The first thing that you will notice after installation is that the program's interface has been redesigned completely. It now uses a ribbon style interface, which is certainly a controversial change considering that this interface type is not liked by all users of the Windows operating system.
The interface uses tabs (or ribbons if you like) that provide you with access to the program's functionality.
It is the jobs tab that you will use the most, as it lists all the backup related options, while the two other tabs are used to make layout modifications or advertise features of the commercial Backup4all software.
You can start new backup jobs with a click on the new backup button in the program interface. If you have used the program to create backups in the past, you can also open them right here, for instance to restore files or check up on them.
The create backup dialog walks you through the process page-by-page, which you can change by clicking on the advanced mode link on the page.
Experienced users may like this option better as it displays additional configuration options that the wizard does not.
You need to select a backup destination -- locally or on the network -- and at least one backup source to create a new backup job. One interesting feature are source profiles the application ships with. You can use it to backup browser profiles for example, or the My Documents or My Pictures folder right away by selecting them in the menu that is displayed here.
Other options that you can configure optionally include:
- File and folder filters.
- If you want a full backup or mirror backup.
- Whether you want to use compression or split backup files.
- Running programs before or after the backup.
- Schedule backups.
You may have noticed that a couple of features common to backup programs are missing. This includes the option to use AES encryption or configure incremental backups. Those features are only available in the paid program and not the free one. It is still possible to password protect the backups, but the encryption is not as strong as AES.
Here is a short overview of the new features introduced in version 5.0.
- Full Windows 8.1 compatibility.
- Processes can now use up to 4 Gigabytes of RAM.
- Plugin Manager has been redesigned.
- Progress is now displayed for the running backup job.
- Missed schedules can be run.
- Option to suspend the application and with it all jobs.
FBackup 5.0 improves the backup program further. While not all changes will be liked, like the ribbon interface for example, it is a step in the right direction.
It is still not a backup software for all purposes, as it lacks features such as stronger encryption or options to configure incremental backups. If you are looking for a basic backup software and do not mind ribbons, then this program is worth a closer look nevertheless.
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