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Synchronize Pro X Reviews6.9

16 January 2020

Make a bootable backup of your OS X system.

Edac2
07 April 2019
Version: 6.8.5

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I'm worried that Qdea has abandoned SyncPro. The last update was in December 2017, and I'm already getting macOS warnings that the program is not up-to-date. I've had to switch to SuperDuper for making bootable backups, and I feel like it won't be long before I have to switch to a new program for my file backups. Thoughts?
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Aargl
15 January 2020
Version: 6.8.5
The site says "The online store is no longer available". This app is soon going "no-ware"... :-D
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Edac2
07 April 2019
Version: 6.8.5
I'm worried that Qdea has abandoned SyncPro. The last update was in December 2017, and I'm already getting macOS warnings that the program is not up-to-date. I've had to switch to SuperDuper for making bootable backups, and I feel like it won't be long before I have to switch to a new program for my file backups. Thoughts?
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higherterrain-com
07 November 2016
Version: 6.8.4
Get the price down.
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Me2
25 April 2016
Version: 6.8.2
I've been using Synchronize Pro and Synchronize Plus now for maybe close to 10 years. The Developer has always been supportive via email. It works well for me (I use Carbon Copy but it doesn't two "two-way" synchronization) and it a tool in my Mac bag that I can't do without. I appreciate the updates and will pay for good equipment or apps or software. Thank you. Patrick
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Aargl
11 November 2015
Version: 6.8
My turn to put my two cents here. ;-) I wrote a few years ago that SyncPro was the best, it surely was an excessive statement. I must say it's just that I was used to it. Certainly it's not for its "gorgeous" GUI ;-) but at least it's clear. Chronosync is its best competitor for half the price and it's perfect for simple syncing, but gets very complicated when you try and set up things precisely — at least, it's not obvious to me. ;-) What I appreciate in SyncPro is the sync documents. Some might say that Chronosync has them too and I suppose that when you get used to its settings, it's ok. (What I like in Chronosync is the documents manager that allow to run multiple syncs in a row) One great thing about SyncPro is its wide compatibility: Intel/PPC since OS X 10.4! (that's why I still use it on my old machines — I don't have the latest version, though ;-) ) I only know of iBackup that can run in so many OSes, but it has a different approach. We all agree that Sync Pro is overpriced and they probably rely on their existing user base, hence their price policy. ;-) It's quite obvious that any potential new user will run for Chronosync instead, if they need complex syncing, or choose a free alternative such as backupList+, FolderWatch or else for simple tasks.
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WordWeaver
30 September 2015
Version: 6.8
While I am sure that the developer has invested a lot of thought, time and energy into writing this app, similar to other commenters here, I must concur that $100 for a backup utility, and then another $50.00 or so every two years is outrageously expensive. By comparison, consider this . . . I have been using Carbon Copy Cloner -- which also makes very good bootable backups -- since at least November of 2010. At that same time, I made a donation to Bombich Software of $15.00. In December of 2012 I received a registration code for CCC 3.x I believe. As I recall, this was a free registration code, because I had previously donated to Bombich Software when CCC was still donationware. In October of 2014 I paid $20.00 to upgrade to CCC 4.x. In short, in just under five years, I have spent $35.00 for Carbon Copy Cloner, and I will probably spend another $20 when CCC 5.x comes out. No matter how you look at it, CCC has saved me loads of money, compared to what the Synchronize! Pro X developers are asking for. Now, obviously, I can't compare feature for feature between these two apps, but I will say that CCC has been rock solid over the years, and it allows me to be very selective about my scheduled backups. I can back up an entire hard drive -- which will be bootable -- I can backup just certain folders and files, I can protect certain files and folders on the destination drive so that they aren't written over the next time that CCC performs an automated backup, I can schedule multiple backups at different hours of the day, and different days of the week, etc. It's great. It gives me peace of mind. Perhaps Synchronize! Pro X can do all of this too. However, even if that is the case, why pay more than I really have to? Oh, and did I mention that Bombich support is quite good? I have had a number of email exchanges with them over the years. They see their customers as people, and not just as a source of revenue to milk. Enough said.
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1.5
PeterHarte
30 September 2015
Version: 6.8
Too expensive for simple sync
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Bigboysdad
01 November 2014
Version: 6.7
Another os x upgrade to Yosemite, so another "upgrade" to good old Sync Pro, lol. So glad I stopped shelling out $50 for this every 2 years after the initial $99 cost.
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Nitroxer
09 October 2014
Version: 6.6
Unlike others I don't begrudge the price or upgrade policy per se. But I do expect premium level support in return for premium level pricing. Qdea badly fails: the product fails to work in my environment according to vendor claims that it should. A dump indicated an OSX module failed that SynX invoked. . The developer declined to provide *any* assistance. Rationale: "not his code" and he had not encountered the problem before. Astoundingly, he didn't even ask if the problem was reproducible or survived a reboot. Tough to imagine a more unhelpful or arrogant response. As others mention, there are comparable products with considerably better support and lower prices. Recommend that they be considered - not Qdea's .
