If you work with documents from home, office, and on the go, this is a great tool for keeping some of your more frequent files synchronized. It also comes with 2 GB of free space expandable up to 5 GB for referrals, and 50GB with a subscription. This program works across platforms syncing files on Windows/Mac/Linux machines. It is also a great way to collaborate. I can’t say enough about its utility as I have played with it for the past couple of days. I have been able to photograph a rare work with a DSLR digital camera that names and saves the image into a dropbox folder which in turn is immediately available to all of the machines that are synced to that folder. On other computers, like the one with the largest storage drive, I set up either of these next two synchronization apps …
This is a handy tool for Windows (sorry Mac & Linux!) available for free through Microsoft which allows you to sync files in a rather clean way. It was originally designed for photographers and image intensive work at Microsoft. Eventually it found its way to the web and the rest is history. I use this to “watch” a collaborative folder on a network or dropbox folder and update it on an automated schedule. I also customize it to only copy from the source file (the watched folder) and paste in the destination, and not to synchronize deletions from the source file. The result is that the shared folders become conduits of data rather than ponds that are frequently emptied in the name of saving space.
syncback by 2brightsparks
This program’s user-interface is not as “pretty” as synctoy, but it is more advanced. If you are websavy it allows you to do the same thing as synctoy but with the added bonus of an FTP sync to your own web server.
WIth these tools if you have server space and FTP access, you can synchronize files quickly, easily, and automatically between multiple computers, multiple platforms, and a webserver. All this to say, with an entry level DSLR camera one can photograph a source while connected to the internet in some distant library, simultaneously share access to it between your computers, via synctoy running on the home computer, remotely copy it to a local drive at home, and via syncback upload it to a webserver instantaneously.
Does it get any easier?
FYI: BE SURE TO READ SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS for compatibility with your computers!!!