What is the sync process for Dropbox and Evernote?

Howie Kay
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Evernotes files can get corrupted if the file is closed before the sync is completed.  Dropbox's sync process seems to be different.  If so, what is the difference and how does each system function?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
Evernote is an application like One Note that looks after its own syncing (at least so far as I know about Evernote - I use One Note).

Dropbox is a file syncing mechanism. It just syncs files - that is its role.

I sync One Note files to my Desktop with Sync Back Pro and that works for One Note as well.
Jackie Man IT Manager
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Commented:
https://techliberation.com/2009/12/12/dropbox-a-privacy-black-box/

Essentially, Dropbox is a client server architecture using the cloud technology of Dropbox centralized pools of server which are connected the client apps on all platforms.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3152608/software-productivity/dropbox-paper-vs-evernote-5-productivity-features-compared.html

It is difficult to compare Dropbox with Evernote.

You need to compare Dropbox Paper with Evernote.

Dropbox Paper works on file level whereas Evernote works on note level.

The difference is Dropbox Paper is a file manager on cloud in an open source format for Dropbox Paper whereas Evernote is a note manager in a proprietary format on cloud for Evernote.
Shaun VermaakSenior Consultant
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Both of these have proprietary syncing mechanisms
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Jackie Man IT Manager
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https://www.dropbox.com/help/security/open-source-software

As usual, not 100% sure for how open in open source for Dropbox but 100% sure that Evernote is proprietary.
Shaun VermaakSenior Consultant
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I would say using an opensource library and building your own logic around it makes is proprietary.
Jackie Man IT Manager
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Commented:
Using the above concept, nothing is open source and you can say Firefox browser is proprietary.
Shaun VermaakSenior Consultant
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The whole FireFox stack is OpenSource. Dropbox is not, it only uses OpenSource libraries
Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
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Commented:
It's obvious that nobody here will be able to speak to the specifics of how the syncing is done. I think your real question is why does your Evernote file get corrupted when the Dropfox file does not?  

It is most likely because of the way in which the installed clients work on on your device or you may need to try updating or reinstalling.

I use both of these products throughout the day and while I would expect dropbox to do a better job at syncing, I have not had any issues but I also am not syncing files with evernote, I am just using it for note taking. Can you describe how we can duplicate what you are seeing?  Step by step? If you are adding files like text or documents, which types of documents and how large?

When I see programs not working properly, the first thing I do is check that the operating system is up to date. Then check that the actual program is up to date with the latest version and finally a restart. If it is still having issues, then begin trouble shooting which may include reinstalling the program. https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/208314248-How-to-uninstall-and-reinstall-Evernote
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
I agree. I use One Note and no issue with syncing either.
Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-Retired

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Commented:
Ok, thanks much Scott.
Obviously the group has limited experience with large projects that could benefit from a continuous safe on line storage system.  Taking notes and whatever is not what I need to do.   I am a photographer running Lightroom and Photoshop.  I have a library of about 1000 photos.   I have been warned by Adobe's user groups not to trust Evernote for a continuous backup of the library.  Primarily because in the sync process, while editing in Lightroom, the storage can get corrupted if we are not very careful to complete the sync before closing the Adobe apps.   Evernote warns us by spinning a wheel.  Dropbox doesn't "seem" to have this problem.  Or does,  and  do not supply a feedback during the sync process.
I have Comcast Internet.  There upload speed in Philly, near there headquarters, is limited to 10 Mgbts per second.  Elsewhere in our country a customer is lucky if they get 1Mgbs.   The reason for this as stated by Comcast is it impairs  hacking and stealing etc etc.  Verizon advertises  much higher upload speeds but has limited nationwide coverage with their fiber optic system.  And they recently dropped email.  So I guess we can forget about online storage unless it is done in bits an pieces which is what Evernote and Dropbox would do if they could handle this kind of continuous traffic.  I can't afford a T1 long line which is what business uses to reach offline storage.  Obviously not everyone is equal.  Hover, in Canada, seems to have amazing throughput to Philly.
The only other option seems to be to buy commercial quality SSD's.

I do appreciate you taking the time to respond.
Thanks again,
Howie
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
My suggestion is that you use a document folder and Dropbox for this work. EverNote or OneNote is not an application I would use for Photo storage. It may be the size of images that is causing issues for EverNote. Just use Dropbox
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I would agree with what your group is saying and John as well.  Evernote is not meant for that type of use.

I personally use Dropbox as a developer.  At this point, I don't use "My Documents" and everything is in sub folders inside my dropbox and I pay the $14/month for both the Terabyte and packrat (unlimited version history).  All my development is done inside dropbox. When programming, my IDE (jetbrains) auto saves and I end up with hundreds of versions of whatever I am working on that I can go back and retrieve if I made a catastrophic mistake. I also use photoshop, and light video editing inside my dropbox folders. As long as the Dropbox client is running, the sync just works. If I close down before the sync is complete, take my laptop to a different location with internet, the sync continues or restarts. I don't ever have to worry about it.  

If you happen to be paying for office 365, I would look into using OneDrive as that comes with your office 365.  I'm speaking from using a PC, I have not had a Mac in the last couple of years.  What I really like about paid office 365 is the phone help you can get where the person you speak with is going to be the person that will guide you to a complete solution.

With Dropbox client running on your system, you do have the ability to open up and view progress and manage sync settings.
Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
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Commented:
Because of the value of your work, I suggest an offsite back up of your hard drive in addition to whatever cloud sync you use.
Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-Retired

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Commented:
Thanks much for the help.  It is appreciated!

Howie
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help.

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