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#1 of 21 OFFLINE   LDfan

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Posted May 26 2008 - 02:27 AM

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.

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#2 of 21 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 26 2008 - 09:41 AM

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.

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#3 of 21 OFFLINE   LDfan

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Posted May 26 2008 - 01:36 PM

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.

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#4 of 21 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 26 2008 - 08:43 PM

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.

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#5 of 21 OFFLINE   VacMan

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Posted May 27 2008 - 11:23 AM

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

Thanks much!

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#6 of 21 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 27 2008 - 09:42 PM

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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#7 of 21 OFFLINE   ErichH

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Posted May 28 2008 - 06:18 AM

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 of 21 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 28 2008 - 08:41 PM

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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#9 of 21 OFFLINE   LDfan

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Posted June 04 2008 - 05:31 AM

Hi Ron,

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

Jeff

#10 of 21 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted June 04 2008 - 08:33 AM

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.

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#11 of 21 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted June 04 2008 - 04:42 PM

if there is one available i would be grateful for an invite.
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#12 of 21 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted April 11 2011 - 01:07 PM

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.
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#13 of 21 OFFLINE   Ted Todorov

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Posted April 12 2011 - 09:07 AM

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...)


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#14 of 21 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted April 12 2011 - 09:43 AM

It essentially creates an easy to use network share wherever you are.  PC, Mac, iPad, iPod, Android, etc.  Free.




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#15 of 21 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted October 18 2011 - 05:41 AM

Forbes is impressed: http://www.forbes.co...ottest-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?

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Posted October 18 2011 - 05:46 AM

I think Dropbox only gives 2 g's for free. Apple is 5 isn't it?
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Posted October 18 2011 - 06:25 AM



Originally Posted by Sam Posten 

Forbes is impressed:
http://www.forbes.co...ottest-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?



Not everyone uses an iPhone...



#18 of 21 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted October 18 2011 - 06:31 AM

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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Posted October 18 2011 - 07:35 AM

You can get up to 10 GB for free with Dropbox though you start with 2.

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Posted October 18 2011 - 07:45 AM



Originally Posted by Sam Posten 

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?



You could bake in a 3rd party service, as Apple has done with Twitter.