You can clone a Mac, sync files Mac to Mac, backup files from Mac to another disk drive, and many other options, with anyone of a few dozen decent backup apps. It’s a mature function for Mac users. How does a new sync and backup app differentiate itself?
Backup And Sync Files From Anywhere
Backing up or synchronizing files and folders is no longer a complex undertaking. The apps that do the dirty work are easy to use, inexpensive, and most do a good job.
What makes Sync Folders Pro for Mac different than the run-of-the-mill Mac backup apps?
Basic setup and usage is straightforward enough. There are six different sync modes. It can be set to automatically sync files between folders whenever one has changed.
Sync Folders Pro has a built-in scheduler so it can run unattended. For geekier Mac users there are plenty of powerful filters to make sure the file and folder syncs are perfect.
The user interface isn’t much to write home about. There are no gaudy icons in the toolbar (there’s no toolbar). Every sync is setup as a task. Sync Folders Pro logs what it does so you can check performance.
So, what’s the big whoop about this backup app?
The add on VPN Server Configurator. It creates a virtual private network that connects one Mac to another Mac from anywhere else in the world.
Use it sync files between your Mac notebook and the Mac back in the office or at home.
Even better, use the VPN to share files between your Macs, control your Mac at home via screen sharing, even print from a remote Mac back to the printer connected to another Mac.
VPN Server Configurator makes Sync Folders Pro a more worthy backup utility in a world full of backup apps.
While this type of remote connection and sync and backup sounds wonderful, it does take a little jiggering to configure and setup. And there’s the sync app, and the server configuration, and the client configuration, and even a server agent to contend with.
Life would be a lot easier if you could simply click on a button in Mac OS X and it would instantly connect with whatever computer you wanted. But what’s the fun in that? Buying all these little apps that do that helps to stimulate the economy, right?