ChronoSync excels at being able to schedule many different synchronizations to occur at all hours of the day. However, you may find yourself one of the many users who choose not to tap the scheduling capabilities of the program. Instead, you may prefer to manually execute synchronizations, perhaps to utilize the Trial Synchronize function and/or to make sure any conflicts, warnings or errors are handled correctly. Whatever the reason may be, if manual execution is preferred, you can still make use of the Scheduled Documents Manager window to collect and organize commonly used Synchronizer documents.
Create and configure your Synchronizer document. If you already have a working Synchronizer document, just go ahead and open it.
Make sure your Synchronizer document has been saved with a meaningful name. You should generally place all your Synchronizer documents in the same folder that can be easily located.
Invoke the "Schedule..." function. This is available in the Synchronizer documents' toolbar (by default) or from the Actions menu. You can also simply press COMMAND + on the keyboard.
The "Add" sheet will appear. In the "Description" field, type a short, meaningful description of the task the Synchronizer document is performing, e.g. "Backup my iPhoto Library".
Next, click the "Active" check box so that it is unchecked. This indicates that the "scheduled" document will not be active. Don't worry about all the other controls in this dialog - since you're not actually scheduling, they can be ignored.
You'll notice that the "Scheduled Documents Manager" floating window now appears and it contains the entry you just created. You'll also notice its check box is not marked, so the document will never be executed by the scheduler.
At this point, you can select the entry you created by clicking it. Notice the "Execute" and "Open" icons become enabled at the top of the window.
Clicking the "Execute" icon will perform a synchronization on the selected document. You probably don't want to do this because it does not open the document in its own window and thus you can't interact with conflict, warning and/or error messages.
Clicking the "Open" document will open the selected document in its own window as if you double-clicked it from Finder or used the "File->Open" menu command. You can then interact with it as usual.
The entries in the Scheduled Documents Manager window also support contextual menus so you can control-click (right-click) any selected entry and be presented with the same options that the icon buttons provide.
Secret Menubar Shortcut:
For a really quick way to run a Synchronizer document without opening it, use the ChronoSync menu in the menubar. Check "Show ChronoSync menu in menubar" in the General Preferences window to activate the menubar menu. Once activated, you will see in the menubar, located at the top right of your screen.
You can open any scheduled Synchronizer document directly from the menu bar. If you hold down the OPTION key while selecting a Synchronizer document, the synchronization will run without the Synchronizer document opening.
You can add as many documents you'd like to the Scheduled Documents Manager window. Entries in the window can be re-arranged by simply drag and dropping them in the desired position. The window can be resized as tall as you'd like. Lastly, ChronoSync remembers whether or not the window was open the last time you used the program so it will automatically appear every time you launch ChronoSync (unless you explicitly close it). Now, all your Synchronizer documents are just a single mouse-click away!
The flexibility and ease of using ChronoSync has so many advantages. If you have any problems while using our products, contact us by using our support form. If you wish to share a tip with us, post it on our comment form. Happy Syncing!