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1.5
officefkom3635
14 March 2014
Version: 6.6
I used Synchronize Pro for years, paid the money and it was ok. At the time, the dev asked for a renewal fee to give support because of a problem I had with the software (yes : no fee = no further support), I decided to find an alternative and to change. The solution was Cronosync. CS delivers the same functionality as SPro (or even more), has far better server grade functions via CS Agents. In the end, it was a huge step forward. And the pricing was far better: 5 License Pack for 160 $, 2 Agents for 20$ and I was done. Including free Upgrades forever! Thats the real deal. SPro was excellent in the 90s, but you will get the same 90s interface at the 90s pricing. The is an obsolete strategy, and it doesn't deserve to be supported. This software should move to the Appstore at 2.95 $, and it might be a success again. Chronosync is not in the Appstore, which is a customer benefit in terms of better pricing. Far better pricing.
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0.5
anonymous-hyena-2756
29 October 2013
Version: 6.6
While it's a 5 stars software, it worth one star for the updating policy. The 6.6, as well the past, it is just an UPDATE, not an UPGRADE. There's no new features, only bug fixes and compatibility issues. I'm a registered user from some years ago I'm boring to have a "must update" each 2 years to a get minor update. It is right that it still work but the reliability is not assured. I skip this update, this time, even if I love Synchronize Pro!, I'll get this straight.
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0.5
KLBD
19 April 2013
Version: 6.5.1
Wow. I've used the software about three times a year and when I tried to use it today I got a notice that my license expired and I can't use it any more. I've been a long time user, but I'd totally mis-read it when last upgraded and didn't realize the software itself would stop working after two years. When you pair that with only 2 installations this is a bad return on investment, and not a precedent I want to support. Off to look for a different option.
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4.5
Digital-Fury
02 November 2012
Version: 6.5.1
Somewhat expensive for this kind of tool and its "dry" user interface hasn't evolved that much over the years, but still the gold standard in term of reliability/performance. I have been using it for years now to synchronise huge external Tb arrays connected to my system, and it always has worked flawlessly for me.
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Aargl
07 October 2012
Version: 6.5.1
Just a note about the price: "$99.95" Why not $100? I'm so bored about all those companies (nearly all :-( using that old ridiculous trick! It's just as if they say: "c'mon you dumb fools! Come and buy our product, we think you're just a bunch of morons, stupid enough to thing that $99.95 is a lot cheaper than $100, so you'll run and buy it!" Are we really so stupid? :-(
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0.5
Midorosan
11 September 2012
Version: 6.5.1
Just a comment bi-annual means twice a year I think you want biennial. Ignore rating
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3.5
Bigboysdad
12 May 2012
Version: 6.3.1
At the price charged, plus bi-annual renewal costs, I have always, over the years, compared Sync Pro's features to alternative software to see if it’s worth it and over the last 7 years, I found it to be indispensible as it could do a whole load of things other backup software couldn’t. As its now time for another comparison (another bi-annual cost is looming), I thought I'd post how, for me, Sync Pro currently compares: 1) Bootable Backup - One of the reasons I bought Sync Pro X years ago was because of its ability to take advantage of FSEvents technology in OS X which initially resulted in me being able to do a bootable backup on my MBP in seconds. However, FSEvents has proved to be a bit flakey, resulting in Sync Pro being unable to properly commence, let alone finish a bootable backup. The workaround is to turn off FSEvents, which reduces Sync Pro to the same speed as the considerably cheaper and even free alternatives out there. In fact, those same alternatives actually produce a better quality clone, if Backup Bouncer is your guide. The developer has also suggested that I should fix permissions on my drive/ completely re-install my system, just to make Sync Pro work properly. Despite the fact that I haven’t needed to do this with other backup software, I went along with these suggestions, but the issues still persist. 2) Syncing - No problems here but again, the syncing abilities are easily replicated by cheaper alternative software. 3) Archiving - There’ still nothing that can better Sync Pro’s archiving options. By this, I mean the ability to distinguish exactly what files and folders get archived, where the archives are saved (ie, a different disk to your backup destination drive), and the ability to group archive folders into DVD sized chunks. Well, DVDs are on the way out, so there’s not much need for me to burn archives to DVD and to be honest, I can’t think of a reason for me to save archives to a different disk (your experience may vary). Personally, I am happy to archive files and folders in a folder structure to the same destination backup disk and this can also be done with cheaper alternative software. 4) Ability to open and close disks - Again, this can be one with cheaper alternative software. 5) Ability to open and close other programs - Still (I think) a unique feature of Sync Pro if it’s what you need. 6) Bugs and support - In my experience, Sync Pro has always had bugs of some sort, which is ok, considering how complex it is and the developer will always strive to provide a fix. My current issue is that it won’t complete a backup on just my home folder then, after a special copy of Sync Pro had been provided by the developer to try and fix the issue, files and folders which it was supposed to backup were completely missed. I'm sure, the developer would have eventually found a fix or workaround for all of these issues and he does reply within a day, provides suggestions to problems and provides specific copies of the software to try work around your problem. But for the price paid, I'd hoped that these kind of issues didn't arise in the first place, they don't seem to with the alternative software available. The developer's suggested solutions (fixing permissions/ reinstalling the system which as I say, aren't necessary with alternative software) haven’t always worked. Sync Pro does provide extra very good features such as folder watching and being able to log in without being the root user but for the price paid, what I really wanted/needed was for this to work first time a lot more than what it did without having to find fixes. So for my needs, I settled on separate cloning software and syncing/ archiving software to complete those specific tasks. I find that works out far more reliably and cheaper than Sync Pro. No set agenda here, and the software has worked more often than not - just my experience.
