I have been using BackUp4All pro since 2 years with perfect pleasure.
It is easy to use, complete while keeping things simple.
But I have two little problems.
The first one is that unless you took care to save the software configuration files themselves, using the program itself, there is no easy way to restore the configuration files manually. I could not find in the complete help system any indication of which and where about the various config files. I had difficulties re-installing all the jobs after changing my computer.
IMHO, config files should be all at the same place, possibly and preferably in the software directory itself for easy retrieval.
The second trouble is the lack of history track on the web site of the developers. I had a rather old version and was unable to find what was change since then.
A wonderful application, it has all the features necessary for a backup-utility.
It can even backup "open" files.
If a backup-utility can backup Agnitum's Outpost then it's a worthy download. And Back4all did that!
I am using Backy4All for about two years now, and I never had any serious problem with it. I have seen and tested others and I wasted a lot of time. But this software surprised me.
It has a nice interface, and most of the features make sense (no unnecessary gadgets) and really are working. It
My primary complaint is that b4all does not automatically update the backup database when files or folders have been deleted from the hard drive; I have had to do this manually...a big hassle. Second, b4all does not offer encryption -- this may not matter to some but that is a deal killer for me.
The software developer responded to this review on Jun 17, 2005:
This is really a malicious comment.
I do not understand why on earth a backup program should delete files or folders from it s backup database. Backup4all marks the files as deleted and keeps the old versions in the database. This is not a synchronization program, it is intended to back up your work. You have automatic clean up features built in to the Type and Advanced page of the Backup Wizard if you want to get rid of obsolete files and folders.
The second remark about encryption is also not true. Backup4all offers ZIP compression and encryption available from the Type page of the Backup Wizard.