Overview


This guide aims to introduce users to the functions of the RushFiles PC client. The guide uses the standard RushFiles branded client as a reference.


In this article:

1. Requirements

2. Download and install

3. Login and settings

    3.a Classic UI

    3.b BETA UI

4. Working with files

    4.a Context menu

5. Uninstallation



Note Customers of white-labeled RushFiles partners are advised to contact their RushFiles reseller for download links to their re-branded PC client and web client URL. 
 
This guide uses the standard RushFiles Windows client, available only to a single user on the machine. To install RushFiles for multiple users, or in a VDI environment, please refer to this article.
 







1) Requirements


Windows versions: Windows 8 and above.


Software requirements: .NET Framework 4.5






2) Download and install


You can download the PC client either from https://update.rushfiles.com/installer/clientpc/rf_installer.exe or from the web client when logged in from a Windows computer.



After the download is finished, run the installer.


When the installation is complete, the client will automatically run and a shortcut will be created on your desktop.


Note Some antivirus programs may prevent the installer from running. Please add the installer to the AV's exclusion list. The alert is a false positive. 
 
Make sure that the Windows user you are logged in with has the rights to create folders on the root of C:\. If this cannot be done you can move the local cache to a different drive which the user has root access to. See how to do this here.
 
If a shortcut did not get created, or you have deleted it, you can start the client by running C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\RushFilesV2\RfClientPCV2.exe . You will need to enable "Hidden Items" in File Explorer to see these folders. You can do this in File Explorer's "View" settings.







3) Login and settings


In this part, we'll go over what exactly you can do in the settings menu.

At the moment, there are two distinct user interfaces available: Classic and BETA.


The difference between the two UI's is only cosmetic. Files are synced the same way using either version.


You can switch freely between them by clicking on the "Try BETA version" or "Return to Classic version" buttons.


The client needs to restart when switching versions, and you cannot switch versions while file uploads or downloads are in progress. 






3.a) Classic UI:



✔    Find the client in the systray area of your taskbar and click on it.



✔    Click on "Settings" if you're not already there.

✔    Log in to the client by filling out the User Email and Password fields, then clicking on Login (or Update if a user is already logged in).

✔    The client will restart and will take a few moments to connect to the server and retrieve the data available to you.

✔    You will see "User validated" along with a green checkmark if the login was successful.

✔    In this menu, you can also:

    ✔    Select the language of the client.

    ✔    Change the drive letter of the virtual shared drive (default is U:)

    ✔    Change how long downloaded files should stay on your machine

    ✔    Disable or enable file messages of *other* users' activities on data available to you.

    ✔    Control if the client should automatically start up with Windows.


Apply the changes with the Update button.



✔    You can also click on Shared folders to see the shares available to you.

✔    You can select a share by clicking on it - it will be highlighted in bold.

✔    Double-click on the share's name to open it in File Explorer.

✔    Below the "Upload" and "Download" labels, you can see the upload and download status of files in the selected share.






3.b) BETA UI:



✔    Find the client in the systray area of your taskbar and click on it.



✔    You now see a login screen. Input the email address and the password you use with RushFiles, and click on "Log in".

✔    The client will take a few moments to connect to the server and retrieve the data available to you.



✔    The main screen shows:

    1.    Your name.

    2.    Your email address used with RushFiles.

    3.    Your primary RushFiles company.

    4.    A data usage chart that shows how much data you have downloaded locally.

    5.    The list of Shares available to you. Double-click on a share's name to open it in File Explorer.

    6.    Open folder button. This opens the RushFiles virtual drive in File Explorer.

    7.    Open in browser button. This opens the web client in your default browser.

    8.    Contact Support button. This opens our, or your RushFiles distributor's support or helpdesk page.



✔    The settings menu and logout button are available by clicking on the button next to your username.



✔    In the settings menu, you can:

    1.    Change the language of the client.

    2.    Change the drive letter of the virtual shared drive (default is U:).

    3.    Change the time period your downloaded files are kept on your machine.

    4.    Disable or enable file messages of other users' activities on shares available to you.

    5.    Enable or disable automatic start-up with Windows.

    6.    Check for updates to the PC client.


You can go back to the storage view by clicking the  button and clicking "Storage".


Please keep in mind that the BETA UI is a BETA version, and as such might have issues. You can always switch back to the Classic UI by clicking on Return to classic version.






4) Working with files


If the installation was successful, and you are logged in to the client, you will see a virtual shared folder with the name RushFiles and drive letter U: (both are default values) in File Explorer, or any other file manager program.


From this point on, you can use the RushFiles virtual drive just like a regular shared drive.


You can do anything with the data that you can do on any other drive, with the exception of creating folders on the root of U: and moving data between root folders of U:. This is because root folders are Shares which can only be created using the web client.


Files that are not downloaded to your computer are marked with a small X overlay, and offer no preview. These files need to be downloaded before they can be accessed, which requires internet connection.



You just need to double-click on such a file, and it will be automatically downloaded and opened with the relevant app.


Files that are already downloaded have a preview thumbnail, and do not have the small X overlay over their icon. These files are accessible and editable even without internet connection.

Your edits will be uploaded the next time you connect to the internet.







4.a) Context menu


You also have access to the RushFiles context menu. To use the functions of this menu, open File Explorer and right-click on a file or folder in the U: drive, and hover over "RushFiles".


For folders, the available options are:

✔    Download folder. This downloads the entire content of the folder, making it all locally available. The downloaded files are deleted per the "Keep Deleted Files" setting.

✔    Start/stop synchronization. This makes it so that the entire content of the folder is always available locally, and changes to it are also automatically downloaded as they happen.

✔    Create link in clipboard. This one creates a public link with the company default settings. The URL of the public link is copied to your clipboard, so you just need to paste it somewhere and send it to the person you want to share it with.

✔    Send link in email. This one also creates a public link with the company default settings, but instead of saving the URL in the clipboard, your default Email app is opened with a new mail, and the URL already pasted in.


For files, the available options are:

✔    Download. This downloads the file, making it available to you locally.

✔    Create link in clipboard. (See above)

✔    Send link in email. (See above)

✔    Lock file / Unlock file. This option locks the file, meaning that only the user that locked it can make changes to it. Only the user that locked the file, or a company administrator can unlock it.






5) Uninstallation


✔    Exit the client, and make sure it is not running.

✔    Go to Control Panel -> Programs -> Uninstall a program. (Or Settings -> Apps & Features on Windows 10)

✔    Find "RushFiles" in this menu, and click on Uninstall.


The client will now be uninstalled.