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2.5
Mikesavory
03 February 2012
Version: 6.3.1
I have made dozens of bootable backups and migrated my OS from one machine to another using Super Duper and Carbon Copy Cloner over the years, I have never had an issue with either program. I have rated this program at 50%, because I have never used it, and don't believe I ever will.
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5
freevito
24 October 2011
Version: 6.3
I’ve been a Mac user since 1986, so I have some perspective on Mac applications. There are few that I rate as highly as SyncProX. It was the first full-featured OS X backup app that could reliably make bootable backups. I’ve been using it since 2002 (v1.2.2). When SuperDuper and Carbon Copy Cloner came along, I tried them. I even own a SuperDuper license. So, I know what those apps can do. First let me say that any comparison between backup & synchronization applications is useful only if you’re fully informed about their capabilities—and you seldom get that in user reviews (even this one). All backup & sync requirements are not equal, and neither are all backup & sync applications. If your needs are simple, you can get by with a simple app. But if you need a backup & synchronization application that can do it all, then you should take a closer look at SyncProX than most user reviews can provide. Anyhow, here’s what SyncProX does for me. I need to run both manual and scheduled backups of data on networked computers. SyncProX can handle either, but part of its power is in its ability to automate the process. The backups include complete bootable backups as well as dedicated backups of database files. For automated backups, I need powerful control over permissions and difference criteria for file size, date, modification time, creator, type, ID resources, as well as the ability to specify file skipping rules (in case of errors), what data are logged, how to handle file attributes, what should and should not be copied…and that’s just a partial listing of the kinds of options SyncProX provides. It takes some time to learn what all the features do, but it’s well worth the effort if you need them. My automated database backups need to run scripts to shut down data and license servers, write the backups to sparse.image disks mounted remotely from the networked computers on which they reside, then unmount the disks, and then restart the servers. Everything has to be done with root privileges because the database directories have “No access” permissions for everything except the database application. SyncProX does it all, fully automated, without any need for me to log in as the root user. The ability to specify what data are logged is critical for troubleshooting any problems…for example when an anti-virus app detects and quarantines some malware during the backup write operation, and creates several hundred temp files in the process, all of which appear as errors in the backup log. Ditto for bizarre problems that occasionally show up due to the way OS X reports changed files in FS Events when Fast Scan is enabled. In that case, turning off Fast Scan, repairing permissions, and running a full backup clears the problem. The log file provides all the info I need to track down the culprit and solve the problem, or get help from Qdea support. Oh, yeah…want support? Got it. The developer usually responds within 24 hours, and often within a few hours. Qdea has even provided me with special builds of SyncProX to work around problems that appear when something changes in OS X…and something is always changing in OS X. Qdea’s licensing policy is eminently fair…although for some reason it’s often deeply misunderstood. Well, here’s the bottom line: Any version of SyncProX that you download works forever…or for as long as the version of OS X you’re running is compatible. I have copies of SyncProX v 4.x and v5.x running on two old Tiger machines. They’re fully licensed, forever. If I don’t need to upgrade when the two-year license expires, I just don’t renew the license until I need it. All previously installed versions continue to work on their respective licenses. If I upgrade my system and need a SyncProX upgrade, I buy the renewal (for $49.95…NOT $99.95), but I don’t have to buy it until I need an upgrade. And during the two-year license period, I can download any upgrade that Qdea releases, any of which are covered by that license—permanently. Sounds fair to me. Considering the great support and the fact that SyncProX is constantly under development to keep up with changes in OS X, that’s a pretty low cost of ownership for an application that does so much and works so well. SyncProX probably isn’t for everyone. If you don’t need all the features it provides, then use a backup application that does what you need. But if you need the Swiss army knife of backup apps—the stainless steel, chrome-plated, nuclear laser turbo-diesel high-strength industrial backup app—SyncProX will get the job done. It’s worth every penny.
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Xenophon
13 September 2011
Version: 6.3
Regarding Synchronize Pro's rival offerings (e.g. SuperDuper and the free --- oops, dirty word --- Carbon Copy Cloner): they are not really equivalent. To my mind, Synchronize Pro is more like a shell for RSync, and can be directed to backup and/or synchronize specific folders, disks, etc. For system backups, I've used SuperDuper, as it was designed for that purpose, I believe. Regarding the upgrade policy: renewal fees of $100 every 2 years have to be factored in the storage equation (disks, RAID boxes, NASes, etc). To my mind, they represent a very small percentage of total cost, and I'm willing to accept that in order to maintain a stable workflow. In this respect, BTW, Synchronize Pro certainly delivers. The one thing mentioned that bothers me, but I'm not sure if it's true, is the fact that a 2nd computer with the same license is crippled. This, I think, is a major flaw, that represents very bad practice. Can't help but feel that the authors don't trust me. BTW, I haven't upgraded yet, so the stars reflect my rating for the previous version.
