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File Synchronization

The Synchronization Settings

Synchronization_properties

1 – The color of the tag in the project list. This can help you highlight projects by importance or by other principle.

2 – The project name. It is displayed in the main window. Note that projects with identical names are not allowed.

3 – This option prevents the deletion of files in the destination folder if they are not found in the source folder. Be careful, with this option!

4 – The Consider modification date option is needed for the situation when the destination folder contains a newer version of a file than the source folder. Select this check box if you don't want to overwrite the newer version.

5 – Exclude files. While comparing and synchronizing the content of two folders, the program can disregard files of the specified type. You can also create a custom pattern to exclude files.

6 – An option to mount network drives automatically. This option can be disabled if the remote or external drive is (or can be) physically disconnected (e.g. a USB drive). To check the ability to mount the network drive, unmount it in the Finder and click the Mount button here.

7 – Activate the automatic backup creation when the destination disk is mounted.

8 – Automate file synchronization according to the time schedule.

Exclude Files by Pattern

A folder added to your project may contain some files wich you don't want to back up. The Exclude tool can help you automatically exclude such files.

You can choose a predefined file type or create your own pattern. To do this, activate the By pattern option and select a file you want to exclude. For example, if you select a report.txt file and choose the "the same extension" option, all .txt files will be excluded.

A pattern can contain a file name or extension, or both. Several patterns can be combined to create a complex rule.

To add a pattern:

  1. Click the Select button.
  2. Select one of radio buttons:
    the same extension to exclude all files of the same type as the sample file has (the part of the full file name after the most right period.
    the same name to exclude all files with the same name as the sample file has (the part of the full file name before the most right period).
    the same name and extension to exclude all files with the same name and extension as the sample file.
  3. Choose a sample file to use its name or extension as a pattern.
  4. To join the current pattern with the existing one, select the Combine with previous pattern check box. This way you can exclude several file types from the archive. If you deselect the check box, a new pattern will replace the existing one.
  5. Click Capture.

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