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3.8.5
24 May 2018

Comprehensive file management application.

Urfren-Thissi
14 June 2010

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I have been comparing Leap and Yep for a few days and I see that they are EXACTLY the same app EXCEPT for... Yep: -convenient scanning interface with tagging -clip documents and web pages -you add files to the library (link/move is up to you) -you only view, search and manage you library files Leap: -a system-wide file browser (folder tree). Yep also has that but you can only see your library files -Go Deep mode which lets you view contents of a folder as well as its sub-folders altogether -Spotlight search right inside the app -Reveal the file in Finder or the folder tree in Leap (called Location List) -You can flag files -Leap also has a 'library' of its own. You mark files as managed and then you select view managed files. Both Leap and Yep can accept ANY file type, so don't only think that Yep is only a PDF manager. And them being so simlar in the other ways means that should you want both you can easily jump between Leap and Yep without thinking. Learn to use one and you master both. Well, what i can say is it depends on how your style of working is. If you are going to start tagging only new/important files, you are going to be dealing with a mix of tagged and untagged files. In this case Leap is a better choice. If you are like me who is going to tag every file and all my files are in one place (one tidy mess), you can just add them all into yep and start tagging. Use the GO Deep in your trial version of Leap to see them all at once. If later on I have new files i will drag them from desktop into yep when my desktop in starting to clutter up. It takes a bit more work because you have to tag ALL your files. But it benefits you in the end. And Yep is cheaper :) And you get web-clipping and scanning helps you go paperless. I have tested editing a tagged jpeg in photoshop, moving a folder of tagged files using Finder, and the openmeta tags stay, so no problem here. But if you want, the Description field below the tag box actually writes spotlight comments. Paranoid peeps may copy and paste the tags over while they are tagging a file. As for Leap vs. Pathfinder as replacement for Finder: Leap is a file-organization tool (tags and search). Pathfinder is a file-operation tool, which is e.g. f you want to let's say copy files easily you can use Pathfinder's dual pane view. They complement each other, and Finder can do both, but doesn't do well in any of them. What i hope to see improvement in Leap/Yep for now is that the user interface is too busy. It is too 'wordy' (bookmarks and status bar can get some simplifying), there are so many words in the file names, tags and folder names already. Wow, long post, i'm a wordy guy afterall :) but it clears up my mind, and hope it helps you!
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Version 2.5.4

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Levelbest
09 March 2017
Not sure why there is so much grumpy bashing going on here? I have been a Leap/Deep user for some years now. I have seen Leap go through some iterations and I have to say that; 1) it is very stable and, 2) the developer is very responsive. I would not say that Leap is exceptionally fast at finding anything on my disks. That is, until I tag the items. Leap shines in the way it allows me to save searches as bookmarks and folders, and it allows me to keep those folders in order so that I can set up my own searches - and remember them. I also use HoudahSpot which is my goto tool for finding anything, anywhere. You can save HoudahSpot searches as templates too, but it is much better to do this using Leap. HoudahSpot creates a new tab each time a new search happens, you cannot escape this. Leap shows any search you have, one at a time. To my brain this makes much better sense. I do not mean to suggest that Leap only uses tags, it also searches by date, does spotlight searches, etc. I find that when I have Leap search it can take a while, especially if it has to go to the deepest levels in search of a file - even if the file is in the next folder over. Because of this I have found Leap to be extremely useful for finding AND ORGANIZING files - intended emphasis on the organizing part.
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Version 3.8.0
Macbookpro
22 October 2016
Updated to 3.8.
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Version 3.7.4
Ced
18 April 2016
When an update for the users who bought through the App Store ?
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Version 3.7.3
gatorjim
17 August 2015
Yes, this is an effective way to search documents, especially if you use tags. But Leap (and Yep) were designed around OpenMeta tagging (produced by the same developer), so beware of this big issue: Leap (and Yep) will effectively duplicate tags that have been assigned via Finder. Any time Leap or Yep accesses a file with Finder tags, it automatically adds redundant OpenMeta tags to the file, effectively duplicating the tags for that file. When you then display the tags in any list view, e.g., in Finder, there are duplicate tags displayed. AFAIK there is no way to prevent this from happening. What a mess!
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Version 3.6.2
3 answer(s)
BuffaloJohn
BuffaloJohn
19 August 2015
Is this true? I was going to give this a buy but if it duplicates all tags I am going to pass. Hopefully the dev comments on this quickly as the sale is ending soon.
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gatorjim
gatorjim
20 August 2015
@BuffaloJohn
Well, the developers never responded to my similar post about Yep back in February, so I wouldn't hold my breath.
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Palmer-Andersen,-Ltd-
Palmer-Andersen,-Ltd-
05 April 2016
Dev here. We don't visit Macupdate enough! Leap and Yep have never duplicated tags - that is other software installed on your computer (older software) that is doing that.

The 3.6 versions of Leap and Yep never set older tags on 10.9. We only use Apple Finder tags for everything. Apple copied OpenMeta for 10.9 and we migrated to their system right away.

Actually contacting the developer is the way to get answers to questions, not posting on random places on the internet.
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Skyline65
13 April 2015
I found this app very useful for deleting 1000s of duplicated files that I have amassed from packaging my Indesign work. Much quicker than using finder/spotlight. Leap allowed me visual control than just using a duplicate finder app. I had one issue with searching on a server as when I tried to delete a 1000 files it asked for permission for each one. The only option was to force quit. However I emailed the developer and he responded a few hours later... on a weekend! 2 Days later he has uploaded a new improved version! What more can you ask, I wish the big developers were so good!
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Version 3.6.1
Mrtomato
07 April 2015
What exactly is the promo offer here? 0% off?!
