Genie Timeline Free 2014

Genie Timeline Free 2014

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 45 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0
  • Total Downloads:
    116,868
  • Date Added:
    June 16, 2014
  • File Size:
    12.87MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    49
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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Genie Timeline Free is designed to back up the stuff you want it to save and make it easy to retrieve it. It archives desktop files and folders, My Documents, e-mail, bookmarks, videos, music, pictures, Office files, and financial files. It's intended to be a set-and-forget solution for safeguarding your system. However, the freeware disables the critical Disaster Recovery feature that lets you recover your system after a disk failure or formatting. BlackBerry and iPhone/iPad/iPod also require a paid upgrade.

During its installation process, Genie Timeline asked for our full name and e-mail address, stating plainly that it was required for installation, regardless of our Internet address. That raised flags. Nevertheless, we proceeded with the first step, selecting a drive for our backup archive. This should be a drive other than your C drive, either a separate drive on your disk or, much better, a separate hard drive (best of all is an external hard drive). We selected our dedicated backup drive and moved on to the Select Data page. Here we could choose what we wanted Genie to back up. While the program claims we could select individual files and folders to back up, it only let us include or exclude the default categories. Genie also placed a No-Backup Zone folder on our desktop for items we didn't want to back up. The program calculated our backup size and parameters, and we clicked Finish. Clicking the program's system tray icon let us monitor the backup's progress. We could also open the program's main view, the Dashboard, as well as pause our backup and perform other tasks from the system tray. The free backups aren't encrypted or compressed, which makes data recovery easy but requires a lot of disk space.

You should never scrimp on backups. If you're looking for a free backup tool that can recover disks and partitions from catastrophe, we recommend looking elsewhere. But if you try Genie Timeline Free and like its ease of use, you have the paid upgrade option, which is comparable to other premium backups. Whatever tool you choose, complete and regular backups are absolutely essential.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"A P.O.S. - Simply doesn't work."

May 07, 2014  |  By sebeticus

 |  Version: Genie Timeline Free 2012 3.0.3.300

Pros

The software gives the user the impression that it is actually backing up your important files.

Cons

The software doesn't actually backup all of your important files. It skips or misses, seemingly randomly, files under directories that are supposedly part of the Genie backup. This was a complete waste of money.

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3 stars

"Decent features but some annoying functionality"

November 22, 2013  |  By jennytalia

 |  Version: Genie Timeline Free 2012 3.0.3.300

Pros

- it will allow you to select a Network drive as your backup location (in fact any drive it can see), which other programs won't.
- simple interface that simplifies the process of setting backups.
- can automate your backups.

Cons

- if you use the 'smart types' it seems to want to backup ALL of those files, regardless of whether you selected a specific location to backup or not.
- if you select a pre-existing location to save your backup's it forces you to add a sub-directory. If you want to mirror directories like I do, this pretty much makes it impossible.

Summary

Better than no backup at all, and it's free - but I couldn't find a way to 'mirror' my directory structure without adding in a stupid sub-folder - so it wasn't for me.

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2 stars

"CRAP: RUN AWAY FROM GENIE SOFTWARE"

October 21, 2013  |  By waskb

 |  Version: Genie Timeline Free 2012 3.0.3.300

Pros

- Great Idea
- Nice UI
- Price is fair

Cons

- A lot of bugs
- Program crashes constantly
- Once they release a new version you get no more support to the ond version. If you need to reinstall or if you get a bug (which is common) you are in trouble
- As a consequence of item above, they keep forcing you to upgrade and offer you a discount to that (I don't want to upgrade, I just want the version I've paid for working fine)

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2 stars

"Puts checkmarks over icon of any backed up file"

April 10, 2013  |  By listener7878

 |  Version: Genie Timeline Free 2012 3.0.3.300

Pros

Nice UI. Installation was quick.

Cons

You must upgrade to remove the checkmarks. After uninstall and deleting all registry keys found from "genie," checkmarks still appear over any files I had backed up. Also, a genie "backup" tab still appears in any file's properties, even though the software is no longer installed. Now, I emailed support and have wasted 2 hours of my life with this free software.

Summary

Don't install, there are other options.

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2 stars

"G.A.R.B.A.G.E"

October 29, 2012  |  By SonyEverything

 |  Version: Genie Timeline Free 2012 3.0.3.300

Pros

- The idea is great
- The previous versions worked great
- You have another option!

Cons

- Genie as a company is completely retarded
- When I attempted to PURCHASE the software they asked me to scan and submit them my PASSPORT, DRIVERS LICENSE, BILLS and all this other private documentation meanwhile I was paying via PAYPAL!
- Any company who chooses to fill the void left for sound, block level backup will make a killing because Genie are not the guys.

