Archive for August, 2010

Arq 1.5.12 is out!

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August 23rd, 2010

This is a minor update which adds 1 new significant feature — the ability to select a single file to back up.

To get it, pick “Check for Updates” from the Arq menu, or download it from the product page.

Here are the details:

Release Notes for Arq Backup Version 1.5.12

Feature Additions

  • Select an individual file to add to backups.

Bug Fixes

  • If Arq is in the middle of relaunching after installing an update, don’t show an error about Arq Agent not running.
  • Arq Agent checks for app updates and displays a message when an update is available.
  • Don’t show filename as “download name” in S3 objects.
  • Added help to the initial setup screen that explains what S3 keys are.

iPhotoSync beta 17 is out!

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August 19th, 2010

This release fixes the date problem. Photos retrieved from other computer’s were getting the current date/time instead of retaining the date/time of the file on the other computer.

 

To get the latest release you can pick “Check for Updates” from the iPhotoSync menu (if you’ve already installed it) or download it from here:http://www.haystacksoftware.com/iphotosync/iPhotoSync.zip.

The full release notes are available here: http://www.haystacksoftware.com/iphotosync/ips_release_notes.html

- Stefan

 

iPhotoSync beta 16 is out!

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August 16th, 2010

This release includes a new “welcome screen” that only appears once; it explains the beta process and asks for you to send feedback on iPhotoSync.

There are a number of bug fixes, including a fix for the non-functioning “Show Ignored Photos” checkbox.

To get the latest release you can pick “Check for Updates” from the iPhotoSync menu (if you’ve already installed it) or download it from here:http://www.haystacksoftware.com/iphotosync/iPhotoSync.zip.

The full release notes are available here: http://www.haystacksoftware.com/iphotosync/ips_release_notes.html

- Stefan

iPhotoSync beta 15 is out!

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August 11th, 2010

Compared to beta 10, this release of iPhotoSync is much better about finding and ignoring duplicates. Specifically, it won’t retrieve a photo from the other computer if it has (as its original or modified photo) the other computer’s original or modified version of that photo. Also, for JPEGs it only considers the image data in determining duplicates; it skips the “metadata” including the “ColorSync profile” that iPhoto likes to embed when it imports.

It also has an “Ignore” feature so you can ignore some of the other computer’s photos instead of having to import them and then delete them.

To get the latest release you can pick “Check for Updates” from the iPhotoSync menu (if you’ve already installed it) or download it from here: http://www.haystacksoftware.com/iphotosync/iPhotoSync.zip.

The full release notes are available here: http://www.haystacksoftware.com/iphotosync/ips_release_notes.html

How to restore to a new computer using Arq

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August 10th, 2010

So you’ve had Arq installed for a while and it’s been backing up your key folders like Documents, Music, and Photos.

But your computer’s hard drive died. So you took it to the Apple store, and they replaced the hard drive. Now how do you get your files back? Here’s how:

Restoring with Arq

First, download Arq from http://www.haystacksoftware.com/arq/ and unzip it.

Next, launch Arq. It’ll ask you for S3 account credentials. Use the same S3 account you used before. If you don’t have your S3 credentials handy you can look them up at the Amazon web site.

Next, Arq will ask you for your encryption key. Use the same key; otherwise Arq won’t be able to decrypt your backups.

Once you’ve entered that information, Arq’s main window appears, and you’ll see a spinning progress indicator next to the title “Other Computers”:

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Arq will download all the “index” files it needs to figure out the old computer’s backups. Once that’s done you can click on the triangle next to “Other Computers” to see the backups. Select a backup version on the left; then drag and drop the backed-up folder on the right to a Finder window to start the restore process:

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Arq displays a progress dialog during the restore process:

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And that’s it! If you wish you can drag and drop more backed-up items to restore multiple backed-up items in parallel.

iPhotoSync beta 10 is out!

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August 4th, 2010

iPhotoSync beta 10 is finally available!

Feature Additions

  • Password protection: Set a password in the Preferences and other computers will have to type it in to gain access to your photos.
  • For JPEG photos, compare image data only to detect duplicates. This means photos that look exactly the same but have slightly different metadata (such as embedded ColorSync profiles that iPhoto adds) will be treated as the same photo by iPhotoSync.

Fixed Bugs

  • Much less memory usage (still some work to do here).
  • Rewrote a significant portion of the code.

Get It

Pick “Check for Updates” from the iPhotoSync menu to update to the new version, or download it from here.

If you have feedback or questions, please email me at support@haystacksoftware.com. I would love to hear from you!

- Stefan