Keeping Macs (and devices) in sync

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

  1. Olivier L. macrumors member

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    Feb 26, 2009
    #1
    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.
    FREE
    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
    http://spanningsync.com/
    Almost as option 1) as it requires a Google Account.

    BusySync

    Fruux
    http://fruux.com
    Only between computers. But they don't need to be ON at the same time (using fruux cloud).
    FREE
    BETA
    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
    Dropbox
    http://www.getdropbox.com/
    Chronosync
    Amazon S3
    Microsoft Live Mesh
    https://www.sugarsync.com/
    https://spideroak.com/
    http://www.qdea.com/synchronize_pro_x_intro.html
    http://decimus.net/synk_standard.php

    3) Other solutions, more manual...
    http://www.maciverse.com/two-macs-and-keeping-things-together.html
    rSync
    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

    i.shaun

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Location:
    Canada
    #2
    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:

    rSync



    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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