updated 04:30 pm EDT, Tue September 7, 2010
Trash Magic 2 goes 64-bit, adds filters
TRI-EDRE has launched two software updates, Back-in-Time 2 and Trash Magic 2. Back-in-Time provides access to all of the data backed up by Time Machine, organizing it with a visual record. Files and folders can be copied to any location via drag and drop. A specific item's backups can be traced by dragging it to the Back-in-Time item list, where earlier versions can be accessed by means of a date slider.
Version 2 links and displays multi-disk backups under a single view. The updated app can further optimize a Time Machine drive, firstly by determining how much space is consumed by different versions of each file -- it then offers the deletion of particular items, rather than just the oldest backups. The update also gains before and after comparison of restores, a sort-by-size option, and speed improvements for analysis and research.
Trash Magic provides a specialized backup for the contents of a user's Trash folder. A protection engine runs in the background, which can automatically empty the Trash after backing up each item, or be set to require manual control. Accidentally deleted files can be restored through drag and drop out of the Trash Magic interface. The v2.0 release brings a revised interface, and filters to exclude specific files from backup. Likewise new are extra advanced settings, and performance improvements, a result of being rewritten in 64-bit code with recent Apple APIs.
Trash Magic 2 costs $20, and requires Mac OS X 10.6. Back-in-Time 2 is $30, but needs only Mac OS X 10.5.