Appbox
Appbox 2.0.0
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Easily backup applications and application settings.   Commercial ($3.99)
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Appbox will easily back up your applications and application settings into any folder, including Dropbox, SugarSync, iDisk, and more. Once your applications and settings are backed up, you can restore them at any time, keeping your settings in tact for each application. Appbox is great for setting up a new Mac, or someone who just doesn't want to lose application settings. Whether you just want your applications and settings backed up in safe location, or want to be prepared in case you ever need to send your Mac in for service and they wipe your hard drive; you can get all of your applications
What's New
Version 2.0.0:
  • New icons and UI
  • Admin authorization for restoring system files
  • Better check and uncheck all applications
  • Better algorithm to find application files
  • New archive format, removing compression that was causing issues with some computers. Old archives will not work with 2.0
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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thebookman reviewed on 23 Dec 2011
Looks good but crashed several times
[Version 1.0.12]

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BlueCrestStudios LLC. (developer) replied on 02 Jan 2012
Can you please work with our support team to help you with your problems? We would like to know more about what trouble you are having.
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Dejmac reviewed on 03 Nov 2011
I purchased Appbox yesterday.
1. I tried to backup mu Application folder three times. In the middle of all three backup processes Appbox crushed three times respectivly?!
2. I have created new folder on external hard drive for my apps to be backed up. After Appbox chrushed in the new created folder I found some folders with unrecognizable titles (someting like "b16cc7d891 af0") which should represent, I presume, backed up Adobe Acrobat X Pro for instance?!
Well, it is time for developers to try and fix these things. $3.99 shouldn't be too much for the app which could be "the best in its realm:, but it is too much for the app which could not even finish its job in a proper and decent way.
[Version 1.0.8]

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BlueCrestStudios LLC. (developer) replied on 08 Nov 2011
Yes, those files are temp files that are created during the archive process.

If there is something causing Appbox to crash, it would be wih the logs, and we would appreciate you working with our support team at support@bluecreststudios.com so that we can debug what is happening.
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BlueCrestStudios LLC. (developer) replied on 18 Dec 2011
Per my email to you:

I am happy to say that we have solved the problem with the memory leak during the archiving process. This latest version, 1.0.12, is in review by the Mac App Store and should be released soon.

We thank you for your patience, as this was for sure one of the hardest bugs to squash in some time, but we are glad that you will have a fix in your hands soon.

I will follow up with you when the new version is released to the Mac App Store.
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Ciscojo reviewed on 29 Sep 2011
I wat to know the difference between time machine app restore and app box app restore?
[Version 1.0.6]

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This-person-died-in-2011 replied on 03 Nov 2011
It's really not fair or appropriate to submit a question in the form of a review that gives this app a half star. If you're reviewing it, provide the reasons for your rating.
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Drdul reviewed on 23 Sep 2011
Me again. I've been using Appbox on three Macs and now feel I've had enough experience to accurately rate the app.

The thing I like most about Appbox is that it provides an excellent way to roll back to previous versions of Mac App Store apps (on Macs that don't have Time Machine enabled). When I download apps from MacUpdate or anywhere else, i always keep a copy of the DMG or ZIP of the previous version, so I can roll back in case there's a problem with the new version. There's no simple way to keep copies of older versions of MAS apps, so it's Appbox to the rescue.

What I'd like to see improved is the ability to selectively restore the app bundle, a plist file, app support folder or whatever. I used Appbox to restore an older version of a MAS app that had a bad crash problem in a new version, but I had to restore everything, overwriting my newer plist prefs file. It would have been better if I could have chosen to restore just the app bundle.

Some better CPU management would help, too. The last time I ran Appbox I thought my 2007 MacBook Pro was going to self-combust it got so hot. A "zip" process seems to be the main culprit, but for some reason Appbox also makes Spotlight and Dropbox go wild, even though I'm not archiving to my Dropbox folder.

As I mentioned in my previous comments, scheduled backups would be welcome, too. Appbox has a lot of promise, and I hope the devs can add some more features to make it an indispensable app.
[Version 1.0.6]

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BlueCrestStudios LLC. (developer) replied on 27 Sep 2011
Thank you for your feedback.

We have a version in the Apple review process now that addresses some of your concerns. We have rewritten our ZIP stack, and now it is a lot efficient. We also added the ability to select only certain files on archive, and are working on selecting certain files on restore.

We also have future plans to build in scheduling and Automator support, and further work with Cloud services.

Again, we really appreciate the feedback, we really take it to heart. Everything we are currently working on for our applications is based on user suggestions.
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Rob.h commented on 08 Sep 2011
I like the idea of this app so thought I'd give it a go. Must say it has a really nicely designed intuitive interface and it's very easy to use. Pick your archive location, let it scan your apps, pick which ones you want to backup and you're off.

Unfortunately it seemed to hang when backing up a plist file belonging to CrossOver, and my Mac slowed to a crawl. I eventually quit Appbox and tried again. Same thing. So I de-selcted CrossOver and gave it another go, only for it to seemingly 'hang' on another plist. I eventually discovered that Appbox spawns several 'zip' tasks and one of these was using 8.29GB of Real Memory according to Activity Monitor (my Mac Pro has 12Gb installed). Anyway, after some Force Quitting I repeated the process only for it to happen again. So I haven't really been able to use it in anger.

Couple of other thoughts regarding options. Scheduled backups as Drdul mentioned would be nice. Also an option to ignore certain folders/volumes when scanning for apps. It would also be nice if there was the option to ignore the .app bundles when backing up and only backup the relevant files in Preferences and Application Support for example - would help keep overall backup sizes down. Finally make scanning for apps on startup optional?

Anyway, looking forward to some fixes and features in the future.
[Version 1.0.6]

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BlueCrestStudios LLC. (developer) replied on 27 Sep 2011
Thank you for your feedback.

The hanging problem you were seeing was a bug in a select version, we have fixed it and have moved on to greater things with Appbox.

We have a version in the Apple review process now that addresses some of your concerns. We have rewritten our ZIP stack, and now it is a lot efficient. We also added the ability to select only certain files on archive, and are working on selecting certain files on restore.

We also have future plans to build in scheduling and Automator support, and further work with Cloud services.

Again, we really appreciate the feedback, we really take it to heart. Everything we are currently working on for our applications is based on user suggestions.
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Drdul commented on 07 Sep 2011
A useful app for my Macs that aren't running Time Machine. It's too soon to give it a rating, but I can say that it is easy to use and works quickly. An option to run it automatically every week or something would be a nice addition.

As for the suggestion of using Dropbox, well, I backed up 30 apps and ended up with a 1.4 GB archive. If I did that on my three Time Machine-less Macs, I'd be using up a big chunk of my Dropbox.

BTW, if you want to move the location of the archive file, just quit the app, move the folder, then relaunch Appbox. It will prompt you for the location of an existing archive.
[Version 1.0.6]

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BlueCrestStudios LLC. (developer) replied on 27 Sep 2011
Thank you for your feedback.

We have a version in the Apple review process now that addresses some of your concerns. We have rewritten our ZIP stack, and now it is a lot efficient. We also added the ability to select only certain files on archive, and are working on selecting certain files on restore.

Again, we really appreciate the feedback, we really take it to heart. Everything we are currently working on for our applications is based on user suggestions.
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jimmy_tomfunny rated on 07 Apr 2012

[Version 2.0.0]


Downloads:630
Version Downloads:166
Type:Utilities : Backup
License:Commercial
Date:21 Feb 2012
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $3.99
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