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Thursday, November 22, 2012

FolderSync – High Res Cloud Photo Storage

You want to store your all-important camera photos, but don’t have the time to transfer it to your desktop or external device. Or better still, you would rather want it as it is – without any compression – in the cloud. Google Drive does it, but compresses your data.

But you don’t need to fret when there is FolderSync. This Android app will allow you to store full resolution photos in any of the many cloud storage services like SkyDrive, Dropbox, SugarSync, Ubuntu One,, LiveDrive, HiDrive, NetDocuments, Amazon S3, FTP, to name a few.

Here are the steps to high-res photo storage.

1. Open an account in any of the cloud storage sites mentioned above. For example, Google Drive.

2. On  the home screen, click on Accounts and navigate to the plus sign to choose Google Drive.

3. Going back to the home screen, look for ‘folderpair’. This essentially wants you to identify the folder or folders you want synced with the Google Drive account. So name your folderpair as “London Images” if you like, and another folder as “New York Images”, and so on. If you want to backup all your phone photos saved on your phone’s SD card, ensure that you backup the entire folder and not just DCIM, and so on. When you are choosing the sync type, go for ‘to remote folder’. Choose your ‘scheduling’ options and you are half done.

4. When it comes to choosing your sync options, it’s best to skip the first two options but check all the rest. Which means, go ahead and check the ‘sync subfolders’ option, but uncheck ‘sync hidden files’ choice. If you want your photos deleted after the sync, check ‘delete source files after sync’. Also check ‘Do not sync deletions’, so you have a backup option in case you delete a photo you didn’t intend to.

5. After you’ve set up your account, ensure you ‘save’ it by clicking on the button at the upper right hand corner, and you are good to go by just tapping on the ‘sync’ button in the lower left hand corner of the sync screen.

Happy photo storage and photo syncing!

P.S: There are free (lite) and paid versions, but the free version should suffice if you don’t want to set up add-on facilities like ‘Sync Filters’.

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