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14 September 2020

Versatile desktop publishing app with many templates.

zlazkow
24 August 2019
Version: 5.5

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The new update version 5.5 contains mostly CD labels, envelopes and business cards. Anybody knows if it's possible install only business cards, without all other stuff ?
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5
DanielaPaletti5904
20 September 2020
Version: 5.5.6
Very interesting app, excellent value for money, I have been using it for a long time (from version 2) I have never had problems the developers are very helpful, I recommend it.
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Mr_Mark
27 July 2020
Version: 5.5.5
GUI is nice, way to much functions. but if you see on small things, this software has only a very limited use. For example take look on DYMPO Label - non of them works out of the box -> All the labels have switched the width and height in the roll. I have informed the vendor about that - before many month ago and I have ask them 20 times about the progress - alway the same response: Thanks for your feedback - We're still working on this issue... better pay more for professional developer
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Derekcurrie
19 January 2020
Version: 5.5.1
v5.5.2 is out. I like it. Release notes: • Swift Publisher can now open documents created in Business Card Composer. • Support for label printers added: DYMO, Zebra, Brother, Seiko, Primera.
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Dgerzeeboy
27 November 2019
Version: 5.5.1
BeLight Software, the makers of Swift Publisher, were the folks who created the terrific Labels & Addresses, but let it die with its last 32 bit incarnation. But SP is every bit as good if not better. Its even more intuitive, easy to use and completely customizable. If you've been searching for a replacement for Labels & Addresses, this is literally it.
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Septic Monkey
05 September 2019
Version: 5.5
This app needs to SPEED UP. I'm waiting for the spinning wheel to stop for nearly a minute every time I choose something. Why is it taking sooooooo long to do anything? And, although I've used this app on several occasions in the past and assumed I would be familiar with it, I'm finding it extremely difficult to use now. It's not a user-friendly app at all. I'm so confused most of the time why things aren't happening. It's gotta go .... very sorry!
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zlazkow
24 August 2019
Version: 5.5
The new update version 5.5 contains mostly CD labels, envelopes and business cards. Anybody knows if it's possible install only business cards, without all other stuff ?
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jbb2237
01 February 2019
Version: 5.0.8
Couldn't get the download to open.
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5
ahmedhatata-ah
19 December 2018
Version: 5.0.7
Super awsome software . Do what exactly say and more , if you are looking for a professional prepared designs templets for almost anything then this is the number one app you have to give a shoot . Intuitive, simple UI with edit drag and drop content , every thing is tottaly customizable and under your control. It helped me a lot to improve my designs layout at college and work . Very brilliant app and very convenient and awsome company . Also check out their other apps for mac they have a lot of super great softwares.
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5
NathanJ.
02 December 2017
Version: 5.0.6
Brilliant! Does exactly what it should be doing without any problems. Still new to Swift Publisher but so far i'm satisfied. Works really well on my Mac OS X El Caption, which I saw another reviewer also state, guess that helps prove how good this app is! Cheers Swift Publisher!
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5
lazk
23 September 2017
Version: 5.0.3
This is The Best, and this is brilliant. Since I discovered it 5 years ago, I've never not only opened Apple pages, but never bothered to update it. All I can say.
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john-333
18 September 2017
Version: 5.0.2
Really a question: Will Swift Publishing convert old InDesighn CS3 files? We're using Mac OS10.12.6. This version of InDesign is no longer is available and we need to access and update our work 3-4 times a year. We don't want to support the new InDesign cloud "subscription" option they are offering. What a rip off.
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5
Rmueller
29 June 2017
Version: 5.0.2
works great for what I need.
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5
tomasz.osmolski
24 June 2017
Version: 5.0.2
Jeden z najlepszych programów do "małego DTP" dla systemu macOS
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Loehman
20 June 2017
Version: 5.0.2
It's not InDesign, but it does most of what I need and the cost is affordable for almost anyone (especially with the 50% off sale). It's kind of quirky if you are used to InDesign, there are a lot features missing and the text styling works sometimes and not others. I'm on an older MacPro (2008) on MacOS 10.11.6. I don't see any recent reviews, so I just wanted to suggest you give it a try if you need something more desktop-publishing oriented than Word or Pages. I'm still holding out for Affinity Publisher, but every time I look at their website, the release of the beta is pushed further into the future.
