BackupLoupe
Release Notes
Version 2.13.1
Mon Nov 13 11:06:12 CET 2017

Fixes

  • Random crash when using search function with certain Time Machine configurations
Version 2.13
Mon Oct 30 10:55:37 CET 2017

New features

  • Search now defaults to case-insensitive. May be changed by toolbar item in Find window. (Thanks, Douglas!)
  • Search option to find backed up items which are currently excluded/not excluded from future backups (Thanks Tobias!)
  • Add items to exclusion list via drag&drop from browser
  • Configurable dynamic or fixed size units (Thanks, Saman!)
  • Configurable number of decimal places for snapshot/item sizes (Thanks, Saman!)
  • Colored items sizes in History panel to indicate order of magnitude of item size

Fixes

  • When dropping an item from the browser on a terminal window, the path of the selected item would be typed instead of the path of the dragged item
Version 2.12
Wed Oct 18 12:31:22 CEST 2017

Fixes

  • In very special circumstances the number of deleted items in a directory would be displayed for another directory as well. (Thanks, Christian!)
  • Rare crash when indexing MobileBackups (Thanks, Luc!)
  • Improved detection of currently running Time Machine (Thanks, Sean!)
  • When opening BackupLoupe while a scan operation is in progress, the progress indicator if the currently scanned snapshot would not be displayed. (Thanks, Luc!)
  • Properly update info message when job status changes from 'waiting' to 'scanning' or vice versa
  • General stability improvements on macOS versions 10.6–10.10
  • Scanning of Mobile Backups was broken in v2.11 (Thanks, George and Tobias!)
  • Random crash when mounting new backup device while BackupLoupe is running (Thanks, Paul!)
Version 2.11
Mon Sep 18 09:30:53 CEST 2017

New features

  • Made scanning of Mobile Backups an opt-in config option
  • Much improved responsiveness when browsing snapshots
  • Added button to start/stop indexing from info view.
  • Added search by file size
Version 2.10
Mon Aug 14 09:08:20 CEST 2017

New features

  • Inform user about disconnected backup volumes (Thanks, John!)
  • Added tooltips to colored size indication bars (Thanks, Peter!)
  • Double-click on item in Find window now opens it in the Browser

Fixes

  • Excluding items from future backups was broken on OS X 10.9 Mavericks (Thanks, Andrea!)
  • Color bars would sometimes display wrong color (Thanks, Peter!)
  • Changes to avoid Core Animation warnings
Version 2.9.4
Mon Jan 9 09:32:01 CET 2017

Fixes

  • Core Animation warning
  • Layout problem in preferences
  • Reliably find files/folders with names containing decomposed characters (e.g. umlaut) (Thanks, Bernd!)
Version 2.9.3
Mon Oct 10 07:37:29 CEST 2016

Fixes

  • Rare crash when opening the preferences panel (Thanks, C.R.!)
Version 2.9.2
Tue Apr 5 10:55:27 CEST 2016

Fixes

  • Fixed warnings in log file about NSRequiredContext having an invalid value (Thanks, Andreas!)
  • Description: Count file size of hardlinked files only once per directory (Thanks, Matteo!)
Version 2.9.1
Sun Feb 14 12:47:12 CET 2016

Fixes

  • Crash when reading invalid Time Machine snapshots (Thanks, Daniel!)

Changes

  • Sparkle updates now available via secure connection
Version 2.9
Sun Nov 15 17:04:53 CET 2015

New features

  • Added support for 3rd party diff tools: Araxis Merge, Kaleidoscope and p4merge (Thanks, Scott!)

Fixes

  • random crash on OSX 10.11 El Capitan
  • fixed auto-update on El Capitan
Version 2.8.3
Mon Oct 12 08:05:32 CEST 2015

Fixes

  • Progress indicator would not be displayed on OSX El Capitan (Thanks, Luc!)
  • Preferences panel would sometimes not display its contents on OSX 10.6
  • Accessibility: Tabbed panes in preferences window were not selectable in VoiceOver mode (Thanks, Jonathan!)
Version 2.8.2
Mon Sep 21 08:38:27 CEST 2015

Fixes

  • Broken image links in help file (Thanks, Dave!)
  • Adding/removing items from exclusion was broken on OSX Yosemite/El Capitan (Thanks, Dominique!)
Version 2.8.1
Sun Sep 13 20:31:32 CEST 2015

