SugarSync has announced a major overhaul of its user interface and functionality, along with a slew of new features that could give it an edge over Dropbox as the go-to cloud storage service.
SugarSync 2.0, like Dropbox and others, allows you to share folders or files with other people by giving them direct access, or simply generating a link where they can see the files. SugarSync believes that the problem with these links is that “for some, the process of generating that link is not intuitive.” To solve this basic problem the new SugarSync 2.0 lets you drag-and-drop files or folders onto a contact to share the file with that person privately, or through a public link. If the folder isn’t already in your SugarSync cloud, it will be automatically added. People who click the link don’t have to sign up for SugarSync, or download any new software – liking the new feature so far. I am.
SugarSync has also added a search feature that helps you manage your synced data across multiple devices.
The third feature in the new software is SugarSync Drive. It’s a drive icon that appears in Mac Finder or Windows Explorer showing all the files or folders you’ve synced to your account, including those from other computers or mobile devices. It also lets you edit files remotely that could be stored in your work PC or the one at your grandma’s.
Now the most important bit – SugarSync gives you 5GB of free storage. Paid accounts range from $5 per month for 30GB, up to $40 for 500GB, which is right in range with other cloud storage subscription services.
For now the public beta version is available for download on both Mac and PC. An app for Android is also available, but iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Phone users will have to wait a little longer.