There are two problems that webmaster or simple user might face every day.
- First, it is necessary to backup files, sure you run some backup program but what about fast incremental backup? Which will backup only changes that were made today?
- Second, the problem which most webmasters face. You do a lot of work with your web-site and you should upload changes online, you have two options – upload whole site or upload to FTP just changes. That’s where webmaster face the problem of finding and managing of changed files.
We at AKS-Labs.com are have developed the new product called BackupChanges, the project will help users with changes and incremental backup.
The BackupChanges software is automatic software for backup of changed or new files. The variety of settings allow specifying what files to backup, where put them and how to run backup quickly any time you need. The software is great choice for changed files management, in a case there is a need to backup files, upload changed documents to the web or send changed files to colleague.
With BackupChanges one can specify files that need to be copied into archive. Typically, it is enough to specify the source folder and nothing else. There are also many options to fine-tune the backup, for instance, user can specify the include and exclude file masks.
Resulted files will be packed into archive, so there is also an option to specify how to keep files in archive, e.g. using relative path or absolute path.
As the program focuses on changed and new files, there is a possibility to specify the time period for which changed files should be copied to archive.
The easiest way is to use some predefined intervals, for instance for last 3 days. If necessary, the precise date and time interval can be specified. The predefined choices include minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years.
Resulted file archive is a zip file, which can be managed with any popular archiving software or server-based file manager. The name of resulted file can be generated automatically using the source folder name and date/time stamp.
As for destination directory user have an opportunity to add more than one record. This is useful, if the changed files should be sent to flash-drive for emergency backup, to hard drive for long-term backup and a copy to the desktop, for future uploading online or sending to co-worker.
All these features might sound complicated for use every day, so there is one extremely useful feature. Once user fine tuned the backup project as needed, the batch file can be generated. Next time the user will need a backup, he or she will simply run the batch file.
All necessary parameters will be passed to the program automatically. In this way managing new or changed files is as easy as one click.
What possible applications are there for this program? Who might need this software?
- The BackupChanges software will find useful anyone who involved in document management process. For instance, software developers might exchange some source codes, while powerful CVS system might not be suitable for project scale, the automated exchange of changed files will significantly simplify the process.
- Web-masters or web-designers use web authoring software to manage files off-line. Actually, there are a lot of files, pictures, scripts, pages, and so on. Most of them are small, but still required to be uploaded to the web-server. With BackupChanges the upload process is much easier, as uploading one big archive and then unpacking it online is less time consuming than uploading smaller files.
Finally, there is a possibility of data loss. Sure, today hard drives are much more reliable, but most data losses occurs due to user’s action, e.g. making some wrong changes to file, accidentally deletion of files and so on. With BackupChanges dropping a copy of work project to the flash drive is really easy.