I use Microsoft Groove 2007 for my local networked computers, but it still keeps them synchronized across the intertubes (laptop when at school, etc.) which is nice when working on an essay or programming something. But it really isn't meant for large scale synchronization.
It has a 2GB folder limit, but you can synchronize as many folders as you want. So it's kind of like having an infinite number of Dropbox accounts, except you can use any folder on your computer, and the data doesn't have to be saved in the same path on each computer. For example, I might want to keep my essays on my computer in a "D:/School/2008/English/102/Essays" directory. But on my wife's laptop, just in the "My Documents/Essays" directory for easy finding.
My only real complaints about Groove are that you can't filter files by anything other than what Microsoft Office determines to be good or bad. And it's all or nothing. Meaning that if you want to update exe files, you have to disable the filter and allow all files in the directory to be shared. It would be great if I could add individual exceptions to each directory as needed.
Other than that Groove is awesome!
+1 for Groove (a.k.a. Microsoft Office Groove 2007)
2 free alternatives for file folder syncing
these are also great for teamwork. They are similar to Groove.
At the risk of being repetitive (I already praised the software in this thread
), I think that Collaber
may be even better than Groove, for the following reasons:
- It seems it doesn't have the 2 GB per folder limit
- It's not a Microsoft product
- For now (its current status is Release Candidate 1, IIRC) it's free
. And all accounts created during the beta period (I'm assuming that RC period is included also) will remain free.
- It's being updated MUCH more frequently than Groove. So new features, like file versioning, are likely to be implemented in coming releases. And, of course, bugs fixed.
Collaber is definitely worth being taken into consideration.
Please note that in all of theses solutions (Groove, Collaber, etc.) your data remains in your computer/s. Their servers are only used temporarily for synchronization purposes. And, at least in the case of Collaber (I haven't checked the other's FAQ), all data is encrypted during transport.
Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape or form related to the Collaber development team