I’ve been using DropBox to sync files between my two Macs and my iPad for six months now, and while it does a great job (and the free version is all I need), it has always bugged me that everything must be in that folder. Yes, it can handle subfolders, but it still must be within that main DropBox folder.
I recently read about a similar service, SugarSync, so decided to give it a try. It works on the same mobile platforms as DropBox, plus Symbian and Windows Mobile. Unlike DropBox, it doesn't do Linux. Still, for my use, I think DropBox may be history. Instead of one specific folder, SugarSync allows me to select which folders to back up.
That first folder listed? Magic Briefcase? That's the folder to use if you want something to automatically sync across all of your systems. It's the instant, all-purpose folder, and the software automatically creates an alias on the desktop for you. The rest of them? They are only backed up to their server until you tell the system to sync them with another computer. This next illustration show the folders currently being backed up from my iMac, the folder on my MacBook being backed up, and the folders that are automatically shared between the two.
I've added SugarSync to my iPad, too.
And this is how the photos from that Family Photos folder looks:
I can select any photo to see it full size, and it will show them at either lo- or hi-res. Want to email it? You have the option to email just a link or the full photo. Not too shabby. DropBox gives you 3 GB of storage for free, but you can add more free space with referrals. SugarSync starts you with 5 GB, and you can add to that pretty much the same way, but also by going through a few tutorials. It's painless. Like DropBox, SugarSync will give you a menubar icon.
The bird icon changes to a spinning double arrow when a sync is in progress. Like DropBox, it also shows how much space you are using. 5 GB not enough space? You can have 30 GB for $4.99 a month, 60 GB for $9.99, 100 GB for $14.99 or 250 GB for $24.99 a month. Pay annually and get 12 months for the price of 10. I've heard a few people claim that DropBox is faster, but honestly, I haven't noticed a big difference.
Almost forgot. Want to share an entire folder with someone. Yep, you can do that easily. Send an email or just grab the link, make it read-only or Add & Edit. Password protect it, too. All in all, I like it. Give it a try. You might like it, too.