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Extract Directly from Time Machine

Normally you use Time Machine to restore lost data in a file like this: within the Time Machine interface, you go back to the time the file was not yet messed up, and you restore it to replace the file you have now.

You can also elect to keep both, but the restored file takes the name and place of the current one. So, if you have made changes since the backup took place that you would like to keep, they are lost, or you have to mess around a bit to merge changes, rename files, and trash the unwanted one.

As an alternative, you can browse the Time Machine backup volume directly in the Finder like any normal disk, navigate through the chronological backup hierarchy, and find the file which contains the lost content.

Once you've found it, you can open it and the current version of the file side-by-side, and copy information from Time Machine's version of the file into the current one, without losing any content you put in it since the backup was made.

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Dropbox 2.6.2

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Dropbox has updated its eponymous file synchronization app to version 2.6.2, which appears to be a small maintenance release for Mac users. Dropbox 2.6.2 fixes Growl notifications for those running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, as well as prevents you from getting unlinked should you downgrade to version 2.6 from any future builds. Additionally, the Selective Sync user interface is reportedly more responsive.

If you haven’t checked what version of Dropbox is running for some time, it’s worth taking a moment to see if the auto-update feature is working as it should. To check what version of Dropbox you’re currently running, mouse over the Dropbox icon in your menu bar to see the version number in a tooltip. While it can sometimes take several days for auto-updates to apply, you can always choose the manual download if you’re itching to update or find, as we often do, that you’re running an older version. (Free, 32.1 MB, release notes)

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Comments about Dropbox 2.6.2
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Chris Pepper  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-01-10 14:12
I have v2.4.11. Is that the last pre-2.6.2 version, or is it lying when it says "Dropbox 2.4.11 / Up to date"? If 2.4.11 is very old I will update manually...
Josh Centers  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-01-10 14:22
The updater never works for me. I always have to update manually.
Chris Pepper  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-01-10 16:22
That seems worth mentioning in the article.
> it’s worth taking a moment to see if the auto-update feature is working as it should.
Scot Mcphee  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-01-10 17:10
Chris, I think "Up to date" is referring to your files in your Dropbox folder. I also have only 2.4.11 installed.

I don't even see any options in the preferences to enable auto-update! Might be nice of the article to address some of that.