New features

  • Find Window: Long running searches may now be aborted

Fixes

  • Find Window: Adding predicates now resizes the find window.
  • Find Window: Resizing the window with more than two predicates would break the layout
Version 2.8
Mon Aug 31 08:20:45 CEST 2015

New feature

  • Colors indicating the relative size of snapshots and the deviation from average size of snapshots are now configurable

Bug fix

  • Change of location of cache files was not reflected in preferences
Version 2.7.1
Sat Apr 25 11:32:37 CEST 2015

Fixes

  • Crash when running on Macs using CPUs not supporting SSE 4.1
Version 2.7
Mon Apr 13 08:51:09 CEST 2015

New features

  • Inform user when waiting for Time Machine to finish
  • Warn about unusually small/large snapshots in NotificationCenter (Requires OSX 10.8+)
  • New Preferences panel

Fixes

  • Can't copy/paste from/to text fields in search panel predicate editor
  • graphic glitch when changing file size display format while a snapshot is selected

Changes

  • Dropped support for PPC
  • Dropped support for Intel 32bit
  • Dropped support for OSX 10.5 (Leopard)
  • Exchanged glossy size/deviation indicators agains flat ones
  • New toobar icons
Version 2.6.1
Mon Jan 26 19:50:21 CET 2015

Fixes

  • Properly remove stray temporary files (Thanks Andrew!)
  • Crash when restoring files w/ root privileges (Thanks, Joseph!)
Version 2.6
Mon Aug 18 11:45:18 ICT 2014

New features

  • Added command "File>Reveal original in Finder"
  • Added command "File>Reveal original in Path Finder" (requires Path Finder)
  • Added command "File>Compare with original" (requires FileMerge.app, part of Xcode)
  • Added preferences option to highlight items with deleted original (files which exist in the backup but not on "the computer" anymore)

Fixes

  • The preferences value for tracking deleted items would sometimes not be communicated to the scanner/monitor process. This bug was introduced in v2.5.5. User who want to track deleted items should re-index the snapshots indexed with version 2.5.5. (Thanks Cüneyt!)

Changes

  • Changed some error messages to debug messages (Thanks Julia!)
  • Improved help file
  • Removed preferences for non-standard backup locations
Version 2.5.5
Mon Aug 4 12:29:36 ICT 2014

Fixes

  • Rare case where list of snapshots would not be displayed (Thanks Norbert!)

Changes

  • Improved help section about snapshot color codes (Thanks Colin!)
  • Performance improvement when scanning new directories containing many files

Miscellaneous

  • Changed background color of selected items in browser view to improve readability of item sizes
Version 2.5.4
Mon Mar 3 07:34:41 CET 2014

Fixes

  • Some sizes would be displayed in MB instead if GB (Thanks, Cüneyt)
  • Artefacts in browser view when displaying files with long names (Thanks again, Cüneyt!)
Version 2.5.3
Mon Feb 24 13:15:32 MYT 2014

Fixes

  • Background indexing did sometimes not honor the 'Record deleted items' preferences setting (Thanks, Sean!)
  • Visual glitch with very narrow columns, long file names and large number of deleted files (Thanks again, Sean!)
  • Columns in Find window are now sortable (Thanks, Bernd!)
  • Display file size of deleted files in proper units (not bytes only)
Version 2.5.2
Mon Jan 27 11:13:08 MYT 2014

Fixes

  • Improved handling of snapshots containing multiple volumes
  • Dead-lock when device is mounted/unmounted while BL is initializing
Version 2.5.1
Wed Dec 4 10:00:52 MYT 2013

Fixes

  • Properly mark deleted folders (not only files)
  • Adjusted font size of folders containing deleted items
Version 2.5
Wed Nov 20 10:23:39 MYT 2013

New features

  • Optionally track deleted items

Fixes

  • Don't use discrete gfx card on dual GPU MBPs
Version 2.4.2
Tue Oct 29 11:39:26 CET 2013

Fixes

  • Background indexing now works for OSX Mavericks as well
  • File type information would be truncated when file could not be read due to insufficient permissions

Miscellaneous

  • Updated documentation
Version 2.4.1
Mon Aug 12 11:27:11 MYT 2013

Bug fix

  • Fixed an issue where BackupLoupe would remove valid cache files, forcing the user to re-index
Version 2.4
Mon Jul 29 12:52:50 MYT 2013

New features

  • Added config option to order by name (instead of size)

Fixes

  • When changing the cache folder location, don't complain when old folder does not exist
  • Stability improvements

