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Hiro
13 October 2018, 21:27

[BUG] Version 2.05.255, Windows 7 (x64)
When creating My Apps  folder trough the button in app, the app restarts but no folder is created.
When folder is created manually the app loads it correctly.

[Feature] Refresh button + F5 shortcut to reload Plug-ins/My Apps folder
I've come up with a workaround for the groups of app lists. I've created a batch script with options to select group. Groups are stored in Data\Groups\ e.g. Data\Groups\Group_AppConfigs.
First, the script simply removes any present "My Apps" link and after selecting option makes a symbolic link to the selected folder e.g.
@mklink /D "My Apps" "Data\Groups\Group_AppConfigs" > nul && Echo Successful

Some sample groups:
[1] Apps  - Config Files        // UI setup and other preferences
[2] Apps  - Data                    // e.g. chat history or main.db from skype
[3] Games - Config Files     // preferences e.g. keybinds etc.
[4] Games - Game Saves   // saved games and game profiles

I imagine that exactly the same procedure could be used in the app, with simple dropdown menu to change group. Text files with lists of apps from plug-ins folder would be more efficient but copying of plug-ins is ok as folder size is not really worrying.
Currently I can very efficiently switch groups but I have to restart app to reload the list. Refresh button would be very handy. (Now refresh is called only on plug-in import)

[Feature] Parameter to not include sub-folders in BackupFolder, only files in top level

[Other]
I've noticed that now it's possible to basically backup single file or more files into custom output folder (which works around the problem with overwriting single files) by including * at the end e.g. 
File1=BackupFolder|%AppData%\Skype\User1\main.db*|User1
File2=BackupFolder|%AppData%\Skype\User2\main.db*|User2
The wildcard at the end is not 100% ideal for all cases but it works and that counts.
In the same manner "BackupFile | file | CustomOutput" could be implemented in the future.
Thanks!

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Belim
15 October 2018, 16:58

Hi Hiro,

thank you very much for your suggestions.
I've included with todays build 266 the "refresh" Plug-ins feature. Your request for an dropdown menu to switch between Application categories sounds nice. I will add this on my todo list :)
Unfortunately I can not reproduce the App crash when creating an personal Apps folder on my Win10 x64-bit system. I will look into this on an Win7 x64-bit machine.

.. with best wishes from Germany.

Michal
08 October 2018, 10:54

I came across a weird situation and I don't know if I found a bug or it is supposed to be like that. When I click 'Restore' after selecting apps which I want to restore the program automatically selects all the other apps and restores them all. In my opionion it should restore only selected apps and that's why I think it is a bug. If I'm mistaken, may I ask you to consider changing it?

When this situation had happened to me I came across interesting idea. I would like to suggest a feature, which should be easy to implement, considering you have already implemented the restoring of data. It would be useful if CloneApp could reset the settings of apps. I mean deleting the files, which are listed in plugins.

Please let me know, what do you think about this :)

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Belim
08 October 2018, 17:06

Hi Michal,

1.
yes, this is correct. CloneApp saves the settings of the last full Backup (including preselected Plug-ins) and retrieves all these settings when restoring the Application data (ONLY when taking a full Backup using the Backup/Restore button on the left Navigation panel). This settings were overwritten with every new full Backup. If you just want to Backup/Restore single App data, then right-click the Application and select the context-menu "Preview - Backup or Restore".

2.
I had that idea a very long time ago and its a very good one :). I was not completely excited about it yet. I'll think about it a second time :P

Many thanks and
..regards.

Johnston
05 October 2018, 20:22

Unqiue concept. Many thanks for developing.
Smiling 

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Belim
08 October 2018, 16:53

Hi Johnston,

thank you so much :)

Regards from Germany.

Brian B
05 October 2018, 15:20

Will this program back your Microsoft Office Templates? I couldn't find where it did it.

C:\Users\"username"\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\

Great program, by-the-way.

