Well after a feverish development cycle, we got the first beta out, and we are very happy with the results! There are a bunch of changes, with many of them being “under the hood” so to speak, however the most obvious is the new client interface. Earlier this year we prototype’d a new “compact” interface (reference – http://forum.division-m.com/index.php?topic=1520.msg5074#msg5074), this was the basis of our re-design. The big change is that the old tabbed interface is gone, the v1 interface used a number of WPF controls, which while looking cool, could really bog down the loading times… in v2 there is now only a single view that is much nippier.
This new interface has also found its way to the WHS addin, doing away with the tab interface has also improved the load time of the dashboard.
This beta release also bring with it the ability to add networked drives to a pool, so you can effectively add any drive or device that you can reference using a UNC address.
Adding the networked drive is very straight forward, enter the UNC detail and then perform a test of the target address, if the test passes you can add the drive to the pool.
Finally the plan was to release the new “Landing Zone” feature with beta 1, however this was pulled at the last minute… so we will be releasing beta 1.1 in coming days with this new feature enabled.
If you would like to check out the beta for yourself, you can download it from http://www.drivebender.com/drive-bender-beta-downloads-sn
Stay tuned, there is heaps more to come!