Summary

USE OOPS!Backup
It's your only other option for block level (time machine-like) backup

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5 stars

"a great set it and forget it backup program"

August 13, 2012  |  By kenny555

 |  Version: Genie Timeline Free 2012 3.0.2.200

Pros

You can select folders and exclude anything from same. It backs up very fast. Use turbo mode for the first time, then switch to standard after. The program looks for and makes changes every 8 hours, or you can click manual any time. Restore function is like system restore for files. You can choose to restore a file from various dates.

Cons

Free version only backs up personal files/folders, and not system. Have to upgrade(pay) for that feature. A couple of times it stopped working, and I had to restart the program, but it worked fine after that.

Summary

I use it as a secondary program for backing up personal files/folders. I use Mac Reflect for system image backup. Genie is good for retrieving a file or folder you may need to get in a hurry.

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5 stars

"Attractive intuitive reliable improved. Almost perfect."

April 29, 2012  |  By jsaintanne

 |  Version: Genie Timeline Free 2012 3.0.1.500

Pros

* Easy interface.
* Full user empowerment.
* Fast.
* Improved.

Cons

* Versioning isn't searchable in free version.

Summary

Amazing free backup software just 1/2 star short of perfect.

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1 stars

"Good concept, but the software misses it's target goals"

April 28, 2012  |  By svenvandevelde

 |  Version: Genie Timeline Free 2012 3.0.1.500

Pros

It DOES perform a timeline backup.
Backup DOES work without much disturbance.
It's concept allows for simplicity and user friendliness.
Genie provides good end-user support.
Nice user interface.

Cons

It is a very dangerous tool. It does not a good job, due to the following reasons:
- When you have multiple users on the same PC, it will only perform a backup of the files of the user the backup is installed for.
- Intelligent backup is dangerous. It will only backup the files with the extensions you request. The list of extensions is not complete.
- As a result, it consumes your backup drive space with files you don't want. Intelligent backup works for ALL your connected drives, even the xTB drives which you don't want to have included.
- There is an 'exclude from backup' function in the tool, but it is hidden, not user friendly.
- Recover sometimes fails for a number of files without reason. The tool crashes when recovering, and you have to restart.
- The "system recovery" option does not do a good job, and it is VERY SLOW.
- Files are spread out over the backup library between the "intelligent backup", and the "selective backup". Confusing

Summary

I am a registered user for 2 years, and have purchased 3 licenses. I would advise to consider very well the cons when doing a backup.

Updated on May 3, 2012

On top of what i wrote, there is another con, the tool does not recognize file renames, which results in the loss of versions of files that you rename!

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1 stars

"Backed up just fine. Doesn't retrieve."

January 21, 2012  |  By mousethief

 |  Version: Genie Timeline Free 2.1.13.345

Pros

Easy to install. Slick interface.

Cons

Couldn't retrieve any files I tried to retrieve from its backup.

Summary

Avoid if it's important to you to be able to retrieve files you've backed up.

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1 stars

"Amazing Potential - Fails to Deliver!"

December 28, 2011  |  By tangolovers

 |  Version: Genie TimeLine 1.0.558.389

Pros

Very easy to set up and use. (I have the Pro version)

Cons

BACKUP:
1. Fails to backup all files
2. Fails to notify me that it has not backed up all files.
3. Fails to tell me why it has not backed up certain files.

Even after doing everything support has suggested, sending them log files, re-doing the backup several times etc.. it is still unresolved.

RESTORE:
1. Fails to restore all files.
2. Fails to tell me why it couldn't restore certain files.
3. Does not give me to option to try to restore again on the "missed files". It requires that I manually locate and select each on - a very time consuming and tedious process.

SUPPORT:
Support has still not come up with answeres or resolutions after months of prolonged communications and sending them files.

Support is not here in the US, so the delays of communication, not to mention the difficulty of getting them to clearly understand the issues takese a huge amount of time. It's quite frustrating.

Summary

This product has amazing potential, but 95% just doesn't cut it. I need something that I can set up once and not think about. I need to be sure my files have been backed (or restored) totally. It should not be "normal" to miss file - these should be rare cases, but they are not. And when files are not backed up or restored correctly an error message need to be generated (preferably sent to email) with explanation as to what was not backup-up/restored, why it wasn't backed-up/restored and an easy way to fix the problem.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Genie9
Publisher web site http://www.genie9.com
Release Date June 16, 2014
Date Added June 16, 2014
Version 5.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 12.87MB
File Name GenieTimeline5Free.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 116,868
Downloads Last Week 49
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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