CrashPlan

Licence: Freeware
Version 3.2 | Release Date: 2012-03-16 | Download

This release offers new features and addresses issues from the previous release. We've also made a few changes that improve CrashPlan's performance.

New Features / Enhancements
  • Automatically pause backups when you're running low on battery. This option allows you to conserve battery power when you're running low by not backing up. Backup resumes when battery power returns to a level you specify or when you are plugged back in.
  • Permission option when restoring files for another user. When you're restoring files, you have the option to restore file with the original user's file permissions or with the permissions belonging to the person who is restoring.
  • Automatically pause backups over selected networks or interfaces. You now have the option to automatically pause backups when you are on specific networks (e.g., Wi-Fi) or using specific interfaces.
  • Mac users: Menu bar icon and controls. There is now a CrashPlan menu bar for Mac users. Windows users have appreciated the easy access to basic CrashPlan features right from the menu bar. Now Mac users can enjoy this same convenient feature.
  • Version retention settings are now based on the highest priority backup set for a specific destination (not all ALL destinations.)
  • New file types are automatically excluded from backup. /var/log/lastlog, /var/log/btmp, /var/log/wtmp
Bug Fixes
  • Real-time file watcher now works properly on Linux installations with 3.x series kernels.
  • Attaching an archive no longer adversely affects existing archive.
  • Setting up a backup to an attached drive no longer redirects to the local install path of CrashPlan.
Version 3.03 | Release Date: 2011-03-30 | Download
Only CrashPlan offers local and online backup that’s automatic, secure and cross-platform. Whether you need to back up a one laptop at home or up to 10 computers for your family, CrashPlan delivers multi-destination protection that maximizes convenience, flexibility and rapid restores. It’s free to back up locally and to friends and family, and it’s just a few dollars a month for unlimited online backup with a CrashPlan Central subscription.

Faster Data De-duplication - In this release we have increased the speed of CrashPlan's data de-duplication. Backups to CrashPlan Central and other destinations should be noticeably faster.
More control over payment information - If you have entered payment information under My Account, you can now delete the information you've provided. If you choose to delete your payment information, your auto-renew setting changes to manual.
New Admin excludes and exclusion patterns -
*\.rbf
:/Config\\.Msi.*
*/Adobe/.*/InstallPath.*
.*/Windows/Installer.*
.*/Google/Chrome/.*cache.*
.*/Mozilla/Firefox/.*cache.*


Bug Fixes Addressed issue where temporary files for some Windows installers were causing CrashPlan to interfere with the installation.
Version 3.0.2 | Release Date: 2011-03-01 | Download

Changed Version Numbering System from Dates to Numbers

Version 3.8.2010 | Release Date: 2010-03-08 | Download

Only CrashPlan offers local and online backup that’s automatic, secure and cross-platform. Whether you need to back up a few computers at home or thousands at the office, CrashPlan delivers multi-destination protection that maximizes convenience, flexibility and rapid restores. It’s free to back up locally and to friends and family, and it’s just a few dollars a month for unlimited online backup with a CrashPlan Central subscription.

This release contains lots of performance enhancements that makes CrashPlan smarter about backing up. Requiring less bandwidth and disk space means CrashPlan backs up faster than ever.

Here are some highlights of what changed:

Data de-duplication is even more efficient
Improved default backup file selection (Windows and Mac)
No security warnings on Windows installations.
Mac Uninstaller runs in an application window.

Version 11.05.2009 | Release Date: 2009-04-14 | Download

CrashPlan Release 4.14.2009 (M22)

We've got a cure for the tax man blues: A free CrashPlan upgrade!
New Private Key Model

Previously CrashPlan had two security settings that secured the encryption key that protected your backup archive: Account Password (secure) and Private Password (really secure). Now there is a third option for the super-paranoid-can't-be-too-secure types: Private Key (really really secure). The Private Key option replaces the default encryption key with one that you generate yourself.
NAT-PMP, UPnP Now Supported

CrashPlan boosts your NAT-PMP or UPnP capable router to work with multiple computers on either side of your firewall or router. This makes it even easier to connect to other computers with CrashPlan no matter where they are.

Check out your Settings > Network page to see which connectivity mode is currently active. Original CrashPlan TCP NAT Traversal is still in place and used.
Now with Snow Shoes!

Don't you hate it when you upgrade your operating system and your favorite apps stop working? So do we. That's why we've been working hard to make sure CrashPlan continues to impress in Snow Leopard. Our engine is 64-bit ready! We'd love to say more, but we're under NDA.
Changes

Check out these changes to backup. And we've added some features to the security and network settings.
Backup

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New custom regex patterns now allow CrashPlan to recognize when Entourage files have changed.
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New default exclusions ensure that Entourage temp and Windows temp files are automatically excluded.
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Improvements when backing up to local folders so that syncing happens as expected.
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The data de-duplication process is even faster.
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Scanning is even faster!

