$1,100 stretch goal: so close!
$2,018 stretch goal: let's make it happen!
We need YOU. Please keep contributing - the more the funds pledged, the more amazing and super useful extra features you will get! See Stretch Goal section below for details.
Our data overwhelms us
Can you easily find your photos or any other documents from years ago?
Or even from the last week?
There's just no time to meticulously tag every file and also learn how to use some behemoths of a software that - cough cough - cost an arm and a leg, too...
- take photos or videos, be it professionally or as a hobby
- work with any kind of digital files - a doctor, a lawyer, any business
...then this project is for you! Support this unique software, and get an amazing relief for very little money.
- protects your data on-location, in your office, at home, in the hotel
- then lets you instantly FIND it anytime, anywhere - even if its storage has been disconnected
- makes your life so much easier
- SAFE: your actual files never hit the cloud!
- if your PC can see your data source (card, drive, smartphone, network drive...) then you can tell Data Boss to process it
- perfect for both professional and home use - never lose your data again. Easily find it anytime, anywhere.
- tried and tested system, now rolling out the new and improved version 2 with the help of crowdfunding
- save BIG by supporting us here on Kickstarter - it's a win-win!
The Problem: we just can't find our data easily
Why not have a simple, reliable system that allows you to backup your valuable data (to one or two drives, your choice) - and then EASILY and INSTANTLY FIND anything at any time you need it... even years later... even if the original drive you saved it on is now disconnected!
The Solution: Data Boss
Data Boss delivers.
Now you can easily back up your media and then actually find that important file anytime later on - even years later - easily and instantly!
How liberating and efficient it is.
Only with Data Boss.
We've made Data Boss version 1 (used internally for years now) because nothing else like that existed, yet we needed a simple yet effective data management solution for our photo/video business. Badly needed it. And Data Boss did solve our problem, that's why we are confident you'll love it too!
Data Boss runs on Microsoft Windows PC or tablet (even cheap ones, $70 or so), so it works in-studio or on-location. (Full specifications below.)
Being in the photography and videography business for over 17 years, we were always searching for a workable solution. Having tried - unsuccessfully - some other data management systems, we finally were forced to create Data Boss for ourselves.
Now we'd like to both release Data Boss v2 to the public, AND improve it even further. Please support this project - you will benefit immensely!
This isn't the first time we wrote our own custom software to fulfill a specific need. As far back as the year 1999, we've received a $1,000 Microsoft Award for excellence in programming. Our previous hit software, RAW 4 PRO (also funded here on Kickstarter!) has been enjoying FIVE STAR user rating on Amazon and other sites for a couple years now. It is a go-to tool for people in the need of the RAW DNG or JPG sequences to HD Video conversion. So we have pretty solid credentials delivering software to many users and supporting our customers religiously.
Which reward should I get?
The $24 reward level gives you both local and remote versions.
So you will get Data Boss v1 - start working locally, love it, start saving time! - almost without any wait, as soon as we collect your pledge after the Jan 28th. No ridiculous wait like with other Kickstarter projects! Then you will get a free upgrade to Data Boss version 2 in March '2018 or earlier when released - start synching your data AND working remotely! And, enjoy all the new and awesome features unlocked by the Stretch Goals! (see Stretch Goals section for details.)
The $49 reward level pushes the Stretch Goal (details below) and gives you version 1 as soon as we collect your pledge in January, free upgrade to version 2 in March or earlier, AND a free upgrade to Data Boss version 3 if we get $2,018 in pledges! Timelapse Organizer is a unique feature of Data Boss v3 that detects time-lapse sequences on your card and auto-prepares them in a way that makes your work super easy. Joy!
The $99 reward level gives you all of the above plus an actual, real film poster. Professionally printed in high-quality and customized with YOUR NAME on it as a major project supporter. The film was totally data-managed by our early version of Data Boss, and it allowed us to never lose anything and always find all pieces of the photo and video data, so to complete the post-production just-in-time for the very tight festival submission schedules. The film went on to win four Awards at the Tribeca NoHu Fest, yay!! And you can be just as effective with Data Boss. Thank you for bringing us much closer to the $2,018 stretch goal!
