This app is so good it’s scary. And it’s so scary that most of those Mac users that I recommend it to prefer a backup and sync app with fewer features and lesser functions. It’s that good. And that scary.
Swiss Army Knife Backups
Most Mac users who delve into graphic design know about GraphicConverter; it’s the Swiss Army Knife of Mac graphic tools; packed with a little of everything, and a good companion to Photoshop or Pixelmator.
What’s wrong with ChronoSync, the Swiss Army Knife of Mac backup and sync apps? Nothing. Other than the huge list of what it does.
It’s that list of options which probably is the most daunting for the average Mac user. Long lists of features and functions can be intimidating.
That means you can create bootable backups to an external disk drive. But there’s more. Much more. So much more than even the simplest part of the ChronoSync interface can appear daunting.
ChronoSync can even create a remote bootable backup; an entire clone, or just the entire OS X system. All that is well and good, but there are times when I need folders of files synchronized between different Macs as well as a network server.
That’s easily done in ChronoSync (not so easy in other Mac backup apps). It also mirrors folders so files inside each folder on each device remain the same, even when one file changes on one device.
Think backup. Think sync. Think of both in a single app. ChronoSync backs up and syncs to almost any device that can connect to your Mac; FireWire, USB, SATA and flash drives, Thunderbolt devices, even Windows and Linux PCs, and most cloud services.
Other than the quality of the backups and file syncing operations, probably the feature I relish the most is the scheduler. ChronoSync will run backups or syncs to other devices according to a schedule that you control. When the back up is complete (or, if there’s a problem), it even sends out a email notification.
I’ve used ChronoSync for a dozen years and swear by it. The interface is not awful, but the app does so much that the list can appear intimidating. So, start simple, do a file sync, add another, do a backup, then set a schedule. Once you wade around the app awhile it becomes more familiar and useful.
There are plenty of four and five star reviews for ChronoSync floating around the web. They’re well deserved. There’s also a Mac App Store version available, though I recommend the version from the developer (Mac App Store adds restrictions to functionality).