Restore

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No changes in this release.

Settings
Security

You now have the option to replace the default encryption key with a private key that you generate yourself. You can create your private key in several ways:

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Enter a passphrase that supplies a private key in the encryption key box
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Allow CrashPlan to generate a private encryption key for you without entering any text (just click the Generate option)
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Import an encryption key that has been saved to a text file (e.g. an SSH private key)

Important Stuff to Know About the Private Key

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When using private key, you do all the work: You create, manage, and escrow your own encryption key.
BEWARE! If you lose your key, it's just like losing your backup. This super, super secure option is only recommended for those folks who never misplace the remote control, always know where their car keys are, and never forget birthdays of their spouse's family. Additional details
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Important: If you lose the password or key, you will not be able to restore your data.
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Important: Once you have upgraded your security settings, you can never downgrade.
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Important: CrashPlan Support has no way to recover your private password or private encryption key because we never have access to this information.
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Really Important! If you forget your private password or lose the private key that you created, you must reinstall CrashPlan on all computers in your account with a new email address and start backup over.
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Also: If you must restart your backup, your previous backups are no longer available and cannot be restored.

Network

Connection discovery is a process that helps determine and test a computer's external connectivity. The process tests various connection mechanisms and also uses a router feature known as port mapping to allow external connections. Using port mapping we communicate with the upstream router and tell it to open a port that maps to our internal address, so that external instances of CrashPlan can connect to a client.

On the Settings > Network page, you can now click Discover to test, update and view the status of your connection.
Friends

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No changes to these options.

Website

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No significant changes to the Website

Bug Fixes

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EULA (in English) now appears in installs for all languages.
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If you at first mistyped your user ID when logging in to the desktop, but then retype the user ID correctly, CrashPlan now logs you in.
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Under some rare conditions, changes to encryption security settings were not updating as expected. Settings now take effect immediately and persist in all situations.
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In some situations, the enable inbound backup option was not being updated as expected. Settings now take effect immediately and persist in all situations.
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In some situations, if folder parent was missing the file's path was not being identified properly as being selected. Now CrashPlan interprets this relationship and child folders remain associated with parent folders and are selected for backup.
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Some Windows Services were not stopping cleanly. Now they do.
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Archives maintenance would sometimes erroneously report corruption detected. These “false positives” have been corrected.
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Corrected process that under some conditions resulted in a service that would prevent desktop UI from connecting.

General Enhancements

Improvements to the UI include making the scan smarter (and faster), clearer messaging and more reliable linking to website from the desktop.

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Mac OSx: We've made improvements to automatic backup exclusions using metadata tags.
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Linux: We've eliminated unnecessary waiting for watching process to complete, that delayed CrashPlan start.
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Changes to wait interval setting that determines when computer is idle (user is “away”) no longer requires a restart and now takes effect immediately.
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You no longer need to supply a private password to receive backups (one less thing for you to remember.)
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When you enter a backup code to allow someone to back up to you, you no longer need to enable the inbound backup option.

Version 2009.01.16 | Release Date: 2009-01-06 | Download

Now free for home usage, more on http://support.crashplan.com/doku.php/release/m21

Version 2008.06.10 | Release Date: 2008-06-01 | Download
A few minor bug fixes and tweaks before we release a new version of PRO Server, our continuous backup for business solution. Below is a list of bug fixes and minor changes for those who like to know everything. We've organized it by component and feature. No detail is too small for our release list!

CrashPlan Central Changes
• Account - Resetting password could fail to reset, fixed
• Computer:Rename - Fixed bug where renaming your computer online could make it "stick" in the desktop so you later could not change it easily

CrashPlan Backup Engine
• Archive Validation - This could be falsely triggered resulting in confusion and slower backup. Fixed
• Archive Validation - Added several new safety checks to be 100% sure a backup archive is in good working order
• Archive Migration - Old archives that have not yet been converted will be when you bring them back online
• Archive Migration - New series of checks to verify environment you're moving archive to. Correct permissions? Etc
• Data De-duplication - Found situation where small duplicate blocks could be stored more than once. Didn't lose any significant space due to this, but we like things to be perfect. Made perfect

