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AJC Sync

Simply the best visual directory compare program available.

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AJC Active Backup

Revolutionary continuous data protection, instant automatic file backup and archiving in real-time!

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2016 Review of Affordable Continuous Data Protection software

Instant Real Time Automatic Online Data Backup Software for Everyone!

Never forget to backup your files again!

How often do you lose important changes due to a machine crash, network problems or power cut?

Active Backup is a unique program that constantly monitors your precious files for any changes and saves you time by instantly making data backups (to a separate central archive that you define).

Would you like the ability to restore to any previous version of your files without wasting valuable disk space? Easy! Active Backup integrates with the windows Explorer to provide a new "Undo from AJC Archive" option so you can view saved versions, compare differences, and restore the file to its original location or somewhere else.

The backup is done the instant a file changes, whether thats by overwriting it when you copy/paste files using Windows Explorer, or whenever you hit Save (yes, even if you're still in an editor program such as Word, Notepad, Photoshop, Visual Studio, etc).

You choose what files you want to be kept safe;
 a) Select top-level folders to be monitored
 b) Select file extensions you want to be backed up (a wizard automatically finds and suggests files types for you), e.g. Word documents *.docx, Excel *.xlsx, Text files *.txt, Development Project source files such as *.sln, *.csproj, *.cs, *.css, *.js, *.php, *.html, *.ini, and so on as required.

Perfect solution for other programs that have poor "undo" features.

Provides tools to help you track and find out what changes you have made to documents.

Easy and clear install and setup screens - AJC Active Backup can be providing continous data protection for your files in just 5 minutes!

Read on to learn more about how Active Backup works....

AJC Active Backup

AJC Active Backup can be downloaded and used for a fully functional 30 day trial period before purchase, and is very reasonably priced (currently in the region of $35 with bulk discounts available too). Purchasing entitles you to free bug fixes and minor version upgrades, and support by email.

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"Just try it, I am sure that like me, you will wonder how you did without it! - Besides essential instant backing up of your important files, you are provided with easy Version Control and Document Management Software at a fraction of the cost you would pay for other systems."

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AJC Active Backup is an automatic archiving program that provides continuous data protection by being constantly online and instantly backs up data files and documents in real-time just seconds after you change (save or copy/paste) them on your PC and keeps multiple versions to undo.

Multiple versions of each file are kept in a compact archive giving unlimited undo capabilities and protection from costly mistakes or file corruption. This avoids reaching for last night’s backup, if you actually have one!

AJC Active Backup also brings version control to the average computer user, or those who are too busy to worry about doing backups!

AJC Active Backup
is ideal for programmers, journalists, documenters, in fact anyone who regularly changes typical office related files and documents throughout the day, and require better control of their files, and the peace of mind immediate backing up provides.

Ensuring your valuable files and documents are backed up regularly is a vital necessity, not just a "nice to have" !

Genuine Customer Testimonial:
"At first glance I wondered why I would need such a piece of software. I already used AJC Dirsync, and when I was asked by AJC Software if I would like to try Active Backup I gave it a go.

After I started using it I soon discovered its real potential. It saved me with a project I was working on in the summer when we had thunder storms causing power loss and my C: drive crashed right at the end of the day after tons of changes (and my scheduled AJC Sync backup had not yet occurred).

I think the method of saving different versions of my files is really neat - I can see version differences and restore any file back to any point in time.

Our programming team uses Visual SourceSafe, but like many programmers I don't "Check In" my changes until a program change is complete and tested. In this respect it really helps keep track of intermediate work - I regularly hit CTRL-S to save throughout the day, and have peace of mind knowing that Active Backup just archived a new version for me.

Being able to add comments against versions is useful too. I also work with two other software packages that have NO UNDO feature atall!! How useless is that? But now Active Backup saves my life every time"

Alison Moore, Lincolnshire, UK

In Dec 2004 I originally reviewed AJC Active Backup and it is a piece of well designed software added to the AJC arsenal of essential utilities that I now use every day, even now in 2016, to automatically backup files on my PC in real-time, whilst also retaining older versions of the same file in a compact archive. Active Backup has evolved and just gets better all the time.

"This is great for helping me automatically store different versions of my Word documents when I hit the Save button - without thinking - and yet it uses very little extra space!"

This is revolutionary software!

There are only a couple of other programs available currently that provide similar functionality, and I found them to be considerably more expensive, or with fewer features.

At my work office I now have AJC Active Backup operating online silently during the day to constantly protect my work on my local computer, and then at the end of the day I also use AJC Sync to synchronize and backup my work to another networked computer, or my laptop (although Active Backup can archive to wherever you want - you don't have to use AJC Sync too, its just what I do).

