoints. Double-click any sharepoint to show its directories. Select a file or folder from within the desired sharepoint – or select the whole sharepoint – and click either the OK button or the ICON button (see Fig. 1.6). All selected items are then downloaded into your WebShare Manager project.


Alternatively, drag and drop them from the file chooser (see Fig. 1.6) or the web browser into the WebShare Manager project list, but this means that the WebShare URL, the WebShare File Server and the user name for source and destination must be identical.

If the current project is not suitable, WebShare Manager selects an appropriate, already attached project. If no suitable project can be found it opens the “New Project” window, allowing a new project to be defined. Or, if you wish to add the files to an existing but unattached project, use File > Open Document to select that project's “.wspro” file. The “New Project” window will then be filled in; click OK and the existing project will be reattached.

Selecting the file “Cafeteria.tif” for download

Fig. 1.6: Selecting the file “Cafeteria.tif” for download

1.9 Upload local files to the WebShare server

There are two ways to select the target directory on the WebShare server:


Click on the ICON icon to open the “File Chooser” window and drag the local files and/or folders that you wish to upload into the desired directory or folder or sharepoint. Or, still being in the “File Chooser” window, click on the ICON icon, select the file or folder to upload from the “Upload to:” dialog window and confirm your selection with the Upload button.


If you are not connected to the WebShare server, a login dialog opens.


Or, if any of the files have a server path that matches the desired upload target directory, select the local files and/or folders that you wish to upload, drag them into the WebShare Manager project window, and drop them over a file with the desired server path. The files will then be uploaded into that server path on the WebShare server.


For this method you need not be connected to the WebShare server.

As soon as local files are added to a project, the upload process to the WebShare server will start immediately. If the Reject Updates on option has been activated (see 1.11.7 “Synchronize interval”), the upload will start after expiry of the lock wait. The synchronize plan assigned to the project will then manage the synchronization of file changes.


Even if the synchronize plan does not synchronize uploads, local files can be added to the project.

1.9.1 WebShare Manager logging window

The log window (Fig. 1.7) is automatically opened if the program detects an error situation. You can also open it manually:


Go to File > Open Logging Window to open the “HELIOS WebShare Manager Log” window.

Logging window

Fig. 1.7: Logging window

Log levels:

Error Severe failure messages, e.g. programmatic errors
Warning Warnings, e.g. process interferences
Info Informative messages, e.g. project synchronization, file transfer
Verbose Progress messages, e.g. file synchronization
Extensive More detailed progress messages
Debug Provides debugging information (for experts only)

Logging settings can be specified in the Logging tab of the WebShare Manager preferences. See section 1.12.4 “Logging”.

1.10 Remote backups using WebShare Manager

WebShare Manager makes it easy to use a WebShare server as a remote backup repository. Local files and folders can easily be backed up to the WebShare File Server by adding them to a project (as described above). It makes sense to configure a project or projects specifically for backup purposes, so that the project settings and the synchronize plan can be set accordingly. For example, to provide a “versioning” control, the option For Uploads, Backup Original Files could be checked. The synchronize plan should be defined to synchronize uploads.

Note that if the Allow Directories As Project Files option is switched off, which is the default behavior, and you add a folder of files to the project, all existing files in this folder will be added to the project list. Any new files subsequently added to this folder will not be added to the list. To make such additional files available in the project list, the folder must be dragged anew onto the project window.

On the other hand, if the Allow Directories As Project Files option is activated, and you add a folder to a project, then this folder itself will be added to the project as a synchronization object. Any new files that are subsequently copied to this folder will be added to the project list.

Once the local files have been uploaded to the WebShare server, you can then access them from any computer with internet access. This ensures that critical files are preserved and available even in the case of loss or failure of the original system or files.

1.11 Synchronization

Each WebShare Manager project has a synchronize plan, which specifies whether and how to synchronize changes between project files on the WebShare server, and the corresponding local copies.

