New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
OS X - Apps and Games Discussion of applications and games available for Mac OS X.

Cloud Computing / Sharing files among multiple Macs


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
enyko

 
Member Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posts: 1
enyko is on a distinguished road

enyko is offline
Greetings,

I'll start by saying that I briefly searched for my answer on the board with no luck. So sorry if it's out there but I couldn't find it.

To get to the point, I have two main macs (desktop & laptop) that I use interchangeably. I would like to be able to access the same files with both computers and more importantly, stay in sync with those files. Example, I work on my FileMaker Pro database on my Mac Pro, then when it's time to leave for the office, I have to copy the file over to my MacBook (if I remember to do that). Which means that I always have two files out there at the same time. This has been ok to deal for one file but I'm finding more and more apps that I'd like to share the files with (Things, Quicken, Filemaker, iBank, OmniFocus...etc).

I do have a MobileMe account (prev .mac) but not sure if I can do it with that or iDisk. I would love it to work as seamlessly as my Mail, Address Book, and iCal syncs with MobileMe. What Mac or 3rd party options do I have for this feature/service? And can someone explain how it would work? Meaning, when I launch an app like iBank, would my app be working on the file in the "cloud"? or would the service/app push the file down to my computer for me to work on it locally and then push it back up when I close the app?

Hope my question was clear but here it is again;

What service or application will allow me to share files between my Macs?

Thanks!
QUOTE Thanks
ADKhikerVW

 
ADKhikerVW's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 18, 2007
Location: Wilmington, NY
Posts: 715
ADKhikerVW is a jewel in the roughADKhikerVW is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: 15" Unibody MBP (2009), White MB (2009), iMac G4

ADKhikerVW is offline
I think your best option is just to use an external drive, like a USB hard drive, and save your files on it. That way you can work on your files from one computer, saving all your work on the external hard drive, then just unplug it and use your laptop to work on the same file, without having two seperate copies. Try something like this, it doesn't need a power supply or anything, just a USB cord, so it is quite convenient.
QUOTE Thanks
Aptmunich

 
Aptmunich's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 09, 2004
Location: Munich
Posts: 9,075
Aptmunich has a brilliant futureAptmunich has a brilliant futureAptmunich has a brilliant futureAptmunich has a brilliant futureAptmunich has a brilliant futureAptmunich has a brilliant futureAptmunich has a brilliant futureAptmunich has a brilliant futureAptmunich has a brilliant futureAptmunich has a brilliant futureAptmunich has a brilliant future
Mac Specs: Aluminium Macbook 2.4 Ghz 4GB RAM, SSD 24" Samsung Display, iPhone 4, iPad 2

Aptmunich is offline
Basically you could just store your Filemaker database on your mobileme iDisk and work off it from there.

The problem is that the iDisk is accessed via webDAV on Apple's slow-as-mollasses mobileme servers, so it won't be very speedy.

As an alternative you could try DropBox. Basically Dropbox creates a local folder that you could put your Filemaker DB in. Then whenever it detects a change to that file, it syncs it to your Dropbox account "in the cloud" and back down to any clients you've configured.

Simply set up both Macs to access the filemaker file located inside your dropbox folder and the dropbox service that runs in the background will keep them both in sync for you. You won't have any performance hit and the free account should be fine for most apps.

Check out my comparison here if you want more info:
Jetplane Journal Blog Archive DropBox vs iDisk- it’s not even a contest


Just to be clear: I love MobileMe for some services and have used the service for several years now. But the iDisk speed is pretty crippling for running apps off it, so Dropbox's seamless syncing approach seems a lot better for that kind of usage.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Two mail problems............ | Product Key verification »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Sharing iPhoto library across Macs amardilo Images, Graphic Design, and Digital Photography 4 03-03-2008 04:32 PM
Sharing files, can't save changes tguar OS X - Operating System 0 12-17-2007 09:31 AM
Sharing files on mac tobywuk Switcher Hangout 3 11-21-2007 03:25 PM
Sharing files between mac osX and Vista. TheStranger55 Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac 7 07-20-2007 11:53 AM
sharing files mac-->pc laimonas.s Switcher Hangout 5 04-25-2007 06:00 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:20 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?