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TimeMachineEditor for Mac

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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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  • 2.0 stars

    "Doesn't control back up time"

    January 25, 2013  |   By DesertRatR

    Version: TimeMachineEditor 3.0.2

    Pros

    None. Doesn't work as advertised.

    Cons

    Doesn't control time back up specified. Seems to like to back up randomly, rather than at specified time. It doesn't seem to hurt anything. It is simply superfluous.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Added flexibility Apple refuses to give."

    December 17, 2012  |   By rayvogel

    Version: TimeMachineEditor 3.0.2

    Pros

    Control update frequency

    Cons

    Not part of Apple software

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't work."

    October 2, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Never could get it to work."

    April 8, 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

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

    March 8, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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