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Mikaelf
05 September 2011
Version: 6.3
Please don't use the free as below. It's not free since I have to buy the software in the first place to get the upgrade. Look up the definition of free... "Access to this version of Synchronize! Pro X is free if you've purchased a license within the last two years. Document revisions are now backed up on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion."
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Mikaelf
05 September 2011
Version: 6.3
I just bought this and while I'm still very impressed with the speed and functionality and it's low cpu utilization what really bugs me is the fact that unlike ALL other software packages I have where you get a full use license for 2 or more computers as long as you're the only user this company decided for some reason to sell you one license and a second usage crippleware. You can't use all features on the second computer and the software will go online and check that you comply. The feature lost is the automatic operation. The core of a program like this. They don't even provide an option to license it. I would have considered it if it was displayed upfront. This is not Pro! This is Scam... Looks like a return for me...
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Evaluator
04 September 2011
Version: 6.3
I have used this software for a couple of years with no problems. Of course I have never had to do a restore, so I cannot state it does that function well. WARNING - READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE DOWNLOADING THIS UPDATE! My problem is that this company is now demanding $100 to continue using their product. They say my license expired. Who the hell does that? I understand paying for an upgrade when a major revision is released, but a license that expires? Even Microsoft doesn't screw their clients in that way. On top of this, there is no upgrade price for current users. I am supposed to pay $100 for another two years. I am off to find a replacement. Screw these bums.
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Bigboysdad
23 July 2011
Version: 6.2
After installing Lion 10.7, nearly 30% of my MBP's Disk directory was suddenly out of sync. I then had to clone its boot drive excluding the home folder, to a portable external firewire drive so I could run Diskwarrior on the MBP. Everything turned out fine in the end and I can say that the clone produced by Synchronize! Pro to enable this, worked perfectly. Obviously, it does more than just clone, but the point is, it seems to work fine under Lion. Important to know when preparing for the inevitable bugs the early versions of the new operating system will bring.
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5
Oldmiller
30 May 2011
Version: 6.2
I am registered to this application since August 2004 and through all the years on any OS X version on any of my Macs Synchronize Pro X has been a stable workhorse. And it still is. It is fast, it is absolutely reliable and very powerful! I love the many options, e.g. SPX lets me start scripts that closes different databases before the back up begins and that opens them again, when SPX has finished ... or that it starts a back up when a folder changes. I have different scheduled back ups for different purposes and content, some running every two hours, some scheduled weekly and also I made bootable system clones all the years. I have never experienced any failures or problems when I needed those clones or back ups. Over the many years I contacted Hugh Sontag four or five times. He always replied literally instantly with great help, always competent and kind. Half a year ago I was trying to figure out the best way for a complex yet flexible back up strategy for a friend of mine and asked Mr. Sontag if my concept could work and received great help and much input from him. There are many competing apps to this product, many somewhat more popular-priced. At the time I registered to SPX I tested many and found none to be as powerful. Since then I never cared for other apps as SPX just does it perfectly for me and I simply totally trust this app.
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Bigboysdad
12 February 2011
Version: 6.2
Someone very kindly showed me the complete backup bouncer test result for version 6.13, which is as follows: Verifying: basic-permissions ... ok (Critical) Verifying: timestamps ... ok (Critical) Verifying: symlinks ... ok (Critical) Verifying: symlink-ownership ... FAIL Verifying: hardlinks ... FAIL (Important) Verifying: resource-forks ... Sub-test: on files ... ok (Critical) Sub-test: on hardlinked files ... FAIL (Important) Verifying: finder-flags ... ok (Critical) Verifying: finder-locks ... ok Verifying: creation-date ... ok Verifying: bsd-flags ... FAIL Verifying: extended-attrs ... Sub-test: on files ... ok (Important) Sub-test: on directories ... ok (Important) Sub-test: on symlinks ... FAIL Verifying: access-control-lists ... Sub-test: on files ... ok (Important) Sub-test: on dirs ... ok (Important) Verifying: fifo ... FAIL Verifying: devices ... FAIL Verifying: combo-tests ... Sub-test: xattrs + rsrc forks ... ok Sub-test: lots of metadata ... ok Don't know what the results are for this new 6.2 version but if the results are the same as above, then that'll do me - all the relevant stuff (for me) is there. Time Machine, Chronosync/CCC/Superduper!/ Superflexiblefilesynchronizer are great and I recommend all of them to other Mac users, but I still use this, because I can't see one product that does *everything* this does.
