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Great app, till it crashes and you lose everything you were working on. And yeah, it'll crash. A lot.
Helper app installation (to enable changing icons of Mac App Store purchases) is broken in the app preferences, and the only way I could get it working was to download a separate installer from the website. Not a good start. Unfortunately, I'm also entirely unable to license the app! No matter what information I enter (following instructions elsewhere on MacUpdate including registered email, purchase email, or full name) my valid license is refused. I emailed support 6 days ago and still haven't heard back. No resolution.
I finally got the registration to work, but still no help from the developer...not sure what's going on there. :(
Have you tried using your email address instead of your name? I'd originally used my payment email (via paypal), but it was a different address that I'd registered with when signing up for an app bundle. Confusing. :(
Some of the paradigms are a little odd (projects, folders, smart folders?), and the tabs haven't been particularly useful yet, but overall it's a great app for organising stock photography or similar collections. After testing a number of other options last year, Pixa was my choice for managing texture libraries both at work and at home (though less than 2000 images, so not particularly impressive!). Two features I hope are added: • Browser extension or OSX service that can add items to specific groups with minimal input (I usually have to manually add the source URL and other info, which could easily be automated for speedier data collection). • Support for more media (video, audio, or really any media types other than plain images). That said, there's a careful balance needed in terms of responsiveness and features, and Pixa is currently at the just-fast-enough-it's-ok point. Any slower and it'll be frustrating to use.
I used to keep a close eye on the development of this application, participating in the open beta program and asking questions of the developers. Unfortunately I was very unimpressed with the process, and the developer made it clear they were uninterested in supporting many user needs, such as code comparison or file diff. That's a pretty foundational feature, in my opinion! Ultimately TextWrangler is more capable in many cases, and while not remotely as pretty or modern, it can actually do what I need. And it's $49 cheaper. Not sure how Chocolat is intending to compete with that.
It's been a bit of a rough transition, but Chroma features should all be working again. Version 4.2.1 now uses a system-wide library preference to prevent data loss when updating or deleting widgets, and of course, bypasses the whole nightmare of having to use a separate file to store the library data (albeit nice for syncing via Dropbox, it just wasn't reliable on many mac systems where command line data truncation was an issue). While it's possible to create multiple instances of the Chroma widget, all of which would share the system-wide library, saving in one widget would overwrite changes from other instances of the widget. For obvious reasons, I don't recommend this. :P Let me know if you find any issues, I'll do my best to fix them!
Just a heads up - the screenshot here on MacUpdate is of the older, far superior Fontcase 1.5. As has already been pointed out, Foncase 2.0 is completely useless for font management, and should be avoided at all costs.
Update - I've recently heard from the developer (https://twitter.com/Fontcase/status/281328531324149760) that they intend to bring back the management view for the next version of Fontcase. If so, I'll be happy to start using it again!
Crucial utility for any Mac, with or without a trackpad! Though the multi-touch gestures are easily the most used features, the other functions and improvements (such as no-click window resizing just by holding a modifier key) are just fantastic. It is missing a couple features that would be much appreciated: - support for more mouse buttons (tilt wheel, middle mouse button, etc., especially on Logitech mice) - a few more built-in actions, such as previous tab, next tab, etc. (especially if actions are multi-app, instead of limited to keyboard shortcuts, which are not consistent).
I'd used Fontcase for several years, and loved the iTunes-like interface for quickly managing fonts (dragging between collections, smart collections, tags, etc.). Simple, easy to use, and it worked well! Unfortunately, the 2.0 update brings an all-new user interface that breaks all but the most simplistic of use cases. Even basic functions such as adding a font to a collection became horribly obtuse, requiring two to three times as many clicks, without any way to do it visually (drag-and-drop between sections now requires modifier keys while hovering over buttons in the top bar - you can't even see collections and tabs simultaneously). Deeply disappointed, but glad the developer provides a demo - I knew within minutes I could never upgrade. Version 1.x is still usable, albeit with a few lingering bugs, but with the developer abandoning the user base (the 2.0 redesign focuses on font browsing, NOT management), I'm looking elsewhere for a good font app. I'd recommend you do the same. Tragic, as Fontcase used to be a favourite.
Version 0.9 was released April 2nd, 2011, and is available from the Google Code page (just click the "developer's site" link).
While I'm looking forward to having some of these features included natively in OSX Lion (as previous reviewers have pointed out, and I expect to be faster/more responsive), something I'll continue to rely on is option for key modifiers to control window moving and resizing. Honestly, it's a weird feature for HyperDock to include (it's not remotely dock related), but incredibly useful. I currently have it set up to move any window my mouse is over while holding control-option, and resize while holding control-option-shift. Very helpful, as I'm never reaching for the title bar or bottom-right-hand-corner...it speeds up window management rather nicely.