CrashPlan Desktop
• Backup File Selection - Click folder in list now shows file in finder
• Backup Destination Status - If the destination's USB drive was detached, but you were 100% backed up, you wouldn't know the destination was in fact, not ready. This has been fixed. Error messages have priority over backup complete messages in display
• Backup Archive Location - Fixed bug that could prevent you from relocating a backup archive
• Settings:Security - When activating private data password, we remind you one more time about dangers of losing the password
• Restore - Settings no longer revert to default if you are switching panes
• Restore:Original Location - User Interface could look very broken when restoring to original location - fixed
• Account - Resetting password could fail to reset, fixed
• Backup File Scanner - It was possible to change file selection and avoid a rescan. Not critical, but annoying as heck. This has been fixed
• Friend's Destination - Nice shortcut link now visible for their name
• Friends:Alias - fixed rare situation where you couldn't call a friend's destination something of your own choosing
• Friends:Space Used - Selecting different friends could neglect updates to how much space they were using to screen - fixed
• Language - CrashPlan now speaks German!
• Settings:Advanced:Time - Small display issue where you can't change the time without touching the day - fixed! Thanks Mark A!

CrashPlan Licensing
• Backup Scanner - This could fail to start if you activated your license after your free trial had expired - fixed

CrashPlan Networking
• TCP NAT Traversal - Enhancements made to better connect

Windows
• Installer - End user license agreement in english unless translation is available
• pagefile.sys is now explicitly prevented from being backed up

Linux
• Upgrades - upgrade script enhanced to better support user based installs
• /mnt is no longer excluded from selection list

Mac OS X
• CrashPlan Desktop - File Selection - Click folder in list now shows file in finder
• Installer:File Locations - logs now go in logs, cache files in caches, etc

Version 2008.05.07 | Release Date: 2008-05-07 | Download

New data password!
You now have the option to secure your data with a separate password from your account password. Be careful! If you ever forget your data password, your entire backup is useless. There is nothing we can do to help.

Speaking of passwords, how do we handle them?
Explanation for regular folks- We never transmit your password to us or store your passwords in our database. If someone ever "hacked" us, they would not know what your password is. Nobody at Code 42 can figure out what your password is.

Explanation for security nuts- We secure hash (SHA-1) & salt passwords on the desktop. This is your "password" and that is what's encrypted and sent to our data center and stored with your account. We're immune to rainbow table attacks due to mutating password given, unique salt, and repeatedly hashing the sha-1 hash.

New file exclusion option
There are now three ways to keep files from being backed up:
1. Don't select them. Most people get this without reading a manual.
2. Exclude files ending with something. This is pretty easy too. .mp3 if you don't want to do music, and so on.
3. Regular expressions. This requires a bit of technical know how. Buy a [root] beer for your favorite nerd to turn this feature on. The entire path for any file in backup set is sent through regex to allow you to exclude it. We plan on giving a few examples online, for now, here is one that excludes any folder called "Podcasts" regardless of where it is: .*/Podcasts/.*

FileVault on OS X
We supported FileVault on 10.4, but it was a bit tricky to set up. New in this release is support for FileVault on OS X 10.5. You must log in as the FileVault user and install CrashPlan using the new advanced option to "run as user". Due to the way FileVault works, backups can only occur when you're logged in as that user.


And many other changes
Below is a list of bug fixes and minor changes for those who like to know everything. We've organized it by component and feature. No detail is too small for our release list!

CrashPlan Central Changes
• Account password security upgrades - passwords are hashed using SHA-1 and salted at PRO Client before being sent to PRO Server. There is never a time PRO Server knows a user's password
• Master license ID is now included in emails when evaluating our business product

CrashPlan Backup Engine
• Archive - Improved exclusion of CrashPlan archives from backup regardless of location
• Archive - Enhanced the way we store data blocks during backup and restore. This will allow us to more easily add features down the road. Also added some additional information to help in disaster recovery.
• Archive - Better recovery from archives that have been severely damaged
• Archive - Support new private data password option
• Restore - When restoring to another volume, that volume is used as the temporary holding point as data is received to avoid copying the file later. This speeds things up if you're restoring directly to a USB disk.
• Restore - Now avoids applying meta data to containing folder when restoring to locations other than original
• Compression - If for some reason compression fails to truly compress data, throw away results and store data in original state to avoid decompression on restore
• Encryption - When upgrading from basic to PRO version, encryption key is now upgraded automatically from 128bit to 448bit
• Disk - When a new destination is selected, it is now run through a battery of tests before allowing backup data to be stored there
• Synchronization - Better handling of timeouts in high latency environments
• Backup - Identified rare stalling point that was non-fatal but could affect performance, a few computers may notice increased speed while backing up

