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Troy Wolbrink
on 30 Oct 2013
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Troy Wolbrink
on 11 Sep 2017
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How can I share my database with my spouse over Dropbox?

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On your computer that has the database you want to share, open TntConnect.  Click the "Dropbox" button on the toolbar.  If you don't have this button, you need to upgrade to TntConnect.

If you don't yet have Dropbox installed, you should see this:

Once you have Dropbox installed, you should see this:

Click the "Move my database to Dropbox now!" button.

This will create a "TntConnect" folder inside your Dropbox folder.  And it will move your database to that "TntConnect" folder.  For example, here's my database:

Now on your spouse's computer, make sure Dropbox is installed. 

If you and your spouse share the same Dropbox account, then the "TntConnect" folder and your database might already be on your spouse's computer (in the Dropbox\TntConnect folder). 

If you and your spouse have different Dropbox accounts, you'll have to share your "TntConnect" folder (within Dropbox) with your spouse, and your spouse will have to accept:

You may have wait for Dropbox to finish syncing before it appears:

 

The status icon should have a green check mark: 

Once the TntConnect database is on your spouse's computer (in the Dropbox\TntConnect folder), you can just open that database in TntMPD.  You can either double-click on the file, or in TntMPD, under the "File" menu, click on "Open" and find it.

Recent Comments

By: bruzga Posted on 17 Mar 2014 5:58 PM

After setting this up, when my spouse opens the database a dialog box opens stating the database is already opened and is only available as Read Only.  We share the same dropbox account.  Is there a way for both of us to be able to add/edit at the same time?

By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 17 Mar 2014 7:14 PM

You could turn off the option to prevent multiple people from editing your database at the same time: www.tntware.com/.../6406.dropbox-mode.jpg_2D00_550x0.jpg  But you're going to run into more Dropbox conflicts (where two people edit your database at the same time, and Dropbox creates a "conflict" file.)  TntMPD will help you resolve these conflicts.  Currently the main issue with this is that if someone checks off a task, then when TntMPD auto-syncs to the conflict file it might un-delete the task, and the task will show up in your task list again.  

Here's a better way to do it:  www.tntware.com/.../21260.aspx  It uses Drobox, but TntSync must be run to sync your changes.

By: MarthaOrt Posted on 24 Jul 2015 11:21 PM

Are you saying that the database stays in dropbox, and not on the computer? Can it be deleted from the computer safely? I have a problem with space on my computer and have tried to save the database to an external hard drive, but that doesn't seem to work too well.

By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 27 Jul 2015 8:22 PM

Hi Martha,

Your Dropbox folder is also on your main hard drive.  It is synchronized to Dropbox.com.  If you copy your database file to your Dropbox folder, you can delete where it came from.  If you delete it from your Dropbox folder, you'll have 30 days to recover it from Dropbox.com.  

--Troy

By: MarthaOrt Posted on 30 Jul 2015 12:59 AM

Thanks, Troy. Is it somehow possible to decrease the size of the folder? My hard drive is filling up and making it difficult for me to work.

Martha

By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 31 Jul 2015 3:53 PM

Martha, besides TntMPD, do you have other files in your Dropbox folder?  A typical TntMPD database file is usually less than 50 MB, which by today's standards is tiny.  So I think you may have something else filling up your hard drive.

By: AngelaEdmonds Posted on 21 Sep 2015 6:22 PM

I have downloaded Dropbox (Actually about 3 times- and restarted my computer), but TntMPD isn't recognizing it. It never moves to the second option "Move my database to Dropbox now!" I really need to be able to share this file on Dropbox. What do I need to do to get it to recognize I've downloaded Dropbox and move to the 2nd option?  NOTE: I have Window's 10. I always have the fixer by Troy and Tammy Wolbrink open, but that doesn't fix this problem.

By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 21 Sep 2015 7:38 PM

Hi Angela, that button in TntMPD is broken.  It's a long story, but Dropbox has changed things since last time TntMPD was updated.  It will hopefully be fixed in TntMPD in a few months (again, long story as to why you have to wait a few more months).  I'm sorry.

For now, you'll have to manually move your database.  1)  Click F8 in TntMPD and make note of where your database is located.  2)  Close TntMPD.  3)  Using Windows Explorer (or Mac Finder), move your database file to your Dropbox folder.  4)  Open TntMPD  5)  Under the "File" menu, click on "Open" and go find your database in your Dropbox folder.

By: RoyHoward Posted on 8 Jan 2016 3:03 PM

My wife got a Mac and i have a PC. She installed TNT and  Dropbox. I shared the database for TNT. The question I have is when I make changes will it automatically show up on hers from now on and if she makes changes will I see them as well?

By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 21 May 2016 3:49 AM

Roy, you need to share the same Dropbox account on each computer ... or you need to share the folder that contains your TNT database between accounts.  You can't share just the TNT file.  It won't work that way.

By: Charles.Gilmer@impactmovement.org Posted on 24 Jun 2016 2:01 AM

I was trying to share my TnT database with my wife, and ended up creating a copy in her Dropbox, so now we have parallel TnT databases. Is there a way to sync them in those locations (her Dropbox and my Dropbox) or do we need to choose one of the dropbox database files to both share?

By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 24 Jun 2016 3:48 AM

Hi Charles,

In the case where each spouse has their own Dropbox account, what you want to do is share a folder within one of your Dropbox accounts with the other.  The other person will "accept the invitation" and then that sub-folder will be synced between your two accounts.  Normally you'd share the "TntConnect" folder within your Dropbox folder.

There is a way to merge your changes with your wife's copy of the database.  Under the "File" menu, click on "Utilities" and then "Merge with Another Database".

--Troy

By: KarenDodson Posted on 25 Oct 2017 10:58 PM

I had my computer cleaned and updated and suddenly my husbands computer and mine are not syncing anymore. His tnt has updates and my tnt has updates but they both say there are no conflicts. Also, we can both be in tnt and it is not prompting either of us to be in read only mode. Any idea on how we can get our databases to sync again?

By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 26 Oct 2017 3:17 AM

Hi Karen,  I'm not sure what it means to have your computer "cleaned", but this sounds like it broke your Dropbox.  Try reinstalling Dropbox on both computers.  This sounds more like a Dropbox question, so if the Dropbox folder continues to not sync between your two computers, check with Dropbox.com.

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