1 Install/configure TudZu

1.1 Before starting

TudZu use requires that you install a software on your computer. This program retrieves your friends' albums and applies backups and storage operations for protected files. 

However, before starting with the TudZu's configuration on your machine, you need to create an account. If you have not, do it right now (create a personnal account). Be sure your account is active by accessing  your online profile at least once; To proceed, enter your email and password in the dedicated fields. If you cannot log into your online account (cause inactive account), you should follow the instructions contained in the confirmation email you receive after you create your account.

sharing   ► I need to create a personal account then activate this account.
         ► TudZu = web account + installed software on my machine

1.2 Software installation

After downloading TudZu package from the TudZu website,

- Double click on the package to launch the installation
- Check general conditions
- If necessary, modify the installation path
- Click on "next" to proceed

TudZu and the configuration program start automatically upon completion of the installation process. An icon in your system trail (right-bottom corner of your desktop) should be visible.

[ Only Linux users ]
Under a root account, uncompress the package using the following command
    >   tar xzvf  ./package.tgz

A directory named client is created. This includes a README file which gives you additional explanations about the installation.

To launch with the installation, start the install.sh. script in a shell. If necessary change right access of the script:
    > chmod 755 ./install.sh

This script will install TudZu in the directory /opt/tudzu. It will proceed with the installation of booting scripts in the directory /etc/init.d. When the installation process is completed, TudZu automatically starts. To display a TudZu icon in the system trail, use the script  /opt/tudzu/bin/tudzuguimgr and follow the specific system instructions of your own linux distribution.

1.3 Configuration

Once the software is installed on your machine, your computer needs to be identified by the TudZu server. This is configuration phase main objective.

When installation is completed, a TudZu screen displays automatically. If not, click in the menu <Start> <Programs> <Tipi Software><TudZu> <TudZu>, or on the TudZu shortcut which have been created on the desktop during the installation.

[ Only Linux users ]
Configuration program starts automatically when installation is completed. If not, start the shell script /opt/tudzu/bin/tudzuinstall.sh. This script will be used later to launch the administration interface.

Insert your email / password used for your TudZu web account.


If the connection is successful a welcome screen is displayed.


Click on « Install ».


Click on "next", you move directly to the application. You must be registered to, at least, one group. Your online web account may be used to register in an existing group or to create your own group,


Your machine is configured and you access TudZu services through the administration interface (see below).

When the configuration phase is completed, you access directly TudZu sharing and backup services. However, next time,  the administration interface can be started with one of the following actions: 

  • By using menu    <Start> <Programs> <Tipi Software><TudZu> <TudZu>
  • Double clicking on system trail TudZu icon
  • Double clicking on the TudZu shortcut available on the desktop

To access profile management, you need to use your web account. To enhance TudZu use, some operations are available at the administration interface and your web account.

To consult your declared machine list, log onto your online account and select menu item <Your machines>. CAUTION: You are allowed to declare only one machine. If you like to attach several computers to your account, feel free to take a look at the TudZu "premium" license options. 

computer  ► By configuring the software, I declare my machine to TudZu servers.
        ►The installed program allows to fully use TudZu services.
        ► My personal web account is used to manage my profile.

1.4 Uninstall

a. For Windows

To uninstall TudZu, move to the Add/remove software system folder.
- Search for TudZu
- Click on uninstall

b. For Linux
To uninstall TudZu on your computer, start as root the uninstall.sh located in the directory /opt/tudzu/bin
(if you install TudZu in the default directory)
- As root, /opt/tudzu/bin/uninstall.sh

2 Digital photo/video/ audio files sharing

2.1 Generalities

To share photos/video/audio files with your friends, you have to create albums in a given group. An album contains digital photos, videos and/or audio files. Group members will visualize album content and miniatures ( for photos). If they want to receive the album content, they subscribe to the album. Once subscribed, files transfer is handled automatically. As soon as an album is entirely available on his computer, the subscriber receives a notification email.

2.2 Create an album

To create an album, you must:

 - start the TudZu application installed on your computer.


- choose the target group for your album
- enter your email and your password
- move to the "Sharing" section
- click on <My albums>


  with friends

    - click on "new album" button


  album photos

  - give a name to this album, add a comment and keep default parameters
  - If the content of your album is supposed to change a lot, select the option Automatic Update. TudZu will detect changes and send them automaticaly to subscribers
  - click on  « Next »
  - click on  « add files or folders ». If you add a folder , TudZu will retrieve all multimedia documents inside this folder


  share folders

- click on  « Next ». If your album contains folders, TudZu displays files list contained in those folders.


  album content

- click on "update the server" to update album content and send photo miniatures (your friends will see a preview). File description and miniature transfer start. After completed, click on "Next".

  album is available

- click on "Next" then on "terminate". 

Now your album is available to target group members.


  access rights

Once the album is created,  you may restrict access rights to only few people in the group. Authorized friends will be authorized to visualize and subscribe to this album.

2.2.1 Album rights access

By default, all members of the group have access to your albums. However, you can fine tune album rights access at anytime.

- In the "Sharing" section
- click on <My albums>
- double click on the album you want to restrict access.

