ForeverSave
ForeverSave
2.1.6

3.9

ForeverSave free download for Mac

ForeverSave2.1.6

07 December 2016

Universal auto-save and backup versioning.

Overview

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. 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-and-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.

What's new in ForeverSave

Version 2.1.6:
  • Compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Minor bugs fixed

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52 Reviews of ForeverSave

4
jfm429
01 December 2009
Version: 1.1.3

Most helpful

Excellent piece of software. It can use some improvement (specifically the UI for setting application preferences as well as the way it handles autosave for programs I switch back and forth between) but other than that it works fairly well. I rate Features a 4 because of the lack of fine grained control in setting autosave times. I have to give Ease of Use a 2 because of the "wizard" style UI for changing per-application settings. PLEASE put all the per-application settings in an inspector panel or in a single sheet - I don't want to have to click through five settings screens to get to the one I want and then have to do that for every application if I want to change something for each. Having a master preferences set and then having each application's settings able to either use the defaults or manually override the global settings would help too.
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Maclover1-1
04 July 2020
Version: 2.1.6
What a shame these devs that let their apps die when they have a winner of a tool.. at least sell them off to someone who might keep developing them.
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SunWolf
03 March 2020
Version: 2.1.6
Used to be great, helped me on quite a few occasions to regain information that would have been lost without FS2. Quite unreliable now under Catalina, Toolforcesoftware has not replied to a mail from November and two reminders since then. Anybody found an alternative to this once great piece of software?
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1
Jlc1978
12 January 2020
Version: 2.1.6
Used to be great and saved me al ot of hassles when I need to revert to an older version. Now, it crashes under Catalina and no word from their support.
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1
StrictlyBagel
25 November 2019
Version: 2.1.6
Gone the way of the Dodo. No update in 3 years. Time to get rid of it.
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4.5
Mshep2
02 July 2019
Version: 2.1.6
Hey, what happened to Toolforce? I go to their webpage and get a "502 Bad Gateway" error. Are they out of business? Up until recently ForeverSave worked great.
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BobbyThompsonRocks
30 April 2018
Version: 2.1.6
I used to rely on this program, but as of late it seems hit or miss... Lately it just seems to have become unreliable. I noticed recently that months have passed (and countless modifications made) since it had made a backup of anything... I decided to delete my entire history and set it up from scratch. It worked at first but after a couple of days I went back in and found it seemingly had stopped working... I can no longer rely upon this and am now looking for an alternative.
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5
StrictlyBagel
19 November 2015
Version: 2.1.5
Reliable and out of your way… been using it for years.
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Dana-Sutton
25 November 2014
Version: 2.1.3
Maybe this is a great utility. But it doesn't seem to work with Dreamweaver (v. 5), which happens to be my workhorse app., so I can't use it. Sad but true.
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5
Maudlin
24 November 2014
Version: 2.1.3
I've used this since 2009 - its saved me several times. It was slightly fiddly to set up, and in some applications making sure its working properly took a bit of trial and error, but once going its a lifesaver. One time I accidentally deleted a conference presentation 15 minutes before I was due to give it. I restored it from ForeverSave, without losing any work.
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ylluminate
15 April 2014
Version: 2.1.2
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.
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0.5
Ruben-R-Lujan
20 March 2014
Version: 2.1.2
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.
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1
Rjmorita
19 November 2013
Version: 2.1.1
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.
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5
JamesHarrisPhoto
15 November 2013
Version: 2.1.1
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.
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5
F451
29 October 2013
Version: 2.1
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.
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2
▓▒░-TORLEY-░▒▓
10 August 2012
Version: 2.1
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.
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Revco
27 November 2011
Version: 2.1
Tried it with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign CS5 and it didn't work. It did work with XPress 9 though.
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BobbyThompsonRocks
27 September 2011
Version: 2.0.5
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...
