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I’ve recently been trying a number of file synchronization solutions and Dropbox is currently at the top of my list. It supports all of my devices, both PC and Mac, plus it provides a very useful shared folder function I use for collaboration. Word on the […]

DropboxI’ve recently been trying a number of file synchronization solutions and Dropbox is currently at the top of my list. It supports all of my devices, both PC and Mac, plus it provides a very useful shared folder function I use for collaboration. Word on the street is that Dropbox is about to open the floodgates, but Cybernet has a link and code to get you in now. I highly recommend trying the service if you own multiple devices. So far, it’s been pretty unobtrusive, doesn’t hog up computer resources and has a simple web interface. Plus, and this is key for me, there’s a file revision history so you can restore older versions of a file.

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  1. James Kendrick Thursday, May 22, 2008

    How does dropbox handle synchronization? For example, I have multiple computers, Windows and the Mac, and I’d like to keep the Documents tree synced among them all. Will Dropbox do that? On the surface it seems to me that it only syncs files in the My Dropbox virtual drive it creates but maybe I’m missing something.

  2. Kevin C. Tofel Thursday, May 22, 2008

    It syncs files and folders that are in the My Dropbox path. You can’t specify a folder outside of My Dropbox to be synched. You’d have to store your docs in a Documents folder within My Dropbox in the scenario you mentioned. You could always change your default save locations for those chunky desktop apps you use. ;) Make them default to a subfolder of My Dropbox.

    You actually could sync files and folders outside of My Dropbox on a Mac, but it’s a tweak. Found on their FAQs which also state that in the future you’ll be able to specify which files and folders you want synched.

  3. Genghis Khent Thursday, May 22, 2008

    Unfortunately the link http://www.getdropbox.com/beta/outsidethebox goes to a page which states “Sorry, that beta code has expired.”

  4. Kevin C. Tofel Thursday, May 22, 2008

    Well I’ll be filing this one under our “Useless Info” category now. Bummer. I’ll drop the Dropbox folks a line and see if we can snag a generous handful of invites. Our reader base is the perfect audience for providing beta feedback on a file sync service IMO.

  5. Genghis Khent Thursday, May 22, 2008

    Kevin, go for it! I’ve been waiting for my Dropbox invite for a long time. Then again, I don’t get invited to much anyway :-(

  6. Kevin C. Tofel Thursday, May 22, 2008

    Turn that frown upside down and check your e-mail. ;)

  7. Genghis Khent Thursday, May 22, 2008

    Kevin, you are the best!

  8. Hopefully you can grab some invites. Once I saw the twitter post I headed right over. Too bad all the invites were gone. This looks like a great app to sync. all my files on my Mac’s and PC’s.

    You guys always find all the cool apps out there. Keep up the great work.

  9. I have been following Kevin’s entires for a while now because I am interested in working more in the cloud. I am tired of local management on multiple computers, and I want to have access to my stuff no matter where I am or what happens to one of my local machines (such as happened to James with his MacBook Pro).

    I guess I said all that to say I would be very interested in any extra invite you might have, so I could evaluate the possibilities with DropBox. Take care, and keep up the great work!

  10. So how does this differ from something like Foldershare that actually allows you to sync any folder (on both PC and Mac) and also allows you to share said folder or folders with others?

    I am using this on my Favorites, notebooks and general files and it works a treat. Also as it is peer to peer, if the machines are sitting on the same network (say at home), sync is at LAN speed as the files are not bounced off a central server.

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