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Ask Max: Synchronization Software

Asked on 07/26/2006:

I just bought through PowerMax an Intel iMac and a MacBook. What I would like if there is a recommendation for a program that would keep both Macs synchronized with each other. I know .Mac does some of this, but what I want is to be able to at a specified time, have the file on both Macs hard drive synch so that they are the same on both computers. Thank you for your help.


I have never been a big fan of synchronization software. Not because it is useless, the opposite is true, but because it has let me down in the past. The result of being burned once when your precious data is involved is an irrational hesitation to try anything like it ever again. The last time I used anything like it was the old pre-OS X file synchronization utility Apple had. As it turns out some engineering people took that tool and turned it into an OS X application that is now Universal. Nemesys Software sells the shareware ™File Synchronization™ ( application for $15. There is a 30-day trial, so try it out and let me know what you think. Remember to back up your data first; forgetting that step is what soured me on the synchronization process.

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