Trouble follows me like dirt chasing one of my kids after a bath. My whole focus, my whole being as a Mac user is to find Mac apps that do good and don’t cost much.
Imagine my surprise when I was assigned to review an online backup app that’s got more features and functions than U.S. voters have frustrations and a price tag to match the U.S. government’s deficit.
Voters, I Feel Your Pain
After all, how can I help reduce my household budget deficit by succumbing to the temptations of Mac apps with a price tag? If I were so inclined, buying Twin would be my own personal contribution to an economic stimulus.
It just wouldn’t be a stimulus for my economy.
Twin is a Mac app that does backups. We missed it during Mac360’s Backup Tools Week partly because I object to reviewing any Mac app that costs more than dinner out or a weekend for two on Coronado Island.
Officially, Twin falls in between the two (not by much), hence my requirement to check it out.
Match These Features, If You Dare
Backing up Mac files somewhere else besides home or office is a good idea, hence the proliferation of online, cloud-based backup services, which now exceed the number of Yankees World Series titles minus corresponding San Diego Padres titles.
Twin is the app that lets you backup files to an online solution of your choice. Amazon S3 (cheap), MobileMe (not so cheap), WebDAV sites (usually cheap), or pretty much any online service using FTP, sFTP, AFP (sometimes very cheap).
Twin works as a standalone app or runs in the background so you can ignore it while it ignores you, all the while backing up your files. Setup is easy.
Follow the onscreen prompts and you’ll be up and running with the service of your choice in no time.
Management is straightforward. The control panel gives you a complete status of the backup, Restoration options, Reports, a backup Schedule and more.
In many respects, Twin works like iDrive, Mozy, iBackup, BackBlaze, BackJack and other services. In other respects, it’s even better because Twin preserves all of the Mac’s Finder info, resource forks, ACLs, file permissions, which may not be the case with other services.
Twin can backup files using AES-256 encryption, which is even tighter than my daughter’s clenched teeth when I’m trying to feed her spinach.
What’s not to like? Well, here’s the skinny.
Twin does more than most of the online backup services, but they provide the Mac apps for free, and charge you by the month for online storage.
With the Twin option you’ll have to choose your own online service, and pay for Twin’s whopping 99.00€ price tag. That’s nearly $140 US dollars. More than dinner for two at a trendy but affordable San Diego nightspot, but slightly less than a weekend for two on the aforementioned fun-filled Coronado Island, sans children.
What price security? Weighing all the pros and cons, Twin works well, has more options than many online backup services for Mac users, but comes with a hefty price tag, hence the rash that I developed while trying it out (always happens when there’s a price tag involved).