File and folder synchronization on the Mac is nothing new, and there are dozens of apps which do the sync and backup deed with ease. Unless you have two folders full of files and many of them are different in one folder vs. the other folder. Now what do you do?
It’s one thing to synchronize files from one folder to another, but it’s something else again to compare and merge files from two folders.
That’s what SmartSynchronize does. This multi-platform tool can compare files in two folders, merge, and then synchronize as needed.
That’s not easily done in most Mac file and folder sync and backup apps.
SmartSynchronize starts with a file comparison between the two folders of file, including inner-line change detection.
Built-in filters let you configure each sync for files to be included, or excluded. Each sync can be saved as a configuration and used again on the same or a different set of folders.
What sets this app apart from the backup and sync riffraff is the option to edit and merge changed files.
That ability to compare the contents of one file with another in a side-by-side manner makes SmartSynchronize unique among sync apps.
That also makes it a bit more complex to use because the options are somewhat uncommon.
For example, changed files can be merged with files in the other folder, but it’s a manual process. Filters can determine which files should or can be synchronized or merged, and which files may be deleted on a sync.
While SmartSynchronize is a bit more difficult to use than standard sync apps, it does more, especially when attempting to sync many disparate files in multiple folders, where there’s a need to examine files for differences before a merge.
That said, SmartSynchronize shouldn’t be used as a backup app or a sync app to keep two folders synced or merged.