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I'm still using GraphicConverter X 6.5 of 2009. My reason why I never upgraded: GC never handled the color red correctly in JPG's. Even in highest quality at 100 % the color red had visible artifacts. When using Photoshop at 80 % quality there were no artifacts and the file size was massively smaller. So I'm using an older version of Photoshop and only use GC rarely. It would be interesting to know, if never version of GC still have this problem. I always liked the batch functionality of GC.
Thank you, Mozilla! I'm a long-time user of Firefox. I love its Add-ons. After all the devastating reviews of FF29 I stayed with FF28 for a long time. Yesterday I upgraded to FF30 and I'm positively surprised. With very little effort (almost none) I could configure it to my needs. Just moving some icons. All works fine, all of my 30+ Add-ons continue to work. The user interface is modern and attractive. I don't miss FF28 a second! And best of all: FF30 is rock solid, no crashes (as many have reported).
With every new major version their app icon gets more and more ugly. I liked version 1 a lot. I still work with it. Version 2 lost some functionality, like SPACE would not open any more the PDF for instant full screen reading. But it was tolerably well working. Only big PDFs of several hundred pages it would not search. I run v1 and v2, but now I tend more and more to Devonthink Personal, which might in the long term the better solution for me. I just need a comfortable PDF library and PDF reader. Devonthink offers some more as it would also manage my DOC's, ODT's, images and videos. So use what you like better, I don't think Papers is too bad. I'm no academical user.
The latest LAME 3.99.5 ist built into the free XLD (X Lossless Decoder). Works great.
I thought I knew all Bible Software for Mac and never was 100 % convinced of any. And then MacUpdate showed me the free Bible Analyzer yesterday. I immediately fell in love. A Bible software from Bible believers with several editions of the KJV and older English Bibles, Webster's 1828 Dictionary, Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, plus the best and fastest search in any Bible program. I am blown away. This is my new main tool, and Accordance, MacSword and Online Bible are second. Praise the Lord!
Only one big complaint. Every time I change a font in my OSX's fonts folder Mplayer OSX Ext. blocks at launch with this dumb message: "Fontconfig needs to update its font cache. This can take up to a couple of minutes." This is massively annoying. No other program does this: VLC, MPlayerX, Movist, QuickTimePlayer, RealPlayer ...
Yesterday someone accidentally deleted all my photos and videos on my camera SD card. Since some Canon cameras cannot used on a Mac as a drive or volume I bought a card reader, plugged it into my MacBook and started Deep Scan. It recovered all my films and pictures and even many I deleted months ago. The program did the job perfectly. I highly recommend Data Rescue!
Excellent tool. Version 2 was somewhat limited. Doing several steps on a file was only possible by crude hand coding. Version 3 allows simply several steps on a file with a nice GUI. v3 is muuuuch faster and much more reliable. Sometimes v2 did not convert all selected files for some odd reason (maybe a Finder bug?). But v3 runs perfectly. I love it! Especially the speed is light-years better. I don't know how they did this. The Finder is slow and clumsy when renaming files (and was with NM v2), but NM v3 now changes file names instantly no matter how many. I'm running NM 3.2.1 on OSX 10.6.8. Macupdate says requirements for NM 3.3 is OSX 10.6, but the developer website says 10.7! Also the Macupdate screenshot shows the old NM v2 instead of the fundamentally changed GUI of NM v3.
I hope the VLC team will continue to support 10.6.8 for a while.
Sure, there is Sublime Text 2, which is a totally new generation of text editors. But since I'm on a Mac (that's 20 years) I have always used BBEdit and BBEdit Lite (what is now the free and mighty good TextWrangler). It would be a bad advice for Bare Bones to change BBEdit radically. I like the slow and steady evolution. And BBEdit is a cosmic constant in a software universe of a lot of meteors. Like the very nice TextMate: the author cashed in a lot of money for his program (no envy, just a fact), and now programmers are waiting since ages for TextMate 2.0.