With Dropbox, you can use shared folders to allow two users (two separate accounts) to share a single folder of files. If you want to share a large amount of folders and files, Dropbox Sharing might not be the best solution. With Dropbox Encore, a third party utility, you can use a second instance of Dropbox to run in a single Mac OS X user account. This works as long as each instance of Dropbox has a unique account and separate Dropbox folders on your local storage.
Dropbox doesn’t officially support using two accounts on a single Mac, but it works with Dropbox Encore and makes it easy for organisations to share their files with individuals who work away or off the company’s network, for example. With Dropbox Encore, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Folder and file icons in the second Dropbox do not have the Dropbox “checkmark” indicating the item has been synchronized.
- Multiple, simultaneous Dropbox accounts can be confusing and lead to mistakes. Be sure to check out official Dropbox Sharing before experimenting with Dropbox Encore.
By using Selective Syncing, and setting the second Dropbox instance to use the Black and White menubar icon, you can also easily distinguish between the two Dropbox instances. I use selective sync so that I’m only receiving the files/folders I need from the secondary account.