Toucan 3.1.0 (sync, backup and encryption tool) Released

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Submitted by Steve Lamerton on January 24, 2013 - 1:30pm

Toucan logoToucan 3.1.0 has been released by Toucan is a tool for advanced users that allows you to sync, backup and secure files on your portable device. This release has improvements in progress display, long and UNC path support in sync mode, improved rules interface, backup mirror mode and numerous other features and bug fixes. Also of note, we're looking for a new developer to take over Toucan. It's packaged in Format for easy use from any portable device and integration with the Platform. And it's open source and completely free.

Update automatically or install from the portable app store in the Platform.


Toucan Screenshot

Toucan is a small utility allowing you to synchronise, backup and secure your data with more options than the built in suite utilities. It is split up into 7 tabs, allowing you to easily find the function that you want. This version features:

  • Five synchronisation modes, Copy, Mirror, Equalise, Move and Clean. These can be combined with a variety of file checks such as File Size, Modified Time and a File Header Check to minimise the amount of copying needed.
  • Backup and restore in industry standard Zip, 7-Zip and GZip files, with support for complete backups, updating existing backups and differential backups, as well as restoring files from an archive. Automatic testing of created archives is also supported as is password protection.
  • AES-256 encryption using ccrypt.
  • A complete command line system allowing you to create new jobs and run existing ones from the command prompt or a batch file.
  • A Rules system that allows you to easily exclude files based on their name, a regular expression, their modified date or file size.
  • An advanced scripting system using the Lua programming language that allows complex scripts to be created, anything from a backup script that automatically uploads new backups to a script that synchronizes your files to a USB drive and then encrypts the sensitive files in case of loss.
  • A large collect of in built Variables for basic functions such as the date and time or more complex variables that point to the drives label or documents directory. You can also define your own as short cuts to paths on your USB drive or your PC.
  • Many other features such as support for the new Windows 7 taskbar, full drag and drop support and translations to many languages.

New In This Release

Toucan 3.1 includes a number of new features and bug fixes. Most notably are improvements to the progress display and long and UNC path support for Sync. Also included are a new and improved interface for defining Rules, a Backup Mirror mode and various bug fixes.

Developer Note, Looking For New Developer

On a more personal note, due to increased commitments over recent years I will no longer be developing Toucan. I haven't been able to spend the time work on it that it needs or deserves. If you are interested in developing it further then please leave a note in the forum, I would be happy to help get things set up. I will still be around on the forums answering questions as and when I can. Installer / Format

Toucan is packaged in a Installer so it will automatically detect an existing installation when your drive is plugged in. And it's in Format, so it automatically works with the Platform including the Menu and Backup Utility.


Toucan is available for immediate download from the Toucan homepage. Get it today!

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John T. Haller's picture

Thanks for all your work on Toucan over the years, Steve. It's been invaluable to hundreds of thousands of people. Hopefully we'll find a new developer to continue development soon.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

Although I only used it for a short while, I remember your initiative and effort well in starting andmaintaining this app. Including name-finding-contests and the like Smile

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Steve Lamerton's picture

Simeon, hard to believe it was well over five years ago now! Smile

Steve Lamerton's picture

to everyone who has used, tested and helped with development of Toucan! Especially to all the people who have given feedback, both good and bad, on the forums, and helped with testing new releases Smile

Darkbee's picture

Toucan continues to be my backup/sync tool of choice. Your work on it over the past few years has been greatly appreciated. All the best with your future endeavors, Steve!

Have you ever found a developer? If not what language is it written in. Maybe I can help.