CloudPull 2.1.6 is now available through our web site and through the in-app software update mechanism. This update will also be available through the Mac App Store as soon as possible.

This update addresses the following issues:

Retrieval of Documents and Spreadsheets

Google recently changed the format in which their API exports documents and spreadsheets. Previously, the API returned documents in the older “.doc” format and spreadsheets in the older “.xls” format. Now, their API returns documents in the newer “.docx” format and spreadsheets in the newer “.xlsx” format. These are more modern formats introduced by more recent versions of Microsoft Office.

Until now, CloudPull was using the older filename extensions when storing backup files for documents and spreadsheets. While the documents and spreadsheets that CloudPull has backed up are complete and valid, applications have difficulty reading documents and spreadsheets with the wrong filename extension.

With this update, CloudPull will use the filename extension specified in the “Content-Disposition” HTTP header. This will ensure that CloudPull will store documents and spreadsheets with the correct filename extension. As of now, Google still serves presentations as “.ppt” files. However, should Google start serving presentations as “.pptx” files in the future CloudPull will automatically use the new filename extension.

After installing this update, CloudPull will download the current versions of each document, spreadsheet, and presentation as a new version, to ensure that the filename extension matches the format of the backup file.

I consider this a critical fix, because the incorrect filename extensions make the documents and spreadsheets unreadable until the filename extension is changed. As a result, I am requesting an expedited review from Apple so that this update can be more quickly made available in the Mac App Store.

Identification of Special Mail Folders

Since IMAP mail folder names are intended to be read by people, the names of special IMAP mail folders such as “All Mail” and “Sent Mail” vary based on the language associated with your account. CloudPull identifies the mail folders using flags associated with those folders. With this update, CloudPull will update its record of which mail folders are special during each backup iteration. This allows CloudPull to identify special mail folders if the account language changes between backup iterations.

Customers who have purchased CloudPull through the Mac App Store and do not want to wait for this update to become available through the Mac App Store are welcome to download it from our web site. The Direct Download Edition of CloudPull recognizes when a customer has purchased CloudPull from the Mac App Store, and runs as a fully licensed copy when that is the case.

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Update November 26, 2012: This update was superseded by the CloudPull 2.1.7 update.