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Version 3.6.1
gmgregmao
06 April 2015
It's great
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Version 3.6.1
Macbookpro
02 March 2015
Version 3.6.1 is available from http://www.ironicsoftware.com/downloads/Leap.zip
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Version 3.6.0
Mbira
21 December 2014
I have been using Leap very day for years. It is by far the quickest way to find any file anywhere on my Mac. It allows quick filtering by file type or by customizable groups of file types. The interface is intuitive and far cleaner and more functional than the closest competitors (HoudahSpot, EasyFind). I am amazed that more people don't seem to use or comment on Leap. The app does not get updated frequently, but this has not really been a problem as it keeps working. However, I am a bit concerned with the slow/lack of responsiveness from the developer and their poor communication of status and updates.
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Version 3.5.3
1 answer(s)
Mbira
Mbira
11 April 2015
I just upgraded to version 3.6.1. With updates to their core suite of tools - Leap, Yep, Deep, Fresh, it looks like these guys are back! This is great news for all Mac users. I'm recommending my friends and colleagues to get this while the MacUpdate promo is on.
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Sforf
11 September 2012
avoid this product, can corrupt your HD plus you can do everything in the Finder. Customer support nonexistent
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Version 3.1.0
4 answer(s)
ChristopherPrice
ChristopherPrice
13 September 2012
Are you trying the software between reviews, or are you essentially writing the same 1/2 star review multiple times? Ironically, you seem to log in with every update to review it as abandonware with no support.
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Tom-Andersen
Tom-Andersen
23 October 2012
Sforf, Please contact tech support for any problems.
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Rochade
Rochade
01 November 2012
Sure I can't support someone who repeats giving bad rating here with each update. But I want to stress out I made the same experiences: Leap crashed my whole machine several times since several versions (Release versions and MAS/Non-MAS version). I loved leap a while back but now, it not only isn't usable, it also will have a very bad side effect on my mac and so I only will try it again once the developers tell me it works again for sure. Also, there was almost no conversation from the developers, even in their own forum. So, I do understand Sforf is very frustrated, as I am too. Does this gives him the right to "bash" the product? I don't know.
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Tom-Andersen
Tom-Andersen
02 April 2013
We don't get reports of the nature "this crashed my machine". Ever. Leap is a powerful search tool. You can ask it to do a 'Go Deep' search to look for a file with the something to do with 'superman' and it will literally look through all 12 million files (in all system areas, etc) on your computer to get a match. This takes resources. The usual way to do a search like that would be to simply do a spotlight search for 'superman' in Leap, likely get all the results you need in a few seconds. But its hard to tell what the exact problem that Rochade and sforf are having. The best way to deal with specific problems is to contact our tech support at info@ironicsoftware.com
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Mar6473
11 September 2012
Very good software. I don't know why people have a problem with it. Regular updates and features. Great. The price is a steal for what you get.
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Version 3.1.0
5 answer(s)
OhEssex
OhEssex
11 September 2012
"Regular updates and features"! So everybody complaining about perceiving the software to effectively be abandonware was under the wrong impression? Take a look at the description of Leap provided to MacUpdate which contains "With the Finder on Leopard you can"... Doesn't really sound like they've been that on top of things to me.
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Tom-Andersen
Tom-Andersen
11 September 2012
Thanks for catching that Leopard reference. We don't spend enough time reading our content at places like this!
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Daniel-Alex-Finkelstein
Daniel-Alex-Finkelstein
25 September 2012
It's been 2 weeks and the MAS hasn't updated the version for Leap or Yep. What's up?
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Daniel-Alex-Finkelstein
Daniel-Alex-Finkelstein
04 October 2012
There we go: the App Store updated both Yep and Leap to 3.1.1 today.
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Tom-Andersen
Tom-Andersen
02 April 2013
Leap has been around a long time. We have no intention of abandoning it. In fact if you look at OS X software from the date of Leap 1's release, I would bet that 95% of it is simply not there any more. I will let the 6 years that Leap has been around speak for itself. New features: We are adding small new features, but the main goal is continual squashing of bugs and keeping up with new OS releases and technology.
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Sforf
14 June 2012
Definitely abandon ware including abandoning the customer. Started out as a great product out of Canada but the pay for upgrade (most bug fix not functionality nor features). It does not offer anything you can't easily do in Lion except maybe tags which can be easily done with freeware or simple scripts, plus the user interface in awkward and cumbersome in many ways.
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Version 3.0.3
gryphonent
01 June 2012
I've been using both Yep and Leap for many years, helped during the beta stages and duly paid my license fees for subsequent updates. Unfortunately, I've to second previous comments about the developer: there's no to little support and improvements to the app itself are not at all forthcoming. The changes from version 2 to 3 with Leap are negligible. What really makes me upset though is that obvious GUI changes are not implemented: 1. You cannot change the name of a folder within Leap. You've got to go to the Finder to do that, then wait for Leap to update its internal folder structure. I expect Leap to work as the Finder, either showing a "rename" option in the context menu or allowing me to rename a folder by double-clicking on its name within Leap; 2. Each time you import a document Leap creates a folder showing the current date. There's no way to stop this from happening. So, as I don't like those folders, I've to move the file manually into its dedicated place and delete the folder created by Leap. Would it be too much to ask for an option in the preferences to "not create dated folders automatically"? We're talking about version 3 here, and those suggestions have been submitted as early as version 1 beta. Go figure.
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Version 3.0.2
4 answer(s)
Mar6473
Mar6473
02 August 2012
It is possible to change the name of a folder. Just click on the folder name in the info panel. Also, if you don't want Leap to create dated folders, simply select "Tag" in stead of "File" when you drag a document to the Dropzone. This means that Leap will manage the document without filing it in the dated folders. I'd encourage you to read the well documented user manual for Leap. It's quite helpful.
