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TimeMachineScheduler for Mac

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Users who have the native Mac backup system in use may want to adjust the preset options. TimeMachineScheduler for Mac does add some functions to the backup system that work well, but few of them are critical to most Mac users.

TimeMachineScheduler for Mac downloaded quickly and its installer did not require user interaction. A readme file clearly explained the installation process, which was a nice feature. The presence of a native uninstaller was also useful. The lack of tutorials was not much of a problem since the application is little more than an additional section of the preferences menu. The new menu allows the user to adjust a simple slider to change the Time Machine backup interval. Users can also set the program to skip a backup between certain hours, a useful feature for those who find running backups slows their computer down. A separate install can be selected and placed in the computer from this menu as well. The changes appeared to implement well during testing, which added some flexibility to the native program.

While the program does add some features and options to a system, TimeMachineScheduler for Mac may only be useful for a few users who need to restrict their computer backups.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works as advertised"

    November 15, 2011  |   By Evanitude

    Version: TimeMachineScheduler 3.1.1

    Pros

    Does what I need it to do, which is a weekly, timed backup.

    Cons

    None that I can see.

    Summary

    I've been using this program for years, through all its incarnations, and it has always worked as I need it to. Almost everyone's particular system—extensions, add-on's, menu bar items—is different, so perhaps those who find the program bombs or doesn't work have running items that conflict with it. Maybe in this sense the program ought to be more robust, but it's hard to pin the blame on it or the item(s) that it conflicts with.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "useful app"

    August 1, 2011  |   By krstone1

    Version: TimeMachineScheduler 3.0.2

    Pros

    does what it says

    Cons

    none I can detect

    Summary

    Simple program that does what it says. Useful utility especially if your backups take a long time. TM's default one hour interval is too frequent. TM scheduler also allows you to turn off backups during a defined interval (eg. overnight) which saves space on backup disc.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works as described"

    December 3, 2010  |   By kevind2

    Version: TimeMachineScheduler 3.0.2

    Pros

    Installation easy and flawless. Scheduler is very flexible and easy to use. My USB backup drive shared from my Airport Extreme seems to mount more reliably than without the scheduler program (No failed backups since installing this program).

    Cons

    None as yet.

    Summary

    I am pleased to be able to set times for backup using Time Machine. I find that many times the backup causes interference with some activities I perform often. I like the fact that the settings are conveniently in preferences and not running in the menu bar.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does its job well, when it does."

    December 2, 2010  |   By arminred

    Version: TimeMachineScheduler 3.0.2

    Pros

    Works well for users who never used this app.

    Cons

    Upgrade doesn't properly update the LaunchDaemon

    Summary

    Ok, I've figured out the problem.
    It's going to work just fine, if it's the first time you've installed it.
    But if, like me, you upgrade from the old application, using a script intend, it doesn't replace the LaunchDaemon's plist file (to keep the settings) and also leaves a remnant "program: osascript", which keeps the backup from running. So either delete this plist file:
    /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.klieme.TimeMachineScheduler.plist
    first, or edit it and delete this line:
    Key = Program
    Value = /usr/bin/osascript

    Updated on Dec 2, 2010

    sorry for the typo: intend should say "instead"

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't work for me"

    November 6, 2010  |   By luka

    Version: TimeMachineScheduler 3.0.1

    Pros

    none that I know of

    Cons

    I have downloaded this before and did not get it to work. I still can't.

    Summary

    For some reason, my Time Machine does not recognize this app and therefore does not enable me to set up my own schedulling. I would really like the ability to decide when my backups occur, but this app is not the answer.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs fine, but doesn't back up"

    October 17, 2010  |   By arminred

    Version: TimeMachineScheduler 3.0

    Pros

    Last version (non Preference Pane) worked fine and did its job

    Cons

    ?but this version 3.0 doesn't back up at all

    Summary

    Like it if it worked, but doesn't at the moment

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  • 1.0 stars

    "TimeMachineScheduler v3.0 Installer BOMBS"

    October 12, 2010  |   By zunipus

    Version: TimeMachineScheduler 3.0

    Pros

    I can't tell if I can't install it!

    Cons

    The current version of the installer always BOMBS.

    Summary

    I have contacted the developer and sent the bombing log. The installer is making an invalid Mac OS X kernel call. Don't bother downloading and installing until this bug in the installer is repaired.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great program"

    November 29, 2007  |   By Rogue

    Version: TimeMachineScheduler 1.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I didn't like the hourly hard disk crunch.
    This allows me to change it to suite my working conditions.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works as advertised!"

    November 27, 2007  |   By expanderz

    Version: TimeMachineScheduler 1.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Impressive, very well implemented!
    Thank you for making it freeware. ;-)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "2 successful backups made :-)"

    November 26, 2007  |   By Christian Buerli

    Version: TimeMachineScheduler 1.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    TMS works as advertised - â?¦ and thanks for freeware! :-)

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