A Review of AJC Sync
Use it for your Laptop Backups
"I am a technical writer
and use two computers for my job
- a desktop at home and a laptop
to visit customers. Because I work
on many projects and versions of
documents at once, my folder structure
is large and is nested many levels
deep. I use AJC Sync daily to keep the two in sync - since
installing it I have saved many hours
of time and effort. It is very easy
to use and seems to be very robust,
and I would recommend AJC Sync unhesitatingly to anyone."
AJC Sync 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 $29 with bulk discounts
available too). Purchasing entitles you
to free bug fixes and minor version upgrades,
and support by email.
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In this review I tell you
why I purchased, use and highly recommend AJC Sync.
Learn how to make a personal
backup of your laptop using this unique software
to synchronize your Laptop to your Desktop.....
and vice versa over your network.......
AJC Sync will
become an essential part of your laptop backup
If you have just landed on this page directly
from a search engine you may wish to start from
you are looking for high quality laptop
to desktop synchronization software that
runs on all versions of Windows from Win 98
to Windows 10 32 or 64-bit - well,
this is it!
"When I bought my laptop I was
delighted that I could do work on the
However I discovered quite soon that synchronizing
files between my workstation and my laptop
was not as trivial as it seemed.
playing with the offline files feature
2000 I discovered I needed something more
powerful. I needed more control on when,
what should be synchronised, and in what
After some searching on the
AJC Sync. It suited my
needs perfectly so I bought the program.
Since that time I am using AJC Sync multiple times a week and
am fully satisfied with both its features
as its performance."
Let's continue with the review......
First we should recap on the 5 basic steps involved
(we have already covered Steps 1 and 2 below on
Synchronize your Notebook to Desktop
PC the easy way !
- Select the two folders to be compared in the
- Set the options to decide which files get
- Press the Create Plan button to create a
Sync Plan (nothing is transferred yet).
- Review the Sync Plan list and then press
the green "tick" button to do the
- Save as a Project for repeat use if required.
So let's push on and continue at......
Step 3 - Prepare the Sync Plan ready for Review
Clicking the Create Plan
button creates the Synchronize
Here is a graphic of the main screen (click
it to pop-open a full-size screen-shot). Note
the Explorer screen is very compact because it
shows both folders being compared in a single
window (most other comparison programs I researched
show side-by-side lists). With AJC Sync the folders are "overlaid" on
each other and use color-coding as well as file
to indicate where folders or files are
Legends for Color-Coding
Note: Some of the screenshots on this page are
from an older version of the software (many
improvements have been made). New screenshots will
be added in due course.
The picture below is of the Help screen showing
the Legend and what the icons mean. Notice that
the same easy to remember standard for the color-coding
is used throughout the program. Red
for the files/folders on the "left-hand"
side, Green for
the files/folders on the "right-hand" side
for items on both sides.
The following close-up of the above Explorer
screen shows the directory tree and its sub-directories.
You can see that the majority of the folders
exist in both locations, except for the Home,
Holiday and NewOffice folders
which have yet to be synchronised.
The next close-up (below) is of the same Explorer
screen and shows the individual files listed
a folder called Office.
It shows you exactly which folders are being
compared, and the dates and sizes of the files.
Where files are identical an equal sign (=)
is shown, but where there is a difference an
symbol is shown to indicate which direction the
file will be transferred when the synchronization
is performed, e.g. a "<" symbol
means the file will be transferred from right
to left, while ">" means left
to right. Again, you can see the color-coded
in use. This representation of the files
and folders makes it very easy to understand
will happen when you synchronize.
If the date or size is blank, it means the file
does not yet exist in that location.
