With MobileMe failing to attract as many plaudits as Apple originally hoped, the market is ripe for a more open, less proprietary service. Is that service Syncplicity?
Feeling very much like Carbonite (www.carbonite.com), Syncplicity enables you to add folders on your local machine to a real time, web based mirror. These can be used as a backup, letting you restore data to your machine after a crash. You can also use it for synchronisation, giving all your computers access to the same data. You choose who has access to your files – so it’s also a sharing system. In this era of cloud computing, it gives you access to all your files from any computer. And Syncplicity doesn’t just synchronise local files – it connects to web services too. So far Google Docs and Facebook are supported. Security’s tight – as long as you make sure you don’t stay logged in. Files are transferred with 128 bit encryption to deter casual snoopers.
The thing that impresses us most about Syncplicity is how little you have to do and how quietly it gets on with its job. Once the first backup has taken place – a process that takes a while – you can continue to use it with very little disruption to your normal routine. It just transparently gets on with its job. Let’s say you’ve been working on an image in Photoshop and have to head off to a meeting. When you need to access the file later, you just connect to the net and the file should be available – no need to upload, no messing around with FTP or logging in to file sharing sites.
The best bit? Though Syncplicity is commercial software, you get 2GB of storage and a license for two computers for free.