It is with much excitement that I announce to you today the release of iClouDrive: the easiest way to use your otherwise unused iCloud storage space for syncing files between your Macs.
iClouDrive works like many other file syncing services. It creates a folder on your computer which is auto-magically synchronised with all of your other Macs. Apple gives all iCloud users a free 5GB portion of storage, and it is this storage that is used for syncing files
I’m happy to announce the release of MacDropUpdate v2.1.1. This update fixes broken functionality, and allows MacDropUpdate to once again function as the easiest way to make sure that you’re always running the latest version of Dropbox.
As always, you can download the latest version from the MacDropUpdate page on my website.
Calling for Feature Requests for MacDropAny v2
MacDropAny was originally released in February 2011 as an easy way to sync and folder on your computer with Dropbox. Since then, support has been added for Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive, and over 145,000 folders have been synced.
I’m now in the process of entirely re-writing MacDropAny to be faster, more bug-resistant, and to have more features. To this end, I’d love to hear what features you’d like to see in the next version of MacDropAny. I’m especially interested to hear if there are any other cloud services you’d like to have MacDropAny work with.
If you have any feature request, please either comment on this post, or send me a message and I’ll see what I can do.
How to sync a folder to multiple computers
I am often asked for instructions for how to synchronise a folder to multiple computer. This could be useful if you wanted to have your Desktop, Documents folder, or something else easily accessible on all of your Macs.
This can be done easily thanks to MacDropAny, my free app. To do this, just follow these simple instructions:
- Make sure that you have a backup of your computer (or at least a backup copy of the files you are going to be tinkering with). As outlined in the Zibity Software Licence, I cannot be held responsible for any loss of data incurred as a result of using my apps.
- Pause (or quit) Dropbox on all of the computers which you want to sync
- On the first computer, use MacDropAny to sync your Desktop folder (or Documents, Downloads, etc.).
- Repeat this previous step on all of your other computers, however you must make sure that you locate the “Dropbox copy” of the folder in the same location inside your Dropbox. For example, in the root (top) folder of your Dropbox, and you must make sure that when you are asked what you want the folder to be called, that you use the same name on all of your computers.
- Unpause (or launch) Dropbox on all of your computers at the same time.
Let Dropbox sync all of the changes.
If everything has worked correctly, you should now have a folder which magically keeps itself in sync.
You can do this with any folder which is on your local machine (ie not on an external drive). Additionally, it is not reccomended to sync folders with thousands of files (your Applications folder, for example), as Dropbox can sometimes throw a bit of a hissy fit when you do this.
If you find MacDropAny particularly useful, please consider making a small donation to help support future development. I’m only 15 years old, so any contribution, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated.
We all have those truly amazing friends; the people who do incredible things in a seemingly effortless way, and make out like it’s nothing special. Natalie Salomon is one of these people. She’s an amazingly talented young singer and pianist who’s been composing her own songs and putting them up on SoundCloud.
The song I’ve included in this post, “One Day”, is a love song she wrote in June of this year. Take a listen to it, and if you like what you hear, make sure you head on over to her SoundCloud page where’s she’s got an amazing collection of original songs and a couple of amazing covers.
Source: SoundCloud / nataliesalomon
I’m happy to announce the release of version 2.1.0 of MacDropUpdate. This update fixes a slight issue with the donation prompt, and at the request of @daskajaspamt, allows you to turn off all alerts (both Growl and dialog boxes) by running the command defaults write com.zibity.macdropupdate2 alerts no in Terminal.
You can download this version from the MacDropUpdate page of my website.
The Eastbourne Helpdesk
When I was living in Paris, I did some on-and-off tech help for family friends and other people in the community who wanted a friendly person to come along and deal with their computer problems. I’m happy to announce that I’ll be continuing this now that I’ve moved to New Zealand under the branding of The Eastbourne Helpdesk (Eastbourne is the area I live in).
If you would like some affordable help with your digital problems, contact me. If you’re in the Eastbourne area, I’ll be happy to come to your house and assist you on-site. If you’re somewhere else, it’s quite likely that I’d be able to help you with your problems remotely over the internet. Send me a message and we’ll see what we can do!
Version 1.8.3 of MacDropAny has been released!
I’m happy to release version 1.8.3 of MacDropAny. This update fixes a bug which prevented users from syncing a folder located at the root of the drive. Go get it!
I’m happy to announce that today I’m releasing v2.0.9 of MacDropUpdate. This update makes MacDropUpdate work again with the new forum design, and you should now be updated again!
Please download this latest version from here: downloads.zibity.com
Big thanks go to Nils Weber for his help in putting together this fix.
MacDropAny and Mountain Lion “Issues”
In a followup to my previous post on the status of my apps, I’ve had a couple of people reporting to me that MacDropAny is not running under Mountain Lion.
With Gatekeeper, you’re supposed to be able to override whatever security settings you’ve set related to opening apps downloaded from the internet by simply right-clicking on the app, and choosing “Open”. It seems that there’s a bug in Mountain Lion which means that, at least for MacDropAny and a couple of other apps (such as the Growl Uninstaller), the ability to right-click to open an app (and therefore circumvent the security settings) is isn’t working, and people are getting an error message saying:
“The operation couldn’t be completed. (OSStatus error -67049.)”
Unfortunately, only Apple will be able to fix this. Fortunately, you can get MacDropAny running by opening System Preferences, opening it’s Security and Privacy pane, and choosing to “Allow applications downloaded from anywhere”.
If you’re still having problems, please contact me through my contact page, or by commenting on this post.