The New and Improved Mozy for Mac 1.6
Of course, it can’t really be both new and improved. Logically, it has to be one or the other. It’s just that I’m excited about the 1.6 release of Mozy’s Mac client. It was finished last week and the response has been very positive.
It seems that with #Mozy for #Mac 1.6 it’s finally reliable. Awesome! — @donut2d
Latest Mozy update (1.6) on Mac OS X is a major improvement – it actually works, and doesn’t suck out all of your RAM. — @mmetcalfe
Our last few releases, while making improvements in many areas, seemed to have lingering and subtle problems. With the 1.6 version, we hope to have finally put them behind us.
Official List of Changes
You can see the official list at the pages linked above. Mozy only makes the list of changes available for the current release, so I’ve copied them here for the future. You can see the changes in Mozy for Mac 1.4 and Mozy for Mac 1.5 too.
- Removed dependency on Spotlight since Spotlight queries are unreliable under certain circumstances
- Changes to backup selections are now saved automatically
- Reduced memory usage
- Decrease size of SupportFiles.zip file
- Improved the performance of the Configuration window
- Improved support for Snow Leopard and fixed issues caused by Snow Leopard’s 64-bit architecture
- Improved interaction between Mozy’s preferences and Snow Leopard; Mozy’s preferences no longer require System Preferences to be re-started
- Improved the use of temporary files
- Improved reports in Admin Console for Pro users
- Improved support of our external drive feature by addressing edge cases that can cause stability issues
- Improved feedback when setting a preference to an invalid value
- Improved error handling when an auto-update fails to download successfully
- Added support for nine non-English languages
- Added the ability to delete a Backup Set using the keyboard
- Added the ability to undo and redo configuration changes
- Added the ability to sort Backup Sets by file count or total size
- Added history information to main Configuration window
- Added “Install updates automatically” checkbox to dialog which prompts user to upgrade
- Added ability to manually check for an update
- Added ability to back up network drives using the NFS protocol for Pro users
- Fixed issues which caused the “Show status in menu bar” preference to not work properly
- Fixed the link in the Readme file for downloading the software
- Fixed a computer name display issue in the Setup Assistant
- Fixed an issue causing the Configuration window to crash when browsing a folder with lots of files
- Fixed an issue which caused the file exclusion warning to not show up properly
- Fixed an issue which caused network connection errors
- Fixed an issue which caused several duplicate warning dialogs to appear
- Fixed an issue which prevented the use of certain non-Roman characters in a password
- Fixed an issue which caused a file to be accidentally excluded
- Fixed an issue which caused the Backup Set Editor to display the wrong file size
- Fixed an issue which caused files to be re-uploaded unnecessarily
- Fixed an issue which caused files in Trash to be backed up
One of the two major changes in this release is support for nine languages in addition to American English:
- British English
- Castillian Spanish
If you have chosen one of those languages in System Preferences, Mozy will use it automatically. No assembly required. If you find spots where the translation doesn’t make sense, please let us know.
The other major change — the one I’m most excited about — is the new file scanning engine. This is how Mozy finds all your files and decides which ones to back up.
In the past, we’ve depended on Spotlight, Apple’s file scanning feature in OS X, for about half of our scanning. Backup Sets that searched for files of a certain type used Spotlight. Backup Sets that matched a folder (and selections made in the Files & Folders tab) scanned the hard drive directly. We kept finding that Spotlight returned inconsistent results in some cases. So we decided to stop using it.
While we were making the change, we simplified how things work and made everything but the initial scan much, much faster. Mozy now uses far less memory, even when backing up millions of files. There are still some improvements we want to make, but the new file scanning engine makes Mozy feel rock solid.
If you’ve gotten this far, thanks for reading. Please feel free to drop me a note (dan at mozy dot com) with any comments or suggestions. Oh, and Mozy for Mac 1.6 has two new easter eggs. :-)
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