i've had a quick install and look around AJC Active Backup.
it looks less configurable than Filehamster, in that the settings appear to be global (i could be wrong). with FH you can set up different watches each with a different method of watching/deleting/etc.
As far as I can see, you're right. That is, global include and exclude filespecs, but not per-folder specs.
AJC Active Backup has been mentioned quite favourably in several DC threads before, e.g. Quoting tranglos:
FileHamster (more advanced options, more resource usage) or AJC Active Backup (fewer options, much leaner)[Edit]
This thread looks particularly interesting:alternative to filehamster?
I bought my license on one of the Bits du Jour special offers. I only looked at File Hamster in its most recent BdJ offer, and sensibly or otherwise, was instantly put off on seeing .NET.
AJC does not show specific file type icons - FH does. it's nice being able to identify files by icon type.
That wouldn't kill it for me, but I agree it's often nice to see them.
perhaps the deal breaker: AJC appears to use a database to store the versioned files in, whereas FH uses individual same file type version backups - so you can access each version with your default programs. you'll need AJC to access your versions in it's database.
Yes, it does appear to use its own database format. If you look inside a .aja archive, you see something like this:
AJC Revision Archive Version=1.1 End FileName=c:\NoInst\GreatNews\greatnews.ini
At least you know which archive is which as the .aja extension is added to the base filename+extension
I would prefer it to use a standard format, but if
it uses some kind of RAR-like solid archive, maybe it has to use its own system. Anyhow, I have a license to use AJC Active Backup so I should be set.
FH will also store the backup/archive within the originals folder - if you like. this can be handy when moving files and their backups to elsewhere on your drives.
I find it a minor annoyance that AJC Active Backup saves its files in a mirror directory structure. Because Total Commander can't ban paths, I generally have to navigate over the AJC Active Backup tree in order to reach the real target location.