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gryphonent
gryphonent
03 August 2012
Mar6473… you can change the name of a file in the info pane, not a folder. If you click on a folder inside Leap the info pane is empty. I'd expect Leap to react the same ay as the Finder when selecting a folder, allowing me to rename it directly. Also, I don't want to select "Tag" or "File" each time I drag something into Leap… there should be an option in the settings where I can select my preference.
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Mar6473
Mar6473
11 September 2012
Hi Gryphonent, I posted a picture so you can see how you can change the folder names within Leap. Perhaps, you are clicking in the file folders navigator on the left panel instead of within the browser itself. http://d.pr/i/dK9B I think you'll also be happy to know that you can now choose the location you want your "Filed" files to go. If you want to choose a different location each time, just use the Finder, that's what it's for.
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Tom-Andersen
Tom-Andersen
02 April 2013
You don't have to use the Filed Documents feature. You can simply drag files to whatever folder or bookmark you want them to go into.
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Mar6473
03 May 2012
Awesome in so many ways!!!
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Version 3.0.2
Fabro
21 February 2012
I had purchased Leap when it was at version 1, then repurchased v3.0.1 on MAS, even if I'm not a fan of MAS. The real problem with Leap is that it looks like "abandonware", meaning that a new company purchased Leap and all the other great apps from Ironic just to put them on MAS and make money with no real support to their loyal customers: I see a lot of posts in their support forums (including some of mine) that are left unanswered or, if you are lucky, you get an answer by a guy that is paid to watch these forums and give some answers, but then the reported bug is not fixed or the requested improvement is not implemented.
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Version 3.0.0
2 answer(s)
Essadee
Essadee
28 February 2012
+1, couldn't have said it better myself.
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Andyvet
Andyvet
12 April 2012
Unfortunately, I have to add my negative comments. This company is the classic "non-service" company. In the early days, I beta tested,assisted, and enhanced their products. Now, not only do they not answer any communication, they simple charge everyone retail without looking back to those that assisted in their progress. Typical entitlement attitude that will always come back around and result in failure. My advice is to choose other competing products sooner than later so that the circle completes. Companies, such as this one, need to fail so that the better, more customer oriented succeed.
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needgoodscreenname
18 December 2011
I like to look before I leap when it comes to software. No free trial means no sale. I don't know why some developers try to scam people by forcing a non-refundable purchase before giving them a chance to try the software.
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Version 3.0.0
Anon-Bud
08 December 2011
For those of you looking for an alternate to Leap [I was a faithful Leap user for years until they decided to go exclusively on the Mac App Store] might I suggest you take a look at Houdah Spot. HS is an alternative to Spotlight and does a better job of finding meta tags than Spotlight and is quite a bit faster at this than is Leap. With HS you have the same file-peering capabilities as Leap [different views, Quick Look, etc.] but is lightening fast. Check it out!
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Version 3.0.0
Sforf
06 December 2011
Watch out, this company makes it a policy to abandon long standing users and then charge for simply waiting for them to fix their software (without adding useful features I might add). I have previously spent great deal of buy time trying to work out issues with them but their customer service is one of the worst I've encountered in 20 years as a Mac user. Sometimes lousy customer service trumps buying software.
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Version 3.0.0
Mar6473
23 November 2011
Leap is so Awesome!!! I have multiple hard drives with old time machine backups and when I want to find some obscure file form the past Leap does it every time. Leap is obviously written by developers that have used Mac computers forever because they know exactly what is missing form the Finder to keep a lot of files organized and easy to browse and find when you can't remember where you put them. They cut the price of Leap in HALF recently to make it available to everyone on the App Store. Leap is for Mac lovers of all kinds. No bloat, just what you need. If you just need to manage documents, try Yep. If you want to be able to dig deep into hard drives for anything that might be there... Leap should be your choice.. I own both and they are worth every penny. Thank you!!! For those on MacUpdate who seem confused about what Leap actually does or think that it isn't work $29... If you don't like it what it does, why on earth did you buy it? If you don't like it using it, why are would you care about an upgrade price? Are you going to upgrade an application that you don't like?
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Version 3.0.0
2 answer(s)
Sforf
Sforf
06 December 2011
What a fanboy, you must work for them.
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Mar6473
Mar6473
06 December 2011
Nope, I don't work for them, I am a fan though. It's a great application with lots of feature. It may not be for users that wish computers today were the same as they were 20 years ago. Some users may be confused at first by all the features available, but if you take a few minutes to learn how it works you'll love it. It's on sale this week in the App Store for $14.99. It's an amazon deal. I paid $59 for it a year ago and it was worth it. I use it everyday.
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gryphonent
01 November 2011
I bought Leap 3.0 and Fresh 3.0 on the AppStore a couple of days ago. Got the receipt, the apps, the whole shebang. And now, a week later something strange has happened: Fresh tells me that it's beta and has expired and both Fresh and Leap have disappeared from the AppStore. Even from my list of apps purchased!!! Come again? Yes, even from my list of purchased apps! But my credit card is short of some GBP 20.
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Version 3.0.0
1 answer(s)
koiyu
koiyu
25 November 2011
Note that the expiration bug has been noted and fixed in 3.0.1
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gryphonent
01 November 2011
I bought Leap 3.0 and Fresh 3.0 on the AppStore a couple of days ago. Got the receipt, the apps, the whole shebang. And now, a week later something strange has happened: Fresh tells me that it's beta and has expired and both Fresh and Leap have disappeared from the AppStore. Even from my list of apps purchased!!! Come again? Yes, even from my list of purchased apps! But my credit card is short of some GBP 20.
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Version 3.0.0
Anon-Bud
28 October 2011
Not going to repeat what I've written in reply to Macdefender [below]. Just wanted to downrate this developer for failing to satisfy long-standing customers.
