Having a tablet with you in university can often feel Godsent as it saves you the trouble of having to carry thick stacks of notes and your textbooks especially if you just need them for a quick reference. However keeping your tablet constantly updated with all your school files throughout the semester can be a hassle.
If you have all your school worked synced on some sort of cloud storage such as Skydrive (10 GB free for students!) or Dropbox and you use an Android device, then FolderSync Lite is the application for you. FolderSync is a fantastic little app that lets users sync folders between local storage and a number of online storage services. The services supported are Dropbox, SkyDrive, SugarSync, Ubuntu One, Box.net, LiveDrive, HiDrive, Google Docs, NetDocuments, Amazon S3, FTP, FTPS, SFTP, WebDAV, Windows share (Samba/CIFS) accounts. The app supports one- or two-way sync and provides a host of settings to tweak the app to all your sync needs.
Use of the app is simple. Just sign up for a cloud storage service such as Skydrive and download the respective app for your PC (or upload them onto the site). Place your files in the Skydrive folder and it it sync to the cloud as shown below.
Once done, download FolderSync and launch the application. First head to Account > Add Account and sign in to your respective cloud storage account as shown below:
Next, head back to the Main Page and then select Folderpairs > Add Folderpair as shown below:
Now fill up the required information as shown in the image.
Some of the more important configurations are explained below:
Remote Folder refers to a folder on your cloud storage that you want your Android device to be synced to.
Local Folder refers to a location on your android device where you want your files to be saved to.
Sync type allows you to choose if you want files to be uploaded to your cloud only, downloaded from your cloud only or two-way which means that any changes made on any device will be uploaded. In the screenshot below, Sync type is one way only as I only want files to be downloaded to my device.
Scheduling allows you to automate the synchronization process if you do not want to do it manually.
Once done and if you would like to manually sync your files, head back to the main page and select Sync Status > Sync Now.
There is also a paid version allows an unlimited number of cloud services to be used, as well as enabling support for sync filters and Tasker integration unlike the free version which only limits you to two accounts.
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