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QuickShadow Backup 2.22 Released

QuickShadow Backup 2.22.0 is a minor maintenance release.

This release allows fles marked by windows with the “Temporary” attribute to be backed up.

Such files are seen extremely rarely, but when found they should have a backup taken.

QuickShadow Backup 2.21.0 Released

QuickShadow Backup 2.21.0 is a minor maintenance release.

This increases the number of paths in a backup set from 20 to 30, and corrects an error where evaluation users would occasionally experience a program crash.

QuickShadow Backup 2.20 Released

QuickShadow Backup 2.20 has been released.

This is a minor release, primarily to fix two annoyances:

– sometimes the word “Registered” would appear in the title bar more than once.

– sometimes the option to use VSS (windows snapshots) would become disabled for no apparent reason.

QuickShadow Backup 2.19 Released

QuickShadow Backup 2.19 has been released.

This is a minor release, primarily to fix a few small defects and annoyances.

From the release notes:

Major improvements:

– For unregistered users only, occasional exceptions / crashes just after start up should now be removed.

Minor improvements:

– In some rare cases where files or directories won’t copy, the diagnostic information in the log was inadequate, better logging should help in tracking down what the backup device is doing.

– Better filtering and selection of locations in the directory chooser used for source and destination location selection.

QuickShadow Backup 2.18 Released

QuickShadow Backup 2.18 has been released.

This is a major release which adds new features and corrects some defects.

From the release notes:

Major improvements:

– At install time,QuickShadow Backup can be selected for installation by a local administrator user (as was done back in ver 2.15), as well as for all users (as was for ver 2.17). Those users who had trouble using ver 2.17, can use ver 2.18 – just install for a single local administrator user.

– When looking up the backup locations / opening setup, in some cases this could be extremely slow – this is now significantly improved.

– When the backup is to an external machine with a username and password, the workgroup or domain is detected and a prompt is given to the user to allow those to be applied – this improves the reliability of connection in many cases.

QuickShadow Backup 2.17 Released

QuickShadow Backup 2.17 has been released.

This is a major release which adds new features and corrects some defects.

From the release notes:

Major improvements:

– QuickShadow Backup can now be run by users who are not PC Administrators
(For example this means on a shared home PC, when the kids log in, the backups can still run).

– The Progress Bar for the Copy of files now much more accurately reflects actual progress.

– Dramatically quicker program close if a file copy was in progress (10x – 100x faster); especially at machine shutdown time.

– Normal operation will continue if some backup destinations are not available.

– New and easier to use source and destination directory / location selection.

– Improved compatibility with Microsoft OneDrive destinations (online/offline attributes).

Minor changes:

– Better machine start performance by juggling priorities and start-up delays.

– Pressing ESC during setup no longer deletes a backup set.

NOTE that this version includes major underlying changes, and allows LIMITED (non-admin) users to run AND configure the backup sets in QuickShadow Backup. This permits non-admin users to change the backup configuration. If this represents an unacceptable security change, please avoid using this version.

QuickShadow Backup 2.15 Released

QuickShadow Backup 2.15 has been released.

This is a major release which adds new features and corrects some defects.

From the release notes:

Major improvements:

– Windows 8.1 is supported.
– Watch / Monitor can now copy to multiple destinations.
– There are now variable timeouts before monitored files are copied.
– Transcript now shows deletes, renames as well as copies.
– More large file copy delay intervals.
– Backup sets can be selected to be Sync-Only.

Minor changes:
– A memory leak has been fixed.
– When directories are copied the read-only attribute is preserved.
– More exclusions are added, and the windows backup exclusions can be used.
– Various off-line checks now take into account backup sets that are disabled.

QuickShadow Backup 2.14 Released

QuickShadow Backup 2.14 has been released.

This is a minor release which corrects an exception and crash that happened sometimes when using the new Folder Chooser.

QuickShadow Backup 2.13 Released

QuickShadow Backup 2.13 has been released.

This is a minor release which corrects an exception and crash that happened sometimes when using the new Folder Chooser.

QuickShadow Backup 2.12 Released

Version 2.12.0 of QuickShadow Backup is a defect fixing release:

Improvements & Defect Fixes

Better validation that the source locations exist

Source locations were previous checked during setup, but if renamed, deleted, or moved afterward then a sync would skip them, and the monitor would create “Watcher thread” errors.

This is now corrected with significant checking before a sync is begun, and before the watch operation starts.

If a source location is not present, an error will be displayed.

Automatic sync will not display errors in the event of missing, renamed, or moved source locations – it skips those that don’t exist and does the best it can with what it can find. This ensures automatic sync is not disruptive.

Main form size and position

The size and position of the main form is saved on program exist and restored when the program is run.

Folder selection can show Hidden Folders.

It was difficult to locate some files or locations, such as email mailbox storage, because this uses hidden folders which could not be browsed.

The folder selector is now completely re-written so that hidden folders can optionally be seen.

Verify could sometimes crash the program for large files.

Up until now, Verify used a software component that read the entire file into memory. Verify of very large files (typically 1 – 2 GB in size) would cause crashes due to running out of memory.

The applicable software component is now replaced with a lean-and-mean version which has a dramatically reduced memory usage.

Various Crashes

Sometimes the program would crash due to running out of memory (unrelated to verify), or crash on shutdown, especially if an error was being shown.

This is now improved (and hopefully completely fixed).

Minor improvements:

The Old Versions cleanup utility has had some descriptions improved and now shows a message if no files are found.