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Version 3.0.0
1 answer(s)
hmurchison
hmurchison
29 October 2011
You haven't accomplished anything. The developers from Ironic will still eat dinner tonight, their families will still love them tomorrow. In short ...whatever damage you think you've caused them is superficial. What you've really done is diminished this site as a reputable source to find reviews on software. In the end it's always best to vote with your dollars. In your zeal to crap on Ironic you are "ironically" crapping on Macupdate.com.
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Hkim
28 October 2011
I own Leap and when I run the "check for updates" it tells me that 2.5.4 is the latest version! I am not going to the App Store for the update either.
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Version 3.0.0
1 answer(s)
Mar6473
Mar6473
23 November 2011
Version 3 is a paid upgrade friend. It doesn't automatically down load it for you because the choice is up to you if you want to upgrade. Version 3 has some new features that work nicely with Lion. If you're happy with 2.5.4 stick with it. It's great too.
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MacDefender
28 October 2011
As this company tries to force me into the MacAppStore I just deleted this application. It was never that good that I really used it but MAS only is a NoGo. Sorry, you just lost a customer
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Version 3.0.0
7 answer(s)
Anon-Bud
Anon-Bud
28 October 2011
Yep! [No pun intended, vis-vis Ironic's other app] I've started a discussion on Ironic's Forum about this very issue. I've been a customer ever since Leap—and Yep—came out. I refuse to use the MAS. Count me as another lost [shall I say "shafted"?] customer as well.
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Mar6473
Mar6473
23 November 2011
Force you? Really? Did Apple force you to buy Lion? Or your new Macbook? Maybe this sounds harsh, but you're the kind of customer that third party devs should care less about. What's wrong with the App Store? It's awesome! It helps developers sell their software. Ever heard of a business model? It's how people make a living. It's not like you have to pay for retro-grade software so it will work on your computer. Or, do you think that Lion should be free too? Complain about the App Store somewhere else.
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Dtruett1
Dtruett1
07 December 2011
I'm out also. The MAS is the worst thing Apple has done yet, with iCloud a close second. If you think it's great, come back in 3-5 years and see if MUD still exists or if Apple has locked out all non-MAS apps.
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Mar6473
Mar6473
07 December 2011
I'm honestly curious. What's wrong with the Mac App store? It helps developers sell more software and it keeps track of everything with one payment method. I don't understand the problem.
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Dtruett1
Dtruett1
07 December 2011
"I'm honestly curious. What's wrong with the Mac App store? It helps developers sell more software and it keeps track of everything with one payment method. I don't understand the problem." 1. No trials or demos 2. Sandboxing 3. Several apps I have (including Leap) have to be repurchased once the developer goes the MAS route. In none of these cases have I found the software is improved or upgraded-just moved. In many cases, features are crippled or removed. See #2 above. 4. I like the developer to get 100% of my purchase $. and yes, I have heard of a business model. Don't get snarky until you've done your research. 5. Use some deductive reasoning. Can you buy an iOS app outside the App Store? No. Do you not think the day will come when Apple will decide that no apps can run on a given OS unless they came through MAS? MacUpdate exists because there is a huge community of app junkies out there who know how to find good apps and purchase them outside of Apple's box. We come here for evaluations and updates. I'd hate to see this go away. I used to be an Apple fanboy, but I've seen too much of late that really has me worried about the course Apple has charted.
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Anon-Bud
Anon-Bud
07 December 2011
@Dtruett1 I could not have said this better myself. Right on, on ALL your points!
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Dtruett1
Dtruett1
07 December 2011
@Anon-Bud Thanks for the kind words. Forgot a huge one: 6. No upgrade pricing to full point releases. I have so much software where the developer has created goodwill by recognizing that existing customers are valuable, and offer a discounted price to move up to the next full version. This cannot happen on MAS.
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DK4000
09 October 2011
I have been happy with Leap in the past, but since upgrading to Lion I have had irritating problems. I have been waiting for a Lion upgrade but quite frankly I am not sure I will continue to use Leap as Ironic Software sends "Mixed" signals to my "HHhmmm" radar. Right now I have no clue to what versions are available and what enhancements these versions have? I am running version 2.5.4 and when trying to update within the application it tells me I have the newest version. When I go to the App store they have a 2.5.6 version? But when I go to the Ironic Software site they only mention a Lion ready version 3 - "Leap 3. Powerful file browsing and searching and ready for Lion." But the shopping link they provide is to the mentioned 2.5.6 version? They have a beta 3 version on their forum but that one only lasts until 10th. of October. Here on MU they say a version 3 was ready September? I am very confused Ironic Software and could you pleas enlighten me? 1 - What is the newest free upgrade when I have 2.5.4 installed? 2 - What is the difference between 2.5.4 and 2.5.6 and why is that a payed upgrade? 3 - Why is your Leap 3 description linking to version 2.5.6 in the App Store? 4 - Does version 3 exist at all and if so is there some sort of documentation to all the new great features and bugs you have fixed? Thanks for any comments.
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Version 2.5.4
4 answer(s)
DK4000
DK4000
10 October 2011
Just tried the 3.0 beta... didn't spot that many new things? Oh and the most irritating bug with folders not refreshing when moving things around is still present. I think I will see what happens when it's not beta, perhaps it will be great.
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gryphonent
gryphonent
28 October 2011
AppStore is listing Fresh 2.0 and Leap 3.0 as of today. I assume Yep 3.0 is following soon. However, I cannot really see much changes to the previous versions in the information provided and no upgrade pricing is given either. Are we to buy at full price from the AppStore now? I'll wait and see... after all, the old apps are running just fine for me on Lion.
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DK4000
DK4000
28 October 2011
@ Gryphonent - I see that now... but damn that is one sad "New in 3.0" list... Revamped Interface with Lion fullscreen... and there is not even screenshots to back that story up. Some bug fixes and and an improved search function...... Sad to call that a 3.0 update.
