BackupLoupe helps you analyze the time and space used by Apple's Time Machine facility and gives you greater control over the backup process. The history feature shows how many versions of an item are available and when they were saved, as well as allowing quick navigation between versions. You can quickly identify the items which take up the most space and use drag'n'drop to restore items to any location. Backed up items can be revealed in the Finder. File types are instantly identified. Files can be previewed and opened. Items can be excluded from future backups without opening Time Machine's preferences.
What's new in this version:
Rare crash when opening the preferences panel (Thanks, C.R.!)
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I just downloaded Backup Loupe, launched it and clicked on the "Find" button.
Three seconds later it crashed.
With the help of CleanApp, I threw it and all of its support files in the trash.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Always wondered why Time Machine took so long ... ran BackupLoupe and discovered that the TechTools directory/disk backup file, which changes every time I use the machine is 1.5GB!! Locked it out of backup and now TimeMachine runs in just a few seconds!!
Would be nice if you could use it to remove unnecessary files from TimeMachine disk ...
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. The strength of this product is in its ability to show you exactly what is contained in any TimeMachine backup snapshot. As far as I know, this is the only utility that specifically does this, and for the most part it does it very well.
There's a lingering problem in 1.2 with respect to saving scans. I have a large TM set on my MacPro and have managed to crash the application. I anticipate that this is something that will be taken care of in subsequent versions. It's more of an annoyance than anything else, as scanning is not where the failure occurs, only saving the scans, which isn't a deal breaker.
1.2 also added QuickLook support, and I can't wait to see where this utility is headed - Great Start.
P.S. at 0.99 euros this is more "tipware" than "shareware" and I encourage anyone using this to chip in!
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I've found you need to mount your backup image first before launching this app, at least for TimeCapsule backups. I've been waiting for something like this as my backups always seem to be about 40MB. Seems high and I figure it must be a bunch of temp files but I never knew until now.