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Alicekollan
08 July 2016
Version: 4.0.4
Works well on my Mac OS X El Caption. It is easy to use and helps me a lot for designing my own newsletter.
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kschmeissing
26 February 2016
Version: 4.0.4
I have an "old" Mac OS x 10.7.5 Am I able to download a previous version of Swift Publisher? I know I cannot download the most recent version.
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2.5
Strider72
24 September 2015
Version: 4.0.1
Good at a bare bones level, but increasingly frustrating any time I want to use any real features. For example, the text Styles feature is virtually useless. I can't update a Style at all. You can click all you want and the Style simply won't update. IT renders the Styles function WORSE than useless, as you expect it to do something, and may not notice that the change didn't stick.
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Billybob152
25 August 2015
Version: 4.0
Crashes every time I try to open version 4.
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Mac007
25 October 2014
Version: 3.3.6
Downloaded the new version and when launched it crashes. I just upgraded to Yosemite so that may be part of the problem. Hopefully the developers will fix this soon.
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Maxter
13 April 2014
Version: 3.3.5
Desktop publishing for the rest of us. Give it a try!
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Frank-O'Connor
19 February 2014
Version: 3.3.5
Does what it says .... but how come the App Store version is lagging so far behind on the updates?
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anonymous-bandicoot-3081
13 February 2014
Version: 3.3.3
I'm not a professional. So I don't need Adobe. Swift Publisher is a great app with tons of really nice features and still more than I need.
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3.5
Polkamatic
13 February 2014
Version: 3.3.3
For layouts that keep elements on one page at a time, it's great. the feature gap is when working on a booklet with page bleed. It really needs a way to handle page spreads... laying out a magazine with elements that run across the gutter is difficult without it... For example, if you are using page bleed, and want a title to span across two pages so that when the booklet is open, the title rolls across the entire space, it's nearly impossible to line this all up without a lot of registration marks, work, and hassle. If there's a way to do it, I can't figure it out. :-( otherwise, very nice.
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Tubo
25 January 2014
Version: 3.3.3
Image is damaged, impossible to use. (3.3.3)
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4.5
Rubaiyat
10 December 2013
Version: 3.3.2
Now that Apple has put a bullet to the head of Pages '09 and brought out the cardboard cutout version of Pages 5, there should be an excellent opening for Swift Publisher to step in. I would like for SP to export to a few more formats, such as .docx, rtf and .txt for compatibility backups.
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Quantumpanda
25 October 2013
Version: 3.3.2
MacUpdate Desktop cannot install updates to this app properly, even though the dmg has a simple drag install. This problem has persisted through every update since I purchased the app in the December 2012 MU bundle. Trashing the app and doing a clean reinstall of it does not affect this. What could possibly cause MUD to be unable to install this?
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Uncoy
11 December 2012
Version: 3.2
Does anyone notice any real difference between version two and three apart from all the Mountain Lion and Retina compatibility fixes (neither interest me in the least: I'm staying Snow).
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Pummkin
07 October 2012
Version: 3.2
Swift 3 is an excellent replacement for MS Publisher for those of you who come from a Windows background. Having used Swift 2, I am convinced that any upgrade from this developer would only enhance the program to give stunning designs as your creativity allows without cracking your head to figure out where all the controls & fixes are. It actually makes me look forward to each assignment! Thank you for letting me create newsletters that stun people each time!
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Sun Rocket
06 October 2012
Version: 3.2
This isn’t a comment on Swift Publisher per se — rather, a question about the various options of purchasing it. The App store has v. 3.1.1 priced at $19.99; MacUpdate has v. 3.2, a trivial difference I assume as at some point, the App store will offer a free update to v. 3.2? I believe there’s a difference between purchasing software directly from the developer or MacUpdate, and purchasing it from the App store. Can anyone elucidate? No matter where I buy the application, it looks like I can download a demo here or from the developer’s site to try it out. And of course I wouldn’t buy a slightly lower version from the App Store for a few more dollars. Are there others differences? Thanks!
