TweetFollow Us on Twitter

July 02 KoolTools

Volume Number: 18 (2002)
Issue Number: 07
Column Tag: KoolTools

by Michael Harvey

ChronoSync

ChronoSync is a file synchronization utility that lets the user backup, save, and synchronize files to local or network locations, and schedule these functions to run at specified times. Bet you couldn’t figure that out from reading the name.

ChronoSync’s documentation is provided through the Help Center. It is complete, and easy to use. The manual can be read through, beginning to end, to learn all the details of the program, or searched to find specific information. Additionally, ChronoSync makes use of Tool Tips throughout the application to make identifying various buttons and elements of the program easier.

Synchronization settings are established in documents, which are the main windows of the program. On launch, you will be presented with a new, untitled, document. In preferences is the option to disable this feature. The main window presents you with a toolbar displaying buttons that activate the main functions of the program, and three tabs. Hanging off the right side of the window is a drawer called the Options Drawer. Additional setup options are listed here which are specific to each tab. This can be opened or closed from the Actions menu.

The first tab is Target. The Target tab is where you set the local and remote folders you want synchronized. The options drawer here lets you set the synchronizing direction, and the kind of file system on the target and remote disks.

ChronoSync also supports drag and drop set up of target folders. From the Finder, just drag a target disk onto the document window, and drop it there. The application will then display the path of the folder you just dropped on to it. In fact, dragging works throughout the program. Within the Rules tab, for example, dragging a file onto the window will have it’s attributes copied into whatever fields are selected at that moment, much like dragging a file onto the search window of Sherlock does.

Once targets are established, you are then able to determine rules to apply to your synchronizations. Out of the gate, the simple rules are easily configured, and will be more than enough for most users. Intermediate rules settings allow for very fine definitions for what to include in a synchronization. Advanced settings allow the same specific control over inclusion, just like the intermediate settings, but also allow the user to set exclusion criteria, as well. The Option Drawer for this tab holds the radio buttons to change between basic, intermediate, and advanced rules displays.

The third tab in the document is Analyze. From here, you can compare files at the local and remote locations, see their synchronization status, and what is excluded. You can also set exclusions. Highlighting an item and clicking on the Exclude button will put an X between the local and remote files, indicating it will passed over during all subsequent synchronizations. The options drawer for Analyze displays the synchronization direction, the same as is displayed under the Target tab. The rest of the drawer is given over to Special Handling choices. One of the more significant choices is verbose logging. This one is, by default, unchecked, but should be, as the basic logging does not list specific errors when they crop up during scheduled runs.

Once all your settings are established, you are ready to synchronize your files. You can do this manually, simply by clicking on the Synchronize button in the document, or by scheduling it. From the Actions menu select Add to Schedule. The presented dialog lets you schedule when ChronoSync will run the document with great detail. You can also choose to run the schedule at application launch or quit. The last item in the Actions menu will be either Resume of Suspend Scheduler, which oddly enough, starts or stops scheduled documents from running. Show Scheduler from the View menu will display a list of all the scheduled documents.


Running schedules over the network is simple. The first time a schedule runs, and the network volume is not available, you will be given the option to allow ChronoSync to access log in information from the Keychain. You can allow access once only, or always. If always is selected, the volume will automatically be mounted on all subsequent runs of the scheduled document.

ChronoSync falls short in only one area. It does not run as a daemon or faceless background application. If the program were to run scheduled tasks in the background, providing only enough information on screen to let the user know it’s working, it would be far more ideal.

This is a fairly minor quibble, though, and overall the program is very capable. It lacks a few of the bells and whistles of some of it’s competitors, but that is to it’s advantage. ChronoSync is a small, focused application that does it’s job well. And, at $19.95, it is much less expensive than some of those competitors. ChronoSync is Mac OS X only shareware available directly from Econ Technologies, Inc..

