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DirectSync was written to allow people to keep sets of information consistent between multiple Macs. It is not only a file/folder synchronization application (though its getting pretty good at that ;) ) nor is it a cloning/ghosting utility.

Instead it is focused primarily on "merging" data files for common applications such as Mail, iCal, Safari and potentially many others. The advantage of this approach over simple file synchronization is that certain types of files can be modified simultaneously and later merged together into a composite. The developer did this because he found that he often forgot to use a file synchronization more...

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Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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Jeff-H. Member IconReview+192
Jeff-H.
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Nice effort but not at all stable.

Kept crashing on me when trying to use it with a simple 2 comp network.

Ran indexing but then wouldn't sync even though the primary object was intentionally different then the destination for testing purpouses.

Maybe the next version/update?

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Version 0.2
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Doesn't work for me. I try to backup a folder with it but only the half of it was copied, the rest was ignored.

I'll try something else.

hs

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Version 0.2
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Anonymous
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if you find something else please let me know.

sherub2001@yahoo.com

thanks

G. Tourigny Member IconReview+0
G. Tourigny
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DirectSync worked well synchronizing document folders and Safari bookmarks between my two networked computers (Powermac G3 and iMac G5 on a local network). It didn't do that great with synchronizing mail boxes, though. It messed up my emails and deleted information (pictures, attachments, text) that could have been irretreivable were it not for a complete backup of my home folder that I had carried out just before giving DirectSync a try. The software has also a few quirks : you cannot delete synchronization tasks once you've set them up in the synchronization profile (although individual tasks can be unchecked so that they don't run, but it would be useful to be able to delete them altogether if that's what you want to do), and it's not possible to schedule automatic synchronization. Although this piece of sofware appears to have some serious flaws and some features shortcomings, I would still recommend it for documents and bookmarks synchronization. The author, however, has indicated to me that he was no longer working on DirectSync as he has moved on to other projects. He may get back to it some day and I would hope so, since I think DirectSync has the right approach. Just needs more testing and refinement.

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Version 0.2
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Anonymous
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Very nice tool for simple backup needs, especially to a firewire drive or another mac. Exactly what I was looking for.

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Version 0.2
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Anonymous
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Users- beware of using the overwrite option in synching. In trying out, only use the default. I lost lots of files when they were overwrote.

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Version 0.2
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Anonymous
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Downloaded and tried it out: just what I have been looking for. Took a little time to get used to the interface, but that's me, not the app. I'm syncing mostly folders on 4 hard drives, and for backup purposes. Kudos to the author for a great app and for free!

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Downloads 5,906
Version Downloads 2,579
Type Utilities / Backup
License Free
Date 01 May 2004
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free