Various synchronize plans can be created or changed via the Settings > Synchronize Plan menu. Each synchronize plan allows you to define the time interval, days, and direction in which the content of the WebShare sharepoint, and of the WebShare Manager project, is synchronized (see Fig. 1.8). Each project can have its own synchronize plan, as selected when creating a project, or via the Projects > Settings menu.

1.11.1 What gets synchronized?


By setting the status of a file to “locked” (click on the ICON icon), you can exclude it from being synchronized.

1.11.2 Create or modify a synchronize plan


From the Settings > Synchronize Plan menu select New to create a new plan or select an existing plan you wish to modify. Projects that use this synchronize plan are listed in Projects (Fig. 1.8).

Synchronize Plan

Fig. 1.8: Synchronize Plan

1.11.3 Delete a synchronize plan


Open the synchronize plan that you want to delete via Settings > Synchronize Plan. Then select File > Delete from the menu and confirm the deletion.


If a synchronize plan is currently in use, it cannot be deleted. The Delete item in the File menu is then grayed-out!

Detached projects that had the deleted synchronize plan assigned will – if re-attached – display the deleted plan's name in red but follow the “Default” synchronize plan unless an existing synchronize plan is assigned to the project. The project window opens if the synchronize plan is missing upon project activation.

1.11.4 Synchronize direction

The Allow Synchronize For options specify in which direction file changes get synchronized. Note that only the files listed in the project list get synchronized.


With the Downloads option checked for a synchronize plan, files on the WebShare server that have been modified will be downloaded during the next file synchronization process, replacing the prior local version. That way when content on the WebShare server has been updated by other users, the synchronize plan can update your local project content as well.


To protect the local version of a file against being overwritten, it must be copied to a backup folder. Moving the file is not sufficient because WebShare Manager tolerates moving and renaming, and hence would overwrite the file in the backup folder.

Files removed from the WebShare server will not affect the corresponding files in the local project folder. If the project synchronize plan enables uploads (Uploads option), then the local file will be uploaded to the WebShare server during the next file synchronization process, to replace the missing file, and keep them in sync.


Files added to the WebShare server (e.g. by other users) are only downloaded to the local project folder by the file synchronization process if the folder is subject to synchronization (Allow Directories As Project Files option. See also 1.10 “Remote backups using WebShare Manager”.


The Uploads option is used to ensure that changes to the local copies of project files get changed on the WebShare server as well. That way when you update your local project content, the synchronize plan can update the corresponding files on the WebShare server. Not only does this facilitate remote collaboration, but it can also be used as a remote backup method.

Local copies of project files that have been modified will be uploaded to the WebShare server during the next file synchronization process, replacing the prior version there. If the project option For Uploads, Backup Original Files is enabled, existing files are renamed to “.sav”, “.sav1”, “.sav2”, and so on (see 1.4.3 “Define a project manually”).


If the local copy of a project file is deleted, it will not affect the corresponding file on the WebShare server. If the project synchronize plan enables downloads (Downloads option), then the corresponding file on the WebShare server will be downloaded to the local project folder during the next file synchronization process, to replace the missing file, and keep them in sync.

1.11.5 Synchronization status

The status of files in the project window is represented by icons. The following table lists all available status icons and their meaning:


Server file is being downloaded to the project folder


Local file is in sync with that on the server


Local file is missing


Local file is newer than that on the server


Local file is older than that on the server


Local file is locked and excluded from synchronization actions
(Used in combination with other upload or download status icons. Or, if standalone, the local file is in sync but locked)


Local file and server file do not match, i.e. both have been modified. No automatic synchronization possible; the user needs to synchronize the file manually, by use of the ICON/​ICON buttons (see 1.11.6 “Upload/Download conflicts”)


Server file is missing


Removed file found in trash


Upload/​download action is stopped (e.g. due to disconnected server)
(Only in combination with other upload or download status icons)


Local file is being uploaded to the server


Wait …
(Only used in combination with other status icons)


These icons do not show the comments synchronization status. But the “Info” window will show both versions if they do not match. If the color label of a file on the server differs from that in the local project folder, non-matching colors are indicated by use of small triangels in the color label.

