When does a Mac app become a bargain? There’s probably a mathematical formula which could be applied, but it has to do with usability vs. usage vs. price. When it comes to backup apps for Mac users, we have plenty from which to choose and they range from free (Time Machine) to apps that clone your Mac’s entire disk drive (SuperDuper!, Carbon Copy Cloner, and ChronoSync).
If you’re a Mac user on a budget and have select files and folders which need to be backed up or synchronized, BackupList+ is a good bargain, especially if you’ve never used a backup app. Start by creating a backup set– files to backup from your Mac to another disk connected to your Mac.
BackupList+ acts as a wrapper for Rsync to make backups and file syncs on your Mac. Start with the files or folders you want to backup (source), and then select a destination for the backup (target).
All critical metadata on OS X files is retained, files are copied instead of archived, and, it can even create a complete clone of your Mac’s entire disk drive.
What’s the catch? It’s not so much a catch as it is an opportunity. BackupList+ is donationware, but of the nagware variety. That means that from time to time the app asks you to donate, so it really isn’t free unless you’re already married and therefore immune to anything that nags you incessantly.