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Donmontalvo
29 October 2010
Version: 6.1.3
Most of our laptop users keep folders in sync using this application. The controls are as granular as you can imagine. So much so that I think it's a good time to ask the developer for a "Sync script wizard" that our users can breeze through to set things up. There is one bug (not sure if the developer would agree). An example, if you have two folders named "PROJECT", and one is on SERVER1 and one is on SERVER2, and you set up "Archive" folders, you have to be VERY careful to make sure you select the right directory for the "Archive" folder. It's quite easy to select the same "Archive" folder for your files on SERVER1 and SERVER2. Then you'll get error dialog boxes that prompt you with choices. If you select "Skip", your deleted files will not be archived. Not very comforting, as users complain of lost files all the time. I know this is a user problem (they just need to make sure the right Archive folder is selected for master and target folders). But if all users are making the same mistake, it's an indicator that the GUI may need an adjustment to make it more intuitive. I'm giving this 4 stars. I'd give it 5 stars but with the issue I described, I can't. PS, I have no problem with the licensing policy. There are tons of margional/cr@ppy sync tools out there, and folks are buying into them. Folks in the know stick with what works, is most reliable and highly supported. Don
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Bigboysdad
15 August 2010
Version: 6.1.2
To Graftonreed, Tacalit, Kbeat, Uncoy who have posted on this product over the last 3 years, I hear you. In fact, my two year license period is up and upon the next update, it'll be time for me to decide whether to pony up another $50 to "take advantage of the software" for another two years. Surely this product has peaked? After all, there are so many bad comments on these pages and in blogs - I'm talking about the licensing scheme and the often quoted attitude of the developer. I can verify some previous comments about the developer; whilst he does respond to occasional problems and issues fixes, its always the fault of OS X or your own disk. Also, whilst this product was historically the big fish in the small pond, there are now so many extremely powerful alternative backup solutions out there that are a half/quarter/tenth of the price of this product and even free and which, unlike Synchronize! Pro, have available and detailed 'Backup Bouncer' tests on show (can anyone point me to a detailed backup bouncer test for this product, because I sure as hell can't find one). The thing is, having tested out all of the other excellent software, I'm struggling to justify not renewing my license, having regard to the software's ability to satisfy my backup strategy which includes the necessity to: 1. Open and close other programs, in addition to mounting and ejecting external drives, on a Mac before and after a backup; 2. Determine exactly what changed and deleted files can be archived, where these archives can be stored (for example, on different drive to the destination drive receiving the backups); 3. Produce a bootable backup in literally seconds, thanks to the software using 'Fast Events' technology in OS X; 4. Sync wirelessly between 3 Macs or to a USB/ Firewire drive and to Windows machines as second nature; and 5. Maintain file permissions, creation and modification dates, aliases, extended attributes and ACL's on the backup drive just as they were on the original drive (just my own observations; as I say, if anyone has a comprehensive 'Backup Bouncer' test result, please let me know). The quality of backup solutions these days get better and better, especially the Chronosync/Superduper!'s of this world as well as Arq which should be used by everyone who has a Mac. By comparison, Synchronize! Pro looks like something from 1991 and is very expensive when compared to others, but does any other one program reliably do *all* of the above? Surprisingly, the answer seems to be no; this seems to be the only program that does what it does (I tried using a combination of Superduper/Chronosync to do the above but using two programs for non-cloud based backup didn't work). I'd love to be wrong. I'm as tight as the next person and don't like shelling out big money if I don't have to. However, unless it can be demonstrated that there is one other program that can reliably do all of the above, I guess there's no option than to accept that the power and flexibility of this program, even against today's solutions means that it is necessary to renew my license. In summary, I'd say if you don't need all of the features of this product, save you're money and buy the excellent other backup software out there. However, if you do use most of its unique features and have grown accustomed to using them, you basically can't go anywhere else.
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Graftonreed
07 August 2010
Version: 6.1.2
A lot of "self-promoting" in these reviews. Read between the lines. CCC or Super-Duper are the benchmarks.
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Morocco
14 April 2010
Version: 6.1.1
I have been using Synchronize! ProX for the 5 years I have had this Mac G5 & I am totally delighted with it. It has never given me a problem - it does exactly what you tell it to do. I wish all software were this reliable. Thank you SO much for designing & selling it. Yours sincerely, Morocco (C.V. Dinicu) New York City
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Me2
22 December 2009
Version: 6.1.1
Been using this software for years.... fantastic for synchronizing and trustworty. Wouldn't leave home without it.
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anonymous-hyena-2756
27 August 2009
Version: 6.1
I was planning to buy this software despite the price until I read more about the licencing policy. So I've decided to wait the first update after the full Snow Leopard version comes out, whitch should be the one without main SnowLeo issue... This is a way to maximize the weird Qdea licencing program.... But in the meantime, I'm going to check the competitors.
