It’s easy to see where Apple is going with the Mac and it’s even more apparent with OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. More and more apps are cloud-connected these days, and the apps automatically save everything all the time, as you work. Make a change to a document, and it’s updated and saved accordingly. That works great for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, but what about other Mac apps which don’t have an auto-save built in?
Enter ForeverSave, and idea which should have been universal on the Mac years ago, an idea which is growing in usage, but needs a solution for those many Mac apps which don’t have an auto-save built in.
Wait. What? Isn’t auto-save built-in to the last few versions of OS X. Yes. But not all Mac apps use auto-save, so there’s still a chance your could lose some data without knowing it. Worse, OS X doesn’t let you dig into different versions of a file that’s been saved multiple times (to be fair, that’s probably designed that way to help save disk space).
What ForeverSave does is what the app’s name implies. It saves everything. Whatever file you’re working on is saved. Plus, you get controls over the number of versions of a file to be saved, the interval (time period) between backups, and options to keep only a maximum number of files, and erase those after being saved a certain number of days, weeks, months. On a per-app basis.
Backups of however many versions of a file don’t mean much if they’re not easy to restore (a problem with Time Machine). ForeverSave lists each application on your Mac in a sidebar and with a click you can see all the versions of all documents saved. Quick Look is built-in, too, so a touch of the Mac’s spacebar on the keyboard brings it to the front of the screen.
Couldn’t you just wait until OS X’s auto-save feature works on every Mac app? It might be a long wait. Even Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite don’t use Apple’s built-in auto-save.
What’s not to like about an app that auto saves everything all the time? Nothing. If it auto saved everything all the time. Sometimes there’s a gap between ForeverSave updates and new Mac OS X versions where it doesn’t work. An app this critical needs to work all the time. All. The. Time. And on every Mac app. Your mileage may vary, of course. Mine did. But it’s still an idea whose time has come.
In some respects ForeverSave is better than OS X’s built-in Auto-save. What Auto-save does not save can be saved, at least in most cases and in my tests, with ForeverSave. Also, ForeverSave has an option that works much like Time Machine and saves every version of a file or document into separate files. If there’s a problem with the latest version, there are backups. That’s a big plus, especially with Mac users in an organization which can tolerate data loss.
But back to my earlier criticism about backing up files All. The. Time. ForeverSave, like OS X’s Auto-save, does not. It does more than Auto-save, yes, but there are some apps where it does not work, so I recommend that you try the try-before-you-buy option first.