SugarSync is a complete, and a really perfect online backup and file syncing solution for your data. In this post, I’ll be writing my review and thoughts on the application, how it works and why it’s better than some other online file syncing tools available out there.
I’ve got three 30-GB SugarSync annual subscriptions (each has a retail value of $49.99) to give away. You’ll find details on how you can grab one for yourself at the end of this post.
What is SugarSync?
SugarSync is an application that synchronizes files and data across your devices – desktop or laptop computers and even mobile phones.
How Does SugarSync Work?
First, sign up for Sugar Sync and then download and install the SugarSync manager (available for Windows, Mac and your mobile). Installation is straight forward, and happens without any hassles.
When you run the application for the first time, you’ll need to login to your SugarSync account using the ID that you created during when signing up.
Once that is done, give a name to your current machine whose files need to be synced across other devices.
Then, choose the folders that need to constantly monitored for changes and then synced – you can choose the predefined My Documents, Pictures or Music folders or point to more additional locations using the Add button in this window:
If you’ll need access to your data from your mobile phone, you can configure that too from the next window.
You should see the SugarSync Manager window popping up now. As you can see in the screenshot below, the manager lists the folders that have been selected for syncing – and instantly starts uploading stuff to the SugarSync servers.
You make a change to your file on your PC and then save it – the file is updated instantly across devices – your laptops and other machines – if they’re currently online and have SugarSync installed.
Nothing explains things better than the official SugarSync screencast. (This is a must-watch video!)
SugarSync also creates a pre-configured folder called Magic Briefcase in your My Documents folder. If you happen to save something inside that folder, it is immediately synced between all your devices.
You can also configure your folders to be archived on the web (Web Archive). The folders that you want to be archived are copied only once online and edits to the file are not synced. Use this when you’re editing a file, but also want to preserve an earlier version of the same file online.
You can browse through your synced photos in photo gallery mode. Get SugarSync installed in your mobile device, take some snaps and they’re automatically synced and can be viewed in photo gallery mode.
You can also access the synced files from your web browser by pointing to your-name.sugarsync.com (your-name refers to the name that you allotted during sign-up).
SugarSync is an absolutely awesome service – it doesn’t have any niggles at all. I tried it and I loved it. Only thing is that people want file
SugarSync syncs any folder that you’ve told it to sync. Dropbox, another file backup service that I’ve tried previously, requires you to put your files in a specific location for them to be synced online.
However, I should also mention that SugarSync does not come free of cost – you can try a 10 GB plan for free up to 45 days, after which you can pay to choose from 5 different plans according to your needs. Check the rates and features here. You can sign up for SugarSync from here.
Free SugarSync Subscriptions Giveaway
The guys at SugarSync have offered THREE 30 GB annual subscriptions to giveaway to KTT readers. Each will cost you $49.99, but you can win them for free here!
Here’s how: First, sign up for a free 45-day trial of a 10 GB SugarSync account (NO credit card required). This is an absolute must. Then, come back and tell us in the comments section below why YOU need a $49.99 worth SugarSync subscription and how you’ll use it. In the comments form, make sure that you leave the email that you have associated with your SugarSync account.
The three most compelling answers will be chosen by me, and the winners will be announced in about a week from now. Just subscribe to the blog for updates.