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Markus-Winter
02 October 2012
Version: 3.2
To be fair to Andrew: this is listed as Shareware, not Demo. Shareware is try before you buy (unrestricted) and if you like it then pay for it. Demo has more or less severe limitations (time-limited demo, save disabled demo, watermarked demo, etc). So anyone slamming Andrew (who should have left a comment, not a one star review) should also slam the company for mislabeling the product.
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5
Uncoy
23 August 2012
Version: 3.1.1
I wouldn't normally write a review of Swift Publisher as we don't use it that much (we do mainly online and some of my designers are used to InDesign and cross-training them and have them complain about it for weeks is not the kind of project I need right now), but I have used Swift Publisher myself for some very nice work. Andrew K. who demands thirty free days for his demo (and not demo marks on output) and has one starred BeLight's powerful and lightweight software is the reason for this immediate review.
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5
Lvdoc
08 August 2012
Version: 3.1.1
I can't let that 1-star review go unchallenged. I've used shareware for decades (literally), and I've seen MANY graphics and audio programs that put some kind of restriction on a demo. And for good reason. Many people would very much like to take advantage of a full-featured demo in order to do quick projects. Why should the developers be deprived of their income while their “potential” customers profit? All anyone needs in a DEMO is the ability to determine how well the product will work. Is it really, truly, that hard to make a determination about Swift Publisher because it plasters “demo” on the output? Seriously? A reasonable person can pretty well look beyond that to make a purchase decision. Swift Publisher is a well-supported program with good ease of use and many great features. I would give it a 5-star rating regardless of other people’s limited perspectives. A 1-star rating on a program that’s this mature and well supported is little more than a tantrum.
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0.5
Andrew-K
05 August 2012
Version: 3.1
One star - a program is USELESS to try while ever the developer puts stuff like 'made with trial version' on the print job. I can't try this. I won't buy it. USELESS. SELFISH
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5
Kentr
08 March 2012
Version: 3.0
Has always allowed me to be creative and productive without complexity. I love this program.
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5
Sjha
03 March 2012
Version: 3.0
With the long-awaited addition of grouping plus several other new or improved features, an already great programme becomes superb. This must now be the page layout programme of choice.
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Fariborz
03 March 2012
Version: 3.0
Is there an upgrade fee from version 2 to 3? I haven't found it yet! Thanks.
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5
David-Blum
01 February 2012
Version: 2.3.8
better than pages for many things. Try it. It can handle more complex situations and runs faster.
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Pugwash
10 October 2011
Version: 2.3.8
Back in July (re: comment below) I received an email from the developers regarding the long awaited 'grouping' ability. "...The program is in active development and we prepare v.3 for release. The structure of Swift Publisher was re-built and there was no sense to concentrate on adding grouping feature before completing these changes. An update should appear on August - September this year." It's now October 10 and still nothing. And this from the developer's own forum: "When will Swift Publisher 3 be out? Any info on upgrading?" and the response: "Hi, I expect the release of the third version in the middle or end of 2010. Nick" To the developer: don't insult your customers by constantly making promises you have no intention of keeping. I for one am sick of waiting and am going to buy another product. More than likely iStudio Publisher, a few dollars more than Swift Publisher but has more features.
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Pugwash
04 July 2011
Version: 2.3.7
Grouping coming in version 3 Like $ir M. and Lvdoc I own Swift Publisher, a really good application I think, but like them was wondering what was happening with the 'grouping' ability promised back in 2008. This afternoon I emailed BeLight Software, the developer, asking when and if 'grouping' was going to be added. Within an hour or so I had a reply saying that they are currently working on version 3 which should be available August - September. Now the really good news - 'grouping' will be available in version 3. This will, I think, take Swift Publisher from being really good to fantastic!!!!
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$ir-M-
02 February 2011
Version: 2.3.3
I own Swift Pub and Art Text. Both are great for what they do. If, however, Swift Pub ever delivered grouping functionality (as promised back in Apr. 2008), it could have real game-changing potential; note, though, that it has since bumped only from 2.3 to 2.3.3. Lots of time - not much improvement - the natural question arises: how active is this software's development? (Not intended as criticism)
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Thinkfilm
03 June 2010
Version: 2.3.3
Swift Publisher used with Art Text 2 is really a great combo. I've had a couple of questions and te developer is probably the most responsive I've ever encountered. Their service alone encouraged me to buy several of their other apps.
