SpeedManiac
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(5) 1.8

Block large ad graphics/flash on the web.   Shareware ($29.95)
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    batista.org
SpeedManiac is a website banner blocking solution. By preventing some ads or graphics from downloading in the first place, Web pages will load signifigantly faster for you, some in half the time they used to. If you change your mind and want to load a Web page in full, simply hold down the option or shift key while the page loads.

Features:
  • Option to block graphics of a certain size (1 - 30K) if not already loaded.
  • Option to block ad sites. We have almost 1600 ad sites blocked. Even google ads.
  • Option to block
What's New
Version 1.7.1:
  • If SmartCrashReports from Unsanity is available, register with it and use to report any crashes.
  • Removed our favorite Shareware sites from the block ad list.
  • If a connection fails, retry at least one more time.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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ver. 1.x:
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Ricardo Batista (developer) commented on 18 Dec 2006
From the developer:
Obviously this program raises certain issues, the freedom of users to block ads and the way web sites actually make their money which is through advertising. If you feel like trying this program then great, it does remove a lot of ads on web sites and gives you a choice of when you want to see ads. For people with dialup connections this can be a huge difference on their internet experience.

A proxy server is not an easy thing to do, it is actually a very complicated piece of software and SpeedManiac has features like DNS caching using multi-node B-Trees, tight code for speed, 40 simultaneous threads, removal of graphics that meet a certain criteria as set by the user, auto re-sizing of buffers according to file type and
server speed and much more.

When reading reviews, consider the source and any possible reasons behind a terrible review. Decide for yourself.

Thank you.

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Ricardo Batista
http://www.batista.org
[Version 1.7]


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ben_marko commented on 15 Dec 2006
I still prefer Saft, it's only 8 bucks, and does tons more to boot.
[Version 1.7]


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+10
Eric Caldwell commented on 15 Dec 2006
This product falls way short of what SafariBlock offers now and PithHelmet (which doesn't want to work properly these days) which has white listing for sites you do want to see ads for. Plus both are free.

A drop in price with the abilities these two have and I might buy.
[Version 1.7]


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Anonymous reviewed on 03 May 2005
Very bad news, installed it, and then cannot go to many websites. They are blocked ! I removed speedmaniac, and still cannot access the websites !
Did repair autorisations, but still can't access many websites !
What a piece of junk ! The author is asking 30 $ for that ?
Even if he would give me 30 $ I would not use it...
[Version 1.6]

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Anonymous commented on 04 May 2005
I think this sets up a proxy - just set your browsers and internet connections back to the way they were before.
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Anonymous reviewed on 03 May 2005
All-riiiiiiiight! $30 for something you can get for free by using a decent browser and installing the right free mod(s).
[Version 1.6]


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Anonymous reviewed on 20 Sep 2004
$30 for something you can have for free in Firefox (via the Adblock extension)? What a joke!
[Version 1.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 19 Feb 2004
I would rather use Firefox which has image blocking built in and disable the flash plugin.
[Version 1.43]


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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Jan 2004
PitHelmet may work OK, but it's only for Safari and when Safari gets updated PitHelmet brakes it. Apple advises against installing software that modifies their programs and has mentioned PitHelment in their support documens specifically.

Privoxy requires expert users to install and configure, so thank you but I'll stick with SpeedManiac. You run it and works, it just works.
[Version 1.42]


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Anonymous reviewed on 06 Jan 2004
Why? Pith Helmet rules in this field.

29 bucks for this rubbish? Maybe a donation for $29 to any charity and write it off your taxes...you'll certainly be getting more for your money.
[Version 1.42]


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Anonymous reviewed on 05 Nov 2003
Privoxy
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ijbswa/
[Version 1.40]


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Downloads:6,671
Version Downloads:1,670
Type:Internet : Internet Utilities
License:Shareware
Date:18 Dec 2006
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $29.95
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SpeedManiac is a website banner blocking solution. By preventing some ads or graphics from downloading in the first place, Web pages will load signifigantly faster for you, some in half the time they used to. If you change your mind and want to load a Web page in full, simply hold down the option or shift key while the page loads.

Features:
  • Option to block graphics of a certain size (1 - 30K) if not already loaded.
  • Option to block ad sites. We have almost 1600 ad sites blocked. Even google ads.
  • Option to block flash animations.
  • Option to block all graphics (useful in certain cases).
  • You can now edit the list of sites/graphics that are blocked.
  • DNS caching
  • Auto rezising of buffers to match server speeds and files being downloaded
  • Up to 40 simultaneous threads
  • HTTP 1.1 compliant with Keep alive connections
  • Run at login.
  • Enable/Disable filtering with Option-Command-. (period)
  • Always free upgrades.
  • Check for new versions of the software.
  • Automatic configuration.
  • Universal binary


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