2BrightSparks Pte Ltd. February 4, 2008
2BrightSparks Newsletter February 2008


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Welcome

Welcome to the latest news from 2BrightSparks. In this jam packed issue we've news of several updates to SyncBackSE, SyncBack freeware, DeleteOnClick and a new beta release of FindOnClick. You can read the first of a two part series for the "Road Warriors" in our Specialist Groups section, and you'll get to hear from our Technical Director, Michael J. Leaver. Finally, there's more about our great soon-to-be launched new product, InfoHesive.

If you have any suggestions on what you might like to see in future issues of this newsletter, drop us a line with your suggestions.

In this issue...

SyncBackSE V4.3.2 Update

SyncBack Freeware V3.2.17 Update

DeleteOnClick V2.2 Update

FindOnClick V2 Beta Released

Specialist Groups - Road Warriors

Introducing our New Product - InfoHesive


Staff Sparks


Tip of the Month by Richard Gascoigne

Articles at 2BrightSparks

Lucky Draw Winners



SyncBackSE V4.3.2 Update


The latest release of SyncBackSE V4.3.2 is now available as a free upgrade for all those who have paid for a SyncBackSE license. The upgrade includes a number of fixes.

To upgrade from earlier versions of SyncBackSE simply download and install over your old version. Note that this is not an upgrade to SyncBack freeware.

Review the list of fixes in this new version of SyncBackSE

SyncBackSE and SyncBack Freeware

There are two versions of our SyncBack software: SyncBackSE and SyncBack freeware. SyncBackSE includes a number of significant features that may be of value to you.

Compare SyncBack Freeware and SyncBackSE

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SyncBack Freeware V3.2.17 Update


The latest release of SyncBack Freeware is now available. The upgrade includes a new make safe copies option, and the profile's name now cannot contain hash characters - this avoids problems with HTML. There's also an updated help file.

To upgrade from earlier versions of SyncBack Freeware simply download and install over your old version. Note that this is not an upgrade to SyncBackSE.

SyncBackSE and SyncBack Freeware

There are two versions of our SyncBack software: SyncBackSE, which is our award-winning US$30.00 software, and SyncBack freeware, which is free. The latest version of SyncBack freeware is V3.2.17.

Download the English version of SyncBack


If you are a user of the freeware, be aware that SyncBackSE includes a number of significant features that may be of value to you.

Compare SyncBack Freeware and SyncBackSE

SyncBack freeware can still be run on Windows 98 or newer

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DeleteOnClick V2.2 Update


An updated version of the commercial version of DeleteOnClick V2.2 has been released which now allows users to securely empty the recycle bin, and wipes all file dates and the file attribute before wiping a file. This update is free for all OnClick Utilities Licensees.

Go to the DeleteOnClick History of Changes page for the full details.

DeleteOnClick is part of OnClick Utilities, a suite of eight powerful and easy to use utility programs.

Find out more about OnClick Utilities

Download DeleteOnClick and any of the OnClick Utilities programs.

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FindOnClick V2 Beta Released


FindOnClick is superb at finding files fast, and version 2 provides a host of new features and fixes which make this program a must-have utility.

We are very happy to announce the beta release of FindOnClick version 2. Here are a few highlights of the many improvements:

• Easy and Expert search modes for simple and advanced searches.
• Custom definable search "File Kind" extensions.
• Option to run FindOnClick from the Windows Tray for quick launch of search.
• Saved FindOnClick shortcuts are available from the right-click tray icon if saved into the default folder.

You'll find a full list of new features and fixes on the 2BrightSparks Community Forum where you can also communicate your comments and feedback about the changes.

We are also happy to receive emails with your bug reports, comments, and suggestions.

FindOnClick V2 Beta Downloads

IMPORTANT

All those downloading and installing beta software from 2BrightSparks accept the following three conditions when using the program:

1. Some functionality of the beta program may not work appropriately.
2. The beta software may crash or even make your system unstable.
3. No liability is accepted for difficulties using the beta software.

Note that support ticketing for beta software is restricted to informing 2BrightSparks of issues relating to FindOnClick, and not to resolving issues.

If you would like to sign up as a beta tester please visit the Sign Up Page.

