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  1. #1
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    How to Syncing Maya preferences with dropbox in Mac and PC

    I just setup my PC and Powerbook to sync all the Maya tools and tabs with dropbox so that I always have everything the same way in both computers and I can say I am a lot happier fellow right now. This is the way to do it:

    FOR MAC:
    1) install Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com or if you want to donate me some free space by creating your account with my referral link, use this link: http://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTMxNTkxNzI5

    2) For Mac you have to download Symbolic linker: http://seiryu.home.comcast.net/~seir...liclinker.html

    3. Open the folder titled "Library" at the root of your boot disk. Make sure there is a folder there named "Services". If the folder doesn't exist, then make one with exactly that name (without the quotes, of course).

    4. Copy the "SymbolicLinker.service" bundle that came with this distribution into the Services folder. DO NOT copy the SymbolicLinker.plugin file; it serves no purpose under Snow Leopard.

    5. run SymbolicLinker.service once by double-clicking on it. Now right clicking any folder or file, you have new option to create symbolic link of that folder or file.

    6. Go to folder Your Username >Library > Preferences > Autodesk and make symbolic link of the Maya folder by right clicking it and selecting Make Symbolic Link.

    7. Move the Symbolic link to anywhere in your Dropbox folder. Dropbox syncs all the items in Maya folder to the dropbox site. You can see all the files on your dropbox webpage.

    FOR PC:
    1) install Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com or if you want to donate me some free space by creating your account with my referral link, use this link: http://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTMxNTkxNzI5

    2) If you already copied your Maya preferences from Mac you can skip this step otherwise Go to <your username>/My documents/ directory and move your maya directory under your dropbox directory.

    3) In Windows 7 right click my computer and select properties. Go to advanced tab and press Environment variables button. Make new variable called Maya_APP_DIR Value field will be the path of your Maya directory under dropbox.

    That's it. Works beautifully, still use at your own risk (It's not probably wise to keep Maya open in both computers simultaneously as they are updating same files).

    There is also very nice 3DBuzz tutorial about setting up your custom Maya tools, shelves and marking menus. Highly recommended: http://www.3dbuzz.com/vbforum/sv_showvideo.php?v=1045

    Further cool uses for Dropbox can be found here:
    http://web.appstorm.net/roundups/dat...toolkit-guide/
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    Interesting.. thanks.. even though i don't own a Mac.. still useful though..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archania View Post
    Interesting.. thanks.. even though i don't own a Mac.. still useful though..
    its for both Mac and PC
    elevating to new levels of knowledge (that's the plan at least )

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    ya but its to sync it between both. and i don't own both...
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    Of course you can sync between two macs or two pcs. Just omit the Mac or Pc part of the instructions but most interesting is that it works across two operating systems

    Same way you can sync preferences of other apps too. Also if you have two PCs, you can easily sync the whole My documents, My Music and My Pictures folders. Just right click on the folder and from properties choose new location dor the folder.

    With Macs symbolic links you can sync virtually any folder you want.

    If you have just one computer, dropbox is pretty handy for making backups of all your preferences and other files without you bothering about it after the initial setup. And it is instant

    Here is some other cool uses for the dropbox:
    http://web.appstorm.net/roundups/dat...toolkit-guide/
    When one is trying to do something beyond his known powers,
    it is useless to seek the approval of friends.
    Friends are at their best in moments of defeat.

    - Henry Miller

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    thats actually a really nice idea
    with this if you change something on one machine its automatically updated on the other machine and that way you always have you latest settings

    and even if you go to a machine you dont normally use you can go on the online interface of dropbox get the files you need and use them on that machine and you have your settings with you again

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    well now if i had 2 computers that i do the work on.. then that would be a different outlook.. but i don't so..

    but still very good to know
    Please let me know when we are going to have some fun so I can pay attention.


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    hi - could somebody help me, I cant seem to get it to work . Im on a mac and have followed all the instructions for my work computer - but what do I then do on the other computer? How do i then link the other computers maya to read from the dropbox?

    many thanks!

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