Steve Messa - January 10, 2014 | Mosaic, Photography Tips, Storage, Workflow
"First of all, Dropbox rocks and so does Google Drive and Box. At Mosaic, we use these services to share important files with each other every day. I also used them to share music with my friends, and Dropbox was an integral part of my podcasting workflow back in my broadcasting days. These services meet many needs, but they differ from Mosaic in several key ways.
The first way is the sheer amount of data you have to work with. Photographers know that a single raw photo can be over 25 megabytes in size. If we’re talking about 10,000 photos, we’re already at 250 gigabytes of data. If we’re talking 100,000 photos, we’re looking at 2.5 terabytes of storage. Dropbox wasn’t created to backup 2.5 terabytes of photos, but Mosaic was built for this exact purpose. In turn, Mosaic is able to provide this amount of storage to photographers at an affordable rate.
Mosaic’s functionality also differs from Dropbox, Google Drive and Box. Mosaic backs up your original photos in Lightroom, but it also lifts your Lightroom previews (complete with all of your edits) to the cloud and pushes them back down into your Mosaic app for a detailed viewing experience. You cannot do this with Dropbox, Google Drive or Box. If you have your original files in Dropbox, then they will not reflect your Lightroom edits (since Lightroom is a non-destructive editor.)"