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Syncovery for Apple Silicon Now Available

A native Syncovery version for Apple Silicon is now available as a separate download. This version has been compiled for the arm64 architecture and optimized for new Macs with the Apple M1 chip. It runs a bit faster than the Intel version on these Macs, but the Intel version is also very much usable.

The feature set and user interface is exactly the same, except that PascalScript is currently not supported on Apple Silicon. If PascalScript is needed, you can safely use the Intel version of Syncovery on the new Macs.

Syncovery has been available for arm64 on Linux for several years now, so that the transition on Mac was easy to complete. Syncovery will be released in separate versions for Intel and Apple Silicon for many years in the future. Intel Macs will not be disadvantaged in any way, in the foreseeable future.

The Apple M1 version is a separate download rather than a Universal Binary, because we want to save the download bandwidth and not use any unnecessary disk space on customer machines.

You can download Syncovery for Mac here.

Works on OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)

Syncovery works fine on Apple’s new operating system, OS X 10.9 (Mavericks).

To install it, you need to go to the Mac OS System Preferences, Security & Privacy, and specify that you want to allow apps downloaded from: Anywhere.

Upgrading to Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)

Syncovery is completely compatible with Max OS X 10.7 (Lion).

These instructions apply to users who:

  • have an older version of Mac OS X
  • want to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)
  • have an older version of Super Flexible File Synchronizer

New Mac OS Installation
If you are installing Mac OS X Lion on a new partition or hard disk, then there are no special precautions to take. Download the latest version of Syncovery after completing the installation of OS X Lion.

If you are installing Mac OS X Lion as an upgrade, and you are still using Super Flexible File Synchronizer, please follow these steps for a successful upgrade:

Before installing Lion, you should install the latest version of Syncovery. Please stop the scheduler and download the latest version from our web site. Double-click the installer and confirm the installation steps. You can then move the older Super Flexible Synchronizer to the trash.

Start Syncovery at least once before upgrading Mac OS. This will ensure that the configuration file is in the latest format.

Now you can install Mac OS X Lion.

After Installation of Lion
When Syncovery is started the first time on Lion, it may say that it doesn’t have write access to the configuration file. Please reply with YES twice to let it copy the configuration file to a user-specific location and to retain your existing profiles. After this, the program should run normally and you should still have your old profiles.

If your profiles are missing despite these instructions, you can import them. Go to the Profile Overview in Advanced Mode and click on the Gears toolbar button. Choose “Import Profiles…”. In the selection dialog, hit Cmd-Shift-G in order to go to a specific folder. Type /Library/Preferences and click OK. Then, please choose the newest Syncovery.cfg or SuperFlexibleSynchronizer.cfg file and click Open. Now you can import your profiles by clicking All and OK, or choose the profiles to import by placing checkmarks.

Creating 100% identical bootable copies on Mac

On Macintosh, Syncovery can create 100% identical, bootable copies of system volumes. To achieve this, it now copies all the specialty items of the Macintosh file systems. In particular, it copies Extended Attributes, hard links, BSD flags, ACLs, Finder Info for folders, and other items.

To compare existing backups in terms of these special items, use the following checkmarks on the tab sheet Comparison->More: Compare Attributes, With Extended Attributes, Compare Permissions, With ACLs, Enforce Hard Links.

The program must be “Run as root” to achieve 100% identical copies.

Syncovery passes the enhanced “Backup Bouncer” test

Syncovery passes the enhanced “Backup Bouncer” test by Nathanial Gray and Mike Bombich when “running as root”.