A single backup is sometimes not enough which is especially true for files that are changed a lot. Think of a programmer who saves dozens of revisions of the same file throughout the day or a writer who writes several pages and many paragraphs throughout the day.
Version control, or versioning, can be very helpful here. This special backup type saves every new version of a document to a backup folder so that you can access all different versions of a file in that folder at any time.
That's helpful if you do not want to restore the latest but a previous version of the file or document. One situation where this may be applicable is if you made a mistake that you want to undo but cannot anymore using undo features if available.
The version control and backup software AutoVer is a lightweight program for exactly that job. The main interface lists the configured versioning jobs and displays controls to work with the program.
It is possible to add, delete or edit new backup jobs, view previous backups with restore options, configure the program's settings or initiate a manual synchronization.
New jobs are configured by clicking on the plus icon in the main interface. The configuration is divided into the four tabs general, advanced, versioning and ftp.
- General: Configure a name, the source and destination folder, backup type (folder or ftp), subfolder support, error handling and if an initial backup should be created.
- Advanced: Add include and exclude filters for files and folders, specify a maximum file size, run on copy, delete backup files if the original is deleted and schedule daily or hourly comparisons between the source and destination folders and files.
- Versioning: Select a versioning mode (none, version all backup files, version previous backups only), maximum number of versions and old version handling.
- ftp: If ftp is selected as the destination of the backup then the ftp host needs to be configured in this tab.
A double-click on a configured job opens the backup explorer which displays all folders, files and the available versions of the selected file.
It is here possible to open those files, compare them or restore them to the original location.
The text and image viewer as well as the app that is used for file comparisons need to be configured in the program's options. Notepad and Paint are selected for text and image viewing. The compare app points to a non existing folder of WinMerge which suggests that the program needs to be downloaded separately. A notification would be helpful here.
AutoVer is an easy to use version control and file backup software for the Windows operating system. It requires the Microsoft .net Framework and is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows operating system. We had to install it using the run as administrator command.