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Billyfuster rated on 21 Jun 2011
[Version 1.0.1]


billyfuster reviewed on 05 Jul 2008
This is a fantastic and essential editor for anyone working with XML and its related technologies (XSLT, XQuery, XML Schemas, RelaxNG, DTD). If you work with TEI, DocBook, or DITA, oXygen ships with up-to-date versions of these schemas and templates. oXygen natively understands (and learns) XML structures, so you'll notice it suggesting element and attribute values as you edit. It's also an excellent XHTML, CSS, and plain text editor. Its built-in ability to browse and query native XML databases (such as eXist and Mark Logic), SQL databases, and SVN repositories make it a tool for the power user.

While Java-based and thus visually non-Mac in UI, the developers are listening to the requests of mac users in their forums. Like many specialized tools, oXygen's many views and palettes let you customize your UI to expose only what you need to get your job done.

Lastly, don't let the price scare you away! There price listed here is for the professional commercial license. The personal/academic price is much lower (currently $48). The fact that this license is cross-platform means that if you have a windows machine you can install it there too and get work done.

Since I purchased in November, two point releases have come out - 9.2 and 9.3 - and I've been impressed with the steady progress they've made. 9.3 is able to open MS Office XML files in their zipped state from within oXygen. They're also adding more options for WYSIWYG-like XML editing, which make it nicer to edit XML files (and to train XML newbies to edit XML files).

My only problem cropped up when I began editing a fairly large XML file - I started getting out of memory errors. This was solved by a quick edit of a config file ( in the oxygen directory... Java apps apparently can't adjust their memory as needed as native mac apps can. But the steps for doing this were well laid out in the included documentation.
[Version 9.3]

billyfuster commented on 11 Apr 2007
The application's help notes the following:

OmniPatch Limitations

Currently, OmniPatch cannot create a patch between two folders or application bundles.

Also, file resource forks are entirely ignored by OmniPatch.

These issues may be addressed by a future version of OmniPatch.
[Version 1.0]


billyfuster reviewed on 19 Mar 2007
With version 2.2 Mellel's bibliography and citation features are now top-rate. It integrates beautifully with Bookends 9.2 (also just updated and packing many great new features). Now Mellel lets you toggle back and forth between temporary citations and final-formatted citations. No more generating a 2nd document to format the citations.

2.2 also implements other highly requested features, styled auto-titles and highlighted text (aka 'markers'). They also managed to throw in a massive number of character-level options, such as character fill and dashed outlines.

The Redlers continue to add features but the application stays solid, scalable, and responsive.
[Version 2.2]

billyfuster commented on 04 Dec 2006
Version 1.0.12 fixes the problem reported below where ads loaded in the browser. I wrote to the developers late last week reporting this, and while they didn't acknowledge my e-mail, this new release shows they were listening! Thanks!
[Version 1.0.12]


billyfuster reviewed on 03 Oct 2006
(Forgot to add stars to my original post.)

One last note: While CaminoSession will appear in Camino's preferences immediately after you install it, CaminoSession does not log windows/tabs until after the 1st restart of Camino after installing CaminoSession. In other words, restart Camino after installing CaminoSession.
[Version 0.4]

billyfuster commented on 03 Oct 2006
Finally, with CaminoSession, Camino users never again will worry about losing open tabs and windows after quitting or crashing. Other browsers (Omni and Opera I believe) have it, and shareware add-ons for Safari (Saft) have it. When you think about it, it should've always been in browsers; just as many apps have the option to open the last-opened apps.

Note: CaminoSession doesn't reload pages from cache, just their URLs - so it reloads every web page.

Request 1: It would be nice if Camino could just pop back open where you left off - i.e. with text fields still partially filled, etc. (but perhaps this raises other problems, such as pages whose cookies have already expired)...

Request 2: I wish there were an additional preference to select/de-select tabs or windows when reopening Camino after a quit. (You do get this choice after a crash - which is smart, since one of the pages might've caused the crash to start with.)
[Version 0.4]


billyfuster reviewed on 09 Sep 2006
This program is an essential tool in the arsenal of students, scholars, and multilingual users who need to work with traditional and simplified Chinese, classical and modern Japanese, and/or Korean on the computer.

Often times online databases or dictionaries restrict you to entering one of these forms (i.e. simplified Japanese versions of characters), but if you enter, say, the traditional Chinese version of the same character, you're stuck. Rather than activating another input method, you can paste your character into this program and get the variant that you need. It also helpfully lists pronunciations and basic meanings of characters.

The program uses's unihan.txt as the basis for its database of variants as well as other publicly available lists on the net. None of these lists is 'complete' (the problem of variants is an ongoing unresolved CS/linguistics nightmare), but this program is very practical in 99.9% of cases.

The developer is very kind and developed this program for free. Please share your appreciation by letting him know.
[Version 1.0]


billyfuster reviewed on 09 Sep 2006
(I forgot to rate the program in my last e-mail)
[Version 3.20]

billyfuster commented on 09 Sep 2006
The primary reason I use WordLookup is because it allows me to search EDICT, ENAMDICT, and CEDICT in one program. (ENAMDICT is a specialized dictionary and very huge, and I appreciate being able to separate its results from the general dictionary results of EDICT.) I can search in one language and then copy and paste into the other. When Chinese and Japanese forms are different I use the Unihan Variant Dictionary to generate the variant than I can then paste into the other.

The developer is very responsive; when I requested user-definable key shortcuts to switch between dictionaries, he added them. (Cmd-1, -2 and -3 switch between the three dictionary windows.)

If you ever need to print, WordLookup generates very nice output. Its copy and paste is also very clean, so moving search results into word processors or e-mails is a cinch.

For all of these features and the great support, the $14 registration has been well worth it. I use this program every day.
[Version 3.20]

billyfuster had trouble on 06 Jul 2006
Along with some previous reviewers, I experienced conflicts between megazoomer and VLC's full screen mode and some system instability. This new version fixes the VLC problems for me, and so far there aren't problems with other apps. The developer's list of changes makes it sound like he has managed to implement lots of fixes.
[Version 0.4]

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