Insync, alternative to Dropbox and the like

By Richard Mallion

Insync is alternative t0 Dropbox. It’s cheaper than Dropbox and the core service is free. The only cost for basic membership is the cost of Google storage.

Insync brings a number of features to the table, differentiating it from Dropbox’s current service. For example, you can share individual files with more granularity — not just as public links, but specifying read-write or read-only permissions.

All your files live inside your Google Docs account, and you’re not limited to the supported Google file types; any file can be synced over, as long as it’s less than 10GB in size.

You can nest sharing privileges so people have access to just part of a folder structure. You can also set re-sharing permissions, specifying whether those you share with can re-share that material or not. Share recipients are not charged against their storage quota.

Insync supports multiple Google accounts and uses Google’s storage system. Google starts with 1GB free storage, and then moves to 20GB for $5 per year up to 16 TB for $4096 per year.

To use Insync, you sign in with your Google credentials and permit it to gain access to Google Docs. You then download and install the client software on your computer. From there, you launch, link the Google account to your machine, and you’re ready to go. On OS X, all your Google Docs appear in a Finder window.

 

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