Could a third-party option be a sweeter choice?
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.