Backup software and iPhoto

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by rayjay86, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. rayjay86 macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2011
    I have two questions:

    1. On my PC I used to use SyncBack SE to sync my work documents folder to my dropbox folder every week. That way whatever changes I made during the week were automatically synchronized (changes only) to my dropbox folder via a scheduled backup.

    Is there a Mac equivalent for this? It would really help!

    2. I am using Lightroom 3 for my photo management but I kind of liked the interface of iPhoto so I want to be able to use that too. Is there a way to have iPhoto create a library that DOES NOT make a copy of my 30+ GB of photos? I like the way LR just adds them to the library without making a copy of them and I can work with them without changing the folder substructure that I have in finder.
  2. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Hmm. I'm not familiar with the PC program, but if you install Dropbox and drop files in there they are automatically backed up, in that they are stored in the cloud. If for some reason you need to keep them somewhere else besides the Dropbox folder, try Backup, Apple's neglected utility. It should be in your utilities folder; make a custom plan to send files to the Dropbox on whatever interval you choose.

    iPhoto also gives you a choice as to whether to copy the photos into it's library structure. You might also look at a utility called iPhoto Library Manager; it gives you some more flexibility in opening iPhoto libraries. If you choose not to use it, at least note that you can make multiple libraries; you select them by holding down the option key when you start iPhoto. Sometimes having more libraries makes them more manageable.
  3. rayjay86 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2011
    Yeah I have Dropbox but what I want to do is have a backup program that automatically copies the files from my documents folder (or whichever one I want backed up) into Dropbox.

    Basically if there is a program that can do a one way synchronization (master folder files overwrite whats in the destination). That way any changes I make to a particular file/folder automatically get copied into dropbox at the next scheduled backup and then dropbox does the rest.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Chronosync may be what you're looking for. Check it out to see if that fits your needs.
  5. rayjay86 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2011
    Thanks I had actually just found Chronosync about 5 minutes before you posted.

    I'll it out. Thanks again

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