Ret­ro­spect Solo 15

Back up your Mac to more places

Mac|Life - - TOUGH TESTING, TRUSTED RATINGS - Alan Stone­bridge

$49 From Ret­ro­spect, ret­ro­ Needs OS X 10.6 or later

The re­lease of Ret­ro­spect 15, which can back up your Mac to di­rectly at­tached drives, net­worked stor­age, and cloud ser­vices, in­cludes a new edi­tion. As the “Solo” in its name sug­gests, it’s the one to pick if you have just one Mac to back up and want some­thing bet­ter than Time Ma­chine.

It uses the same in­ter­face as other ver­sions, in­clud­ing the use­ful summary page, which con­firms re­cent ac­tiv­ity, how much data has been backed up, es­ti­mates the space you’ll need this week and month, and more. Backup options are com­pre­hen­sive, in­clud­ing two lev­els of file ver­i­fi­ca­tion, pass­word-protected en­cryp­tion, and cat­a­logs you can search even when the cor­re­spond­ing me­dia is un­avail­able.

A high­light of this (and Ret­ro­spect 15 in gen­eral) is email pro­tec­tion to back up the con­tents of IMAP-con­nected email ac­counts to lo­cal or other cloud stor­age.

There’s a wealth of help on­line, though get­ting fa­mil­iar to know you’ve set things up cor­rect is in­evitably more time con­sum­ing than with al­ter­na­tives de­signed for con­sumers.

the bot­tom line. Ret­ro­spect Solo 15 is a pow­er­ful and great tool if you’re self-em­ployed and can in­vest time in re­search­ing its many fea­tures.

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