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Belim
08 October 2018, 16:53

Hello Brian,

this feature is available in the Microsoft Office Plug-ins. Please enable the "Microsoft Office Word" Plug-in, to backup the Data of the mentioned path.

Thank you.

Hiro
03 October 2018, 16:42

It seems that currently absolute paths are not working correctly. Full
path format as in "D:\...\.." would be very handy too. Also, would it be
possible, as someone mentioned here already, to GET correct
installation path from registry. This is very useful if apps are
installed on different drive than default and the paths are non-default
as well. E.g.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{47DF5665-4C7E-46A0-8993-B147CE0E5A36}\"InstallLocation"="D:\Program Files\Calibre2\"
Get this correct path as variable and use it for backup. So we don't have to hard code plug-ins

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Hiro
01 October 2018, 20:12

Hi,
great app! I've a few suggestions for future versions.

1)
Custom output folder for single files. Currently if multiple files from
different folder but with the same filename are backed up, they get
overwritten and only last one is kept.
2) Backup of single registry key opposed to backing up all keys in "folder"
3) Cancel button in plug-in editor (ESC)
4) Custom selection preset - saving selected apps as a preset which can be later used to instantly select apps in this preset
5)
Partial backup - sections in plug-in file which result in a list of
checkboxes in app selection (maybe new pane between app list and
description). Different sections can be (de)selected e.g. *all*,
"bookmarks", "config", "themes", "addons" as opposed to creating
multiple plug-ins e.g. "Firefox (bookmarks)", Firefox (addons)
6)
Groups - groups with different visible apps in the app list. Similiar
to "personal plug-ins" folder but with multiple groups. Each folder
under personal plug-ins could be considered new group with plug-in
files. This would be redundant and better solution would be to just have
single file for each group with a list of plug-in names included in
that group.
Most important example would be group for
"Applications" and a group for "Games". Games would then be separated
with sections for "settings" and "saves". This could be further improved
to things like "backup this saves folder, but only # (e.g. 10) last
modified files/subfolders"
7) Backing up only if file is newer/different than backed up file

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Belim
08 October 2018, 16:48

Hi Hero,

thanks for using CloneApp.
Really appreciate the suggestions you gave, I will surely have my concern on these.
Suggestion 3 is already available. The ESC key catches ONLY if the focus is on CloneApp.

Kind regards

Richard
26 September 2018, 02:32

Hello,
It's a very useful app. Does it back up the serial number so these do not have to be re-entered?

Thanks

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Belim
27 September 2018, 19:53

Hi Richard, Product keys are not fetched originally with CloneApp, but you can extend CloneApp's facilities with a Plugin file to backup these. A default Plug-in file to backup Product keys is already shipped with the app. You will find it under the name "Product keys". Therefore it uses the Nirosft tool ProduKey http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

Kind regards

Michal
24 September 2018, 09:17

Hi,
Really like Clone App and thank you for developing. I have trouble with writing a plugin for PhpStorm as its configuration is located inside folder which contains the program version number. Is it possible to back up folder with name ".PhpStorm*\config" where * is a version number (e.g. 2018.2)? My approach with * doesn't work.
Thank you

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Belim
25 September 2018, 09:19

Hi Michal,

thank you for your comment and suggestion.
This feature is currently not available, but I will add it with the upcoming Version 2.14 of CloneApp.

Kind regards from Germany

theman
21 September 2018, 20:56

CloneApp article

CloneApp 2.03.203 - Neowin
CloneApp is a small portable tool which can back up and restore the settings of many popular Windows programs.
https://www.neowin.net/news/cloneapp-203203
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Alex
15 September 2018, 10:24

BTW, same story with other versions that I found over the Internet: 2.02.182, 1.04.340.
What could be the cause?

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Belim
27 September 2018, 19:54

Hi Alex,

please send me the Event log. Do you use maybe the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)?

Thank you.

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