Changes

  • Make it clear that changing the location of the cache folder will move the the cache files from the old location to the new one
Version 2.3.6
Tue Jun 18 13:34:13 MYT 2013

Fixes

  • Rare crash when mounting a new volume while BL initializes
  • Avoid endless indexing when encountering directories with zero-length names (Thank you, Markus!)
Version 2.3.5
Tue Apr 23 18:19:13 CEST 2013

Fix

  • Rare crash when BL fails to determine configured Time Machine devices
Version 2.3.4
Wed Apr 10 16:42:09 CEST 2013

Fix

  • Proper handling of backups of machines w/ non-ASCII characters in their name
Version 2.3.3
Tue Apr 9 15:38:04 CEST 2013

New features

  • Scanner rewritten to reduce memory consumption

Changes

  • Does not traverse AFS file systems when looking for backup devices
Version 2.3.2
Sun Jan 27 14:42:31 MYT 2013

Fixes

  • Selecting a snapshot would work only once (introduced in 2.3.1, sorry about that!)
  • 'Show History'/'Show Excluded items' did not work when selected via menu
Version 2.3.1
Fri Jan 25 21:54:07 MYT 2013

Fixes

  • History panel: 'Show differences' and 'Goto snapshot' would sometimes not work
  • Removed cause of CoreAnimation warning 'deleted thread with uncommitted CATransaction'
Version 2.3
Wed Jan 16 15:14:48 MYT 2013

New features

  • Fully functional from OSX 10.5 - 10.8
  • Display absolute date when backup drive will probably fill up
  • Interface change: Turned history/excluded items drawers into regular views
  • BL now offers to move an item to the trash in case the item to be restored already exists

Fixes

  • Symbolic links were not properly handled when the preceding snapshot contained a directory with the same name (#DNJDVZJUJY)
  • Auto-update works again
  • Menu item 'File>Show Finder Info' did not work
Version 2.2
Mon Feb 20 10:25:01 WIT 2012

New features

  • Added in-place restore
  • Added support for MobileBackup (Lion)

Fixes

  • Issue w/ snapshots which appeared as 'Not scanned yet' after scanning
  • Should TimeMachine create/remove snapshots BL is running, BL will update its list of snapshots accordingly (Lion)
  • "Show/Hide History" menu item did not reflect state of history drawer
  • Resolved issue where multiple instances of BackupLoupeScanner were started
  • Restored support for PPC
Version 2.1.6
Wed Nov 30 12:15:31 EIT 2011

New features

  • Restore: Hold down Option-key while drag#description#amp;drop to restore whole directory instead of modified files only

Fixes

  • Snapshots would be recognized as outdated when background indexing was enabled and the volume was mounted while BackupLoupe was running. (#D143MYRLEQ)
  • Compatibility fixes for OSX Lion: background indexing was broken
Version 2.1.5
Sun Mar 20 18:07:51 CET 2011

New features

  • Added support for diff via FileMerge.app (#DA1U448QD1); See included help file for details.

Fixes

  • Stability issues when handling indexes of multiple computers
Version 2.1.4
Mon Feb 7 10:05:54 CET 2011

Fixes

  • crash when switching between info- and browser view
  • crash during program start (#PMEY521H9N)
  • crash when searching for items w/ names including quotes or brackets
Version 2.1.3
Mon Nov 22 18:58:03 CET 2010

Fixes

  • Background indexing did not work under OSX 10.6.5; OSX 10.6.5 stores information about the configured Time Machine disk in a different way
  • Some menu items would be enabled only when a file was selected (not a directory)
  • Crash when searching an item "in currently selected snapshot" while no snapshot is selected
Version 2.1.2
Fri Nov 19 11:45:02 CET 2010

Fixes

  • Addresses an issue where indexing of some snapshots would fail (#19A1D3YQ18, #P4JX6TQH6S, #83NR5LV29Y, #89B31YAR9X, #GD45UZ28VY)
Version 2.1.1
Tue Nov 16 21:28:21 CET 2010

Fixes

  • Crash when BL cannot determine the currently configured Time Machine disk (#GD45UZ28VY)
Version 2.1
Tue Nov 16 14:40:10 CET 2010
Version 2.1 uses a modified cache file format. Rescanning required!

