That's great if they both run the same OS X/macOS1.. If not... moving your complete "working environment" back and forth between them is... well, if anyone has a good way to cleanly and completely swap back and forth between a newer macOS and an older one while preserving all work and changes you've made on the incompatible system, I'd sure love to know about it.2.
OK, I'm looking to develop a very robust workflow for coordinating two Macs, such that either one can be used at different times and places (e.g. a desktop and a laptop system), both are kept up to date, and neither one gets back-leveled by the changes.I've had more problems with Apple apps changing formats than with MS Office, Nisus, Firefox, or most of the other third-party apps I use. A few months back I had to transfer Pages files between a High Sierra MacBook Air and an El Cap Mac Mini, and found I had to translate them into a different form. After that, I put Nisus on the MacBook Air, so I didn't have to mess around with Pages at all. My usage isn't typical, and as Ric says, this is going to get a lot worse with macOS 10.15.
This seems nightmarish with two different macOS versions involved (and related differences in apps, preferences and file formats), but it's a challenge to get right even when both Macs are capable of booting and running the same software. I'm looking for feedback/suggestions based on proven workflows other folks have developed (but I'm not interested in basing any of this on Apple's cloud services, nor Dropbox, nor any other cloud system).
As a starting point, I see a few possibilities:
- Synchronize Pro X (old but good and maybe still viable)
- ChronoSync (respected but may be complicated)
- Carbon Copy Cloner (great software, but how exactly do you avoid screwing up and back-levelling accidentally?)
- Could it possibly be done via a shared Time Machine backup drive?
- Reslio Sync doesn't seem like it's quite right for the job.