Peer-to-peer giant BitTorrent has updated its file-syncing tool BitTorrent Sync to v1.2, which brings speed improvements and a new iPad app. Their Sync API has also been released in beta so developers can create apps on top of the platform.
Taking a different approach from most of the cloud storage services, BitTorrent Sync claims to be “cloud-free syncing”. Hook it up with a Raspberry Pi and it’s your own private, unlimited and secure cloud storage platform.
BitTorrent Sync 1.2 features 20x improvement in file transfer speeds, claiming that a 10GB file can be synced in less than two minutes—provided you have the Internet connection to do that, of course.
The Sync app for iOS has been updated with a new design, improved connection speed, and a native iPad app. Additionally, users can now send and sync files in other apps using Sync, and save media from Sync folders direct to the camera roll.
The new BitTorrent Sync Beta API “will allow developers to create distributed social media, communications, and enterprise apps on top of the platform,” the company said in a blog post. It is designed to work on Windows, Mac and Linux.
The API lets developers choose whether to sync specific items or entire folders, integrate it into an app without using the default UI, and take advantage of the ‘Secrets’ that make BitTorrent Sync one of the best self-hosted alternatives to Dropbox.