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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.

QuickShadow Backup 2.11.0 released

Version 2.11.0 corrects an installer problem in 2.10 – which would not auto-start.

QuickShadow Backup 2.10.0 Released

Version 2.10.0 of QuickShadow Backup is a minor update which:

– Corrects a defect where sometimes a directory on the backup would have the Hidden and System attributes set.

– Adds a facility to the Synchronise function that corrects any directories on the backup that have had Hidden and System attributes set by mistake.

– Adds a new log viewer in preparation for the version coming that supports running by limited users.

– Changes buttons to have a “hot” colour that is active when the mouse is over them – making the button you might click easier to see.

– Improves the looks of some visual parts of the main program screen.

QuickShadow Backup 2.9.0 Released

Version 2.9.0 of QuickShadow Backup is a minor update which adds support for Windows 8.

Here’s a teaser though…. version 3 is coming and this will support backup by non-Admin users.

QuickShadow Backup 2.8.0 Released

Version 2.8.0 of QuickShadow Backup is a minor update which corrects these defects:

Improvements

2-way sync malfunctioned in some cases

2-Way sync would not create folders on the PC when pulling files back from a NAS.

This was an accidental regression of behaviour that happened in version 2.5.0, and is now repaired.

QuickShadow Backup 2.7.0 Released

Version 2.7.0 of QuickShadow Backup is a minor update which corrects these defects:

Improvements

Settings not being saved

When the logging option was set to log deferred files, this setting was not being correctly saved. Next time the program was run, a logging would be only for errors. This is now corrected.

Installer

The process of upgrading was clumsy, requiring a previous installation to be removed before the new one was installed, and imposing a need to reboot and re-run the installer. This is now streamlined so the the installation is run completely in a single pass, performing the upgrade, and prompting for the (needed) reboot at the end.

QuickShadow Backup 2.6.0 Released

Version 2.6.0 of QuickShadow Backup is a minor update which corrects only a single defect:

Improvements

Windows Explorer Context Menus

On some operating systems, (especially Windows 7), a change introduced in Version 2.5.0 meant that some Windows context menu entries were not shown. This change has been removed and the problem is now fixed.

QuickShadow Backup 2.5.0 Released

Version 2.5.0 of QuickShadow Backup is a minor update which corrects a small number of problems and annoyances:

Improvements

Problems with a Destination Offline

Sometimes, when a destination was offline, the copies would not be stored (deferred) and tried later. This has been traced to a peculiarity of a run-time library function. This is now fixed (by replacing the run-time library call with code to handle all cases properly).

Empty Folders backed up on sync

Previously, empty folders were not created on the backup during a synchronise. For about 99% of users, this is no issue, however sometimes the structure of folders is important (for example, a subversion repository) even if some of the folders are empty. Empty folders are now created on the backup during a sync operation.

Logging improvements

Logging has been improved for files that are deferred. A new logging option is added to allow seeing in the log the files that were deferred.

When using VSS can now set the huge file size and copy interval

Previously, when using VSS in the Advanced Options, it was not possible to set the “huge file” size threshold, or the copy interval for huge files. These two settings are now added to the Setup, and can be changed by a user within certain limits.

Tab orders fixed and main form “files to copy”

The tab order for controls on the main form was somewhat random. This is corrected. The main form also allowed typing into the “Files to Copy” list, although this did not actually do anything. This now prevents typing.

Windows Explorer right-click

In some cases, when a number of backup sets were in use and some were disabled, it was possible for a file that was on the backup to not be found when using the right-click operation. This is now fixed.

QuickShadow Backup 2.4.0 Released

Version 2.4.0 of QuickShadow Backup is a minor update which corrects a small number of problems and annoyances:

Improvements

Windows 7 – extra copy taken

Sometimes on Windows 7, when watching folders, a file would be copied and then copied again some time later even though there had been no modifications. This is corrected.

Vss – snapshot created but no files copied

In some cases when using VSS, a disk snapshot set was created but then the files to be copied were deferred. The meant that the snapshot set was created but then no files were copied, spinning the hard drive for no benefit. Now, files are deferred before a snapshot is created, and snapshots are only created if there is a useful file copy to be made.

Logging improvements

Many changes and improvements have been made to logging. More information (especially about failures and errors) is now logged. The logs contain more information including where a fault was detected. Most of the time this is of no consequence but when a fault is found, the extra information will help with diagnosis. As a consequence the format of the log file has changed.

Memory leaks

A small number of memory leaks were identified and fixed.

QuickShadow Backup 2.3.0 released

Version 2.3.0 of QuickShadow Backup is a minor update which corrects a small number of problems and annoyances:

Improvements

– 0000175: [general] Auto-start on Vista broken

On some Vista machines, QS would not auto-start on login. This is corrected.

– 0000176: [exclusions] Files starting with the name “recycled” were not copied

The general exclusion of recycle bins caught files with a name starting “recycled”. This has been fixed.

– 0000177: [exclusions] Renaming to an excluded name – file was copied

When a file was renamed to a new name that matched an exclusion pattern, it was copied when it should not have been. Now the rename-to (new name) is checked and if it matches an exclusion, the rename will not be propagated or cause a copy.

– 0000178: [VSS] Still some failures with VSS

Some of the improvements to prevent VSS failures made things worse rather than better. This is corrected – the most recent service packs for Windows Vista and 7 also seem to made a significant difference.