CrashPlan Desktop
• Login - More descriptive login failure messages to help users who forget their password
• Settings:Advanced- You may now use regular expressions to define excludes
• Settings:Advanced - You can now specify how often to verify incoming backups from other clients
• Settings:Network - You can now disable incoming backup listener on a client in settings/network
• Settings:Network - Public and Private IP addresses have more user friendly display
• Settings:General - No practical limits on retention policies. You can now retain from 1 day to 90 years or if you prefer, forever.
• Friends - Now friends can let friends restore their data "on-site"
• Friends - Fixed situation where friends settings could repaint after a few seconds
• Friends - Fixed situation where inviting a friend from friend screen could sometimes show a blank screen
• Friends:Backup Location - This is now used as a "default". When your friend's new computers back up to you, they'll store data in this location. You can change any computer's backup location later by clicking on the computer name in the "Backup Source" panel
• Backup:Selection - Fixed minor display issue with backup file selection
• Backup:Source - you may now manage various aspects of an incoming backup to a PRO Client by selecting the computer name in the incoming backup portlet
• Backup:Source - Performance enhancements to reduce CPU usage when displaying statistics
• Backup:Destination - Fixed display bug in the detailed destination screen where it could falsely say backup was incomplete when in fact, it was.
• Backup:Destination - shows detailed information about the status of the destination
• Restore - It is now easier to restore to original location
• Restore - Duplicate directories removed when browsing
• Restore - One the job is complete, you can now jump directory to where it was restored using our link
• Restore - Fixed an ambiguous date / time message in restore panel to clear up possible confusion

Windows
• Fixed situation where system tray status would not know name of computer during restore job
• Installer now configures windows firewall correctly for CrashPlan

Linux
• Folder shortcuts in restore panel now work
• Spacing adjusted on new account screen
• Many Installer improvements

Mac OS X
• We now use smarter locations for various supporting folders (i.e. the log folder is now where it should be, not buried in the CrashPlan.app). Requires a new installation to take effect.
• New installer option to run as user logged in. This was required to support FileVault on OS X 10.5



Version 2008.03.04 | Release Date: 2008-03-04 | Download

This small release addresses issues discovered in the 2.29.08 release.
All OS versions:

  • Fixed possible scenario where already backed up data could be retransmitted again.  This would only happen for really old large files.  This did not put your backup at risk, but it would have used extra bandwidth and disk space at destination.

Macintosh OS X Changes
  • Handy dandy shortcuts to finder fixed

Windows Changes
  • Installer now offers option to upgrade existing installation
  • Backup archives will be removed in all cases during uninstall if user requests it
  • Windows upgrade was failing to stop service in rare circumstances, this has been fixed.

Linux Beta Changes
  • No longer in beta
  • Installer fixes:
  • Permissions set correctly for logs on install
  • Desktop now launches in background
  • Startup stdout & stderr redirected to log files
  • Extraction now as current user, not original
  • Installations can now upgrade themselves

Version 2008.02.29 | Release Date: 2008-02-29 | Download

It's a leap day! Time for a new version of CrashPlan! We've also added an RSS feed and blog so you can easily keep track of what's new with CrashPlan.
Upgrade NotesAfter this release it may appear that CrashPlan is backing up everything all over again. Don't panic! CrashPlan is not starting over, it is validating your backup archives with each of your backup destinations to insure your backup archives are in good health.
If you're running CrashPlan PRO the previous snapshot of your backup files is still available. Select "Display deleted files" in the restore panel and expand the older backup set.
CrashPlan Desktop Changes