As a registered Beta Tester you will receive news of all updates to beta releases of our software.

Download FindOnClick

The beta version of the FindOnClick V2 help file is here:

http://www.2brightsparks.com/assets/software/new/OnClickHelp_Setup.exe

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Specialist Groups - Road Warriors


First of all, what is a road warrior? If you travel a lot on business with a laptop, but use a desktop computer back at the office or at home, you are a road warrior! The remainder of this section is written especially with the road warrior in mind.

Don't you wish you had an easy way of making sure the document that you are currently working on is the latest version? You might also wish to have a more effective way of having a particular document on both your laptop and your home computer without having to email it to yourself or transfer it using your USB external drive. Well, you're in luck with SyncBackSE.

Let me create a more elaborate scenario for you. You go on a business trip and you have just copied all the required files from your work computer to your laptop so that you can work on them while you're away. During your trip, you managed to get a lot of work done. This means that some of the files were modified and new files were created. When you return back to the office, you start copying files to your office desktop computer from your laptop. However in the midst of it, you confuse yourself with which file is the latest and most up to date and start physically going through the documents to determine the latest version. Want an easier way of doing this? Read on...

With SyncBackSE, which is both a backup and synchronization program, you will be able to synchronize your laptop with your desktop computer easily using the Intelligent sync function. The initial step will require you to setup a profile to perform the synchronization by specifying the 2 folders to synchronize, more commonly known as the Left and Right folders in SyncBackSE. You will also be able to instruct SyncBackSE to synchronize either uni-directionally, which is either from the Left folder to the Right or Right to Left, or bi-directionally, which is from Left to Right and Right to Left. Once the profile is setup, you will be able to run the profile at anytime and can then ensure that the files that you're accessing are the most up-to-date ones.

You will find a tutorial on setting up a synchronization profile on our website

Backing up your files is also a very simple process with SyncBackSE. You will be able to backup to an external media like your USB thumb drive, or external hard disk. The idea is to keep your laptop separate from the external media that you make your backups to, so that in the case of an unforeseen mishap like a hard disk malfunction or theft, you can still retrieve your files from your external media while still on your business trip. An alternative solution would be to backup your files to an online storage service. There are some services that allow the user to add a virtual drive to your system and that drive is connected to the provider's FTP site. If the service provider's drive appears in your laptop's system drive list, then SyncBackSE can be used to perform backups directly from your laptop to the online backup service provider's drive. In this way you will be combining complete peace of mind and convenience, all in one step.

So, if you are a road warrior and need to combat the tedious task of synchronizing your computers and at the same time the fear of losing your valuable files, then SyncBackSE may be your ideal solution!

Find out more about SyncBackSE

Download SyncBackSE

Download a PDF version of the SyncBackSE help file

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Introducing our New Product InfoHesive


In last month's issue, we gave you a sneak peek into what InfoHesive will be capable of. To recap, InfoHesive is a versatile program for novice and advanced users alike that allows you to store information and links directly to files and URLs in an easy to use environment. You can structure your information in a familiar tree-like manner, and retrieving that information is a snap. InfoHesive also features a powerful integrated Editor that lets you add notes associated with each resource. You can even build and distribute impressive Help Files and eBooks, and you will find sharing information with people within your organization and distributing it more widely couldn't be simpler.

Here at 2BrightSparks we have always focused on developing software that is valuable for everyone who uses a computer, and InfoHesive meets that aim perfectly. Here are some of the countless uses InfoHesive will be put to:

• Personal users who want to build an image album of their family photos, maintain a detailed record of their family history and a map of their family tree, or even create a weekly meal planner for that post Festive Season bulge.
• Students and researchers who store links to any kind of document on their computer and the Internet for fast retrieval and revision.
• Professional photographers to collate and organize their client-based digital photos for easy reference and retrieval.
• Telephone Operators to retrieve information they need use while answering telephone inquiries.
• Support staff who need to develop help files, and who integrate personal responses with boilerplate replies.
• Authors who wish to create eBooks that can be distributed royalty-free.
• Programmers to collate and organize programming code for future use.
• Paralegals to consolidate all standard phrases, terminology and legal documents that can be shared among colleagues.

The list is endless!