The $1999 reward level is a guarantor that we do achieve the stretch goal, and for that, we will name Data Boss software v3 after you! So it will read "'John Patron's Data Boss v3" (your actual name will be put there, of course, not John Patron, unless your name is actually John Patron, in which case this is the correct representation. Phew.) In fact, you can choose to tell us which name to put there - it can be your loved one's name, too, if you like. (Please, nothing obscene or what the software users may consider offensive, thanks.)
New! A $5 reward - Just for the folks who want to make a difference, but perhaps won't need our software, or cannot spare $24 or more. You get a custom-rendered digital file (sample above, it will look even better in actuality) suitable as a wallpaper at 1920x1080 size with YOUR NAME on it; plus, a secret link to watch our award-winning film MONSTER. The data management for the film was done with an early version of Data Boss, which allowed us to finish it in time for the festival submissions! MONSTER went on to receive four Awards at the Tribeca NoHu Festival and was sponsored by the major international lens-maker. KOWA was impressed by our use of their lenses in the filming. Thanks, KOWA - and thank-you for supporting our project! Every dollar counts!
What will this project deliver
It's time to update our tried-and-true Data Boss from v1 to v2 by making the data available not just locally (as it is with the current v1.0 of Data Boss), but remotely anywhere, anytime.
Data Boss v1 works locally on one PC only. It does not communicate with other machines, even if you have another Data Boss installed on another PC. Yes, there is a workaround, but it's currently a PITA so we need an easy solution to synchronize the data between the different PCs of yours.
That's what this project is for: upgrading Data Boss to v2 !
Data Boss v2 will improve the local capabilities of version 1, expand them to be accessible from anywhere, anytime - and more!
- it will easily synchronize your backed up data between your PCs (say, join the backup from your on-location shoot to your main office data storage system). All data will be available all the time.
- it will introduce remote access to your data anytime, from anywhere over the Internet. No PC required - see that smartphone in our main image? Use that, OR a tablet, OR a laptop, OR a desktop, OR anything that can access the web browser to securely find your data. Remote access can, therefore, be done from ANY web-connected device regardless of its hardware or OS. Cool and super effective!
Support this project to make Data Boss v2 a reality, and get this awesome software for the unbelievable low price right now while you can!
- Runs on Windows 7, 8, 10; x32 or x64 bit architecture.
- Desktops or tablets (our test copy uses a cheap $70 tablet) are OK.
- Can see and work with all internal or external drives that have a letter assigned (including mapped network drives!)
- Backs up your media to one or two targets (fantastic for data safety, for example on the photo or video shoot, in-house or out in the field.)
- Allows you to quickly describe your media in human terms (ex. "New York - Times Square at night, people sitting on the red stairs") while the backup is still running. Saves time by multitasking.
- Allows you to easily and instantly find your data later - even years later - by both your description and media data. No need to tag every file manually!
- Finds your data even if the original drive it was backed up to is currently disconnected!
- Synchronizes your data between all your devices where Data Boss is installed
- Smartphone, tablet, desktop, laptop: quickly and easily find your data anywhere, anytime
- Skins! Your choice whether the interface looks like business or fun! (if we achieve stretch Goal of $1,100 - so close as of this writing! Spread the word to your friends, have them support our project, too!)
You will absolutely love using Data Boss v2.0! Here's why:
Say, your main workstation and hard drive systems are in Chicago. But you need to also go and shoot some video on location outdoors, and then fly to Paris for a photo shoot. Each shoot produces many files.
You have one copy of Data Boss v1.0 software installed on your workstation, and another copy is running on some cheap PC tablet you take with you everywhere. It's all good, but...
But how do you then sync your data between the tablet and your workstation?
That's where this project comes in. With your support, we will make the new version of Data Boss backup, then securely synchronize your data across all of your PCs, so your data is always freshly available everywhere.
Bottom line: you'll be able to freely install Data Boss v2.0 on any number of machines. This will allow you to backup your data in the field or in your studio, office, hotel, home - anywhere. And then, the magic happens: Data Boss v2.0 automatically synchronizes all the data between all of your PCs/tablets.
Not only that, but you will also be able to search your data from anywhere, using any Internet-connected device like a smartphone - regardless of its OS.
