I'm a Dropbox user working in a Mac environment. I'm experimenting with two different ways to sync two computers via Dropbox and also get the benefits of multiple off-site backup. I need advice on which approach to standardize:
Some specialized folders I place directly inside the Dropbox folder in the Finder. That requires the least muss and fuss if I set up a new computer to sync with Dropbox.
However, for my Mac's Documents folder, I place a symlink inside a Dropbox folder, so the Documents folder remains in its "usual" place on all of my Macs. That way, I don't have to think hard about in which folder hierarchy to save my routine work.
I'm thinking I should probably shift to one strategy or another, so I don't get confused, and use a single approach uniformly for all uses including Documents and also the "big" sync jobs like iPhoto and iTunes.
Does any one have a take on the pros and cons of either approach: that is either (1) move all such big folders into Dropbox and adjust where the i-applications on both computers look for them locally, or (2) use symlinks in such cases always?
What do you recommend, and why?