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TimeMachineScheduler for Mac

By Klieme Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff May 7, 2013

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.1.4

Version 3.1.4:
  • Compatible with Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion.
  • High resolution icon.
  • Minor fixes.

General

Release July 29, 2012
Date Added July 29, 2012
Version 3.1.4

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
Additional Requirements None

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Total Downloads 6,972
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Developer's Description

In Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Apple has introduced Time Machine, a very convenient way to make backups. Unfortunately the backup interval is preset constantly to one hour. TimeMachineScheduler disables the automatic backup function of Time Machine and installs its own launcehd daemon. As the daemon is located in the main library, the administrator password is required for all (writing) operations. Except disabling Time Machine no further system files and preferences will be touched by TimeMachineScheduler.

You can install and uninstall the daemon as well as only load and unload it to disable making backups temporarily. The interval can be set between 1 and 12 hours, and the daemon can be set to run additionally at load, which means also at startup and login. You can press a button to run a backup immediately. The status of the scheduler will be displayed.