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Focusing on Backup, Some Econ Technology Programs Now Free

The good folks at Econ Technologies recently began offering some of its software for free, in order to allow it the time to focus on its flagship products. Earlier this week, Portraits & Prints, ImageCaster, and DayChaser specifically, went from paid software to freeware. Recognizing the mounting difficulty in competing with cloud-based services such as Google (s goog) Calendars (which is free to use) was a contributing factor in the early Christmas present that Econ has provided for everyone.

Portraits & Prints is a print shop sort of application allowing you to print off photos in customizable and out-of-the-ordinary ways. From the Econ web site:

Select your photos and they are automatically arranged onto templates and displayed on screen the exact same way they are printed. You don’t waste time arranging photos and you don’t waste paper since you see the printout beforehand.

ImageCaster allows you to share your webcam’s view to webpages, turn it into a security camera, and more. It even gives you the option to schedule postings if you so choose. From the Econ web site:

ImageCaster contains a full set of features within a simple interface. Whether you’re setting up multiple webcams from several cameras or just a webcam at home, ImageCaster keeps the process easy. ImageCaster not only uploads the image it creates the webpage too.

DayChaser can essentially be likened to iCal. I’ve used it in a limited capacity before, and it has functioned well. Though I’d agree with Econ that competing with the likes of Google Calendar et al., is a losing battle. From the Econ web site:

DayChaser lets you create and manage multiple calendar documents simultaneously. Each calendar document contains its own unique set of scheduled entries and To-Do items that can be customized so your personal organizer is truly personal.

All of the above applications have been updated to be Snow Leopard compatible prior to being made freely available. At this point in time, Econ Techologies will be turning all of its attention to improving the already solid ChronoSync and ChronoAgent programs. Both represent robust options for system backups, synchronization, and remote administration. In fact, I’ve found ChronoSync to be invaluable in backing up my work MacBook Pro to a remote SAN.

Everyone’s gotta love free programs (I personally have a problem because I download them all and my Applications folder is atrocious!) right? If any of these sound interesting, why not give them a shot? However, be forewarned that because they are now free, support will likely be negligible, and updates are no longer in the cards.

7 Responses to “Focusing on Backup, Some Econ Technology Programs Now Free”

  1. Chronosync is excellent. We’ve been casting around for a replacement to Retrospect for our corporate network for ages – looking at Retrospect 8, CCC, Time Machine and a number of others, and finally hit upon Chronosync with ChronoAgent – it’s brilliant. It does everything I need it to do – my only complaint with it is needing to create multiple jobs for different volumes within a single source computer, but otherwise very very good. And cheap. I would pay twice as much for this capability, and it would still enormously undercut all the Retrospects of this world whilst doing a better job.

  2. I don’t envy any company that has a product that competes with Google. Free is way to hard to compete with. And even free products have a good chance of losing out to Google just because of Google’s reach and attempts to integrate all of its services. The one area I can’t figure out is how companies like Omniture and Web Trends (web analytics) continue to sign on customers when Google Analytics is free (yeah I know it doesn’t do everything, but it offers 90% of what companies will actually use).

  3. ChronoSync is a rare combination — reliable, easy to use, and fairly priced. I’ve been using ChronoSync for years, tried others to kick tires, and always come back. I can always count on ChronoSync — and recommend it to friends and clients — it has saved me more than once.

    Please during this season, support small developers like Econ. They make their talents and solutions available to us at little cost. Let’s show our appreciation for their dedication and good work.

    Happy Holidays.

  4. And they do backup/sync extremely well. I’m a long time user of ChronoSync and I love the product. I don’t use Time Machine at all, just ChronoSync to backup my data. It’s a solid and excellent product.