Welcome to Stash-It!

Welcome to Stash-It!

What Stash-It! Does

Welcome to Stash-It! Stash-It! is an "all in one" private file manager, tabbed browser and downloader for Android. It's the ideal place to keep content you want safe from prying eyes: financial and banking records, health research, client documents. You can even use it for a porn stash if you want:)!

You can get all these functions independently in other apps, but Stash-It! is the only one which brings them together in one place.

Stash-It! encrypts the names of files so that they can't be read, and won't be visible to your tablet's gallery and similar applications. The content of your files is untouched, so there's no risk of losing data.

Even if you're not too worried about privacy Stash-It! is a great place to collect material related to a particular project, with all your different file types and web research in one place.

There are built in viewers for most common image and movie formats, plus PDF and web files, so you don't have to move these outside the application to view them. However when you do need to use an external application Stash-It! has a full suite of import and export functions to move your files or open them with other applications.

Stash-It! allows you to bookmark not only web links, but also positions in video files or PDF documents. Web pages can be saved intact for reference or offline reading.

So get started stashing those private files...

 

About Security Levels

Stash-It! has three security levels, in terms of how it changes the file name. You can mix and match these within a single account if you want:

Please note the following about files protected with Stash-It!:

Questa Computing Ltd. does not accept any liability whatsoever for any data loss in relation to Stash-It!, however caused.

User Accounts

Stash-It! supports multiple accounts on the same device. Secured files in one account are invisible to the others, but they share the same Import and Export folders. You can use accounts for different users, or different clients, projects or activities.

You have to create one account the first time you use Stash-It!, but you can then create additional accounts at any time.

Coming Soon...

Stash-It! is a new application, and we've got lots of ideas on how to make it better. To give you some indication, several sections in this file have a "Coming Soon..." sub-section, with a list of those ideas. We can't promise exactly when any individual item will be implemented, but hopefully we'll get there with all of them over time.

What's New, and Known Issues

Please see the separate About Stash-It! help file for details of the current version, the history of the application, and any known issues.

User Guide

Logging on and the Lock Screen

When you first log on to Stash-It! you have to set a user/account name and a password. Then you have to log on with that username and password every time you start the application.

To change accounts, or to use a new account you have just set up, you have to exit Stash-It! completely and start again.

As additional security, if Stash-It! is left inactive for a set time (the default is 3 minutes, but you can change this in the settings) it displays a lock screen and you have to log on with the same username and password before continuing.

Coming Soon...

A future version may have a functional "disguise" at start-up and when in locked mode.

Navigation

The following shows how you navigate around Stash-It! All the screens share the same navigation features, although some are hidden in normal use:

At the top is the Action Bar. This confirms which part of the application you are in, and if you are viewing files which folder you are in. There are several menus which change depending on where you are, and the standard menu in the top right of the screen.

To the left is the Navigation Drawer. This is the main way to get around between the different parts of the application. At the top are pointers to the following:

Below that is the main folder for the account under which you have logged in, and any sub-folders. You can create as many sub-folders as you like, but you may have to scroll up and down the list as it grows larger.

The standard menu is shown in the top right of the screen here, on a larger tablet. On other devices it will pop up from the bottom of the screen when you press the "Menu" button. This includes the following standard options:

In addition this menu may show some items which have "overflowed" from the action bar, depending on your device. In this screenshot it shows the option to create a new user account.

The File Manager Screen

This screenshot shows the File Manager screen, in its Details view:

This shows the files in the folder, with key details of each. Subsidiary folders are shown first, and then the other files in your choice of sort order. Common file types like folders, videos, music and PDF files are shown with a suitable icon. If the file is a viewable image then a thumbnail of the image itself is shown.

Stash-It! remembers where you left off viewing a video, and shows the progress through the video as a progress bar for the file in this view.

File Operations

Click anywhere on a file's icon or description to open it with the default application. If it's a folder, Stash-It! will move to that folder. If it's a viewable image, video, PDF file, web archive or text file it will open in the relevant screen of Stash-It! Otherwise you'll see the standard screen to choose an application for this file type, as follows:

You can choose from any application on your device which can open the appropriate file type, and set whether to use this just once, or as default. (Note that some applications are not happy opening files with their encrypted filenames. In that case you must use the Export and Open option - see below.)

A long click on any item brings up the file actions pop-up menu:

These work as follows:

Clicking on the Edit (pencil) icon brings up the Multiple File Operation menu:

These work as follows:

Changing View Style and Sort Order

Click on the Sort icon to show a menu of available sort options. These should be self-explanatory. "Filename" uses the unencrypted filenames.

Click on the View icon to show a menu of available view styles. The "Details" view is described above. The two "Thumbnail" views are shown below.

Please note that the "List" view is coming soon... Please also note that the first time you display a folder with a large number of files, or some very large ones, it will take Stash-It! a while to build its cache of images. Future visits to the same folder will load much more quickly.

Coming Soon...

There are a number of improvements in the pipeline for the file manager screens:

Import and Export

Stash-It! has been designed to make it easy to move content in and out of its protected areas without compromising your privacy.