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Madmegdigitalltd
23 January 2010
Version: 2.3.2
The actual price of this is $50.40. They tack on $5.45 for a non-optional "Registration Backup Service" that keeps your serial number safe for a year.
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Marty30
05 October 2009
Version: 2.3.2
I am currently using swift publisher and I think its great nd really simple. Although I am having difficulty in producing quality PDF's. When I create a pdf on my mac, I open it and the colours and gradients look fantastic like the original document but when I open it as a pdf on another PC it looks really bad. Colours dont look the same and the overall feel looks really amateur. Why is this??? Am i doing something wrong?
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Sjha
03 September 2009
Version: 2.3.2
I find Swift Publisher 2 to be a superb DTP programme. I have used it for various tasks including production of posters and of greetings cards and it is a joy to use. Its integration with ArtText is an excellent feature. And for me the programme has been rock solid. Highly recommended!
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Allan-Griffiths
19 August 2009
Version: 2.3.1
I'M JUST USING THE TRIAL VERSION, AND FIND THAT EXPORTING TO A PDF FILE CAN RESULT IN A MASSIVE INCREASE IN THE SIZE OF THE FILE. (FROM
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Wserbia
29 December 2008
Version: 2.3.1
This application is super buggy. It crashes sporadically when: -new pictures are added to a document - fonts are changed - saving a document I just purchased the software today and it has already crashed twelve times within a six hour period. The last crash caused my iMac to completely freeze requiring a manual restart. This is too bad since it has everything my wife has been looking for in an affordable application for simple booklet layouts. I'm running this app on an late 2007, 24" iMac with a 2.8Ghz CoreDuo and 4GB of RAM.
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Rubaiyat
21 July 2008
Version: 2.3
Quite a nice simple DTP program with some surprising features (and some omissions). I turned to Swift because of frustrations with Pages' inability to produce spot colors and bought the clipart as well. The ClipArt is pretty cheesy and looks just like the wmf stuff you get with PCs. I don't think I would have bothered if I'd known. The templates are fairly ordinary as well, but some like that. It is built around Cocoa so appears familiar to most modern Mac users, but it is not as refined in design and polish as iWorks. Still the price is about right for what it does.
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Easer
14 April 2008
Version: 2.3
I do love this program. But I wish they would allow me to group objects. Yes, I can select multiple objects and move them as a group, but that's not the same as creating one large, grouped object which I can maneuver at will. I wrote them awhile back and asked for this feature, and they said it would be in the next release. I do not see it. Bummer.
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Henryaz
20 December 2007
Version: 2.2
This a continued review. In my previous review, I covered some quirks and how SP was too slow on my eMac when dealing with large images. I've used SP on another project on my MacBook 2.2 GHz, 1 GB RAM, OS 10.5.1. SP is much more responsive on this machine. Typing with large images is responsive, causing me to wonder if the problem with my past machine was related to the configuration of the machine or actually was a problem with SP. SP still displays many of the same quirks mentioned in my earlier review, including the faulty text wrap which causes text to disappear out of the text box until the text box is resized overly large. The extended clip art collection is WORTH EVERY DOLLAR. The photos included are hi-res, and quite stunning. I used many clips from the clip art collection to come up with a very nice postcard for a direct mailing. Wife said it was the best looking postcard I'd done yet -- and it is largely due to the quality of the clip art. Alas, there are many things that are still annoying in the product. Text Styles does not behave as you would expect. I took the trouble to set up some styles for the texts I was using. When I decided to update the font within a style, two problems showed up: a) Using the font panel to edit a style did not always generate the expected results, seemingly especially when dealing with small font sizes. Multiple times, I tried to set a style to a font size of 3, and it instead changed from 4 pt (what it was set to previously) to 9 pt. (b) If that weren't annoying enough, when I did successfully update a style, none of the text on which that style had previously been applied actually updated to the new style! I had to go and manually reapply the style to the paragraphs to get them to reflect the new fonts. It seems that styles are merely a place to store font information which can be applied with a simple pull down menu, but the text remains independent of the style and does not update when the style is changed. Generating a PDF did not behave as expected. In my postcard, the printer asked for .125" bleed. I'd set