New features

  • Added option to index snapshots in background
  • Added Growl notification support. When background indexing is enabled, BackupLoupe can notify the user about unusually big/small snapshots

Fixes

  • The devices and machines popups now remember their last selection
  • Resource forks were sometimes ignored when calculating the size of a file (#JXZHQXP776)
Version 2.0.6
Thu Oct 21 01:48:20 CEST 2010

Fixes

  • Find window would sometimes report negative item sizes (#W55YE3HYXQ)
  • Crash when acquiring the history of items contained in directories with restricted permissions (#89EJA8ZWEJ)
  • Issue when selecting a snapshot after scrolling
Version 2.0.5
Tue Sep 14 11:17:57 CEST 2010

Fixes

  • BackupLoupe would sometimes refuse to index snapshots
Version 2.0.4
Mon Sep 13 21:52:13 CEST 2010

New features

  • added support menu
  • Made location of cache directory configurable

Fixes

  • improved stability

Miscellaneous

  • enabled close button in main window
  • Actions may be performed via menu (in addition to the toolbar)
Version 2.0.3
Mon Jul 19 16:47:04 CEST 2010

Fixes

  • Switched from Clang LLVM 1.0.2 to LLVM GCC 4.2, which solves various crashing issues under OSX 10.5
Version 2.0.2
Tue Jul 13 08:30:31 CEST 2010

Fixes

  • Indexing directories with enabled read- and disabled execute permission would fail
  • Alignment issue in statistics view
  • Application did hang when quit while Time Machine finished its work
Version 2.0.1
Sun Jul 11 14:16:41 CEST 2010

Fixes

  • The program was started whenever a folder w/ folder actions applied to it was modified
Version 2.0
Fri Jul 9 01:24:21 CEST 2010

New features

  • Scanning backups does no longer block the user interface; scanning and browsing may finally be done at the same time
  • Added search functionality; This feature is also available via system service from any system services enabled file manager
  • Browsing and searching indexed snapshots is possible w/o the backup device being connected
  • Scans may optionally be performed as superuser; This allows to monitor changes to directories the user doesn't have execute permission to
  • History view now displays size of directories as well
  • BackupLoupe detects snapshots made while the program is running and updates its window accordingly
  • Display type of change in history: new, modified, removed
  • Added statistics view for backup devices / machines
  • Info/Reveal supports CocoaTechs Path Finder
  • Added 'Request a feature…' and 'Report a problem…' to Help menu
  • User may configure, how much backup data is unusual. This setting is considered when visualizing the relative size of a snapshot or its deviation from the average size of snapshots
  • Extended documentation
  • Added auto index feature; New (unindexed) snapshots may optionally be indexed automatically, as soon as they appear

Fixes

  • Icons in path control where not displayed correctly
  • Reduced memory usage
  • QuickLook now working for Snow Leopard as well
Version 1.8.4
Sun Nov 29 15:57:29 CET 2009

Fixes

  • Excluding items from backup did not work, when no items have been excluded using TimeMachine System Preferences before
Version 1.8.3
Thu Nov 19 13:37:29 CET 2009

Fixes

  • Handle empty snapshots in a sensible way
  • Adding/Removing non-standard backups now updates the list of devices
Version 1.8.2
Wed Oct 28 11:33:40 CET 2009

Fixes

  • fixed a bug which could crash BackupLoupe while looking for backup devices
Version 1.8.1
Sat Oct 24 14:52:38 CEST 2009

New features

  • added preference option: support for file sizes as calculated by Snow Leopard (base 10)
Version 1.8
Mon Oct 5 12:32:06 CEST 2009

New features

  • Added drag&drop copying (restoring) of files/directories
Version 1.7.1
Sun Sep 27 22:03:13 CEST 2009

Fixes

  • Excluding files or folders from backups did not work for items in a users home directory
Version 1.7
Fri Aug 28 01:48:19 CEST 2009

New features

  • color coded sizes of snapshots
  • the auto-purge option is now split to distinguish between snapshots which cannot be found because they have been purged and snapshots which cannot be found because the backup device is not mounted.
Version 1.6
Wed Jul 22 00:55:38 CEST 2009

New features

  • Provide information (type of file) about currently selected item in status bar
  • Display how many times a file has been backed up and how much space this file occupies in all backups
  • log level now configurable via defaults write com.soma-zone.BackupLoupe logLevel -integer [0..7], where 0 == emergence and 7 is debug; defaults to 4 (warning).
Version 1.5
Fri Jul 10 05:37:53 CEST 2009

New features

  • Toolbar for improved usability
  • Added 'Reveal in Finder' button