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I was a longtime Apple Mail user who just wanted a working mail client. Unfortunately, Apple Mail stopped reliably working since Mavericks. To say it clear: For me, Apple Mail was not usable anymore. That's why I had to look for an alternative. First, I checked Airmail, but I didn't like its user interface. Then I discovered Postbox, and it was a real pleasure to see how good this email client worked! - The import of my Apple Mail user accounts was rapidly done as I use several IMAP accounts. - During the trial period, I had no problems to get used to Postbox because of the similar user interface of Postbox and Apple Mail. - I especially like Postbox's ability to make a to-do out of an email. As to-dos stick at the top of the mail list, I never forget them anymore. - As Spamsieve is very critical for my email handling, I was glad to see that there is a Spamsieve plugin for Postbox. The installation of this plugin was done in less then five minutes. - Another great feature of Postbox: All attachments and attached picture are just a mouse click away and clearly arranged. - Today, I realized that Postbox and Omnifocus Pro can work together. That's really great for all heavy Omnifocus users! Postbox has many features, and I discover them bit by bit. When the trial period ended, I gladly paid the 10 $ – a bargain considering that you get a reliable working and uncluttered email client. So many thanks to the developers of Postbox!
I'm sorry to say that but I dislike Macupdate's silly and childish behaviour against Koingo Software. I don't need Macupdate's stupid advice not to buy the products of Koingo Software. It's a really poor attitude of Macupdate — the one person who wrote not to buy Koingo's products should tell us just a single reason. If I were Koingo Software, I would sue the responsible person at Macupdate. Just my opinion. And no: I never bought a product of Koingo Software.
I am a longtime user of GraphicConverter and use this application on a regular basis. I especially like GCs batch conversion of pictures and its ability to edit IPTC metadata. That being said, the developers of GC obviously don't want to tap the full potential of that application: The stack that lies on the bottom of every browser window, could be the central point of control in GC. Unfortunately, the only thing you can do with the stack is to put in pictures, rename them, save or copy them in another folder, show them as slide show or send them via mail. But he great potential in this stack is to run some predefined actions on the pictures in it or to edit the IPTC metadata of those. It's a pity that the developers of GC refuse to expand the functionality of the stack. That's why I bought Lightroom to edit the IPTC metadata of my pictures. I still use GC but only to run batch conversions.
When I first discovered Hazel I couldn't imagine all the possible ways of using it! My favorite purposes are: - Automatically copying new images from my inserted flash card, labelling the imported images so that they are not reimported, opening a slideshow of the imported images in GraphicConverter to scan through them and deleting the ones I don't need and let Hazel organize the remaining ones by date in folders that are named by date. - After downloading my account statements from my online bank as zip file, Hazel unpacks the zip file, renames all credit and debit files by date and type (credit/debit), labels them by year, sorts them in the corresponding folder and opens the account statements in Preview for sighting. - I use ExactScan Pro to scan my papers to a certain folder. Then, Hazel opens the scans in Adobe Acrobat Pro to do OCR and save the files as ClearScan which reduces pdf file size enormously. I'm very happy with Hazel although one needs some knowledge of AppleScript to use it gainfully. If you are not a regular AppleScript programmer you will spend some hours until everything works as expected. That's why it's important that Hazel gains new features that are not bound to a programming language. Hazel introduced the possibility of uploading files to a FTP server in version 3.1. As much as I like this new feature, it's a pity that I can't use it because I can't and don't want update to Lion. Is there any chance to get a version of Hazel 3.1 that works with Snow Leopard? It's quite exceptional that Hazel changes system requirements while not upgrading to the next full version (i. e. version 4.0). I'm rather disappointed about this behaviour.
Mellel is getting better and better. The only thing that prevents me from using it regularly is the way Mellel handles images: Yes, it's possible to let the text float around an image, but unfortunately there is no option to have different paddings on the four sides of the image – just an extra space that has the same value for left, right, top and bottom padding. Hopefully, Redlex is adding this feature soon!
I want to like ChemDoodle because it has a rich feature set and is relatively easy to use. Nevertheless I don't like ChemDoodle as it has a clumsy and ugly user interface; it just doesn't feel like an Mac application. Apart from that, I would give it an overall rating of 4.5 stars. But as long as the developpers of ChemDoodle refuse to hire someone to polish the user interface, I will continue to use my old ChemDraw version which has not as many features as ChemDoodle, but has a clean user interface without dozens of different colors and shapes.
I wanted to buy Coda 2 and started testing it today. Shortly: Coda 2 is a really pleasant html editor with a lot of functionality you don't want to miss. What I really appreciate is that Coda 2 is a real time saver: Its autocomplete function works fine and without hassle. Nevertheless I have one big complaint: Coda 2 misses the WYSIWYG CSS editor that Coda 1 once owned. The new CSS editor of Coda presumes that you already know all availabe CSS attributes. This is a huge step backwards and prevents me from buying Coda 2 – as low as the introductery price may be.
Great, I'm looking forward to the final version of TextMate 2.0. I wrote my last Website using TextMate und CSSEdit only, so there was absolutely no need for a WYSIWYG editor. Thanks to the developer for the continuous hard work!
There was a time when Spotlight was a huge help to find files. But Apple made Spotlight more and more unfit: It didn't find the files I was searching for, and I didn't like the way the results were displayed. That was the moment when Alfred came into play. The installation was really easy, and I liked Alfred's user interface. Alfred just worked for me in a few minutes, and since then, I never used Spotlight anymore. I prefer Alfred to Spotlight because of the following reasons: 1) Alfred's much faster. 2) Alfred find's ALL my files (in contrast to Spotlight). 3) I can control my search by far easier than using Spotlight: To start applications and to open folders, I just type in a word. To search for files and its content, I press the space bar before entering my search term. 4) Alfred knows what I want to search for. In other words: Alfred seems to remember my search behaviour much better than Spotlight does. 5) I can configure custom searches, for example to directly find a term in wikipedia or to look up an translation of a word in leo.dict.org. 6) Alfred places the results of my search before my very eyes – I don't have to look in the right upper corner and read the results in a tiny font size. 7) Alfred is prettier. These are my seven good reasons to use Alfred. As I bought Alfred's powerpack to expand Alfred's functionality, there are even more reasons to use Alfred. Thank you, developers, to offer such an huge time saver for free.
I like DockMenus a lot because it's simple and intuitive. I always wanted to remove the clutter from my desktop but DragThing appeared to complicated to me (too many options I don't need), so I bought DockMenus. To make DockMenus even better, I have three suggestions: 1) Make the icon in the menubar optional: Once the DockMenus are installed, you won't need its menubar icon anymore. To make the menubar icon visible, you could press the alt button on your keybord while opening DockMenus. This behaviour is well known from apps like Desktop Curtain. 2) Add an option to the preferences to show the titles of the items directly in the DockMenus. 3) When a DockMenu is fixed on the right side of the screen, it's not possible to see the names of the items when the mouse moves over the items. This is as the names of the items always appear on the right side of a DockMenu, so if the DockMenu is fixed on the right side the item names are outside of the screen.