Acro­nis True Im­age 2017

Fus­ing drive backup with the cloud

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - Nick Peers

£34.99 FROM Acro­nis, acro­nis.com NEEDS OS X 10.9.5 or higher, iOS 8.0 or higher

True Im­age 2017 is a hy­brid backup app. It can cre­ate disk im­ages of en­tire drives, or just back up selected files. It also ties into Acro­nis’ cloud backup ser­vice, with yearly sub­scrip­tions (£29.99 for 500GB) avail­able along­side the one-off fee.

The cloud op­tions are in­creas­ingly per­va­sive in True Im­age; it’s the de­fault op­tion when set­ting up a backup, and it’s needed to back up your iOS de­vices, or if you want to use the two big­gest new fea­tures in this ver­sion: Face­book pro­file backup (in­clud­ing pho­tos and videos), and the On­line Dash­board, where you can use the app re­motely through your web browser. One other wel­come (if over­due) new fea­ture en­ables you to search for and re­cover in­di­vid­ual files from drive im­ages.

Al­though im­proved backup times are promised, they still don’t feel all that quick – for ex­am­ple, it took over two hours to back up 178GB from an SSD to a fast USB 3.0 drive. That said, sub­se­quent back­ups will be much quicker (and smaller) due to in­cre­men­tal and dif­fer­en­tial backup op­tions.

True Im­age is flex­i­ble and ca­pa­ble, yet un­nec­es­sary if you use Time Ma­chine and al­ready have a cloud back­ups in place.

True Im­age can back up your en­tire Mac or just selected fold­ers.

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