Back in the day (late last century), I used only one app to manage my backups and sync files between Macs. What I needed then I need now.
Important files need to be synchronized between multiple Macs. Each Mac needs to have a bootable clone of the primary hard disk drive. File syncs and full backups need to be handled fast and furious.
Is there a single Mac app that does all that?
Many Backup And Sync Functions, One App
The answer is, yes, there are many Mac apps that handle those basic backup and synchronization chores. Synchronize! Pro X is the Mac app I used back in the days before Mac OS X.
It’s alive and well, fast and powerful (and expensive), loaded with modern features.
As the files on our Macs have increased in value, so have the choices for backups and syncs increased in complexity. Many of us have more than one Mac at home or office.
Often, we choose to backup critical files from one Mac to another, which requires a synchronization process (to ensure the latest version of a file gets copied appropriately). Also, many Mac users want a bootable backup of their Macs to an external hard disk drive (which gets us back up and running quickly when the Mac’s main disk drive fails).
Not every Mac backup or sync app does both. Synchronize! Pro X does. For a price.
Stack The Features High, Dude!
The user interface is both simple and complex. For example, start with a simple backup procedure—moving files from one folder to another (from one Mac to another or across a network).
It’s a simple left to right procedure. Select the Master and select the Target, then select the Setup Type (click the icon or drag and drop folders). Click the Backup button and files are copied from one folder to another.
What about synchronizing files from one Mac to another Mac? Simply change the Setup Type to Synchronization, select your Mac and a Mac on your local network, and click the Sync button.
At this point you see the basic user interface in action. So far, so good, right?
Now, how about creating those bootable backups that are all the rage these days. Again, Synchronize! Pro X makes the basic operation quite simple.
Click on the icon of the disk drive you want to clone as the Master. Then click on the disk drive of the Target clone. Then click the Backup button and Synchronize! Pro X creates a bully bootable cloned backup.
Subsequent backups are incremental and take much less time than the original. Simple and fast. What about Preferences? Ah, this isn’t so simple and elegant. Synchronize! Pro X comes with 10 pages of preferences with every imaginable tweak and setting to really get your geek on.
General Settings are simple enough, and include an alert for when copying or syncing is complete. Default settings include Sync, Backup, or Bootable Backup.
You can also receive Warnings when the app is about to replace too many newer files or folders with older files or folders, or a certain percentage of files are to be deleted. There’s also an option for Monitoring the backup or sync process and publishing the log files online, rules for File Changes, what to do if there are Disk or File Errors, and an option to install AutoSync to run the app in the background.
Synchronize! Pro X can also archive replaced or deleted files, just in case you need them again.
You can choose which files to copy, sync, or backup from one location to another. Settings and configurations for each backup, sync, or copy can be saved and used again.
Not much has changed with the overall look and feel and performance of Synchronize! Pro X through the years. It’s still the most expensive backup solution I’ve used. For the budget conscious, there’s Synchronize! X Plus which is one third the price, but it’s missing the bootable backup function and a few other esoteric features.