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  How to Set Up Backup 3 and Save Your Data
Subject:   Painful quickpicks and confusing spotlight
Date:   2005-09-24 12:44:03
From:   dand644
I'm not sure yet what to make of backup3. I used backup2 every month to move some application settings and a few critical files to storage hosted on .mac, and I was very excited when I fired up backup3. The backup3 interface is a vast improvement on 2, and it appeared that I would really be able to use backup3 to perform more of a backup function.


The first hurdle I encountered was the broken "Quick Picks" functionality. I keep my iTunes music under /Users/Shared instead of under my home dir, and the "Quick Pick" selection was not able to recognize or find my purchased music.


Since the Quick Pick did not work, I thought that I would just do a spotlight search, but I found it too complicated. A single string does not seem sufficient to find purchased songs and audio books. Am I missing something or is the spotlight interface too simple? Does anyone know how I could leverage spotlight to perform this search - "All purchased music under /Users/Shared"?


So a million thanks to Drew Hamlin for pointing out how the "Quick Picks" are defined on the Delicious Monster site, http://www.delicious-monster.com/blog/2005/09/backup-has-never-been-easier.html Based on his notes, I was able to modify the default "Quick Pick" to point to my path.


Here's hoping for still more improvements next year in backup4.

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  • Derrick Story photo RE: Painful quickpicks and confusing spotlight
    2005-09-24 13:33:43  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    I think for many typical scenarios, QuickPicks work well. It's cool understanding where they're located (/Library/Application Support/Backup/QuickPicks/) and that you can edit the package contents, but for most folks this isn't necessary -- especially considering that you have other tools in Backup 3 for adding files to your archive.

    Needless to say, I'm a bit more enthusiastic about this app...