If you’re tired with Dropbox’s app, these are the best Mac alternatives

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techno.rentetan.com – The Dropbox app isn’t working for you? You’re not the only one, and there are solutions available to you. If you’ve ever used Dropbox on a Mac, you know how frustrating the program can be. Not only does the software take up a lot of memory, but it also continues requesting for your Mac password to be updated. Because of the absence of native support, it uses a lot of CPU power and drains the battery quickly on M1 Macs running Rosetta 2. It is possible to use another cloud storage service until Dropbox releases a native Mac client, or you may hunt for an alternative Dropbox client for Mac. If you decide to go with the second option, we’re here to assist you with the transition.


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Maestral is a free, lightweight, and open-source Dropbox client for Mac OS X. You can sync your files and folders with little hassle thanks to its compatibility for M1 Macs. Anyone who uses Dropbox will find it excellent because it operates silently and consumes minimum resources on even the most outdated Intel MacBooks. Use Maestral through command line if you’re technically minded. The GUI client is also fairly light, so this shouldn’t be an issue for most users if you wish to further minimize its resource footprint.

Maestral is a great app, however it doesn’t work with all of Dropbox’s capabilities. While the official Dropbox client can download and upload just the sections of files that have changed, Maestral has to download and upload the complete file if you make changes, which consumes more bandwidth than the official Dropbox client. Dropbox Paper, team management, and shared folder settings are also missing.

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When it comes to Dropbox clients, there are a few decent ones out there, like Mountain Duck 3. For those who are fed up with Dropbox’s constant reminders to update their password, this software is a great alternative. A cloud symbol indicates a file is available on the internet, while a green checkmark indicates that the file is available on your device’s internal storage.

For many users, one of the most useful features of the program is the ability to capture a file’s URL and share it directly with others. One of Mountain Duck’s finest features is its usage of the context menu. Right-click any file or folder and pick Mountain Duck to get helpful capabilities like as copying the URL, downloading files and reloading them, and so on

The program costs $39 and works with a variety of cloud storage services, including Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. With a two-week free trial, you can see what it can do for you.


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One of the most useful features of Strongsync is the ability to sync your Mac with different cloud storage services. It’s easy to get to these services since they’re mounted as network drives on your Mac. Strongsync is an excellent choice if you are searching for a native tool that allows you to sync folders from Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Sharepoint. I like this over Maestral, but it’s a touch more cumbersome than Dropbox itself.

As with ExpanDrive, Strongsync is produced by the same business. If you already have ExpanDrive, you may continue to use it to access Dropbox, as there is some overlap in features. You can use Strongsync for free for the first week, but after that, it costs $50 a year to keep using it.


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In addition to being a great FTP program, Panic’s Transmit now allows you to access Dropbox. You can access Dropbox with this app, but it isn’t a substitute for the actual Dropbox client. To utilize Transmit, you just need to use Dropbox for uploading and downloading files but not for syncing between devices.

Even if you don’t plan on using Transmit to transfer files between your Mac and other cloud storage services, it’s still a good idea to have it on hand if you do. As a native Mac program, Transmit will consume fewer resources than browser tabs that are open with a cloud provider of your preference. Since we’ve started using Transmit, we’ve never had any issues with file uploads or downloads.

There is a seven-day free trial to let you determine if Transmit is worth the $45 price tag.