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With the Mac’s drag-and-drop interface, you’d think duplicating files would be a snap. And if all you’re doing is a simple, one-time copy job, it is. But OS X doesn’t offer much help if you want to regularly keep files in sync. Sure, Time Machine handles backups, but even that has its limits. You might want to work on your local machine for speed’s sake, but then regularly copy your work over to a network drive, for example. Or maybe you have a set of working files that needs to be dumped to a USB stick at the end of every work day. GoodSync can handle both of those situations easily--and it can be used in place of Time Machine if Apple’s simple backup doesn’t quite meet your needs.
Don't let the complicated-looking interface scare you away. It's easier than it looks, even if you're not a power user.
At its core, GoodSync copies files from Point A to Point B. It doesn’t sound like much, but when Point A is your office machine and Point B is your Mac at home, the power of GoodSync quickly becomes apparent. You’re not limited to folders on a single machine or network, either. GoodSync is compatible with FTP, SFTP, and WebDAV servers, as well as Amazon’s pay-as-you-go S3 file storage (aws.amazon.com/s3). So no matter what your hardware configuration is, cross-platform GoodSync helps you build your own file-synchronization setup.
GoodSync’s interface feels a bit overwhelming at first, but after some brief study, the configuration screens will have you building bidirectional (for keeping two file sets in step) or one-way syncs (for backing up to a second location). We wish the Mac application had built-in help, but the web-based manual is thorough, if a little technical.
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It may not feel very Mac-like, but GoodSync offers flexible file syncing whether you’re working with a single Mac, a local network, or keeping data in the cloud.
COMPANY: Siber Systems
PRICE: $29.95 for the first Mac, $9.95 for additional machines
REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.4 or later
Reliable one-way and bi-directional synchronizations. Works with hard drives, flash drives, or online servers. Cross-platform.
Requires a separate license for each machine. Interface can be overwhelming and isn’t very Mac-like. Dense online documentation.