Proxure, a Californian company, has just announced a new syncing service which, much like Live Mesh, allows consumers and business users to synchronize everything from digital photos to office documents. The service can work across multiple devices and operating systems, and, example, can automatically and simultaneously sync photos from your mobile phone to your laptop, your desktop, and to friends and family.
The service depends on clients on the device, and has no cloud-based component, unlike Live Mesh. It is however opportunistic, and will queue up files to sync whenever a connection becomes available. Clients are at present available for Vista and Windows XP, with a special version for HP’s Touch Smart PC’s. A Windows Mobile beta is currently also available, with an Android, iPhone and MacOS version being planned.
KeepSync does have some twists. It will, for example, automatically transcode video to a format more palatable for a recipient (thinks Orb) and resize pictures for easier transmission.
Unlike Live Mesh, Keepsync does have a business model. They plan to charge for the traffic across the internet using pre-paid plan, from 1 credit per megabyte. This is of course the great weakness of the product, and is sure to impede adoption.
They do however have an SDK available which was for the HP TouchSmart implementation of KeepSync and was recently licensed by AMD for use with their Fusion platform.
The service will be demonstrated at CES, but the product is also currently available with a 15 day free trial, including 25 MB of credits from Keepsync.com. There is also the opportunity to apply for their Windows Mobile beta.