rMB as Second Mac: How do you keep it in Sync?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by rhyzome, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. rhyzome macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2012
    For those of you using the rMB as a second (I assume, ultraportable) mac:
    How do you keep your rMB in sync with your other mac(s)?

    Do your updates to documents--say, annotations in PDFs, edits to .docxs, etc--seamlessly transfer to all the machines (if you so intend)?

    If you do academic work with lots of sources and programs like Endnote, Zotero, Mendeley, Papers, Scrivener, etc., how does it work for you keeping your libraries constant across all of your machines?

    How about your photo libraries and iTunes libraries?

    What about things as mundane as sets of Safari tabs?
  2. Cvx5832 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2014
    I use OneDrive to keep files in sync. Several providers now exist in this space. Others may do it too but I chose it because is was one of the first ones to market and I needed something that existed locally on my machine. It synchronizes when there's an internet connection.
  3. squirrrl macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    Forgive my ignorance, but you basically keep your file directories that you want synced in your OneDrive folder (or Dropbox/GoogleDrive/ect...) and the one's you don't want synced outside of that folder? I guess if you're syncing your music, then you have to have iTunes recognize the music folder that's in your OneDrive folder (and not in your regular Library folder) on both your machines if you want your music synced too?
  4. MarkW19 macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2002
    Surrey, UK
  5. Cvx5832, Apr 29, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2015

    Cvx5832 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2014
    That's exactly it. The folder (the location of which can choose) for OneDrive (or other cloud services for that matter) looks just like any other folder, except it synchronizes across your devices. You can open them on your Macs, iOS devices or a web browser.

    If you don't want them synced, don't put them in the folder. You can also create folders inside the OneDrive folder to keep yourself further organized, as I have done.

    I also have a shortcut to the OneDrive folder so I can get to the root directory of all my synced files.


    Edit: There's also a menu bar icon to see the status of your sync, and you can pick and choose which folders from within the created OneDrive folder to sync. Or choose them all by default.

    Signup is free and the app is available at the App Store.

  6. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    If you want to use the cloud, you can use OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.

    If don't, I really recommend BTSync and Syncthing. Syncthing is fully open source, but the mac integration isn't great yet. It's getting there. BTSync works really well for me. They recently released a 2.0 version and a lot of people are upset about some of the limits, but put everything you want to sync in a "root folder" ~ you can do up to ten of those for free.
  7. Scottyk9 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2004

    I put the reference folders each program creates in Dropbox. Many programs (for example Papers) have built in integration with dropbox or iCloud (or other similar syncing services)

    I don't sync my entire photo library, but use iCloud and shared albums to have photos that I want on the devices I want. For iTunes, I use iTunes Match.

    iCloud yet again

    It is actually pretty easy to seamlessly and effortlessly sync between multiple devices.
  8. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
  9. DCLocal macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2013
    Washington, DC
    I've used Dropbox for years and have acquired a decent amount of storage through referrals and incentives; it works great and is everywhere.

    If you subscribe to Office 365 OneDrive is a no brainer and even standalone it is really coming on strong. For Office users is it unlimited, or will be shortly, and it is integrating with everything so it is about to be as ubiquitous as Dropbox.

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