It will detail how to create a synchronizer task to keep your Pictures subfolder in sync between two Macs. Also, this guide assumes you already have ChronoSync installed on your primary Mac, and ChronoAgent installed on the Mac you will be syncing these folders to. However, ChronoAgent offers better performance, security and reliability versus a standard file connection. It also eliminates common problems, such as permission errors, that typically occur when using standard file sharing. Since home-to-home files syncs are usually bi-directional syncs syncing files both directions , this is especially important.
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It will detail how to create a synchronizer task to keep your Pictures subfolder in sync between two Macs. Also, this guide assumes you already have ChronoSync installed on your primary Mac, and ChronoAgent installed on the Mac you will be syncing these folders to.
However, ChronoAgent offers better performance, security and reliability versus a standard file connection. It also eliminates common problems, such as permission errors, that typically occur when using standard file sharing.
Since home-to-home files syncs are usually bi-directional syncs syncing files both directions , this is especially important. When running any sync, ChronoSync can archive any changed or deleted file. Having this archive is extremely convenient in case of emergencies but restoring from it can be a bit unwieldy.
It is much easier to restore files from a backup so we do recommend taking the time to do so. For example, do not attempt to sync between Sierra and High Sierra, and avoid syncing between different versions of the same OS Also for home subfolder syncs, ensure all apps such as Photos, iTunes and Calendar are the same version. Of course personal files, including documents, raw media files, downloads, etc. Problems can arise if these files are synced, easily resulting in application failure or a corrupt OS.
In syncing two Macs, the focus needs to be on the home folder and the data files stored therein. However, image files, like. It is also the location of the Photos library. The Photos Library is a single package file that contains all of the images within the library in addition to other files and folders that make the library function.
It can be synced back and forth between two Macs as long as a few rules are followed: always run the sync when switching Macs and always run the sync from the same task document.
The first step in syncing the Pictures folder is to create a master Photos library on one of the Macs. This guide assumes that you use the ChronoSync Mac to create the master Photos library. You could simply drag the Pictures folder to your desktop, or use ChronoSync to create a backup of that folder on an external drive or NAS. You need to start with an empty Pictures folder so that the first sync will result in everything from the Master Library on the ChronoSync Mac replacing all Pictures files and folders on the non-ChronoSync Mac.
Upon launch, the Document Organizer window is displayed. One of the greatest advantages of ChronoSync is the usage of documents. Just like a word processing document, a ChronoSync document can be saved as a double-clickable document.
Once you set up a synchronization, all the information that you specified in the document is saved - even synchronizer options! Furthermore, this document keeps track of changes between every sync which allows ChronoSync to know what has changed since the last synchronization.
Step 2. Step 3. Since our example utilizes a connection to ChronoAgent running on another Mac, Admin Access grants ChronoSync the authority to update file ownership and group membership settings to match the user account on each of the two Macs. Step 4. Choose the Left and Right Targets Understanding the concept of targets is important to simplify the synchronization set up.
We often refer to the targets as the source and destination, or left and right. On the Setup panel, choose the targets. This is done by clicking the respective "Choose This will drop down a file selection sheet for you to choose the desired folder.
Step 5. Enable Synchronize Deletions In most cases, you will want deleted files from one target to also be deleted from the opposite target. To do this, turn ON the "Synchronize deletions" checkbox. When this option is turned ON, ChronoSync will delete files in the opposite target whenever it detects a deletion, keeping the two targets identical. Please note that no files will be deleted during the first synchronization because ChronoSync does not yet have a past history of any deleted files.
Step 6. This is useful in case a mistake is made and you want to retrieve a file that was replaced or deleted. Step 7. Customize the Options Panel Visit the Options panel and customize any settings to tailor the sync for your specific needs. Refer to ChronoSync Help for details on the options listed within this panel. Checking "Dissect Packages" tells ChronoSync to only copy files inside the Package file that have changed and not the entire Package file.
This will greatly speed up your sync time. Leaving it unchecked will treat the entire photo library as a single file and ANY change within the library, no matter how small, will cause the entire library to synchronize. This is normally what you want but since these libraries are typically very large, treating them as a single file will result in significantly longer sync times.
The dissect packages setting is an acceptable compromise for most users in this situation. Step 8. It does not indicate which files or folders should be excluded Sometimes there are certain types of files you do NOT want synchronized. An example would be if you did not want to sync some personal documents to the other computer. You can also choose "Exclude" from the Actions menu. An exclusion is denoted by an "X" in the status column and means that the file will not be considered during the synchronization process.
When you exclude a file it will be ignored during the sync and when you select a folder, all of its contents will be ignored. If you are using this Guide stand-alone to setup a synchronizer document to keep either of these two folders in sync between two Macs, then continue here with Step 9. Step 9. Run the synchronization Once you have all the above-mentioned settings in place, perform the synchronization. This can be done by choosing the "Synchronize" icon in the toolbar of the Synchronizer document.
Always run every sync from the source Mac using the same Container document. If a conflict should arise, choose the file from the computer you last used. Since you need to synchronize every time you switch Macs, it is not practical to schedule your task. Instead, you should manually run the sync every time you switch Macs to ensure the two Macs always stay in sync.
If you fail to do this, conflicts may arise. A conflict is when the same file has changed on both computers. Since you have to choose between one file or the other, you would lose the changes made to one of the files.
If a conflict does arise, then choose the file from the computer you last used. Enabling "Archive replaced files" is a good safety net in case you choose the wrong file when resolving a conflict. Working on two Macs simultaneously can result in unusually high numbers of Conflict errors being reported and there may be difficulty merging the changes that can occur to the same files on both Macs.
Choose "Left Files" for any conflicts. Begin using Right Mac. Choose "Right Files" for any conflicts. Begin using Left Mac.
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ChronoSync for Mac is a welcome program for those users and syncs data quickly and securely. The setup of ChronoSync for Mac went smoothly despite requiring acceptance of a lengthy user agreement. Upon first starting the program up, the user can choose to open a complete user manual, which is a welcome addition to this type of program, as novice users may not understand all of the features. Technical support for updates was also present. Upon starting, the user interface was easy to decipher, with left and right transfer folders similar to FTP programs for server upload. The user can select to back up and sync between folders in the same device, or on a different computer linked via a network.
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Megore Using Relative Dates in Rules Using relative dates is advantageous when you want to synchronize files within a particular chronsoync of time. The tool will easily delete all the related folders and flies scanned in Step 2, now press Back to Step 1 and click RefreshChronoSync is gone from the list. Powerful, flexible, reliable and easy to use. Synchronizing with a Disk Image in ChronoSync 4. ChronoSync is licensed on a one-per-Mac basis.
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