Who needs Data Boss:
Photo/video professionals or hobbyists, law firms, government, accountants, any people who take photos of each other and their kids - anyone, really, who deals with large amounts of data and needs to retrieve it quickly when the need arises. (And not lose it in the first place... can you find your kid's first grade photos in a second or two? or at all?...)
All without the tedious tagging of every single file!
Version 1.0 has been working in our company without a hitch since 2015, and we are very happy with it. We truly never lost any data since, AND we are now able to find whatever file we are looking for (mainly photos and videos in our case) very quickly and easily. What a difference this makes!
Let's make Data Boss even better by liberating your data access - search from anywhere, and sync between the devices automatically with this project's version 2.0!
Technology helping art: while shooting our own short film MONSTER, all of the many different media types (SD and microSD cards, CF cards, SSD drives, 4K mov, HD avi, CinemaDNG RAW sequences, raw and JPG photo stills, audio, etc etc) were handled by our company via the early alpha version of Data Boss.
Here's the film's poster - we even offer a customized version with YOUR name on it as a reward for your contribution to this project:
This is my own photo of the moon in the keyhole, by the way. Nice, isn't it. Wouldn't want to lose it. I have over 5 million files - and still can find what I need, instantly, with the current internally-used version of Data Boss! Support this project, get the software finalized, and YOU can be the Data Boss, too.
The film went on to receive four festival awards (contribute and you can watch it via the secret link!) We never would have been able to handle all the data (including backups and search) and deliver the film in time for the festival submissions without our indispensable Data Boss!
Why support us now:
Being a backer of this project, you get huge savings and the earliest access to Data Boss than anyone else.
We are still happy with this arrangement because the project usually gets funded easier with smaller contributions, and then we will be selling this software at the regular price on our website DataBoss.me
Or, you can be generous and be rewarded with the unique opportunity of having the software named after you or your loved one with the $1999 reward level.
Whether you choose to just pledge $1 or $2,000, we are hugely grateful for your time and support!
We've been writing software for a long time. Received Microsoft $1,000 award for technical excellence in programming.
We have successfully funded other software projects here on Kickstarter and on other crowdfunding platforms, and they took off to become very successful 5-star-user-feedback items - for example, RAW 4 PRO which was then carried by both Amazon and Toolfarm.
Now we are looking forward to your support for launching the wonderful Data Boss v2.0! Don't let data overwhelm you - instead, be a Data Boss!
When will you get this software:
We are planning on delivering Data Boss v 1.0 to our early backers immediately after collecting the pledges at the end of Jan '2018. The Data Boss v 2.0 should be ready and delivered in March '2018 or earlier as released.
== STRETCH GOALS ==
Goal 1. The finding of $1,100 or more will unlock TWO additional new features in Data Boss v2:
- DATABASE ENCRYPTION! Your data, by default, will appear garbled on your PC for the prying eyes! Only you will access it quickly and easily.
- SKINS! Never get bored of the same look. Feeling like everyday business? Use our default skin. Feeling like fun? Switch the program's look to something that is more YOU! Two skins will be supplied, PLUS they are open-source - make your own skins, go crazy if you like!
Goal 2. The funding of $2,018 (as in New Year 2018!) or more will unlock Data Boss v3 edition, with the new and unique feature: Timelapse Sequence Organizer!
Only by Data Boss. Incredibly useful, especially for the photographers who are doing a lot of time-lapse sequences.
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How to support this project and get your reward:
Please choose your pledge so we could finalize this awesome Windows software with your support.
And YOU will get to use it first, at a steeply discounted price!
If you cannot support us with a pledge, then thank-you so much for your time reading this. Perhaps you could simply share the link to this project with your friends who might be interested.
Risks and challenges
Data Boss has been in use internally here since 2015, first as a beta then version 1. See, I take lots and lots of photos and videos. So the software is proven to work very well already.
What we are adding with this Data Boss v2 project, mainly, is a remote data search module and a data sync. This is well within our expertise.
Frankly, the risk of backing this project may be described as very low.
We'd also like to give credit to Mingwei Li for the awesome image he shared on Unsplash, so we could modify and adapt it for this project. Thanks, Mingwei!
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