I have also taken to using Active Backup at home too. In practice I have found it works very well even with large files (several MBytes), and stores multiple file revisions with very little increase in the size of the data backup archive file.

Take a look at some of the main features of the program:-

AJC Active Backup

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"Monitors online and instantly backs up files you change on your PC and keeps multiple versions to undo."

AJC Active Backup - Product Features

  • Compatible with Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista 32 & 64-bit Win 7, 8, 10.
  • Setup Wizard helps initial configuration - fully automatic thereafter.
  • Continuously monitors and Instantly backs up files as soon as you change them.
  • You choose which directories and file patterns to backup.
  • Protects you from mistakes and software bugs or file corruption by letting you go back to the previous version of a file.
  • Multiple versions of each file are kept so you can undo to any previous version.
  • Your backups are always up to date, up to the second. No more restoring to last night's or last week's backup.
  • You can add descriptions to particular file revisions in a backup archive to mark a specific important point in a file's development or a safe point to restore back to, e.g. "Updated copyright section and proof read by JP".
  • Comes complete with a built-in version control system and viewing utility.
  • Built in file comparison facility so you can see what has changed between different versions.
  • Operates silently online in the background with very little extra load on your PC.
  • Status bar indicator tells you what the software is doing.
  • Very compact archive size only storing changes to files each time.
  • Auto purge system prevents the archives from growing too large.

AJC Active Backup sits quietly in the System Tray of your PC, continuously monitoring and archiving files as you work on them:-

AJC Active Backup icon in System Tray
System Tray Icon

= Backup is Offline. No files are being monitored for changes.

= Backup is Online and monitoring files for changes. When a file is changed that matches the patterns and directories you entered, Online Data Backup will become Active and the file will be processed.

= Backup is Active. This means files have been selected for processing. When the file is saved the program will check for changes, and archive if necessary.

Each time you change a file and save it (even if this is by way of copying or moving files using Windows Explorer) the program will check to see what has changed. Only if the contents have changed since the last time it was archived will it prepare a copy of the changes in a compact data backup of the file.

This gives the following advantages:-

  • If you make a mistake, you can easily go back to any previous version of the file.
  • If you forget what you have done to a file, you can see a comparison with any previous version of that file.
  • You have a complete history of how that file was altered over time.
  • If a program you are using to edit a file, somehow corrupts the file, you can easily restore from the last saved version.
Even if you have a centralized version control system and do regular backups, AJC Active Backup is of great value because it backs up every time you save a file without you having to think about it. Your archive is always up to date whereas your other backup methods could be hours or days out of date!

You choose the location for the Archives (e.g. to a different folder on the same disk, or better a second hard disk in your PC, or an external drive, or even a USB Memory stick). The backup archives are generally very small because they are (optionally) compressed and only the changes to each file are stored each time a new revision is added.

There is an automatic purge facility to reclaim disk space by stopping the archives from growing too large. Having this means that once set up, every few days it will automatically thin down the number of versions per file to one version per day (for example you might make 10's or 100's of saves to a document in a day, which after a while don't really need to be kept and really you're only interested in the net effect of all your changes). Anyway, you define the rules for the purge option, see below for more info.

AJC Active Backup is literally a "no-brainer" ! Install, set and forget. You might occasionally add a new file type extension or folder to monitor.

You control exactly which folders and file patterns it monitors online, so that excessive archiving is prevented. The program allows you to specify Include and Exclude file patterns.

You should be specific about the directories you want to monitor. These are directories where your work or important files are held. It is not a good idea to monitor your whole drive or temporary directories etc, e.g. don't just monitor C:\

For example you might only want to monitor for changes to MS Word documents (*.doc) and Excel spreadsheets (*.xls) in your My Documents folder, and changes you are making to Web Pages (e.g. *.html, *.asp, *.php, etc) in a Development folder.

The types of files I usually monitor are as follows;

  • *.txt - i.e. simple text files
  • *.docx;*.dot;*.xlsx;*.ppt;*.rtf - i.e. most MS Office documents
  • *.htm;*.html;*.shtml;*.php;*.asp;*.css;*.cs;*.csproj;*.sln;*.dwt;*.lbi;*.cgi;*.js - i.e. Web Development related files

AJC Active Backup is not really designed for working with very large or constantly active files like databases (although in some tests I performed I was using database and graphics files of between 30Mb and 50Mb perfectly ok) - the manual says if you do it might possibly slow your system down, but this depends on the power of your PC. Download the 30-day trial to be sure. If you do experience slowness with large files there is an option called Max file size to archive which is the maximum size, in KB, of files that you want to be archived. If you enter a value of zero then there will be no limit.