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DK4000
DK4000
31 October 2011
Is it gone from the AppStore now? I tried a search but Leap did not come up...
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Sforf
25 August 2011
Leap has major problems with Lion running 10.7.1, and their customer support is truly awful. This is dinosaur-ware and not ready for prime time.
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Version 2.5.4
1 answer(s)
Tom-Andersen
Tom-Andersen
15 September 2011
We are getting version 3 out this month. There will be a public beta soon. Leap does work on 10.7, but there are some issues that add up - the new 3 version also has a few new features.
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salafi-Salafi
30 July 2011
A+++
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Version 2.5.4
Nomad11
29 January 2011
not possible to create new documents with Leap. Otherwise it would have been a good finder replacement
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Version 2.5.4
Broz
10 January 2011
The user interface is quite good. The usability is also quite good. The limitations are not necessarily evident until you start using it. While this app will quickly and elegantly find all the applications (or whatever file type) files in any particular folder, it won't find items with any sort of mildly complex query. You can't find all the files of a specific type in two different folders. You can't find everything of this type, but not ending in .pyc. HoudaSpot, or Spotlight, or Easy Find are better at this sort of thing. To get around this issue, you can go to the Finder and assemble a complex query, and save it as a Saved Search. Leap works nicely with saved searches created in the Finder. The documentation is decent, but needs some work. There are some mistakes, but they are pretty minor. The screencasts are nice, but unpolished. There's background noise, and I think I heard a phone ringing in the background of one. Yes, the screencast got the job done, but let's be professionals and record it again. It can't take that long... $59 is way too much for this utility. The Mac App store's price of $25 is perfectly reasonable. I'm rating the "value" low because of the price charged by the company on their website. Maybe that will change.
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Version 2.5.4
June8
09 January 2011
Very nice user interface and features; especially the browse, tagging, quick-look and loupe.
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Version 2.5.4
Ryan-Jennejohn
07 January 2011
This is available on the mac app store for $24.99, regular price...
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Version 2.5.4
Levelbest
15 November 2010
I use LEAP and FRESH everyday. I think they are great products. I am frustrated that soon after I bought it they changed the way files are listed. In 2.0 it showed the left column in column view. All the found file types were sorted and ordered so it was easy to scan the list visually. As of 2.5 they decided they like the cloud idea and now all those words are no longer ordered but tiny and all spliced together and with words with more hits being larger and others smaller so it looks like a real mess. My pleas to the developers have gotten no replies so they must like it better this way, I do not. Cet la vie. I still run the 2.0 version and I suspect unless they see the light of non organizational chaos - which was the whole reason I bought the product in the first place, I will remain at 2.0 for the foreseeable future. So close, yet so far away.
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Version 2.5.4
4 answer(s)
Levelbest
Levelbest
15 November 2010
ADDED: If you look at the screenshot above, it is of version 2.0, the one I like. The light blue left column is what I am referring to. In 2.5 that column would have all those words and the number values immediately to their right all run together in the top third of the column. The number values make the letters for the words tiny or large depending on the value. When I Say run together I mean each word is separated by a space or two but there are no returns so it all jumbles together as one cloud.
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Version 2.5.4
Bnax
Bnax
16 March 2011
Thank you for your note, Levelbest. I've been trying to find a switch/pref to set the tagging to a listing, as seen on the photo above, rather than the cloud effect. Now that you've confirmed it is no longer available, I'll uninstall. The print is just too small, and the cloud itself way too jumbled, to be used for any sort of serious work session. Shame, the app is great in just about all other respects. I live for the day when someone explains to me why devs fix what was NOT broken, and kill it completely in the process! (Hmm, wonder if I can get my hands on the older version...)
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Erichlutz
Erichlutz
16 June 2011
I prefer the cloud. It is alphabetical. And combined with the search function below it, it is pretty quick to find any tag...
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Levelbest
Levelbest
16 June 2011
I am OK with "to each his/her own. I wish they were interested in making (clouds or an ordered list) a preference. The developers just like it as they like it. Some of us have to move on. I wish it wasn't so. I have now taken up HoudahSPot and I am liking it quite a lot. HS has a pop-out menu-bar that holds tag searches and saved searches in all sorts of ways. I like it because I can stay in the Finder, mouse-over, and select the saved search and get the data I was looking for. The searches are quite powerful and more robust than simple spotlight criterion searching.
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Urfren-Thissi
14 June 2010
I have been comparing Leap and Yep for a few days and I see that they are EXACTLY the same app EXCEPT for... Yep: -convenient scanning interface with tagging -clip documents and web pages -you add files to the library (link/move is up to you) -you only view, search and manage you library files Leap: -a system-wide file browser (folder tree). Yep also has that but you can only see your library files -Go Deep mode which lets you view contents of a folder as well as its sub-folders altogether -Spotlight search right inside the app -Reveal the file in Finder or the folder tree in Leap (called Location List) -You can flag files -Leap also has a 'library' of its own. You mark files as managed and then you select view managed files. Both Leap and Yep can accept ANY file type, so don't only think that Yep is only a PDF manager. And them being so simlar in the other ways means that should you want both you can easily jump between Leap and Yep without thinking. Learn to use one and you master both. Well, what i can say is it depends on how your style of working is. If you are going to start tagging only new/important files, you are going to be dealing with a mix of tagged and untagged files. In this case Leap is a better choice. If you are like me who is going to tag every file and all my files are in one place (one tidy mess), you can just add them all into yep and start tagging. Use the GO Deep in your trial version of Leap to see them all at once. If later on I have new files i will drag them from desktop into yep when my desktop in starting to clutter up. It takes a bit more work because you have to tag ALL your files. But it benefits you in the end. And Yep is cheaper :) And you get web-clipping and scanning helps you go paperless. I have tested editing a tagged jpeg in photoshop, moving a folder of tagged files using Finder, and the openmeta tags stay, so no problem here. But if you want, the Description field below the tag box actually writes spotlight comments. Paranoid peeps may copy and paste the tags over while they are tagging a file. As for Leap vs. Pathfinder as replacement for Finder: Leap is a file-organization tool (tags and search). Pathfinder is a file-operation tool, which is e.g. f you want to let's say copy files easily you can use Pathfinder's dual pane view. They complement each other, and Finder can do both, but doesn't do well in any of them. What i hope to see improvement in Leap/Yep for now is that the user interface is too busy. It is too 'wordy' (bookmarks and status bar can get some simplifying), there are so many words in the file names, tags and folder names already. Wow, long post, i'm a wordy guy afterall :) but it clears up my mind, and hope it helps you!
