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ABANDONED_ACCOUNT reviewed on 11 Jan 2012
Okay... This developer recently took part in the MacUpdate Promo deal and offered his Security Bundle for $19.99 instead of $69.99. That is where things started to head south. It was discovered that Thomas Geza of Apimac (the developer) was using several sockpuppet accounts and shilling for his own software, by pretending to be users. One such account is Thomas76 below, renamed from having previously been called Thomasgeza, and it wouldn't surprise me if he renames it again later.

He's shilling for his own overpriced garbage, and was downvoting every comment that exposed him. I was going to let it slip, but his continued disgusting actions have forced me to take this outside the promo and warn future prospective users about who he is, and expose the kind of software he sells.

Okay... So let's look at his Mac Security Bundle's components:

Secret Folder: Hides folders, can be done for FREE with multiple freeware alternatives like altomac.com/hide_folders/

Protect Files: Creates a password-protected DMG file, can be done for FREE from Disk Utility which comes with all Macs (press New Image and select a value for Encryption and you will be given an encrypted DMG that you can lock/unlock and store files in).

Compress Files: Creates a password-protected zip archive. Can be done with the FREE Zipeg which can compress/decompress password-protected archives, at zipeg.com.

Encrypt Email: All it does is send a password-protected DMG or Zip as an email attachment. Seriously? You could do that on your own for FREE. Plus, if you wanted real email encryption, there's yet another FREE solution called GPG which is a cross-platform (Mac, Linux, Windows) solution for encrypting/decrypting emails and signing them with digital signatures to guarantee authorship etc. Can be downloaded for FREE from gpgtools.org.

So, total value of this bundle: FREE.

Anyone paying for his software is getting thoroughly ripped off by a scumbag.
[Version 2.3]


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burypromote
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ABANDONED_ACCOUNT replied on 13 Jan 2012
His shill account(s) have been removed by MacUpdate and the fraudulent reviews below are gone. Good riddance.
burypromote
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ABANDONED_ACCOUNT replied on 18 Jan 2012
@Apimac: "We asked all our employees not to comment on our products".

That SOUNDS good, EXCEPT you may want to explain something. The shill account was named "Thomasgeza", and if you look up Apimac, it says:

Company Name : Apimac.com
Contact Person : Thomas Geza
Contact Address : Via Roma 53
City : Milano
State : Milano
Country : Italy
Zipcode : 20100
Phone : 9022-74842412
Company Website : http://www.apimac.com
Email : thomas@apimac.com

How do you explain that it appears that the company OWNER was the person doing this, NOT an employee?
burypromote
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ABANDONED_ACCOUNT replied on 19 Jan 2012
If that is true then it is good that it has been dealt with.
burypromote
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ABANDONED_ACCOUNT reviewed on 11 Jan 2012
Okay... This developer recently took part in the MacUpdate Promo deal and offered his Security Bundle for $19.99 instead of $69.99. That is where things started to head south. It was discovered that Thomas Geza of Apimac (the developer) was using several sockpuppet accounts and shilling for his own software, by pretending to be users. One such account is Thomas76 below, renamed from having previously been called Thomasgeza, and it wouldn't surprise me if he renames it again later.

He's shilling for his own overpriced garbage, and was downvoting every comment that exposed him. I was going to let it slip, but his continued disgusting actions have forced me to take this outside the promo and warn future prospective users about who he is, and expose the kind of software he sells.

Okay... So let's look at his Mac Security Bundle's components:

Secret Folder: Hides folders, can be done for FREE with multiple freeware alternatives like altomac.com/hide_folders/

Protect Files: Creates a password-protected DMG file, can be done for FREE from Disk Utility which comes with all Macs (press New Image and select a value for Encryption and you will be given an encrypted DMG that you can lock/unlock and store files in).

Compress Files: Creates a password-protected zip archive. Can be done with the FREE Zipeg which can compress/decompress password-protected archives, at zipeg.com.

Encrypt Email: All it does is send a password-protected DMG or Zip as an email attachment. Seriously? You could do that on your own for FREE. Plus, if you wanted real email encryption, there's yet another FREE solution called GPG which is a cross-platform (Mac, Linux, Windows) solution for encrypting/decrypting emails and signing them with digital signatures to guarantee authorship etc. Can be downloaded for FREE from gpgtools.org.

So, total value of this bundle: FREE.

Anyone paying for this is getting thoroughly ripped off by a scumbag.
[Version 1.0]


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burypromote
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ABANDONED_ACCOUNT replied on 13 Jan 2012
His shill account(s) have been removed by MacUpdate and the fraudulent reviews below are gone. Good riddance.
burypromote
+5

ABANDONED_ACCOUNT reviewed on 06 Jan 2012
For years I've been using two high-resolution 24" monitors side by side. I usually prefer doing my work on the right-hand monitor and having reference material on the left side.

