Keeping Macs (and devices) in sync

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Olivier L., Sep 22, 2009.

  1. Olivier L. macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2009
    My purpose is to summarize what I can collect as information on the best way to keep macs and devices in sync.

    First, I will focus on the main goal I want to achieve: keep iCal and Address Book in sync for a macbook and a mac mini. The sync can occur via internet (nice-to-have) or simply when they are on the same network (minimum requirement).

    Later below are also separately listed info on files/folder sync.

    The option I have found so far:

    For Address Book and iCal:

    1) Mac OS X native option
    Mac OS X Snow Leopard offers the possibility to keep iCal and Address Book in sync, via a Google Account or a Yahoo Account.
    requires Google account
    also keep Google Contacts and Calendar in sync
    But no contacts picture sync, limited phone number (3 or 4 per contact)

    2) Mobile Me
    iCal, Address Book, ...
    + storage, web hosting, complete integration with Mac OS X...
    79$ / year

    3) Others...

    Spanning Sync 3
    Almost as option 1) as it requires a Google Account.


    Only between computers. But they don't need to be ON at the same time (using fruux cloud).
    also sync bookmarks and notes.
    10.5 and upper.

    For files/folder sync:

    1) Mobile Me iDisk

    2) Dropbox and analog, whether they are webbased on full applications
    Amazon S3
    Microsoft Live Mesh

    3) Other solutions, more manual...
    Part of OS X already. You may need to update it depending on the task, but if you can figure it out, here it is:
    rSync (thanks to i.shaun)

    What am I using? I am now trying Fruux. Free and doing exactly what I needed: sync 2 macs for address book and calendar. Not less, and a little more. More after a few days of use!

    Comments welcome! I can update my post...
  2. i.shaun macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2008
    There is also a free thing called rSync that is actually installed in OS X already. You may need to update it depending on the task, but if you can figure it out, here it is:


    I was working on it in a thread for folder syncing to an External HDD with the same file system. That thread is here.

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