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Dana-Sutton
07 July 2011
Version: 2.0.5
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.
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2
DJSquint
23 June 2011
Version: 2.0.4
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
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ChristopherPrice
16 June 2011
Version: 2.0.3
Seems like great software, but is the functionality redundant with Lion's "Versions"?
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4
Johnnyr
13 May 2011
Version: 2.0.2
Great software! It's a shame that it doesn't work at all with Adobe Illustrator CS5. It works with Photoshop CS5 which is great. So please add support for Illustrator CS5.
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4
Rshorts
30 April 2011
Version: 2.0.2
Its so reassuring to have this app running in the background, not only for crashes, but also for human error. Sure it slows down the odd time, but its only a few seconds to wait & I'm sure the developer is aware of it and is working on it. The free upgrade to v2 cannot be beat. This combined with Dropbox is all the reassurance you need for project files.
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2.5
22duke
26 April 2011
Version: 2.0.1
worke's as advertised however deleted it as it often renders my Mac unless for several minutes when it does some checking as soon as I delete FS all is back to normal
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5
Diarbyrag
22 April 2011
Version: 2.0.1
This app has saved my sanity several times, I have one particular program which loves to hang or crash at the most unexpected times and the most recent auto backup has saved a lot of work and frustration. Thanks for the Free update to V.2, now I just need a new Mac running 10.6...
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5
Hansjoerg
22 April 2011
Version: 2.0.1
Fantastic application, fast and great support. Thank you for this app.
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5
dipa
22 April 2011
Version: 2.0.1
ForeverSave is simple yet powerful. It is my "Behind the scene mac friend". I focus on my tasks and it takes care of backing up according to my preferences. I have had to restore projects from 2 applications & ForeverSave even let me chose between a "Copy" restore and an "Original". Now that I have updated it to the 2.0 version I love it even more. Beautiful interface, easily customizable, very effective and reliable...the Tool Force staff is great too!
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Tool Force Software
21 April 2011
Version: 2.0
Thank you all for your comments, really appreicate it! Please note: We're offering ForeverSave 2 at 50% off for the first two weeks!
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5
MacDefender
21 April 2011
Version: 2.0
As a long time user of ForeverSave I was surprised that the update to version 2 is free. The last version saved me hours (not to say weeks) of work. Was working on a manual for over a week and the through an error the whole manual including the backup file was destroyed. After a few minutes crying and beating my monitor I remembered that I had installed ForeverSave (you never really notive that it's working in the background). Took me just seconds to get the latest working version back and thus saved me lots of rewriting all the text. I also love that it's possible to config each application with different settings.
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4.5
Theotreo
21 April 2011
Version: 2.0
Excellent. Really adds an extra layer of security! And VERY generous upgrade policy. Thumbs up!
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5
Ranxho
21 April 2011
Version: 2.0
Wow. Rewritten, 2.0, Free Upgrade. Unheard of. Guys, you are the greatest. On top, this is a kick ass shareware. Save mine couple of time, work like magic.
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5
Homer1
20 April 2011
Version: 2.0
I've been using this utility for over a year and it has saved my bacon at least twice that I can remember. And the thing is, once you install/configure it, you totally forget that it's running and keeping copies of your work. That is until things go wrong with whatever application you're working in. Then it hit you . . . I have backup copies. You launch the main application and BAM, all versions of your document are there for you to recover. Indispensable and worth twice the shareware price.
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Jo*
20 April 2011
Version: 2.0
Thanks for making 2.0 a free upgrade. That's awesome!
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5
drwebmail
02 February 2011
Version: 1.1.5
By far one of the most useful pieces of software on my mac. This has saved me with Logic Pro daily (forgive the pun). Logic has no autosave. Logic can save a specified number of backup copies with intentional saves but it flushes these once you save over them. Any applescripts save over the logic file, which is no good. Basically this works perfectly in tandem with Logic because it saves backups to it's own database so I can have a bunch of autosave snapshots without messing with my "intentional" saves. Support replied to me within hours of my request. Highly Recommended!
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4.5
Rochade
11 January 2011
Version: 1.1.5
