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As a CleanMyMac user, I thought I would take a look at this as both sport very similar features, and as someone who regularly tries out and uninstalls a lot of software, I was particularly interested in the 'leftovers' feature, and was interested to see if Dazzle would find stuff that CleanMyMac had missed. Unfortunately the resulting list of files that Dazzle proposed to delete as traces of 'no longer installed' apps gave me some cause for concern, not least because most of the files it wanted to remove belonged to apps that were still installed! It offered to remove parts of Photoshop Elements, iStatMenus, CleanMyMac (files belonging to the Disk Watcher and Trash Watcher processes), Hazel and various others and had I just hit the Erase button following Dazzle's recommendations, I'd have probably made a few problems for myself. Hazel in particular seemed to be an issue because Dazzle wanted me to delete all of Hazel's support folders (e.g. Logs, Application Support etc.). On top of this it suggested deleting some PDF files I'd created (no idea why) and it even wanted to delete parts of itself, like com.kallaxa.DazzleHelper.CleanupReminder.plist and MonitorTrash.plist. To be fair, it did spot one app I'd recently uninstalled that had left behind one file, although this file was also spotted by CleanMyMac when I compared its results. In fact CleanMyMac spotted files belonging to 3 other apps that had been removed recently that Dazzle had missed. Another issue was that I was using iTunes and had PathFinder open in the background. Out of the blue, Dazzle pops up a dialogue saying "Uninstalling Path Finder by dragging it to the trash will leave behind preferences, caches, logs and other items behind! Would you like to correctly uninstall this app and related files using". Firstly, I hadn't dragged PathFinder to the trash, secondly I wasn't aware that Dazzle (which wasn't running at the time) had installed a background agent by default. Given the somewhat over-zealous results above, I've been rather loathed to use any of Dazzle's other features in anger. That said, I have a quick look at most of it's other features all of which appear reasonably standard in terms of clearing up cache files, log files, extensions, etc., and for the most part its results looked similar to those of CleanMyMac although I didn't drill down into the detail. In the end, even though Dazzle is around $10 cheaper (when it's not on offer) that CleanMyMac, I wouldn't switch to Dazzle. I get the impression that as a version 1.0, Dazzle still has a few rough edges that could land an unsuspecting user in trouble. Perhaps subsequent versions will address this?
As a Day One user I thought I'd have a play with this app. Pros: Nice clean interface. Timeline is a neat idea (but it only spans one day). Entering information is easy and the controls you're offered are easy to access. Has a useful search feature. You can tag entries and group entries by type. Cons: Window sizing issues (i.e. resize window, content stays fixed). Very prescriptive - about the only thing you can configure is your name, so if you don't like the layout, theme, icons etc., to bad. Can't add audio clips. No iOS version/sync (although I understand that's coming). Price. The biggest sticking point for me would be the price. I appreciate devs want to be rewarded for their efforts but compared with what other diary apps offer, this just seems rather expensive. At this price it needs some killer feature to differentiate itself, but I'm not seeing it as yet.
I just installed this and now my Mac chirps every 15 seconds! Also, the pre-configured contacts don't include some obvious choices that I can see, e.g. "You have a message from your mechanic". Nice idea and the voice is good, but still needs some work I think.
Also I just noticed that there is a menu item called 'unknown'. Not sure what that's doing in the production version of an app?
This is exactly why a trial version of software is so important - so you can see if the software works for you before splashing out $9.99. I have really wanted a way to integrate the Mac with phone capabilities and (foolishly?) took a punt on this. Setting it up is pretty straightforward, just install it and pair it with your phone. Then the problems started... took a couple of calls using HandsFree and in both cases the caller said sound quality was really poor - strange because I've had no such issues using Skype. Second issue is that the 'Dial Pad' refuses to display which seriously limits the usefulness of this software. Maybe it's a compatibility issue with my multi-monitor setup, who knows. Will follow up with developers, but it would have been nice to discover these issues with say a 7-day trial before making a purchase.
Would be nice to see more frequent updates. The current version of NetShred supports Firefox up to v24 but now we are on v27.
Thought I would give this a try to see what all the fuss about, and the fact that there's a trial version is a positive. Would say that it's OK, but not a 5-star for me because it didn't really seem any easier than other masking tools I've used. To get good results you really have to work at it, so that's zooming in, reducing the masking 'pen' size to one or two pixels and getting into the fine detail of the subject. Yes it does what it says, but it took me a good 20 minutes plus to get good results when trying to extract a subject in a fairly simple image. To be fair, that's what I expect from this sort of tool - results will depend on how much effort you put in, so take the author's claims of not having to hunt for pixels you want to remove with a pinch of salt, as that's exactly what I had to do.
Just had an email from the company saying... "It is with a heavy heart we have to announce that “doo – the document app” will be shutting down on Monday, March 17, 2014."
Version of the app on the about page is 1.4.15 (not 0.9.0 as listed here). There's an issue with v1.4.15 under Mavericks that needs a workaround which is listed here - http://superuser.com/questions/656912/synergy-on-mavericks-osx-10-9-and-enable-assistive-devices Seems it will be fixed in the next release? (1.4.16?)
Very handy tool. My only wish is that for apps that are available both from the Mac App Store and elsewhere, it would check the correct place for the latest version. Often it tells me there's a later version of a MAS app when in reality I'm already using the latest version of the MAS app and it's only the non-MAS version that's been updated. Apart from that, it's a really useful piece of software.
Interesting app and I've been after something that will put upcoming iCal appointments on the desktop for a while now. For me there are a couple of issues though. - It insists on showing events from 'yesterday', wish there was a way to turn this off in preferences. - Events go off the edge of the screen and are clipped (even when you turn on the border). Would be nice if the app used your screen dimensions to avoid this. - Seems to be a bug where a new event is displayed twice when you're adding it to iCal. The fix is to quite/restart TimeWorks. Despite this, I like the display and the fact that it works with my 3 monitor setup (notwithstanding the odd issue). Looking forward to some updates.