GrowlyBird Software has a number of free or inexpensive Mac apps that help to enhance productivity, including Growly Notes, Growly Write, plus Checkbook, Groceries, and Photo.
For a Mac user who knows the value of backing up files, there’s Growly Backup, which is free. Where Growly Backup differs from the many dozens of Mac backup apps is simplicity and flexibility. Instead of backing up or syncing everything, Growly Backup lets you choose what to backup, when, and how.
Growly Backup is setup to make the backup process simple but completely different than backup utilities you’ve used in the past.
For example, select what files on your Mac you want to backup. That should be easy. The Documents folder is a good place to start.
Second, choose where you want to backup those files, but choose a device that is not used for anything else; external USB disk, USB thumb drive, or even a partition of your Mac’s disk.
Third, run Growly Backup by clicking the simple Backup button. Whatever is on the source gets copied and synchronized to the target destination.
Simple enough, right?
Growly Backup displays a list of what was backed up, and to which device, line by line. You might be turned off because the app is more manual than most, but you’re assured the backup occurred because you’re the one that clicked the Backup button.
Likewise, restoring backed up files could not be much easier. Simply use the Mac’s Finder to drag and drop the files from the storage device back to the Mac. In the example above, seven partitions were created, one for each day of the week, so it works a bit like Time Machine, but easier to find and recover files.
This type of manual operation isn’t for everyone, but it’s free and it works.