Tech Thursday – SugarSync

This is a hot off the press new technology for me to be using. I just started using SugarSync last week. SugarSync is very much like Dropbox which I covered here. It is an online storage service. What makes it different than Dropbox is that its free service allows for 5gb of storage where Dropbox starts at 2gb. I am not replacing Dropbox, I am adding SugarSync as another service.

In my context, I am using SugarSync for my graphic design folder which includes our sermon series files that we are working on. Dropbox is still where I keep my data files for the church. We also will continue to use Dropbox to sync files between our computers in the office and the media computers in the auditorium since this is already set up and in use.

Using the two services allows me to safely keep files backed up online and keep things separate and organized. I highlighted the importance of backups here.

Like Dropbox, SugarSync has mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, Droid, and others. It works with other mobile apps such as Documents to Go, QuickOffice, and GoodReader.

SugarSync also has a desktop app which allows the sync between the file on your computer and the web to be completely seamless.

The interface is different than Dropbox in style and layout, but it all works pretty much the same.

I do like the way that SugarSync shares individual files a little better than the way Dropbox does, but they are very similar. Both have the ability to share folders with others as well as individual files. The ability to share an individual document is important as some are too large to email as an attachment and it gives you the ability to share a document with multiple people simultaneously.

SugarSync also has the ability to add files to a default folder by forwarding emails with attachments. This is just another way of backing up important items as well as another way of transferring files among devices and computers.

I would recommend using multiple accounts and even services for online backup and storage for a couple of reasons. 1. More space (you can never have too much). 2. Allows you to keep work and personal files separate easily and cleanly or any other separation that is important.

The great thing about both of these services is that on my laptop computer, nothing has changed as far as how I file or interact with files and documents. Once the sync folders are established for each of these services and the initial upload is complete, it is simply a matter of working with each document/file as you would normally. Upon save, as long as you are connected to the internet, the file/document is automatically updated and available on your synced/shared computers and mobile devices. If you are not connected to the internet, it seamlessly updates upon the next connection.

With both Dropbox and SugarSync your files are stored on your computer for online or offline access and synced with the internet. For Wifi only mobile devices, it is important to open the files in an app on the device and save in a local folder if you are going to need offline access. The mobile device apps for both of these services are read only and must be connected to the internet unless you use a third party app such as Documents To Go to access your files.

While I get no compensation or am affiliated with any of these services in any way, if you use one of the links to either of these services above or below and sign up, I will receive additional storage space for free, but so will you.

Dropbox

SugarSync

For a comparison of features among file syncing/sharing services go here.