As more and more households have additional computers in their home, one problem that people are faced with is how to keep their files in sync. I know that I often will want to access files on my iMac while using other computers in my home, while at work, or on the go and it has sometimes been frustrating to not be able to quickly and easily find the most up to date version of the file I’m working with.
That problem doesn’t exist anymore. Free service DropBox allows users on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and even the iPhone access their files that are automatically synced across all platforms. But the best part about it, each file is also backed up when saved. This automatic backup feature allows users to look at previous versions of the files their working with and undo mistakes they may have made.
Share your Folders
In addition to keeping your own files synced, Dropbox also allows you to share files or folders with friends that use the service. Work on documents together with automatic backups of each saved file, send new music and other media files, or develop new applications with one file location with the help of DropBox.
DropBox in Finder
DropBox acts like all your other folders in Finder but it does a lot more. Any time you update or modify a file in your “DropBox” folder, a copy of it is saved to a free remote server and then updated on all you other computers with DropBox. This all happens on the back end so that the end user doesn’t know anything different.
To help users know when the sync process has completed, DropBox shows a green check mark on each folder and file that is in-sync. A spinning icon will let you know that the file is still being sent to your other DropBox folders on other computers.
DropBox lets you customize a few settings after installation. In addition to letting you pick which folder will be synced, DropBox lets you customize your network settings. Limit your upload and download rates, or connect to DropBox through a proxy server.
These preferences can come in handy when you’re working with large files and don’t want the connection to hog up all your bandwidth.
Free, or paid version
While dropbox does offer a free service that will let you sync up to 2gb of data on multiple devices, they also offer Paid plans for individuals that need more space.
For $9.99 a month or $99 a year, individuals can sync up to 50gb across all their computers and mobile internet ready devices.
DropBox is a great tool that lets you keep in sync on each computer you use. Its mobile and web features let you grab the files you need while on the go. It is a great way to pass files from one location to another.