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Matt Overton

Recommendation: G-suite vs Dropbox for Vectorworks

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With the current Health issues effecting workflow we are generally looking to fix a few other issues we are having server wise.

Wondering if anyone has used G-suite or Dropbox to replace an in house server and how successful has it been?


G-suite is looking to be the better option to improve on email as part of the deal.


I've found a few posts from 2018 discussing it but didn't want to necro them but it seems timely to review.


Does it work?

Are there drop dead issues with either?


Do you use any of the services more interesting features to better organise your workflow around projects/ teams?

I've always wanted to get a project shared email box happening for each but to date it's been more management than the advantage.


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Any modern office should use both. G Suite is perfect for email, calendar, and collaborative document creation (e.g. spreadsheets), but it is not a good file repository. I find the browser app and desktop app awkward for third-party files and awkward in general. We ditched our server in 2011 and have run on Dropbox business ever since. I cannot imagine working on any other way. It has been extraordinarily reliable and flexible. Every file our office owns lives in Dropbox. Nothing on desktop, nothing local, nothing lost. I could go on and on about the benefits, and they were apparent long before Coronavirus. 

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We ditched our in-house server some time ago and started using Dropbox Business. Apart from occasionally having to wait too long for syncing we've been really happy with it. Access files anywhere. Works well with Project Sharing. 120 days of easy to use backup built in. But best of all, I don't have to manage server hardware and software.


We use Dreamhost for email and web hosting, an iCloud account for address book + email archive and nuclino.com for our wiki (which is very good).


G-suite sounds like a good option too (if you happy to deal with such a privacy-invasive company).

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While it doesn't work with Vectorworks Cloud services looks like we are going with Microsoft Office 365 one drive as it suits the clients we work with. Still might have end up with other services down the track. 

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