Other than using your Mac everyday, what’s more important than backing up files? Not much. Mac users can choose from dozens of backup and sync utilities.
Some are easy and cheap. Others are complex and expensive. In between is a Mac app that syncs files and folders and disks with a click. Or, automatically. Or, with all kinds of bells and whistles.
Sync It Easy, Sync It Fast
My one-two punch for Mac backups is simple. SuperDuper! to clone my Mac’s hard disk drive. Apple’s Time Machine to make sure I can get to files I may have lost or deleted.
In between there’s always a need to sync folders Mac to Mac, backup email files, and make sure my Documents folder is synchronized between Macs.
An easy way to do all that and more is built in to FoldersSynchronizer.
This Mac app fits between the all-or-nothing ease-of-use in SuperDuper!, simple drag and drop back ups, or Time Machine. If you don’t want something geeky and complex, this works. If you need more features, filters, timers, exclusions, AppleScript, and more, amazingly, FoldersSynchronizer does that, too.
Simple Console, Simple Options
It’s easier to think of backups and synchronizations from folder to folder. FoldersSynchronizer’s Console starts with the basics. Define a source folder. Define a destination folder.
That’s it. Save that session for future backups or syncs. Remember, a backup is on thing. A sync is something else. I use the synchronization function when moving email and Documents from desktop Mac to notebook Mac.
Also handy is that each backup or sync session can be saved with multiple options.
For example, one can be set up with a timer and function automatically. The Timer panel makes it easy. Another may have different filters to exclude or include specific files or folders in the backup session.
If there’s a conflict when syncing a file, FoldersSynchronizer can be taught how to handle it.
It’ll even connect to local or remote hard disk drives. And you can run AppleScript before or after each session.
Caveats? Not many. FolderSynchronizer is not inexpensive, as backup utilities go. Ease of use and a bunch of useful features have a price tag, but there are plenty of options that are easy to find and implement, so you won’t feel short changed.