To survive the theft or crash of your Mac you need to make sure you have backups of your most important files. Always overlooked by users, this boring yet necessary task can be easily handled by Time Machine if you have Leopard. If not you'll have to choose a backup program.
BackityMac lets you select what you consider to be your most important files and save them in a dmg. The application offers a simple menu view from which you check the files you'd like to backup, such as Apple Mail files, iCal calendars, or iPhoto and iTunes libraries.
You can save files in a disk image (dmg) or have them burned in a CD or DVD. BackityMac can also restore all your files at the click of a button. A lesser known yet smart feature of BackityMac is that it can import music stored on your iPod back into your iTunes library, in case you've lost it.
BackityMac is simple to use but does include some limitations. For one you won't be able to properly clone your hard drive, meaning you're liable to forget files in the backup process. You won't be able to make incremental backups either so every time you want to save new files you'll have to start from scratch.
In all, BackityMac is a good program for those of you looking for a basic backup solution. For serious backups, find a program which can clone your hard drive, or use Time Machine.
- Rewrote back-end engine for backing up. Performance improved and some bug fixes. More tweaks and rewrites.