Syncing Multiple Folders on Multiple Macs

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by bmorris, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. bmorris macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2007
    We have 3 Mac Pro's and 3 MacBook Pro's.
    We have programs like After Effects and Final Cut Pro with many 3rd party plugins.
    We also have things like fonts, font collections, safari extensions, safari bookmarks, transmit favorites, and small portable apps like SoundSource.

    We need a way to keep all the Mac files like the above in sync.
    Many times we will move one project to another computer, only to find a font or plugin not installed.

    I've tried using aliases and symbolic links with iDisk, but that doesn't seem to work with CS5 plugins and scripts. I think we need an AppleScript that, at a set time everyday, syncs the folders from a master server or cloud folder to each Mac, syncing of course the newest version of each file.

    Please help!
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    You should probably look into rsync. I haven't ever used it, and it definitely takes a little setup knowledge, but I've heard it can be perfect for these types of scenarios.

  3. georgee2face macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2010

    Absolutely simplest thing is dropbox. 3 macs, 3 iPads 4 iPhones, i business mac. Place a file or folder there, it is automatically present on every device.

    acceess over internet intranet, view change ( except iPads) or save as a "favorite on the iPad for faster offline, editable access. I cannot live without it
  4. bmorris thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2007
    It would be awesome to sync the entire OS hard drive with exceptions like Network Sharing preferences and hard drive names (ie keeping the labels Mac Pro 1, Mac Pro 2, and Mac Pro 3). The 3 Mac Pro's are all connected via ethernet on the same network.
  5. yongren macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2011
    that would be waaay more trouble than necessary. Syncing entire hard drives would take forever. Just use Dropbox, like someone said above.

    With things like fonts, plugins, etc.—someone will have to back me up on this, I'm not sure—but you should be able to replace the relevant folders with aliases pointing to your Dropbox folder. That way everything would stay up to date automatically.

    Another option would be to set up one a network drive to store all your content & data, and have each computer access it individually...

    As for software, you're better off just installing it individually on each computer.

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