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AJC Active Backup


This product is constantly being developed and as you can see below new versions are regularly released. We are very interested in our users experiences with our software and always ready to listen to new ideas.

Version 2.12.0 Released May 26th 2020

  • When using the diff to compare Excel spreadsheets or PDF's as text it failed with a missing .dll.
  • The are now more command line options available to control showing the screen and turning on/off monitoring and enabling/disabling monitor folders while the application is running.
  • You can now view our privacy policy from within the software.

Version 2.11.0 Released Oct 10th 2019

  • When restoring multiple files as they were on a particular date/time you can now choose to find the correct revision by the file's modified date instead of the default revision added date.

Version 2.10.0 Released Sept 28th 2019

  • The Notepad++ plugin is now installed in a different folder in line with the latest version of Notepad++.
  • After adding a new folder to monitor it now asks you if you want to backup that folder immediately.
  • When restoring multiple files you can now remove some files that you don't want from the restore wizard window.
  • The older office color schemes have been provided again due to a request.

Version 2.9.3 Released May 2nd 2019

  • You can now override the amount of seconds that it waits to start backing up a file per file pattern on the Global options - Timing screen.
  • A Visual Studio 2019 add in is now provided.
  • When doing a full backup or checking the archives integrity it now makes clear to you if any locations were unavailable.

Version 2.8.1 Released Jan 28th 2019

  • Windows 10 v1809 caused a problem with the glass effect in the UI display so this has been removed.

Version 2.7.0 Released Oct 1st 2018

  • Some text files containing Unicode characters were not read correctly when doing visual file comparisons. It now copes with a wider range of text file types.

Version 2.6.1 Released Nov 6th 2017

  • When it is installing the Notepad++ plugin it now asks if you want to monitor the Notepad++ backup folder for changes so you will backup work on new files that it creates before they are saved.

Version 2.6.0 Released Nov 1st 2017

  • There is now a plugin for Notepad++. This allows you to directly access old versions of the file you are currently working on in Notepad++. To install the plugin go to the Global options - Add ins screen.

Version 2.5.0 Released Oct 15th 2017

  • An extension for Visual Studio 2017 is now provided.
  • There is now a pin icon in the top right hand corner of the screen to make the application stay on top.

Version 2.4.5 Released Nov 28th 2016

  • Settings files have now been made more robust. When writing to settings files it now makes a backup file and when reading back if the file has been damaged it uses the backup.

Version 2.4.0 Released Sept 22nd 2015

  • An extension for Visual Studio 2015 is now provided.

Version 2.3.6 Released Aug 13th 2015

  • Sometimes exclude patterns did not work properly when using the "Backup now" function even though they did work when in monitoring mode. This meant that you may backup extra files with "Backup now" that you did not want to monitor for. This is now fixed.
  • When entering file patterns the pattern tester has been improved. You can enter a sample filename to test if it matches the patterns and you will see a green message if it matches and a red message if it does not.

Version 2.3.5 Released July 10th 2015

  • When a folder was moved into an area on the disk being monitored it did not detect and archive the files in that folder because Windows does not raise change events for them. Files in the folder are now checked added to the list for processing.
  • The main window ribbon has been updated slightly. The window title was sometimes blurred when running on Windows 8. There are now ribbon color options of blue/black/silver MS Office 2010 style and an Office 2013 style.
  • The file patterns for excluding folders from archiving did not always work correctly. This has now been fixed.
  • There was a UI error connected with data formatting that has been fixed.
  • If folders to be monitored do not exist the monitor will now still start for them and it will auto detect if they become available again.
  • If folders being monitored develop problems such as not being available (e.g. network problems) they will be auto detected again if they later become available. This should protect against network glitches stopping the monitoring.

Version 2.2.3 Released Nov 10th 2014

  • The recent files tab now has an option to show files that were detected and not backed up and an analysis of file extensions. This is useful so you can check if you are missing any files that you should be backing up.
  • On the tools menu there are now options to export/import settings for the folders to be monitored and the global file patterns. This covers most of the options required if you want to transfer your settings to another machine.