1.11.6 Upload/Download conflicts

It can happen that a user modifies a file on the WebShare server, while another user is also changing that file as a local project file. In this case automatic synchronization is switched off and you must decide manually which file should be used, the local file or the one on the server. This is done by selecting the ICON or ICON button in the toolbar of the project window.


Likewise, if the Uploads and Downloads checkboxes are both enabled, and a color label (or comment) of a file on the WebShare server is changed, and there is a conflicting change to the corresponding local project file label (or comment), then synchronization of the conflicting data will not occur. If you wish to synchronize the conflicting label or comment, it must be manually changed via WebShare, or the WebShare Manager “File > Get Info” window.

1.11.7 Synchronize interval

It makes sense to have different synchronize intervals for different projects. A current project with many collaborators might call for a frequent synchronization schedule (perhaps every few minutes), while other projects would need less frequent synchronization (perhaps once a week). Of course, in addition to the automated synchronize plan schedule for each project, a user can simply click on the ICON icon in the WebShare Manager toolbar to initiate that project's synchronize plan at once.

The Synchronize pop-up list (see Fig. 1.8) allows selecting a time interval in minutes, or hourly, daily, or on a particular day of the week. In case of daily or weekly synchronizations, the desired time can be specified.


Choose Manually from the pop-up list if you do not want automatic synchronization at all.

A click on the Advanced button reveals additional options to fine tune the intervals. For example, if Synchronize is set to every day, but you want to skip certain days and time ranges, e.g. from 01:00 to 02:30. The Use Default option causes the Reject Updates on settings from the Default synchronize plan to be used for the synchronize plan you are editing. That saves the trouble of entering these defaults for each synchronize plan. Uncheck Use Default to specify custom settings for a synchronize plan.

1.11.8 Save and apply a synchronize plan


When you have finished configuring a custom synchronize plan, click OK to make it available in the Settings > Synchronize Plan menu.

It can then be applied to a project by clicking on the project name in the WebShare Manager window, and then on the Projects > Settings menu. The synchronize plan can be selected from the pop-up list.

1.11.9 Automatic synchronization

Project files are automatically synchronized according to the synchronize plan specified for that project. If a synchronize plan cannot be performed when scheduled, e.g. due to an interrupted internet connection, the files in the project window will be synchronized with those on the WebShare server as soon as the connection has been reestablished.


When dragging and dropping folders from a server or the desktop into the WebShare Manager project window, all files within the dragged folder will be added to the upload/download synchronization. Files that have been added subsequently to that folder are only downloaded to the local project folder if the Allow Directories As Project Files option was activated and the folder subject to synchronization was not deleted.

1.11.10 Manual synchronization


Click on the ICON icon in the toolbar. The files on the specified WebShare server will be synchronized with the WebShare Manager project files.

This is the way to synchronize a project if the synchronization interval is set to Manually.


When synchronizing manually, the defined sync interval is overruled, however the advanced options are taken into account.


Click on the ICON icon in the toolbar to download selected files.


Click on the ICON icon in the toolbar to start uploading previously selected files immediately, regardless of the selected synchronize plan.

1.11.11 Download/Upload reconnect

In case a file transfer is aborted, e.g. internet disconnection, PC shutdown/​pause, all running transfers will be resumed with the next server reconnect. A manually stopped transfer is resumed by clicking on the ICON or ICON button.

1.12 Preferences

Mac: “WebShare Manager > Preferences …”

Windows: “Settings > Preferences”

1.12.1 General

WebShare Manager Directory
Allows you to specify a default WebShare Manager directory, i.e. the path to the project folder(s). Here, the single project folders and the log file (see 1.12.4 “Logging”) are stored (can be changed in the project management).

Size of Preview Images
This pop-up menu allows you to choose the preview image size used in the “File Chooser” window (1.8 “Download files and folders from a sharepoint using WebShare Manager”).