  • Better multi-user support on a single computer- each user gets their own display preferences
  • We now use our own file browser to better communicate what you can and cannot do with CrashPlan. This avoids situations where the user can see a folder, but CrashPlan cannot
  • Aliases, Shortcuts, Symlinks. These now have a special green arrow through them to help you know they're not the real deal, but a fancy pointer to something else.
  • Backup file selection panel behaves a bit more intuitively for those few users who have local disk systems that are quite extraordinary
  • Fixed restore UI problem when many computers were involved
  • Option to require login credentials when launching GUI now works as intended
  • A problem with specifying default backup location was fixed
  • Massive performance improvements in UI, especially on backup tab
  • Inviting a friend in foreign languages works better via e-mail. Some 16bit characters were getting lost in translation
  • We now speak Dutch! Huge thank you to Ceriel. Contact us if you would like to assist in translation to your language
  • Our Swedish has improved! Huge round of applause for Jörgen
  • Those lucky folks with two 30" monitors will better appreciate how CrashPlan behaves when switching back to smaller screens
  • Settings have been reorganized somewhat and small text changes throughout to better communicate what's going on
  • You can now specify 999 days for deleted file retention for those users that like to keep things a bit longer. Can you imagine what their closets look like?
  • Background on a few control settings didn't match the background of the window. In related news, OCD CEO seems content for the moment
  • When moving a friend's backup location, the desktop interface is more predictable when switching friends
  • It's more obvious what's going on when trying to force a backup during a time when CrashPlan is configured to not run
  • Backup destination names now display better if they have odd lengths
Backup Engine Changes
  • You can now control how much CPU & Disk I/O CrashPlan may use when backing up. To make things even more fun, we allow you to specify them in terms of when you're using your computer, and when you're away! The default is 80% when you're away, 20% when you're there. You could set them to say 100% when you're away. And 0% when you're there. (Thus turning off backup altogether when computer is in use.) Controls are located in the Settings/Advanced screen
  • Fixed a rare invalidManifestPath issue seen by an unfortunate few folks
  • Better cleanup when someone stops using you as a destination
  • Lots of new status messages for backup destinations to better communicate what's going on. (i.e. Who is on first.)
Networking Changes
  • You can now force it to try and reconnect to a particular destination instead of waiting for it to try automatically. Handy if you're testing firewalls, etc.
  • Buffers adjusted to further enhance throughput on hi-speed LANs.

Macintosh Changes
  • Volumes are displayed in a more intuitive way in the restore panel (Not everyone knows an external disk drive is located in /Volumes on their Mac! Shocker! In other breaking news, developers think they're just like everyone else.)
  • Fixed upgrade scripts for OS X 10.4 permissions. If you're upgrading an older release of CrashPlan and you're running OS X 10.4, you may need to manually upgrade. To do this, download the latest version from our website and run "upgrade". Do not run the uninstaller!
Windows Changes
  • Fixed situation where a removable disk could prompt to insert a disk. Thanks to all who helped track this one down!
  • Installer enhanced to better support Vista and add firewall exclusions for CrashPlan automatically
  • Restoring files that were "hidden" when backed up, now appear unhidden if being restored to desktop in certain special cases.
CrashPlan Central / Website Changes
  • We now e-mail detailed invoices each month when you're billed. It includes total usage by computer (Unlike many other online backup providers, we pool your storage together and charge for total used.)
  • Our store has been remodeled - new hard drives, new bundles, and a few really neat package deals
  • We're now using blogger to announce new releases so you can subscribe to new
  • Forgot your password could fail to reset it for you, fixed
  • You can now upgrade licenses to PRO that you have not yet used
  • Invoices now include better instructions on how to activate your license purchases

Version 2008.01.14 | Release Date: 2008-01-22 | Download

Key Enhancements

  • Move backup data for friends and your own computers.
  • Local restore of your own computers! Restore on the computer that has the backup.
  • PRO licenses now use 448 bit Blowfish encryption
  • Faster file scan

Backup

  • Adheres to the "backup changed files after X minutes" setting. Changes are grouped and sent together on that interval. For BASIC, backup will occur once every 24 hours. For either, clicking play will force an immediate backup to that destination.
  • Optimized calls to the underlying file system results in faster scanning
  • Backup engine does a better job of managing memory to reduce CPU load and improve performance
  • Improved performance for small files & directories
  • Watch for added/removed volumes; Faster detection when scanning or backing up; Automatically pauses/resumes backup or restore
  • PRO licenses now use 448 bit Blowfish encryption (this does not impact existing 128 bit encrypted files)
  • Fixed bug where new versions could be created when file really had not changed
  • No longer triggers a USB drive to wake up if there is nothing to do
  • Fixed bug where symlinks were backed up more than once
  • Fixed bug with number of files remaining counts when pausing/resuming backup

Restore

  • You can now restore your own computers from the computer that has the data.
  • Fixed bug where progress bar was not completing properly

Friends

  • You can now move your friends' backup data to a different location without starting over

Settings

  • You can now move your own computers' backup data to a different location without starting over
  • You can now set the file scan check to run on a daily interval
  • Advanced- verify backup files while active (i.e. while you are using the computer it is OK to verify files)
  • Preference to disable 4242 listening port
  • Removed "watch file system for changes"; Now always watching
  • Removed "retry locked files after X minutes"; The "backup changes after X minutes" setting is now used
  • Improved settings validation when entering invalid values

UI

  • Now displays backup progress while scanning
  • Destination panel - show GUID for all computers
  • History now supports international characters
  • Other internationalization fixes includes hours, minutes, seconds, invite a friend
  • Single click on our logo opens up our website home page
  • Misc UI tweaks for Linux and Windows
  • Fixed pause/resume button
  • Fixed backup destination links
  • Fixed the duration to complete backup
  • Fixed situation where a backup destinations controls became invisible
  • Fixed a problem where the backup file selection tree would get stuck loading lots of files

Linux Beta!

