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Smart Crash Reports is an enhancement for the Apple's CrashReporter application introduced in Mac OS X 10.4. It allows 3rd party developers to register their products in manner so if the eligible application crashes, the crash log is sent to the developer as well as Apple. This greatly enhances the user experience of the OS, and allows developers to receive crashes and improve their software in a timely manner.

Smart Crash Reports is completely free to use for both users and developers; Unsanity is providing it as a service to the community.

What's New

Version 1.5:
  • The Installer plugin now checks to make sure SCR has the correct permissions on 10.5.
  • Updated to support Mac OS X 10.5
  • Now supports registering for SCR in Info.plist entries of bundles (Frameworks, QuickTime plugins, Photoshop plugins,
  • Safari plugins, et cetera). Developers no longer need to call UnsanitySCR_RegisterMatchSpecifier() bundles (in most cases).SDK: more...

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Libertyforall1776 Member IconComment+1130
Libertyforall1776
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Per the developer 1.5 is "NOT compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 Leopard."

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Version 1.5
Outer Member IconComment+118
Outer
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Not Snow Leopard compatible, according to . Resist the temptation.

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Version 1.5
Outer
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"according to:" http://www.unsanity.com/haxies/smartcrashreports

donmontalvo Member IconComment+1288
donmontalvo
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Someone should release a patch that removes all traces of Smart Crash Reports. I can't believe how otherwise reputable vendors include this shoddy software with their installs - without the option to NOT install. Reckless and irresponsible if the software is to be deployed in enterprise environments that have authenticating proxy servers.

Don Montalvo, NYC

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Version 1.5b3
Jim M. Member IconReview+0
Jim M.
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I had trouble with before (as have many other users), and have taken measures to keep it from surreptitiously installing. Given the early history of this software with OS 10.5, I think you'd be crazy to install it.

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Version 1.5b3
mr kitty Member IconReview+46
mr kitty
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Version 1.0.2 crashes Safari on 10.4.8 when Quicktime 7.1.3 loads certain plug-ins.

Just like the other crap from Unsanity, it works great on the OS when they release it, but then Apple changes something and it causes all sorts of problems. Not apple's fault if you are using unpublished APIs, kids.

Developers, please don't bundle this crap with your applications. It's a true disservice to your users.

Besides.... isn't something that drops inside another application and sends a users data to an unauthorized third party a cause of concern for anyone? the words spyware and privacy violation come to mind.

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Version 1.2
Lee123
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Why are you complaining about problems with version 1.0.2 ? It looks like they are on version 1.2.1 and maybe you should be too. Might solve some of your issues with the software. I have been using ape for years without any major problems.

Rosyna (Developer)
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A few notes about your review. SCR isn't causing Safari to crash, it's appearing because Safari crashed. That's why SCR was created, to report crashes to the developer that isn't Apple.

I'm not sure why you claim it is spyware or sending hidden data. SCR tells you explicitly the name of the developer the report is being sent to and lets you see all data that is being sent, allowing you to choose not to send it. This is because it's actually what Apple's crash reporter is doing.

mr kitty
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you are ASSUMING that SCR isn't crashing safari. but with SCR, crash. Remove SCR... no more crashes!

maybe it's not directly conflicting with safari, maybe it's safari calling a third-party plug-in that SCR conflicts with... who knows. who cares. that's precisely the reason I try to keep this hack crap off my system, it puts me in an untested state where NO ONE knows what will happen.

Version 1.0.2 installed with NO user notification, and everytime I launched my purchased program, it reinstalled itself (and believe me I reamed the developer of the software I purchased for that). The only way i could keep it from reinstalling was to create the parent folder with the same name, and deny myself permissions to it.

AND, i read crash reports fairly thoroughly. Kind of a compulsive job hazzard. Which is the only way I knew this POC was there in the first place... in the active tasks list. I saw nothing that indicated to me that the report was going anywhere other than Apple. And if I can't see it, how the hell is an average user going to see it....

so, let's review:
1. third party developers can install this software without user permission or notification, and can repeatedly reinstall this software without user permission or notification.
2. any notification of it's presence, or the forwarding of data to a third party source is so hidden that a very experienced technician can't find it.

It's a trojan, and a privacy violation all in one!


i'm not unsympathetic to you motivations or your intentions for creating this program. i question your ethics and methods a bit, perhaps...

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Apple really needs to integrate this into the OS. Otherwise you have to depend on the end user installing this as well as the developer integrating their app.

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Version 1.0.2
asmeurer Member IconComment+5
asmeurer
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Is there a list of supported apps somewhere?

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Version 1.0.1
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Look here.

slava
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http://www.unsanity.com/smartcrashreports/list/

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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From all appearances, this seems a very good product. I have not had a chance to really use it yet, none of my apps have crashed. I rarely ever have apps crash on me, certainly not Apple apps (not since, what, OS X 10.1.5?)

But I was impressed with the straightforward installer, and how the installed files and their pathways was easily viewed from within the installer.

Thanks to the developer(s) for making it free.

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Version 1.0.1
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Yet, another example of software from a fine group who truly understands the needs of the Mac community.

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Version 1.0.1
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Downloads 7,541
Version Downloads 2,992
License Free
Date 17 Aug 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free