GoodReader - How are you using it to sync files

Discussion in 'iPad' started by chefwong, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. chefwong macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2008
    I'm thinking *FTP* is the way to go...but I'd love to use GoodReader on my iPad to keep a organized *sync* of all folders and everything that is dumped to it. The bigger goal is to have it sync whether I'm in the office or out of the office.

    This way, I can say, John, please drop XYZ of serverfolder X (in theory this would be the folder the FTP is serving) and then whether I'm on the LAN...or off the internal network, I can *sync* and see files for review.

    Just curious how ya'll are using GoodReader to Sync
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
  3. iThinman macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2010
    Not all work places are real keen on the idea of external hosting services for their confidential data thanks though.

    I copy a set of my main share files to my iPad with goodreader sync client. Then, I've been pulling files as-needed, FTP, from that same share. Since I do fairly limited editing of data right now on here, I manually place back (FTP, email to myself and move at desktop or send to someone else) any files i do modify on an as-needed basis.

    I haven't had time to play with it long, but I was able to connect UNC to the goodreader folder when i first played with it. If I can get it to map a windows drive letter to the folder, should be able to use RichCopy to do some auto synchronization, but i just haven't played with it yet.
  4. chefwong thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2008
    UNC is fine but to KISS....

    The envisionment is

    LAN share \\server\folder share (FTP login would be married to this)

    This will serve as a easy folder where I can have any employee drop whatever, if not keep a organized folder structure.

    From there, from a usability standpoint, I would just *sync*. Bear in mind I do not have Ipad or Goodreader in hand, but this is my ~envisionment~ of how it would operate. IF I can make this work in the following scenario, this would make most sense from a day2day operating setup...
  5. iCheddar macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2007
    South Dakota
    So is the goal to just have files sync, or to have them sync in real time?

    The option I'm using right now is Goodreader on iPad + Chronosync on Mac.

    I have a sync file setup on my Mac, pointed at a folder on my drives and pointed at good reader when it's wirelessly mounted, and I'm able to bidirectionally sync between the two. Works great.
  6. anthonymoody macrumors 68020


    Aug 8, 2002
    This sounds extremely intriguing to me. Please elaborate :)
  7. iCheddar macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2007
    South Dakota
    It's a little wonky, but it works well for me.

    I basically do all this so I can have decent syncing between my Dropbox folder and my iPad. I realize there is a Dropbox app, but I hate that it doesn't store my files locally.

    In any case, first thing to do is hit the little Wifi icon in Goodreader which will bring this dialog up.


    The dialog tells you the information you'll need to connect your iPad as a wireless drive. You can do this from a browser as well, but I just mount mine. So you'll kit CMD K on your Mac, type in the address, and mount the iPad.


    You'll only have to do this mounting process on your Mac the first time, after that Chronosync will mount it for you as long as you have WiFi sharing mode on in Goodreader.

    The way I've got my syncing set up, I have my Dropbox folder on the left, this is considered the source. I have the syncing set up to be bidirectional, meaning changes will go both ways, and I've got the root folder of my iPad mounted as my target.


    Unfortunately Chronosync doesn't offer real time synchronization, and it isn't automated, you'll have to sit down at your Mac with your iPad and initiate the sync.

    Once you do so you'll see Chronosync going through and analyzing files, if it detects a change, it synchronizes the file, pretty straight forward.


    After it's done, it'll tell you how many files it has analyzed and the amount of data it processed.


    Though this method isn't ideal, it works well for me. Before I step out I do a quick synchronization, and once I get home I synchronize again.
  8. Dorkington macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2010
    I SSH into GoodReader's folder and transfer files that way... because with SSH, I can create/manage folders at the same time as file transfering. Works like a charm. :)

    (Note: this is just for file transfers.... I don't bother syncing)
  9. arubinst macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2008
    Lausanne - Switzerland
    Actually, it does! When you mark any file as a "favorite", Dropbox saves a local copy for offline access.
  10. GuillaumeB macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2007
    Just behind you
    To sync files, Dropbox is for me the way to go. It is a cross platform small client which "just works"

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  11. iCheddar macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2007
    South Dakota
    Perhaps I should doesn't store all my documents locally. I've got 1500+ documents in my Dropbox folder, if I'm out and about somewhere and I'm off wifi and need some specific document I don't have favorited, I'm boned.

    Why don't you just mount Goodreader's folder like a drive? Makes more sense than SSHing to me.
  12. anthonymoody macrumors 68020


    Aug 8, 2002
    THANK YOU iCheddar for the extremely easy to follow walkthrough!

    I may use this set up until Apple rolls out something robust that "just works" to auto sync folders bt a Mac and an iPad.

    For me (using the iPad as my primary computer as I do) the Mac-side storage would be just back up/emergency and/or iPad capacity overflow. But I really want this capability.
  13. thefiction, Sep 13, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2011

    thefiction macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2010
    Real Time Syncing

    Great app, but is there no option to enable syncing in real time? I have more than 50 files that I sync on a regular basis. Most of the time the files are uploaded by my coworkers throughout the day so I will have no idea if there are updated files unless I press the sync button at random times.

    Does anyone know of a feature to have it sync instantly and automatically as files are changed? (Push updates, if you will).

    I apologize if this was answered in another thread already, but I'm having a hard time finding an answer. Thanks!

    EDIT: I use on a Windows 7 PC to sync with GoodReader.
  14. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Seriously? The thread is 1 year old.

    Now (GoodReader version 3.8.0):

  15. thefiction macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2010
    Yes, and still relevant. The latest version of GoodReader does not sync in real time as far as I can tell. Does anyone else not find it annoying to press the sync button every time?
  16. vicky-obee macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2012
    Help pls

    Hi I am Using GoodReader to use the Remote Sync function..
    This function works very well when i have to sync a complete folder ( root and sub folders )
    How ever a MUCH NEEDED FUNCTION is SELECTIVE sync...

    Lets say
    I have a Root Folder with 10 Sub folders..( each sub folder with diff data )
    How do i get this to work so that i can sync ONLY 1 SUB FOLDER to update the data instead of updating all the folder data as the data volume is very large

    Nav Logs ( ROOT FOLDER )
    London ( sub Folder 1 )
    Hongkong ( sub Folder 2 )
    Milan ( sub Folder 3 )
    Tokyo ( sub folder 4 )
    Russia ( sub Folder 5 )

    Now all the sub Folders have NEW DATA EVERY day
    but NOT all users would like to download ALL data in the sub folders

    If user 1 wants to sync data in Sub Folder 3,,, he should have an option to Sync only Sub Folder 3 and NOT ALL the sub folders
    Like wise if user 2 wants to Sync Sub Folder 5.. He should have this option

    Can you help me as how do i configure this in Remote Sync ( GoodReader Function ) using Sugar Sync

    I desperately need this to work

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