Phantastic App to keep versions of your files. There is only one other app with visual versioning is Gridiron's Flow - which is a great product too btw. But FS is not targeted mainly to designers, so for general purposes this is the one to go. The only thing I really miss is a way to share your versioning library. Of course you could use the same db on two macs but this leads to data inconsistency, so don't even try it.
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Linda-Xing
11 June 2010
Version: 1.1.5
Really displeased with their email support. The support page is less than complete and when I emailed them to ask a simple question about their product I NEVER got a reply. Weak..... With so many great people making great things these days, buy from people that respect their customers.
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5
JamesHarrisPhoto
20 May 2010
Version: 1.1.5
This program has saved my butt on 2 different occasions now. When I first purchased it, I wasn't sure how well it would work, but now this thing is an indispensable life-saver. Setting it up is very straight-forward, and when you need to go back in time to rescue a document because the app you were working it just crashed, it's just a few click away. Highly-recommended.
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Maclover1-1
08 May 2010
Version: 1.1.5
Unfortunately this does not work with Adobe Flash.. and works a little awkwardly with Adobe software in general.
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thomasthomson1
22 March 2010
Version: 1.1.5
cant get this to install waste of money
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5
Nullset
10 March 2010
Version: 1.1.4
Fantastic little app, and the developer is very responsive. Made a feature request and it appeared within a week or so in a new version. Well worth the money ... if it saves you even once you'll be happy you invested in it.
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4
Frankfx
16 December 2009
Version: 1.1.3
Although there is this issue with the unified window mode in CS4 (which I really like a lot) the application does what is says on the box. Furthermore the developer is very supportive an responds quickly. He soon figured out why my CS4 wasn't working with ForeverSave So support: ***** I'm very fond of the application frame in CS4 so this may be a deal breaker for me (I haven't made up my mind yet) but if this doesn't apply to you there is no reason not to give ForeverSave a try. It just plainly works!
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gcoghill
15 December 2009
Version: 1.1.3
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?
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5
Coolmemin
08 December 2009
Version: 1.1.3
WOW is all I have to say. This is a beautifully done application to solve a very common problem for all applications: AUTOSAVE! This just saved me about an hour of work yesterday when I lost my Pages document. I just went into Foreversave and my last 20 autosaves were right there, waiting for me to pick. Absolutely brilliant! And at only $15 WOW just WOW WOW WOW!!!!! I am so excited to have this application and not lose my work. I wish I would have known about it earlier. I would give it 10 stars if i could
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5
Michaelfuchs
04 December 2009
Version: 1.1.3
O.M.G. This is so frakking brilliant I can't believe it. If you use any of the standard crashware for a living (Word, Indesign, whatever) this can seriously save you from going crazy when yet another document you've been working on is lost to some rapid bug, umm... feature. ForeverSave is easy to configure, works like a charm, and even looks good (which I really didn't expect). Worth much more than they're asking for!
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4
jfm429
01 December 2009
Version: 1.1.3
Excellent piece of software. It can use some improvement (specifically the UI for setting application preferences as well as the way it handles autosave for programs I switch back and forth between) but other than that it works fairly well. I rate Features a 4 because of the lack of fine grained control in setting autosave times. I have to give Ease of Use a 2 because of the "wizard" style UI for changing per-application settings. PLEASE put all the per-application settings in an inspector panel or in a single sheet - I don't want to have to click through five settings screens to get to the one I want and then have to do that for every application if I want to change something for each. Having a master preferences set and then having each application's settings able to either use the defaults or manually override the global settings would help too.
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4
Nicksloan
25 November 2009
Version: 1.1.2
This is a neat idea, beautifully implemented. The trouble with most backup software is that nine tenths and more of what it backs up, you will never need. ForeverSave takes a unique approach, and allows you to decide on a per-app basis, which files are the most critical, and how often you need to save them, so you can focus your protection where it is most needed. I am using this in conjunction with SuperDuper and QRecall, as part of a comprehensive backup strategy, and so far it has proved very solid. I have dropped one star, only because I do not see it as yet being feature-complete: it needs a manual backup trigger, and a more sophisticated way of dealing with the redundancy of accumulated backups (rolling merge?), but the developer seems very responsive, and I would guess that ForeverSave has a bright future.
