If you need five or six grocery items would you take a transport truck to the grocery store? Probably not. Likewise, if all you need to do is sync up some files from one folder to another folder why go to the expense and complexity of the famous and expensive backup or cloning apps when a little automated utility will do the deed?
Don’t misunderstand. Backup apps that can clone your Mac’s entire hard disk drive are more than useful. They should and can be considered essential. On the other hand, for minor tasks, a simple file and folder updater like DropSync can be even more valuable because, once it’s setup to sync a couple of folders, it works automatically.
Select a folder of files to watch. Select the folder you want to sync with the watched folder. And, sync. From then on the sync occurs every time there’s a change to the watched folder. That is incredibly handy.
What’s not to like about that?
Preferences are nominal and quickly set.
DropSync works in the background and does what it does without human intervention. If that’s all DropSync did it would be worth double the price, but it also comes with a few geekier power use features.
The backup or sync folder can be configured to delete files or save the overwritten files. There are options to hand symbolic links (Unix-speak) and permissions. Files and folders can be compared side by side, and you get the option to include or exclude specific folders in the sync process.
Therein lies a bit of a rub because the configurations are numerous and geeky and range from filters to SSH login and then to an Advanced setting.
If so desired, DropSync can login to a remote site using SFTP or engage in bi-directional sync to make sure both folders’ files are updated, regardless of where the updated file originated. Can you do the same kinds of sync in SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner? Certainly, but not as easily, and not with built-in automation.
Not bad for a lot less money than the cloning apps.