Archive for December, 2011

Arq 2.4 is out!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Arq version 2.4 is now available!

This update includes support for the new “sa-east-1″ (São Paulo, Brazil) S3 region.

It also now checks whether Amazon S3 is experiencing long “eventual consistency” delays, abort backup and budget enforcement activities until the next backup interval to avoid potential data loss due to incorrect (old) values being returned from S3.

It’s a free update for all Arq users. Pick “Check for Updates” from the Arq menu to get the update.

As always, full release notes for all Arq versions are on the release notes page.

iCloud and SyncPhotos

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Apple’s new iCloud service is a new offering for all Macs running OS X Lion 10.7.2 and all iOS devices running iOS 5.

iCloud includes Photo Stream (if you have iPhoto 9.2, otherwise known as iPhoto ’11, on your Mac). Photo Stream syncs your photos across all your Apple devices (iPhones, iPods, iPads, Macs). It keeps the 1000 most recent photos, but if you have a Mac connected to your Photo Stream, it copies the photos to your Mac’s iPhoto Library so they don’t get deleted after 1000 newer photos are taken.

This works great for a single user, but what about if you want to sync photos with your partner’s computer? That’s where SyncPhotos comes in. You can configure SyncPhotos to automatically retrieve new photos from another computer whenever they’re both on the same local network (e.g. using the same Wifi router).

With SyncPhotos, you could for example automatically get your partner’s photos on your iPhone whenever he/she takes them with her iPhone:

  1. Your partner takes a photo with her iPhone.
  2. Her Photo Stream syncs her photo to her Mac.
  3. SyncPhotos syncs that photo from her Mac to your Mac.
  4. Your Photo Stream syncs that photo to your iPhone.

Cool!

Arq 2.3 is out!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Arq version 2.3 is now available!

This update includes support for the new “us-west-2″ (Oregon) S3 region.

It’s a free update for all Arq users.

As always, full release notes for all Arq versions are on the release notes page.