Macs have long been equipped with a file syncing utility unknown by most users. Remote sync, or rsync, is a way to synchronize files and directories through the command line interface on Unix-based machines. This easy-to-use utility is commonly used for backing up your data, but can synchronize files for any other purpose you choose to use it for. Remote sync can be better than other backup methods because of its speed, and because it doesn’t require any special permissions to execute an rsync command. With just a small knowledge of the command line, you can be backing up in no time with rsync.
If you frequently find yourself pasting the same text over and over again on the Mac, you’ve no doubt discovered Smile Software’s TextExpander, a handy utility that promises to save keystrokes -- and now, the accompanying iOS version just got even handier with a host of new features.
Apple released iOS 5 Beta 5 over the weekend, along with a handful of related bits and pieces, including the ability for developers to migrate their MobileMe accounts to the forthcoming iCloud right now -- which has uncovered some unpleasant news for those who use some of the more obscure sync features in MobileMe.
I have five Macs in my house, and I want them all to have the exact same iPhoto library -- but I don’t want to have to download pics from my camera or iPhone five times. I’d like to be able to merge the libraries every few months, but that sounds like a pain. Short of overwriting each computer’s iPhoto library every time one of them changes, is there an easy way to keep my pics in sync?
If you’ve ever needed a simple utility just to keep multiple pairs of folders or files in sync, chances are you’ve discovered File Synchronization, a small app that does exactly that. Thanks to a big update this week, the Mac OS X app is even more useful, with automatic synchronization and big speed increases.
Outlook users, we have good news and bad news. First the good stuff: thanks to April’s SP1 update for Office 2011, Outlook 2011 can now use Apple’s Sync Services to sync your calendar, contacts, tasks, and notes over the air with MobileMe. That’s a big improvement over Outlook 2011’s original release, which was limited to syncing just your contacts. Better yet, activating the new syncing options is drop-dead simple.