Miscellaneous Ramblings

Short Takes

Charles W. Moore - 21 Dec. 1999

I've Finally Found Backup Software That Suits My Style

Picking up the software backup thread where we left off a few weeks ago, I've found another shareware application that I think fits my backup style better than anything I've discovered previously

Lorenzo Puleo's FoldersSynchronizer 1.7 suits my hands-on, "I like to see what's happening" backup style. The way it works is that you use one dialog to select a folder, and then a second dialog to select a folder you want to synchronize with the first folder. Click a button, and the program copies all files that are missing in one folder from the other folder. Both folders can have the same name, which suits the setup I use backing up to Zip disks.

What I have been doing is checking the latest date on the destination folder and copying everything created after that date from the master folder on my hard drive. Not foolproof, but it works passably. However, FoldersSynchronizer 1.7 does the same thing a whole lot better. New files are copied in both directions if that applies.

If the user chooses the program's "one-only-direction" option, FoldersSynchronizer switches into a backup program. The destination folder will be upgraded with the newest files, the new files (new entries) and the new Folders (new entries) coming from the source folder; the source folder will be left untouched.

FoldersSynchronizer 1.7 does not replace the old destination folder with a new one - only updates its content.

More advanced features of FS 1.7:

System Requirements for FoldersSynchronizer 1.7

FoldersSynchronizer is shareware, priced as follows:

This is a very slick little application, with an attractive interface. I think my backup quandary is solved.

For more information or to download FoldersSynchronizer 1.7, visit the FoldersSynchronizer page.

AutoTextTyper Types Frequently-Used Text For You

Another useful piece of shareware I downloaded recently is Chaotic Software's AutoTextTyper - a contextual menu plug-in that lets you quickly and easily add commonly used text, such as email addresses, web sites, addresses, company names, signatures, form letters, and more, to a list of items in a contextual menu. You can then select any of those items and have them automatically typed into any application that supports contextual menus.

The latest AutoTextTyper Version 1.2 adds the following features:

AutoTextTyper system requirements:

AutoTextTyper 1.2 is $10 Shareware.

For more information, visit the AutoTextTyper page.