up the page to the expected postcard size (5.6x4.25). Swift Pub has the ability to generate a PDF with the bleed showing. However, if I asked SP to generate a PDF with the extra bleed, more often than not, the resulting PDF was still 5.6x4.25, instead of 5.85x4.5. Even worse, the bleed showed up in the left and top sides of the page, and the bottom and right sides were clipped by the bleed amount. Here are the PDF generating methods that failed to produce a proper bleed: Print->Preview, Print->Print Panel->Preview, Export PDF + PDFX filter. The only way I could get a PDF with the proper bleed was to export the PDF with NO filters applied. UNDO sometimes did not immediately show up in what I was doing. When I was changing colors on some words in the text, I decided to undo the change. When nothing showed up, I instinctively did apple-Z several times. When I finally clicked outside the image area, I discovered that I'd done several undos. Undoing a font color change does not draw on the screen correctly until I clicked outside of any object. Some other things I liked: I like the master templates, and the foreground/background tabs for each page. To insure I was following the proper margins for my postcard, I downloaded a PNG from the postcard site and pasted into the background of a page. With the PNG resized appropriately, I could then set the opacity of the PNG to very light. This gave me a nice guide when I edited the postcard in the foreground. When I was ready to print (or generate a PDF), I went into the background and changed the opacity of the PNG to zero. This effectively hid the reference image yet left it there for me to reveal again if I needed it. SP never crashed on me - this is a GOOD sign. Frequently, shareware crashes on me while I experiment with it. Summary: I find Pages much easier to use and more intuitive. Pages does not seem to have some of the features of SP, like editable master templates. I really like the clip art you can get with SP. One thing that makes SP really shine is the Link Back feature, which allows me to edit material in the original app that generated the material. However, the quirkiness of the UI to SP is an obstacle to me wanting to use it all the time. I imagine that I will lean towards Pages for my general use of DTP.
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Henryaz
13 December 2007
Version: 2.2
Many folks have written about the nice aspects of this program. One under-reported feature I like is the support for LinkBack, which would allow me to use programs like Intaglio to edit the graphic objects that are embedded in SP docs. But, for this mini-review, I will focus on the problems that prevent me from using SP. VERY SLOW on an eMac G4 800MHz 512MB 10.4.11, even when all other apps have been quit. Incidentally, OS was reinstalled from scratch - erasing the whole disk - 4 days before, so the machine is fairly clean. After initially being impressed by its feature set in the trial version, decided to purchase and try to create a layout of a calendar page with 7 6MP photos on it. Images are all on a local hard disk. Loaded the 7 images onto a page. Clicking and dragging them had a very noticeable delay. If I moved the mouse immediately after clicking, the image would not be under the mouse cursor once the image started moving. Adding a text box and typing into it was painful. I counted 4 seconds between each letter rendering. During the typing, the CPU is pegged at 100%. There is also periodic reading from the disk (presumably paging in). Clearly SP is busy doing something for every letter I type. LAYOUT BUGGY. Telling an object to have text wrap around it would completely make the text disappear from its rectangle. I realized that if I resized the text box quite large, the text would show up at different places within the text box (say, at the bottom, or later at the top of the box), depending upon its size. I could find a sizing where the text would show up in the appropriate place, but then I was left with a text box 5 times larger than the text warranted. SAVING SLOW. Making a minor change in layout and then resaving the file meant having to wait close to a minute for the file to finish saving. Perhaps the program is completely resaving every time I click save, instead of saving only the layout change. QUIRKY INTERFACE. Features are nice, but I found the object rotation interface quite quirky and buggy. You can not grab a corner in any manner and rotate an object. You must use a slider, but the slider is so small that the resolution of a step is too many degrees (jumping from 0 degrees to 7 degrees). Using the up/down arrows didn't seem to update the rotation. A few times, the up/down arrow seemed to get stuck going up or down, even after I'd released the mouse button. As an aside, it strikes me that SP is not using standard OS X controls or event management, but rather attempting to read the status of the mouse/keyboard on the fly - a risky behavior in any program, particularly in older machines which may not respond as quickly as the faster, newer machines. A new mac is on order, so perhaps I will like SP on my new MacBook when it arrives. But for my eMac, I find SP too unusable.
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