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Back-In-Time allows users to transcend Time Machine restoration possibilities. Back-In-Time offers an easy access to all the data backed up by Time Machine.

Features that you can do with Back-In-Time only:

  • Show how many versions of each document are available, and when they were saved.
  • Show items that were deleted.
  • Drag and Drop to copy items anywhere.
  • Open multiple browsers at the same time.
  • Handle multiple Time Machine disks.
  • Access Time Machine data from other Macs.
  • Preview different versions of each document.
  • Can delete items in Time Machine more...

What's New

Version 3.0.1:

Enhancements:
  • Time Machine volumes mounted or unmounted when Back-In-Time is running are now automatically detected.
  • Added right-click in the left hand list to open the contextual menu (same as Control-Click).
  • Various minor enhancements and interface changes.
Corrections:
  • Fixed an error that could incorrectly more...

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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Drdul Member IconReview+448
Drdul
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Back-In-Time is way faster than Time Machine for exploring and restoring files from a TM backup, especially a Time Capsule one. If I enter Time Machine, I end up waiting about 5 minutes for it to scan my 900 GB Time Capsule backup before it will let me do anything. In contrast, BIT only needs 10 seconds or so to scan the same Time Capsule backup. And if I prefer, I can ignore the Time Capsule backup and work only with another one that I have on an external drive (the problem with TM is that it insists on loading all available backups). Lastly, I have created a virtual copy of my Time Capsule backup in BIT so I can quickly check first to see if the data I want is available before mounting the Time Capsule backup (the virtual copy takes up very little space -- only 650 MB for a 900 GB backup).

The other reason I use BIT instead of TM is that I don't get permissions errors with BIT like I often do with TM. I simply drag the files out of BIT to my desktop or whatever folder I want. On the other hand, TM waits until the very last step of the restore process to suddenly tell me I don't have permission to access the files I'm trying to restore. The web is full of suggested fixes for this problem, but why bother when BIT restores files reliably. The other nice thing about BIT is that it doesn't take over my entire screen, and I can use other apps at the same time as BIT.

My only (minor) complaint with BIT is that it takes some time and a thorough read of the manual to figure out how to use it. The UI is not very intuitive, but once you get the hang of it, it's a far easier, faster and more reliable way to work with TM backups than Time Machine itself.

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Version 3.0.1
Whaberl Member IconReview+1
Whaberl
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useful tool.

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Version 3.0.0
June8 Member IconReview+136
June8
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Compared backed up items with another application does the same job for much reasonable price and noticed that Back-In-Time does not display aliases backed up.

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Version 2.3.0
Tamriel Member IconReview+7
Tamriel
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Try "TimeTracker" instead. So much faster than this! (And free!)

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Version 2.3.0
poetaignota Member IconComment+14
poetaignota
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I've owned Back-In-Time without for some time but have not explored it until today when I needed to delete all backups of a number of folders and Time Machine refused to cooperate. B-I-T seems to have done the job very smoothly for the most part although it failed to delete the most recent backup version of one folder although it had removed all earlier versions. I'm well-pleased so far but I do feel that the GUI is a bit ugly.

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Version 2.3.0
Wmud Member IconComment+5
Wmud
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I am really interested in this app, but after looking at the documentation, I suspect that it may be unable to do what we need it to do.

Does it keep track of multiple backup volumes that are temporarily inaccessible?

We use three current disk drives in rotation, with at least one of them always in safekeeping in a bank vault, one in production, and one possibly in transit between sites. Plus, there are several drives that have filled up and also are archived in safe storage.

So the question is, can this app display all versions of a file with date and size information and the volume ID on which they are located, so that we can determine which volume must be retrieved from the vault to restore the version that is required?

If not, is there another app that can be readily paired up with Back-in-Time to provide the functionality we need?

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Version 2.3.0
Hugh-Beaumont Member IconReview+0
Hugh-Beaumont
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Just bought this yesterday and have already found it to be incredibly useful more than once. Highly recommended.

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Version 2.3.0
Voc999 Member IconReview+2
Voc999
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From reading one of the comments, I decided to check my purchases with MUP and discovered that I had previously purchased this programme, I then clicked the link in MUP, downloaded the file, inserted my serial and Bang! Sorry this is for an older version of the programme. This is not the 1st time this has happened to me on MUP, there was a watermark programme where I got a similar outcome. I won't be purchasing this one, and I think MUP should store versions of the programmes pertinent to the serial numbers issued.

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Version 2.3.0
Frankof
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What do you expect? Free updates for lifetime, after you bought a program in a (massively price-reduced) bundle? It is not MacUpdate's fault when you don't download and activate the program right after you have bought it. Had you done, you could have used the bought version for a year at least before it was updated, and than update for a reduced price. I did it that way, and still am happy with the program (even though I don't need it much).

Bob.A
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I agree Voc999, I too have had this happen.
I now download and archive programs when I buy them.

No Frankof. You need to read the complaint better, He wasn't complaining about not being to use the new version, he was complaining that he can't get at the version he purchased.

One of the reasons I like MUP is that it keeps my receipts and registration numbers archived for me. But this is of little use when it doesn't keep the programs archived and there is no there way to get the old version. As you say, we need to download and activate the program right away - and archive it too. So what use is it that MUP keeps our registration numbers.

Northern-Steve
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It appears MUP do in fact store the versions required, at least in this case. There's a download link for version 1.4.8 on this page - see above, under "RELATED LINKS".
If you need the new version, the developer offers an upgrade licence for $9.99 - 1/3 of the full v2 purchase price. Open the app and go Register.../Purchase...
It all seems pretty reasonable to me.

Moofing Member IconReview+4
Moofing
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It's a very handy utility. I find it's faster to look for things this way than use TM on its own. The UI could use improvement to make it easier to use.

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Version 2.3.0
Physhbourne Member IconReview+0
Physhbourne
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what an awesome programm – exactly what i was looking for!!

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Version 2.3.0
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Details

Downloads 71,849
Version Downloads 5,441
Type Utilities / Backup
License Demo
Date 12 Sep 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $29.99
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