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My Synctoy Wishlist RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • I love synctoy. I really do. This proggie has saved my bacon so many times it's become an absolue necessity. After trying two very popular sync programs, I ended up returning to synctoy because there's no other program out there that does what synctoy does so well.

    However, synctoy isn't perfect. Here are my major wishes for future releases of synctoy:

    1. An explorer-like treeview with checkboxes next to folders so I can sync a root and any desired child folders I want.
    2. A registry backup feature.
    3. The .dat files stored in a single folder of my choice and not in each folder that is to be synched.
    4. A settings menu with export/import of your synched folders and settings.
    5. The ability to edit a folder-pair's source and target paths.
    6. A pause/continue feature (currently using process explorer to halt the process when I need disc I/O).
    Saturday, October 4, 2008 2:55 AM

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  • Yes to all of that! I agree SyncToy is one of the best if not the best out there for free for Windows right now. Two things I would add to the wishlist too:

     

    1. PLEEEEEZ can't it notify me when there is a version conflict?

     

    i.e. when both copies of the file have been changed since it was last sync'd up. Right now, it keeps the newer one, and ditches the old one, without telling anybody. Sounds ok right? Not for me, because important changes could have been made by somebody else the same morning I worked on the file remotely, then whoever saved last wins. No one may even notice that some of the changes were just gone, until who knows when and the project is due to the printer right now, or worse, is under construction.

     

    2. When creating a new sync pair, PLEEZ can't it create the new folder if it doesn't already exist? The 1.x.x. version I was using did this fine, but now 2.0 does not.

     

    btw, for registry backup I just use regeidt in Start>Run, except when I run maintenance on it I use CCleaner which can also back it up.

     

    A distant 3rd:

     

    3. The ability to save and choose from more than one profile of folder pairs would be nice. Sometimes a want to copy one group of files to a flash drive or external hard drive, while most times I want to work with a main group of files between server and laptop. Would be great to not have to click a lot of checkboxes in All folder pairs to customize which group of pairs I am working with each time.

     

    ok 1 more, pie in the sky maybe....

     

    4. Like Unison (which does not seem to work with Windows yet), can only the bits that have actually changed be synchornized, saving time and resources rather than always having to overwrite each entire file?

    Monday, October 6, 2008 9:08 PM
  • I'm using Registry Workshop for my registry dumps. I label them by sort date and they're usually over 150 MB. Those are also some really good wish list items!
    Monday, October 6, 2008 9:11 PM
  • The distant 3rd from above is a rather high priority for me.  I would really like the ability to define multiple groups of folder pairs.  The ability to create a group with a name and then attach one or more of the folder pairs to it would be nice.  This should also allow a single folder pair to be attached to more than one group.

    This would be an extension of the all folders group feature.  Instead of having a single unnamed group you would need to have multiple named groups.  You could even use the same check box list to define the folder pairs for a group.
    Tuesday, October 28, 2008 4:23 PM
  • Another two features I'd like to see:
    1. A more logical ordering of actions.  Currently, if a folder has been moved, then the old one will be deleted well before the new one is created.  For a 'synchronize' action that fails before completion, if the 'preview' function is used again before the next attempt, synctoy will then try to delete the new folder, and so both copies are lost.  I've had to drag folders out of the recycle bin and use windiff several times to recover from this, but also lost files permanently before I worked out what was happening.
    2. Atomic commits.  I know this may not be possible due to the way that file system works, but ideally I'd like the option of having all the operations work without error, or get a dialog that says none of them worked.  Alternatively, perhaps there a way to 'validate' the sync actions as part of the preview action, so that I can know in advance if any of them will fail???
    Friday, October 31, 2008 12:38 AM
  • The distant 3rd from above is top priority for me.  I'd love to be able to tag folder pairs and run all pairs with a given tag, either interactively or in batch (from a script).  I love this tool; I depend on it every day.  This would make it almost perfect for my uses.
    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 11:04 AM
  • This tool is really great.

    But it would be even greater if we could synchonize a local fodler and and a remote one reachable though FTP

     

    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 1:14 PM
  • This is on my urgent wish list as well:

    "3. The .dat files stored in a single folder of my choice and not in each folder that is to be synched."

     

    Monday, November 10, 2008 12:46 PM
  • Also this is something i would really wish to have:

     

    "1. PLEEEEEZ can't it notify me when there is a version conflict?

    i.e. when both copies of the file have been changed since it was last sync'd up. Right now, it keeps the newer one, and ditches the old one, without telling anybody. Sounds ok right? Not for me, because important changes could have been made by somebody else the same morning I worked on the file remotely, then whoever saved last wins. No one may even notice that some of the changes were just gone, until who knows when and the project is due to the printer right now, or worse, is under construction."

     

    And i would add one note:

    Please, add an option to never delete an existing file without questioning the user.

     

    Monday, November 10, 2008 1:01 PM