Sunday, December 28 2008
PocketMac RingtoneStudio 1.0
I got this app from the MacHeist 2009 Christmas Giveaway and it's a little buggy, featureless and crippled.
1) You cannot upgrade this version to 1.1. You have to purchase the 1.1 version just to get the bug fixes. Downloading the 1.1 demo does not give you 1.1 features or fixes.
2) You cannot set the preferences, it is greyed out. I guess because this was given out for free.
3) You cannot make fine adjustments. You need to use the mouse to move the slider. This causes the seconds to jump from 1.5 to 3 seconds or anything in-between. If you are trying to get the ringtone to start at a particular point, good luck with that. Let me know when the frustrations and annoyances set in.
4. The length of the ringtone can only be a maximum of 29 seconds but the iphone will accept a maximum length of 40 seconds.
5) It messes up the display once in a while where 1/3 of my display would be washed out with colour streaks. Too bad I can't upload a pic to show you. Only way to fix this is through a reboot.
6) There is no option to check for or download updates. Is this how the company does business where every time a point update comes out you have to pay them again?
7) Use GarageBand. It's free. Let's you make a ringtone up to 40 seconds. It can be updated with bug fixes. It's more customizable. You can make fine adjustments, at least to the half-second mark and so far has not painted my screen with colour streaks.
I've used PocketMac for Blackberry and that was buggy as well. Always crashed at the beginning of the sync but it would not bring down the app, gave you a chance to ignore it and continue.
This app is no different by washing out the screen and forcing a reboot to fix. Having to pay for a point update is a no-no in my books or is it because they gave it away for free?
Still, if this was a way to get me try the product and then pay for 1.1 then the developers missed the mark. To make a ringtone in GarageBand is no more difficult than using RingtoneStudio and you get the added bonus of bug fixes, finer adjustments and setting preferences.
In fact I was able to make a ringtone faster in GarageBand because I wasted a lot of time in RingtoneSudio trying to figure out how to do fine adjustments, finding out it can't be done and getting more frustrated at the lack of controls.
It's a simplistic app with simplistic controls but there are too many negatives to make this a buy or even to use it for free.