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You Synchronize

Do you have loads of files that you have copied to another folder (perhaps from your desktop computer onto your laptop, or to a CD which you brought to download to another computer)?

If you do, you are probably aware of the mess you can make of things when you want to update either of the files. You might copy the newer file back to your original computer, replacing the original. Fine, but what if things are more complicated than that?
Imagine that you have lots of files to update and they are scattered all over your computer. (If this hasn’t happened to you yet, believe me, it will!)

You Synchronize to the rescue! This is a very straightforward program. You can use it a few minutes after taking it out of the box to do basic synchronizations. It is a “one button” process to synchronize many files in different locations at one time. Although many other programs can do this as well, the main difference is that You Synchronize keeps an internal database of the changes. This enables it to schedule automatic synchronizations at times and dates that you specify, just like a scheduled backup. You Synchronize can also be used to simply backup any files or folders you like.

What I like about this program is the choices you have. The most important are that you can chose between doing a “two-way” synchronization (which automatically checks which file is newer and writes all new data to the older file), or doing a sync from remote to local file, or vice-versa. I also like the ease with which you can view the history and details of your synchronizations. The interface is very clear and intuitive. Everything is always under your control.

The one question I had when asked to review this product was “What if I have copied a file to another folder, worked on it there, and also made changes in the original? Will I be able to have each file add the new material from the other one, without anything being overwritten?” Unfortunately the answer is apparently “No.” This is not a failing of the You Synchronize. It seems that there is no program out which will accomplish that. It does give something for You Software to shoot for, though.

If you don’t have (or use) a backup program, and have any use at all for synching files, I would say go for it.

– Brian Foley
You Synchronize
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2.6 or higher including Mac OS X v.10.3, internet connection for product activation.
Copyright ©2004 by Brian Foley. This review appeared in the May 2004 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.