Version 2.1.0 Released July 7th 2014

  • When archiving a large file there may have been a small chance that further changes to that file would not be detected while the file was being archived. This has now been fixed.
  • When purging the archives you now have the option to remove archives where the file no longer exists, like you could in version 1.
  • In the settings for a folder to be monitored for backup if you cleared the "Include sub folders" check box it ignored sub folders when monitoring but still backed them up with Backup now. This has now been fixed.

Version 2.0 Released Feb 21st 2014

  • Complete rewrite with a modern UI.
  • Restore partial file changes back from your archives using built in AJC Diff v2 . This lets you edit files while you are comparing them.
  • More visible overview of what folders you are monitoring for changes on the Home tab.
  • List of recently archived files is now kept when restarting the application.
  • Easier to set up and access file patterns etc.
  • You can change options live without having to stop monitoring for changes.
  • File patterns tester tool so you can test if a file will match your patterns.
  • New archives explorer lets you navigate through your backup archives more easily.
  • Its now easier to restore multiple files and you can see exactly where each file will go.
  • Includes the new AJC Revision Archive v2 archive viewer.
  • Compatible with AJC Sync backup archives.
  • For programmers: AJC Diff v2 offers code syntax highlighting.
  • For programmers: Visual Studio add in for you to access your archives more easily while you are coding.
  • Diagnostics mode lets you see what is happening when a file is detected. This helps if you don't know why a file is being backed up.

Version 1.6.2 Released July 2nd 2012

  • When archiving existing files, if errors occurred, you had to confirm each one. Now you just have to confirm to continue with the first error and if any more occur they are logged on the Report tab.

Version 1.6 Released Sept 14th 2009

  • Updated to run on Windows 7 and now also displays tabs correctly on 64bit Windows.

Version 1.5 Released June 11th 2007

  • When an archive storage directory goes offline, e.g. network/external drive is disconnected, the files waiting to be archived are flagged up with an offline archive icon. The offline location is then checked once per minute and when it comes back online, file archiving for those files resumes.
  • Fixed a problem where sometimes temp folders were left in the Windows temp directory.
  • The help file has now been changed to HTML help to be compatible with Windows Vista.
  • Some small cosmetic changes to make it display properly in Windows Vista.
  • An option has been added so that you can choose to have the modified date of an archive file set to exactly the same as the last file that was added to the archive.

Version 1.4 Released Aug 24th 2006

  • The software settings are now saved to disk in the standard Windows user application data area instead of the registry. This makes the settings easier to backup and transfer between machines.
  • There is now a separate corporate version of AJC Active Backup that makes it easier to manage for larger organizations.

Version 1.3 Released July 25th 2006

  • Setting up file patterns is now much easier with the suggestion tool. This searches for all file extensions in the directories you are monitoring and lets you select them.
  • When errors occur on the process tab you can now right click on a file to remove it from the list or retry the operation.
  • When exiting the application any files left on the process list are now saved so that they will appear on the list when you next start up.
  • In the file patterns for deciding which files to archive you can now specify a directory without a leading path e.g. Abc\ This allows you to match all files in an "Abc" directory located anywhere under the directory you are monitoring.
  • New command line options have been added for archiving existing files.
  • When purging archives if an archive file was deleted this would sometimes cause the program to fail.
  • The archive integrity checker had a bug where it was creating files in the local temp folder and not removing them.

Version 1.2 Released Aug 18th 2005

  • A new View archives tab has been added to the main window. This allows you to list all archives or archives where revisions were added in a certain date range. From this list you can examine each archive or restore a group of files.
  • You can now restore a group of files using the Restore/Extract files wizard from the View archives tab. This allows you to restore files to their original locations or select an alternative location to extract files to. You can also choose to restore the latest files or files as they would have been on a certain date.
  • A archive integrity checker tool has been added so that you can be sure that your archives will restore and they are not corrupted in any way.
  • A new report tab has been added to show the progress of restore operations and integrity checks.

Version 1.1 Released Feb 19th 2005

  • Some files can now be archived even when they are open. For example this is very useful for MS Word and Excel files because these programs keep the files open until the documents are closed. This now means that if you press save in Word your document it will be instantly archived. You can specify which files can be backed up when they are open in the options.
  • It now copes with very long file names.

Version 1.0 Released Dec 30th 2004

  • First public release.

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