Good file management systems allow for time saving and ease. Sidekick knows the modern workforce needs a robust system to help them manage their files. Here, we delve into a few of the functions of Sidekick’s File Manager.
Anyone can benefit from a good file management system. If you have ever taken too many photos on your phone, then couldn’t find them quickly, you know. This is very evident in our messaging apps, where we receive countless files that we need to save.
Ultimately, the easier it is for you to find your files, the better. Accordingly, the easier your messaging app makes it so that you can organize your files, the better. Curiously though, this is not something we often consciously think about.
On the contrary, we usually take the systems implemented in our devices for granted. The thoughts, conversations, meetings, tests, and updates that took years to finalize. All resulting in the apps we use and, for the most part, understand very little about how they work.
To illustrate the benefits of a file manager, we can use Sidekick as an example. Sidekick is an app that merges chats, payments, and a marketplace. Whenever someone uses one or more of these three (independently or together), they need organized file management. The features of this system, Sidekick’s system, include:
First, and arguably most important, is the storage capacity. Whether it is images, audio, documents, or any other files, storage is crucial. A file manager needs to have enough storage space to hold these files.
As with any messaging application, all kinds of files are constantly sent from person to person. In order to keep central servers clean, messaging applications tend to purge files and data every 14-30 days. Sometimes you find yourself going back through your chats and struggle to find the file you were looking for.
What Sidekick has done is developed a File Manager that allows you to essentially “pin” a file permanently so it doesn’t get deleted from our servers. In order to make life easier for users, Sidekick offers each user 1GB of free storage with their account!
Once your files are saved on the app, your next concern will likely be, “are they safe?” Fortunately, Sidekick protects its users by encrypting all files sent across the system, especially ones saved to the File Manager. So, users can feel assured that their files are safe.
As mentioned earlier, messaging friends and family naturally results in your wishing to save files that you receive. These could be pictures from a vacation or a funny video. Regardless, with Sidekick you can save any of these files directly into your file manager. It is as simple as long-pressing the file and hitting “save.” This will also prevent files from being confused by the system for temp files and being deleted from the server!
Unlike most messaging applications, Sidekick understands the need to share files with others. Rather than limiting the file manager to one account, Sidekick allows for “access enabling.” Meaning, you could grant access to your files to other users. If you wish to share a file with a co-workers, a family member, or a friend, you can do so.
As well, any file that you permit access to, you can also revoke access to. Admittedly, some files only need to be shared for certain span of time. Like, when sharing files for a school or work project. When granting access to a guest, you can also choose whether they can “download files” or have “view only” access.
As mentioned earlier, files can be transferred from chats into the file manager. Similarly, files can also be sent from the file manager into chats. As well, they can be transferred to the other parts of the platform.
Files can be shared from the file manager to group chats, so multiple users can have it. As well, files can be attached to tasks in your in-app task manager, or sent directly to the marketplace (think eBooks and more).
To finish our list, a nice perk to have is control over the way you view your files. After all, organization is important. Sidekick allows users to customize the organization of their files and folders. They can easily view breadcrumbs, create folders, choose grid or list view, rename files, share and revoke access to files, and view icons depending on the different file types (ie: PNG, JPG, DOC, etc.)
Whether you are sharing files with co-workers or family, you need a file manager. At this point, this should be very clear. The way we organize our files is akin to the way we organize our minds. Are your files disorganized, scattered even? Are they neatly organized? Do you share them or do you prefer keeping them to yourself?
As we all have different minds, different methods of organizing our thoughts, so too do we organize our files differently. What is most important, however, is that our apps think about these things, even when we do not. An app with an already robust system for file management could save us valuable time. This is why apps like Sidekick are so useful. They provide us with assistance for the things we can do alone, but would rather do accompanied. They are our Sidekick.