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It's by far the most powerful and easy to use of the free audio & video converters that you can find around! You can use the presets for easy use or tweak manual settings to get what you want (quite easily indeed). The conversion speed depends on the codec you choose and I'm quite convinced that all FFmpeg based converters have more or less the same speed with a given codec/setting. I'm quite happy with the GUI, except maybe the "Directory" tab: it's not plain to see at first sight that it is the destination path (same as source, iTunes or custom folder), why not simply call it "Destination"? It's slowly becoming my converting tool of choice! :-)
After an afternoon of trials, yes it's a good alternative to Dropbox, especially if you use the dedicated "SpiderOak Hive" folder which behaves just like the Dropbox folder. I'm not convinced about the "Overview" panel, as it always says "Currently uploading", even when it's actually "downloading" (i.e. after I installed it on the second computer, it was logically downloading what's been put in the Hive folder of computer #1...) . It doesn't sync labels (though Dropbox does) — tried it between 10.9 to 10.6. So, if you don't care about labels and you don't need compatibility with PPC machines, it's ok.
I've just started using it this afternoon and it seems to be a good replacement to Dropbox, as it's well integrated in the Finder, but unfortunately, it's not working on my iMac G5 (as stated there: https://spideroak.com/opendownload/ Current version needs OS 10.6).
A lot has been said about Office, good sides, bad sides... I'm using it for work, preparing surtitles for operas. Well, Powerpoint is used a lot in that area, though it was not meant for it, on the first place, so we can't really complain... but it's so slow and sometimes crashy when you've got 1000 or 1500 slides! You might say it's a lot, but hey, they are only text! The current project I'm working on is a 171 Ko .txt file (332 Ko when converted to UTF-16, 929 Ko converted to .rtf) that becomes, when transformed in Powerpoint 2011... a 9.1 Mo .pptx that takes about one minute to open! (and it freezes if I try to convert a font!) Office 2004 was a lot better/faster, especially with Word's feature "send to Powerpoint": strange enough, that function can be found customizing the menus but it just gives an error when you use it! (I've tried on different versions of OSX, just in case) So my only option, if I want to work decently, is to use Office 2004 on OS 10.6... or use a PC! :-/ C'mon Bill!
Just for the fun of it: it took more than 20 minutes of SBBOD (100% of CPU) to convert a 1676 slides file's font from Times to Arial... on a 3 GHz machine! :-D And I'm not even sure it converted anything...
iKey for Mac OS X Changelog Version 2.5.3 Release Date: 6/17/14 [New] Developer Signed Application, library and frameworks. [Updated] Clean up code base (upgraded may legacy calls & less log messages) and removed unused/old code. [Updated] Now prompt on startup to give iKey access to Security -> Privacy ->Accessibility to allow it to control your computer. - More updates and new features coming. - Thanks to all users for the feedback.
This is the second update that does not appear in the usual place (http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads) which is a huge problem for localized versions — that you can't find anywhere else, to my knowledge) I've managed to find it there: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=43378 You just have to choose your language with the popup menu. for future versions, you should find it searching for "microsoft office for mac 2011 updates" on the global Download Center rather than on the Mac part of the site (until someones at MS recalls this page has got to be updated too... ;-)
P.S.: I suppose it should appear in the Microsoft Upload Center.app, but mine doesn't show anything...
As more or less the same issues are present in OS 10.9, you'll find a comparable trick there: http://duckrowing.com/2013/11/29/fixing-smart-folders-in-os-x-10-9-mail/ Unfortunately, it didn't work for me and I couldn't get smart folders back to work yet... :-( I'm still investigating.
I found out Spotlight indexing stopped for a mysterious reason: when I launched Onyx, the check box was unchecked, so I restored default settings and after a while, when Spotlight just started its thing, smart folders started to populate...
Well, for most of you, this may sound as a "degrowth" statement :-D but iTunes 8.2.1 is still working perfectly on OS 10.9.3! ;-) And when I look at all the bad reviews here, I'm happy I kept that old version and use it as a casual music player (and I use other apps for any other purpose than playing music). Sure enough: I don't own no iStuff things. I suppose it got very complicated syncing all your devices as my switch to iTunes as a simple music player came from the fact that I was becoming crazy trying to sync my different iTunes libraries between two computers that could only be connected once every two months... I finally thought:"Why the hell do I try to keep my libraries organized? I have not enough time to waste for that", so now, when I want to listen to a cd, I pick its folder in the Finder, drop it on iTunes, listen to it, then clean iTunes before quitting: it can't be more clean and organized! :-D
With 10.9, Calendar.app BEGINS being usable... The only glitch that prevents me from using it is the lack of options for delaying an alert (a lot better than previous versions, but there's a huge gap between 2 hours and one day (i.e. really 24 hours) where Outlook offers 4 hours, End of day and Tomorrow morning!). It's a pity because Outlook's interface is awful compared to Calendar or Busycal but its alert system is far better, and with Sync Services being dropped by Apple in 10.9, there's no more way to combine the best of those apps... :-/
The last post on the dev's blog being from april 2012, I fear it's another abandonware... :-/