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ChronoSync 4.6.6 and ChronoAgent 1.6.0

by Agen G. N. Schmitz

Econ Technologies has released ChronoSync 4.6.6 [1] and ChronoAgent 1.6.0 [2], improving the performance of the SmartScan [3] feature (an advanced algorithm that analyzes a volume for changes), particularly when connected to ChronoAgent. Both ChronoSync and ChronoAgent were updated (as were the company’s ChronoSync Express, InterConneX, and ChronoMonitor apps) in an effort to upgrade the security model employed when establishing secure data communication sessions between each other (see this Econ Technologies Tech Note for more details).

The ChronoSync synchronization and backup app also improves recovery from broken/bad network connections, improves the efficiency of its “Optimal host routing” logic, fixes automatic exclusions at root level of volumes that weren’t working, enhances the background scheduler to better deal with system sleep cycles, prevents a crash from occurring after closing a sync document window within 1–2 seconds of sync completion, and improves compatibility with local iCloud Drive storage. In addition to improved security, ChronoAgent fixes a bug where user/group ID mapping could be disabled temporarily, and enhances its compatibility with ChronoSync’s “Attempt reconnect on drops” and “Optimal host routing” features. (Free updates for both apps; $49.99 new for ChronoSync with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members [4], 33.5 MB, release notes [5], 10.8+; $14.99 new for ChronoAgent, 12.1 MB, release notes [6], 10.8+)