Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: DoxOut
……An Open Source App That Can Marry Devices with No Boundaries
Ever wondered why the document always comes after the file? And why the file as data stays away in a remote datacenter while the document, as the living part of the file, remains for perpetual exploitation on that limiting cocoon that is the personal computer? Each of these questions has an answer courtesy of DoxOut, a startup cloud company from Macedonia in southeast Europe. It is one of the select 5 in the shortlist of the Europe 2012 LaunchPad honors by Gigaom.
According to DoxOut, it is still possible to save changes, check mistakes, collaborate and create documents across devices, anywhere, using an app that interconnects through leveraging on functionality. If it is hard to edit a novel on a five-inch Smartphone screen, the solution comes with this app that melts hardware connections first, by attaching the device to a larger, often incompatible screen like a smart TV set. Next, the app melts different software by synching all OSs so that the novel will be an end product, quick enough, using the DoxOut app and other native processors, now in full sync.
On the site itself, one learns that DoxOut is a do-it-all sort of application. There is a screen shot that shows a cross-section of gadgets, all smart, some computers, others tablets and yet others television sets. The homepage explains the reason for these mind-boggling interconnections with electronics of different tech breeds. There is even a point where an Apple Smartphone, despite that family of devices being mouse-free, acts as a makeshift mouse for some bigger device. Talking of madness that makes sense, this is one that really does.
The bottom-line is that DoxOut is a sort of HTML 5 of devices. It does not require a disparate version for the desktop, handheld device, personal computer or television. The makers claim that it is just one system that operates on its own Operating System but works on other OS’s, as well. For example, they show that when using Windows 7, it is still possible to synchronize the DoxOut machinery concurrently and so is it with Android OS.
Such high affinity device marriages are reportedly the first to ever have happened in the tech and Operating Systems’ world.
Where do all these interconnections lead? According to DoxOut creators, it is all about open source syncing of devices, be it a phone or computer, for easy editing, creation and collaboration on files. This means that it does not matter the gadget that is at hand at the given time, for it will be compatible with the system. Additionally, it supports UI, as well as, UX technologies. It all boils down to a fact: cloud systems have enabled this high-end and almost unimaginable integration to work out eventually.
The Cloud aspect
So what exactly is the cloud aspect on DoxOut? It is more of Platform as a Service (PaaS) kind of offering than infrastructure. It concentrates on the application part of cloud computing. It helps to manage documents/files across gadgets, however functionally different they may be. There are exceptions, however. Instead of keeping the files faraway into a server for a rainy day, as the mainstream cloud normally does, DoxOut offers an intelligent formula of storing and amplifying. The amplifying part means that users have full access of their documents, without any requirement to download them, because the app controls changes locally. As one improves upon a file, the process will be taking place in a virtual sphere outside the device, but only the foolproof copy will be within the local system.
In other words, searching, manually keeping and offloading of documents will never happen again. DoxOut treats files as documents, rather than taking documents for files. This means that any fine changes that visit upon the important piece of data will always come as an alert to the user, who does not have to insert it by hand or rummage through data, looking for it.
In the spirit of collaborating with other office workers, any revision that comes off a document will emerge as an alert to each member. They can then decide to add or dismiss these changes, before convening on a clean copy. All this time, no downloading or storing takes place.
The only downturn to such a perpetual system is that, when it creates a private cloud, it does so using CDs, which might be limiting. Many cloud operators usually render their app cannon through online means. However, for cloud security reasons, the disk format might be wise.
Testimonials from presentation teams reveal an affinity for the DoxOut app among the populace. A user of PowerPoint, known as Marco exclaims: “Long time I’ve been searching for an app…for PowerPoint presentations…on an iPad.”
There are others who associate with DoxOut in a heroic manner, like Brigit, a user who says that she has emerged a ‘rock star’ in her close circles for presenting ideas through the application.
Some of the inspirational stories that label DoxOut a true European Rising Star include Grigor Dacevski, the Chief Executive Officer at DoxOut. He has had multiple successes as an innovator who has seen four other tech startups reach their full bloom, often with no external financial injection.
The only limitation which often faces innovative startups is lack of outreach. This is one company that needs to spread its wings, far and wide, to help people look at technology, documents, cloud and hardware in a more functional manner.
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By John Omwamba
The Top 25 European Rising Stars is a special annual series by CloudTweaks, where we seek to celebrate new cloud startups that have demonstrated the strongest impact across the year. These have earned little or no press coverage nor loquacious claims but they are indeed rising. To authoritatively arrive at the top 25, we have applied a criteria pegged on critical parameters like the quality of management, current funding, valuable service provision, European based and professionalism in all respects.
We welcome you to join us in this year’s tour de force where as you will discover, every rising star has a unique angle that just serves to demonstrate that the potential of the cloud could be more gigantic than most of us can possibly imagine.