What is Package?
Package is similar to snapshot - it also keeps folder listing.
However, package is able to include actual
files in addition to files list. Main purpose of packages -
synchronizing remote computers without having to transfer full
How to create a Package?
|Just as snapshot, you
can create package by synchronizing a folder into new package file
with .pkg extension. To avoid messing with similar
extensions, you can just browse for file using commands from
additional files menu:
How to synchronize remote computers with package?
Suggest we have working folder on 2 computers A
(home) and B (office). For best results they should be equal before
Now everytime before you start working synchronize working folder
with package to get latest files. Once finished, synchronize again
to store updated files. Synchronize It! will automatically
keep new files in package, and remove copied files from it to keep
minimal transfer size.
- Create package at your home computer A by synchronizing your
working folder into new package file. Now package includes only
listing of files on computer A.
- After productive working day at computer B, synchronize your
folder with package. When you copy new files to package, actual
files will be copied into package. Now package include listing of B
+ files that you need to bring to A.
- When you come home, synchronize home folder with package - new
files from package will be copied into folder.
Preparing update package from 2 folders
There is also alternative way to create package,
useful when you need to create update package from 2 local folders
comparison. When file list is ready, choose menu command
. You will be prompted
for file name and which files to include in package - you can
create package with all new files from both folders, or just from
This approach is useful when you need to send
update to another person, and you have local copy of his\her
Using packages to request update
If you don't have copy of colleague's files, there
is simple trick to request changes that were made. Create package
from your working folder (do not forget that newly created package
only includes file listing) and send this package to your friend.
He then synchronize package with his folder, storing all changed
files in package. As an additional bonus, he will see if you have
some newer files. Once you receive your package back, you can
synchronize it with your folder to get recent state.
Behind the scenes
Package do not limit your exchange ability to only
those friends who is using Synchronize It! too. In fact
package is just a zip file, which includes file with latest listing
and folder with all currently transferred files. Since these files
keep original filenames and folders structure, you can rename .pkg
file to .zip and send it to everybody you need.