Relationships-125x69GridIron Software has released Flow 2.0, a collaboration/syncing/management application that enables people to share and sync files over a network. Dubbed a "project operating system for creative professionals," the free "Flow Essentials" version comes with 4GB of online secure storage, allowing remote file storage, versioning, and team collaboration.

Here's a glimpse at what the program looks like in action:


I haven't had a chance to use Flow; given I'm more of a one-man band -- at least to date -- Flow is probably overkill. To keep my Hackintosh synced up with my aging laptop -- and to be able to access files from anywhere, including on my Android phone -- I use Dropbox. I found the 2GB free plan worked well, so I upgraded to the $9.99/month 50GB plan (I also tested other services like SugarSync, but found Dropbox to be the most reliable and easiest to use). If you work in a team environment and need the advanced features of Flow, check it out; for more simple situations I recommend Dropbox. ((I don't get a referral fee or anything for anyone who signs up for Dropbox (or Flow, for that matter), but if you sign up using my link we both get a tad more storage space than we would otherwise. Good for both of us.))

Adobe's John Nack on Flow's similarities to Dropbox:

Flow Essentials tracks all files in a creative project and displays them in a visual map. You can now define projects and identify teams of people that will be part of the workflow. Flow 2 Essentials enables realtime collaboration, enabling users to add notes to nodes on the map, and to send emails (linking recipient to the node on that map) to the team or a subset of the group. The map allows you to see who worked on each asset, the size of the asset, and any attached notes.This is all provided, along with 4GB of online Overflow storage (the Dropbox-style part), for free. Unlike Dropbox (of which I’m a fan, by the way), Flow doesn’t require moving assets into specific folders; you can move and rename them while staying synced.

There are also several premium (paid) services built on top of the free version. Anyone out there using Flow?

Link: Gridiron Flow 2.0
[via John Nack on Adobe]