Apple has released a public beta version of its Backup application to users of the subscription-based
online service. The new version can be downloaded by signing in to .Mac now.
Backup is designed to provide users with a convenient way to back up and archive data from their Macs to removable storage media like CD-Rs or to the online storage associated with their .Mac accounts. The software includes scheduling features and more.
Backup 2 Public Beta offers new features like the ability to backup data to any folder on any hard drive — internal or external, FireWire hard drives, network servers, and iPods. You can also schedule hard disk-based backups.
Support for third-party CD and DVD drives has been added, as well, so you’re no longer reliant on using an Apple-supplied internal optical drive. The public beta release even lets users mix different optical disks in a single backup set.
Make sure to read the accompanying documentation on the Web site for terms and conditions of use and other limitations. The public beta version of Backup 2 will automatically expire on January 31, 2004. System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2.6, an Internet connection and .Mac membership. The public beta is available for full-fledged .Mac account holders — trial users can’t use the software’s full capabilities. .Mac costs US$99 per year.
In related news, .Mac is offering users a free download of StickyBrain 2, an information organizer from Chronos. What’s more, the service is also providing a trial version of Chronos’ F10 Launch Studio and a $10 discount to upgrade to the full version.