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I don't know what kinds of sites some people are going to which give them all these alleged problems with Flash causing high CPU usage, noisy fans and system hangs (curiously only coming out of the woodwork ever since Steve J. declared that Flash was bad) but I've have never had any of those problems across 3 Macs and 2 Windows PCs. Flash is working quite well here and, like it or not, there are still sites out there which use Flash (some admittedly not designed well, others which are phenomenal) and I see no problems when accessing them through Firefox.
From the 10.5.6 update notes: "Application startup performance has been significantly improved. Anyone who has complained that BBEdit is slow to launch is going to have to find something else to complain about." I can confirm seeing a massive improvement in BBEdit launch time. Now I don't forget what I wanted to write by the time it loads. Definitely worth the new(ish) lower price.
Does anyone know whether this release fixes the sluggishness and general system unresponsiveness while streaming Netflix on the Mac (using Firefox browser and Silverlight plugin)? I no longer have my Netflix account because it was so bad, but would go back if performance is improved.
Is Dropbox 1.7.x for Lion/Mountain Lion only? Their website only offers me 1.6.17 (I'm on Snow Leopard). I'm liking Dropbox very much. Got an account with my Galaxy S3 phone and it's about the easiest way to share files between my Mac and the phone. Using Boxcryptor to secure my files (from both devices) prior to uploading and it's all quite fast.
So glad to see iVolume is still being maintained. Been running it for a couple of years to keep my new iTunes tracks' volume in line with the rest of my library. Works rather well though I still occasionally have a track I need to tweak (usually they're too quiet and need to be brought up a bit) but most tracks fall right in line.
Big thanks to the developer for making this work again after Apple's OSX 10.6 security update disabled Mail plugins.
I've wanted a simple and quick month-at-a-glance calendar for a while. Day-O gives this to me. Also serves as a nice replacement for MacOS X's default menu bar clock with some neat configuration options.
VLC 2.0.1 on OSX 10.6.8 fixed a number of stability issues for me compared to 2.0. Previous version often crashed when quitting and sometimes interfered with other apps' audio output when skipping forward or back in VLC. Both issues seem to be solved. Volume OSD did not work in 2.0, now working fine in 2.0.1. Not fond of the always-on sidebar containing links I never plan to use, but now you can default the window to "rolled up" mode so that's not visible.
LibreOffice, as a fork of OpenOffice.org, tries a bit too hard to emulate MS Office 2003/2004, but it's full-featured and works very well. I use it for simple spreadsheets, 300+ page documents with formatting and a personal database. The DB functions are maybe not super easy, and unfortunately in LibreOffice they're a little crash-prone, but overall I am pleased and you can't beat the price (free).
A truly worthy successor to VisualHub. iFFmpeg is drag-n-drop simple like VH, with a menu of presets, but you can customize those presets or create your own if you need to. Does not include necessary ffmpeg binary, but the iFFmpeg site tells you where to find one, or you can build your own using a tool like MacPorts.