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5
Andrew-Ross
23 November 2009
Version: 1.1.2
This software is really very very useful indeed, it gives you a "auto backup confidence" of things you are working on now or have just finished, quietly saving backups in the background in the time frame and manner you want - In conjunction with Time Machine, this provides a solid working method if you are at all worried about loosing important data while you working between different programs - this is it. On my first use I wasn't clear on some of the save functions and how it worked between different programs, but with positive support, the developer showed me clearly how things worked and even was willing to screen share his/my computer to solve any problems I was having, that's great support! A well designed software, Should be standard issue for any Mac user!
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5
Egn
22 November 2009
Version: 1.1.2
I was baffled by some apps not working but via excellent support provided by ForeverSave every issue was cleared in no time (and it is a Sunday!). This app is great for people who program and would like versioning but with much finer control over which apps and files created by those apps. I suppose anyone who continually produces versions of files can use this as it is very easy to lose info and with this you can return to any previous version you had of the same file(s).
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5
Maudlin
22 November 2009
Version: 1.1.2
Bought it at MacZot's reduced rate a couple of days ago and already relied on it once to recover some data I had accidentally deleted. The attraction of ForeverSave is that if you're working on important documents, you can get it to back them up as frequently as you want (as often as once a minute if like), and recover any of the incremental backups, not just the last. Of course, TimeMachine does this for the whole drive, but if you're running TimeMachine every hour, you could still lose up to an hour's worth of work on a key document - disastrous if you're right up against a deadline. Also, ForeverSave doesn't seem to produce the general slowdown caused during TimeMachine backups, which sometimes makes me cancel a backup while its in progress. Some older applications are not compatible wtih ForeverSave (http://www.tool-forcesw.com/foreversave/faq/), but my first 48 hours experience with it are very positive
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Mrchips
21 November 2009
Version: 1.1.2
MacZOT has ForeverSave on sale for $8.97 until 10 PM PST tonight. I checked it out and bought it. It appears to be very professionally done, but I'll reserve rating it until I've played with it some more...
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Rubaiyat
10 November 2009
Version: 1.1
This appears to be EverSave gone commercial. Pity it used to be free.
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5
curlypaws
02 October 2009
Version: 1.0
A really neat utility, ForeverSave lets you save documents as you work on them. For each program you select, you can set options on how many versions of documents you would like to retain (and since you can be saving every few minutes, it offers a more granular save option than Time Machine). You can control how often saves are performed and whether ForeverSave prompts you for an initial filename if you haven't saved the document at all. All of this makes it indispensable when you are working on that important document only for the program to crash just before you saved things. If you are running ForeverSave then you'll only have lost a few minutes work - rather than something much worse. The program offers a very nice interface for setting up the configuration (and editing it) for each program - as well as a visual indication of the versions available for each program. You can exclude certain folders from saving if you need to do so. You have the option of saving and taking a backup version, just saving or just backing up. If you opt for backups you can then browse the versions of the various documents to find the one that you need. The only downside if you select a program like Interface Builder is that a lot of files may share the same name - so you might want to give things sensible names as unfortunately the full path isn't visible. You can always open a copy or the original document or use Quick Look to see what it is. There is an overall switch to close ForeverSave if you need to (I haven't found any reason to). The icon indicates whether the program is on or off. ForeverSave also comes with a very complete manual. I find it to be ideal for those situations where something happens and I've not saved the document for a long time. It also comes in handy if you save a version of the document and then decide you preferred an earlier version of it. You can go back and retrieve the old version. I'm very impressed with it.
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Programhappy
16 September 2009
Version: 1.0
Sounds interesting, but how is it different from Time Machine?
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$19.95

3.9

App requirements: 
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  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later

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