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CrashPlan 3.5.2

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Code 42 Software has released CrashPlan 3.5.2, a small maintenance release for the popular Internet backup software that does make one major change — dropping support for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. (To learn more about CrashPlan, check out Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of CrashPlan Backups.”) A CrashPlan support page notes that current backups and restores will continue uninterrupted, but it does recommend upgrading to a later edition of Mac OS X in order to take advantage of features in future versions. CrashPlan 3.5.2 adds support for Retina displays, support for Java 7, and localizations for Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified) and Chinese (Traditional). It also fixes an issue with Web restore that affected some users, improves cross-platform computer adoptions, and ensures the menu bar no longer disappears after the system wakes from sleep. There’s no need to download CrashPlan 3.5.2 manually, as the app will automatically upgrade on its own on Macs running 10.5 Leopard and later (though it might take a few days). (Free with a 30-day trial of the CrashPlan+ online backup service, 21.2 MB, release notes)

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We love CrashPlan, but making the most of its many options can be daunting. Backup expert Joe Kissell teaches you how to devise a custom CrashPlan backup strategy, start backing up to multiple destinations, achieve optimal performance, manage CrashPlan PRO users, and access backed-up files with CrashPlan Mobile apps.


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