Using Google Drive instead of Dropbox for syncing?

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21 Apr, 2018 05:20 PM

Dropbox is very unreliable on Chrome OS, Chromebook in my case. The discussion for syncing states that any shared location, such as Dropbox, can be used. Hence I'd like to setup Moneydance on my Windows 10 desktop, configure it for sharing with Google Drive and then use the Moneydance Android mobile application to access the Moneydance database. Will this work?

  1. 1 Posted by dwg on 21 Apr, 2018 09:33 PM

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    I'm a fellow user.

    While any shared location i.e file shares, can be used for syncing between desktop type devices, the mobile app requires dropbox because it is using the dropbox API rather than a "shared" location, I doubt if most mobile devices provide the capability of using facilities like file shares.

  2. 2 Posted by ferreirabill on 21 Apr, 2018 09:55 PM

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    Disappointing. Desktop OS's are in decline, both Apple and Microsoft, while Chrome OS is experiencing rapid growth. Quicken is in even more rapid decline. None of the Chrome OS applications support something as simple and important as file reconciliation. This is a real opportunity for somebody. Yes there is Quickbooks which is too expensive for someone to just manage a few personal accounts.

  3. 3 Posted by dwg on 21 Apr, 2018 11:10 PM

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    Chrome OS as I understand it was principally designed to use cloud based applications with its principle interface being the web browser. As Moneydance is local to your machine with its own interface it would appear to be at odds with chrome's direction. I also do not believe there is a java implementation for chrome and as Moneydance is written in java this would present further problems.

  4. 4 Posted by ferreirabill on 21 Apr, 2018 11:59 PM

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    Chrome OS *does* now support local applications as long as they are
    purchased through the "Play Store". It supports local data as well though I
    would want the database stored on Google Drive. I think the Play Store also
    supports applications that have an annual renewal fee, fine by me.
    $40-60/yr is a good price as far as I'm concerned.

    Well they sort of do support Java on the Chromebook (or Chromebox) by
    switching into Developer Mode. But this is, in general, a bad idea for 99%
    (or more) of Chrome OS users. Since they support Java on the Chrome Browser
    and allow it to be installed on a Chromebook (with the above caveat),
    perhaps they will allow it before long for normal users.

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