Dropbox Alternative

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Ian Cunningham

26 Apr, 2022 10:32 PM

I have noticed that dropbox is now limiting the number if computers that be logged into their basic account, with this in mind do you plan to add support for other cloud storage options, eg. google drive, onedrive ?

  1. 1 Posted by dwg on 26 Apr, 2022 10:44 PM

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    I'm a fellow user.

    The desktop version of Moneydance can work with any storage solution that present devices that are used like normal disk devices on the system.

    That being said the mobile solution does require the use of Dropbox.

    However the 3 client limit of the basic Dropbox account does not affect Moneydance. The Dropbox license limit is based on the use of the Dropbox client software, use their client software and it consumes a license.

    The Moneydance mobile software does not make use of the Dropbox client software and will not use it even if installed, it is using the Dropbox API and hence does not require the client and as such without the client installed no client license is consumed.

    The Moneydance desktop application does use the Dropbox client if you select Dropbox Folder for syncing, however if you select Dropbox Connection, again the API is used no Dropbox client is needed and hence a license is not used.

  2. 2 Posted by Ian Cunningham on 26 Apr, 2022 10:55 PM

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    I understand this, i have a friend that has 5 computers and is looking for a replacement for quicken, i am pushing them towards moneydance but will need to find a solution for synicng over the 5 machines without a dropbox subscription.

  3. 3 Posted by dwg on 26 Apr, 2022 11:34 PM

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    As I have explained you do not need a Dropbox subscription, you do not need to install the Dropbox client unless you want to. You just need a free Dropbox account. The Mobile apps do not use a client license and if you use Dropbox Connection on desktop systems they do not need/use a license either.

  4. 4 Posted by derekkent23 on 27 Apr, 2022 07:05 AM

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    I am not support staff, just a user.
    Hi Ian

    To reinforce dwg posts:-

    The Dropbox restrictions maybe not as bad as they first sound.

    The limit of 3 devices running Dropbox applications with a free account applies to the devices that can be connected to a Dropbox product itself, via official Dropbox applications, such as the official Dropbox desktop client or mobile applications.

    If your computers are using Dropbox Folder as a syncing method for Moneydance then as you have to have Dropbox Client installed, this count towards the limit. However, if you use Dropbox Connection and don’t have Dropbox Client installed, this does not count towards the limit. This limit does not apply to third party apps that connect to Dropbox via the Dropbox API. This includes the Dropbox Application Program Interface that is embedded in Moneydance mobile. Your mobile devices would only count towards the limit if you had Dropbox official app installed on your mobile devices for another reason.
    You can also mix Moneydance Dropbox sync Methods on computers, say 3 computers using Dropbox Folder and any additional computers using Dropbox Connection. You can also sync a many mobile devices as you like. Another approach is to set up another free Dropbox account under a different email address and set up the Moneydance folder “.moneydancesync” as a shared folder between the two accounts.

    You are not facing any real restriction, with no need for a paid Dropbox account.
    I sync between 5 computers, 4 Windows and 1 Linux and 2 Android phones using a free Dropbox account.

    You can run Moneydance simultaneously on as many devices as you like. Add a transaction on one device and in 60 seconds it will appear on the other devices

    Hope this helps.

  5. 5 Posted by Ian Cunningham on 27 Apr, 2022 07:16 AM

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    Thank you, if the light of day it all makes sense now.

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