Three of the frustrations I’ve been having with the wonderful DropBox are (1) lack of syncing folders outside the DropBox folder, (2) not backing up files/folder (besides the syncing scope) and (3) minimum latitude on the plans/pricing options (free, 50GBs for 10$/month, 100GBs for 20$/month).
Having these problems in mind I decided to try ZumoDrive (which I found totally by accident when I spotted its app on the App Store for iPod Touch). So far I’m stunned with the features… they might make me move away from my strange system of “DropBox(free) + [url=http://mozy.com/]Mozy/url + [url=http://www.sugarsync.com/]SugarSync/url”.
Here are the Pros:
(1) Nice interface. ZumoDrive acts as an external drive (like MobileMe) under Devices in Finder. It also has a menubar that gives info on its behaviour and a Console (app) that informs you on settings, uploads, etc.
(2) Fast upload.
(3) CPU usage is low. No noise on my MBP… I don’t hear any fans like I do with SugarSync or, sometimes, with DropBox.
(4) Allows syncing of any folder in my computer (unlike DropBox).
(5) It backs up files/folders as well; i.e. you can upload stuff to the “cloud” and not keep it in your computer (unlike DropBox).
(6) Downloads are quite fast and easy as well. The Scrivener projects are downloaded as a .zip file that unpacks perfectly (so far as I can tell).
(7) Cool iPod Touch app.
(8) Easy sharing options.
(9) Cool website server viewing options (incl. picture viewer and music listening; note: I have not tested the music feature yet).
(10) Allows installing of the same account in different computers (unlike Mozy).
(11) More pricing options: 1+1GB for free; 10 GBs for 3$/month; 25 GBs for 7$/month; etc.
(1) The trial mode starts with only 1GB for free. One can get 1 GB extra after following some steps. Initially I found this process of 1+1GB a little annoying, however the so called steps (they name it Dojo) have helped me learning how to use ZumoDrive.
(2) It’s kind of embarrassing, but so far I’ve seen no more problems. I’m sure there are some limits, but I have not felt them.
I’m still going to further test ZumoDrive before committing myself, most specially by uploading/download complex DEVONthink files and by checking how openmeta tags behave after being on the ZumoDrive server. I’ll update this review if something interesting pops-out.
Anyway, just wanted to share this info since many people in the forum have been mentioning the need for sharing/moving/syncing Scrivener projects.
Needless to say, as disclaimer, that I have no relationship with ZumoDrive, besides being a new user.