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Version 2.5.4
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Pik80
Pik80
15 June 2010
Yes is does help me, thanks. I had wondered how Yep was different other then Leap other than "it does PDFs". I was hoping that someone could go into the details.
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Version 2.5.4
Pik80
11 June 2010
The idea of this program seemed nice but I have run into a couple of pretty big problems. One is that I discovered that if you change a folder name in the finder it will completely mess with all the information you made in Leap. While the tags are still applied to the files (I can see the tags under the file names) they no longer show up in the info panel on the right which means that I can't make further edits to the files if I need to. The same can be said for the description area. The location text at the bottom turns red and there is appears to be nothing that I can do to change this! It is really a bummer because I was looking forward to a good tagging solution and this appeared to be it but there still seems to be some big problems with it. The other issue is that it doesn't, to my knowledge, appear to be able to filter out files by too many file types like spotlight does. For an example I don't think you can say just show InDesign files or just show Illustrator files. If they would just fix those two things this would actually be a pretty good program. Unfortunately I don't know of another PowerPC equivalent that is like this program.
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Version 2.5.4
Ctkmnd
10 February 2010
$59 for a file tagging interface? Did the US dollar take another drop or what?
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Version 2.5.4
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Lev
Lev
18 February 2010
No. Try it.
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Version 2.5.4
Ctkmnd
Ctkmnd
23 February 2010
I did and I tried the alternatives as well. Finally settled on Tags by Gravity Applications. Much easier, leaner and with a more reasonable price-TAG! So I still don't see the point in a whoppin' 59 dollars?! It's not like it includes a free upgrade to Snow Leopard but each to his/her own I guess.
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Version 2.5.4
jfm429
11 December 2009
This is really an incredible app. I use it constantly throughout the day. I'd like to say though that I wish it could be better integrated into the open dialogs and such, so it would appear alongside save/open dialogs much in the way Default Folder X does. (a good complementary app by the way, since it allows you to apply OpenMeta tags while saving). Regardless though, once you get over the habit of putting things in folders and just start tagging everything, it really begins to feel natural. Five stars.
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Version 2.5.2
Buu-San
09 December 2009
I bought LEAP in order to see if such a software is able to fit with the mess in my brain. Also, I have never read any document about "how to use" correctly this software. For my brain, a good software should be able to be used intuitively. In that way, LEAP is not so bad. But I found a complementary software to add tags more easily (Tags.app), by selecting 1 or several docs (email, pdf, image, ...) and pressing CTRL+Space for exemple, a Tag window appear and you can add your tags. They are recognized by LEAP also. That is really very convenient. I use also Papers to organised my PDF files (list of publications). Papers is nice for bibliography (for scientists) as it generates a folder in which the PDF are classified by year, journals, authors, ... That is great and cheap. But today, I made a big mistake combining Papers and LEAP, and I want to share this bad experience. I wanted to add tags on some PDF files in the Papers window. It did not work because the folder was not identified by LEAP. I could not really understand what does it mean. LEAP : On the right side of your screen, you can find 3 options (tag, ?, file) to bring a doc/folder in LEAP. I was thinking that by draging the pdf folder into this window ("file", LEAP would be able to recognize the folder containing the pdf files that I want to tag from the Papers window. I don't recommend you to drag the Papers folder in the "file" (managed ?) : I found all the PDF files renamed in LEAP and of course no more associated PDF on Papers. CTRL-Z was not working to repair this bad operation ! Then I decided to select the files from LEAP, and to drag it in Papers ! At that time, all the classification was lost, and even I could read all the PDF, the author and journal list was lost. Then I had to identify one by one each pdf and the associated authors/journal/year ... (about 2000 pdf files) ! So please never try this operation, or read "how to use LEAP" before trying any operation with important documents ! Hope this comment will be helpful !
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Version 2.5.0
Screentom
27 June 2009
Great software. Great support. Thanks for the good job.
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Version 2.0.1
Donebylee
21 May 2009
I love Leap 2.beta and plan to purchase when 2 becomes official. Only gripe is that I now wish I could REPLACE Finder with Leap. It would be great to have the Leap interface when I open folders and drives instead of Finder. Oh well, I guess I will just have to retrain myself to always start in Leap. Unless someone knows of a way...???
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Version 2.0b10
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Swo
Swo
02 July 2009
Good question. The only way around it that I have found is to dedicate a space for Leap, and to make that my starting point. You could have it so that it appears in every space, but then I think that you would find it more obstructive than helpful.
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Version 2.0.2
Donebylee
Donebylee
02 July 2009
[quote]SWO Good question. The only way around it that I have found is to dedicate a space for Leap, and to make that my starting point. You could have it so that it appears in every space, but then I think that you would find it more obstructive than helpful. [/quote] Yeah, I have just started retraining myself. I much prefer the Leap interface to Finder's. I use tagging extensively and that makes Leap a much more useful file finder than Finder.
