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Box Sync gives you a hard-drive in the Cloud for online storage.

Note: You must first sign up to use Box.

What if the files you need are on your laptop -- but you're on the road with your iPhone? No worries! With Box, you store files online -- then access them anywhere, anytime, on any device.

  • Get 10 GB Free and Organize All Your Files Into Folders -- Store all kinds of files online, then arrange them into folders just like on your desktop.
  • View and Access Files on Demand -- Box provides anytime, more...

What's New

Version 4.0.4733: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

Requirements

OS X 10.7 or later

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Andrewm8 Member IconComment+75
Andrewm8
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Crashes all the time on Yosemite.
Just a report, not a complaint.

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Version 4.0.4733
Djefis Member IconReview+155
Djefis
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I think it is the best.

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Version 3.4.25
Crus13
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You are either a boxdev or just saw the light yesterday :)

JCH2 Member IconComment+392
JCH2
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Since the "similar software" is not finding it, look at BitTorrent Sync if all you want is to sync files between devices anywhere you have an internet connection. There is no need for your files to be stored in any server along the way. Do a general search here at MU or go to http://www.bittorrent.com/sync.

You do not need any servers... cloud or otherwise... to sync. Though still in beta at this time, I have been using it since release without a glitch. Read the PDF manual for how to refine both what it does and how it does it to control impact upon your local network. It can be easily refined. And yes it is free.

[I am not associated to this package / group / project in any way.]

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Version 3.4.25
Crus13
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I second that... BitTorrent sync is holly grail of sync :)
DB is cool for sharing and backup stuff tho.

Gary30 Member IconComment+191
Gary30
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I liked the recent 50GB offer from Box so I have given it a good try. However there are too many obstacles to happiness with this service at this time. First, it is all Java based and requires some Java security and browser settings that are more risky than I care for; plus Java is strikingly fugly on modern computers. Second, file size is limited to 250mb. Third, you cannot use Symbolic links or aliases as you can with Dropbox and Copy. There are also apparently related problems with recursive folders. Finally, file naming limitations are not something I encountered but I would run up against them soon if I continued. All in all, thanks but no thanks for now.

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Version 3.4.25
Bdikkat
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So is the Mac app is java based? Can't seem to find this out on the site.

Ronnb
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Java is a deal-breaker. I won't run that since there is too much of a security concern involved.

Lemerlot Member IconReview+121
Lemerlot
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Free 50 GB at Box.com seems to be awesome BUT: No sync of filenames with German umlauts and OS X package files - while Dropbox supports both seamlessly. I'd have to rename too much files. So I'll stick with DropBox for now.

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Version 3.4.25
Roberman Member IconReview+0
Roberman
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"Error syncing 398 files": Name not supported.
Box don't sync files that doesn't meet the naming rules of BoxOs.

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Version 3.4.25
Homeworld Member IconReview+72
Homeworld
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No desktop sync unless you pay for their service. I don't care how many free GB they offer. If I can't sync between desktop and iOS devices, it's worthless to me. I'll happily stick with DropBox for now.

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Version 3.4.25
lemonb3519
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This isn't true…. BoxSync has been around for a long time an it works perfectly. v4.0 was released 2 days before your post.

Regular-Warren Member IconComment+311
Regular-Warren
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v4.0 is available: https://sites.box.com/sync4/

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Version 3.4.25
RobertB5851 Member IconReview+1
RobertB5851
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Box Sync 3.x is an easy to use, high quality, bug free product. On the rare occasions that the sync has a problem, just quit the sync from the menu bar, run the sync fix program, then restart Box from system preferences.

DO NOT "UPGRADE" to BOX Sync 4. I made that mistake and am trying to go back now. Where Box Sync 3 is 5 stars, Box Sync 4 is 0 stars.

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Version 3.4.25
JasonE
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We are not having any problems with version 4. What problems are you seeing?

RobertB5851
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Trouble syncing files. Stops with error code 5 (whatever that is). Deleted and reinstalled 3.4 no trouble after that. Very reliable.

Derekcurrie Member IconReview+712
Derekcurrie
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Box is a cloud storage, syncing, sharing and collaboration system designed for business use. It is well maintained and has excellent support staff. BUT:

Box requires Windows naming for all files it backs up to the cloud. OUCH!!! That means no use of Windows reserved characters. That means THESE characters are off limits:

/ \ ? % * : | " < > . and the Space character. No spaces!

Box also has not-a-clue what a UNIX/OS X package file is and will NOT back them up. Got that? NOT back them up. That kills off a slew of files on any Mac including all apps, plugins, sparse bundle disk images, blahblahblah. Obviously, their servers are 100% Windows, NOT Mac friendly in the least. NOT MAC FRIENDLY.

BUT: Box is fine for text files and other simple data formats, as long as you're willing to deal with the Windows naming character restrictions. I dealt with it! So I use Box.

I also use Box thanks to some good timing, craftiness and nice offers from Box whereby I snagged 50 GB of space. (Not a typo!) So I figured I might as well use it. As a research obsessive, I have GBs worth of collected information files. There's nothing private in the collection. Therefore, I let Box back them up and sync them to my other Mac.

Box very nicely suggests new names for your files that violate the stupid Windows naming restrictions. BUT! I went into SHOCK when I first let Box at my files because it FLOODED me with renaming suggestions. I have a lot of files. It took an hour to click through the renaming, not-a-joke. And lord help you if you attempt to stop that process! Don't stop it! Don't! Going back to force renaming is a horrorshow. It can be done but is an even more shocking PITA.

Once you get the names straight, the backup and syncing work fine. I like being able to access exactly the same files on two computers across my network via the cloud backup. It also lets you send URLs to associates where they can access whatever you choose to make public. There are a few other bells and whistles to read about at their website.

There is NO encryption, just to warn you. This is NOT a service for PRIVACY. Therefore, this is yet another restriction when using Box. Be prepared.

I like Box a lot, for what it is. It is a well run service. But if you don't want to deal with all the idiotic Windows naming and flat file restrictions and lack of encryption, go ELSEWHERE!

The two best Mac-friendly, privacy maintaining, illegal-surveillance-proof, client-side encrypted cloud services I know of are Arq and SpiderOak. But they have their quirks as well. Therefore, homework required.

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Version 3.4.25
Derekcurrie
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And yes:
It has an iOS client app that works fine as well! Everything is accessible via your iOS device.

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Ededed
Version 4.0.4733
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Edeerly
Version 4.0.4733
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slagell
Version 3.4.25
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Ghostcat
Version 3.4.25
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Donw
Version 3.4.20
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Downloads 14,146
Version Downloads 3,875
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Date 10 Apr 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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