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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works as advertised!"

    February 24, 2010  |   By James Garvin

    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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