i have used offline files in windows XP for a year or so, and i'm not
happy with it. i am considering developing a replacement .net
application (open source).
i would appreciate any feedback that other users may have on my
assesment of windows offline files, and my proposals for the new
firstly here is what i don't like about windows offline files:
1. can't use "fast user switching" with offline files.
2. in a workgroup environment, new subfolders are not automatically
included in the synchronisation. see this 3-times-unanswered thread for
3. it excludes .mdb files from the synchronisation. i understand
there may be complications with a locked or open file, but you can
always copy/paste a locked database file (i have done it 100's of
times) and every time the file has been fine, no corruption problems
etc. so i don't see why it should be excluded from the sync, even if
it is locked.
4. files visible while 'online' may not be synchronised yet, and there
is not obvious indication of this. i have often left the office with
the laptop, having checked that the files i want are showing up on the
offline folder, so i unplug the LAN cable and leave the office, only to
find at the client site that the files were not synchronised.
5. i also occassionaly get denied access to my offline files. "Windows
cannot access the device, path or file. You may not have the
appropriate permissions to access the item". this further decreases my
confidence in leaving the office safe in the knowledge that all my
current files are present on the laptop. another unanswered thread on
apparently someone overcame this issue by increasing the cache size,
but my cache size is twice the size of the files and i still get the
i'm a .net developer and i have enough spare time to build a winforms
application to replace the offline files that ships that windows. i
would aim to provide similar functionality, and overcome the above
limitations, while keeping it as light-weight and simple as possible.
i have sketched out some plans for the program and would appreciate any
advice or comments from other members of the community. has anyone
tried this before? are there any free apps out there that do this
already? (i couldn't find any).
thanks in advance