Anyone try dropbox yet?

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  1. LDfan

    LDfan Supporting Actor

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    I'm been trying to find a decent solution to the problem of trying to keep files sync'd between multiple computers. Finally stumbled across dropbox and finally got hold of an beta code. One word....awesome!

    I do have a few invites left if anyone wants one. Take a look at the website and decide if you want to try it out

    Dropbox - Home - Secure backup, sync and sharing made easy.

    Jeff
     
  2. Ronald Epstein

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    I am tentatively interested if it will allow me to sync
    my files between two Macs. The demo shows how to sync
    between windows and a mac and I need to keep everything
    updated between my Mac Pro and Macbook Pro.

    If this can be done with this software count me in.

    Thank you so much for offering invite codes to us. That was
    very kind of you.
     
  3. LDfan

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    Hi Ron,

    I will shoot you an invite. Doesn't hurt to give it a shot. Now that I think of it I think I was the one that gave you a gmail invite waaaay back when before it was released to the world. Let me know if Dropbox works for you.

    Update: Just sent you an invite to your hometheaterforum email account.

    Jeff
     
  4. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator
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    Received the invite in my email. Thank you.

    I am interested in checking this out to see if I can readily
    update documents on one Mac and then have it automatically
    updated on another.

    Without the invite it was impossible to find out exactly what
    this software can do -- and now I am going to the site to see
    what it is all about.
     
  5. VacMan

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    Any chance you can spare an invite? timrmoore at gmail.com.

    Thanks much!

    Tim
     
  6. Ronald Epstein

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    I am not certain how to invite people. It doesn't seem to be an
    obvious process.

    Been using Dropbox for the past day.

    I am not sure if I am using it to its potential, but on the surface
    it's a good way to move/sync files across computers and platforms
    with a few caveats....

    Once you install and register Dropbox it places an icon in the system
    tray. Clicking on that icon opens up a dropbox file area with folders
    that you can place up to 2GB worth of files to share with another
    computer or with friends that you invite to access.

    I am not crazy about giving friends access to my computer as I
    am unsure how you prevent them from accessing files you don't
    want to share. It does seem there is a PUBLIC folder that is for
    sharing purposes and I am guessing that perhaps the other folders
    will not be available to anyone else but you. I have yet to confirm
    this and perhaps someone else can.

    So, I installed the Dropbox on my Mac Pro and my Macbook Pro.
    As promised, I was able to see the files that I placed in my Dropbox
    on my desktop and access it through my laptop. I must admit this
    is a great way of keeping essential documents that you need at home
    and on the road. As you make changes to documents on one end, it
    syncs with the other so both computers always have access to the
    same files.

    What I am not very fond of is the fact that Dropbox only syncs files
    that are in the Dropbox. For instance, I keep all my documents in
    my documents folder. Whenever I have to update my docs I have
    to do it in both the original file and the one located in the Dropbox.
    It would be great to have a program that syncs files outside of the
    Dropbox so you don't need to just work in that environment.

    This program certainly looks like an ideal way to move programs
    from Windows to Mac or just another computer. However, with its
    limited 2GB capacity is seems just as easy to burn files to a CD or
    flash drive with more capacity.

    Where Dropbox really comes in handy is its ability to keep important
    files/pictures/documents updated across several computers. My only
    complaint is that if you are like me and want to keep copies of your
    documents and photos in their rightful folders, you are going to have
    to duplicate all the changes you make inside and outside the Dropbox.


    Right now this is a free beta release thus it's a program very well
    worth its price. I do hope that once this goes out of beta mode that
    the company doesn't charge an exorbitant amount for continued use
    of this program.
     
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    I agree, the real missing part of sync is the ability to expand Apple's Connect To Server (Command-K) for personal local net or online without having to adjust the way you keep files or worry about cap or parking files online.

    Using ARA, Retrospect, Timbuktu is too much trouble for the simple act of sync for 2+ personal Macs.

    The app looks good for what it does.
    Superduper's smart update keeps me in shape for now.
     
  8. Ronald Epstein

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    I'm liking this software more and more each day.

    I have GROWL installed on my Mac (which everyone should
    have installed, BTW) and it was rather neat that as soon as
    I updated a file in DROPBOX on my desktop then went to my
    laptop, a GROWL window came up saying that the file had been
    updated there. That was rather cool!

    I'd like to offer a BETA invite but have no idea how to do it.
     
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    Hi Ron,

    Log onto the dropbox website. Once logged in you can send invites via the invitation box in the lower left corner.

    Jeff
     
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    I suspect we are going to see a huuuge update to .mac next week, and I am hoping that such file syncs are going to be one area radically improved.
     
  11. TonyD

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    if there is one available i would be grateful for an invite.
     
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    sam what are you doing? Anyway dropbox now looks like its a free app on iphone and ipad. Never got an invite 3 years ago.
     
  13. Ted Todorov

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    I'm yet to use Dropobox. What benefit does it offer over iDisk, assuming you are already a committed MobileMe subscriber? (have been, since day one of iTools -- IMO the first name was best...)
     
  14. Sam Posten

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    It essentially creates an easy to use network share wherever you are. PC, Mac, iPad, iPod, Android, etc. Free.
     
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    Forbes is impressed: http://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriabarret/2011/10/18/dropbox-the-inside-story-of-techs-hottest-startup/ Here's the problem tho. They are GREAT being independent. But Apple has shown that baking this stuff into the OS is the way to go. Is there a happy medium that still allows Dropbox to be a multibillion dollar company?
     
  16. TonyD

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    I think Dropbox only gives 2 g's for free. Apple is 5 isn't it?
     
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    Not everyone uses an iPhone...
     
  18. Sam Posten

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    That's my point. You can't have it both ways right now. You can bake this stuff into the OS and it works great with everything in your ecosystem or you can be independent and support every OS but you don't get the benefits of being baked in. Can someone (DB) find a way to meet in the middle?
     
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    You can get up to 10 GB for free with Dropbox though you start with 2.
     
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    You could bake in a 3rd party service, as Apple has done with Twitter.
     

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