Our Macs are backed up everywhere. Online, Mac to Mac, Mac to MacBook, multiple hard disk drives. What we don’t bother to backup are Mac apps.
My backup philosophy has always been that a cloned Mac already has the apps installed. So, why bother?
Not every Mac user shares my simple sentiment. Appbox is a Mac app that focuses on backing up apps and app settings. While my backup method has yet to fail, there are advantages to this approach.
First, Appbox can store apps and their settings on Dropbox, which gets them off your Mac, out of the house, and stored online. Apps can be restored to any Mac connected to Dropbox.
Appbox works simply enough. Elect the apps you want to backup, and where.
Restoring is just as easy. There’s no need to dig into Dropbox. Appbox handles the capture and restore, regardless of where apps have been backed up.
Considering the less-than-a-trip-to-Starbucks price tag, Appbox, on the surface seems worthy.
The problem I see is that many Mac apps also store files in the Application Support folder, which, in Mac OS X Lion, is hidden from the average Mac user. Those files, if you don’t know where they are, how to get them, or what value they are, may not get backed up.
Most apps will recreate files in Application Support, but critical files may not be saved.
Appbox may be useful to many Mac users, but I’m not on that list. Apps are easily re-installed, and should be running on a cloned Mac hard disk drive anyway.