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This is an extremely useful plug-in if you use Aperture and you use SmugMug. I've found it very reliable, and the Pro version lets you make changes to photos and replace photos on SmugMug. If you use SmugMug and Aperture (I do: http://blloyd.smugmug.com) then this is totally worth the price. Few complaints, other than it's too chatty with Mountain Lion's Notification Center (one notification per photo uploaded, versus a notification when everything's complete), so I turned that off.
This isn't what I was hoping to see, frankly. This looks EXACTLY like what NetNewsWire 4 lite looked like over 2 years ago, before Brent sold NNW to Black Pixel. It's a stripped down version, with no sync, and a 3-pane-only look. So, really, it looks like BP has done NOTHING here in 2.5 years. They say they're working on a sync solution so hopefully this will redeem itself. In the meantime... bleah.
Together 3 *looks* awesome. It's exactly what I'm looking for in this type of application: Stores documents in the file system, supports a wide variety of file types, has a nice UI, and works with iCloud (!). Yeah! Unfortunately, 3.0 and 3.0.1 are not stable. I've had LOTS of crashes. It's just not ready yet, and I won't be able to use it for a while I don't think. Also, it's a bit slow at present; creating a new document (even a text document) takes a few seconds, and memory usage is fairly high (350 MB for a library with 25 small text files). Still, assuming the developer can figure out these crashes (maybe they should have gotten a better group of beta testers), it shows a lot of promise, and I may purchase the MAS version prior to the 24th to get the upgrade price as it's totally worth $19 for this feature set.
You'd think they could update their screen shots from Mac OS 9.
The 1.3 update is HUGELY better. It uses the updated Simplenote APIs and sync time for me (with 1300 notes) has gone from minutes, to seconds. It is way, way, WAY better.
Just a note that after 1 1/2 years of use with Arq, I somehow lost all my backups. I don't have any real idea what happened but 500+ GB of data that I uploaded to Glacier, and 100+ GB that I uploaded to S3 aren't accessible through Arq. It wants to upload them again, which takes weeks, and that's not great. I don't know what caused this to happen (I'm a fairly savvy user), but what I do know is that in a weeks' worth of emails to Haystack, this hasn't been resolved and I'm no closer to things than I was. I'm not one to leave crappy reviews places, but this isn't the first time I've had Arq lose track of things and force me to re-upload everything (previously was due to a bug in one of the 2.x releases). It could be an Arq problem, or it could be something on the S3 side, but I haven't had satisfactory resolution and when you go with one vendor for software and another for storage there's no single throat to choke, as it were. I'll give Haystack another couple days to respond (responses are delayed 2-3 days and generally not helpful at the moment), but I'm pretty disappointed :-(
It looks like a nice first effort. The UI is pretty reminiscent of "Things." That's probably not a coincidence ;-) In playing with it for a bit, though, there are few showstoppers for me, for now: 1) There's no import capability. I have lots of notes in Evernote or as plain text, and I don't want to manually copy and paste them over. 2) More important, there's very little EXPORT capability. You can export as HTML, or export as HTML to the clipboard. Or you can share to email, which works well for me as plain text which is what I use in Mail. 3) No Spotlight integration so I can't find notes in Noted from Spotlight. 4) No iOS version (which the authors say is on the way), so this may get resolved soon enough. 5) In-app search is a bit wonky for me. it looks like it's not global, and only searches in the notebook you're currently in. This would be a challenge for me. So I like the UI, and there's some promise, but it has a ways to go yet before it can be workable to me. It may not be targeted for my use. I do like the notebook conventions and a lot of the UI; I'll keep checking in and maybe by 1.5 or 2.0 it'll have what I specifically might want.
Each of the versions of rubiTrack keeps getting better. This is far and away the best OS X application for working with your GPS data on a Mac. I use Garmin devices so I can only evaluate from that perspective, but integration with my 500, Oregon, and 305 has been flawless. The maps are great, the way it can draw power data on the map, and everything is just awesome. Markus is also extremely responsive whenever I have questions or issues.
The 1.1 update to The Hit List brings one of my most needed features: Context-sensitive quick entry (via integration with OS X services). It makes a huge difference in usability to me. THL is beautiful, well-designed software, and the sync service is fantastic. It's noticeably faster than OmniFocus sync for me. The main knocks at this point are a couple things: * There's no iPad version yet. Potion Factory says it's on the way, but things often take longer than people would like * Between releases, Andy can go kinda quiet. This is fairly well documented in the comments below. With the large number of changes in 1.1 and the improvements, it's pretty clear to me that he's investing a lot of time in it, and it's worked reliably for me for the last couple releases so I don't have much bad to say about it. It really is nice and flexible to use, and it doesn't frustrate me like Omnifocus does.
Note everyone that the Purge command does NOT free memory. You could read the man page which specifies what it does: purge(8) BSD System Manager's Manual purge(8) NAME purge -- force disk cache to be purged (flushed and emptied) SYNOPSIS purge DESCRIPTION Purge can be used to approximate initial boot conditions with a cold disk buffer cache for performance analysis. It does not affect anonymous mem- ory that has been allocated through malloc, vm_allocate, etc. SEE ALSO sync(8), malloc(3) It may LOOK in Activity Monitor like it's freeing memory, but it's just purging the disk cache, which for many things will make them SLOWER.