http://www.econtechnologies.com/


Michael R. Harvey
 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

How to become the ultimate robot warrior...
Chrono Strike is a delightfully immersive beat ‘em up with a sense of humor (any game with a good Sims reference gets points in my book). [Read more] | Read more »
Tips and tricks to get a higher score in...
Snow Roll is a devilish endless runner very much in the vein of Flappy Bird. It revels in its dastardly level of difficulty, and doesn’t really care how angry you get at it as it knows you’ll keep coming back for more. [Read more] | Read more »
How to win big in Slots Deluxe
Cheating while gambling is illegal and morally wrong, and in some parts of the world it leads to men with names like Vinnie "Six Knuckles" Manchenzo beating you to a pulp in a dark alley. [Read more] | Read more »
How to take over the world in Dictator 2
Running a country isn't easy - especially when you're a dictator who wants to take over the world and crush everyone in your path while you do it. [Read more] | Read more »
Tips and tricks to get a higher score in...
Tank.iois - you guessed it! - another multiplayer arena battler likeAgar.io and Slither.io. It does differentiate itself by putting you in a tiny tank though, so it's not exactly the same. To help you get that all-important high score, we've got a... | Read more »
How to unlock characters in One Tap Tenn...
As the title suggests, One Tap Tennis requires only a single tap to play its particular brand of tennis, and rewards you with a ton of unlockable characters if you perform well. Fortunately for you, we at 148Apps have got a few tips and tricks to... | Read more »
Grab it now: Game Craft’s Legend of War...
The real time strategy game is now available for you to sink your teeth into, through the App Store and Google Play. Combining elements of skill, strategy and empire building, Legend of War is a real gamers’ game. [Read more] | Read more »
Skateboard Party 3 ft. Greg Lutzka (Gam...
Skateboard Party 3 ft. Greg Lutzka 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Skateboard Party is back! This third edition of the popular sports franchise features professional skater... | Read more »
Cubious (Games)
Cubious 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Cubious – How smart are you? How high is your IQube? Solve the impossible puzzles to find out, and help a lost little cube find his... | Read more »
Goat Simulator Waste of Space (Games)
Goat Simulator Waste of Space 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: ** IMPORTANT - SUPPORTED DEVICESiPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPod Touch 5 or better.** | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

12-inch 1.2GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook avai...
Amazon has the new 12″ 1.2GHz/512GB Space Gray Retina MacBook (Apple model #MLH82LL/A) available for $1549 including free shipping. Their price is $50 off MSRP. B&H has the 12″ 1.2GHz/512GB Space... Read more
Apple refurbished Mac Pros available for up t...
Apple has Certified Refurbished Mac Pros available for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The following... Read more
Enterprise Workers Pick Technology Over Perks...
New Adobe study shows surprising attitudes about office jobs and where the future of work is heading. Adobe has released survey findings revealing that a surprising 70 percent of U.S. office workers... Read more
Memorial Day Weekend Sale: $50-$100 off 11-in...
B&H Photo has 13″ and 11″ MacBook Airs with 256GB SSDs on sale for $50-$100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 11″ 1.6GHz/256GB MacBook Air: $999 $100 off MSRP... Read more
Memorial Day Weekend Sales: Apple MacBook Pro...
B&H Photo has 13″ and 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $210 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1799 $200 off MSRP - 15″ 2.5GHz... Read more
Memorial Day Weekend Sales: Apple iMacs and M...
Take up to $150 off the price of a new iMac or Mac mini at the following Apple resellers this Memorial Day weekend: iMacs: B&H Photo has 21″ and 27″ iMacs on sale for up to $150 off MSRP... Read more
Apple refurbished Retina MacBook Pros availab...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 13″ and 15″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $380 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free... Read more
Apple refurbished 11-inch MacBook Airs availa...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 11″ MacBook Airs (the latest models), available for up to $170 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is... Read more
Goal Zero and OtterBox Partner to Expand iPh...
Goal Zero, specialists in portable power, have announced a partnership with OtterBox, brand smartphone case protection, to offer the Slide and Slide Plus Batteries as modules compatible with the new... Read more
15-inch Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to...
B&H Photo has 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $210 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1799 $200 off MSRP - 15″ 2.5GHz Retina... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Project Engineer - Smart Source Inc...
SmartSource is in need of an Apple Project Engineer for a 12 month contract opportunity in Pittsburg, PA. Role: Apple Project Engineer Location: Pittsburg, PA Read more
Senior *Apple* Engineer - Signature Technol...
One-year contract for an Apple consultant. The resource should be an Apple Certified Technical Coordinator or get the certification within 60 days of starting Read more
Senior *Apple* Engineer - Signature Technol...
One-year contract for an Apple consultant. The resource should be an Apple Certified Technical Coordinator or get the certification within 60 days of starting Read more
*Apple* Architect - AECOM (United States)
**Requisition/Vacancy No.** 132759BR **Position Title** Apple Architect **Job Category** Information Technology **Business Line** Government **Country** United Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant - APPLE (United...
Job Summary As an Apple Solutions Consultant, you'll be the link between our future customers and our products. You'll showcase your entrepreneurial spirit as you Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.