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I'm looking for a program to sync folders between two Macs. I want to use a GUI and selectively sync. On windows there was SyncToy, which allowed you to set two paths, then preview what the sync would do (ie: which files / folders had changed) and then select which ones you wanted to take action on and what that action would be (rename, delete, overwrite, etc). Here is a screenshot:

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On Mac so far I've tried:

  • Superduper
  • CCC cloner
  • Chronosync
  • RsyncX

So far Chronosync has come the closest but it's still not quite what I want. Is there a better one?

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You might try Unison, File Synchronizer: http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/index.html

I use this on my Mac at home and SyncToy on the Windows box at the office, they work together quite well.

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dropbox is indispensable to me, but doesn't have the preview capability that you're looking for.

Transmit is a very nice file, well polished file transfer utility (ftp/sftp/Amazon S3/etc) that can do file preview and has a sync wizard might meet your needs. You can add rules to include/exclude files and simulate the sync to see what will get transfered.

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Syncing a few files between machines, yes. The poster's programs all run on a single machine. He also specifically asks for preview of actions. –  Daniel Beck Apr 2 '11 at 4:41
    
Dropbox can handle up to 100GB (actually more but those are the easy to get plans), so it's not just a few files. I did miss the requirement to preview actions though; you're correct dropbox doesn't support that. –  Ted Naleid Apr 2 '11 at 15:21
    
100GB isn't, while quite good for online storage, that much anymore for local network data transfers. But you have to take the transfer speeds (upload + download) also into account, which can be much slower than local gigabit network. –  Daniel Beck Apr 2 '11 at 17:27
    
I have Dropbox installed but am looking to sync files outside of that. In this case I wanted to run a diff between the Applications I have installed on one computer and those I have on a second computer, but I also keep some plain-text type password files (outside of dropbox) that I like to sync manually. I know TrueCrype and DB are a good option for that, too. I'll see if transmit can do the comparison. Thanks! –  cwd Apr 3 '11 at 1:47

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