ForeverSave
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Universal auto-save and backup versioning.   Shareware ($19.95)
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ForeverSave auto-saves all documents you're working on while simultaneously doing backup versioning in the background. Lost data can be quickly restored at any time.

Losing data, caused by application crashes or unintentional overwriting is exasperating and unnecessary. ForeverSave 2 is your new lifesaver that protects you from all kinds of disasters. Define your preferred time interval and ForeverSave 2 automatically saves and backs up all documents you're currently working on. Add as many applications to ForeverSave's library as you want and you'll no longer need to
What's New
Version 2.1.2:
  • Retina support added
  • Random crash on OS X 10.9 fixed (Thanks to John Hall and everyone who’s helped us)
  • Wrong positioned document title fixed
  • Minor bugs fixed
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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ylluminate commented on 15 Apr 2014
Really disappointed by this software for not using a binary diff for the file differences. Crazy to store the full size of files when you don't have to.
[Version 2.1.2]


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Ruben R Lujan reviewed on 20 Mar 2014
I would really like to write a review of this App but, after paying the $9.99 as requested, I think I downloaded the App. but I can't seem to open it.
[Version 2.1.2]


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Rjmorita reviewed on 18 Nov 2013
Unfortunately, autosave does not work on my Mac Mini with Mavericks installed. I have to manually hit Cmd-S every time I want to save a document. Even then, it only works with some applications and not all.
[Version 2.1.1]


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Harristype reviewed on 14 Nov 2013
THANK YOU for updating this to work with Mavericks! I hadn't been able to use this app for the 6 months because of incompatibilities. This product has saved my bacon many times when I needed to get back to a previous version that I had accidentally saved over. Great app, and worth every penny the dev charges for it.
[Version 2.1.1]


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F451 reviewed on 28 Oct 2013
I recently had an issue with ForeverSave's file saving and the developer promptly wrote me back. The issue turned out to be with the app that I was saving from (which that developer fixed) and not ForeverSave. Indispensable for mission critical work and past reference. I much prefer this means of document backup to Apple's.

P.S. The developer mentioned that an update is on the way! I've not encountered what those with negative posts have mentioned. Either I'm lucky, or the developer has rekindled their passion for this app. I hope so as I use this everyday.
[Version 2.1]


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▓▒░-TORLEY-░▒▓ reviewed on 10 Aug 2012
I do NOT recommend Tool Force Software's ForeverSave 2. It sadly falls into the camp of "promising product with lacking reliability and support". In other words, it is mediocre for long-term reliability. With a product that is designed to backup and instill data integrity, not delivering this promise is inexcusable. I previously relied on it to save revisions of my audio & other project files, in case I needed to jump back to a prior version and trace my steps.

However, something recent happened which broke ForeverSave's reliability where sometimes it saved, sometimes it didn't — it may have been a change as I upgraded to Mountain Lion, but in any case, there's been no word from Tool Force on what's forthcoming, whereas other excellent Mac developers (like Ambrosia) have posted "Here's what you need to know about Mountain Lion compatibility..." That is simply quality, human communication. A high bar, yes, but one that keeps customers coming back for more (and investing in upgrades). Sometimes, ForeverSave would save for me. Sometimes it doesn't. And it has other quirks that aren't but could be explained in the UI — some of which I only found out after reading around.

All of this waste of time was especially disappointing during time-sensitive work with deadlines. At the time I needed it most, ForeverSave let me down. Made me sad. :-(

There is a positive note to this story! During weeks of no responses to my support emails and needing a solution, I was overjoyed to find an existing tool I use — Noodlesoft's Hazel — can have rules setup to provide the essential same universal auto-save functionality as ForeverSave. You can set it up to watch folders and save every X minutes, and get super-granular if you want. What's more, you can apply further automation like archiving (zipping) the files. Appending dates/times (again, just like ForeverSave) is doable too. And there's a preview function to save you from doing painful tests.

Consider this: Hazel costs $25 (compared to ForeverSave's $20), Hazel can address the same functions as ForeverSave's core functionality, and contains many more automation capabilities for file management beyond saving. You can even load AppleScripts into it to integrate with other apps. For example, you can send file revisions to your Evernote database. Unlike ForeverSave, Hazel's support (and user community) are helpful and deliver the followup that works for me. I have revision history peace of mind again because of Hazel. Please do yourself a favor and see if Hazel meets your needs as well.
[Version 2.1]


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Revco commented on 27 Nov 2011
Tried it with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign CS5 and it didn't work. It did work with XPress 9 though.
[Version 2.1]

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Cowicide replied on 19 Dec 2011
Dev, is this true? Does FS not work with Adobe products like Dreamweaver either? I'm in 10.6.8, BTW.
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Tool Force Software (developer) replied on 21 Dec 2011
Cowicide, ForeverSave 2 does work with Adobe products, including Dreamweaver on both 10.6 Snow Leopard and 10.7 Lion. If you have any problems with FS and Adobe software, please let us know!
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Torgobob reviewed on 27 Sep 2011
I started using this app a while back as a sort of version control. ForeverSave 1 worked quite well for doing this...

