Compare folders app for Mac?

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  1. MrMister111 macrumors 68000

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    Anyone find a decent, easy to use compare folders app for Snow Leopard?

    I've googled and all I can find are old, not updated, or look rubbish.

    I want to basically compare 2 folders (one on Mac HDD, one on a NAS), and then sync between them. Mostly the NAS one wont be updated, ie I copy my photos to Mac HDD, backup to TM, and then also another copy to NAS for safekeeping.

    Has anyone found one please. Preferably free, but willing to pay for a decent program

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  3. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    I believe Forklift can do the job and it's part of the MacLegion bundle.

    mt
     
  4. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    thanks for tips, both seem bit expensive and complicated for what I want to do really. I've found SyncTwoFolders but cant seem to get it to work as I want!?!

    Keep 'em coming, still waiting for the app that can do it for me, ie simple, cheap, easy to use.

    cheers
     
  5. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    Then Google "rsync." You can run it free from terminal. Once you get the hang of its commands, you can wrap it in an AppleScript.

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  6. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Oh sounds a bit complicated for me!! I turned to Mac for ease of use!!

    I've struggled through syncTwoFolders at the minute but would prefer something more easy to use....
     
  7. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    The classic software dilemma: Do it for free but spend some time learning; or pay a few bucks for ease of use.

    I'd suggest googling some more. You should find a good rsync tutorial that can walk you through the various options.

    mt
     
  8. jim.lynch macrumors member

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    Folderwatch - £2.99 on App Store, a nice simple gui for rsync
     
  9. Doc69 macrumors 6502

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    zsComaparePro 3.03

    I frequently need to use both folder synchronization and file comparison. And I need to be able to set the attributes for the compare myself.

    I have used Foldermatch on the Windows side for many years and it works great. It's a fantastic swiss army knife for file management.

    On the Mac side, I use an old program called zsComaparePro 3.03. It has unfortunately not been updated since 2006 and the developers web site is closed. You can probably find an old cracked version on a torrent site though. It seems to work well on 10.6.6, but no guarantees. It's a quite deep program that used to retail for $199.

    If anyone knows of other similar software, please share. Most software out there seem to be focused on folder synchronization, not comparison.
     
  10. asdfx3 macrumors newbie

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    I use Unison ( http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/ , free and open source), pretty easy other than setting up some rules for which files to ignore (mostly temp files since I'm syncing with a drive that's accessed by mac, windows, and linux users). It can be a bit slow to check changes if you have a lot of files (at least for me with 30k+ files and 20+ gigs). For the first time I'd recommend just copying or rsyncing the files from your Mac to the NAS and from then on using Unison.

    Just make sure you do a test run before trying to sync up your real data to make sure you have made any unfortunate mistakes setting things up.
     

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