Sunday, 6 May 2012

Sugarsync is the best Syncing software

"If you're brand new to file syncing, I highly recommend starting with SugarSync rather than learn the Dropbox way."

Read this old review and I can verify it. It is simply the best Sync software there is. I was wrong. Skydrive copied Sugarsync, not the other way round.

By now, Sugarsync is even better and probably more stable. I don't have uploading and downloading problem, only feeling a bit slow. It is sharing with Skydrive syncing files.

Sugarsync is immensely easy to setup and I have not  made any mistake at all, unlike Skydrive. Dropbox and its clone Google drive had to be discounted because it requires me to change my directory structure. Sugarsync supports such common directory structure for those who migrate from Dropbox while enjoying any folder syncing.

Syncing is better than backup. Syncing immediately backups any file that had changed. You don't need to initate a backup process that could be too late to save some files. Syncing has dangers so always keep previous versions as well. Once you damage a file, all other backups are also damaged. It happened to me a few times. Fortunately I have older versions in my flash drives, synced manually using "syncback" software.

click the link below if you want to try Sugarsync. You will get 5.5Gbyte instead of just 5Gbyte for free.
And if you refer to your friends, you also can get 500Mbyte free for each one who subscribe.

When you install at a Windows machine, make sure you right click and press the "Run as Administrator" button, or else, you will not be able to install it.


REVIEW DATE : December 29, 2011
File synchronization service SugarSync offers more cloud storage space with a free account than any of its rivals and is even more intuitive than its biggest competitor, Dropbox. SugarSync shows a few quirks here and there, as all syncing services seem to, but it is still the very best we've tested.
PROS: Freemium file-syncing service. Generous space given with free account: 5GB. Unlimited bonus space for referrals. Can sync any existing folder or file (no need to move items to a magic folder). Apps for every major OS.
No drag-and-drop from desktop to file manager (drag-and-drop into synced folders only). Some odd functionality when deployed across multiple desktops.
Sharpcast Inc
  • Type: Business, Personal, Professional
  • Free: Yes, Yes
  • OS Compatibility: Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Windows 7
File synchronization is a utility that every modern computer user needs. Perhaps the best known service is Dropbox, an excellent tool with a few quirks, but having now spent a good deal of time with SugarSync, I can't imagine recommending any other service as a first option. SugarSync has improved steadily over the last few months and now offers a free 5GB account to anyone who signs up. SugarSync makes sense because it's dead simple—even more so than Dropbox—and is available on every major platform: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Symbian. A Linux client is in beta. While I still adore Dropbox and will emphasize that it's still worthy of our Editors' Choice insignia, SugarSync does a few things just slightly better and deserves more praise. SugarSync also gives you more space with a free account (5GB compared to Dropbox's 2GB) and unlimited bonus space for referrals. A paid account also costs less: SugarSync charges $14.99 per month for 100GB whereas Dropbox charges $19.99 per month for 100GB.
Other solutions exist, too, such as the more business focused SafeSync for Business from Trend Micro, which doesn't have a free option, and Syncplicity, which like Dropbox starts you off with only 2GB of space for free and is a little more difficult to manage, I found.
As simple as SugarSync is, anyone new to file-synchronization needs to heed a few warnings. First, take two minutes to learn what file synchronization is and what it means. Synchronization is not the same as back-up, so you should not use it to free up space on your hard drive. When you "sync" something from your computer, don't then delete it!
SugarSync LocalAfter you sign up for a SugarSync account, you can download and install the client software. It prompts you to name and assign an icon for your PC and then choose folders to back up on SugarSync's servers and make available to your other machines. The installer also creates a "Magic Briefcase" folder inside your Documents folder and places a shortcut to it on your desktop. Any file you drop into the Magic Briefcase on one of your machines is copied to and synchronized with the Magic Briefcase folders on all your other machines.
The installer also creates a SugarSync icon in your system tray that you can click to open the SugarSync Manager application, where you can change your synchronization options and manage backed-up files. You can also right-click on any folder or file at any time to add it to SugarSync—there's an option directly in the menu that appears.
Things can get confusing when you install SugarSync on a second machine, however. I set up SugarSync on a Mac first, then added it to a Windows XP machine. Installing the software took no time at all. Launching the file manager was also no problem. When I tried to drag and drop files into the SugarSync file manager, though, it didn't work. I tried uploading using drag-and-drop a few more times to no avail. Seeing as I wasn't getting anywhere, I turned to a button at the top of the file manager "Add Sync Folders" and selected the appropriate options, and that worked. It wasn't a problem in the end, but I falsely assumed drag-and-drop from the desktop to the file manager would sync folders. It doesn't.
The installer once again prompts you to select folders to back up to the server and make available to other machines, but only the Magic Briefcase syncs automatically. If you want to sync to computer No. 2 any folder you selected for backing up from your first machine, the process is not intuitive: You have to open the SugarSync Manager on the second machine, select the folder from a list of available folders, then click the option to "Replicate this folder on this computer."

File Management and SharingSugarSync Manager displays a tree-structured view of all your computers in a panel on the left, so you know which folders are being backed up or synced on each machine. When you select a folder from the tree, the panel on the right displays a list of the files inside it. Files colored gray haven't yet been synced, and black files are synced and up-to-date. This makes it easy to know at a glance which files are ready for use. If you click on a gray filename that hasn't yet been synced, the service immediately starts downloading it in order to minimize the wait. This fine-tuned automation sets SugarSync apart from its competitors.
The tree-structured list of computers also includes entries for Magic Briefcase, Mobile Photos, Web Archive, and Deleted Files. Mobile Photos lists any photos you've dragged into a Mobile Photos folder the installer created in your My Photos folder, and these photos are instantly visible through the SugarSync mobile client. The Web Archive is a window into which you can drag files when you want to back them up to the server.
If you use SugarSync's client for mobile phones, you can select the folders that will be listed in the mobile client so you can download and view them from the SugarSync server when needed. The files aren't automatically synced to your phone but are available on demand. You can also use the mobile client to tell the server to send the file to any email.
One feature that comes in handy on the road is the ability to edit files via the Web. Sign into the SugarSync site, select a file from the online file manager, and choose "Edit with WebSync." If you're on a Windows machine, you should see a prompt that asks if you want to download the Java WebStart Launcher. If you answer yes, a Java window opens on your computer, and the selected file opens for editing in the PC's default application for that file type (such as Word for DOC files). It's a bit elaborate, but it works.
Like its rival products, SugarSync has a sharing option that lets you send friends and colleagues a Web address where they can view a folder's contents. You can specify that your colleagues can either view only or view and edit files, and you can require that they enter a code to be able to access the folder's contents.
Sweet, Sweet SyncingIf you're brand new to file syncing, I highly recommend starting with SugarSync rather than learn the Dropbox way. SugarSync is more intuitive, gives you more free space to start, and works on every major and minor platform, a big reason we picked it as an Editors' Choice. If you've always used Dropbox and love it, there's no reason to switch. It's still an excellent service also worthy of our Editors' Choice distinction. SugarSync, however, is a highly attractive option if you don't like the Dropbox state-of-mind or need to trim a few bucks from your monthly budget.
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