  • New installer - give us your feedback please
  • Fixed computer identity location
  • Fixed a problem where symlinks were being followed
  • UI display was incorrect when the real-time watcher is not able to run

Other

  • All - Swedish translation (contact us if you'd like to provide a translation!)
  • All - Language files have been consolidated to one file
  • All - File verification performance improvements
  • All - Retains auto-login information if model data is lost
  • Mac - Exclude ".fseventsd"
  • Mac - Spotlight availability check was incorrectly returning false
  • Mac - Don't write to /Volumes/ on start
  • Windows - Tray was not pausing for the correct amount of time
  • Fixed repeated backup warning emails
  • Minor text tweaks throughout application
Version 2008.01.14 | Release Date: 2008-01-21 | Download

Key Enhancements

  • Move backup data for friends and your own computers.
  • Local restore of your own computers! Restore on the computer that has the backup.
  • PRO licenses now use 448 bit Blowfish encryption
  • Faster file scan

Backup

  • Adheres to the "backup changed files after X minutes" setting. Changes are grouped and sent together on that interval. For BASIC, backup will occur once every 24 hours. For either, clicking play will force an immediate backup to that destination.
  • Optimized calls to the underlying file system results in faster scanning
  • Backup engine does a better job of managing memory to reduce CPU load and improve performance
  • Improved performance for small files & directories
  • Watch for added/removed volumes; Faster detection when scanning or backing up; Automatically pauses/resumes backup or restore
  • PRO licenses now use 448 bit Blowfish encryption (this does not impact existing 128 bit encrypted files)
  • Fixed bug where new versions could be created when file really had not changed
  • No longer triggers a USB drive to wake up if there is nothing to do
  • Fixed bug where symlinks were backed up more than once
  • Fixed bug with number of files remaining counts when pausing/resuming backup

Restore

  • You can now restore your own computers from the computer that has the data.
  • Fixed bug where progress bar was not completing properly

Friends

  • You can now move your friends' backup data to a different location without starting over

Settings

  • You can now move your own computers' backup data to a different location without starting over
  • You can now set the file scan check to run on a daily interval
  • Advanced- verify backup files while active (i.e. while you are using the computer it is OK to verify files)
  • Preference to disable 4242 listening port
  • Removed "watch file system for changes"; Now always watching
  • Removed "retry locked files after X minutes"; The "backup changes after X minutes" setting is now used
  • Improved settings validation when entering invalid values

UI

  • Now displays backup progress while scanning
  • Destination panel - show GUID for all computers
  • History now supports international characters
  • Other internationalization fixes includes hours, minutes, seconds, invite a friend
  • Single click on our logo opens up our website home page
  • Misc UI tweaks for Linux and Windows
  • Fixed pause/resume button
  • Fixed backup destination links
  • Fixed the duration to complete backup
  • Fixed situation where a backup destinations controls became invisible
  • Fixed a problem where the backup file selection tree would get stuck loading lots of files

Linux Beta!

  • New installer - give us your feedback please
  • Fixed computer identity location
  • Fixed a problem where symlinks were being followed
  • UI display was incorrect when the real-time watcher is not able to run

Other

  • All - Swedish translation (contact us if you'd like to provide a translation!)
  • All - Language files have been consolidated to one file
  • All - File verification performance improvements
  • All - Retains auto-login information if model data is lost
  • Mac - Exclude ".fseventsd"
  • Mac - Spotlight availability check was incorrectly returning false
  • Mac - Don't write to /Volumes/ on start
  • Windows - Tray was not pausing for the correct amount of time
  • Fixed repeated backup warning emails
  • Minor text tweaks throughout application
Version 2008.01.14 | Release Date: 2008-01-21 | Download

