Addition to pricing notes:
|App Version Reviewed||220.127.116.111 (Beta)|
|Test System Specs||2GB RAM, 1.5TB HDD, 3.2DC Processor|
|Supported OSes||XP and Newer|
|Support Methods||Forum and E-Mail whilst in beta, perhaps more once fully release.|
|Upgrade Policy||No upgrade policy as yet.|
|Trial Version Available?||No limitations beta version|
|Pricing Scheme||On release: $19.95 for a personal license, $49.95 for a business license|
|Author Donation Link||Donate to apankrat, the Software Author|
|Reviewer Donation Link||Donate to Stephen66515, the Review Author|
|Screencast Video URL||Screenshots: http://bvckup.com/screenshots|
|Relationship btwn. Reviewer and Product|| REVIEWER: No relationship between review writer and software author.|
Additionally, we are planning on issuing complimentary production licenses to all our beta users as a token of appreciation for helping us through the beta.
Located at: http://bvckup.com/perksIntro:
For a quick introduction, I am firstly going to quote the authors post on the Announce Your Software/Product
section, and then give you my
first look introduction to the software.
FirstOK, now thats out the way, onto what I have to say about it.
Bvckup's default mode of operation is to constantly monitor for changes. Once the changes are detected, it propagates them to the destination. This makes Bvckup a real-time backup utility.
Its default copying mode is delta copying. Which is a fancy way of saying that it copies only changed parts of the file. This makes Bvckup fast, really fast. Lots more details on why and how along, mind you, with the list of drawbacks of this particular approach is available here - Delta copying, explained.
Bvckup is not a two-way sync utility, it's a backup utility and it makes full use of the core difference. By default it assumes that the destination copy does not change between the backups. This allows it to not scan the destination directory to detect what changed, but rather rely on a locally saved summary from the last backup.
I hear you say "bah, so what?". Two words - NAS backups. Not needing to scan the destination directory eliminates a lot of network traffic, and it removes the need for spinning up otherwise idle disks on NAS devices. This adds up to some major time savings, on top of those delivered by delta copying.
Still with me? A bit more perhaps?
The user interface. It is not about utilizing all 16 million colors in a single toolbar icon. Verbosity is not a feature, multitude of options is not a convenience. Properly designed user interface is all about simplicity and unobtrusiveness of the day-to-day interaction flow. A small example would probably go a long way here - Bvckup toolbar - but the only sure way to appreciate the UI polish is to take the app for a spin.
In fact Bvckup is as much about the UI design as it is about technical features. This bit explains how tightly these two are intertwined in case of Bvckup and how they shaped the design of the app - Short history of Bvckup.
It is small and very lean. The installation package is about 480 KB. That's as much as a splash screen logo of some other backup products The app is written in C++ but without any extensive use of ++ features. It's much more like C with Classes... just like Bjarne envisioned before he got sucked into that bloody language design committee... but I digress.
It is technically sophisticated. It doesn't copy just the file contents and the attributes, but also the timestamps, NTFS security and ownership information. If it finds a file that it cannot copy (locked, open, etc), it will try and use Volume Shadow Copying to work around the problem. If it is running under stripped-down administrator account on Vista or W7, it will prompt and offer to elevate itself to full admin privileges.
Also, and it's for true Windows connoisseurs only - it can run in elevated and filtered modes using the same executable. In fact, the even more amazing feat is that the very same executable can interact with Shadow Copying service on both XP and Vista; even though Microsoft explicitly requires linking to two different VSS libraries for these two platforms. Took a while to figure this one out, I can tell you that
A bit more...
Assorted bits and pieces of some interest - built-in software updates, linear regression ETA estimator, the built-in interactive Mini Guide shown on the first run, a bit of a logo and web design goodness and a bit about myself.
All beta versions are free, with some tasty perks in store for the beta users.
Bvckup is a handly little utility (less than 500kb in size) for backup up files to different drives/computers.
From what I can gather, it does not actually upload the entire file, each and every time you process it. Instead, it locates the changed data, and only uploads that portion of it to the original file, saving very large amounts of time on each upload.Who is this app designed for:
This application is intended for use, by people who require a quick, simple and reliable utility for backup up any type of document, photo or software. Useful for if you are working on a project and you want to copy it to multiple USB drives or Network Drives.The Good
Well, since this is a first look review of the software, I have not gone into full depth with it as of yet, thats for a later review of this. For now, I shall tell you what I have found out so far.Installation:
The installation was painless, very fast indeed, no requests to add countless toolbars or change my homepage where seen, and I was prompted to launch the software after the completion of the installation.Software Loaded...
When I loaded the software, I was taken to the main GUI, which had a small window attached to it, called 'Getting Started', this provided me with enough information to be able to start using the software about 15 seconds after installation, without any real questions.Backup Up...
For ease of use, and to save some time, I chose to upload a small(ish) folder, around 4MB in size.
Once I had chosen the Source and Destination folders and included a description, I was then prompted to either create, or choose more options.
I then had the option to modify which files from within the folder I wanted to upload during the backup procedure. I could also chose if I wanted to backup the files every 5 minutes, when the files or folders had been modified, or just to manually do it myself each time.
Alongside this, I was also able to chose to only backup new and modified files, or backup all the files, every time.
And finally, I was asked wether to enable detailed logging (within this option, i have the choice to space backups at various times, chosen by myself, and whether or not to use Volume Shadow Copying).
Once I had clicked the create button after choosing my desired settings, It then proceeded to scan the folder, copy the files and then once it had finished, it told me it was monitoring that specific backup for changes, and had no errors.
To test this out, i simply added a file to the folder to see if the software noticed it had been modified, and to see how long it took to initialise the new backup. I must say, I was very surprised at this, as no sooner had my computer told me the copy of the new file to the destination folder was completed, Bvckup spotted the new file, scanned it, and uploaded it to the backup folder on my external drive with 1 change, and no errors.
Also, while the backup is still being monitored, you can actually modify your chosen settings at any given time, meaning that you don't always have to keep the same options and/or create a new backup for the same folder, just because you decided you want to, or no longer require things like Volume Shadow Copying.On a side note:
My virus scanner did not show this file, in any way, to be of any danger (Unlike with some new software where it trys to make people think its a Trojan or a Keylogger.) - This is a good thing!The needs improvement section
Due to this being a Beta release, I am going to leave this section blank for the moment until the next release, as I fully understand that a Beta version of this, is not going to have every feature the software developer wanted within it, neither is it going to be 100% stable (Even though I have had no problems with it, the short time I have been using it)Why I think you should use this product
If you are looking for a very small backup utility, that is very easy to use, and contains pretty much everything you would need from this type of software, that you can also fit the installer on a USB drive without it taking up any noticable space (less than 500kb...so you could technically put it on to a FDD, if you still use those!)How does it compare to similar apps
Being in Beta, and coming from a single developer, I must say, this is up there with the best of them.
Small file size and fast sync speeds make this one of the best I have used, and I can see it being a part of my software collection for quite some time to come.Conclusions
If you want something, free, quick and simple, either for yourself, a friend, collegue or family member, then this is the tool you need.Links to other reviews of this application
First known review