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I didn't want to upgrade to Delicious Library 3 and tried this out having previously used the 1.x version. It took me two days to figure out how to import my DL2 library (can't import from a backup or DL2 it turns out, need DL3 and collection files installed!) With 900 books/movies performance was horrid on a 2011 mini with 8 GB of RAM! Redraws of the thumbnails took forever and the screen constantly flickered during any type of redraw. Same problems when I tried the Windows version on my 4 core gaming PC with 16 GB. Asked for a refund as they state they have a 30 day guarantee. Their support site has had an On Vacation message for a month now. They closed my ticket without resolving the issue or issuing a refund and now I'm having to go through PayPal for a refund. I will not be buying any Koingo products in the future as this company has terrible support!
OmniOutliner Pro was one of the earlier programs I bought years ago when I switched over to the Mac. Since then I've found it indispensable and use it on a daily basis for managing lists, inventories and ideas. While it's extremely easy to use, there are some powerful features it has especially in regards to formatting. Omni is a mature and responsive company with great support and an active community. That said the only complaints I have are: - It's taking forever for Omni to put out version 4 - It gets pricey to buy Omni's apps especially when you need to buy for the iPad and iPhone. Bundle deals would be very nice! - No iPhone version. Even a view-only version would be helpful!
I've been using ChronoSync to backup my MacBook Pro for years and it's worked flawlessly. When I got a Mini for the wife and kids, I thought I'd have to spend another $40 for a license. Lo and behold, they offer a ChronoSync agent for only $10, that I installed on the Mini and manage everything from my MacBook Pro. This program offers a great deal of power and flexibility, packed with an easy to use interface. The scheduling agent makes it so I can setup the backup jobs and not worry.
For years I've used Prospects to manage my finances, but since the developer has abandoned it I was forced to find a new financial application. After testing out about a dozen different ones (see Finance, Money, MoneyDance, MoneyGuru, MoneyManager Ex, MoneyWell, Squirrel, Finance2Go, iFinance and a few others), I decided to buy iCompta. The Good: - Very easy to use and enter transactions - Lots of reports - Does a great job importing QIF files - Looks fantastic and acts very Mac-like - Has a companion app for the iPad/iPhone which syncs very easily - Great price (especially with 25% discount) for the program and app. I paid under $30 for both while may other finance programs are $50 or more for just the Mac version - Stable. I haven't had iCompta crash or needed a Force Quit yet The Bad: - No home page view that gives you a net worth view of your accounts - Can't move the transaction detail pane to the right side which makes it a pain (pun intended) for left-handed users - The animations are a bit slow for the reports The Ugly: - Doesn't hand stock investments very well. there is no way to input # of shares or automatically download updated pricing. - Not a lot of documentation. For a program that has this many features, you'd expect a comprehensive manual or help file. Instead you're redirected to a webpage with only basic instructions on how to use the program.
I've been using Prospects to manage my finances for years and found it was the least intrusive when it came to entering and editing transactions. The reports gave a lot of useful information about spending versus income and budget tracking. Version 1.2.8 runs fine for me under Lion after turning off the remember application windows option. That said there were a number of little, annoying bugs that could easily have been fixed to make it an even better app. Unfortunately, the developer seems to have abandoned the app as it hasn't been updated in over a year and the Prospects website has also been neglected by the developer.