Active Backup Expert Overview

The Active Backup Expert is a file backup and synchronization utility for Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista.

This application is intended for anyone who wants to back up files. File server administrators, any kind of designers, writers, programmers and many other professionals need to have a reserve copy of their work.

There are two editions of the Active Backup Expert to meet the needs of the average user or the professionals:

Standard Edition (ABE) and Professional Edition (ABE Pro). See the Pro Edition differences to read more.

The Active Backup Expert serves two main goals:

back up your files;

Active Backup Expert stores backup copies in the standard .ZIP or .CAB format, so you can use any compression utility in addition to ABE to process Active Backup Expert backups. You may keep as many backup copies as you wish.

synchronize your files between two (or more) PCs;

Simply export a backup copy to a removable media, bring it to another PC and import the backup on that PC. We strongly recommend to store backups on two computers (at least) to prevent the loss of important information.

The ABE supports a number of Backup modes, so you can set up a backup strategy that best suits your needs.

You can use the ABE by four ways:

1) Interactively - the most common way.

Simply start abe.exe and operate it by the mouse or the keyboard. The most often commands of the Main menu are placed to the Toolbar for accessing by one mouse click. For quick access to a frequently used ABE-project you can create a shortcut to this project on the Desktop or in the Start Menu.

2) Automatically (Pro only) by setting the backup creation to the schedule. The ABE supports two automation tools to make unattended backups. The first - our Active Task Manager - is included into the ABE Pro installation package. The second one - the MS Task Scheduler - is a part of Windows and probably is already installed on your system.

3) Using a command line.

The ABE supports several command line arguments. Using this way you can avoid loading into ABE user interface to perform some operations. You need to create and completely configure an ABE project before using this way. If you place "/b" option followed by ABE project file name to the abp.exe command line, it creates a new backup of the project files. This way is very convenient when you want to include backup command into the batch file or to use an unsupported automation utility for backup creation. See the Providing Automated Backups topic to learn how to use ABE with automation utilities and the Command line arguments topic for description of the arguments.

4) Using the ActiveX Automation.

This way provides the programmable access to the ABE functions. If you have a bit of experience in programming, you can add the backup facility to your own application!

See the ActiveX Automation support topic for details.

Before you try to create your own project, take a look to our Sample Projects. Possibly you'll find some of them ready for your needs or they require little fine-tuning to be so.

The Tutorial section helps you to learn step-by-step how to create and manage an Active Backup Expert project.

To learn how to use this software see the Backing up strategy chapter.

Active Backup Expert doesn't require (but may be easily integrated with) any external tool. All .ZIP operations are powered by Info-Zip libraries (Copyright (c) 1990-2000 Info-ZIP) which are included into the ABE installation package.

Be aware, the Active Backup Expert is a Try-Before-You-By software, so you should register your copy during 30-days period of using it.