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Zip archives are particularly convenient on Windows 10, because you can open them just like a folder and browse the contents. You can even (with some limits) open documents in Zip files without having to unpack the archive.
Exactly!

By the way, a few Mac utilities have Quick Look plugins that allow Zip file content previews with a right-click/Control-click/spacebar-tap without "opening" the Zip files or uncompressing them.

Personally, I use Pacifist, but others use the free BetterZip Quick Look Generator, and apparently many other archive packages support Quick Look functionality, too.
 


I have both Google Drive and Dropbox. Google Drive was managed with an app devoted solely for managing Google Drive. Now Google Drive has been folded into a single app that does a lot of stuff that I do not want, and the app is determined to back up various folders even after I uncheck what I believe are the relevant boxes. It constantly nags me. I moved the contents of my Google Drive to my Dropbox. Is there a single app that does nothing but manage Google Drive?
 


Anybody use the "Google Drive File Stream" app (distinct from the "Backup and Sync" app) on Mac? I just started trying the "File Stream" product. I've been using "Back up and Sync" for some time. It's been fine. But lots of churning with constant syncing and scanning as I modify files. The "File Stream" product seems to give users more flexibility about which files to constantly check/sync and which ones to sync only when there are changes. The "File Stream" product also no longer maintains every file on the local drive, saving local drive space. I'm using this in an "institutional" (university) setting.
I'd welcome others' opinions/observations.
 


Anybody use the "Google Drive File Stream" app (distinct from the "Backup and Sync" app) on Mac? I just started trying the "File Stream" product. I've been using "Back up and Sync" for some time. It's been fine. But lots of churning with constant syncing and scanning as I modify files. The "File Stream" product seems to give users more flexibility about which files to constantly check/sync and which ones to sync only when there are changes. The "File Stream" product also no longer maintains every file on the local drive, saving local drive space. I'm using this in an "institutional" (university) setting.
I'd welcome others' opinions/observations.
Although I use Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft, Box, etc., I am more and more using Sync. It was recommended some time ago here on MacInTouch.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
Although I use Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft, Box, etc., I am more and more using Sync. It was recommended some time ago here on MacInTouch.
I'm using Sync.com, too, but haven't ramped up fully. A few notes:
  • It can't handle Mac filenames that are non-standard in other OSes. (One possible workaround is to keep files in a Mac disk image, but there are multiple types of disk images and potential problems, all of which I haven't tested.)
  • I haven't tested performance (e.g. vs. Dropbox). Anyone else?
  • You can use it free, but I just bumped up to ~ $99/year for some extra features (and capacity).
  • It uses end-to-end encryption, a major advantage vs. Dropbox, iCloud et al.
  • There's no "app" for Linux, but you can use it in a web browser.
 


Dropbox still has a 32-bit kernel extension - something to think about, if you keep current with macOS. This is their current stable release (v92.4.382 - v93 and v94 are in beta, but I'm not about to test them). I'm not planning on renewing my paid subscription.
 



Dropbox still has a 32-bit kernel extension - something to think about, if you keep current with macOS. This is their current stable release (v92.4.382 - v93 and v94 are in beta, but I'm not about to test them). I'm not planning on renewing my paid subscription.
Are you referring to the dropbox.kext used for the Smart Sync feature, a.k.a. Project Infinite? How widely is that deployed? I don't have it on my machine.
 


Are you referring to the dropbox.kext used for the Smart Sync feature, a.k.a. Project Infinite? How widely is that deployed? I don't have it on my machine.
EtreCheck reports it as 'com.getdropbox.dropbox.kext'

I noticed it a while back. Tried removing it, but it was reinstalled on the next launch. Queried Dropbox Community last December and got a 'nice'[1] reply that, while there was no information forthcoming on a 64-bit version, the 32-bit version should run without issues.

Yes, Dropbox does seem to run without issues currently, but the next version of macOS will not run it. While not the reason I purchased the 2TB upgrade, I'd hoped for better support as a 'paying' customer.

I currently don't run it, though I have 6 months left on the subscription. Originally began using Dropbox at the suggestion of 1Password back in 2008 (when they were known as Agile Web Solutions). I gave in and bought the 1Password subscription which handles syncing using their own servers.

[1] The individual responding was very polite, and I don't begrudge them for their inability to answer the question.
 



Ric Ford

MacInTouch
Sync.com has some software updates, for what it's worth:
Sync said:
App updates: search, recents, update notifications and more …

Now you can use the Sync apps to locate your files, wherever they may be. Quickly find any file buried in your Sync folder or Vault with our all-new, super fantastic search features built right into the latest Sync desktop and mobile apps.

We’ve redesigned the desktop app to give you quick access to your files that matter the most – recently added and updated files. We think this one single feature will super-charge your workflow, help you stay on top of current trends, and simplify your life.

Starting with the latest version of the Sync desktop app, you’ll get an on-screen notification in your Windows system tray or Mac menu bar, whenever there’s a new version available, with options to update or dismiss.
 


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