Since v2 came out I have not been able to use the app in the same way. I've emailed them a few times and they seem to keep indicating it should be possible to use it the same way, but ironically enough I can't seem to find ANY way to get ForeverSave 2 to backup my files at all without auto-save enabled... Though they tell me it should work, if I open a file and make multiple modifications and multiple manual saves over a ten minute period, ForeverSave 2 simply will NOT do anything (the last email I sent them on this garnered no response, as of a couple months ago)...

With the autosave feature in lion now upon us the days of ForeverSave are numbered. ForeverSave would continue to work for me in the way that I use it, but unfortunately v2 simply does not work in that way anymore...
[Version 2.0.5]

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Cowicide replied on 19 Dec 2011
Were you ever able to resolve this issue?
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Dana Sutton commented on 07 Jul 2011
If it's true that "Since developers need to implement Lion’s “Versions” API before an app supports versions, I think ForeverSave will be useful to many people even under Lion." then , yes, there's a reason for this app. But it has: it only automates Command+Save under conditions where that command works, i. e. only for the top document of an open application. It won't work even if your screensaver is working. Twenty bucks is pretty steep for aone-trick pony, and if you need automated archived backups you're probably better off getting a free Drobox account.
[Version 2.0.5]


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+49

DJSquint reviewed on 23 Jun 2011
It works great. But wait a minute .. .. .. this is one of the new OS X 10.7 Lion features. Build in the OS is much safer imo

Obsolete from July 2011

sad but true
[Version 2.0.4]

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Werner Freytag replied on 27 Jun 2011
In Lion this only works for applications that support it! No Word, no Photoshop - at least at the moment.
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ric0ric replied on 05 Jul 2011
Really, not in Word. It seemed to work when I tried out the Lion GM the other day...
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Dana Sutton replied on 05 Jul 2011
Werner, how do you know the new Lion feature will work only for applications that support it? I haven't happened to read this anywhere else, and if third-party utilities work like ForeverSave work with all applications, i don't see why Apple can't create a solution that does too. Please explain your statement.
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Surfspirit replied on 06 Jul 2011
I think there's plenty of 32 bits Intel Macs that can't run Lion because of apple greed commercial policy!
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Tool Force Software (developer) replied on 23 Oct 2011
You might laugh now - but in my opinion, ForeverSave 2 is much safer for the simple reason that FS2's backups and versions are real single files while Lion seems to write all versions directly to the file. It's simple, as soon as the original file disappears, all backups are gone. Think about it.
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Gcoghill had trouble on 14 Dec 2009
I heard from a user that ForeverSave doesn't play well with the Adobe CS4 unified window interface. It works fine for me under 10.5.8, this person is using 10.6.2.

Can anyone confirm?
[Version 1.1.3]

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Jaswetz replied on 30 Mar 2011
I think you heard correct. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why this wasn't working and then saw your message. I turned off unified window and it started working.

Konstantin_2179b4bc rated on 11 Mar 2014

[Version 2.1.2]



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Screentom rated on 27 Jan 2014

[Version 2.1.2]



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Screentom rated on 15 Nov 2013

[Version 2.1.1]



Sr147 rated on 01 Apr 2013

[Version 2.1]



Arnoldweil rated on 09 Oct 2012

[Version 2.1]



Physhbourne rated on 13 Sep 2012

[Version 2.1]



Adam Demaire rated on 17 May 2012

[Version 2.1]



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Mistertoad17 rated on 06 May 2012

[Version 2.1]



Movmnt rated on 09 Jan 2012

[Version 2.1]



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treelo rated on 07 Jan 2012

[Version 2.1]


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Type:Utilities : Backup
License:Shareware
Date:26 Jan 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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ForeverSave auto-saves all documents you're working on while simultaneously doing backup versioning in the background. Lost data can be quickly restored at any time.

Losing data, caused by application crashes or unintentional overwriting is exasperating and unnecessary. ForeverSave 2 is your new lifesaver that protects you from all kinds of disasters. Define your preferred time interval and ForeverSave 2 automatically saves and backs up all documents you're currently working on. Add as many applications to ForeverSave's library as you want and you'll no longer need to manually save any of your documents.

Each time documents are saved - either manually by yourself or automatically by ForeverSave 2 - a version of the document is created which allows you to browse through a complete version history of the documents you have been working on. Just pick the version you desire and ForeverSave 2 shows you a Quick Look preview of the file. Besides restoring your documents to a destination of your choice or by drag & drop, ForeverSave 2 lets you automatically replace a faulty original document by an earlier working version from the backups.

No matter what kind of documents you're a dealing with, a wide range of settings allow ForeverSave 2 to perfectly adapt to your personal workflow. Save disk space by excluding documents with large file sizes, limit the number of maximum versions of a document or restrict backup creation to certain file extensions, such as .txt or .psd. Every individual case can be set up in ForeverSave 2.


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