- Backup (software)
name = .Mac Backup
caption = .Mac Backup Screenshot
latest release version = 3.1.2
latest release date =
March 2, 2007
latest preview version =
latest preview date =
operating system =
Mac OS X
license = Proprietary
website = [http://www.apple.com/dotmac/backup.html Apple - .Mac - Backup]
Backup is a
backuputility made by Apple for Mac OS X. It is available through Apple's MobileMe(formerly .Mac) collection of Internetservices. Backup can be used in connection with either a user's online .Mac iDiskor the Macintosh's CD-RWor DVD-Rdrive to make safe, archival copies of critical files and folders.
The initial versions of Backup were regarded as feature-sparse and frequently unstable. However, on
November 5, 2003Apple released Backup 2.0, which added new features and offered greater reliability than its predecessors.
While Backup 2 allowed for the creation of archive copies of important data, overall it only had a basic feature set for
Apple introduced Backup 3 at the Paris Expo on
September 20, 2005along with other upgrades to .Mac. This version offered more backup settings, such as the ability to back up your mail database.
At the 2006
Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced the development of Time Machine, a new backup application which is included in Mac OS X v10.5"Leopard".
Time Machine is a complete backup solution, thus it has the ability to completely replace Backup as a general backup solution for most Mac users. It is unknown if Time Machine will allow .Mac integration, though it is not seen as likely due to the relatively small amount of storage offered by .Mac. Thus it is currently unknown if Backup will enjoy continued development and support, or if it will eventually be abandoned by Apple by expanding upon the more advanced backup solution offered by Time Machine.
In addition, when
MobileMewas released on July 11, 2008, .Macwas discontinued. Backup is now available for download from the MobileMe account page.
* [http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/backup312.html Backup 3.1.2] download page at Apple
* [http://www.mac.com/1/learningcenter/Modules/qg_dmBackup_t1.html Getting Started with Backup] at Apple
* [http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2005/09/23/backup3.html?page=1 How to Set Up Backup 3] at O'Reilly MacDevCenter
* [http://www.delicious-monster.com/blog/2005/09/backup-has-never-been-easier.html .quickpick format] at
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