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FoldersSynchronizer is a popular and useful utility that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders, disks and boot disks. On each session you can apply special options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount local and remote volumes, launch your own AppleScripts, set how to resolve conflicts, execute an incremental or an exact copy, include locked files, and more.

Note: 64-bit download (default) runs on OS X 10.7 only; see 'Related Links' below for other versions.

What's New

Version 4.1.1:
  • Successfully tested on OS X 10.9.
  • Email Log File. Since the Mail application by Apple doesn't let longer other applications read the account parameters to send emails, we have provided a panel in the Preferences:Log area to enter those parameters: From, To, SMTP, Port, Password, SSL. The default port is 25, so in case it matches your port you can even leave the Port field more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Schwity Member IconReview+7
Schwity
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I like FS a lot. I use it for many years.

It will be very cool, if the developer will add an Windows (portable) version, because I have different "workstations" and not only Macs.
For this behavior I use Synkron at the moment…
But FoldersSynchronizer is still smarter and I would like to use only one software.

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Version 4.1.1
mrcndc Member IconComment+6
mrcndc
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Version 4.1.0 was released in April 2013 and it now appears in MacUpdate in July ??????

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Version 4.1.0
Ghezzi Member IconReview-1
Ghezzi
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I have been using this for years to sync between my mac at work and home via a 64gb usb stick. Now I am on mountain lion and it seems not to save the preferences, it keeps the multiple backup but sometimes forgets I set it to "show preview" and "don't ask confirmation". Occasionally ask me to run as root. Other than that, it's very fast fast now. I tried a few other sync software and, for my needs, this is still the best and easiest to use.
Only orther minor problem, if you go to the softobe website and click the link "support" (I did for the issue above) you are directed to the link "startup"...

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Version 4.1.0
Mikenesmith Member IconReview+32
Mikenesmith
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Crap software, and perhaps the most idiotic registration process every seen. Don't buy this. It's slow, it's registration process is uniquely poor, and it's nowhere near worth the money. It lives off one positive review from many years back. You've been warned.

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Version 4.1.0
KBorhani Member IconReview+1
KBorhani
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Weak in stability and features. high possibility to lose your files.
Not recommended for serious jobs.

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Version 4.1.0
Sanchai Member IconReview+116
Sanchai
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One problem. When you use this software to sync between two folders or drive. If you travel and change time zone. It will resync all files and take me 7 hours to complete. When yoiu come back to your homw time zone, and time zone change again, it will resynce the whole files again. And it took me another 7 hours

Other than this, it work OK

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Version 4.1.0
Robert Dobkin
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In preferences, you can set it to ignore certain differences.

Bigboysdad Member IconReview+492
Bigboysdad
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Once set up, this is just perfect for straight syncing of files between a Mac and a windows server.

It would be excellent if Mac to Mac copying of metadata could improve and if archiving was enabled.

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Version 4.1.0
PaperCutPro Member IconReview+23
PaperCutPro
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I've been using FolderSynchronizer since March 16, 2000. It's so easy to use, I have it set up for multiple tasks. From syncing my iMac to my MacBookPro to using it for backing up my Androind. Sometimes if I have a ton of stuff to copy to a different server on the network, instead of draggin each folder or file by hand I just open FS, put everything I'm going to move in a Multiple list, set my destination and run a one-time backup and I don't even have to think about it.

I can't think of a downside except that in version 3 I had to memorize what M F X Y V & S meant. I guess that's my own fault. And I see from the new product photos that with this new version I won't have to remember anymore since Multiple, Filters, Exclude, Conflicts, Volumes & Settings are written out.

Really looking forward to trying out this newest version

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Version 4.1.0
jmhbpc Member IconReview+7
jmhbpc
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I love this app because it has the exact, easy to use, feature(s) I wanted, right off the bat, for my backup logistics.

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Version 4.1.0
Fonsr Member IconReview+28
Fonsr
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Downloaded FoldersSyncronizer and thus far have found it to be excellent. Quick to set up, fast to sync. Not sure what the difficulties people are writing about are. And - the support has been very responsive.

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Version 4.0.7
Fonsr
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Update 6/11/11. Things have gone downhill since writing the original review. Had difficulty syncing my documents folder because FoldersSynchronizer said one file was a folder and the other a file. That was not the case. Support was responsive, but they did not provide a solution. Used another sync app (Mimmac) and simply replaced the older files. The problem may have been due to an older format used in Pages on one of the files.

Also, tried the "Multiple Folder" option to sync several folders in my Library. Kept getting "insufficient privileges" messages. Support said read the "backup the boot disk to remote voulume" instructions. I did and tried it. No luck. Again, while support was responsive, again they had no solution. Connected the external drive (MacBookPro) via FireWire and used target mode and reverted to Mimmac to back up these folders. All went well. No errors. Maybe it would have went well with FoldersSynchronizer had I used FireWire and Target Mode, but that was not a suggestion in their instructions (unless I missed it-?) nor in support response. May because this app seems to have developed from Windows is why the support was not aware and why the instructions for this procedure were so convoluted.

Oh well, others have had good luck, so evidently my experience is not the norm. But, if interested you may want to try Mimmac - only $10.

Fonsr
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My apologies - I said in the post below that FoldersSynchronizer instructions did not suggest using FireWire and Target Mode. At the very end of a LONG and rather involved set of instructions, a "work around" mentions this procedure. My oversight.And, going back and looking carefully at support responses, I see they did mention briefly about Fire Wire mode being a work around.

Softobe (developer)
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FS doesn't replace a folder with a most recent file to avoid a great loss of data. In your case, since you didn't see any folder involved, we suppose that the folder was indeed a FilePackage. A FilePackage is a folder looking like a file, e.g. an application .app or a the iPhoto library. You can inspect the content of a FilePackage (thus be sure it's indeed a FilePackage) by clicking on its icon holding down the Control key and choosing the menu item "Show Package Content." We could add a new option on the Conflict panel as:

• In case a most recent file is going to replace an old folder (having the same name), do:
- Do not replace the folder. Skip.
- Replace the folder.
+ Ask me in any case.

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Version 4.1.1
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Details

Downloads 62,633
Version Downloads 4,588
Type Utilities / Backup
License Shareware
Date 10 Nov 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $40.00
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