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Please note: There are TWO versions of Chronicle available, and they aren't exactly the same. There is the downloadable version from the developer's web site, and the App Store version, which includes the ability to sync across devices via iCloud. I made the mistake of overwriting my App Store version with the latest downloadable release and wiped out my entire bill data (reminders, history, etc.). If you need the ability to sync via iCloud, do NOT download the version available here!
Very nifty! It's a small, single-purpose utility that does what it does very well! I anchor my dock to the side of the screen (something some developers seem to forget) and I like the transparent setting that shows me just my dock icons, behaving like dock icons, without the opacity of Apple's implementation. Nice job, and kudos to the developer!
Interesting, that the developer of Flappy Birds just today decided to pull his app from the iOS and Android stores. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2014/02/09/flappy-bird-update/5340541/ Not for licensing reasons (and he was reportedly making US$50K a day from advertising), but because it ruined his "simple" life. Words fail....
Mavericks (10.9.1) is reporting "'JBidwatcher' is damaged and can't be opened. You should move it to the Trash." I've downloaded it twice with the same result. Is it Mavericks and GateKeeper, or is this a munged file?
I really liked this app. WireTap became too convoluted and I didn't really like recording the audio output of my Mac. SBlaster takes a different approach and records the output of a specific app. Thus, I can record one app, and use another without interrupting the recording. I listen to a lot of streaming audio (podcasts, etc.) and I like to record them to listen on an iPod when I go running. Unfortunately, Mavericks breaks this app. I upgraded to Mac OS X 10.9 and now SBlaster is unable to record any audio from a browser (I haven't tried other sources). I contacted Ondesoft tech support (I'm a paid customer) and was told they are working on a fix. Please do. This app meets my specific need perfectly!
Wow, talk about great timing! I just today removed all the old versions of these screen savers because they no longer worked under Mavericks (OS X 10.9)! Nice to not have even a day without them! Thanks to the developers. You're awesome!
Like others, I've been using the Abyss web server on a variety of platforms, and simply put: It.Just.Works. My needs are simple: I typically need an intranet web server, and I don't need one that runs around the clock. Of course, when I have needed to run it around the clock, it.just.works. The Linux version is as robust and as stable as the Mac and Windows versions, and it installs as a Linux "service" flawlessly. I know that Aprelium offers a for-pay version, and if my needs were such, I'd willingly pay for it. As it is, the free version is more than excellent, and imagine my surprise when I saw that the company had updated it! I don't know that I need the update, but I'm going to install it. It probably won't (or can't) work any better, but it's nice to be on the current release. Nice job, Aprelium. Your efforts are greatly appreciated! (To Macupdate: The star ratings for some reason won't let me make the "Value" five stars. It is, in my opinion!).
The beauty of the free enterprise system is that it allows anyone the freedom to create a product - no matter how simple or useless it may appear to be - and ask others to pay for it. The marketplace determines the success or failure of such products. Me? I don't need it because I use other means if I have to find my public IP address. But others may like it and will spend the $.99. Caveat Emptor
There aren't a lot of reviews for this program, and perhaps that's because the price is a little off-putting. $35 for what is essentially a single purpose utility is a little steep. However, if you're like me, it's a small price to pay to rescue data from multiple Apple products! I have (in no particular order), an iPhone 5, an iPod touch (1st gen), a couple of iPod Nanos, an iPad 2, a Macbook Pro and a PowerBook. Yeah, I have an iPod Shuffle 4, too, but that's not germane to this review. I also just bought a new car that has a number of ways of listening to music. Since I recently had a hard disk crash, my music is scattered in numerous libraries on multiple drives. How then, to recover the music I have on my iPad and transfer it to my iPhone when I don't have it already in iTunes? Enter TouchCopy. I researched the web for utilities that would allow me to copy data off my devices, and TouchCopy kept appearing in my search results. I downloaded the demo and gave it a whirl. Before I had run out of items allowed by the demo, I had connected to the online store and purchased the app! It does everything it claims to. I've read reports that it is very slow; not this version. At least not for me. Dozens of music files move in seconds. The interface? Not a problem for me, although I've heard some call it ugly. I think it's intuitive and very Mac-like, even if the icons don't have the Apple "look" to them. All in all, I'm very pleased with this program. I see that an update has been issued only a day or two after the iTunes 11 release. That's pretty darn responsive, if you ask me! Nice job. I'm a satisfied customer.
Allow me to add my appreciation and thanks to the developer. While I have (slowly) moved from a G4 PowerBook to a MacBook Pro, my old, trusty G4 still works as a streaming audio server and as a utility backup machine. The SeaMonkey for PPC has revived a machine that could no longer operate well in today's web space. It's fast, reliable, and does everything I want it to. Kudos!