Libox has several different functions. It acts as a means of syncing your media files across several computers, and and allows you to easily access your files remotely and share them with other Libox users. Libox offers unlimited storage, and allows you and your friends to access your files at any time, at the caveat that your computer has to be turned on, but you do not need to leave the application itself running.
The first step in setting up Libox is importing your files by selecting specific folders on your computer to watch. Navigate to the folders on your computer that contain the photos, videos and audio files that you would like to access from anywhere and they will be imported into your Libox interface.
Once your files have been imported, there are several ways you can browse through your media. The home tab displays all of the files that have been imported. You can either browse through all of your media files, or you can browse through your latest activity which includes recent imports and recently shared files.
You can also browse through each media type individually. Photos can be browsed by date, country and by albums, or you can also choose to browse all imported photos.
Videos can be browsed by date, country or playlist.
And lastly, music can be browsed by tracks, albums, artists, genres or playlists.
While you can play audio and video files directly within Libox, you can’t skip forward or rewind.
When it comes to sharing your files, you can either share an entire folder of videos, photographs or audio files, or you can share individual files.
To share a file or folder, click on it, and at the top of the window, click the “Share” button.
This will open up an email like window, where you can see your attached files, and fill in the email address and subject for your message. If you want to share media from more than one place in Libox, you can continue to add files to the message by clicking on “Add files.”
Once your message is ready to be sent, type in the email address, after which you will be prompted to add the person to your contact list, if you haven’t already. You can create groups in your contact list to easily share files with entire groups of people at the click of one button. You can share your files with up to 40 different contacts.
Libox is a little bit restrictive in its sharing method. You have to add email addresses to your contact list in order to send them any files, and unfortunately, they cannot access the files without signing up for an account, and downloading the software onto their machines. For tech-savvy friends and family, this isn’t a big deal, but this definitely puts Libox out of the running if you’re just looking for a quick and easy way to share media files with your less than tech-savvy friends. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’d be better of using DropBox, Drop.io or ZumoDrive.
After you have shared, or received an invitation to share files from another Libox user, the files will show up in the respective folder, as well as on the home page displaying your latest activity.
Shared photos can be commented on, exported to your computer and shared with other users.
Shared music and video files can be played but cannot be saved to your computer. If you’re accessing your own account remotely, you should be able to download any of your files.
You can also create collections of media files by clicking on the Select button.
You can then begin to select files one by one to add to your collection.
If you are selecting photos only, you will be prompted to add them to an album,and give it a title of your choice.
If you are selecting audio or video files, you will be prompted to add them to a playlist. If you choose to delete a collection, the files in it will not be deleted from Libox.
If you’re away from your computer and want to access your files from anywhere – you can do so with a mobile phone or any web browser. Simply go to the Libox home page and log into your web-based account. Accessing Libox from any regular browser is a similar experience to using the software. Accessing it from the mobile website is surprisingly pleasant and easy to use, allowing you to play back files, browse photos, and share your files with your contacts. The only drawback is that you cannot add new contacts to your Libox account from the mobile version of the site.
How do you share your high definition media files with your friends and family? Let us know in the comments.
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