TimeMachineEditor for Mac

TimeMachineEditor for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
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Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 34 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.5.3
  • Total Downloads:
    20,510
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 31, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    519.56KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    64
  • Platform:
    Mac
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Editors' Review

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TimeMachineEditor is a free, simple application that lets you change the default setting for your Mac's Time Machine hourly backups.

TimeMachineEditor lets you set a new hourly interval, or even specify multiple calendar intervals for hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly backups--whether you want daily backups at 2 a.m., weekly backups at a certain time every weekend, or any other possible combination. You can also set Time Machine to automatically back up when disks are mounted or when the computer wakes from sleep.

Time Machine's default setting may be adequate for most users, but for certain situations--for example, if you frequently deal with large files that don't require backup, or if multiple Macs are sharing the same backup drive and your network becomes extremely slow during backups--TimeMachineEditor provides an easy way to get more control over Time Machine.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Doesn't work."

October 02, 2011  |  By ajustaperson

 |  Version: TimeMachineEditor 2.5.3

Pros

Easy to configure. Nice idea.

Cons

Doesn't work. I configured TimemachineEditor to have Time Machine backups run only at 5:00pm daily. Time Machine still wakes up my Mac at 3:30am, lighting up the room. Why Apple didn't include basic scheduling, I don't see.

Summary

Pointless.

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5 stars

"Give YOU control over the backup schedule"

September 13, 2011  |  By Benoit Evans

 |  Version: TimeMachineEditor 2.5.3

Pros

Works flawlessly.

Cons

A one-trick pony, but it does it's trick extremely well.

Summary

Basically, you turn TM off and then TimeMachine Editor replaces you to do "manual" TM backups. You decide your backup schedule in any combination of daily, weekly and monthly backups, with more than one backup per category.

Now I use TM Editor to do daily backups at 4-hour intervals, as well as a weekly and a monthly backup. For redundancy, I use SuperDuper on another disk to do a monthly bootable backup.

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4 stars

"One of Time Machine's missing features"

June 19, 2011  |  By JonCalgary

 |  Version: TimeMachineEditor 2.5.3

Pros

Gives you actual control over when you want backups, unlike Apple's "we know best" attitude. Over a wireless G network, and on a 3 year old MB Pro, hourly backups are a pain and can slow things down. This free app eliminates that issue.

Cons

Documentation is lacking. Just by trial and error, I figured out I need to turn the system preferences control panel for TM to OFF to make this work (this is on the website, but not the app). So, it loses one star for that, as I almost deleted it.

Summary

You're getting more than you're paying for. Note to developers: We still need better ways of excluding files from TM.

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1 stars

"Never could get it to work."

April 08, 2011  |  By pshoustontx

 |  Version: TimeMachineEditor 2.5.3

Pros

None that I can ascertain.

Cons

Need to improve install instructions.

Summary

Don't bother to down load.

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4 stars

"Simple, does what it says, no glitch."

March 20, 2011  |  By fedtho

 |  Version: TimeMachineEditor 2.5.3

Pros

See summary above ;-)

Cons

One might want even *more* control over Time machine... but hell, this certainly is one feature that was missing!

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5 stars

"But does it delete the oldest backups on a full disc?"

March 08, 2010  |  By Glenn Emond

 |  Version: TimeMachineEditor 2.5.3

Pros

Works like a charm

Cons

I'm bothered by my initial question.

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5 stars

"Works as advertised!"

February 24, 2010  |  By James Garvin

 |  Version: TimeMachineEditor 2.5.3

Pros

Easy to use. Gives you more granular control over Time Machine's default schedule.

Cons

You aren't backed up hourly, if that's important to you.

Summary

When I have Photoshop CS4, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and a browser or two running, this utility prevents system slowdowns from TM's default hourly incremental backup. If I were running a four or eight core Mac Pro, that might not be a big deal, but I'm using a MacBook Pro with only 2 GB RAM, so TM's constant interruptions during the work day were becoming a real pain until I found this utility! Prior to that, the simplest option was to turn TM off, but that didn't seem any smarter than Apple not giving us more control from within Time Machine in the first place. I hear TM's default interval can be changed with the command line in Terminal (http://www.tuaw.com/2008/12/08/terminal-tip-change-time-machine-backup-interval/), but most people aren't comfortable with that for good reason. TimeMachineEditor offers more control than just changing the interval. Not only can you have Hourly, Daily, Weekly or Monthly intervals, you can combine multiple interval types to achieve whatever backup schedule best suits your work schedule. Great utility, unbeatable price. What's not to like?

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4 stars

"does what it purports to do - good!"

February 10, 2010  |  By geomac

 |  Version: TimeMachineEditor 2.5.3

Pros

free of charge

Cons

doesn't mesh seamlessly with timemachine preference panel

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5 stars

"Works great."

February 09, 2010  |  By donpaske

 |  Version: TimeMachineEditor 2.5.3

Pros

Works perfectly.

Cons

Nothing.I works!

Summary

Time Machine Editor works just like it says. I have it set to back up once a day and it always does.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.5.3
  • Fix minor interface issue
  • Japanese localization
General
Publisher Time Software
Publisher web site http://timesoftware.free.fr/
Release Date January 31, 2010
Date Added January 31, 2010
Version 2.5.3
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Tweaks Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.6, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel
Additional Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.6
  • Download Information
    File Size 519.56KB
    File Name TimeMachineEditor.zip
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 20,510
    Downloads Last Week 64
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    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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