Could a third-party op­tion be a sweeter choice?

Mac Format - - CLOUD SYNCING -

TWhat is it? A third-party cloud sync­ing ser­vice that works across plat­forms and of­fers some­thing that not all oth­ers do: the abil­ity to col­lab­o­rate and have ed­its you make to doc­u­ments up­dated in real-time. What does it work with? Works with Mac OS X, Win­dows, iOS, Kin­dle Fire and An­droid de­vices. It al­lows you to sync to mul­ti­ple de­vices and also send files of any size, within your stor­age lim­its. hird-party de­vel­op­ers aren’t bound by the need to pri­ori­tise their own hard­ware or op­er­at­ing sys­tem, so they can some­times of­fer more flex­i­ble so­lu­tions – al­beit at a price. Su­garSync is de­signed as much for busi­nesses as for in­di­vid­u­als and has no long-term free op­tion, but there is a 30-day free trial avail­able.

You can add as many fold­ers as you like from your Mac or PC and then have them con­tin­u­ously up­dated into the cloud (so they’re backed up and can be ac­cessed from any of your other de­vices). Like iCloud, it lets you start edit­ing a file on your of­fice PC, for ex­am­ple, and then fin­ish it at home on your Mac. Files can be shared pub­licly or pri­vately with per­mis­sions and ac­cess con­trol, and there’s ver­sion­ing with the abil­ity to re­store pre­vi­ous ver­sions.

It’s de­signed more with col­lab­o­ra­tion in mind than some of the other cloud ser­vices pro­vided by big com­pa­nies, but it does cost. The ba­sic pack­age gives you a re­spectable 60GB of stor­age for $7.49 a month or $74.99 a year and 100GB and 250GB plans push the cost up a lit­tle. If you mostly deal with text doc­u­ments and spread­sheets, 60GB is likely to be plenty for you. Business plans start at 1TB of space and up to three ad­min users for $550 a year and you can also cus­tom build a plan if your needs go beyond this.

There’s a com­par­i­son ta­ble avail­able on the company’s web­site so you can see what it of­fers in relation to the com­pe­ti­tion.

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