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  • February 14, 2014 2:37 PM | Deleted user

    I have been trying out various cloud storage services. Of course I tried and looked into the most common sources, Dropbox, SkyDrive and iCloud.

    Dropbox I found to be very easy and efficient. It worked great for getting files to a computer or person you had not set up sharing with and a lot less hassle than an FTP. The problem though is the limitation on file size for uploading. Of course you storage space is also very limited (2GB) unless you purchase more space.

    SkyDrive from Microsoft is great, particularly if you are on a PC. It real integrates seamlessly with your every day file usage. SkyDrive beats Dropbox in initial storage with 7GB. If you sign up with Microsoft office 365 (I recommend it), you get an additional 20GB for a total of 27GB of storage. You still have the problem of a 2GB file size. Once again, you do need to pay if you need anymore space.

    iCloud from Apple starts you off with 5GB of storage with a no limit on file size. I personally have not used iCloud, but I understand that it works reasonably well. It will even automatically back up your data.

    GoogleDrive  adds an interesting feature in adding its search engine technology into the mix. For example, it can recognize images in your files. So when you can't remember the specific name of the image you are looking for, it will recognize the content you are looking for with what you type. I have not used this, but I can see were it would be useful if it works as well as they say. If you are using Google Docs, you can actually go back in time in your revision history to see the changes you have made. I personally am an Office fan however. GoogleDrive starts you off with the larges free amount of storage at 15GB. It has a max file size of 10GB. Need more space? Better ante up.

    Box is pretty neat with it's collaboration ability. You can invite others to share and edit files with real time updates. It of course has mobile apps to access it on your iOS and Android devices. It has a lot of web apps that get confusing and can't download or export proprietor Box documents created in them. It starts you off with a free storage of 10GB and a max file size of 5GB. Greater storage equal money.

    Pogoplug is what I am using now. it works very easily with it's ability to drag and drop system of uploading files right through your browser. the free version starts you off with 5GB and no max file size. They of course also have apps for mobile access. If you don't want you data out in the cloud, Pogoplug also has physical devices, basically like external hard drives, to keep your data in house. The neat thing is that you Pogoplug account can be used to access these devices from anywhere. You could be out of town and still get access to files in you office. Pogoplug also has an upgrade available for an extra fee. With the upgrade Pogoplug backs up and updates your files in real time. If you update a document on your computer, it will be updated in the cloud (or the device if you bought one.)

    Value: I'm sure you've noticed the theme that more storage means more money. If you're like me, even the highest amount of the free storages isn't enough. So which has the best value?

    Dropbox: Total storage 500GB - Max file size 10GB - Cost per year $499

    SkyDrive: Total storage 200GB - Max File Size 2GB - Cost per year $100

    iCloud: Total storage 55GB - Max file size UNLIMITED - Cost per year $100

    GoogleDrive: Total storage 1TB - Max file size 10GB - Cost per year $600

    Box: Total storage 100GB - Max file size 5GB - Cost per year $120

    Pogoplug: Total storage UNLIMITED - Max file size UNLIMITED - Cost per year $49.95

    Winner: In my opinion Pogoplug is the clear winner when considering cost, storage space, max file size and the features you get with that cost. The others do have some nice abilities, especially GoogleDrive with it's advanced search feature. Still, none of the others with there file/storage limitations and high prices, stack up to the value of Pogoplug.

    Ultimately you have to decide what is the best choice for you. I hope this has been of help.

  • May 08, 2013 11:39 AM | Deleted user
    Jerry Hartman - Publisher Member

    I came away with so much information from our speakers and other members. Can’t wait till next year’s Convention in San Diego! I am so excited that Alex Perriello has agreed to speak to us again. His insight into the future of the real estate industry is amazing. He is worth the entire cost of coming to the convention.

    PLUS… after using the xdeadline for years, Craig Baker and Mike Aukscunas showed me xdeadline applications that I did not know existed. I now know about Augmented Reality after Jennifer Mueller with Shweiki Media spoke to us. Selling New Media presentation by Duane Hughes was an eye opener. David Yunghans with Constant Contact was so good that the membership voted to purchase Constant Contact for NAREP and our New Members Committee. I will be implementing many new ideas from our annual Publishers Round Table and the new addition Sharing Our Sale Presentation

    Thanks to all that had a hand in putting this NAREP Convention together… GREAT JOB!
  • March 09, 2012 12:22 PM | Deleted user


    2012 NAREP Convention
    May 3-5, 2012
    The Stratosphere in Las Vegas

    The Convention Committee is busy making plans for this year’s convention to be held at the Stratosphere again this year, so bring your jumping clothes!

     As real estate publishers, we have all felt the pain of the industry we serve. We all need to find ways to improve our magazines and our bottom line. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from each other and from the great speakers at this annual convention of the National Association of Real Estate Publishers. Members will be coming from across the United States to network and compare notes on the real estate publishing industry.

    NAREP Publisher Members Round Table
    The round table discussion has been rated as the most important aspect of past conventions because it gives each attending publisher member the opportunity to share with the others his/her sucesses and solutions to some of the problems that every one of us has experienced over the past couple of years. Among the topics will be promotion, sales, design, distribution and collections. Tell us what else you would like to cover at this vital component to the improvement of the services and the survival of our businesses.

    We are working on a  lineup of speakers that will show us the newest technologies and practices available to us as publishers. Watch for program updates in the coming weeks.

    Registration is FREE to 2012 Members
    if registered and dues are paid by April 12, 2012
    Registration information will come soon.
    We look forward to seeing you there!

    The Stratosphere • Las Vegas
    Group Rate - $60 per night • Group Code: C-NAREP
    Thursday, May 3 to Saturday, May 5
    Rates may vary for additional nights
    Cut Off for Group Rates is April 12

      Call Group Reservations Department at 1-800-998-6937 between the hours of 7AM to 10 PM PST. Reference: National Association of Real Estate Publishers and/or Group Code: C-NAREP and provide an approved credit card with the appropriate information, at the time of reservation to be guaranteed.   
      A $5.00 resort fee will be added to each room per night, which will be posted as an incidental charge. Daily Triple/Quad Charges: $15 for each additional person age 12 or older in a room.  Maximum 4 persons in one room. Clark County and City of Las Vegas room tax, presently at twelve percent (12%) will be applied to the above rates.
  • May 18, 2011 3:52 PM | Deleted user
    The annual convention was held at the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, May 13 & 14. Seventy-five percent of the NAREP membership turned out to network and share ideas and to listen to an outstanding lineup of speakers.

    Thank you to our great sponsors!


    See the photo album!

    All convention attendees, post your public comments!

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