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I love this app when working at night. So much easier on the eyes than my iMac's default settings. My main problem with f.lux has always been remembering to keep it switched off when watching a movie or using graphics software. This update addresses that problem, allowing you to disable f.lux for the rest of the night rather than one hour, and also for individual apps: just select Disable from the f.lux menu and the current app will be excluded. I'd prefer to have an editable list of exluded apps in the preferences, but this is a workable solution.
I downloaded and ran the trial and came up against a couple of problems. First, each time it tried to send a notification email after an FTP upload it suddenly quit. I had to disable this feature. Secondly, I could not get it to upload to volumes on my local network. It would get stuck when trying to connect, even if the volumes were already mounted in the Finder. The main advantage over other file transfer software seems to be the use of "hot folders", which appears to work OK and is potentially very useful. But for quick and easy FTP uploads I think File Chute is better for my needs, and has a few useful extra features: File Chute can auto-expire uploads, it shows you a list of files in the target folder, and it gives you the download link for each upload.
I've been a long-time user and fan of SteerMouse but as soon I installed version 4.1.7 on my new iMac (running Mavericks) I started getting freeze-ups with my Logitech MX Anywhere mouse. It seemed to happen mostly when switching between applications, and was temporarily fixable by unplugging and replugging the USB transceiver. I uninstalled SteerMouse and the freeze-ups have so far stopped. I'm now using BetterTouchTool, which does much of what this app does (and is currently free).
I haven't installed the Logitech software on this Mac because of all the negative comments about it. I decided to use BetterTouchTool instead because I also have a Magic Trackpad. I agree that BetterTouchTool isn't a wholly satisfactory replacement for SteerMouse, and I'll try SteerMouse again when it's next updated, and report problems with that if I have any.
I bought it and I like the UI, but... unless I'm missing something, there seems to be no way to receive from an Outlook account (Outlook being POP3 only and Airmail being IMAP only).
I'd love to love this app, as its purpose in life is to fix a huge deficiency in Mountain Lion. Unfortunately, it's freezing up too frequently to be usable for me - about one in every ten alert popups gives me a spinning beachball when I mouse over the snooze button (MacBook running 10.8.3). As it's a background app, I can only get out of the crash by going into Activity Monitor, locating the process and force-quitting. Three stars in the earnest hope a more stable version will be released soon.
Apple restored snoozable alarms with Mavericks. Just click and hold on "Snooze" in the notification popup to get a list of options. SnoozeMaster has some extra customization options for snoozes so may still be worth getting - if it's stable and reliable.
Excellent little editor for quickly doing lossless trims, joins and fades. I've been using it for years to tidy up ALAC recordings made in Audio Hijack and on my iOS devices. It's good to see that version 2 supports some extra formats for exporting - though True VBR AAC, which is my usual destination format, does not seem to be available yet, unfortunately. For that I use XLD.
The screenshot above looks nothing like the app. It appears to be the Java development environment in which jDownloader was written.
I use Zattoo for watching the free-to-air French TV channels, and it does work for that purpose, provided (1) you pay the 2.50 Euros p/m subscription fee (otherwise you only get France 2), (2) you don't want TF1 (which isn't available on this service at the moment), and (3) you use a VPN with a French IP if you're accessing from outside France. I think all the video feeds are provided for free by the TV stations on their websites, so the Zattoo subscription fee is for the convenience of having them together in one app, and I think it's reasonable value for that. They shouldn't advertise it as "absolutely free", though, particularly as there are alternatives such as adsltv.org (PC only, but works in Parallels), which really are free.
I use both NZBVortex and Unison. Generally, I prefer NZBVortex if my main purpose is to have a bunch of NZBs downloading in the background. It seems a bit more reliable (doesn't pause unexpectedly), more transparent in its handling of PARs, easier to choke if you need bandwidth for something else, and more flexible in what you can do with the queue - for example, you can merge downloads if you've ended up with the RARs and PARs in separate NZBs. However, Unison does have some useful advantages over NZBVortex, even if you're only using it for binary groups: - You can browse groups directly from your Usenet server, rather than going through a third party NZB site. Yes, it can take several minutes to fetch and group a large bunch of headers, but once they're loaded, it's a very convenient way to browse and search an entire newsgroup. - You can preview images and read comments on binary uploads. - There's a built-in web browser for searching NZB indexing sites, from a customizable list of URLs. NZBVortex only offers NZBIndex and NZBClub search, with limited customization - though you can, of course, search in a separate browser and have NZBVortex open the NZBs you create. - NZBVortex can be a CPU hog, particularly when unpacking. Unison runs a little cooler, in my experience. - When you're browsing a group in Unison, the binaries you've already downloaded are marked with a tick (though, annoyingly, this feature doesn't seem to work after you move a download out of the download folder). - If you want to explore some of the weirder groups (don't ask!) that the NZB sites won't index, Unison can do that; NZBVortex can't. If you're a Usenet addict with a premium account, you'll probably want both NZBVortex and Unison to get the most out of it.
Very attractive front end to Apple's Calendar, making it much easier to enter and review events than Apple's own system. The natural language input is a time saver, though occasionally a bit annoying. It won't let me use the words "in" or "at" in the title of an event, assuming those always indicate a switch to the Location field. For example, if I enter "10pm Tell Sue to go to hell", the event becomes "Time:10pm, Event:Tell Sue, Location:hell". One feature I'd like to see added to Fantastical is its own alarm popups (with variable snooze), so that I can turn off those annoying notifications in Mountain Lion that can only be snoozed for about 10 minutes at a time.
I do :-) However, the latest update (1.3.6) seems to fix that problem. It looks like the word after "to" is now only interpreted as a location if it starts with a capital letter.