Allway Sync

Allway Sync

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 73 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    14.2.1
  • Total Downloads:
    43,199
  • Date Added:
    June 27, 2014
  • File Size:
    7.24MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    37
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

Editors' Review

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Allway Sync is a free tool that analyzes the contents of two folders simultaneously and updates both based on the latest content. Its bidirectional algorithm analyzes both folders for actual changes and synchronizes both based on your choice. An easy-to-master interface hides an extensive range of settings and options for manually and automatically synchronizing folders. Allway Sync works in 32-bit versions of Windows 2000 to 7; a 64-bit version is available, too.

Allway Sync's colorful interface displays source and destination folders in separate, identical fields. The program can access files and folders on removable drives, online sources, and other locations in addition to your main PC. We were able to schedule multiple synchronization jobs via the Job file menu or the tabbed interface. We could save, edit, rename, and clone jobs as needed. The best way to test a folder-syncing utility is to create a copy of a folder, alter it, and then see what the tool finds. We copied a folder, deleted a few files, and added some others. We clicked Analyze, and Allway Sync quickly returned our results under headings labeled New Files, Unchanged Files, and All Files. Checking the folders revealed synchronized contents. We accessed the program's extensive options, such as the Synchronization Rules. We could set the program to ignore one-hour differences, change the synchronization direction, select for security attributes, and more. We could also configure the Inclusion and Exclusion Filters, File Versioning Policy, and Error Handling; set the Default Profile, change the Event Log's behavior, and define Custom Actions.

Allway Sync also offers skins, interface language options, and an extensive Help menu with both local and online resources, support contacts, usage statistics, and more. For keeping files and folders in step between your desktop and laptop, networked PCs, and other such situations, it's one of the best tools we've tried.

 
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1 stars

"Used to be great - now a waste of time"

May 16, 2014  |  By Jimdeep

 |  Version: Allway Sync 14.1.7

Pros

None - Unless you want the paid version

Cons

After a few weeks use the program demands an upgrade to a paid version otherwise it will stop working, no warning when installing. This used to be a really good piece of software, but the new upgrade requirements and more importantly how they have been implemented stink. I certainly dont mind paying for good software, but I opject to being blackmailed by it - bye bye Allway Sync

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1 stars

"ABUSE OF SOCIETY - NOT FREE"

April 22, 2014  |  By capitanflorius

 |  Version: Allway Sync 14.1.7

Pros

FEW LITTLE
THERE ARE MANY OTHER PROGRAMS THAT WORK BETTER

Cons

This program passes for FREE, BUT AFTER A FEW BAK-UP YOU MUST BUY THE FULL VERSION BECAUSE 'IT STOPS RUNNING".

Summary

GO TO OTHER PROGRAMS!

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5 stars

"Great value"

April 05, 2014  |  By FunkyBrewster

 |  Version: Allway Sync 12.15.1

Pros

Has all the features I need for syncing. Smart about deciding which version of a file is newer, several options for file versioning. Reliable.

Cons

Not free.
Doesn't have compression option for backed-up data.

Summary

The best robust sync app I found for the money. Multiple licenses are discounted and they frequently have sales. I'd probably use this as my backup program as well if it had the option to compress files copied (a backup mode).

Updated on Apr 6, 2014

Correction: this program DOES have the option to compress and/or encrypt files. You have to push "Configure" next to the target folder in the main windows to see those options. So, although it has a slight clunky interface, this does everything I need. Since Windows 8.1 File History doesn't work, I'm going to be using Allway Sync for all of my Libraries.

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1 stars

"works for a while then corrupts files-drive"

April 04, 2014  |  By ooobagooba

 |  Version: Allway Sync 12.15.1

Pros

It worked well for about 3-4 months, work place network to usb drive. I take it home and want to synch to drive at home as well. So it synchs to 3 drives.

Cons

Eventually, my synch did not copy new files to the network, instead it kept copying over the files on the network even though the setting were copy both ways and propogate etc, very easy to set it up and intuitive. Messed with it a while. Thought my drive must be bad, windows thought it now had errors (a usb3.0 less than a year old). So I scan disk etc. Same thing happens again after re-formatting the drive, copy paste whole folder over (110GB), then synch again. Soon it thinks the drive is corrupt again. So I buy a new seagate 2TB drive. Within a week windows thinks most of my folder are corrupt again, yet the server at work files are all ok. So either two brand new drives are somehow magically both bad, or this software has bugs and was not coded to align properly with Microsoft best practices use of their GUI code. By the way, I am on brand new install of windows 8 on a new gaming mobo setup.

Summary

Junk. Bad programming, software full of bugs that may take a while to reveal themselves, but I can tell you their programmers took shortcuts. I switched to a competitor synch program, SAME hardware, new format, new partition, no issues. It seems as though it was AllWay Synch that was corrupting my files. Good luck if you use this software.

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1 stars

"Deceptive marketing - dishonest company"

November 30, 2013  |  By monkeythyme

 |  Version: Allway Sync 12.15.1

Pros

Seems to work

Cons

Nothing special
Not free unless you don't use it
Misleading claims of free use
Dishonest company
Appearance is outdated

Summary

Tempts you with free version then locks you out of functionality if you don't pay. Not enough time to evaluate so you get stuck without a backup and forced to choose if you want to pay for questionable software.