Key Enhancements
Move backup data for friends and your own computers.
Local restore of your own computers! Restore on the computer that has the backup.
PRO licenses now use 448 bit Blowfish encryption
Faster file scan
Backup
Adheres to the "backup changed files after X minutes" setting. Changes are grouped and sent together on that interval. For BASIC, backup will occur once every 24 hours. For either, clicking play will force an immediate backup to that destination.
Optimized calls to the underlying file system results in faster scanning
Backup engine does a better job of managing memory to reduce CPU load and improve performance
Improved performance for small files & directories
Watch for added/removed volumes; Faster detection when scanning or backing up; Automatically pauses/resumes backup or restore
PRO licenses now use 448 bit Blowfish encryption (this does not impact existing 128 bit encrypted files)
Fixed bug where new versions could be created when file really had not changed
No longer triggers a USB drive to wake up if there is nothing to do
Fixed bug where symlinks were backed up more than once
Fixed bug with number of files remaining counts when pausing/resuming backup
Restore
You can now restore your own computers from the computer that has the data.
Fixed bug where progress bar was not completing properly
Friends
You can now move your friends' backup data to a different location without starting over
Settings
You can now move your own computers' backup data to a different location without starting over
You can now set the file scan check to run on a daily interval
Advanced- verify backup files while active (i.e. while you are using the computer it is OK to verify files)
Preference to disable 4242 listening port
Removed "watch file system for changes"; Now always watching
Removed "retry locked files after X minutes"; The "backup changes after X minutes" setting is now used
Improved settings validation when entering invalid values
UI
Now displays backup progress while scanning
Destination panel - show GUID for all computers
History now supports international characters
Other internationalization fixes includes hours, minutes, seconds, invite a friend
Single click on our logo opens up our website home page
Misc UI tweaks for Linux and Windows
Fixed pause/resume button
Fixed backup destination links
Fixed the duration to complete backup
Fixed situation where a backup destinations controls became invisible
Fixed a problem where the backup file selection tree would get stuck loading lots of files
Linux Beta!
New installer - give us your feedback please
Fixed computer identity location
Fixed a problem where symlinks were being followed
UI display was incorrect when the real-time watcher is not able to run
Other
All - Swedish translation (contact us if you'd like to provide a translation!)
All - Language files have been consolidated to one file
All - File verification performance improvements
All - Retains auto-login information if model data is lost
Mac - Exclude ".fseventsd"
Mac - Spotlight availability check was incorrectly returning false
Mac - Don't write to /Volumes/ on start
Windows - Tray was not pausing for the correct amount of time
Fixed repeated backup warning emails
Minor text tweaks throughout application

Version 2007.10.27 | Release Date: 2007-10-27 | Download

Key Enhancements

  • Compatible with Leopard
  • Linux beta
  • Greatly reduced memory requirements
  • Increased backup speed over LAN by a whopping 10-15x
  • Parallel restore! Restore from multiple destinations at the same time

Backup

  • Re-factored OS calls for file meta data to be faster on set & get
  • Symlinks are now intelligently & adaptively backed up & restored
  • Manage your backup activity from source side or destination in desktop UI
  • You can no longer fool CrashPlan by renaming USB drives on another computer, then attaching them again for backup
  • CrashPlan is smarter about excluding it's own files from your backup
  • Block sizes for large files increased for better compression
  • Enhanced open file support on Mac & Linux

Restore

  • New parallel restore feature! Lost your laptop? Backed up to 3 locations? You're in luck! Restore from all 3 at the same time! This greatly reduces time to restore. Yet another great reason to backup to more than one location
  • New queue controls! You can easily pause, resume, and cancel restores
  • Lots of complicated controls in restore UI replaced with a simple english (like) sentence
  • Restore tree file list is now case insensitive for more intuitive ordering
  • Restoring from an unlicensed computer now behaves more consistently with CrashPlan Central
  • Restoring twice to the same location without switching screens now behaves as expected
  • File selection is better & faster still
  • Restoring 16 bit character filenames at "top level" now works

Friends

  • You can now pausing incoming backup from friends, and get more real time stats in terms of space usage

Settings

  • Security - You can now require login each time UI is run for extra security. Great for computers that have more than one account- Dad can back up daughters files, but Daughter can no longer restore Dad's files. At least, not until daughter figures out Dad's password is Daughter's birthdate.
  • Account - License key is now fully displayed since you may now lock UI if you worry about others seeing it
  • Networking - You can now control QOS settings for backup data
  • Networking - You can control which port CrashPlan listens on for incoming backup

UI

  • Removed ugly "theirname" in template, now name changes while typing
  • Fixed process name for desktop on macs

Networking changes

  • LAN throughput increased 10-15x.
  • Larger send & receive buffer
  • NAT Traversal improved

Linux Beta!

