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I tried all the major cloud storage systems after deciding to drop Dropbox and found Copy to be the best choice for me. The website and apps work great, and the initial free space plus referral bonuses are generous for my needs. I don't miss Drop[box one bit and am happy to have made the switch.
I'd tried out many other VPN systems including VYPRVPN, Hide my Ass, Hotspot Shield, Tunnel Bear, and VPN Unlimited before settling on Cloak. The apps for Mac OS and iOS are solid and well-designed, the service is the fastest I've found, and the prices are fair. If you're interested, try out their generous one month free trial and find out for yourself.
From the update notes: "Shortcuts and preferences are retained when you update to the latest version of InDesign, ensuring that you can easily and quickly get to work with the latest version." In other words, updating doesn't screw up your workflow. Now that's a fantastic new feature worth the monthly subscription price.
From "What's New": You can now install older versions of Adobe products straight from Creative Cloud Desktop. These are installed side-by-side with existing versions. Can I sign up for a month, download CS6, then cancel my subscription and continue using it, or will the older versions stop working when I discontinue my subscription?
I see on the developer's website that Timings 2 is coming. It will be a paid upgrade. I'd have preferred he gave us functionality enhancements and bug fixes for the current version to bring it up to par with Time Log, his previous app that he abandoned, rather than asking us to pay yet again.
After finally abandoning all hope that YummySoup will ever be updated, I purchased Paprika. Importing my YummySoup library worked fast and effortlessly. I haven't yet used all of Paprika's features, but like how the application looks and works. It's simple interface is benefit as it's easy to use and navigate. The web import feature works great! There are three things I don't like about this application. First, instead of using iCloud, the recipes are synced across devices using the developer's server. If Paprika goes the way of YummySoup, we're screwed. There are already reports of the servers going down. Second, Hindsight Labs didn't develop a universal app for iOS, rather they sell a separate iPhone and iPad app, each costing $5. It feels greedy. I've just spent $20 on the Mac app; I really don't want to shell out another $10... And third, there is only one format for printing and no way to print a range of selected recipes. You have one format and have to select and print each recipe. Not very user friendly.
And I just found a bug. You cannot rename the recipe. In edit mode, a blank field appears for the name. Adding text only appends it to the existing name.
Thanks for your reply. It seems to be happening with only one recipe. I'll delete it and try re-entering it by hand. One thing I noticed, in the description field of all of my recipes (which I imported from YummySoup) there is a space *before* every comma.
After spending days researching VPN providers I decided upon vyprvpn. It had a lot going for it; the company is based in Switzerland, they use only their own servers which they claim are the fastest, they offer an iOS app, they have firewall protection, and they include a dropbox-like file storage system. Unfortunately the service did not live up to the hype. Their app never worked on my iMac, although it worked perfectly on my MacBook Pro. I even deleted the app and associated files (via Clean App and a Finder search), deleted the caches (via Onyx), restarted my iMac, and reinstalled the app. After a long online chat, the representative submitted a ticket which remained unanswered after 24 hours. I configured my iMac manually, per instructions on their website, and was finally able to connect. The speed was horrible. I could sit and watch how each element of a normal webpage appeared as it loaded. Videos were practically unwatchable. The speed was also bad on my MacBook Pro. After synching files to my Dump Truck storage I noticed (via Little Snitch) that after the files had been successfully uploaded, Dump Truck continued to have a high-level of upload activity, which went on until I finally shut down the process. As this is one of the highest-priced vpn options, I was disappointed.
When I export my data to a list I can't choose which fields I want included and I can't sort it by date? Really?
I reluctantly bought this after the developer abandoned Time Log, which does not run under Mavericks. I had been happily using Time Log for years and loved its straightforward simplicity, flexibility, and ease of use. Timings is complicated and limited. Very little is self-evident and the help system provides almost no help. Maybe the reason the developer created this app and dropped support for Time Log is that it's meant to work with (and sell) his other application, Grand Total. No longer can I set the status of an entry to "Invoiced" or "Paid", allowing me to track its progress. I can only mark entries as "Archived". I'm really sorry that I started using this application. I'm frustrated; spending valuable, billable time trying to produce a report that I can use to create invoices.
One app that gives me access to all of my cloud storage accounts using a consistent interface, and lets me transfer files between them is a brilliant idea. This app shows promise but feels incomplete and lacks polish. Overall: The overall design is too bold and clunky. Everything is much too large. There needs to be some way to turn off the bright red and yellow interface and replace it with grey. The header bar is huge and get rid of the application name in the header bar. Home window: The statistics in the home window would be much nicer if they were replaced with a graphic (such as a pie chart) to quickly and easily see used and available space. Either use “edit” and “delete” or use two icons. Mixing the word “edit” with a trash can icon is inconsistent. Remove “Add Drive” from this window. Once I’ve added all of my accounts I don’t need to see this every time I use the app, plus it takes up a lot of space. Functionality: The icon and list views are great but there needs to be a column view, like in the Finder. The list view needs a way to add or remove columns. The numbers in “size” column on the right side are too close to the edge of the window. Instead of needing to open two or more windows, this app needs a split-window function. The “back” button needs a companion “forward” button. Other: This app is not very intuitive. What is the purpose of the dropdown drawer at the bottom of the window? The button to extend or retract it is all the way at the top, in the header bar, where there is no clue as to its purpose.