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SugarSync 3.6.0

Cross-platform backup and sync tool gets a makeover

by Nick Peers

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 05 May 2015
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Downloads To Date: 3032
Developer: SugarSync, Inc.
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SugarSync 3.6.0
SugarSync bounces back with a revamped user interface and new features.

These days cloud-sync applications are ten-a-penny. Most people have learned the wisdom of using a cloud-sync service to not just back up but also keep the latest versions of their files on a myriad of different devices.

SugarSync is one of the more established backup and file synchronisation tools and offers a free - and reasonably generous - 5GB storage space to get started. If you need more than this, you can upgrade to a paid-for account. Like many of its peers, SugarSync is cross-platform, letting you spread your documents far and wide across PC, Mac, Android and iOS.

Once upon a time it was genuinely innovative, but in recent times the competition has caught up and - in many ways - overtaken it. With that in mind, version 2.0 has been redesigned from the ground up, with a radically revamped user panel offering a multitude of new options.

Get an overview of all synced folders via the Cloud tab, or see which files have been recently updated through the Activity tab. There's also a new Contacts section within the Sharing tab for easily sharing folders with individuals, which accompanies another new feature that brings public sharing of folders to SugarSync for the first time.

Other changes include the implementation of SugarSync Drive, giving users direct access to their cloud-stored files via a virtual drive visible in Windows Explorer and Finder, plus a new Cloud Search tool for quickly tracking down files and folders.

The interface redesign is matched in the web app and forthcoming mobile apps for consistently, while version 2 also provides users with direct access to their cloud-stored folders via the SugarSync Drive, accessible from Finder or Windows Explorer like any other.

SugarSync does have the option of letting you choose exactly which folders on your PC are synced, though, and also allows you to pick and choose which device(s) individual folders are synced with, which helps makes it a viable alternative to those frustrated by Dropbox or SkyDrive's rigid folder structures.

See the changelog for 3.6.0 release information.

Verdict:

Despite the slick redesign and welcome array of new features, issues with performance and various glitches make it difficult to wholeheartedly embrace this new build.

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No Free Storage.

Posted by: Indy Jones, 10 May 2014 14:02

I said this long time ago, but the editor didnt bother making it public here.
Sugarsync is no longer free. Go for Google or Outlook and something with free storage. Even dropbox is not worth the amount it gives for free.

Free 5GB storage space for Sugarsync?

Posted by: Eps Delta, 01 March 2014 03:02

I believe Sugarsync no longer offers a free storage plan anymore. Their website does not offer such a plan as far as I can see.

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