BoomBox Finder Updated to 2.28

We are happy to announce the update of BoomBox 3.1 Finder File Manager Application to version 2.28. This release resolves customer reported issues and general security concerns:

  • Hardening of underlying security system which jails users to their home directory.
  • Separation of log and backup folders.
  • Expanded the max upload limit to 2 gigabytes.
  • Repaired the archive extraction routines.
  • Implementation of the Flysystem file system to facilitate the use of dynamic FTP ports and 3rd party cloud service providers like Google Drive and AWS (coming soon).
  • Repaired global music library (GML) access for all users.
  • Expanded browser support to include Contana (IE) and Opera.
  • Expanded support for mobile devices.

Re-Introduction of FTP

FTP was globally disabled a few months ago as some producer data was deleted by the malicious acts of hackers. Before re-enabling FTP we had to come up with a concept to protect users. We built a security layer into our firewall which detects and reports malicious FTP activity (like trying to delete too many files at once). Those who wish to use FTP clients may do so again and will find access information on the BoomBox Dashboard page.

Note: Another feature we developed for FTP (as it is not natively supported) is dynamic port allocation. SoniXCast FTP does not listen on the standard ports for security reasons, but will also change the listening ports at random intervals as an added security feature against hackers. It is therefore important that those who use 3rd party FTP clients check the BoomBox Dashboard for the current FTP port before trying to connect.

Implementation of Flysystem

Flysystem is a PHP agnostic file system library which enables the transparent management of diverse file systems across the network. Besides simplifying the use of the Finder application and internal volume management, Flysystem also supports the integration of third party cloud service providers like Dropbox, Google Drive and Amazon S3. BoomBox is currently being expanded to support this feature.

BoomBox 3.0.8 Release

We are happy to announce the release of BoomBox 3.0.8.

Primarily a maintenance release, we are introducing a few new features specifically in the Finder Cloud File Manager that will make maintaining BoomBox even easier for Producers.

New Features

We’ve rebuilt the Finder File Manager to be even more secure and stable, but now producers can view and download Server and AutoDJ logs directly in the browser (My Home/log folder) as well as download weekly backups (My Home/backup) of their Station configuration and data. Music (My Home/music) uploading has been made even faster and more reliable through multipoint access control (uploading partial files to multiple servers at once and pushing to the main instance). But there’s more…

What’s New?

  • Faster page loading and more responsive Service Control through Decentralized Data Clustering (multiple databases serving multiple instances from multiple geographic locations)
  • Better service monitoring and control (monitoring web page and api coming soon)
  • Better and faster statistics and status data collection
  • Decentralized Media File Management, Multipoint Cloud Support and Sony Network Prioritization (for Movie Producers and Professional Radio Operators)
  • Faster overall response times with the addition of 14 more nodes dispersed geographically
  • Fixes and patches too numerous to mention here

Finder v.3.0.1 Update

Finder Feature Highlights

An update to Finder has been released. The following issues have been addressed

  • Drag and Drop uploading of music files from local computer or from the GML has been repaired.
  • Access control rules have been adjusted to restrict downloading or copying of certain content.
  • Playlist folders can no longer be removed or added from the Finder application. Playlist folders are managed in the playlist manager and should not be manipulated by users however this process can still be performed via FTP. Users are advised not to manipulate playlist folders for any reason.
  • GML has been cleaned up with more work yet to be performed.

How-To Assign tracks to playlists

Setting up a playlist for playback is performed in two steps.

  1. Create a new playlist in the playlist manager by clicking the “plus” icon. Name the playlist and configure the desired playback scheduling. Once saved, return to the playlist manager and enable the playlist (green power button). A playlist folder will automatically be generated for you.
  2. Using the Finder application (‘cloud’ icon in BoomBox), navigate to the appropriate “Music” (for your uploaded files) or “GML” (for global content) folder, select the desired files and drop onto the desired playlist folder. Once complete, click on the “Reload Playlists” button to activate changes in the AutoDJ.