Welcome to the latest news from 2BrightSparks. In this issue we announce an update
to SyncBackSE and SyncBackPro, and tell you how our products help
you in the research sector. You'll also learn more about
team, and enjoy some more useful tips on using our software.
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.
SyncBackPro & SyncBackSE V220.127.116.11 Update
The latest releases of SyncBackSE & SyncBackPro
V18.104.22.168 are now available as a free upgrade for all those who have paid for
a SyncBackSE or SyncBackPro license. To upgrade from earlier versions simply
download and install over your old version.
To upgrade from earlier versions simply download SyncBackSE or SyncBackPro
and install over your older version:
Note that this is not an upgrade to SyncBackSE and SyncBackPro from SyncBack
SyncBackPro enjoys nine new features including proxy support with SFTP,
a menu item to import SyncBackSE profiles, CSIDL variables, and an option
to filter out files Windows itself believes should not be included in
a backup. SyncBackSE also has five new features and this release also
provides over 25 essential fixes and updates.
the full list of changes in both versions
SyncBackSE, SyncBackPro, and SyncBack Freeware
that both SyncBackSE and SyncBackPro are not upgrades to SyncBack freeware.
There are three versions of our backup program: "SyncBack" which
is freeware, and "SyncBackSE" and "SyncBackPro" which are shareware programs.
Compare the freeware and commercial versions
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Specialist Groups - Researchers
With so much data that researchers manage to
churn out, misplacing information is pretty much a familiar situation that many
researchers can relate to. Perhaps the raw survey data of a particular person
in question is forgotten, or a particular genotyping result is lost. Opening
numerous files to manually check for the required file is inefficient and time-consuming.
Wouldn't it be great if you had a program to locate your needed files in minimum
time? FindOnClick is your solution.
FindOnClick will locate files based on file name, file extension, a keyword or
phrase in a file, file creation or modification date, file size and a few other
filters. The program even allows you to search multiple drives at the same time,
which speeds up the "hunting" process.
Want to locate duplicate files to free up some disk space? You can do that too
Another way of keeping track of your files is with InfoHesive. There are actually
several uses of InfoHesive that will prove invaluable to you as a researcher.
The first is to organize your files in a tree-like format just like in Windows
Explorer, which is done by linking to your files that can be kept in different
folders. The great thing is you will be able to jot notes down for each file
link so you will always know what that file is for, just in case you forget in
second use for InfoHesive, which is exactly what InfoHesive was designed
for, is as an ePublisher. Electronically publish your analysis results
and publications for proof-reading. If your research is based in a formal setting,
easily distribute all your digital information relating to your work in one
WorkSpace. Your research, images, web links, and associated files (PDFs, docs,
spreadsheets etc.) can all be packaged in a single InfoHesive file. InfoHesive
makes life a lot more convenient as compared to emailing or distributing
numerous and varied digital files in order to achieve the same result.
Probably the most crucial part of keeping your digital data safe is backing
up your files. There's no point organizing your files well when there is a
of losing them all if your computer suffers a hard disk malfunction or it gets
stolen. SyncBackSE and SyncBackPro are our backup and synchronization solutions
that will help combat data loss. Schedule them to backup your files and folders
at specific times of a day, as often as you want it to. No fuss, no mess, just
convenience and a peace of mind.
SyncBackSE and SyncBackPro
Equally important as keeping track of your files or losing them is ensuring
that prying hands do not get hold of them after the files have been deleted.
your files simply frees up disk space, but with the right kind of software,
they are easily retrievable. Using military grade deletion, DeleteOnClick ensures
that your deleted files remain deleted - forever! The commercial version of
program even renames the deleted file's name to random characters to further
ensure that anyone who tries to undelete a deleted file can't see what the
file was called previously.
With software to "look after" almost
all your digital file needs and provide you with ease of computer use, why not
give them a try? Evaluate the commercial versions risk and obligation free for
30 days and you'll see what a difference they'll make. You'll even find some
great freeware applications for you at no cost at all.
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This is usually the section where each
member of our staff gets to take a turn and tell you something about themselves.
I'd like take my turn to tell you about our group as a whole, and our company
2BrightSparks got started because the author of SyncBack, Mick Leaver, wrote
it on his own time in early 2004, and had made it available to anyone - free.
The first few hundred thousand downloads (!) returned a lot of compliments,
and also a lot of valid suggestions for improvements - too many to implement
by working nights and weekends. So he made the decision to quit his "day
job" and devote all his time to release a version with advanced features, at low
cost - hoping that he could support his young family with the proceeds. That
was quite a leap of faith, but the history has proved it to be a good decision.
We have never lost sight of that fact that the first few hundred customers
were upgrading freeware users. We wouldn't be here without them. That has
led us into our fundamental philosophy that 2BrightSparks is about you, the
customers. We provide you with high quality software, we listen well, and
when things go wrong (as they will) we do our best to fix them fairly and
quickly. We feel good about what we're doing, and it is actually a successful
business model, too.
