Picnic

Version: 1.0.3 || Release Date: 2007-10-04 || License: Commercial with demo ($29.95) Developer: objectpark software | App Owner: factoryjoe

Picnic is a revolutionary new collaborative file syncing application for Mac OS X to run on two or more Macs on a common local area network (LAN/WLAN).

It offers the ability to create synced folders of files which are automatically synchronized between all user's accounts using Bonjour.

As such, it offers an easier alternative to file server based shared folders or network drives.

Compared to a regular network folder, Picnic's synchronized folders offer the following features:

  • No file server needed to setup, administer and maintain
  • No backup (server) needed as content of a synchronized folder is synced to several computer hard drives where they can be recovered easily (when needed).
  • Mobile or offline users automatically have access to the synchronized folders without being on the network
  • Mobile or offline users can modify files. Those changes are synced back to the other Picnic users as soon as a local network connection is re-established.
  • Coarse grained support for permissions. Apart from access control to the whole synchronized folder (all or nothing access). Picnic is meant for collaborating groups with little need for fine grained access control.
  • New synchronized folders can be created and published within seconds

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4 Opinions

Current version (1.0.3) does not ping http://interweb.euro.apple.com anymore, only retrieves time from public time servers.

Oh, @lectrick : if you delete a file in a folder, you are asked to either re-get it from another location, or propagate the delete through all other locations.

I suppose a drawback is that it puts multiple copies of those files everywhere. What happens when you delete a file? Will it be copied back into the directory and thus stay "stuck" there forever?

I'm liking what I see in this app! It's a keeper. Tried and tested; worked flawlessly for me.

Pings http://interweb.euro.apple.com on startup, which seems to be an Apple promo URL... not sure what that's about.