1.12.2 Proxy

Depending on your network configuration, you may use a proxy server to connect to the WebShare File Server. The proxy configuration of WebShare Manager should match your browser proxy configuration:

No Proxy
Use this option if no proxy server is used. This will likely be the case if you are connecting to network internal WebShare servers only or if you are using a DSL connection without the need for a proxy server.

Manual Proxy Configuration

HTTP Proxy
Specify the host name (or IP address) and the port number of your HTTP proxy server.

Specify the host name (or IP address) and the port number of your HTTPS proxy server. This is only required if you are using an encrypted connection, and only if the HTTPS proxy server differs from the HTTP proxy server.

No Proxy for
This field allows specifying a proxy exception list for WebShare servers that do not require a proxy server for being accessed (e.g. internal servers).

Separate multiple host names or IP addresses by a pipe character (“|”). You may also use wildcards, e.g.:


Here, advanced users can also use a regular expression (“Regex”).

PAC (Proxy Auto-Config) URL
Use this option if the proxy information is provided by a PAC file in your network. Enter the full URL under which the PAC file is available, e.g.:

1.12.3 Security

The Security tab allows entering keys and passwords that are meant to improve the WebShare Manager security. With the default settings, everything should work “out-of-the-box”.

The CACerts File Password is a means of protection against a tampered CACerts file, which is the system-wide Java keystore file. If a password is entered in this field, WebShare Manager will only run if the password matches the password stored in the CACerts file. If the password is left empty, CACerts is read without any password check.

The actual file name of the CACerts file can be “jssecacerts” or “cacerts”, and WebShare Manager looks for it in “<user.home>” (the home directory of the logged-in user) and in “<java.home>/lib/security” (where “<java.home>” is the Java runtime installation directory). The first file found will be used.

The CACerts file contains trusted certification entries that are used to verify the server certificate for HTTPS/SSL connections. If no trusted certification entry is used (e.g. if the server uses a self-signed certificate), WebShare Manager brings on a dialog (similar to most web browsers) requesting the user to allow establishing the connection. If the certificate has not expired, the user has the option to add it to the keystore, so that WebShare Manager will not request a confirmation for this server anymore.

Trusted certification entries created by WebShare Manager are not stored in the Java keystore file CACerts but in the “.wsmanager.keystore” file, where also the saved passwords for establishing connections are stored. The saved passwords are protected by a key (User Password Key field). The “.wsmanager.keystore” file is, similar to CACerts, also password-protected as a whole (User KeyStore Password field). If this field is empty, the CACerts file password is used. If this field is also empty, the default password “changeit” is used.

All passwords specified in the Security tab are encrypted with some simple algorithm and are stored in “.wsmanager.prefs”. Thus, anyone who has access to “.wsmanager.prefs” and “.wsmanager.keystore” may theoretically retrieve the saved passwords for the connections. By specifying a User KeyStore Path the “.wsmanager.keystore” file can be saved to a path different from the user home directory, e.g. on a USB stick.

1.12.4 Logging

The Logging tab allows specifying the logging behavior of WebShare Manager. If Automatically open Logging Window for Warnings is checked, the “HELIOS WebShare Manager Log” window will open if a warning message is issued by WebShare Manager.

If it is desired to save all log records in a text file, Save Log records to file “HELIOS WebShare Manager Log.txt” must be checked. The file is stored in the “WebShare Manager” folder (see 1.12.1 “General”). The path is displayed in the tooltip.

The “Logging Detail” section allows you to specify which log level should be applied:

The log levels are described in 1.9.1 “WebShare Manager logging window”.

1.12.5 Locale

The Locale tab allows choosing the WebShare Manager user interface language. Currently supported are: English, French, German, and Japanese.

1.13 FAQ

1.13.1 Feedback welcome

We appreciate your feedback to improve WebShare Manager or this documentation. Please use the feedback form on the HELIOS website:

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