When you create a new project in Sher.ly, you can adjust your smart syncing settings. There are two options: syncing all files and syncing only metadata (default).
SYNC ALL FILES – every file or folder which is shared with you will be automatically downloaded to your device. This is equivalent to a Dropbox – like syncing of all files – perfect for retaining instant access available without the cost of the disk space they occupy. This option is a perfect solution for current data projects.
SYNC ONLY METADATA – when somebody shares a file(s) with you, you will only see their metadata: name, extension, size, modification date, etc.). Then, you decide which files and folders you want to download onto your device. This is best for maintaining continuous, secure access to large data resources without having to download all the files. This option is best for archives and large files you don’t need right now, but you want to keep close at hand in case you need to access them later.
Smart syncing preference is set up for the device you are using at Sher.ly for each project, making it possible to retain on-demand access to project from a laptop with a small SSD drive while syncing all of the files on your desktop computer with a large hard drive.
Each project member can adjust their own syncing preferences which take precedence over default syncing settings.
We recommend selecting the ‘metadata sync’ option which does not overload your storage capacity and allows you retain control over the files you have stored on your device.
METADATA ONLINE – file or folder is available remotely and ready for download on-demand, just click on it to watch it downloading in Active Tasks
QUEUED – file or folder download is scheduled
DOWNLOADING – file or folder download in progress (green pie grows with progress)
ONLINE – file or folder is downloaded and shared
PROCESSING – file or folder is being prepared for sharing (blue pie grows with progress)
METADATA OFFLINE – file or folder was shared, but currently, the source device is unavailable
DISABLED – sharing of file or folder is disabled due to file corruption or a version conflict. You can resolve the conflict manually and choose file version you want to keep.
To download the selected file, double-click on it. All downloaded data is automatically saved in a local Sher.ly folder.
To access it easily, simple right-click on a selected project and choose “Open project folder”.