If you’re a multiple-Mac user– desktop iMac, Mac Pro, or Mac mini, and have a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro you take with you on the road, how do you keep your Documents folder in sync between the Macs?
Sync Two Folders
Backing up important files on your Mac is easy these days. Apple’s Time Machine and an extra external disk are a good start.
The problem arises when you use two different Macs and want to keep one set of Documents always in synchronization between the two.
That’s a different animal. I have one utility that is used only to keep the Documents folder in sync.
It’s called SyncTwoFolders. That’s all it does. It keeps files from one Mac’s Documents folder in complete sync with the Documents folder on another Mac.
If you change a file in Documents on one Mac, that file gets updated on the other Mac when you sync.
That makes SyncTwoFolders the perfect Mac utility for those of us with two Macs who need to keep some files in sync between the two.
SyncTwoFolders requires a bit of effort to setup, but works simply after that. It uses the familiar Source folder and Target folder method and you can save multiple sync options (Documents folder, or specific folders within Documents).
Synchronization has multiple modes, though Reciprocal is the one you’ll likely use to sync folders between two Macs. There’s even an option to Run Simulation so you’ll see what SyncTwoFolders does before it syncs two folders.
Despite the aging pop out drawers and somewhat cumbersome early OS X interface, SyncTwoFolders works great and the price is hard to beat.