For a long time now, I've been syncing my presets, scripts, plugins and workspaces between computers & AE versions via Dropbox (always PC, but the theory stands).
For this, I've been using symlinks; for some reason I figured using simple shortcuts wouldn't be picked up properly, especially with respect to software installers.
I'm doing a writeup of how I do it, and in the process I've come to question whether the symlinks are even necessary, or whether a shortcut/alises is robust enough to do this with. Can anyone provide any input, on the tech side?
Also-- for workspaces, I've been syncing both ModifiedWorkspaces as well as OriginalUserWorkspaces, to sync layouts. Are they both necessary, or only one or the other?
Other than these, I'm aware of (and will pass on) compatibility issues with presets made in newer versions, plugins between post-CC and pre-CC installs, mediacore, doubling plugins, etc.
Nothing to add beyond expressing EXTREME interest in this. I work at many different companies and NONE of them are comfy w/ me logging into CC w/ my own credentials and syncing scripts/preferences/presets etc.
I currently just keep my entire scripts folder on dropbox and just swap it for the one installed and then replace the default once the job is done.
So-- did some further testing & digging myself, and it seems that though while After Effects will dive into shortcuts for most settings, the Common Plugins / Mediacore directory wasn't being seen with standard shortcuts. In addition, any tools that relied on installers wouldn't work with shortcuts.
Verdict: use symlinks, not shortcuts.
View the blog post I wrote on cloud-syncing AE Addons using this technique: Workflow: Cloud-Syncing After Effects Addons | Zack Lovatt