After digging through a few dozen Mac backup and file sync apps in recent weeks, I’ve come to a conclusion. Sophisticated tools are easy and simple.
Complex tools are really confusing but they’re called flexible. To make sure your Mac’s files are backed up and secure, you can choose from apps that are easy and simple. Or, you can choose from apps that are complex. You know, uh, flexible.
A Rose By Any Other Name
Put another way, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. Of course, with digital effects being what they are, the walking, talking duck could morph into Katy Perry at any moment.
Mac apps to backup or sync files seem to be of two breeds.
The most sophisticated breed is one that gets your files backed up quickly, makes retrieval of files quick and easy, and hides the complexity behind the scenes.
The most flexible breed of app is one that gives you a long list of tweaks and features and functions that may require a night class at the local community college to figure out.
So it is with the Super Flexible File Synchronizer.
We Could Have Tweaked All Night
First, Super Flexible File Synchronizer needs an easier name to remember. Time Machine? Easy, right? SuperDuper! It rolls off the tongue in ways Super Flexible File Synchronizer will not appreciate.
Second, Super Flexible File Synchronizer is for geeky Mac users who love to tweak, click, and point your way to a perfect backup, sans simplicity. If you can spell L-I-N-U-X, you may like Super Flexible File Synchronizer.
Otherwise, move on. There’s nothing to see here.
Alright, if your geek is still running, and you’re itching to check out all this flexibility, check out Super Flexible File Synchronizer’s Profile screen. It’s what you create to sync or backup files from here to there.
What I like about this cumbersome Super Flexible File Synchronizer screen with the odd toolbar is that files and folders can be set up to be copied or backed up from one place to another to another to another to another, ad infinitum, ad nauseam.
Flexibility means you can create multiple profiles to move your Mac’s files all over the digital kingdom. Mac to Mac. Mac to extra hard disk drive. Mac to network volume. Even better, the latest version gets my geek on because it creates a 100-percent identical, bootable clone of your Mac’s startup hard disk drive.
All those geekier-than-thou phrases such as BSD flags, ACLs, Extended Attributes, and more, get copied perfectly from here to there, almost to infinity, but not beyond. Super Flexible File Synchronizer is so good at the backup stuff that it passes the critically acclaimed Backup Bouncer test.
How does it do that? The secret is in the profile settings.
Look at all the tweaking you can do. Select Source files in either side. Select the Target in the other side.
Set the Super Flexible File Synchronizer Scheduler to run according to your requirements for each profile. Then, go down the list of functions from specific file Access and Retries, to how to compare files during a full-on synchronization, to the adding of Filters and Masks, the number of backups to keep.
You can even archive and encrypt backups with a few clicks.
If there’s a specific backup function missing from Super Flexible File Synchronizer, I don’t know what it is.
This Mac app has a feature list longer than the US national debt is high. It syncs and backs up. Perfectly. The scheduler does the dirty deed when you’re not around. It backs up across the internet. It encrypts and zips. It even detects when files you want to backup have been moved.
And, importantly, it creates a perfect, mirrored, bootable backup, yet comes with a whole list (if you can find them) of options for making sure your Mac’s files remain safe and not easily deleted by an accidental setting.
Well, other than simplicity. SuperDuper! can create a nearly perfect clone of a Mac’s hard disk drive with two clicks. You’ll need more than two clicks for Super Flexible File Synchronizer to do the same thing, but the extra
control flexibility gives you countless options not easily handled in SuperDuper!
Super Flexible File Synchronizer can run in the background, while you work. Unlike SuperDuper!, where the license seems to be forever for one price, all that Super Flexible File Synchronizer flexibility comes in two year increments. Well done, but very geeky.