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astrobruce commented on 25 Apr 2008
very disappointed this update didn't solve the "slow repair permissions" issue that many, many are experiencing with leopard. using du to repair takes ages, slows the computer down to a crawl, and reports a host of repairs. repeating the process produces the same results, so repairs not done. research on the problems shows that the repairs are inconsequential and can be ignored, but, with so many, how are we supposed to know when a "consequential" one appears in the list. then there's the inconvenience of a computer that is useless for 15-20 minutes every time you want to repair.

Note to apple: please fix.
[Version 10.5.2]


astrobruce reviewed on 11 Apr 2008
oops, forgot to rate it
[Version 2.5.4]

astrobruce commented on 11 Apr 2008
I love this thing. It has a few glitches - i can't find how to get text to wrap around images, and auto fill for tags doesn't predict upper/lower case as it does for categories.

BUT - it is just the thing i wished i had a couple of years back when on hols and trying to get ical to give me a tavelogue.

have found it much more writer friendly than the excellent mellel, which is great for turning finished words into a document, but not good for me as a writing app.

Journler helps me write!
[Version 2.5.4]

astrobruce commented on 04 Dec 2007
I updated from 10.5 to 10.5.1 on my PPC laptop (powerbook alluminium) and on my intel iMac. it worked fine on my iMac, but on my powerbook it causes Mail to always crash on launch. I've posted in apple discussions, and others are also experiencing the problem. beware.
[Version 10.5.1]

astrobruce commented on 15 Jul 2007
works with windows, but not with 10.3 mac os. you've got to be kidding.
[Version 3.0.2b]


astrobruce reviewed on 08 Jun 2007
resizing the search field is a real plus. and one of the main reasons that safari was my main browser. with camitools, camino has enough features and configurability for me (although i do miss some of ff's extensions such as web developer). safari for my tastes still has the better looking UI, but camino renders pages better. ff is by far the best Windows browser, but for me its a very close race between Camino, Safari and ff on the mac. Camino 1.5 by a nose.
[Version 1.5]

astrobruce commented on 18 Mar 2007
good, quick support. had a problem with several corrupt files inside iPhoto. SD provides a smooth way to send logs through to support, and the help people responded quickly and effectively. now my bootable back-up is, well, back up. thanks
[Version 2.1.4]


astrobruce reviewed on 01 Mar 2006
Camino is again my default browser. This version, for the first time in my experience, is significantly faster than Safari. Not as full featured as firefox, it has the advantage of OSX integration with Services etc.

Safaries icons etc are more elegant and waste less space. Another major benefit in safari is that you can adjust the size of the search field. the default (and so far as i can see, only) search field size in camino (and ff) is too small.

but for performance (esp when combined with CamiTools) Camino is again my favourite browser.
[Version 1.0]


astrobruce reviewed on 31 Jan 2006
First, we should recognise what this app is trying to be. Not a full web design program, but a way to broadcast iLife created stuff on the web, preferably using .Mac.

Even given these limited aims, there a serious deficiencies. It is hard to simply view a page in a browser (you have to save the entire site first, then view). If you have made changes to only one page, you still have to save the entire site, and same goes for uploads. Images are stored in image folder corresponding to each page, meaning site-wide images (links, background images) are store multiple times, leading to bloat.

Sometimes text is converted to a png image, sometimes not, with no warning.

It integrates with iPhoto and iTune nicely, though.
[Version 1.0]

Astrobruce had trouble on 21 Sep 2009
previous version crashed on launch with snow leopard. downloaded 2.7. Also crashes on launch. anybody else experiencing this?
[Version 2.7]

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Astrobruce commented on 23 Sep 2009
thanks - although you can't get the reg number from Mellel if Mellel crashes on launch... However I had the reg number elsewhere, and the rest worked fine and I'm now up and running. thanks!
astrobruce had trouble on 06 Aug 2008
i have a 15" aluminium powerbook running 10.5.4

VLC won't play out-of-region dvds. I have run out of region resets (having taken it overseas a couple of times - because it's a LAPTOP!) and want to play out of region dvds. but VLC refuses. sometimes i get a message: dvdread: read failed for -1/4 blocks at 0x01

any suggestions? another player i might try? thanks
[Version 0.8.6i]

astrobruce had trouble on 28 May 2008
I just updated to 1.3.5 on my 15" powerbook running leopard. tried to open a wave file, and audacity crash. rebooted, tried again. crashed.
[Version 1.3.5]

astrobruce had trouble on 10 Mar 2006
looks like this *should* be useful, because S and C are my two favourite browsers, but I can't get it to work.

It either crashes immediately on launch or tells me it can't find Chimera preferences folder and fails to function.

I have emailed the developer (about two weeks ago) and heard nothing back.
[Version 0.7.1]

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