To import files you have two choices, you can:

At this stage the files are not protected. To protect them you need to select them from the Import folder, Cut, then move to the target directory and choose Paste and Secure.

You can move folders of files, or even folder trees, this way, as long as your device has enough storage to temporarily hold two copies of each file.

When you export files they are saved with their unencrypted filenames in Stash-It!'s Export folder, which is publicly accessible. The default location is alongside all your app data in a folder called StashIt/Export (e.g. /storage/sdccard0/StashIt/Export). Again you can export a whole folder or folder tree of files as long as your device has sufficient storage.

During long-running copy operations the status of the operation is displayed on screen. You should not interrupt this process, but you can switch the display of the device off or send Stash-It! to the background.

You can change the location of Stash-It's files if you want in the Settings page. However all files (including the Import and Export folders) must be under the same root directory, so don't change this after you have started populating your secured folders.

The Browser

Stash-It! has a fully featured tabbed browser, as shown in the following screenshot:

You can move each tab to the left and right to expose the others. Click on the "X" to close a tab. There will usually be a "blank" tab at the right hand end, and if you use that by selecting it and typing an address into the address bar, then a new blank tab will be created.

There's a practical limit of about 10 tabs open at once, and about 30 open or closed in any one session. However all you have to do is exit and restart Stash-It!. Stash-It! will remember if you were previously using the browser, and re-start with the same web pages open.

While a page is loading you will see a "progress circle" at the left of the relevant tab, which is replaced by the web page's icon when then page is fully loaded.

The backwards, forwards and refresh buttons work on the current tab, similar to in most browsers. You can also use the device's "back" button to navigate backwards through a tab's browsing history, but it will not go back beyond the first page in the current session.

The favourite (heart) button drops down a menu for saving or sharing the current web page:

Clicking on a link opens that lnk in the same tab, as you'd expect. Long-clicking a link brings up the link menu:

If you long-click on an image, the browser will display a drop-down menu with just one option, Download Image. This will download the image to your Downloads folder, under a name of your choice. If you long-click on text then the browser will go into text select mode and you can copy selected text to the clipboard.

The top "Action Bar" menu is normally hidden, but is shown when you scroll a page up, and hidden as you scroll down again. It presents two menus for more advanced actions:

The left-hand menu allows you to manually add a blank tab if none is available at the right hand end of the list, or enable the on-screen zoom controls.

The right-hand menu allows you to request a desktop site if you are being shown a mobile site in error, or vice-versa, and then to take a number of actions to clear existing data. Note that the "Private Mode" is not yet fully implemented.

Coming Soon...

The following enhancements are planned for the browser:

Bookmark Manager

Bookmarks are viewed and managed through the bookmark manager screen, reached using the navigation bar at the left of all screens:

This shows all your bookmarks, grouped by the "group" attribute. By default all bookmark types are shown together:

You can filter which bookmarks are shown using the filter drop-down menu:

Clicking on an item opens that bookmark in the browser, video player or PDF viewer as appropriate.

Long-clicking on an item shows a pop-up menu which offers the ability to either delete a bookmark (after confirmation) or to edit the bookmark, using the following dialog:

You can modify the group, description and URL. You can also add tags, which will be used by future search functions.

The action menu includes one further option, Export Bookmarks. This exports (backs up) your current bookmarks as an XML file in your Downloads directory. The ability to restore bookmarks is coming soon.

Coming Soon...

The following are planned for the bookmark manager:

Download Status

The Download Status screen shows the status of all downloads during a session, as follows:

If a download is still in progress the screen shows the progress. If a download failed then an appropriate error message is displayed.

Coming Soon...

Video Player

Clicking on a video file from the file manager screens, or a video bookmark from the bookmark manager screen, starts the video player. This looks like the following:

Use the video player as follows:

The control buttons work as follows:

The play and pause buttons pause and restart playing of the video. Only one is shown at a time.
The stop button returns the video to the start and pauses play
The skip backwards and forwards skips the playing position backwards or forwards approximately 30 seconds
The previous and next buttons skip backwards or forwards to the bookmark before or after the current playing position
The aspect button (and the corresponding button on the action bar) shows the aspect menu, which controls the size and aspect ratio of the video playback.

The aspect menu presents four options:

The bookmarks drop-down shows a list of bookmarks in the current video, and their positions. You can click on one to move to that bookmark:

The player uses the Vitamio library to support a very wide range of video formats. The first time you use the video player after each update it will take a few seconds to install.

Image Viewer

If you click on an image in the File Manager screens, you start the Image Viewer screen. This allows you to view the image full screen or at even larger magnification, and allows you to flick through all images in the same folder. The screen is very simple and just shows the image, with the top menu bar usually hidden. The following commands and actions are supported:

PDF Viewer

Clicking on a PDF file in the File Manager screens, or a PDF bookmark, opens the PDF viewer:

The following commands and actions are supported:

The favourites ("heart") menu allows you to create a bookmark for the current page in the current file.

Coming Soon...

The following enhancements are planned for the PDF viewer:

 

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Page last updated 18 June, 2014 18:39