Acwolf
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Acwolf reviewed on 22 Aug 2012
Never had any problems, wonderful, works, open source… don't get much better than that.
[Version 2.4]



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Acwolf reviewed on 09 Aug 2012
Sorry, this is too little too late.

I already started the process of transferring everything to Task Coach. In the past two weeks, I have been more productive and on task and mentally clear than I have in a long time.

Task Coach is a Free/Open-Source program complete with iOS support. It works on my Linux machine too (and on Windows) and can share the data over Dropbox. To be clear, Task Coach is buggier than Things, but not to the point of causing problems. The developers of Task Coach are much more responsive to users than Cultured Code is for Things, even though Cultured code is making big $ and Task Coach is given to the community for free.

It's been YEARS and Things still has no support for prerequisites in projects! In Task Coach, I can easily do this and lots, lots more.

It's unfortunate to choose between polished and aesthetic Things and the quirkier and dated-looking Task Coach, but when it comes to what matters (managing tasks), there is no comparison. So long, Things! Cloud service and some minimal little daily-focus list is not enough. Things is just too limited for more than just very simple stuff. Too bad… it was very promising when it first came out. I was expecting it would be way further by now.

I recommend everyone try Task Coach and give it a little patience to see it's power and flexibility.

For those sticking with Things, 2.0 is at least an improvement — but why DROP Bonjour syncing‽ Now I *have* to use your new cloud service‽ I don't get a choice‽

Well, back to work on Task Coach…
[Version 2.0]



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Acwolf reviewed on 01 Aug 2012
Wunderlist is nice and attractive, but it is only for basic todo stuff.

For the complete opposite, I recommend Task Coach, a not-so-beautiful Free/Open-Source program that has all the features Wunderlist is lacking: flexible priorities, hierarchies, tags, planned vs due options, prerequisites etc.

Since this is all Open Source, someone ought to go and apply the visual beauty of these simple apps to Task Coach. Maybe I can try to get involved in doing that…

I wanted to like Wunderlist, but it is too simple for actually handling my complex life and projects.
[Version 1.2.4]



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Acwolf reviewed on 01 Apr 2012
Major issues with v. 2!

In v1, I used VLC to play all sorts of videos full screen and they were smooth where other programs were choppy. In v2, VLC is like others and is choppy. Version 2 showed in Activity Monitor major CPU use of the Window Manager that wasn't present before. Something about the particular mechanism by which VLC runs video and relates to the Mac OS system is fundamentally changed, and that is for the worse, at least for my Core2 Mac Mini. I'm sticking with v1.
[Version 2.0.1]



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Acwolf commented on 27 Oct 2011
Well, shoot. This is the whole thing about the Mac App Store... stuff starts to become available ONLY that way... Apple gets more and more of a monopoly, thus can dictate the market... I'm not going to pay full price for an update I don't know is significant just to be tied into the MAS scheme! This is B.S.
[Version 2.0.1]



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Acwolf reviewed on 26 Aug 2011
Be warned: 1.5.1 no longer works with OS 10.6.5! Seems they're designing it to ONLY work with systems that contain the Mac App Store. This is quite frustrating to me as I like Things but I am very wary of the App Store direction (enough to question whether I will buy another Apple computer or not). Fact is, Things is the best option for what it does. But I might not be able to stick around to wait the (years based on their history) it takes for them to add some basic features like hierarchical project tasks or Boolean sorting. In fact, I think this is where I get off. I am not going to buy into Apple's Digital Restrictions Management monopoly-power-grad Mac App Store nonsense.
[Version 1.5.1]


