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Retrospect for Mac

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Editors' Review

by   / February 08, 2015

Retrospect for Mac automatically creates backups, not only of your local Mac, but of networked computers as well. The multiplatform product comes with a 45-day trial but is unfortunately outdated and suffers from a few bugs.

Pros

A multitude of backup features: Retrospect for Mac is bursting with backup options. We completed a password-protected backup of 58GB over Wi-Fi from a MacBook Air to an external hard drive connected to a MacBook Pro in a little over two hours.

Email notifications: You can set the software to email you whenever a predefined scenario occurs. The available scenarios are a successful backup, an interruption due to an error, media requests, and server startups and shutdowns.

Sophisticated rules: Similar to Finder's advanced search function, you can set up rules about which types of files and directories should or should not be backed up. We created a few rules, such as excluding all files older than a certain date and including all files of a given format.

Cons

Cumbersome setup: From the long registration form that you're required to pull up to the product key that you need even for the trial version of the software, it takes quite a bit of effort and time until you're able to start configuring your backups.

Buggy backups: We were unsuccessful in backing up a few specified folders while using the software's backup assistant under Mac OS X Yosemite. The application defaulted to backing up our entire hard drive.

Missing tag support: While we were testing the rules the app is able to create, we were disappointed to discover that there is no support for the tagging feature introduced in OS X Mavericks. The software is still using labels, which are completely separate from tags and are available only on machines running OS X Mountain Lion and prior.

Bottom Line

If you're looking for a Time Machine-like app that will let you back up what you want where you want without any hassles, we do not recommend that you use Retrospect for Mac since it takes a lot of effort to set up something that should be very straightforward. The only scenario where we would cautiously recommend the application is if you have a server and several computers that you want backed up to it.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Retrospect for Mac 11.5.3.103.

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Editors' Review

by   / February 08, 2015

Retrospect for Mac automatically creates backups, not only of your local Mac, but of networked computers as well. The multiplatform product comes with a 45-day trial but is unfortunately outdated and suffers from a few bugs.

Pros

A multitude of backup features: Retrospect for Mac is bursting with backup options. We completed a password-protected backup of 58GB over Wi-Fi from a MacBook Air to an external hard drive connected to a MacBook Pro in a little over two hours.

Email notifications: You can set the software to email you whenever a predefined scenario occurs. The available scenarios are a successful backup, an interruption due to an error, media requests, and server startups and shutdowns.

Sophisticated rules: Similar to Finder's advanced search function, you can set up rules about which types of files and directories should or should not be backed up. We created a few rules, such as excluding all files older than a certain date and including all files of a given format.

Cons

Cumbersome setup: From the long registration form that you're required to pull up to the product key that you need even for the trial version of the software, it takes quite a bit of effort and time until you're able to start configuring your backups.

Buggy backups: We were unsuccessful in backing up a few specified folders while using the software's backup assistant under Mac OS X Yosemite. The application defaulted to backing up our entire hard drive.

Missing tag support: While we were testing the rules the app is able to create, we were disappointed to discover that there is no support for the tagging feature introduced in OS X Mavericks. The software is still using labels, which are completely separate from tags and are available only on machines running OS X Mountain Lion and prior.

Bottom Line

If you're looking for a Time Machine-like app that will let you back up what you want where you want without any hassles, we do not recommend that you use Retrospect for Mac since it takes a lot of effort to set up something that should be very straightforward. The only scenario where we would cautiously recommend the application is if you have a server and several computers that you want backed up to it.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Retrospect for Mac 11.5.3.103.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 16.6.0.114

  • Management Console Integration: Fixed issue where customers with many old backup sets are not able to use site (#8336)
  • Email Protection: Fixed issues with large-scale restores from Gmail to Office 365 (#8280)
  • NAS Support: Fixed issue where share comes back after forgetting and relaunching Retrospect (#8309)
  • Daylight Savings Time: Fixed issue for DST on ReFS and HyperFS where Retrospect performed a full backup after the time change (#8352)
  • Backup: Fixed issue for non-UEFI systems backing up system state (#8329)

General

Publisher Retrospect
Publisher web site
Release Date December 19, 2019
Date Added December 19, 2019
Version 16.6.0.114

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software

Operating Systems

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

Download Information

File Size 173.41MB
File Name Retrospect_16_6_0_114.dmg

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Total Downloads 462
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $119
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