As You all might have already noticed we were busy working on our audio player lately. We have introduced a new player with waveform preview (that’s those silly little images which show whats going on in your audio file). We wanted them to be far more accurate then on other sites with a clean seperation of left/right channel (right on the top, left on the bottom as it should be).
We were able to introduce this player in the following locations:
1. Public folders: a new audio preview view has been introduced. It can be set by the folder owner (the owner sets the default folder view) and it can be changed by the users viewing the folder via a combobox at the top.
2. Facebook embed
3. Custom embed (this feature is not entirely introduced at the moment) with a fully customizable size, color scheme, behavior etc.
4. Mobile download page
We have also introduced a HD preview option with a higher bitrate (better high frequencies replication) while still preserving a relatively small file size.
Additionally we have fixed an issue due to which mobile clients could not download file from our website. It should work fine now. If You own an Iphone or an Android device please check if everything is working fine on Your device. In case You encounter any problems please let us know via comments or our support pages (please provide Your device name and operating system version).
Please let us know what You think.
PS: We have to send a big thank you to Broly who kindly pointed out some bugs on our website.
We have send about 400 invites to our users who wanted to take part in our new functionality beta tests. We get quite a lot of response (sugestions, some questions, some bug reports). We read and try to analyze them all.
The next few days, weeks and maybe months will be quite busy for us as we plan to tune the existing functions and add some new exciting ones. I’m sure You will be pleased with what You will get. We don’t want to get into much detail but stay tuned.
In about 2-4 weeks registration will be open to the general public.
If You want to discuss the ongoing changes then please head to link expired. It’s not an official support side but w will keep an eye on the discusion going on there (Thank You Smitty for the help)
Thats all for today. We are getting back to work…
Our Support Team might become affected by a serious nervous breakdown when they have to read more questions like “Where is the Registration link?” or “How can I create an Account?”. For the sake of their mental health we are forced to reveal a little sneak peak of what we are currently working on: 😉
We are currently on the finish straight and expect to release the new and polished features pretty soon. People who comment on this blog post will be given the chance to betatest the new features (and grab the most appealing usernames of course ) so let us know what You think. New feature request are of course also welcome. We can’t promise they will be added for the initial release but we do tend to listen to our users will.
Todays update ads a function which enables You to embed files hosted on Zippyshare.com into Your Facebook wall (just click the “Like” button). From now on audio and image files should have a preview on Your facebook site.
We are also working on adding this feature for video files but first we have to improve the quality of our transcoded video/audio. This can tak some time so stay tuned.
In the mean time let us know what You think about the just added feature in the comments.
We kindly ask You to assist us with some tests of our new server. Please let us know in the comments which download speeds You get, from which location and what is Your network connections bandwidth.
Test file: Link Removed
241 comments are more then we needed and a lot more then we have expected. Thanks to all of You who invested time trying to help us out testing our new server.
Conslusions from the test?
Most of the speed are satisfactory but there are times (1-3h during week days and some more during weekends) when the performance of our ISP drops quite significantly. We will be monitoring the sittuation and if the problems won’t be resolved in the near future we will be on the lookout for another provider.
For those of You who follow our blog it is no surprise but for the rest of You it might be. We have decided to change the layout of Zippyshare.com…
The website should be significantly more readable both for our old users and people new to our site. Everything important is now placed in the top half of the site with a huge DOWNLOAD NOW button standing out. No more searching for the download link, unnecessary scrolling, finding the way through tons of ads, entering captchas, waiting for strange timers to elapse, waiting for download slots to open, expensive premium accounts or other such crap. We leave it to our competition to use such sh*t. Additionally we have changed the amount of pop up ads. From now on there is a limit of two popups per user per 24h. We will have an eye on our income and try to fine tune the ammount of ads to an absolute minimum. The goal is to limit the popup ads to a degree where it is bearable for our users but still we have enough money to keep up our infrastructure.
The upload site has also been redesigned. We have introduced a new flash uploader (kudos to the hard working people from Uploadify.com). It is now possible to select multiple files at a time. Fast and easy…
We encourage You all to test our newly redesigned site. In case You find any bugs please let us know in the comments or through or support sites.
Zippyshare.com dev team.
We got information from our users (Chuckie & Depositum – thanks guys) that some audio ads are constantly appearing on the audio preview/download website. We got in touch with our ad providers but they didn’t respond so far so we have decided to disable flash ads alltogether on the audio preview/download website.
First of all we would like to thank everyone who submited their ideas to our little competition. There were 39 entries. Three of them stood out clearly and we had a lively internal discusion over who should win. In the end we decided to award 500$ for the winner and 100$ each for the other 2 layouts.
Without further ado here are the winners.
1. Karolina Loszak – 500$
2. Tooschee – 100$
3. Luciano Lazzarotto – 100$
If you see Your name/nickname on the list please get in touch with us and send us Your paypal contact so we can pay out Your prize.
Side note: The winning layouts were pretty big makeovers of our site so they won’t be used for now. It might be that some of the ideas will be used in future.
For sure most of You are quite acquainted with our site and are able to point to the download button with eyes shut. This doesn’t change the fact that people who see our download page for the first time run away screaming with a visible grimace on their face.
We want to change this fact. Therefor we are working on changeing the visual appearance of Zippyshare. Don’t panic… the changes won’t be revolutionary. We want the layout to be readable, clean and functional. Everything that is needed to download a file will be on the top of the page without the need of scrolling, without any captchas and other crap. Additionaly a BIG download button will be added so it will be clearly visible to everyone.
A test version of our new layout is available under the following link. Please rate it and comment on the good and the bad:
Link has been removed (New layout is already online )
It’s not a final version. We know that the layout can be a lot better. To keep our users in the process we have came up with the idea of organizing a competition. If Your hobby is graphic design and You have some free time then 500$ are for You to take. Just modify the new layout so it is more visually appealing. It’s a competition so not everyone will be a winner but the winner/winners will be awarded 500$ which will be paid via paypal. Please send Your work to: support [at] zippyshare.com.
Competition runs until 18th May 2010.
Yesterday we have put up a new server. It’s not our usual configuration. This time we have aimed at a high-end machine.
The new server has the following configuration:
2x Intel Xeon E5530 (4x 2.40Ghz, 8 MB L2 – QPI 5.6 GT/sec)
24 GB DDR3 ECC, 1066MHz
LSI MegaRAID SAS 8888ELP 512MB DDRII Cache (667MHz)
12x WD RE4 (2 TB SATA , 64 MB Cache, 7200 RPM)
Qlogic QLE3142-CU-CK (Dual Port 10GbE PCIe 2.0 adapter)
It is possible to add 2x DAS Shelf (12x WD RE4 (2 TB SATA, 64 MB Cache, 7200 RPM) connected trough SAS 12 Gbps (4x 3Gbps))
The server is connected to an all new network infrastructure.
We kindly ask You to assist us with some tests. Please let us know in the comments which download speeds do You get, from which location and what is Your network connections bandwidth.
If the tests succeed every new server added to our infrastructure will be of exactly the same configuration.