Far be it from me to go all totalitarian and decide what’s right and what’s not right for Mac users everywhere, but there’s got to be a limit to the number of backup apps and word processors that Mac users can digest. That doesn’t appear to be the case. Yet.
Yes, I know, ‘Different strokes for different folks‘ and all that. But really? What if we had a top 10 list for every app category and the top 10 in each category is all we could choose to use? I just don’t know who would be the arbiter or judge for what stays and plays, and what goes into the trash heap.
Yes, friends, here’s yet another Mac backup and file sync app; one with a few twists and turns, priced about right, and worth a look, if not a spot in the Top 10 Mac Backup Apps list.
iBackup, Therefore, iSync
My latest find is the moderately priced GoodSync, a Mac backup and file sync utility which has been around a few years, recently updated to look and play nice-nice with Apple’s latest versions of OS X.
GoodSync has a list of features and functions not found even on some of the more popular Mac backup utilities such as SuperDuper! and Carbon Copy Cloner. For example, GoodSync will sync files between your Mac and various other devices, using FTP and sFTP, Amazon S3, WebDrive and others. Plus, it will backup files to connected portable drives or a connected Mac.
While all you need to do to sync files is press the Sync button, there’s quite a bit of setup required to get there. Unlike SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner, GoodSync features a tabbed interface with many options that can be somewhat confusing for a newcomer to the Mac– unless you’re experienced with Windows apps.
Also unlike the Mac’s more popular backup brethren, GoodSync is multi-platform with options to sync to Windows, iOS devices (using a free iOS app), Android, and Linux.
If you love features and options on your Mac backup tools, you’ll love GoodSync.
- Bi-directional and One-way sync
- User initiated and Real-time sync
- Block level delta copy (faster)
- File and Folder move and rename
- Parallel threads (faster)
- File copy verification
If you love to tweak and configure, then GoodSync is the backup app to have because the settings are extensive and give you far more options than mere cloning apps like SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner.
Here are the basic problems I have with GoodSync.
First, it’s very much a Windows app that was ported to run on the Mac, complete with a confusing and lengthy array of options, perfect for the geek or IT department, but not so much for the average Mac user who prefers simplicity and ‘it just works.’
Second, reliability. During my tests, some files and folders did not get backed up while others that once were backed up somehow got deleted in a subsequent backup. That’s a deal breaker for me. Mac folk tend to prefer set it and forget about it, simplicity over complex, and a Windows backup utility does not a great Mac app make.