Last updated: February 18, 2011
|HomeSync - User's Guide|
Installing and uninstalling HomeSync
Please read the README file that comes with the application.
When you first launch HomeSync, you will see a large blank screen at the center with a list of applications to the left. HomeSync lists up all applications inside the Applications folder, but not recursively. Click on any application on the side bar. And its basic information will be displayed at the top. Click on the Locate button, if you like, and you can quickly locate its application icon. Similarly, click on the Launch button to launch the selected application shown inside the side bar.
If you have purchased a software license, you can define any application outside the Applications folder as well. Simply, click on the add button at the bottom left corner. A window will spring up. You can use the Select button to locate an application. Or just drag and drop an application file onto the drop box.
If you want to remove any of the user-defined applications you have registered, select an application on the side bar at first. Then click on the delete button at the bottom left corner.
Now that you have some applications shown on the side bar, let's see what HomeSync can do for you. If HomeAdvisory is enabled, every time you select an application, the HomeAdvisory window will pop up just to the right. Remember the definition file that comes with HomeSync? With this file, HomeAdvisory can give you advice, depending on the application, which file or folder you should back up. Double-click on a definition if anything is listed. Another window will open right below the HomeAdvisory window and give you some information on the definition you have selected.
Back to the top, a file path may be shown. If this file path does exist on your computer, then there should be a check mark in green. It indicates that the file path is good, and you can click on the Locate button to locate the sync file (or folder) for you to back up. If the sync file you have selected cannot be found on your computer, then you will see a X sign in red instead.
So the path to the file or folder which HomeAdvistory advises you to back up is shown. If you want to take its advice, then click on the Take it button. Nothing will be backed up and deleted yet. Instead, this definition has been recorded.
We know that HomeAdvisory is not perfect. HomeSync won't even try to figure out what application is installed where on your computer. Anyway, if HomeAdvisory can't help you, you can create your own definition.
In order to create your own sync definition, click on the Define button on the Toolbar at the top. Click on the Select button or use the drop box to locate a file or a folder to back up. HomeSync will get the path to your sync item automatically. Your job is to name this definition and describe it. Then click on the Create button. If everything goes well, this definition will be listed at the bottom. Also, whenever you select that application on the side bar, this definition will be shown in the application-specific definition list at the center. That is, the top list only shows definitions for the application that is selected on the side bar. The bottom list shows all definitions you have created regardless of the application being selected on the side bar.
If you want to edit your existing definition, first, select the definition in the application-specific definition list. Then double-click on it. If you finish editing the definition, click on the Update button.