FoldersSynchronizer quickly synchronizes and backs up all forms of digital content, including files and disks, and offers many tools to give you total control of your files. Despite its powerful abilities, this program may be too risky for some individuals because of possible data loss.
Many features: We were blown away by the number of options that FoldersSynchronizer offers, especially those that provide automatic services, like the sync timer and AppleScripts support. This program offers multiple back-up options that successfully preserved our data during tests and alleviated some concerns.
Fast operation: FoldersSynchronizer performs rather quickly at both backing up and synchronizing content. We noted that most operations took under five minutes for small folders and fewer than 30 minutes for large folders and disks.
Lost content: During two of our exact synchronization tests, a handful of files were completely lost. While this is not the default sync option, it is still a component of FoldersSynchronizer, and those who work with important information may find this feature to be a moderate risk.
Difficult usability: We were unsatisfied with the design of FoldersSynchronizer. The user interface of this program was hard to understand during initial testing, and the how-to preview, and other support options did not offer a clear-cut explanation of this application's controls and abilities.
Once you spend enough time with FoldersSynchronizer, you will understand its basic operations and realize how useful its features are compared to Mac OS's default Time Machine. Overall, FoldersSynchronizer has great potential, but because of its difficulties, we suggest looking into better designed programs.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of FoldersSynchronizer for Mac 4.1.0.
FoldersSynchronizer is a nifty and popular utility for Mac OS X which synchronizes and backs-up files, folders, disks and boot disks. The user can choose one or more pairs of files, folders or disks and then they will be synchronized or backed-up exactly. FS lets you organize your sync and backup in several sessions that you can save to a single file for a later reuse. On each session you can apply special options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount local and remote volumes, launch your own AppleScripts, set how to resolve conflicts, execute an incremental or an exact copy, include/exclude locked and invisible file, resolve aliases and sim links, treats filePackages as folder (and quickly update only the content of big files like the iPhoto Library), create sub-destination folders with custom parametric names... FS lets you specify global settings like whether FS should display a preview panel listing all the files FS is going to copy, replace and delete. You can also specify to save a log file to your local disk, to send the log file to a custom email address, to sync and automatically quit the application. FoldersSynchronizer is available also as lite version.
What's new in this version:
- FS is now a 64bit Intel application running on Intel machines only with MacOS X 10.7 or higher.
- We have released the 32bit PPC/Intel version too, running on both PPC and Intel machines with MacOS X 10.5 or higher (successfully tested on OS X 10.7.1 too).
- As requested, we added the check-box "Skip Permissions Check" to the Settings panel. If marked FS will skip the permissions check during the Scanning Folders phase only. FS will always perform the permissions check ... See all new features »