How to Create Backup Plug-In
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Note: XML-based plug-ins are temporarily unavailable in the latest version, Handy Backup 7.8.7 (released on 2 December, 2016). We are planning to add this feature in several weeks - and if you need it right now, we recommend that you use version 6.9.7 instead.
Download version 6.9.7
Handy Backup provides advanced users with a great opportunity to create backup add-ons:
Each Handy Backup add-on is a well-formed XML document containing a list of data and methods required to back up an application.
We welcome you to create add-ons of your own. If you send us your plug-in, you will be given a free Handy Backup copy and your add-on will be available for download on Handy Backup websites. This allows you to make the data backup process of often used applications easier.
You can find detailed instructions on creating add-ons below.
Prolog is a mandatory part of XML document that contains general information about the document. In our case it can be the next line: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>.
This element contains information about this specific plug-in. All information is written as text data in its child elements. The following child elements are available:
This element contains the information about the data, which this plug-in backups. There may be several elements. It is obligatory to indicate the attribute id, which identifies the element unambiguously, even if there is only 1 Backup element.
Available child elements:
For indicating paths to folders use standard Windows Environmental Variables.
The list of some of them you can see here.
An example of ACDSee data backup plug-in
To check the work of created plug-in, it is necessary to add it to the folder ProgramFiles/Novosoft/HandyBackup/Xmlplugins, create and perform a new task.
3 algorithms of the path search on the given parameters in the element “Path” are realized. The type of an algorithm is given by the element “Type”. The possible values 1,2,3:
Variables for the description of path to system folders Windows:
Send your plug-in to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will advertise it on our web site and send you a FREE Handy Backup registration number!
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