Quicksand is a free Mac app that syncs your recently opened files with the cloud.
Quicksand takes the hassle out of cloud storage: every time you open a file, it’s automatically synced to your favourite cloud storage solution, without you even having to think about it. This means that you’ll always have access to the files you’ve been working on recently, wherever you are, whenever you need them.
You’ll quickly forget that Quicksand is even there, but you’ll love the fact that that any file you use on your Mac is instantly available to you everywhere you go!
Quicksand is highly customisable. To make sure that you don’t run out of cloud storage space, you can easily tell Quicksand not to sync more than a certain number of files, never to use more than a certain amount of your cloud storage space, or only to sync files of certain filetypes or in certain folders. Quicksand works just the way you want it to!
Quicksand is a free app licensed under the Zibity Software Licence and is compatible with Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks. The most recent version of Quicksand is version 1.04, released on 28 October 2013. Read the release notes to learn what’s new in this version.
To learn more about how Quicksand can make your digital life easier, watch the video below.
Praise for Quicksand
Quicksand has received some fantastic praise from all around the world:
- Macworld: Quicksand is great if you have trouble efficiently sorting your most recent files … you might be surprised how often it saves you from trying to dig up a file. — 4/5 stars
- Mac AppStorm: If you work at all with cloud syncing services such as Dropbox, then Quicksand is a must-have. Quicksand is a seemingly simple app that could potentially save you a lot of time and inconvenient situations. — 9/10 stars
- Idealog: Quicksand tackles a problem that hasn’t been addressed by Silicon Valley giants like Dropbox and Google.
- Mac4Ever: This little app could save your life!
- MacWorld Norway: A very interesting new solution.
- AddictiveTips: Quicksand For OS X Auto Syncs Recent Files To A Local Folder Or The Cloud
- Version 1.04 was released on 28 October 2013: Various Mavericks-related bug fixes.
- Version 1.03 was released on 2 October 2013: Various bug fixes.
- Version 1.02 was released on 5 February 2013: Fixes a bug that asked for donations just after you first launched the app. You will now only be asked two days after first launch.
- Version 1.01 was released on 3 February 2013: If launched from the Downloads folder, Quicksand will now offer to move itself to your Applications folder.
- Version 1.00 was released on 2 February 2013: Initial release.
If you’re having trouble with Quicksand, or just want to learn more about a feature, take a look at the Quicksand Help page. If you still can’t find the answer to your question, send me a message and I’ll see what I can do for you.
Quicksand is a free app, but it has taken me a long time and a lot of work to build. If you find Quicksand useful, please make a donation to help support future development. There is nothing more exciting and encouraging for me than knowing that my app has been useful and valuable to you.
By releasing my apps freely, I hope that my apps will be able to be used by as many people as possible, all around the world. I fully appreciate that not everyone is able to donate, but if you can, please do so to help keep Quicksand free and available to everyone.
Quicksand’s menubar icon showing the different options available:
A user’s Recently Opened Files folder, automatically created and updated by Quicksand:
Quicksand’s main settings window:
I’d like to extend a massive thank you to my amazing beta testers who solidly tested Quicksand before it was released to the public: Alex England, Benjamin Hollway, Jannis Tenbrink, Maxime Duval, Saeran Maniparathy, and Villads Hansen. A very special thank you goes out to Mike Packer, who suggested the idea at a dinner we had together.