A Review of AJC Sync
Quick and easy PC to PC File Transfers
Read on to find out why I recommend this as
the best Windows File Synchronisation Software
available in 2016.
AJC Sync has been popular for many years and has
been constantly improved to work on the latest
versions of Windows. It has wizards to make things
easy, it uses the latest techniques, is blazingly
fast, and will work with the latest technologies such
as Cloud based storage (Amazon, Microsoft OneDrive,
GoogleDrive, Dropbox, etc).
You can easily visualize two folders....
identify, compare and select changed files....
then transfer them between computers more reliably
than using Windows Explorer....
....plus you can save your
settings as a Project so you can quickly repeat
task at any time!
If you are looking for high quality file
synchronization software that
runs on all versions of Windows
that can perform a file
synchronize two ways to transfer files
between two computers for PC to PC,
to peer file transfers),
- well, this is it!
"AJC Sync has
been a lifesaver for me. I work on
a desktop and a laptop. With DS, it's
a cinch to keep my projects on the
two computers in synch. And if that
wasn't enough, it's been a surprisingly
effective backup solution as well.
Coupling AJC Sync with the ease of use of
USB drives, I've been able to maintain
up-to-date mirrors of all my important work.
Like I said, it's been a lifesaver."
Seairth Jacobs, The
Jacobs Group, Inc
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.
Download 30-day Trial of AJC Sync 4 (virus
checked ZIP archive 21.6Mb)
to buy AJC Sync
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If you have just read the Introduction you
will now have a basic idea of what the main AJC
Sync program features
Now I'm going to explain
how to backup your computer using this Windows
file compare utility to make a computer to
computer file transfer, including some screenshots
it at work (please note screenshots are from
an older version of the software, these will be
Let's recall the 5 basic steps involved:-
File/Folder Synchronization the
easy way !
- Select the two folders to be compared in
- 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 transfer.
- Save as a Project for repeat use if required.
Step 1 - New Project - Set the
Folders for Comparison
The first thing to do when starting the file
transfer wizard, is simply
to choose the two folders to compare. This is
the screen that starts off a new Sync project.
Right from the outset you can see that the program
clearly colour-codes the two
locations so you can easily see what is happening.
The Next button moves onto
a couple more screens where you can enter a Title and Description for
the project. You can also setup the Project Settings
at this stage, but beginners can move straight
on. As you get to know the program you may wish
to change project settings from the outset, although
it doesn't matter because you can access them
at any time.
You are then asked whether you want to Prepare
for a compare / synchronise now (this
is the easier option for beginners), or if you
you can choose to Use the Dual Explorer
|Genuine Customer Testimonial:
"How AJC Sync keeps me sane !
I have to work with two systems, a portable and a desktop unit. The portable
is work-provided and lacks any proper facility to enable me to easily synchronise
my work with my home system.
After a long time struggling with copy/paste commands
to try to keep my work synchronised between the two locations, I found AJC Sync.
Using a portable USB hard disk unit, I am now able to hold a copy of my work
files on this and keep the two machines locked together.
Because AJC Sync does
not force you to install any files in the system directories, I can run it from
my portable hard disk unit and so shift data around very easily.
If you prefer
to use ZIP drives to store the data, you can also run it off a CD - this overcomes
almost all restrictions which power-crazed IT departments impose on innocent
It is very user-friendly and never falls over. After installing a new
hard disk the other day, I used it to transfer over 8,000 files without incident.
I am running it between Windows 2000 and Windows 98 systems without incident.
I am able to use the settings functions to keep control of what is copied to
stop unnecessary file movement.
I have been working with PC's since 1985 and looked around for a long time before
finding this excellent piece of shareware.
Best few pounds I ever spent ! Highly
Step 2 - Choose the Options - What gets transferred?
AJC Sync uses quite a few wizards
and hint screens initially while you are learning
the program, but they are all optional and can
easily be prevented from displaying once you
know what to do. Here is an example......
Next a Wizard starts to introduce the process,
and ask you some questions. Here
is the screen providing a number of common Tasks to
choose from. This is used to automatically
set the Project Settings to recommended values
for the type of file synchronize operation
you want to perform.
Then you are asked to choose the Direction
that the file transfer between computers will
go. Easy, just click one of the middle arrow icons
to go from Left to Right, Right
to Left, or the bottom arrow for a two-way
Now the Wizard asks you a couple more questions
(although to keep this page simple I have omitted
their two screenshots - download
the program if you want to see more).
Basically they ask;
- Whether you want to use the optional Backup
During the synchronize process files overwritten
or deleted can be stored in the
Backup Archive. This
archive can store multiple revisions of each
file (not just a single backup copy). This
is an important safety feature if you make
synchronizing, effectively giving you an undo facility
to any previous version stored. This feature is well thought out and
allows you to choose where the archive is stored,
and other settings to control which file patterns
are archived, and includes options to control automatic
purging so the archives don't grow too large.
You view/compare file versions using the FREE AJC
Revision Archive Viewer and
AJC Diff products, which are included
in the AJC Sync download (don't worry nothing
extra to install or setup, they are integrated
with AJC Sync and everything just works out of
- Are you transferring files between
older Windows operating systems? e.g. Windows
95/98 to/from Windows NT/2000/XP, because there
can be a 2 second time difference on file date/time
stamps which the program will then make allowance
for when comparing file modification times.
- Do you want to verify files
just in case you are transferring files over
a network between two computers, and are
concerned that there are network problems
(yet another useful feature).
The final step in preparing to generate a synchronize
list is shown below:-
If you choose to change some more settings (by
unticking the top box), then click Finish, you
will get the Prepare Synchronize List
below (I have shown this only so you can see what
else can be done, not because you would necessarily
want to do this). This is probably the most powerful
window available, allowing you to specify quite
a few other options (remember that the Wizard
has just done the hard work for you, so you most
likely won't need to change anything more just
As you can see above, files can be selected based
upon their Modification Date,
their Size, or their file Content
having changed, and whether either
or all of these rules apply.
The Options tab allows the following options;-
- Recurse sub-directories
- Only select files that exist on both sides
(e.g. existing files)
- Only select files that exist on one side
(e.g. new files)
- Delete files only on target directory
- Delete empty folders
- Verify after file copy
The Tuning tab allows for files with a 1 hour
time difference (e.g. to account for British
Summertime/GMT time differences when comparing
against an FTP destination such as web space), or to specify a number of Seconds
Well I think this page is long enough now! The
next thing to show you is the Explorer and Synchronize
List screens which hold a wealth of other useful
options and tools.
Click here for the next page which covers How
to Backup your Laptop and transfer laptop files
AJC Sync can also be used for
FTP deployment of websites as detailed in the
Composite C1 Tutorial ebook.
here to Download Demo of a FREE fully functional 30
day Trial (the
download is a Virus Checked ZIP file, and
you only need to download once, because if you
after the trial you simply activate the full product
using your license key).