InfoHesive has already undergone extensive in-house development and testing. We have now released a public beta version and need even more beta-testers to join with us so we can ensure the official launch of InfoHesive delivers its full potential.

So, have your say, contribute, and provide feedback by signing up here.

As a registered Beta Tester you will receive news of all updates to beta releases of our software.

InfoHesive Downloads

IMPORTANT

All those downloading and installing beta software from 2BrightSparks accept the following three conditions when using the program:

1. Some functionality of the beta program may not work appropriately.
2. The beta software may crash or even make your system unstable.
3. No liability is accepted for difficulties using the beta software.

Note that support ticketing for beta software is restricted to informing 2BrightSparks of issues relating to InfoHesive, and not to resolving issues.

There are two versions of InfoHesive. The full InfoHesive program that allows you to create InfoHesive Projects, Help Files, and eBooks, and the Freeware InfoHesive Viewer which allows the user to view documents created by InfoHesive.

Download the full version of InfoHesive Beta

Download the Freeware InfoHesive Viewer Beta

Stay tuned for further news on this great new product...

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Staff Sparks

Hi, my name is Michael Leaver and I'm the technical director here at
2BrightSparks.

Like most people the majority of my day is spent sat in front of a computer answering emails and forum posts, writing code, reading documents, and occasionally playing Team Fortress 2. With so many programs running you often find that you don't have enough screen space for all those windows. Not so long ago most people would have used a single 17" (or smaller) CRT monitor. These days it's more common to have a 19" (or larger) LCD monitor, and often more than one monitor. I use two wide-screen 22" LCD monitors which gives me plenty of desktop space. Many times during the day I need to refer to one window (containing a document or web page, for example) while typing a reply in another (e. g. an email or forum post). I also use one monitor exclusively for certain programs, e. g. email, newsreader, etc. BDS 2006 (which we use to develop our software) has many windows so with two monitors you can spread things out making it less claustrophobic. Once you've used a system with more than one monitor it's very hard to go back to using a single screen system:

http://research.microsoft.com/displayArticle.aspx?id=433

On a different note, most of the features in our software are there because people contact us to tell us what they want our software to do. There's little point in adding things that people don't want, so we really value customer suggestions and feedback. If you have a suggestion for a feature that you'd like (no matter how simple or complex), please feel free to use our contact form. We all read every form sent to us:

http://www.2brightsparks.com/contact-form.html

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Tip of the Month by Richard Gascoigne


Clean Out the Garbage

In using SyncBackSE, of course I always use the same set of Destination folders on my backup drive. However, as I re-use them day after day they accumulate files that I have long since deleted on my computer. For example, when I download pictures from my camera they look like “IMG00001”. When I get a chance (maybe a few days later) I rename them according to the contents.

But now I have “IMG00001” AND the same picture, renamed “Bali2007” both backed up. I need a way to clean up such renamed / deleted files.

The solution is easy, but easy to miss, too. You will need to “Modify” the profile, and select the “Decisions – Files” option. Scroll down to the section labeled “What to do if the file exists on Destination but not on Source”. Select the option “Delete file from Destination”.

To be safe you might also specify some number of days that SyncBackSE will keep that file before actually deleting it. Since I do a weekly backup in addition to the daily backup, I use 7 days as the cut-off, because I will also have a copy on the weekly backup.

See our next Tip for how to find those duplicate files quickly and easily.

Do you have a novel use of our products? Send us your Tip, and if we use it you’ll get a nice surprise.

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Articles at 2BrightSparks

We have a collection of articles that we hope will be of use to you.


If you would like to see articles of a particular topic, please do let us know.

Otherwise, check back in the near future to check out new articles.

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Lucky Draw Winners


Every month, ten lucky winners who complete the SyncBackSE survey form receive a free license for OnClick Utilities. The link to the survey is contained in the order confirmation email for SyncBackSE. We will even allow you to transfer your license to friends or family if you've already got a license. Good luck!

To date, 290 lucky people have already received free software from us just by simply completing the survey, so what are you waiting for?

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Until Next Time

Thanks for reading and we look forward to getting in touch again in a month’s time.


The 2BrightSparks Team.

2BrightSparks Pte Ltd.

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