GameSave Manager was created as a way to bring order into the save game chaos on Windows. As you know, it is up to the game developer to pick a save game storage location on the PC. Some store save games in My Documents, others in the user folder or program folder. That's bad if you want to back up your save games regularly, for instance to avoid data loss after patching a game, to play the game on a second computer, or to share it with friends or people on the Internet.
The first version of GameSave Manager came with options to automatically or manually back up save games on the system. GameSave Manager 2, released less than three months after our initial review was a complete rewrite of the program. It added options to store save games in the cloud - using Dropbox - and came with a complete rewrite and new interface. The Dropbox option simplified the sharing of save games.
GameSave Manager 3 has been out for a while, and it too shipped with a new and improved user interface and additional features.
One of the new features is Steam Spreader, a tool to move Steam games from the partition Steam is installed on to another drive. It uses the same technique that Steam Mover uses to move files. Steam Spreader creates symbolic links that point from the original directory to the new directory the game is moved to. The game is still playable because of this, making it an effective option in low disk space situations. You can for instance use Steam Spreader to park games that you do not want to uninstall on a different drive. Once you make room on the main drive, you can undo the move again, or leave everything as is.
It can also be used the other way round. Say you have installed Steam on a platter based hard drive and bought a fast SSD recently. You could use Steam Spreader in this case to move your favorite games from the mechanical drive to the Solid State Drive to benefit from faster speeds when you play the game, which would save you from moving Steam over, provided that there is enough room on the SSD for that operation.
Version 3 comes with addition feature additions over previous versions:
- Support for Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive and private ftp servers
- Support for Steam and Ubisoft uPlay game saves
- Option to ignore entries
- Option to modify system paths, e.g. My Documents.
- Task history
GameSave Manager is an impressive program that gets better with each version. The Steam Spreader feature is a great addition to the program that should increase its popularity significantly.