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ChronoSync for Mac

Editors' Review

by   / April 10, 2013

Users working between multiple workstations may need to access the same file from different computers and back up data between them. ChronoSync for Mac is a welcome program for those users and syncs data quickly and securely.

The program offers a free trial version available with a 500-file transfer limit while the full version requires $40 to unlock. The setup of ChronoSync for Mac went smoothly despite requiring acceptance of a lengthy user agreement. Upon first starting the program up, the user can choose to open a complete user manual, which is a welcome addition to this type of program, as novice users may not understand all of the features. Technical support for updates was also present. Upon starting, the user interface was easy to decipher, with left and right transfer folders similar to FTP programs for server upload. The user can select to back up and sync between folders in the same device, or on a different computer linked via a network. Many options are available to restrict or permit syncing of certain files or criteria. The buttons for operating the program's main features were easy to locate, even if the instructions were not used. Actual syncing completed quickly and without error, as would be expected.

For those users backing up files between networked computers, ChronoSync for Mac performs well and offers all expected features.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of ChronoSync for Mac 4.3.7.

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Editors' Review

by   / April 10, 2013

Users working between multiple workstations may need to access the same file from different computers and back up data between them. ChronoSync for Mac is a welcome program for those users and syncs data quickly and securely.

The program offers a free trial version available with a 500-file transfer limit while the full version requires $40 to unlock. The setup of ChronoSync for Mac went smoothly despite requiring acceptance of a lengthy user agreement. Upon first starting the program up, the user can choose to open a complete user manual, which is a welcome addition to this type of program, as novice users may not understand all of the features. Technical support for updates was also present. Upon starting, the user interface was easy to decipher, with left and right transfer folders similar to FTP programs for server upload. The user can select to back up and sync between folders in the same device, or on a different computer linked via a network. Many options are available to restrict or permit syncing of certain files or criteria. The buttons for operating the program's main features were easy to locate, even if the instructions were not used. Actual syncing completed quickly and without error, as would be expected.

For those users backing up files between networked computers, ChronoSync for Mac performs well and offers all expected features.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of ChronoSync for Mac 4.3.7.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.9.5

  • Added support for Archiving over Backblaze B2 connections.
  • Added support for identifying and managing APFS Volume Groups.
  • Added support for properly handling firmlinks in Bootable Backup.
  • Added support for APFS Volume Groups to the Bootable Backup Assistant.
  • Added the Compound Volume Group readiness check to ensure that a destination volume is constructed properly for Catalina bootable backups.
  • Implemented the all-new Volume Group Converter utility that allows a single APFS volume to be converted to an APFS Volume Group on macOS Catalina. This utility activates when the user attempts to 'fix' the readiness warning.
  • The Bootable Backup Assistant now presents the option of creating a sibling APFS volume. To get this option, you must select an existing APFS volume as your destination. When presented with formatting/erase options for that volume, you'll now have the option to create a sibling volume. This will create an all new volume in the same container as the destination volume you selected.
  • The Bootable Backup Assistant now enforces unique volume names when naming your destination volume (either after choosing to erase it or to create a sibling volume).The restriction is such that you cannot choose a name that already exists in your destination APFS container, unless you are erasing an existing volume and keeping the same name. Note that duplicate volume names are allowed, just not in the same APFS container.
  • The Bootable Backup Assistant now makes sure that Preboot and Recovery volumes are dereferenced when deleting or erasing existing APFS volumes.
  • The Bootable Backup Assistant now creates a bootable sync task that has Aggressive Smart Scan enabled on the destination.
  • The Bootable Backup assistant will now append "Not recommended" to the "Proceed as-is" formatting option if a) the source and destination are APFS volumes AND b) they have mismatched crypto users as a crypto user mismatch is likely to produce errors from the UpdatePreboot utility.
  • Implemented logic whereby sync task targets configured on pre-Catalina systems will automatically update the VolumeSpecifier object (if necessary) after being opened for the first time after a Catalina upgrade.
  • Now attempts to suspend Spotlight operation on Admin Access Volumes.
  • Improved volume detection and mounting efficiency.
  • Modified Full Disk Access detection logic for macOS 10.15 (Catalina).
  • Converted to using bookmark objects instead of alias objects to track the location of various files and folders. This affects the location of:
    • The main 'Tasks' (aka 'Sync Documents') folder.
    • Any sync task ever opened by ChronoSync and tracked in the Organizer.
    • A scheduled item's reference to the sync task that is scheduled.
    • A container sync task's reference to all contained sync tasks.
    • A sync (and container sync) task's reference to pre- and -post- sync scripts.
    • Any File Comparison Helper's reference to the helper application.
  • Improved the Readiness Manager efficiency by caching commonly used sync task properties when evaluating all readiness tests.
  • The Resolve Alias and Freeze Filesystem readiness warning is no longer generated if the target file manager is not running with root privileges because a snapshot will not be taken unless you're running with root privileges.
  • The 'Aggressive' SmartScan mode now functions as it was originally intended by turning off self-audits. Previously, all this setting did was reduce the frequency of self-audits.
  • All assistants that create uni-directional sync tasks with SmartScan enabled will now enable Aggressive Mode on the destination target.
  • The Delete Action UI presented from Analyze when manually deleting files now displays the "Deletion is permanent" warning using the OS's secondary label color instead of disabled text color.
  • If the application is instructed to terminate due to a system shutdown or restart, and there are currently scheduled syncs running, the warning dialog that tells the user about the running sync will auto-dismiss after 10 seconds. If this happens, the app will behave as if the user instructed the dialog to abort all syncs and terminate. If the user interacts with the dialog within the 10 second window, system shutdown/restart can be cancelled.
  • On application termination, will now shut down any active Bonjour service listeners before quitting.
  • Retrieval of a graphic resource when displaying an update notice is now performed asynchronously in a background thread to avoid the potential of a rather long block before the update notice was displayed.
  • When selecting a target, a new VolumeSpecifier object is now always created even if the new target resides on the same volume as the previous target to prevent potential problems whereby not all properties of the volume are collected, and some of those properties may have changed since the target was last specified.
  • Optimized the mount detection logic for non-local volumes for ChronoAgent-connected targets for which we have valid device information and a device GUID.
  • SmartScan query reset log messages will now indicate the name of the volume where the reset occurred.
  • File system freezing log messages now indicate the volume name which contains the frozen filesystem.
  • Disabled self-validation when creating alias objects.
  • The "/Cores" folder is no longer part of the bootable backup blacklist.
  • The "/Volumes" folder has been added to the auto-exclusion blacklist.
  • Eliminated the use of deprecated APIs when attempting to move items to the trash.
  • Copying and/or deleting dylib files in the /Users domain will no longer trigger the execution of update_dyld_shared_cache at the end of a bootable backup synchronization.

General

Publisher Econ Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.econtechnologies.com
Release Date October 10, 2019
Date Added October 10, 2019
Version 4.9.5

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Catalina
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
  • OS X Mountain Lion

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File Size 67MB
File Name CS4_Download.dmg

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License Model Free to try
Limitations Fully-functional, time-expiring trial license keys.
Price $40
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