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Use Chrome Sync instead of Dropbox to sync settings

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19 Jan, 2015 04:39 AM

Why did you decide to use Dropbox to sync settings when you can use Chrome's built in syncing? I have a few extensions that use this feature, and it's pretty great. Settings sync across computers automatically, without having to log in elsewhere to grant authorization. It all just happens in Chrome, as it should.

Here's some documentation on how to get it working:

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Neelfyn on 19 Jan, 2015 11:07 PM

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    Hi xichael,

    Thank you for the suggestion! Unfortunately, Chrome Sync only allows us to use a certain amount of storage, which wouldn't always be enough for AdBlock. We're definitely keeping the possibility in mind, but for now the only way to sync AdBlock's settings will be through Dropbox.

  2. Neelfyn closed this discussion on 19 Jan, 2015 11:07 PM.

  3. xichael re-opened this discussion on 19 Jan, 2015 11:14 PM

  4. 2 Posted by xichael on 19 Jan, 2015 11:20 PM

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    102 KB of storage is still enough for thousands of lines of custom filters and whitelist domains. It's doubtful that anyone would ever max out the quota. We're just syncing plain text after all.

    Please reconsider.

  5. Support Staff 3 Posted by Neelfyn on 22 Jan, 2015 04:51 PM

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    Hi xichael,

    Thank you for the suggestion, but we currently have no plans of implementing Chrome Sync into AdBlock.

    We're hoping to one day integrate syncing via Dropbox into the Firefox and Safari versions, so that users are able to sync their settings across browsers as well, which wouldn't be possible with Chrome Sync.

  6. 4 Posted by xichael on 22 Jan, 2015 05:35 PM

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    The numbers of users who are logged in and syncing chrome must be orders of magnitude larger than those trying to sync across multiple browsers.

    It's not a bad idea to have Dropbox as an option for those outliers, but you'd be serving a vastly larger percentage of your users by building native sync into your chrome extension.

    You could make syncing the default, without any user input whatsoever. Wouldn't that be awesome?

  7. 5 Posted by James Edward Le... on 12 Feb, 2015 04:43 AM

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    I know, it's like Neelfyn doesn't know what he's talking about, and it's no real biggie to have to deal with multiple sync methods in the dev process instead of one cross-platform method!


    In seriousness, though, it would be nice if AdBlock also allowed saving settings to a text file like uBlock does, without needing to specifically save to Dropbox; I don't know whether it already does that, because it has been a long time since I last used AdBlock.

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