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Version 2.0.2
Swo
Swo
02 July 2009
"Yeah, I have just started retraining myself. I much prefer the Leap interface to Finder's. I use tagging extensively and that makes Leap a much more useful file finder than Finder." The thing of it is though, that I find myself using Spotlight because it's wherever I am; Leap by contrast isn't. If there could be a way to design it's interface that makes it vanish unless called upon (in the same fashion as Spotlight), and doesn't make me pick up the mouse, then I would use it much more. As it is, I haven't upgraded to 2.0 because my workaround locks me uncomfortably in one Space.
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Version 2.0.2
Donebylee
Donebylee
02 July 2009
"The thing of it is though, that I find myself using Spotlight because it's wherever I am; Leap by contrast isn't. If there could be a way to design it's interface that makes it vanish unless called upon (in the same fashion as Spotlight), and doesn't make me pick up the mouse, then I would use it much more. As it is, I haven't upgraded to 2.0 because my workaround locks me uncomfortably in one Space. " I use Cmd-Tab to switch between apps and then Cmd-H to hide them when I'm done. I have Leap open when my system starts so it is always open for me.
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Version 2.0.2
Swo
Swo
03 July 2009
"I use Cmd-Tab to switch between apps and then Cmd-H to hide them when I'm done. I have Leap open when my system starts so it is always open for me." So do I. The thing of it is though, there is still too many steps. Leap starts-up with my system, but the Cmd-H command is new to me. I have been playing around with it, and I like it. It isn't as simple as Spotlight, but it does enable to use Leap in a similar fashion as Spotlight. Now that I think about it. I will try to have Leap available in every Space, then Cmd-H, so that it vanishes when I don't need it, and appears when I do. Thanks for the tip!
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Version 2.0.2
Donebylee
Donebylee
03 July 2009
"Thanks for the tip! " Glad to help. And for what its worth, I purchased Leap when it came out of beta. Worth every cent.
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Version 2.0.2
Frankeed
16 May 2009
Odd that this software has "Leaped" from version 1.1 to 2.0. Sounds like they're trying to squeeze more money out of users who got Leap through the MacUpdate bundle last year.
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Version 2.0b9
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Tom-Andersen
Tom-Andersen
17 May 2009
Leap 1.0 was released on March 3, 2008. The macupdate bundle was at the end of April 2008. There were about 10 free point releases over the past year and a bit. The new upgrade is $19 which compared to $59 for the app. Also for$29 we are offering a copy of Deep, Yep and Fresh as well. Leap 2 had to go to a major revision change, as it no longer supports 10.4, and also it has an entirely new 'OpenMeta' tagging system, along with other performance improvements and new features. I hope that helps. --Tom
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Version 2.0b9
William25
William25
21 May 2009
Where is the upgrade link for $19? All I see is the full price at Kagi.
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Version 2.0b10
Plistoff
Plistoff
21 May 2009
You'll see it in the order process.
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Version 2.0b10
Tom-Andersen
Tom-Andersen
21 May 2009
In order to upgrade, you run Leap 1.1, with your serial entered. Quit it, download 2.0 (the betas will also work for this), then run 2.0. You should get a welcome with a coupon code. You enter the coupon code into our (run by Kagi) store. The Kagi store does not show the discounted price until you are about to confirm payment. I think though that we should put more info on the web site when 2.0 launches.
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Version 2.0b10
hmurchison
hmurchison
21 May 2009
$29 for the Leap2 upgrade along with Deep, Yep and Fresh is a bonafied STEAL. I too got on the bandwagon with the bundle and Ironic gives me the same deal that someone gets if they paid $59. For that I will not only buy my $29 upgrade but I will buy another full bundle for $69 which contains Leap, Yep, Fresh and Deep. How they can offer that pricing is beyond my knowledge but these products are labor of loves. The developers really want to improve document management and the suite of apps they are working on would cost hundreds from any other company. Excellent value...looking forward to Yep 2 to restore some sanity to my PDF management.
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Version 2.0b10
Chris-Reed
08 May 2009
I use Leap as a supercharged search engine. Superb at letting me see the content of a stack of folders or narrow down the search to specific file types. So a useful and unique complement for finder and Pathfinder. I commented below, saying I was underwhelmed by Leap, so in fairness I have followed this up. I have to say this version seems much faster and less buggy, and like the comment below, with the plumbing cleaned out. I payed for the upgrade. However, like other commenters, I found the spotlight comments location for tags and keywords did not work for me. I placed my own keywords in the spotlight comments using Hazel but Leap did not see them. I could see them in the Get Info box, but not Leap. I am a visual thinker so file structure work for me. I can see the organisation. Tagging doesn't do it for me. I don't get it. The tagging thing works for imported pdf's really well, but they are a small part of my HD content.
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Version 2.0b7
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Tommac
Tommac
15 May 2009
Agreed. But this "under the hood" upgrade should not be Version 2 but Version 1.5. Used Leap quite seldom, beause of being slow, without "clouds" (like Yep) and not localized. Well, now it´s faster and I would like to use it, but not to pay for it again. Won´t also pay the upgrade fee of 29 $ where Yep is included, since i don´t know when Yep is upgraded and maybe I have to pay again.
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Version 2.0b9
hmurchison
16 April 2009
Leap 2.0 Beta is available here http://www.ironicsoftware.com/beta/Leap_2.0b2.zip It has redone plumbing and a freshened UI. It supports OpenMeta tags now I've just downloaded it but it's only $19 to upgrade Leap 1.x and $29 if you want to get Deep, Yep and Fresh with Leap 2.0. Leap is quickly becoming a replacement for the finder for me once I get my tagging strategy down.