The right hand monitor doesn't have a menubar, which makes things even worse.

Since day one I've always dreaded needed to go into a menu, as it meant I had to STOP what I was doing, LOCATE the mouse cursor wherever it was hiding on the screen, MOVE IT ACROSS *TWO* SCREENS, find the MENU ITEM, click it, then RETURN THE CURSOR TO ITS OLD LOCATION AND RE-ACTIVATE the work area. Pure pain.

To alleviate this, I use keyboard shortcuts as much as possible, but there's always that time when you need to access something that you either haven't bound to a keyboard shortcut, or just don't know the shortcut, especially if you need to do some action you only use rarely.

Well, I had no idea a program like MenuPop existed, and it has completely solved the problem for me! I'm stunned! A simple keyboard press brings up the menu immediately, without having to interrupt my work! It is an INCREDIBLY good utility, allowing me to stay "in the zen" of what I am working on and quickly get to any action I need to perform. No longer do I dread going to the menus or even exploring things I hadn't seen in them before. You become a true menu warrior with this application! ;-)

It's priced fairly, and the developer is very responsive. Please, if you have multiple screens, download the demo of this program and give it a try for your own sake. I am sure you will find it to be one of your ESSENTIAL pieces of Mac software!
[Version 1.4]


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ABANDONED_ACCOUNT replied on 06 Jan 2012
I see great use for this even if you only have one screen. The ease of access to the menu gets addictive. Give it a try!
burypromote
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ABANDONED_ACCOUNT commented on 22 Oct 2011
Reminder: This program uses OS X's built-in voice engine.

If your text-to-speech needs don't require separate voices for separate passages, you can get the EXACT SAME voice quality FOR FREE.

Open TextEdit. Write something. Go to Edit > Speech > Start Speaking.

If you require more than 1 voice for different lines, get this or GhostReader.
[Version 2.2.0]


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ABANDONED_ACCOUNT replied on 22 Oct 2011
TextEdit was just an example, but you can use your own favorite writing application. This tip works in EVERY Mac application that has an Edit menu. Edit > Speech > Start Speaking is built-in into Mac OS. Enjoy!
burypromote
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ABANDONED_ACCOUNT replied on 22 Oct 2011
Two final tips regarding the built-in speech ability: The speech engine will start reading from the cursor location, so you have control over what Mac OS X reads by simply placing the text cursor at your desired start location.

Also, if you only want it to read a certain part, you can highlight the text you want it to read and it'll read just that portion.
burypromote
+2

ABANDONED_ACCOUNT reviewed on 15 Oct 2011
Beautiful software design; the interface is extremely intuitive, and it has room for everything you need for your licenses, such as file attachments, vendor information (site and contact information), your license information (naturally), purchase date and price, as well as a "notes" area for each license where you can type anything you want.

It's absolutely brilliant, and I selected it after comparing it to ALL other license managers out there. This is the one to get! Feature-complete, beautiful and stable.

I've suggested some improvements to backup frequency and icon handling which should lead to databases that are a fraction of the current size, and much more granular updates. When that comes out, this already near-perfect application will be even better.

If you have a lot of licenses to manage, then you need this application! It's as simple as that!
[Version 1.8.2]



burypromote
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ABANDONED_ACCOUNT reviewed on 09 Oct 2007
This game pack is delicious and if you grew up on Missile Command like I did; then you owe it to yourself to try this modern version. Wohoo! +5 Stars!
[Version 1.0.6]



burypromote
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ABANDONED_ACCOUNT reviewed on 26 Aug 2007
While this is "just" a front-end for the command-line utility "lipo"* it does it with the ease and style that we're accustomed to on the Mac platform; and even if you ARE the kind of masochist user who wouldn't mind using "lipo" on your own you'll still benefit greatly from Xslimmer's blacklist feature, which prevents slimming applications that would cease to work afterwards.

At $11.95 you can't go wrong; I give this program 5 out of 5, it's essential on any Mac!

* See, Apple has humor, "fat binaries", "lipo", get it? :-)

Other essential applications in the system cleaning category:
* Monolingual (free), removes language packs that you don't need.
* CleanApp ($10), my uninstaller of choice, it monitors file system actions taken by all installed programs so that when you're ready to delete them it finds every file the program has ever used. It is MUCH more thorough than the previous king, AppZapper (which is now behind times).
* Disk Inventory X (free), scans through your selected hard drives/folders and gives you a breakdown of what is actually stealing all that disk space; I've reclaimed tens of gigabytes with this program by finding large, old files that I didn't know I still had hidden around the disk.
[Version 1.2.5]



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