Also, you choose whether the program is to Compress archives to reduce their size, and you can specify to exclude compression of certain types of files which don't compress well, e.g. *.zip or *.mdb.

Besides the Automatic Purge options, there are various other housekeeping Tools to manually purge archives to reduce their size, and to delete old online data backup Archives no longer required. You may need to do this because you have changed what directories and file patterns you are monitoring and you want to remove archives that are no longer relevant or to remove archives where the associated files no longer exist.

Again, sensible options are provided to assist with this. For instance to thin down the number of revisions held you can specify;

  • a minimum number of revisions to be retained at any time
  • for revisions older than X days to delete revisions leaving only one summary revision for each Hour, Day, Week, Month or Year
  • to keep any revisions for which a Description has been entered
  • to delete all revisions more than X days, weeks, months or years old

    All these options provide a self-moderating system.

    The Help and Wizards make understanding the program quick and easy.



Using Active Backup

When you install the program, a Setup Wizard guides you through the initial configuration. After that it is fully online and automatically providing continuous protection of your important files and data!

Once installed, the status icon Menu is accessed by right-clicking on the status icon:-

There are choices to go Online or Offline and alter the Options, which include the file patterns etc.

Archive Existing Files checks that your archives are up to date. You need to do this when you setup the options initially, or change the options or are offline for a long time.

Recent Files Archived lets you see the list of files archived recently so you can see what has been done or undo the changes etc.

The last 10 files archived are listed here for quick access. If you click on one of them you can see its archive.

If you double-click on the status icon the main Active Backup program window will launch.

Here you can see a list of any files currently being processed when the backup is online and active.

Also in the main window you can see a list of files recently archived. Double click on these to see a full list of revisions for the selected file.

You can then see what has changed and extract a revision to undo changes etc.
In the normal Windows file explorer you will now have a new option if you right-click on a file. This lets you access the associated archive for the file so that you can see what changes have been made and undo changes.

Notice also in this screen that there are right-click options for AJC Diff, which is the other FREE built-in program used to view differences between the archived file versions.

Easily retrieve old versions of your files!

AJC Active Backup creates a compact Archive of every file it is monitoring online that has changed (e.g. as soon as you save a file). It is very economical with disk space because it stores only the changes each time a new revision is added. For instance, on my PC this very page you are reading is archived by Active Backup. The original page is currently 58Kb (it started out at 50Kb), and the corresponding archive file is currently only 39Kb, 67% of the original and that is after I have made 17 changes to the document.

Another example is a Word document I have that is currently 1,903Kb (it has quite a lot of colour photographs interspersed with the text). The archive file size is currently 2,058Kb or just 108% the size of the original, and that is after 10 revisions have been applied.

Each file Archive holds different Versions of all changes made to the file, thereby providing an easy to use Version Control tool for you to view the history of previous online backup versions. You can do this using the FREE included AJC Revision Archive Viewer software shown here:-


Screenshot from AJC Revision Archive Viewer

The ability to store different revisions will be a boon in itself to software developers, or document producers, since the AJC Revision Archive Viewer also uses the AJC Visual Diff Tool to show differences between any versions of the file.


Screenshot from AJC Diff V2 Tool

Effectively when you buy AJC Active Backup you are getting 3 tools in one;

  1. Instant online automatic data backup file monitoring using AJC Active Backup
  2. Version Control using AJC Revision Archive Viewer
  3. Binary or Text file comparison using AJC Visual Diff

To my mind, for the price (around $35, but check the AJC site for current cost), thats a fantastic deal!

(Note that AJC Software also provide discounts on bulk license purchases).

Just try it, I am sure that like me, you will wonder how you did without it! You are essentially provided with continuous data protection, version control and document management software at a fraction of the cost you would pay for other systems.

Click here to Download Demo of a FREE fully functional functional 30 day Trial (the download is approx 2.8Mb, and you only need to download once, because if you decide to purchase after the trial you simply activate the full product using your license key).

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AJC Active Backup

AJC Active Backup can be downloaded and used for a fully functional 30 day trial period before purchase, and is very reasonably (currently in the region of $35 with bulk discounts available too). Purchasing entitles you to free bug fixes and minor version upgrades, and support by email.

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AJC Software provides a growing number of essential shareware products that have been developed with ease of use as a primary consideration, and yet these programs contain a number of professional features and options that set them above many other similar products in the shareware market.

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