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Samarb
29 March 2009
Version: 6.0.7
I have been a Mac user for 25 years (yes, I started with the very first edition), and I've been a believer in bootable clones for as long as there's been software to do it. I've tried Carbon Copy Cloner and I have used SuperDuper and pretty well all the cloning software. Nothing is as good as SPX. Firstly, Qdea has the next version of its software ready almost immediately there's a new system or system update. This is crucial. Carbon Copy Cloner works until there's a system update and then it's useless until they get around to doing an update, which can take months and months. If you want to update your clone every week, as I do, CCC is of no use whatsoever. And the same comment can be made about most of the cloning software out there. SuperDuper is pretty good, but way, way slower than SPX. Secondly, the tech support from Qdea is very quick and very helpful. Yes, SPX costs more than the other cloners, but, in my view, if you're serious about having bootable clones always ready, the money is well worth spending. I've had several occasions where my clones saved the day in a big way. On holiday in Europe, my MacBook Pro was stolen from the hotel room. On another occasion, a brand new MacBook Pro had a failure of the logic board. In both cases, my little back-up drive with the bootable clone was not touched. I found another Mac and was up and running in five minutes. No data loss at all (in particular my Aperture library). In short, for real world serious use of bootable clones, you really can't beat SPX. And I should make clear that I have no other connection to Qdea than having been a very satisfied customer for years. A licence lasts for two years and I get any and all SPX updates and new versions during the two years after renewal. Then I keep using the latest version until Qdea comes out with another update or version, and I renew the licence to be able to take advantage of the software for another two years.
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Mactraxx
10 February 2009
Version: 6.0.6
Synch Pro X is the best, most reliable backup solution I've ever used (and I've used almost all of them). It has never crashed on me, and simply does what it's supposed to do, when it's supposed to do it without fail. Very solid little program. My only complaint is that the GUI is in the dark ages and really needs a major overhaul in that area. I don't like that each plan lives in it's own window. It should be simplified to use one window that shows all plans and the interface should be spiffied up to look like it belongs on the Mac -Leopard platform. Other than that, I highly recommend this for all your backup and cloning needs.
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Kp-gores
28 September 2008
Version: 6.0.5
This was useful under system 9, but nowadays there are many alternatives and, even better, free ones that run more stable. The user interface is confusing, support is almost non-existent. It is stable, as long as all your disks stay online. But if a removable disappears or two disks have the same name (after all, it is a backup disk), synchronize gets confused.
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Kbeat
29 April 2008
Version: 6.0
An okay piece of software that does more or less what it's supposed to do, although I've had to deal with a few bugs. Bugs are okay, in that they are a fact of life when dealign with software. An since Qdea, like most companies, releases software patches to deal with them, it would not be an issue. It would not be an issue that if, if it weren't for Qdea's horrendous licensing policy. Rather than being based on the version you own, it's time based. So, for example, if you have version 5.0.6, and they release a patch that fixes a bug in version 5.0.7, you'd think that patch would be free, right? Nope, not if you bought version 5 twenty four months ago. You'll have to pay for a full version upgrade to get a .01 patch. I'll happily pay for an upgrade when it brings new features to the table that I can use. But I simply won't pay for .01 bug patches. As a result, Qdea lost a customer and I moved to a competitor.
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Uncoy
02 April 2008
Version: 5.1.3
Every time you run Synchronize! Pro , it installs parasiteware in the background of your Mac which is very difficult to turn off. The parasiteware doesn't do much except steal processor cycles (going up and down between 0 and 6% in my experience). That's a pretty heavy performance price to pay. Synchronize! Pro X used to be a great product. Then the developer became more obsessed with all the unlicensed copies in use rather than the licensed copies that are in use. Hugh Sontag would do well to make his customers advocates, knock his price down a bit and sell to a much wider public. Instead he gives rude answers and cripples our computers. Look elsewhere.
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Donmontalvo
19 January 2008
Version: 5.1.3
I emailed qdea support to ask if they updated Synchronize! Pro to NOT expand *.graffle package files. I was very pleased to find out they added a pref doing just that. I've happily returned from my six month stint using Synk Pro (which has a horrible, unintuitive and frustrating interface). I'm glad to be home again...there is SOOOO much I synchronize on a regular basis that the last 6 months have been pure hell. Thanks qdea...thank you...thank you...thank you... :) Don Montalvo, NYC Curmudgeon at large
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Purduejim
19 January 2008
Version: 5.1.3
I have been using SyncPro for years for synchronizing data from a desktop to a laptop. It is very powerful and though I certainly do not use each feature, I have found it exceedingly reliable, fast and user friendly in many years of using it . I have never had a data loss using it and has saved me many times from losing valuable files. I have also found support to be friendly, timely, of excellent quality, and easy to understand. Most little problems I have had over the years were caused by my misunderstanding setup issues and support has held my hand and walked me through correcting my mistakes every time. I can also say these issues have been few and far between. I cannot recommend it more highly. James Lee
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Donmontalvo
14 January 2008
Version: 5.1.3
Long time owner...waiting for option to NOT display contents of *.graffle files when there's a difference...but rather to show modification of the actual *.graffle file. Not looking to wrestle with the developer, merely asking for an option to ONLY show difference time. I asked for this back in the Spring. Switched to Synk (which ONLY displays *.graffle file but not contents), would like to switch back. Don
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Ridges
15 December 2007
Version: 5.1.3
I've been using SP for four years and it has been truly invaluable, keeping my documents folder on a desktop and laptop perfectly synched. It has not corrupted a file a single time to my knowledge. The bootable backups boot perfectly. I just updated to 5.1.3, but the prior version, 5.0.3x never crashed. The setup is a little awkward, but not a big deal and you only do it initially - running the synchs is easy. Backups are critical to your happiness, so spend a little time to set things up right for yourself. Would I want a slick "metal" interface - noooo way. I want the programmer guy spending his time on data integrity and reliability. Do I want a creative kind of guy coding backup software? No, I want an anal-retentive, list making, accountant-type of unimaginative nerd. A complaint about the backups is incrementals are done using a hierarchy of "archives". I would prefer to simply set a back date and browse files directly. It is, however, easy to find an earlier version by browsing the archive as necessary. Bottom line is that for absolutely critical data integrity I have not had a problem for four years and for that I will put up with anything and the $99 is not unreasonable compared to all the buggy junk out there for cheaper. If you have a crashed computer you will pay anything to get your data back. Do not compromise on your backup strategy in order to save a few bucks. #1 Gripe is license agreement as others have pointed out, although he's changed it so you can use it on two computers, but with restrictions on the second. To restrict use on the other computer is ridiculous - the software's purpose is to synchronize two computers, so the software has to be available on both computers - simple. Note to Qdea: please just remove the silly restriction on the second computer. How many users will actually pay you twice? Answer: the nicest, most ethical and well-meaning people on Earth. They deserve a break please give it to them.