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5 stars

"Near flawless between Win7 and NAS Devices via VPN"

November 30, 2013  |  By SWbyWire

 |  Version: Allway Sync 12.15.1

Pros

* Near flawless syncing with sometimes iffy NAS devices over VPN
* Flexible to setup multiple sync jobs
* Provides graceful error handling

Cons

* Specifying jobs can be somewhat complicated and tedious for specific file exclusions and inclusions

Summary

I've been using this product (first free, then paid) for 2 years now. After trying many, many other products, this one simply works. Free updates are still issued frequently.

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3 stars

"Develop Free Version for Copy Limitation; not Processes"

August 23, 2013  |  By ex_f15_ais

 |  Version: Allway Sync 12.15.1

Pros

Much faster than some other backup/sync tools over a wiFi network.

Cons

The free version is limited to processing 40,000 files per month. Every file that is looked at, even if not copied, is considered processed. at this time, I am not sure if the comparisons of two files (original and its mirror) is considered one process or two, and if the requirement to update the mirror files constitutes a third process. What I experienced is a one-time backup and daily monitoring of 7,000 personal files (pictures, videos, music) over a 30-day period has equated to over 201,000 processes--locking up the system. There are no setup instructions that provide a cautionary tale with hints on setting up schedules, etc. to prevent exceeding the 40,000 process limit.

Summary

Bottom line up top: Today's home user no longer has a few dozen files as we did in the 80's and 90's. Today, the home PC is a repository for the family's entire photographic, music and video collections. The word Terrabyte is fast becoming synonimous with the home PC--not because of work ethic or gaming, but because of the needed storage to hold the family files....40,000 processes per month is nothing.

Instead of restricting the "Free" version based on process count; restrict based on copy count (regardless of direction). State up front how many copies or mirror updates are allowed per month, be it 5,000; 10,000; 15,000; etc. to give the user more control and understanding.

If the application cannot monitor copies, then Perhaps some instruction or help that states to uncheck the myriad of checkboxes in the application scheduler (at start up, when idle, within X time of noting changes, at shutdown, etc.), and only use a weekly Windows backup schedule. With that help, provide an example (E.g. monitoring 1,000 files once per day = 2,000 processes per day).

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1 stars

"Contrary to the cnet editorial review..."

June 14, 2013  |  By gfrohring2

 |  Version: Allway Sync 12.14.11

Pros

Backs up some stuff... sometimes.
A good demonstration of how not to write your software

Cons

Without properly alerting you, this software does not necessarily back up everything you ask to be backed up.

Summary

I spot checked it and everything seemed fine. However, here i am trying to recover data and have discovered that it appears to have a file count limit per month, so when it reached the limit, it just stopped backing things up. Maybe there were alerts on a file by file basis, but so many file notifications fly by that it is impossible to track. Reading the reviews here - looks like there is a monthly limit on the number of files that can be backed up (though the product never announced this in any way or threw noticeable errors or warnings that my files weren't being backed up). This software totally let me down in an area where software should not. I highly recommend not using this product.

Also - after use, it started kicking out errors that i was 'backing things up too much'. Hmmm. backup software complaining that i am using it; not for me thanks.

Switched over to Cobian Backup and have had no issues.

Updated on Jun 14, 2013

-greg frohring

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2 stars

"Could be a great product, but has bugs and poor support"

February 27, 2013  |  By Bradford W Brown

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Design and usability is great.

Cons

Lots of aborts and apparent bugs in the automated processes (which for me is how I mainly use it)> Support seems to be non-existent. Does not support ftps which is now required by Yahoo. Was beginning to recommend to my customers until I found how unreliable it is.

Summary

If it worked it would be an awesome product. But I have found it to be very unreliable and with no support. Also I had it syncing files with my web site at yahoo and they switched to requiring FTPS(Not SFTP) and the product does not support it. If you are looking for an automated synchronization software, I can not at this time recommend it.

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5 stars

"Best for the price"

January 28, 2013  |  By FunkyBrewster

 |  Version: Allway Sync 12.12.13

Pros

Has every feature I need, which free programs did not.
Very reliable.

Cons

Lots of options to go through when setting up a sync relationship

Summary

The free version is really more like a trial. However, compared to products with comparable features, this is one of, if not the, cheapest. I don't find the $20 price to be a reason to rate down the program.

I really like the advanced algorithms that help stop you from accidentally over-writing the wrong file in bi-directional mode. I use it to sync a 500+ GB music library and haven't had any problems. Also, it can propagate deletions without risking deleting files you want to keep, or manually clicking each time.

If you have a main computer on your network, you can get by with one copy as it can sync files on all machines, but I bought a second license for $9.95 for my music computer so that I could directly connect my backup drive to speed up the file transfers.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 14.2.1
Version 14.2.1 added Allway Cloud synchronization type.
General
Publisher Allway Sync
Publisher web site http://allwaysync.com
Release Date June 27, 2014
Date Added June 27, 2014
Version 14.2.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Data Transfer & Sync Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.24MB
File Name allwaysync-14-2-1.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 43,199
Downloads Last Week 37
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations 20,000 files per 30 days
Price Free

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