Yeah, more suggestions always welcome. I ran through a couple of programs last night. Unfortunately, it seems each program does something well I like, but could use a little bit more of what some other program does
For anyone interested, here are my first day/mess with it for 30 minutes impressions:
All Way Sync - works well, I've no problems setting sync conditions, or scheduling the events. Syncing one to many is a cool feature that I dont have a current use for
. Too bad its ugly as sin, with a poor UX design. A list of Scrolling windows inside a larger scrolling window? Doesn't make me want to put it on the fiancee's laptop (she could figure it out, she'll just bitch about it every time, and rightly so). Also, the 40k transfers per month? Not hitting that limit yet, but kind of absurd.
GFI backup - Much cleaner. More user-friendly, if not as robust in features. Alas it insists on 2-way sync. Seems the only way I can get it to sync 1 way, is by using "Backup, no compression" instead of the Sync option. Fine, I can sort of understand the nuances of the design. Too bad it can't seem to write to the NAS when I try backup. Bah.
FBackup - Slow as heck to load up. Also had trouble backing up to the NAS directory for some reason. Wish I could give it a fair eval, but it made me give up faster than any of the programs.
FreeFileSync - Also works (almost). I'm having the best luck with the syncing tools. Unfortunately, this too is also ugly as sin, but in different ways. Where as AWS is overly cluttered, FFS feels ugly from lack of effort. They're going for simple, functional, and un-cluttered, but end up feeling like "the simplest thing that we can code to provide functionality"...not usability. Really? I dont want to see a table with every one of the 6000 files I want to sync in it. And I dont want to see a table with blank lines if I have nothing selected! I know you dont want big icon forests, but small icons are useless if I have to guess what they mean, and if shifting 10 pixels over to one side changes the function!
Totally awesome, though, is that it's easy to drop a batch file on the desktop and just double click on it to force a manual sync at any time. Now if only I could launch it correctly in Windows task scheduler. AWS has a button that helps you set up a task quickly. FFS says "add it to your scheduler, pass the batch file as an argument", which I think im doing right, but am probably screwing up with my Task Scheduler Newbness. :S