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Biturbo27t
26 October 2007
Version: 5.1
Just downloaded v 5.1. Crashes immediately under OS 10.4. Reverting back to 5.0.7 works fine. I haven't loaded Leopard yet, but will try this version again when I do, even though the description says that 5.1 is still compatible with 10.3-10.4. I'd recommend holding off on this one unless you're ready to do some troubleshooting.
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Viclen
15 October 2007
Version: 5.0.7b
I've owned SP for some time, using it to provide an hourly backup for my studio's files. Two bugs appeared: an error of "too many open files"; and a "can't find disk XXX" even though the disk was clearly visible on the desktop. This happened with both Mac OS X Server 10.3 and 10.4. I lived with this for some time, finding that quitting SP and relaunching solved both problems - but this is backup software, it's commercially priced and shouldn't have these problems. I reported them to tech support and was told: "Synchronize! Pro X asks to close every file it opens. It couldn't work properly if it didn't, because the maximum number of open files is 256, and Synchronize! Pro X routinely copies hundreds of thousands of files in its backups." "I have no other reports of a similar problem, despite the fact that Synchronize! Pro X is in daily use on tens of thousands of computers worldwide." "What this means to me is that your computer is not operating properly. If it were my computer, I would use Disk Utility to "Repair Disk". If the problem persisted, I would reinstall OS X in an attempt to eliminate the problem." My knowledge of Macs is quite extensive and I didn't believe this. Sloth confirmed the existence of numerous temporary files. Tech support then commented: "Mea culpa! I've attached a version of Synchronize! Pro X that I believe no longer exhibits the problem." I tried using the v5.0.8 beta but it wouldn't accept my serial number. What followed was numerous emails back and forth and a call to Hugh Sontag (both tech director and tech support) in the States. He absolutely refused to give me a working serial number, insisting this was user error. I'm positive it isn't but even if it is, what kind of company takes such an arrogant, intractable approach? In the end, I gave up. I bought Tri Backup (at half the price) which works perfectly, especially as my server is working on a non-Intel machine (Tri Backup is PPC only). The moral? Never trust *any* company that has a "lots of people use our product and no one complains" attitude. Vic
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Mcgurme
24 April 2007
Version: 5.0.7
I have been using Synchronize pro since 2002, and made it up to version 3.5 before my 2-year license period expired. It has been quite reliable and useful software, even if the interface is a bit lacking in the intuitiveness department. However, a major headache in the past was the licensing of this application, particularly in the way that licensing terms changed several times. I am someone who pays for all my software and have a strict anti-piracy policy for a large lab that I manage. That said, Qdea's policy of reporting usage back to a home server and "ensuring license compliance" is completely obnoxious and un-called for. Why should the developer need to know whether I personally use it to sync one or three machines? For some reason they think it is their business that even after I pay them $100 for the software, that they should step in and say: "Here's how you can use our software, and here's how you can't use our software, even if it is for your own personal use." Given that I have a lot of different machines that I deal with at different times, this makes the software into (expensive) crippleware. The developer seems to have a basic lack of understanding of the human psyche that leads to this policy. That same lack of understanding is what has led to many ill-fated music "rental" services where you pay for and download a song, only to have it expire after so many uses or when you download a new song. Why has the iTunes store been so successful? Because it gave people the sense that they _own_ the music they downloaded (even if it is not strictly true in a legal sense). People want to be able to do what they want with an item they pay for (just look at the latest announcement that downloads from EMI will be DRM free). The point is that Qdea does not give the user a sense of ownership if they are paying for the software. This only discourages legal users, not pirates (a sophisticated pirate could defeat the scheme). I talked to the developer about this several years ago, and we actually had a rather heated discussion on the phone. He got very rude with me, basically telling me if I didn't like it not to buy it. Right, good advice. I am writing this now for the following reason. Having moved over to an intel-based machine, I've been having some flakiness with the older version of Synchronize pro running under Rosetta, so I decided to look into an "upgrade". I optimistically thought maybe the developer would have figured out by now that he was loosing sales. I went to the developer's site, and saw that the draconian policy is still in place. He wants me to pay $49 to renew crippleware? Forget it. I would happily pay that price for software that does what Synchronize Pro does, without telling me how I can use it. I would have clicked "buy" right now, if that policy had changed (despite the developer's rude response to me previously). Fortunately, there are other programs I can spend my $49 on that are not crippleware. Bottom line: great software technically, horrible from the perspective that you should be able to use software you "own" as you please.
