iCloud, Dropbox, IMAP are now the tools of choice for keeping my digital life in constant sync with all the devices I use from iPad, iPhone through to Macs at home and work. It's cross platform, so works on Windows and Linux computers too. Ever since the DVD, USB stick, CD, hard disk, floppy disk, tape and before that, punched tape systems, we've had a desire to carry data around with us. It served us well, but now, at long last we can negate the need to carry anything with us at all.
Dropbox has revolutionised where and how data is available to me whichever and wherever the device is located. Dropbox simply maintains a local folder on
each computer that you use. As you add files and folders to the 'Dropbox' folder, Dropbox quietly works seamlessly to migrate that information to all theother devices.
What I love most is that Dropbox is transparent, seamless and autonomous in operation, and gone are the days of forgetting to click the 'sync' button which so often caused much heartache when you neglect to do something so simple.
Why not create yourself a Dropbox folder to keep your life in sync.
1. Create a Dropbox account
2. Install the Dropbox software on your iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows, Linux systems and you're good to go.
An added bonus of Dropbox is the ability to share files between friends, family and colleagues. Even collaborating on single files works well.
iCloud is even more transparent, and actually intends to only keep your own data synchronised between devices. It doesn't have the ability to maintain a folder of files yet it does ensure photos, music, books, apps, calendars, contacts, notes and mail are maintained across all your personal mobile and desktop devices. Again, an awesome technology which simply works seamlessly. I have no complaints it just works.
If you're not already using it, you should. Ensure you have upgraded to iOS5 and you're away.