Yesterday I finally got around to figuring out how to get the most out of using any platform to do my writing on! Quite simple really, and I’m kind of embarrassed that it took me so long…
I use Dropbox to transfer files between machines. For example, my desktop PC, iPhone, iPod and netbook can all share files with each other simply by dropping them into a Dropbox folder. Depending on file size and connection speed, it isn’t long before I can access such files from any of the machines! Excellent stuff. The one problem has been that only the desktop PC is really good at uploading several files at a time. Well, that was the case. The netbook doesn’t play well with Flash, so uploading multiple files through the Dropbox web site wasn’t an option. Yesterday, however, I found and installed the Linux version of Dropbox’s app.
Basically, by creating a folder in Dropbox for anything I want to synchronise the files for, and pointing the relevant software, like Jutoh or OpenOffice, at that folder on each machine, I can make sure that I’m only using the latest version of a file/project. The one rule that I have to remember is that I shouldn’t have the file/project open on more than one machine at a time!
I now feel as if things are just about where I want them to be. I can stop worrying about whether I’ve remembered to copy files backwards and forwards! Whatever I do, wherever I do it, the file/project is (virtually) instantly updated everywhere.
If you haven’t thought of using a service like Dropbox, I strongly recommend that you do so! One thing to remember though. Dropbox is not designed to be an online backup service! It provides file sharing and synchronisation. If you want backups, you need to do that some other way! Your Dropbox synchronised filesa are stored online, but they are also stored locally on any machine with the desktop app installed (PC, Mac, laptop, netbook, etc.) so if Dropbox ever vanishes, you will still have your files available to you, but proper backing up is very much a desirable habit!