In view of the overly favorable reception Bvckup
has had recently, I decided to summarily check the latest Bvckup 2
, since it's the only freeware version) for an update post; here are a few findings...
Bvckup 2 beta
requires an install/uninstall cycle to get to the files, as (Uni
)extract doesn't seem to work. As with the previous version, the very breadth of its features is impressive, especially if you consider the extremely small footprint, so I'll just touch the more prominent ones: Bvckup 2 beta
has 32 and 64 bits native versions, is able to run either interactively and as a service, can copy system locked files (via VSS), has delta copy capabilities, and is totally portable via the above mentioned batch file workaround.
As the software itself -- mainly a single executable that doesn't even reach 600 KB -- the homepage is exquisite in it's simplicity, tasteful layout and scope, covering every information aspect a user might need. Also, the support forum (http://bvckup2.com/support/forum/
) is a real treasure trove of valuable information (with portability discussion at http://bvckup2.com/support/forum/#!/topic/43
author of http://www.bvckup2.com/ wrote:
] Last beta: In addition to the production version that is actively developed and supported, we also make the last version from the beta testing cycle available for download. [Bvckup 2
] Last beta is completely free and has no restrictions or time limits. Caveats: 1. [Bvckup 2
] Last beta has been feature-frozen since April 2014 and it receives only critical fixes, when and if they surface. 2. We provide no technical support for it.
Download latest Bvckup 2 beta
(currently release 68
, changelog: http://bvckup2.com/support/forum/#!/topic/366
) from http://www.bvckup2.com/get/beta
I just realized that, in order to have the console window close immediately after launching bvckup
, that code should be instead:
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START "" bvckup.exe -c %conf-dir%
On a humorous note, Bvckup 2 beta
might provide a great (if puzzling) example for globalization: the previous version was distributed by Yaletown Software Design from Vancouver, Canada; the newer one is distributed by Pipermetrics SA which is Swiss, incorporated in Lausanne; the developer is Alex Pankratov, previously in charge of the Hamachi
VPN software (http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/ ... c.php?t=28
); the current beta installer is flagged as Canadian English, while the executable itself is in US English... talk about multiculturalism.