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Acwolf replied on 26 Aug 2011
http://drm.info/
http://www.defectivebydesign.org/what_is_drm
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Acwolf replied on 26 Aug 2011
Was there going to be DRM planned originally? I saw something about that at some point. I am happy to pay for software when I think it is fair. I do appreciate open-source software, and it is a shame that the Mac App store license is incompatible with GNU-licensing. The real issue I have is that Apple's closed format iPhone/iPad platform is truly restrictive, allowing only approved software etc., and I have lost trust that they will keep the Mac system totally open. The Mac App Store is clearly going to further entrench Apple's monopoly-level influence over users, and I could accept that if I truly trusted Apple, but the restricted iPhone/iPad format and other directions they've taken make me not trust them so much. I'm honestly worried that they'll actually close off access to certain software etc. at some future point after 99% of users are just Mac App Store customers. If Apple used a license for the system that guaranteed this (or anything like it) wouldn't ever happen, then I'd trust them more.
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Acwolf replied on 26 Aug 2011
Apple and Mac OS X are incompatible with GPLv3? Hmm. Do you mean that even running a GPLv3 software program under OS X is not possible or legal?
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Acwolf replied on 30 Aug 2011
Yeah, the more I've learned about it, the more I want to move to a GNU/Linux system. But I use specialty software on my Mac, so if anything it'll be a long and bit-by-bit transition. But I've got my parents using Linux Mint now, and they're happy with it for the basic needs they have. I might go ahead and keep updating my Mac (though I'm currently hesitant) while I continue figuring out about the Linux options...
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Acwolf reviewed on 02 Jul 2011
Works great. Free is good value. Made a difference right away. It isn't absolutely the best design, but I have no complaints.
[Version 2.2.2]



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Acwolf reviewed on 15 Nov 2010
Sweet! Change the log-in background! I've always wanted to do that, I hate that it is stuck at default!
[Version 2.2.0]



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Acwolf reviewed on 19 Jul 2010
I'm a guitar teacher and have been using this with my students. It isn't perfect, but it works. It is a little quirky in the way it enters notes.
Biggest downside is that it is hard to get it to show all the music clearly on one screen.

Otherwise, it is great. It has full tab capacity, with a guitar-neck visualization and input ability. It has a grid-style drum editor, a mixer, playback speed adjustment... It can do all varieties of tuplets and time signatures and alternate guitar tunings. I even got it set-up to do two 5 string tab-staffs tuned to each side of a Chapman Stick.
It can open Tabledit, Guitar Pro, and Power Tab files. It can export to Lilypond format.

What more can you ask for FREE?? All the other tab programs out there have quirks and issues too. The best for professional use is probably Finale or Sibelius, but you have to buy the full $600 versions if you want true flexibility in tab and in time-signatures for those programs. Otherwise, Harmony Assistant is good, and Guitar Pro or TablEdit are functional. But Tux Guitar is good, and free. For me that means I can get all my students using it without hesitation, despite its quirks.
[Version 1.2]



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Acwolf reviewed on 19 Jul 2010
This is an absolutely incredible program with a superb business model. The pricing is accessible to everyone and there are absolutely no weird copy-protection limitations so it will work if you have to change computers on short notice or whatever.

REAPER has superb pitch and time adjusting capacity, amazingly flexible MIDI routing and lots, lots more.

Uniquely, it has searching by text for things. Need a plugin? No need to scroll through tons of menus, just start typing the name. Need a preference or action adjustment or whatever, just search for what you want. Plus the user forum is extremely active and people are always around to help. There's a thorough manual too. But the basics are easy to figure out right away. Almost everything is customizable. I didn't like the scrolling behavior at first and I was able to change it to my preference.

They update all the time, and buying a license gives you free updates for the current and the next major version numbers. They don't change versions unwarranted either. They've had dozens of substantial updates since version 3 was released.

The flow is sensible but professional. The only thing this lacks is tons of pre-included loops, but if you want to be recording your own music you don't necessarily want that junk anyway.

While Logic, Digital Performer, Ableton Live, Protools etc. all have great features, REAPER competes fully alongside those with many superior elements and a much more fair business model worthy of support. Many professional studios have actually abandoned those other programs in favor of REAPER.
[Version 3.651]



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Acwolf had trouble on 11 Jun 2010
I tried installing and it always goes smooth until 95% and then nothing happens, it'll just sit like that forever. I had to uninstall and then I lost Flash entirely. I was able to get it working again by using Time Machine to go back to the older version.

Everything else on my computer is fine. And I checked permissions. I even tried with no programs running, with a safe-boot, with uninstalling then restarting before installing again...

Any suggestions?
[Version 10.1.53.64]


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Acwolf commented on 11 Jun 2010
I waited hours... just sitting at 95%.
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Acwolf replied on 16 Jun 2010
no luck yet, I tried a few more times a bit ago and gave up.
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Acwolf commented on 23 Jun 2010
I got it to install! What I did was open the package contents and find the real Mac installer package and run in myself instead of running adobe's install app.
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