  • It's live! Start the service, then optionally start the GUI. Tested on Ubuntu and Redhat.
  • Symlinks & other meta data supported
  • Named pipes are skipped/not backed up

Other

  • Windows - system tray wasn't sleeping crashplan backup engine the correct amount of time
  • Windows - now has larger restore fonts
  • Mac - Memory leak found on macs - Apple notified, work around coded
  • Mac - uninstall now cleans up a few stray files created by OS X
  • Mac - The cat is out of the bag! System starter changed from SystemStarter to launchd
  • Login / New Account screen aesthetics improved
  • Minor text tweaks throughout application

Website Changes

  • All licenses associated with your email address, computer they are used with, and free ones are all displayed online now. Handy!
  • Central Subscriptions now have a few more features! Get storage statistics for each of your computers, their online status, and last known IP address to help you locate lost or stolen computers.
  • Subscribing or unsubscribing to CrashPlan Central sends changes in real time to all your computers

CrashPlan PRO Server (AKA CrashPlan Central)

  • Blue login text instead of green
  • Enhanced non-blocking I/O patterns, approximately 500% more efficient
  • Settings/Account now shows server address and organization assignment
  • Removed unnecessary settings from UI for CrashPlan PRO client
  • Deactivated computers now disconnect & make services dormant
  • License product names externalized for Partner customization
  • Better error reporting when target destination is a bad host name
  • Target host name now cached for only 5 minutes to allow round robin DNS changes / failover
  • Language text files can now be in .custom allowing you to reconfigure any text/message in crashplan with your custom install
Version 9.26.2007 | Release Date: 2007-09-26 | Download

Backup

  • Sped up backup a bit, more speed improvements coming
  • More specific backup error messages when not backing up so you can understand why (e.g. paused, disk full, etc.)
  • Improved handling of compressed data blocks
  • Extra versions could be created for parent folders resulting in wasted disk space, fixed.
  • Concurrency improvements around backup archive set
  • Enhanced the archive validation for backups stored on your computer
  • Backup scanning speed increased 200-300% depending on platform
  • When you have 2 backup destinations, the unused ones are automatically hidden to save clutter on main screen

Restore

  • Additional feedback in UI during restore process
  • If you cancel restore, UI always resets now
  • Additional meta data fields for restore were added for Mac, Windows, and Linux
  • Removable drives used to store backup data that get removed while backup running could result in data leaking into /Volumes, fixed.

Friends

  • You can now accept invites directly in CrashPlan UI
  • Moving a friends backup data now elicits a warning if data loss will result.

Settings

  • The globally unique identifier (GUID) for your install is now shown in UI under account tab. This helps identify computers when you have two that are the same name. This also help identify archive folders which are numbered by GUID.
  • Settings persistence improved when upgrading

UI

  • Removed ugly "theirname" in template, now name changes while typing
  • Fixed process name for desktop on macs

Backup Destinations

  • Removing a destination has been made more obvious & clear. There is now an extra dialog box warning when backup data deletion will occur
  • Since we have a dialog warning, data is now immediately removed from CrashPlan central when you stop using it as destination
  • You can now specify / change a quota for your own computers in addition to your friends

Networking changes

  • Disconnected peers are handled more quickly
  • When your social network changes, saves happen more efficiently
  • Default settings for bandwidth over internet are 25k/30kps for new installs
  • Backup traffic now tagged LOW QOS by default. UI to modify this is in next release.

Parlez vous Anglais?

  • You can now translate CrashPlan! In the crashplan application folder, there is a folder called "lang", all text strings are stored there for easy translation
  • E-mails now properly handle all character types
  • OS locale used for date display
  • Telephone #s are now more international like

Other

  • Windows installer settings updated to better manage versioning
  • Mac uninstall now cleans up a few stray files created by OS X
  • When transferring license to another computer, it's revolved from original in real time

Website Changes

  • Easier interface when configuring exclude patterns for your computer via the web (My Account/my computers/config)
  • Much smoother process if you cancel your Central subscription (boo), but change your mind and decide you want it again (yay!)
  • Password recovery feature improved

CrashPlan PRO Server (AKA CrashPlan Central)

  • TONS of new web admin features, too many to list. Major changes include UI upgrade, better management, NFS & CIFS mounts
  • Desktop agents can now specify host & port of server on first launch
  • All dependencies on CrashPlan central removed
  • Upgrade UI installed so we can release patches to PROServer
  • Database can now be dumped via URL (and scripted to automate database backup)
  • Maintenance of backup archives now has it's own work queue
  • Additional statistics being gathered & displayed about archive usage-- compression ratio, selected, and more.
  • File selection change button is hidden if backup file selection locked
  • Bulk seat licensing key done, you can now purchase licenses at a discount for quantity 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000+
Version 2007-07-30 | Release Date: 2007-07-29 | Download
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Version 2007-05-15 | Release Date: 2007-06-14 | Download

bug fixes, faster backup

Version 2.6.2007 | Release Date: 2007-02-07 | Download
No changes specified