Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Switch Release Available

It's been a busy few months here at Egress, we've been working on the new version of the Switch client which just became available for download, we're very excited about this latest version.
Here's a quick run down of the changes since our last major release:

User Interface Redesign


It's important when releasing a new software product to listen to every bit of user feedback you get, especially when it comes to user interface design. It doesn't matter how many guidelines and best practices you follow, its not until people start to use your product that you'll know if you got things right. The transition from Version 1.3 to 1.6 has seen us correct all the issues people reported as well as enhance the experience by introducing a the Microsoft Office Ribbon.

Here's how the Switch Package Creator used to look:


And here's the new 1.6 version:


Because the Switch user interface conceptually is a mashup of two applications: A Mail Client and File Packaging/Burning tool switching to the Ribbon concept made sense as many people already understand this user interface concept from using Microsoft Office products. It also allows us to add more features over time without cluttering the interface.

Configurable DEM's


I know this heading makes no sense, so let me explain what a DEM is. DEM stands for Data Exchange Mechanism and it's one of the key concepts within Switch. It's the system that makes Switch more than just an encryption tool. Using the DEM system you can deliver your secure package of files to the recipient using an ever increasing number of delivery protocols and media.
We've now made the DEM system even more powerful by including Internet protocols and by allowing for Local and Server side configuration of DEM's it's a solution that works for individual users as well as it does for an enterprise deployment to thousands of managed desktops.
Being able to configure the way you deliver your secure package means your workflow remains streamlined only seeing the options you use daily and not having to wade through options you never use.

Internet Delivery DEM's


Okay now you know what a DEM is, I can tell you about our support for Internet Delivery. In version 1.3 we supported the following delivery methods:
  • File Package
  • Encrypted CD/DVD/BD Discs
  • Email Attachments


But now we've added support for Internet protocols such as FTP and HTTP supporting both secure and standard variants.



This feature makes in incredibly simple to define a workflow for secure data exchange. You can setup a set of servers you want to publish to and have Switch handle the delivery in future as a one-click operation.
Here are the steps a user would take to secure files and publish them to an Internet server:

  • Drag the files to be secured into the Package Creator.
  • Assign the intended recipients (as you would an email).
  • Hit Create Package and choose a pre-defined Internet server (FTP, HTTP etc).


That's it! Switch will deliver the file to the internet server and send the recipient a notification when its ready to be downloaded. Because the files we're packaged into a Secure Switch package only the intended recipient will be able to open and view the contents.
Here at Egress we always use the phrase "It has to be so simple your Mother could use it", well we've done the tests and our Mum's have been able to deliver files to the internet using Switch.
Imagine if we'd asked them to use PGP and Filezilla FTP client to do the same. You can almost hear them now "Hey son, what's the difference between a passive and active FTP connection? And can I have your public key when you have a moment!"

Egress Switch 1.6 is available now. All new accounts include 5 free credits.

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