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Storage Options for Postbox Data

Overview

In Postbox 5 you can store Topics, Responses, Signatures, Quick Posts, and Postbox Address Book data in the location of your choice.

While we do not support syncing of this data per se, theoretically you can select a folder within Dropbox or Box, and then have this data synced across multiple Postbox installs, for example, home and work machines.

Of course, the capabilities and/or limitations of this are dependent on the syncing service itself. Since Postbox preferences are written to disk when you exit from Postbox, if you decided to store this data on a syncing service, we recommend exiting from Postbox from one machine before using it on another.

How to Specify Data Location

Within Preferences / General you can specify where you want these preferences stored.

If you have multiple machines and wish to store this data within a syncing service such as Dropbox:

  1. Decide which machine has the most accurate or current version of your Topics, Responses, Signatures and Address Book data, then save this data from this machine first to the sharing service directory of your choice, such as "Postbox Prefs."
  2. Exit from Postbox on the first machine.
  3. Make a backup of your "Postbox Prefs" folder (or whatever you named it).
  4. Go to your second machine, and make sure your "Postbox Prefs" folder is synced. 
  5. Within Preferences / General browse to the location of "Postbox Prefs."

Disclaimer

If you choose to store your preferences on a syncing service such as Dropbox or Box, all of the syncing behaviors will be dependent on the capabilities of the syncing service. Please note that we neither warrant nor support syncing using these mechanisms.

Backwards Compatibility

Please note that the data structures for Topics, Responses, and Signatures have changed in Postbox 5, and they are not backwards compatible with earlier versions of Postbox.