Mac users are a shrewd lot. We look for classy, elegant, useful, bargain apps.
And we keep using those apps in ever greater numbers until the app developer cries uncle and slaps a price tag on it. So far, Dropbox remains free (as in beer), a simple way to sync files online and across computers. Now comes a freebie add on which your Mac is crying for.
Say Hello To My Little Friend
Dropbox is a mostly free internet utility that lets Mac, Windows, Linux, and mobile device users synchronize files online and back and forth between machines.
That means you can drop a file or photo or note or music or whatever into Dropbox and it gets synchronized online.
The only real problem with Dropbox is the box.
You’re stuck with a Dropbox folder in your Mac’s Documents folder. Everything in there gets synced and backed up and made available to other devices (if you choose).
What if you don’t want to toe the Dropbox company line? What if you want to sync and backup a different folder? In an odd turn of events, Dropbox answers your question and gives you a solution. For free.
Enter MacDropAny, Laughing
You know that using the Dropbox folder isn’t exactly brain science or rocket surgery. It’s easy. Unless you have files and folders elsewhere on your Mac and you don’t want to adhere to the Dropbox folder scheme.
Enter MacDropAny, a nifty utility from Dropbox, which is totally easier than ear wax to use.
There are two ways to use it. First, grab a folder of files you want to be backed up on Dropbox, and drop it onto the MacDropAny app. From then on, whatever is in there is in Dropbox, too.
Or, simply double-click MacDropAny, select a folder to backup, click, and you’re done. Easy peazy, right? Not quite.
Caveat Emptor, Willis
Generally speaking MacDropAny works exactly as advertised, but you must exercise some care with all this ease of use.
Simplicity and power comes with a price. Not to be confused with a price tag, which is like, totally different, dude. But related. Here’s how.
Dropbox isn’t entirely free. Drop your entire 150 gigabites of Documents onto MacDropAny and you might have to pay Dropbox for the added privilege of added files.
Also, don’t try to sync up your Mac’s Applications folder. Naughty, naughty.
Ditto for your iPhoto Library. Dropbox will choke, turn red, gush bodily fluids, and ask for a change of venue. Or, a diaper change. Start small. Sync a folder with some important and remotely useful files, then add a few more, then ad nauseam until Dropbox and its little friend, MacDropAny say, “Show me the money!”