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vegplot



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 13 10:20 am    Post subject: Dropbox et al  Reply with quote    

I'd like to collate experiences with file sharing apps for the desktop. My primary requirements is to be able to share files with myself (on various Internet connected devices) and other people with granular permissions (grant read/edit rights on folders and individual files).

So far Dropbox remains my favourite. Synchronisation is fast and the desktop app is intuitive, informative, and easy to use. I can easily set share permissions on both file and folders. The downside is that lack of space available (2GB) before you need to start paying although this can be increased through a referral (up to 18GB) and reward schemes.

Skydrive provides a more generous amount of disk space with 25GB available and uploads are reasonably fast. However, downloads are very slow and shared synchronisation only works when using the web interface, the desktop app does not support this feature. It's less intuitive to use than Dropbox.

Google drive: I'm testing this at the moment. Initial impression is less user friendly than Dropbox and doesn't provide much in the way of feedback to what it's doing. Disk space is a generous 15GB.

What is your favourite?

joanne



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 13 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I love Dropbox and agree with your reviews of the others - Google drive is very resource intensive as well

Pilsbury



Joined: 13 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 13 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Give me your dropbox refferals link, i have been meaning t join for ever and never got round to it.

Went



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 13 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Dropbox for me, couldn't get on with Google drive.

joanne



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Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 13 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mine is http://db.tt/Loabh1E

mark



Joined: 14 Jul 2005
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Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 13 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i use dropbox and google drive for differnt reasons.

Google Drives main benefits are the document viewing, editing and conversion capabilities - esp when used with android phone.
Its also nice to be able to share a spreadsheet with several people (eg booking for an event) and everyone edit it. Drive handles that sort of stuff well. - if also integrates weel with gmail for just dragging in docs you want to email to someone.

Howevers sycing folder across computers - sharing videos ect I prefer dropbox!

My music is all on the google music thingummy so i get that everywhere

Tresorit and Box also have their advantages !

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 6541
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 13 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I too have both Google Drive and Dropbox.

Like Mark has said, Google is good for me on my tablet and phone, though Dropbox does also work on both.

Sharing I have found that they are both about the same, as in easy to do. What I like about Google (and probably because I'm an Androider) is things like uploading ebooks, which I can then link to my Google Play account.

For me and how I use things, I think Google just wins it.

jema
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 13 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ubuntu one and dropbox.

both are flawed not least as they work with only single accounts.

planetman



Joined: 24 Aug 2010
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Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 13 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I use Google Drive. Works for me.

Calli



Joined: 13 Mar 2009
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Location: Galway
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 13 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Plus for drive


Google bunny though.....


Dropbox is great for bigger files . I used it alot with early techsmith days

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 13 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just had an email from 1&1 (with whom I have my email and web hosting):-

Quote:
Well, now you can get up to 1000 GB of space for your files with a 1&1 Online Storage upgrade!

...

Exclusive for 1&1 customers: Upgrade to 1&1 Online Storage now and get 1 month free!* Then from £6.99 per month.


I shall look into this.
A.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34031
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 13 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Box.net is brilliant, and does exactly what you want. However, it is not free.

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