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FolderTrack for PC

Easy Version Tracking for All Files

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Platforms: Windows XP, Vista, 7
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How many times have you had the great idea to update a document, spreadsheet, source code, or other critically important file, only to discover much later that you were working off of bad information? Now the file's all screwed up, and there's no way to roll back to the last good version! Now if you only had FolderTrack, this wouldn't be a problem at all!

FolderTrack lets you manage all of the versions of your important files, letting you roll back to earlier versions quickly and easily. With FolderTrack, you can monitor a single file, an entire folder, a group of files, or a group of folders. After you set FolderTrack, the app will automatically make a copy of each file every time you make a save -- labeling it with a handy datestamp and version number! Plus, you can use FolderTrack to find the version that you need based on the type of change! It's that simple to obtain great version security!

Better than plain old backup, FolderTrack will never drop the ball because it's triggered by the saving of files, not based on some rigid nightly, weekly, monthly run schedule!

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J S Apart from the fact you have online license activation it all sounds pretty good to me.

I had initially thought the program was a ''dialog tracker'' and gave the user access to ''x" number of previously accessed Files or Folders in the Windows ''Save As'' or ''Open File'' box - which is a program that I'm actually looking for ... (suggestions anyone?)

Q1. any chance or adding this dialog tracking functions to the Windows ''Save As'' & ''Open File'' boxes, in an upcoming version?)

However upon having a look around your website and the FAQ's etc. the program is of interest to me and I have 2 more questions:

Q1. What happens if for example, You boot up in safe mode and make changes to the folder or its contents, OR, somebody other than yourself uses Windows Explorer to make a change to an existing folder or its contents?

Q2. If the service was off (for some inexplicable reason), and someone makes changes to the folder (or its contents), does the program throw a wobbly and say it cant sort out what has happened or that it is a new folder, OR does it simply record the alterations as the next change or version in the recorded list of changes?
Feb 5 2011 at 4:39pm Copy Link
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Nick Coombs Hi J.S.

The software its self does not communicate online. It gives you a short code that you enter at http://register.foldertrack.com and the website immediately returns the code you need to register the software.

Q1. any chance or adding this dialog tracking functions to the Windows ''Save As'' & ''Open File'' boxes, in an upcoming version?)

By doing a "Save As", you are telling your computer to keep the old and new version of a file. If you are running FolderTrack on a file then the old and new version are automatically stored. To directly answer your question there is currently not a plan to integrate with the "Save As" box.

There are plans to integrate the software with the Windows explorer. Therefore you be able to right click a file, view all of the past versions, and open the one you want. But this function would not be integrated with the "Open File" box.

These are interesting ideas and I will add them as a possible future enhancement.

Q1. What happens if for example, You boot up in safe mode and make changes to the folder or its contents, OR, somebody other than yourself uses Windows Explorer to make a change to an existing folder or its contents?

If you boot up in safe mode then the FolderTrack service will not run. In this case your files will not be tracked. The FolderTrack service runs as a system user so it makes no diference who modifies the files FolderTrack will still track the changes.

Q2. If the service was off (for some inexplicable reason), and someone makes changes to the folder (or its contents), does the program throw a wobbly and say it cant sort out what has happened or that it is a new folder, OR does it simply record the alterations as the next change or version in the recorded list of changes?

It simply records the alterations as the next change. The only weied behavior would be if the user did a rename. FolderTrack would record the rename as a delete of the old file and an add of a new one.
Lucinda Inc - Feb 5 2011 at 5:05pm Copy Link
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Peter Martin Sounds interesting software. May I suggest something, the ability to save also in another storage in the computer say an sd card so that in case the computer gets corrupted, odds are that it still accessible in the sd card. Also add encryptation for confidential files in case the sd or USB card gets lost.
Once I lost my confidential files when my computer was corrupted. Now I have my files automatically backed up in an sd card when saving in my hard drive , but my sd card is not encrypted. So I am still apprehensive and watch my sd card closely
Feb 5 2011 at 6:02pm Copy Link
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Nick Coombs Thans Peter,
The ability to let users define multiple locations (ftp, sd card, remove drive, ...) to save the files is planed for the the next major release. Encryption is a good idea I will add this to the future enhancement list. The issue with encryption is export laws. I also want to say that Purachers of 1.x versions of the software get unlimited free upgrades so as these features become available you will get them.
Lucinda Inc - Feb 5 2011 at 6:33pm Copy Link
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Stephane M Hello Nick,
When we want to track changes on files, does it track changes based on the file timestamps or on the file contents?
Thanks.
Feb 6 2011 at 12:31am Copy Link
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Nick Coombs Hi Stephane,

The short answer is it tracks based on file contents.

If you change a file's timestamp, without changing the files contents, FolderTrack will not count that as a change.

However in some programs you could open up a file, make no modifications, Save the file and the actuall bits that the program writes to the computer will be different from the bits that were there before the save. FolderTrack will consider such a file changed even though from the user's perspective the two versions of the file are the same just with different timestamps.
Lucinda Inc - Feb 6 2011 at 2:06am Copy Link
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Nick Coombs Hi Stephane

You are allowed to install a license on 3 computers from the website without contacting support. If you need to use the software on more than 3 computers you may have to contact support.
Lucinda Inc - Feb 6 2011 at 2:21am Copy Link
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Andreas Hoffmann Hi Nick,
just to get it right: You stated above: " I also want to say that Purachers of 1.x versions of the software get unlimited free upgrades" - this includes v2, v3 etc.? If yes... bought! :-)

Thanks in advance + greetings - Andreas
Feb 6 2011 at 2:46am Copy Link
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Stephane M Thanks Nick, I was looking for a tracker based on file contents, so it sounds good.
Regarding the license, that is great because I thought it was just for only one computer.
Feb 6 2011 at 2:49am Copy Link
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Nick Coombs Hi Andreas,

Yes buyers of versions of 1.x versions of the software get free upgrades to all versions of the software v2, v3, etc...

The website will reset the 3 computer count for the 1.x purchasers so that they will not have to contact support for their update.
Lucinda Inc - Feb 6 2011 at 2:58am Copy Link
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Ian Robertson I can't complete registration on Win 7 64 bit Foldertrack stops running when I click on Register button.
Feb 6 2011 at 5:53am Copy Link
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Nick Coombs Thanks Ian,

You will receive an email from me to fix this. In the mean time the software works free for a 30 days. And even after 30 days it continues to track. Thanks for reporting this problem.
Lucinda Inc - Feb 6 2011 at 6:10am Copy Link
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Amar Singh Sounds like a much needed application. I have been looking for such a one a couple of years back, and could not find anything. The licencing policy also seems to very user friendly. I hope Foldertrack is back at BitsDuJour so that we get a chance to buy it. :-)
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