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Backup and Restore FH Settings plugins

Post by Mark1834 » 02 May 2022 09:17

Now that the new Backup and Restore Family Historian Settings via Windows plugin is available in the Store, the KB will need updating to reflect the choice now available to users.

I think the two sections that will need editing are Backup and Recovery, and Family Historian Copy and Migration Guide. My suggestion is to add a concertina to the former page comparing the two plugins, and link to this in the latter.

New plugin features -
  • Simpler menu selections.
  • Fast operation.
  • Fully automatic restore.
  • Provides templates for more advanced users to create automatic backups
Original plugin features -
  • Wider application range (emulators and FH5).
  • More fine control over individual file updating.
  • Greater familiarity for existing users
Anything else?
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Re: Backup and Restore FH Settings plugins

Post by ColeValleyGirl » 03 May 2022 18:19

Having just experimented with both, that feels like a fair summary.

I know the 'Windows' (new) plugin can read backups made by the longstanding alternative. Is the converse true, and should that capability be mentioned if its another difference?

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Re: Backup and Restore FH Settings plugins

Post by tatewise » 03 May 2022 18:29

No, the converse is not true and not sure if that feature is worth adding.
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Re: Backup and Restore FH Settings plugins

Post by Mark1834 » 03 May 2022 18:47

That was my feeling as well. I added backward compatibility, but not sure it needs it the other way around.

It might be worth pointing out that all either plugin does is provide a wrapper for copying two folders and two Registry keys, and the backups from either can be readily restored directly within Windows. I’ve kept the default .reg extension for the Registry files, so they be restored just by double-clicking in File Manager, but the same works on the Registry.keys file if you rename it.
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Re: Backup and Restore FH Settings plugins

Post by Mark1834 » 01 Jul 2022 18:52

Interesting to note that in the two months it has been available, the new plugin has had 55 store downloads, while the old one has had around 40 (not keeping an exact tally, but I noticed that the old one was on almost exactly 6000 total downloads across all versions when I posted mine).

The total downloads are therefore splitting fairly evenly, but what we don’t know is the split between new users and upgraders for the old version, as the recent update probably prompted additional downloads.
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Re: Backup and Restore FH Settings plugins

Post by LornaCraig » 01 Jul 2022 19:11

The 55 downloads of the new plugin probably represent 55 'hard core' FHUG members who have read about it here. Many people who have the old plugin won't be aware that there is a new alternative and will continue to download updates to the original plugin until Mike decides to 'retire' it.
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Re: Backup and Restore FH Settings plugins

Post by mjashby » 01 Jul 2022 20:19

Not surprised at Lorna's analysis as many of those that have downloaded and used the 'new' version probably did so for comparison purposes as a result of following the development thread. I would also not be surprised if the majority of those still have both Backup and Restore plugins installed. Nor would it be a surprise if many of the plugin users are settings 'tinkerers'.

As 'we' know many FH Users remain unaware of the 'potential' and real benefits of regularly backing up system settings until the time comes for a new computer; or when experiencing the complexity of undoing unwanted/experimental changes; or because of having to recover from a system failure. The two-pronged question then becomes: Which plugin do 'new' enquirers become aware of? And, given the current options, which one do they choose/find most user friendly once they realise the benefits?

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Re: Backup and Restore FH Settings plugins

Post by Mark1834 » 01 Jul 2022 21:35

Indeed - 6000 downloads over the 9-10 years since FH5 was released. How many unique users (discounting upgraders)? Fewer than 1000? That’s not even 20% of FHUG membership, and what percentage of FH users sign up for FHUG...?

Whichever way you do the analysis, most FH users are not using either version.
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