PCsync Q&A with Laplink’s CTO

Q&A with Laplink’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Jack Wilson:Laplink CTO, Jack Wilson

What’s new with PCsync 6?

Of course the biggest change in PCsync is the ability to connect, transfer, and synchronize files with a Mac.  However there have also been many changes to PCsync to allow it to work faster and better than ever before between PCs.

What goes into the development of a product like PCsync?

What’s a typical day like in software development?  One of the biggest challenges in developing a software product like PCsync is ensuring the compatibility across the many different connection types (network, USB, and local devices), and the many combination of operating systems. For example, there are 6 versions of Windows 7, plus 32 bit and 64 bit versions. A lot of time was spent determining how best to communicate between the Mac file system and the PC. Modifying PCsync so the USB cables also worked on a Mac was also a challenge.  Not too many people realize the amount of testing involved in all that.

Who should buy PCsync?

Since PCsync can be used as both a file transfer and a synchronization product, anyone who is challenged by trying to connect and transfer files between PCs will love PCsync.  More and more users are confronted by this as having multiple PCs in the office or household is becoming more common.

What makes PCsync better than other competing products?  How is it better than Sync Center in Windows 7?

PCsync is by far the easiest way to synchronize files from PCs to PCs and PCs to Macs.  Try using Sync Center to connect to a Mac or XP!  Sync Center is mainly geared to network servers, not desktop to desktop computers.  Also certain features of Sync Center don’t even work on the ‘Home’ versions of Windows software.  

Any other exciting news from Laplink’s development team?

Of course the Laplink development team continues to work on updated versions of our PCmover product, especially features for our corporate users.  We are also looking at new innovative methods to make communication between your computers even easier.  Take for instance our Laplink Everywhere product.  With that product I can get to my work or home computers from any computer with a web browser, even Internet mobile devices like cell phones and PDAs.   What other product can you remotely access a PC from an iPhone, search for a file on that computer and then e-mail it as an attachment to anyone in the world?  All securely without having to setup complicated servers, VPNs or special firewall rules.   Now as far as PCsync is concerned, did I hear anyone say “What about Linux”?

4 thoughts on “PCsync Q&A with Laplink’s CTO

  1. @Laplink Software
    I need a product that will allow me to better manage a family photo archive.

    My Mac has current and working copies of pictures (backed up via time machine)
    Pictures are added to the archives below as I think about it
    My WHS has an archive of all photos, including scans of prints and film negatives
    The Archive is re-copied to an external hard drive occasionally
    My External Hard Drive has a second copy of the Archive
    This year’s pictures are archived to DVD (2 copies) after the Christmas rush is over

    All of this takes manual effort, and starts to fall apart when I get busy.
    Please help.

    I have used Laplink (classic) since the days of DOS, and it has served me well. I just have to use one of the kids’ PCs in the house to make all of this go since switching to a MAC.

  2. I was wondering when you will have a Mac version available? I have been using Laplink for years with my PC’s and now that I have migrated over I really need a sync program to keep my macs up to date. Do you have any thoughts on this?

  3. Ken, are you needing to sync PC-to-Mac and vice versa or do you need to sync Mac-to-Mac?

  4. I am looking for a mac to mac sync program. I have tried a few but none work as effortlessly as Laplink did for my PC’s. Do you have anything in development?

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