of the very nice things about the software is the flexibility
with which you can perform various functions. It comes
with a serial cable for direct connections between two
PCs. When you register PCSync, you can order a USB cable
for $19.95 from the company's website. If you need to direct
connect to another PC on a continuing basis, I'd recommend
the USB cable. It transfers data at about 5 Mbps and the
serial cable at .4Mbps. Quite a difference. But you're
not limited to direct connections. You can also perform
the functions above over a LAN and the Internet.
SmartXchange feature allows you to automate transfers
of shared folders between two PCs. With this, you can
keep a set of files synced between your PC at work and
the laptop you travel with or your PC at home. This is
a very nice way to ensure that budget spreadsheet you
work on everywhere has the same data as the last time
you edited it. You can set it up to sync in both directions
or only one way. The first time you set up the synchronization
the entire folder is transferred. After that, only the
changes are sent, greatly reducing the time required
to update. If you've ever struggled with the Briefcase
that comes with Windows you will really like how this
Surf Up feature goes a step further. It will allow you
to get files from your shared folders on your work PC
anywhere you can get online with either IE 4.0 and up
or Netscape 6.0 and up. You configure the PC running
PCSync with a unique name, user name and password. You
can then access the box by visiting the SurfUp
web site and entering the computer name you created.
(The PC running PCSync needs to have an active Internet
connection of course.) When Surf Up locates your PCSync
PC, it'll prompt you to enter the user name and password
you set up. Surf Up will then present your shared folders
for you to access.
PCMover feature is pretty slick. Say you've got a new
PC and installed your OS and your favourite applications.
You're pretty happy, but something's missing. All your
favorites are gone from IE or Netscape, your files aren't
there anymore, your Explorer settings are back at the
default, even your wallpaper is gone. All that means
you have to manually set up all that stuff again, or,
use the PCMover to transfer most of your settings over
to the new PC. It'll even transfer network settings for
your TCP/IP, dial-up, and Netware Client 32 settings.
is an organizer for your MP3 files. Via PCSync, it will
also allow you to share your songs and playlists with
other Pcsync users. The database will index your recordings
and allow you to set filters for easy searching. It can
even open your media player, load the playlist and play
the files in track order.
at first I was a bit hesitant about this product's usefulness
in a serious working environment, I have to admit it's
got features that the SOHO, traveller and even the system
administrator can use.