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SugarSync: wireless cross-platform sync for iPhone

updated 10:20 pm EDT, Thu August 28, 2008

SugarSync for iPhone

Sharpcast says it has released the "first ever" commercial app allowing over-the-air push synchronization with between iPhones, Macs and PC's. SugarSync stores data in the company's "secure online digital vault," (or cloud) where it can then be shared across platforms. A unique feature turns the iPhone into a remote control, allowing users to transfer files between other computers without downloading to the iPhone itself.

SugarSync for the iPhone works with the desktop version of the software which automatically backs up and organizes files online for a monthly subscription fee. Using Sharpcast's patent-pending Universal Synchronization Platform, the service provides "fast and intuitive" file exchange -- including bulky media files or presentations that are too large to send via e-mail. SugarSync Mobile software is also available for BlackBerry Curve, Pearl and 8800 series devices and mobile phones using Windows Mobile 5 or 6.

Users are given a web page to monitor account activity and access the most recently modified or shared files. A file-versioning feature saves the five most recent versions of every file, much like Apple's Time Machine.

SugarSync for iPhone is free, and subscriptions start at $25 per year for 10GB of synchronized storage. Users must also download SugarSync for their Mac or PC. The Mac version is available in beta form and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

by MacNN Staff



  1. patrix

    Joined: Dec 1969


    online backups

    This seems like an online backup and not a sync (bookmarks contacts etc)..

    Either way, I've become interested lately in all those backup solutions that abound, when the recent news about Idrive for mac was announced on here. Personally I found IDrive for mac to be unreliable and CPU-hogging, so I'm currently trying Mozy and seems to be doing pretty well.

    Has anyone tried SugarSync or others? Be nice to get a nice comparative review.. One thing I'm looking for especially is mult-computer backups, as I want to get my family hooked up to cuz they never do any backups. Multi-platform availability is a must, too...


  1. crpndeth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Trust me. It's much more a sync then an olnine backup. I use it to sync a few folders across 6-7 computers. It works GREAT!!!

  1. stainless

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sync = Back-up

    Look, call it what you want but in the end it is simply putting everything within a designated folder from computer A,B,C,D and via-a-versa. There are programs like Carbon Copy Cloner that does the same thing, so a smart and safe person will use a centralized home/business computer to Sync/Back-up to and VNC and 'access' the data. Now if one want to go a little further with this, you would have two folders... one as a holding folder and an other served from Apache on the mac known as "Web Sharing", which will allow for viewing of jpg, gif, pdf, txt, directly via the iphone. You have to make sure and request a static IP from you internet provider at home/business... but this way, you are not sharing your data with a third party.


  1. patrix

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @ crpndeth

    What I meant by sync was something like iSync or MobileMe does, syncing your bookmarks between your browser on your Mac and your iPhone or whatnot. This service is more like a filesync aka online backup that actually syncs the files rather than just backup or offer an "iDisk". So yeah it's slightly diff than other online backups, yet very similar.

    Either way, I'm comparing Mozy and SpiderOak right now, and it's pretty stiff competition ;) One way or another, they're both faster htan Apple's iDisk at backing up! ;)


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