  Modify access rights

- click on  "Modify access rights"

  access album content

By default, anyone in the group is granted to access album content (Visible) and retrieve album content (Reading). If you want to restrict this behavior, uncheck group rights (see picture above) and add specific rights for each authorized user.

2.2.2 Automatic detection

A very useful feature is the automatic detection of album content changes.

If you enabled this option, TudZu runs a daily based scan of album files and folders content. It detects If some files have been modified or others have been added to the folders, and will send changes to all album subscribers. Of course, changes are applied if laters have selected the "automatic synchronization" option when they've subscribed to this album.

2.3 Visualize and subscribe to an album

To receive files of your friends, you have to subscribe to their albums. You can see a preview of what they want to share whith you.

- launch TudZu administration interface
- choose the group
- enter your email and your password
- move to the "Sharing" section
- choose the "Friend's albums" tag
- only friends who have created album you are allowed to visualize are listed on the screen.
- double click on user name to view the album list
- select chosen album
- click on right button to open contextual menu and select subscribe

 destination folder

- Specify incoming folder where files will be retrieved to your machine, or keep default path. Click on  « subscribe » button.

  album content is transfered

- As soon as all album content is transfered, you receive a notification email.

2.4 Collaborative albums

A collaborative album (only available with the premium license) is an album where several group members contribute by adding documents. This type of album gathers photos/videos/audio files supplied by multiple contributors. Each one controls his/her own contribution, but the album owner keeps exclusive authority over the album parameters. Moreover, each contributor as well as othe basic subscribers (with no contribution) receive album content


receive friends photos/videos/audio files  ►To receive friends photos/videos/audio files on my machine, I subscribe to their albums.
        ► I broadcast my photos/videos/audio files by creating albums in chosen groups.
        ► I restrict album access by modifying album specific rights access.

3 Use protection TudZu service (backup)

3.1 Generalities

The backup service is totaly different from the sharing service.

The backup service allows to protect your digital asset. In a first step, you specify volumes, folders and files you want to backup. Then, backups are programmed to run automatically. Files content is encrypted then sent to storage space your friends have granted to the group. Your friends can not read files content neither they can see files name.

If you've subscribed to a professional license, you are allowed to use your own machines as a destination for your backups.

3.2 Initialize/modify backup

To initialize or modify backup content, use the local administration interface. Notice that for a first use, an automatic detection process is activated right after you enter the backup service.

   your multimedia files

The wizard for the « automatic search» lists the main folders contaning your multimedia files. This list is not exhaustive. At anytime, you can add files or folders located elsewhere on your disks.

  options screen

To modify search parameter, you use options screen.

To know the available space for your backups choose "Available space for your backups" by clicking on the toolbar.


Adanced options

By default , folder's backup is limited to some types of files. To modify the parameters of targeted files you can modify the backup option. Some options are only granted  to premium license users.

File types

After you have configure the folders to be included in the backup job, you can apply a selection filter to target specific file types only. Therefore, while running backup jobs, and going through selected folders, TudZu will grab only files which comply to the defined filter. If you want to backup the whole folder content, you check "All files" checkbox.

File size

TudZu allows to target files depending on their size. For example, you backup files which their size is not bigger than 1 gigabyte or smaller than 50 Ko.


Storage space selection  and copies

By default, TudZu uses storage spaces provided by your friends in the current working group. However, you can explicitely declare the storage space to use. In the case of a professional backup, and after having declared your machines or NAS, you can designate one of this device as the uniq authorized storage space.

In its payed version, TudZu proceeds a multiple backup of your data in order to reduce restoration process and to insure a highter security for your data. If you have declared several machines, TudZu will run a backup on one of your other machine and an additional copy on a second machine, preferably oustide your profesionnal network (at home). 

Of course, you can select the storage space to use for your copies.

Backup policy

To personalize the backup policy, you specify the copies on top of the original backup job. TudZu will use the storage space selection (see section above) to process backup copies.

Backup retention

TudZu keeps your backups in the storage spaces for a defined period of time. This retention period is reinitialized each time your files are backed up. In other words, a files that you removed from your computer or which has been lost, is recoverable as long as retention period has not expired.

3.3 Restauration

To restore files on your machine,

- launch TudZu administration interface
- choose the group used for the backup
- enter your email and your password
- move to the "backup/restore" section

- click on  « I want to restore my data »
- choose « New restoration »
- select target files or folders
files and/or folders

files and/or folders

files and/or folders
 After selecting target files and/or folders to restore, click on "Next". Then you start the restoration by clicking on the button « Start restoration ».

Once the restoration process starts, you can quit the program. TudZu memorizes the list of files to recover and the required partner machines hosting these data. As soon as one of the machines is online, TudZu establishes the connection and performs the restoration. When completed, a notification email is sent.

4 Software update

Each time, you turn on your computer, TudZu detects the availability of new packages on TudZu servers. In that case, TudZu downloads the package from ftp sites to temporary folder on your machine c:\Program Files\TudZu\temp. After processing security checks to insure integrity of the received file, TudZu proceeds with the program upgrade. An information screen explains update steps.

[ Only Linux users ]
New versions are downloaded in folder /opt/tipi/Tudzu/temp. However, the installation is not automatic. To proceed with the upgrade, please follow instructions described in the installation section.