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SugarSync 2.0 goes public, we go hands-on

Alex Castle | Feb. 15, 2013
SugarSync recently rolled out a new-look interface with fancy new features. Is it enough to push the power-user's preferred cloud storage service over the top?

The mobile versions of SugarSync have been updated to use the same, new interface. The functionality is slightly different, of course, but the new UI looks great on smartphones, and performance has improved, as well. The SugarSync 2.0 app is currently available for Android phones, and will be coming to IOS in the near future.

What's new in SugarSync 2.0?

In addition to the interface overhaul, SugarSync 2.0 adds several important features to the service.

Most significantly, SugarSync now adds a virtual drive to Explorer (in Windows) or Finder (in OSX). This virtual drive lets you access all files and folders that SugarSync monitors on any of your devices, as well as any files shared with you. You can access these files even if they're not synced with the device you're currently using--if you want to access or edit a file that's not currently on your machine, SugarSync will download and upload it as needed, without synchronizing the whole folder.

Additionally, the client can now search through all files in your SugarSync storage and take you directly to them. You also have the option to view images in an attractive new gallery view.

Finally, SugarSync 2.0 introduces the ability to create public folders, which anyone (even people who don't use SugarSync) can access just by entering a URL in their browser. Previously, SugarSync only allowed you to share individual files this way--not whole folders.

Should you upgrade to 2.0?

Go for it! We've played with SugarSync 2.0 since it's beta days without encountering a single issue, and the fresh look and new features are much appreciated. SugarSync is worth a look even if you're already a Dropbox, SkyDrive, or Google Drive user--especially if you've ever found yourself wanting more control over which folders you can sync to the cloud.

 

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