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Version 1.1
Anon-Bud
05 March 2009
I rather like this app. Granted, it has taken me a while to tag most of my files, but staying on top of things hasn't been that difficult. I just make sure I tag a file after saving it and the rest just speaks for itself. I can find tagged files easily and this has helped me in my workflow a good deal. When I first started using Leap, I used the option of integrating Leap's tags with Spotlight comments. This was somewhat buggy for me and did not work very well. I've turned off this Spotlight comment option and things are much much better. My only wish is that Leap would use the ”cloud-like“ (don't know if that's the right phrase) tagging that Yep uses. You know, where tags are sized according to the number of files associated with them? That would make this app visually more appealing to me. Overall, very nice. I use it all the time, next to Finder.
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Version 1.1
Chris-Reed
28 February 2009
Like many reviewers, I really like the idea but struggle with the execution. I too struggle with odd buggy niggles. I create a tag, ask it to suggest completion and sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't, or adds the wrong one itself. Sometimes a tag it shows is there in one list, doesn't show in the inspector or tag window. I will highlight a file in list view and tag it then the highlight will jump up to the file above. The loupe seems to have a mind of it's own at times and stick with a document I looked at two documents ago. The beach ball spins frequently whilst it 'does something'. Like many apps, the help menu is more like an sales brochure or upgrade list, and lacks an index of menu items or features or a structured contents guide. The app needs you to understand a different way of working ie tags not folders but in 'Preferences' it seems like a general chat about all the clever things the app can do, but no clear guide to what the given options mean or do. I have to go back and forth through the whole document page by page to find what I want. I see menu items but cannot find a reference to them in the help doc. So the knowledge I need to work with the app means the idea of tags over folders is hampered by the my failure to 'get' app not 'get' the idea. I keep finding uses for it but give up when I try and use it. It seems like an app designed by a committee with too many ideas that don't quite gel. The developer also seems quite keen to tell reviewers they are wrong or 'don't understand'. Maybe all in all, it works for people who don't like file structure or organised help documents. Maybe it's me ?
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Version 1.1
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Jim-Neumann
Jim-Neumann
03 March 2009
I'm curious as to what reviewers have been told they're wrong.
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Version 1.1
Ronaldjohn
29 September 2008
Update. Unfortunately Leap, which I would love to give a 5 star rating, continues to be, in my experience, frustrating as the software seems to have control issues. I tag a file, close the tag window, and within seconds Leap removes it. I move a few files to a folder to be tagged and when I open the folder in Leap, some of the files are already tagged - incorrectly. When I try to remove the tags Leap returns them as soon as I close the tag window. I can't imagine why this is happening but the old saying about looking before you leap may be applicable.
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Version 1.1
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Jim-Neumann
Jim-Neumann
18 January 2009
You should report issues on the Support forums at http://www.ironicsoftware.com/community .
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Version 1.1
Ronaldjohn
15 June 2008
I am a small business owner that uses Leap daily to tag files on a dual core iMac and I find my productivity hampered by performance and unreliability issues. I have little icons in my menu bar that measure processor use. Launching Leap sends them shooting through the top of my machine where they remain while Leap is in use. The culprit isn't Leap directly but something called syslog which apparently is antagonized by Leap and it slows everything on my iMac, Leap included, to a crawl. This gives the seemingly simple process of tagging files a feel like one is slogging their way through thick viscous liquid. Leap is also the only tagging software I have encountered that handles the task of writing tags to Spotlight Comments unreliably. I have to check every file I tag to make sure Leap has tagged the comments field. If not I must go back to Leap and open the tag window, remove a tag, close the tag window, reopen it and put the removed tag back in. And this is no guarantee the problem is solved. I have had to this numerous times on certain files. I find this somewhat incomprehensible as this is a core issue and for a product like Leap to not handle this flawlessly boggles the mind. Make no mistake about it, Leap, in concept, is remarkable software that has the potential to vastly improve one's computing experience but until the developers solve these issues I cannot give it a higher rating.
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Version 1.0.6
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Tomandersen
Tomandersen
17 July 2008
Tom here - one of the developers. The feedback that Ronald John has left simply does not happen for the almost everyone. Although no software is without bugs, we would not leave a problem like this unfixed. The slowness that he is encountering is due to a log file being written to at 'full blast' by Leap or possibly the spotlight engine. If anyone has a similar problem, please contact us at ironicsupport@gmail.com, as we can't seem to replicate this problem here. --Tom
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Version 1.0.6
Dlwhite
20 May 2008
Now that a zillion of you own Leap from the bundle promotion, what's your take on it? I've owned and enjoyed Yep for a while now but I haven't tried Leap... How is it?
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Version 1.0.5
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Swo
Swo
20 May 2008
At first I found it a bit intimidating. It's physical layout isn't the best, and is almost anti-intuitive, but if you're somewhat anal in terms or organization of your computer (which I am) and actually give it a chance, it works great. In fact, last night I found myself putting tags on my mp3 and video files (I literally have thousands). As I did it, I wondered if this was the right way to use Leap, but it worked for me. I have gotten into the habit of, literally, sending every document (like pdf's, mp3's etc) into Leap and tagging them as I get them, so that there is no backlog of untagged documents or files. If I were to summarize Leap's behaviour, I would say that it's like Spotlight on steriods and not for everyone, but those that really give it a try will not be able to do without it.
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Version 1.0.5
Jewels
04 May 2008
Me too - I purchased Leap in the special software bundle and am still waiting for the serial number. All these similar remarks on this subject could deter possible customers in the future. Please can someone assist ?
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Version 1.0.4
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MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
04 May 2008
I've emailed the person here at MacUpdate who is responsible for these matters, please be patient. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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Version 1.0.4
Chris-Walken
28 April 2008
I like the app although I'm not sure how often I'll need it. It's definitely easier to browse files. One complaint - you can't edit spotlight comments from within Leap (other than applying tags). There is a description window instead which is not visible in other apps. I assume there must be a technical reason for this, it's certainly not ideal.
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Version 1.0.4
Petropix
28 April 2008
Congratulations to the developers! Leap's a gem!
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Version 1.0.4