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Biturbo27t
17 February 2007
Version: 5.0.6
I've used or tried nearly every backup program out there for the Mac. Used Retrospect for years until it started corrupting my drives causing major data loss and headache (and I still don't think it's a uiversal app. yet). For lightweight backups, Deja Vu is very good, but for more complicated backups, Sync Pro X has been fantastic. There were some glitches with 5.0.5 that caused my license to fail, but the developer was very responsive in fixing my issue and even sent me a beta of 5.06 to use until the final version was released. For about 8 months of useage now, it's worked like a charm. Bootable clones are perfect. Backups over the network (even when users are not logged in) works perfect. Overall, it's been well worth the $100 to protect my data and keep my laptop and desktop synced up. My only complaint is the interface, hence the 4 star rating. I dislike that each plan lives in it's own window. A consolidated interface like most of the other utilities out there would be very welcome. If developers would just take advantage of and implement more often the GUI guidelines and abilities OS X offers, users would have a much better experience. So while the guts of this program are solid, useability and intuiteveness could be much better. That's a minor gripe though for a program that has been rock solid and delivers what it promises day in and day out. Of course, if you've got to backup to tape, you're probably stuck with Retrospect :-P Highly recommended!
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Aqtinc
06 February 2007
Version: 5.0.5
v 5.0.5 installed OK, and didn't produce any registration problems for me, but it did crash every time (5 attempts) at a sync. I reverted back to 5.0.4, and all is working again.
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Biturbo27t
05 February 2007
Version: 5.0.5
I'd pass on v 5.0.5. Seems to be a problem with registration, at least on my machine. 5.0.4 (which I thankfully kept, still works fine. Though I have been plagued by the volumes not un mounting issue. Also, weird display problems when the help/registration window is opened. Best to pass on this one.
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Qdea-Technical-Support
01 November 2006
Version: 5.0.4
Using a newer version of Synchronize! Pro X and finding that your license doesn't cover that version has no consequences in itself. No previous version of Synchronize! Pro X is ever locked out because you try a new version. You can launch the newer version, get the error message, and then use an older version forever. That's what the license says, and that's how the software works. However, if you have problems getting an older version to work, we do not provide technical support to solve them. As we clearly document in the "Read Me.rtf" file that comes with every download of Synchronize! Pro X, "Please note: Qdea publishes and supports only the current version of Synchronize! Pro X. If you want to keep using an older version, you may - but keep a backup. Qdea does not provide old versions."
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Jackdain
23 October 2006
Version: 5.0.4
I downloaded the latest version only to find out after starting the update that if the two year upgrade policy is up, you can no longer use your previous version. When I contacted Qdea here's what they said: "When you purchase a license for Synchronize! Pro X, you have technical support and access to all versions of Synchronize! Pro X released within 2 years of your purchase at no additional charge. Whatever problem you're having with the previous version of Synchronize! Pro X is a technical support issue, and we do not provide technical support more than two years after your purchase of a license, nor do we offer technical support for old versions of the software. Best Regards, Hugh Sontag Qdea Technical Support" S0 BEAWARE - If you try to update to the latest version and your past your upgrade period, then you'll loose the ability to use the version you own
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Yeomans
17 August 2006
Version: 5.0.2
Sync Pro X has been more stable than any other app I've used-including OS X. It doesn't strike me as the kind of application a ”plug-and-play” sort of person would swoon over. But I wouldn't extend that to novices or recent Mac switchers. Seriously. The setup is that easy to use. Everything about Sync Pro X is unfalteringly reliable and built to be logical and intuitive. The interface is simple, though-SPX doesn't beat Apple's iApps on rich, beautiful, animation-packed interfaces. It's simple and reliable precisely because it doesn't try to be everything.
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Ronin-1
30 April 2006
Version: 5.0
Though some people have recommended Synchronize Pro X to me for its ability to backup over a network I must say that I find the author's policy about updates and the length of the supported updates to be particularly bad. The statement from the website says that a purchaser is entitled to updates for two years from the date of purchase, but after two years only the original version purchased will be supported by that license serial number! There is a $49 "renewal fee" which allows the licensee to continue using anything other than the original version purchased and any further updates for another two year period. This is crippleware. Expensive as Synchronize Pro X is I do not believe you get your money's worth from it. I find this policy repugnant and do not think I can bring myself to support a company which uses it. My view is that the company is taking advantage of the consumer.
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