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Thank goodness.. a free backup app for Mac!

Well, lets face it, there's been pretty much nothing in terms of decent backup solutions for Mac without having to dig in your pockets. Even Apple (at the time this is written) only offer the "Backup" application if you sign up to their .mac account.

Now we love Apple, and the Mac, but we feel that in today's climate of mass media and reducing paper systems, a backup application should be almost standard with every OS. It's true, Apple's OS X does have some very good file manipulation software 'under the hood', but still, its very difficult to access for non-UNIX savy more...

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Mac OS X 10.1 or later

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Jeff-H. Member IconComment+188
Jeff-H.
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These guys just disappeared? Real shame because this is a great little piece of software.
Simple, does what its supposed to do pretty quickly. Bit of a CPU-hog but hey, it only takes a couple minutes to do a backup (usually).

Let me know if anyone sees them resurface as anything else.

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Version 1.0
kiwiiano Member IconComment+2
kiwiiano
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Phew has been a killer utility for me. I've got a Philips digital photoframe that doesn't like Macs. Each image alternates with a mystery file that plays meery hell with the slide show and the memory card capacity (metadata of some sort??)
But image files backed up to my SD cards with Phew don't have the extra components, so I get full capacity and clean slide shows. Yaaaaay!!!

(This might be a problem for backups where that 'metadata' is important. )

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Version 1.0
Jeff-H. Member IconReview+188
Jeff-H.
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This is such a GREAT app!!!

Does everything it says very simply...and it works every time, QUICKLY!!!

Had me DejaVu nightmares for the last time!

Thank you so much!!!

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Version 1.0
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Anonymous
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Works completely as advertised. And yes it's FREE, but do consider a donation to this very worthwhile development project. An excellent, well planned, backup application. However I would like to see a compression/restore option for the destination file/folder.

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Version 1.0
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Anonymous
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Seems to work, but 3 things are missing:
1. Backup other users stuff --> run as administrator.
2. Backup single files instead of only folders.
3. Exclude certain subfolders from folders to backup.

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Version 1.0
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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One more very important feature is missing in my opinoion. Phew doesn't erase files when running backup, deleted since last backup session, it currently only adds new ones and renamed ones as new ones.

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Anonymous
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LaCie's SilverKeeper app is free, and works well.

Now give me a standard UNIX tape drive API so I can use standard UNIX tape software for my Mac and I'll be happy.

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Version 1.0
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Doesn't work for me. It won't write anything to my external drive when I backup my home folder.

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Version 1.0
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Please disregard the above comment about Phew not working. In naming my Destination folder I used the symbol ƒ at the end. Apparently Phew doesn't recognize this symbol and therefore refused to work properly. After eliminating this symbol, it works just fine.
Sorry, 'bout that.

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Version 1.0
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Great idea, with a clean UI but...it does nothing, zip, zelch.

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Details

Downloads 7,597
Version Downloads 5,110
Type Utilities / Backup
License Free
Date 02 Mar 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free