There are now seven people in 2BrightSparks - two in the UK and five in Singapore
- communicating with several tens of thousands of users, developing new products,
maintaining the 1,000 page web site, managing administration, and all the
other things that a well-run company needs to look after.
We are pretty selective when hiring new staff. We don't like to micro-manage,
so everyone needs to be competent, proactive, customer-centric, and capable
of working to objectives. We work almost completely on "flex
time", which is a great environment for the four staff members with young children.
It lets us have true "quality time" with our families - not just a rushed hour before bedtime - and we think that
makes us better at doing our jobs, too. It is quite a kick to see your five-year-old
surfing the web with her own computer, just like Mommy.
So... you might have purchased our software because it is the best technically,
and the best value. But you are also now a part of a culture that will continue
to provide you dividends in continuous improvement and benefits. We welcome
your suggestions and will consider for inclusion those that we can implement.
Thank you for having selected us!
Richard Gascoigne, Corporate Director.
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of the Month
and SyncBackPro Compression and Encryption (See the end of this article
if you have forgotten your encryption key.)
Two of the very valuable features of SyncBackSE and SyncBackPro are
compression and encryption.
COMPRESSION - is particularly valuable in either of two situations:
- your backup destination space is limited (perhaps a DVD), or
- you are sending large amounts of data over a network, and need
to save bandwidth or time.
SyncBackSE/Pro can usually compress your data much faster than it
can be transmitted. Just as an example: a 50MB text file might be
compressed 90% in just a second or two - thus saving 90% of the transmission
As they say, "results may vary" depending
on the type of files: most graphic and PDF files are already compressed,
but text files usually see greater than 50% savings.
You will need to decide whether to compress each file individually,
or to put all the backed-up files into one large compressed file.
I suggest that you try it both ways, and see which works best for
you - or some combination.
To turn on compression, your profile display must be set to "Expert" (click
on the "click for options" in the upper left corner of your Profile Setup window and select "Expert"), then click on "Compression".
For most situations, selecting the default options provides good
compression, quickly. The default ZIP style compression ensures that
you can always decompress the files with another utility (such as
our EncryptOnClick) without needing SyncBackSE/Pro.
ENCRYPTION - is something that you should always consider if someone
else could gain access to your backed-up data: a USB drive, company
server, internet service, etc. Encryption prevents anyone seeing
your backed-up data.
In order to use Encryption, you must also have selected Compression
(you can specify "no
compression" if you wish). (However, you can specify "no compression" if you wish.) The default "256-bit AES" encryption level has been approved by the US Government for their own classified
That said, complete protection depends on your selection of a strong
Encryption Password (key) that cannot be guessed. Exactly how you
do that is beyond the scope of this tip, but here are some hints:
- it should be at least 16 characters;
- contain only printable ASCII characters (a-Z, A-Z, 0-9, !@#$%^&*(),
- do not use your name, birthday, address, or any combination of
such "guessable" characters;
- mix character types - upper/lower case, numerics, punctuation.
Oh, my! Now the problem is remembering it! I have a couple of suggestions.
One is to use our information management program, InfoHesive. You
can use it to store any kind of information, and then encrypt it
all together with a master password. Easy to do, and InfoHesive is
great for organizing and storing all kinds of information.
You can do something similar by using our EncryptOnClick or ScrambleOnClick
utilities to store all of your passwords in one encrypted file.
Of course, if someone gets your master password, they have the keys
to your kingdom, so keep it safe!
Recovering data encrypted with SyncBackSE/Pro
Oops! You forgot the password that you specified in a backup Profile
many months ago. Now you want to decrypt one of the files. Sorry,
but there is no way to "break" the
password. But wait! The Profile knows the password. So all you have
to do is to use the "Restore" feature, and the Profile will recover AND decrypt the file you specify.
You can even Restore the entire backup destination to a temporary
folder, then make a profile with a new password and back up that
recovered data all over again. Now... don't forget the new password,
and you're back in business.
If all you want is straight-forward backup, then SyncBackSE/Pro are
very easy to use. They also have dozens of great features that can
handle about anything you can think of. Check out the tutorials,
and the Help, and keep reading these TIPS in our monthly newsletter
to "tune" your
backup for maximum protection.
you have any tips of your own we would love to hear them. Send your
tips via our Online
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Articles at 2BrightSparks
We've added a new article
to the collection:
for University Professionals and Students: InfoHesive
is great for organizing lecturer and teacher notes, teaching material,
records, and any other personal information. You can even include
photos of your students or classmates for easier identification,
especially at the beginning of school terms. Not only is InfoHesive
useful in retrieving your information efficiently, with a digital
publisher-built in, InfoHesive lets you share your digital information
with your colleagues or classmates as well.
out our collection of articles for more:
If you would like to see articles of a particular topic, please
do let us know.
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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.
To date, 430 lucky people have already received free software from
by completing a simple survey, so what are you waiting
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If you have any comments,
questions, or suggestions about SyncBackSE or SyncBackPro, please complete
our contact form at:
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Thanks for reading and we look
forward to getting in touch again next time.
The 2BrightSparks Team.
2BrightSparks Pte Ltd.
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