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rooSwitch for easy, restorable application profiles
Merlin Mann | Jul 31 2007
When you're testing a new version of an application (or just being a little paranoid), it can be a pain to deal with protecting your "real" data from being corrupted or overwritten. While something like SuperDuper is priceless for backing up a drive to a disk image, you want something that's not only lighter in weight, but that is smart enough to deal just with the settings associated with a single program. That's where roobaSoft's rooSwitch comes in.
rooSwitch's smarts come in being able to recognize which Preferences, Application Support folders, and related files belong to an app's settings (but, not -- it should be noted -- its documents), so that you can then backup, switch, and restore a group of settings whenever you need to. This can be quite a lifesaver.
So, for example, if I feel like a build of the OmniFocus sneaky peek is being balky (Heaven forfend!), I just drop the OF icon onto rooSwitch's drop-pad, and it saves the current prefs as "default," allowing me to create a new, empty set of preference for testing the app. I can also duplicate a previously switched profile, and, of course, restore any set at any time.
Another one of those fantastic apps that you may never need -- until the day you really need it.
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