I think I now know what I'm looking for. It would be like a combination of:
PCdocs or Worldox,
Duplicate file eliminator,
Data Sync Tools,
But instead of the repository being the active directory (like subversion), the local machine become the active directory much like FoxMarks (Firefox), where the online database serves only to coordinate and make sure all users/machines contain the latest file/file revision and in the right path etc.
User A on machine A, in the company network, is also a user on Laptop 1, which he takes home and to meetings. This user needs all the code and power point presentations needed for marketing demos.
On Machine A the user's files are in:
the code resides at:
on the Laptop the files are stored at:
C:\Documents & Settings\UserA\My Doucuments
and code at:
Additionally User B supports User A from Machine B on the network writing to the same code source directory, but has his/her notes and local development at:
User B is controlled by Subversion, but User A is not. But User A needs the notes for review before each presentation.
Additionally the marketing team makes entries to a database that shows to User A at:
User A must have the lastest data when making the presentation. Part of the presentation shows data which must be relevent daily.
Additionally User A must have access to and update all docs on his/her laptop prior to departing the company for the next scheduled presentation.
How is this all done seamlessly either by Program with "Sync" button or by script in the "Shutdown" sequence on User A's computer, that syncs his/her latest files and data with all the latest in his/her world?
I found the following links to software that seems to have some of the answers:
AJC Directory Synchronizer - This is a very powerful, yet easy to use directory compare and synchronize program.
Allway Sync: Free File Synchronization, Backup, Data Replication, PC Sync Software, Freeware, File Sync, Data Synchronization Software
Memory Card Recovery Software to Recover Lost Photos - CardRecovery
CompareData - CompareData is a native Windowsâ„¢ cross-dbms application that allows you to visually compare and synchronize data between two SQL databases using ODBC drivers.
ComparatorPro - ComparatorPro will compare files, folders and sub-folders to quickly update backup set before you get down to some serious work.
Compare Advance - Easy to use folder compare utility with advanced features.
DB Explorer - Compare two database schemas and/or table data, report differences and sync.
DiffnMerge - Compare and merge text and HTML files line by line. Compare and merge folders.
GoodSync: File Synchronization, Backup, Data Replication, PC Sync Software, File Sync, Data Synchronization Software
Idem - Synchronize folders, Backup files to local or networked replication drives.
KLS Backup 2005 Professional - KLS Backup 2005 Professional is a powerfull backup, synchronization and disk cleaner program that allows you to back up or synchronize your data to local and network drives or FTP server.
Power Data Recovery is an easy-to-use data recovery software for Windows.
File Compare & Folder Synchronization Software - Compare, sync, merge two file folders from any device or computer.
Smart Suite for MySQL - Database Administrators rejoice! Now you don't have to compare, synchronize, navigate and backup SQL databases manually.
SmartSynchronize - - compare files and directories - merge changes between files - synchronize directories - shows in-line changes - on-the-fly compare while editing the files - runs on all major platforms (Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/98/ME, Linux, Solar
Synchronize Folders - Synchronize files from your PC with a backup location or removable media, such as a USB Flash drive.
Downloads - zsCompare 2.40 Shareware Software
Obviously I'm looking for an Open Source version of this combination or wish to collaborate with those who think this is worthwhile.
I've downloaded all the shareware software from the links and evaluating features to put into the spec I'm writing for this, but only get about 1 hour a week on this, so progress is slow.