As you would expect, clicking the column headings
will sort the files in that order. Also along
the top are various buttons that become active
when you select a file, and these allow you to
perform the following actions:-
- Open the selected file (also double-click
- Synchronise selected files only
- Compare differences
for the file between
the two locations. This very important
the free built-in AJC Visual
Diff Tool, also written
by AJC Software. It will perform a binary
or text file comparison of the two files,
and show in a new window the differences visually
side-by-side. This also works well for example
on documents written in Microsoft Word. Click
here to learn more about this file
compare utility which AJC
Software also sell as a seperate product. (In
fact if you already have a diff tool there
to set AJC Sync to use your diff program
- Create a new folder (it asks which side, left,
right or both)
- Cut, copy and paste
- Delete (it asks which side, left, right or
- Rename (it asks which side, left, right or
- View Archive (if the automatic archiving is
turned on - very useful!)
- Move up one folder (view the parent folder)
When you click the Prepare Synchronize
List button you get the following window
which clearly shows the full list of files that
will be transferred according to the rules you
have set for the project. The arrows show which
way the files will be transferred between the
two locations. If you are happy with the selections
simply click the green "tick" or "Go"
Also on this screen you have options to:-
- Open a selected file
- Open the folder containing the files in a
normal Windows Explorer window
- Compare differences for a file between the
two locations (as explained earlier, using
the free built-in version of the AJC Visual
- Reverse the transfer direction (e.g. to restore
an older file from the destination directory)
- Set/unset the Delete action (if you want the
file to be deleted after transfer)
- Remove the selected file from the Synchronize
list (so you can prevent the transfer for individual
files for just this session)
- Permanently remove the selected file from
the Synchronize list (it remembers this for
next time the project is run)
- Delete the selected file (so you can cleanup
any files on either side you no longer want)
- View the Archive (if the automatic archiving
is turned on - very useful!)
|Genuine Customer Testimonial:
"I make my living as a consultant.
I have desktop and laptop PCs. I was looking
for a fast, easy to use program to synchronize
my projects to a portable drive so that
I could keep my work both backed up and
consistent between computers.
AJC Sync was exactly what I was looking
for! I tried several others, but settled
on AJC's product.
The synchronization speed
is nothing short of phenomenal and the ability
to easily remove files or directories from
the sync process was a big plus. Any support
that I needed was quick, concise and courteous.
This is a great program and a great developer!"
R. Funderburk, Visayan, Inc.
When the Synchronize starts it will clearly display
a list of the files being transferred, and a progress
bar at the very bottom of the screen so you know
how long the transfer will take. The great thing
about this Report is that it also shows any
errors due to circumstances beyond the control
of the program, so that you can retry later.
If you remember, I explained that the program
will not halt if there are problems with
individual files (unlike Windows
Explorer). Instead it will carry on with the remaining
files in the list. This is a major advantage because
you know exactly which files were skipped,
can take action to remedy any problem (perhaps you
were editing a file and so it was locked at the
time?), then retry the transfer to resend just the
The final tab on the window is the History
tab which shows details for previous synchronize
jobs. The number of jobs it remembers is a user
definable option. From this list you can tell
when previous synchronizations were performed,
and which files were transferred.
No doubt you can see
what a versatile program this is. It is simple
to use, and yet offers many advanced
options for special requirements. There are many
more features available in the program that
have not covered, a couple of examples are;
- the ability to write the report to external
log files, and
- the program can read command-line
options enabling it to be used in batch
and therefore projects can be started by the
Windows Scheduler to automate backup
here for more info) [Update: AJC Sync
now has a scheduling wizard so you can easily
add automated tasks to the Windows Scheduler
from inside the program].
- the program can automatically
keep record of different versions of files in
a compact archive, which allows you to
retrieve specific versions, review differences
between them, and add comments defining milestones
for particular stages in projects.
You have probably also noticed that the customer
testimonials give plenty of ideas
on the many
ways that AJC Sync can be used
to synchronize and backup files between different
locations, whether they be:-
- laptop and desktop,
- two hard disks on the same machine,
- over the
to a dedicated backup server or internet cloud
- to writeable
media such as CD/DVD Rewriters or
- USB devices
such as memory sticks/disks.
Whether your needs are for office documents, letters,
spreadsheets, presentations, or whether you have
a mass of digital photographic images, or whether
you are a developer requiring better control of
your source code files, I am certain you will
discover AJC Sync is
an essential and indispensable tool.
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