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Warwick Dilley
02 November 2018, 07:20 AM
Ive synced my reunion files across my iMac and iPad using Dropbox. It works fine but I'm approaching the free limit for Dropbox storage. The cost of more storage in Dropbox (in Australia at least) is very high, is much higher than the cost of storage in iCloud.

Why do we have to use Dropbox? Why can't we use iCloud?

Kim
02 November 2018, 12:41 PM
I agree. I don't use ReunionTouch exactly because it requires the use of Dropbox. I'd probably use it if I could sync through iCloud. But my preference would be to sync over wifi at home.

Mark
02 November 2018, 05:55 PM
...I'm approaching the free limit for Dropbox storage.

You may find this FAQ (http://www.leisterpro.com/doc/v12/questions/answers/largeff.php) helpful -- it outlines how to change your thumbnail settings, which can often save quite a bit of space (especially if you have a lot of images).

Why do we have to use Dropbox? Why can't we use iCloud?

When looking at ways of syncing automatically we found Dropbox to be the most reliable option available. iCloud was not nearly as reliable, and has continued to be problematic - even without supporting iCloud we've had to help users resolve issues created by iCloud, such as files being moved around without the user being given appropriate information about what is being done, where files are going to end up, etc. At this time we simply believe iCloud has too many issues that need to be resolved.

If Apple makes improvements to iCloud we're open to reconsidering our stance; but, at this time, from what we've seen of iCloud and the support issues it's created, we feel Dropbox is still the better option.

Warwick Dilley
02 November 2018, 06:47 PM
Thanks Mark. I really do appreciate the full and prompt responses to questions on this site.

Warwick Dilley
13 November 2018, 06:15 AM
Thanks Mark, but my problem is not with the size of my Reunion file itself but with the total size of the several thousand linked source documents which I have also sought to place in Dropbox so that I can access them on another Mac or MacBook while I am away from home.

If I was to put my Reunion file in Dropbox and the linked sources in iCloud (presuming that I could do that), would the sources in iCloud still be linked to the Reunion file in Dropbox when I accessed them from another Mac or MacBook?

Mark
14 November 2018, 01:08 PM
If I was to put my Reunion file in Dropbox and the linked sources in iCloud (presuming that I could do that), would the sources in iCloud still be linked to the Reunion file in Dropbox when I accessed them from another Mac or MacBook?

That should, technically, work, but we can't recommend it as Apple may decide to change how files are stored in iCloud. That could cause problems with the links stored in Reunion.

It wouldn't be the first time -- changes to the iPhoto Library, and the switch to Photos, caused similar problems in the past.

So, while it technically should work, I'm afraid we can't officially support it. If you run into any issues we'll do what we can to help resolve them, of course, but we may not be able to.

Sorry I don't have better news,

Warwick Dilley
14 November 2018, 05:52 PM
Thanks again Mark for the prompt reply.

Bob White
16 November 2018, 01:40 PM
Warwick: You may want to also see this current thread for a bit more info: http://www.reuniontalk.com/showthread.php?t=12468.

Warwick Dilley
16 November 2018, 04:53 PM
Thanks Bob.

reggoboy
11 January 2019, 02:11 PM
I was able to add several GB of free Dropbox space by following their list of freebies:

https://www.dropbox.com/help/space/get-more-space

At that point, you will have as much space as the free iCloud (5GB), and either way will have to pay if that's not enough.

Having read the negative reviews about Touch switching to Dropbox, I will add a more general comment that I think it's an excellent solution because I have also found Dropbox to be much faster and reliable than iCloud, the latter of which can hang for days uploading large number of files, leaving you completely crippled, even when trying to access the files on the source machine. I don't think Apple understands sync still, but Dropbox has been rock solid.

I also find the concerns over Dropbox security to be non-issues.

Syncing via iTunes was used as a band-aid because it was the ONLY option apps had at the time. Those people stuck on that approach as being best can probably also find an old Model T since they may also insist on crank starting their engines by hand. But the advantages to Dropbox syncing are overwhelming.

I've been doing software development and Internet technologies for 40 years ;-)

Warwick Dilley
11 January 2019, 06:45 PM
Thanks David, much appreciated.

reggoboy
14 January 2019, 02:54 PM
Glad to help.

Reunion and Dropbox are both excellent pieces of software that are cooperating rather well to accomplish this handoff between mobile and desktop. Iíve been using that setup for about a week now and itís quite fast and seamless.