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▓▒░-TORLEY-░▒▓ reviewed on 10 Aug 2012
I can go into great depth (ha!) about how many mindless chores Hazel has saved me from — but all those tales o' automated file-shuffling will have to wait while I give my enthusiastic PRAISE for what is an excellent product supported long-term.

This is something I don't see called attention to often enough in MU reviews, but after you buy the product, you expect support. I've been happily using Hazel for almost 4 years now, and one thing that strikes me as astonishingly rare (it shouldn't be) is the fantastic personal support that Paul Kim, Chief Noodler @ Noodlesoft has delivered throughout the years. Consistent and quick, and specific to my concerns (not some inapplicable auto-response babble). I understand people's bandwidth and boundaries, but with an exceptional product should come the support structure that encourages loyalty because IT IS EXCEEDING ITS EXPECTATIONS.

Needless to say, I reckon a lot of Mac users could be a lot more productive if they understood that a lot of the functionality in various one-off tools can be flexibly accomplished in Hazel. Saves time, money, and other worthwhile resources. For example, after being let down by the revisioning system in ForeverSave 2, I came up with Hazel rules in a few minutes that did the same basic auto-saving thing — AND archiving, which FS doesn't do!

Again, to reemphasize what some previous reviews have sounded off on, Hazel has prospered from active development and support during the long-term. How lovely. Since buying software is a sign of personal expression about what we deem good — we vote with our dollars (or other currency) — I decided the upgrade to v3 was worth it based on the clearly-stated changelog and transparency about Mountain Lion compatibility, and happily paid.
[Version 3.0.11]


▓▒░-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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