|Dropbox Encore 1.0|
|26 Oct 13|
|[ Overview | Requirements | Installation | Usage | Uninstall | Problems | Feedback ]|
But sometimes Dropbox Sharing is not what you want, e.g., independent work and home accounts. Dropbox Encore enables a second instance of Dropbox to run in a single Mac OS X user account.
Each instance of Dropbox must have (1) a unique Dropbox account and (2) a separate local Dropbox folder.
Dropbox Encore runs successfully with Dropbox 2.0 (or later) on Snow Leopard (10.6.8), Lion (Mac OS X 10.7.5), Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8.5) and Mavericks (10.9).
Dropbox Encore running with the Dropbox 1.2.n may encounter a Keychain speedbump:
You can Show Package Contents of the applcation package to verify it's not a Trojan horse. You'll find a two-line shell script in the "Resources" folder.
The sole function of the Dropbox Encore application is to launch a second instance of Dropbox, using the official Dropbox application in your Applications folder.
Dropbox Encore runs as a background application, e.g., no Dock icon.
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|a.||Choose (or create) a second Dropbox account.|
|b.||Choose Advanced setup in order to configure your second Dropbox folder.|
|c.||Choose the alternate location for your second Dropbox folder, |
e.g., the "Dropbox Encore" folder you created in your Home folder
during Dropbox Encore installation.
|d.||Dropbox will create its "Dropbox" folder in the folder you selected.|
|e.||Continue with the rest of Dropbox Setup.|
When Dropbox created its first "Dropbox" folder on your Mac, it put this folder into Finder's sidebar. When Dropbox created its second Dropbox folder for Dropbox Encore, it replaced the original folder in Finders sidebar with the new Dropbox Encore folder.
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|a.||Your Finder sidebar points to your Dropbox Encore folder.|
|b.||Drag your original Dropbox folder into the sidebar and drop it in the |
space between the Pictures and existing Dropbox folder.
Caution: Before releasing your mouse, make sure you see a line between
|c.||Your Finder sidebar will have two Dropbox folders. |
You'll need to remember the correspondence to the actual folders.
Choose Quit from the second Dropbox icon menu.
After the second Dropbox has finished its configuration, launching Dropbox Encore simply causes the second Dropbox icon to appear in your menu bar.
If you want your second Dropbox running all of the time, drag the Dropbox Encore application to your your "System Preferences > Accounts > Login Items" list.
Several Dropbox Encore users have asked for more than two Dropbox accounts. I expect any number of Dropbox accounts could be active on a single Mac OS X account. I have not tried this because I have only two Dropbox accounts.
When I launched my test Dropbox Encore 3, it got to the point of asking for a Dropbox account. Since I did not want to create another, I Quit the test app.
Having more than two Dropbox accounts active at the same time may lead to confusion because the Dropbox icon in the menu bar can have only two colors (blue & black).
To remove Dropbox Encore from your Mac, ...
rm -R .dropbox-two
A small number of Dropbox Encore users have reported problems with Dropbox Encore setup or usage. So far, all of these problems have resulted from departures from the "Launching Dropbox Encore the first time" recommendations.
In the event of a problem with Dropbox Encore, ...
Dropbox Encore was inspired by pioneering discussion:
Sveinbjorn Thordarson's Platypus developer tool created the Dropbox Encore application from a 2-line bash shell script.
The Joy of Macs thanks the Dropbox Team for providing a wonderful Internet cloud service.
And thanks to Dropbox Encore users for helpful feedback.
Please send questions & comments to Ward Clark, including the following information:
26 Oct 13 – Announce compatibility with Mavericks (OS X 10.9).
14 Oct 13 – Test with Dropbox 2.4.2 on Mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.8.5.
03 Jun 13 – Clarify the requirement that the user's home folder must be on the startup hard drive.
18 Mar 13 – Add an "In the event of a Dropbox Encore problem, ..." section; test with Dropbox 2.0.0 on Mac OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.5 and 10.8.2.
21 Jan 13 – Add note about Dropbox in /Applications folder; test with Dropbox 1.6.15 on Mac OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.5 and 10.8.2.
17 Nov 12 – Test with Dropbox 1.6.0 on Mac OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.5 and 10.8.2.
08 Oct 12 – Note compatibility with Mac OS X 10.8.2.
26 May 12 – Test with Dropbox 1.4.7.
16 Feb 12 – Test with Dropbox 1.2.52.
12 Dec 11 – Update the Lion compatibility notes for newer Dropbox 1.2 releases; update the pioneering section of the Acknowledgements (thanks to Kevin Ernst).
10 Aug 11 – Update the Lion compatibility notes for Dropbox 1.2.24.
23 Jul 11 – Add Lion compatibility & Dropbox 1.2.16 caution notes; add a new "Finder sidebar" section.
04 Jul 11 – Add Dropbox Setup screenshots & uninstall steps.
21 Mar 11 – 1.0: release with no functional changes from 1.0rc1; add a note about icons to the Overview; add More than two Dropbox accounts notes.
05 Oct 10 – Clarify the N.B. in the Overview.
02 Oct 10 – Expand the Overview; correct typos.
18 Sep 10 – 1.0rc1: rename to Dropbox Encore.
23 Aug 10 – 1.0b2: change to a background application.
07 Jun 10 – 1.0b1