Richard Brosnahan
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Broz reviewed on 05 Feb 2014
I like this email client, and currently use it as a substitute for Mail in Mavericks 10.9.1. It's solid, stable, and works well with the Exchange server at work (using plugin ExQuilla).
The biggest benefit right now is how it handles Google mail. Apple Mail has a real problem with Google mail due to the way Google has changed how it uses IMAP. For some reason, Thunderbird handles Google mail just fine.
I suspect Apple will fix Mail and release the fix in the next Mavericks update. I may switch back then, but I gotta say Thuderbird impresses me.
I'd give it 4 stars except the DANG RATING got stuck at 3.5 and I can't change it!
[Version 24.3.0]

Broz commented on 08 Aug 2012
I can't seem to find any upgrade pricing. I just paid for 5.x a few months ago...
The developer site doesn't show me any option for upgrading at a discount or for free. Maybe I missed it.
[Version 6.0.1]

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Broz replied on 09 Aug 2012
That's the trick! I was using the wrong email address. With the correct one, I can use the new version of Cocktail.

Broz reviewed on 29 Jul 2012
This app is really pretty good over all. It could be better, with more sensible User Interface and design. I find myself scratching my head with some functions, which should be more obvious. Some links should be buttons, like the check for duplicates link. Why would that be a text link? I could go on, but I won't.
The app has been stable, fast and it accomplishes what I need.
The UI and application design means most people will spend more time than they should just trying to figure out how to make it work.
[Version 1.11.9]

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Broz replied on 24 Aug 2012
Remember what I said about stability? Forget about it. This app has crashed on me several times, twice disastrous results. All my browsers lost all their bookmarks. Yes, I had backups and was able to recover.
The UI is really bad. There are cases where this app will steal focus from another app. This is inexcusable. There is another case where a window posts an alert, and there's no escape. No cancel, no ok, no nuthin. You have to force quit the app.
I would advise anyone considering this app to look elsewhere.
Broz commented on 06 Mar 2012
CopyPaste Pro 3.3 quit working in both Lion and Snow Leopard, for me anyway. It will collect my copied items and put them in the pallet. I will not paste the items in any application I try. If I set preferences to edit a clip in Bean, Bean launches, without the clip in the edit window. If I set the preferences to paste on click, it won't paste. If I click the P button, it won't paste. Drag and drop from the pallet does work. CPP 3.3 is essentially useless.

I contacted the developer more than a week ago, and did not receive a response.

I am perfectly willing to believe this problem is related to my machines/software. I don't really have anything that unusual installed, but who knows? If my software is causing the problem, the developer should perhaps lend a hand in helping me sort things out. As is, he/she has not responded one way or the other.
[Version 3.3]


Broz reviewed on 29 Feb 2012
Unfortunately, this product has some significant bugs. Prior to this version, marks for Safari left me with a boatload of duplicate bookmarks. Its merge process is just not working correctly. This release leaves me with no way to sync, as it returns an error 0. I don't have time for this.
[Version 1.4.0]

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Broz replied on 10 Mar 2012
Version 1.4.1 still has the error 0 problem when trying to replace server bookmarks with local bookmarks. I uninstalled and reinstalled, and had the same error.
Broz commented on 25 Feb 2012
Can anyone tell me if it works with Subversion 1.7.x? There was a significant change to the way subversion works in 1.7. Lots of Subversion utilities STILL have not been upgraded to work with 1.7, even tho it's been out for quite a long time. Subversion 1.8 is being actively worked right now.
[Version 2.7.2]

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Broz replied on 05 Apr 2012
version 2.7.4 does work Subversion 1.7. I never found any sign of compatible subversion versions on the developer site. This is very important information to omit. There are various other developer utilities that are JUST NOW compatible with subversion 1.7, even tho subversion 1.7 has been out since October 2011. A 1.7 checkout is NOT backward compatible with a 1.6 code checkout.
Hey, this not some "minor" thing. When a team of developers are working in 1.7, we need proper tools. Before purchasing any tool, we need to know if it does the job. The boss will not even consider purchasing a tool that doesn't even mention its capabilities.

Broz reviewed on 04 Feb 2012
I wanted to like this app, but it has really given me more grief than save me time.

When I use it, Webbla spends a lot of time spinning. I has not, however, crashed. When I first started using it, I imported a LOT of URLs. Webbla spun and spun and spun. It hogged the CPU, and the fans on my MBP were doing their best to keep the machine cool. I let it run for at least 30 minutes, and it did finish. I might have force quit another app, but this one was not officially "unresponsive" in Activity Monitor. It was unresponsive for my use till it finished doing whatever it was doing.

This app is not Bookdog, or Bookmacster. Those two apps have their own issues (UI is horrible), but they do sync up bookmarks from all your browsers. Webbla is a stand alone URL keeper thingy. The description on Macupdate, and on the developer website might make that clearer. It's accurate, but incomplete (in my opinion).

Webbla will import URLs from browsers (tho not directly from Chrome). You can use it to arrange your URLs and tag them. You cannot then pop the nicely arranged and tagged bookmarks back into your browser.

The tagging is quite handy.

The collections you can create are useful. The smart collections are also useful in a different way.

The documentation needs editing. I find bad English and misspelled words. There are no excuses for this. This is relatively costly software, and my expectations are for professional documentation.

I hope the developer takes the money I gave him for purchase and continues to improve the product. It has a lot going for it, but has a long way to go.
[Version 1.5.2]

Broz commented on 14 Dec 2011
I have not tried 2.0x yet. Can anyone tell me if does Undo properly? Every version (thru 1.5.1) of TextMate I've used does Undo one character at a time. What nonsense for a supposedly professional editor! Type a line of code, and then choose Undo 80 times?
[Version 2.0]


Broz reviewed on 13 Dec 2011
This is the best Python IDE I've used. I have been using it since shortly after its 1.0 release. Its django integration is excellent, as is its code completion, source control tools (subversion, git, mercurial and more). It's been well worth the money for me, having saved me lots of time.
The downside is that it is Java based, running in a Java VM. It is plenty fast, and quite configurable. The editor is very good, but has at least one missing feature: drag and drop. Yes, you can select text, and move it someplace else with drag and drop. You cannot select text and COPY it someplace else by holding down the option key. That's standard Macintosh procedure, and not Java.I have also seen some quirks with clipboard utilities (PTH Pasteboard, CopyPastePro). You basically can't use them.
The support team at Jetbrains are excellent. Pycharm is quite stable. I'm still finding features that surprise and delight.
Worth the money, but is not perfect.
[Version 2.0]


Broz reviewed on 30 Jul 2011
I've tried a few other finance apps, and each had good features and stupid features and important omissions. So does Quicken Essentials.
One other reviewer pointed out that if you are using Lion, you can't import previous data files. True, as the stupid conversion app (separate) won't run under Lion. Quicken Essentials will import something directly, but I sure don't know what. It won't import OFX, QFX, or QIF. So, what the heck does it import? This is so completely, utterly insulting, I can't tell you. Intuit does spell out the defficiencies some place on their web site, I think. I'm just stunned that they would actually release software that mostly doesn't work for previous users.
I can see how the app is fine, if you're not using Lion, or if you're starting an account from scratch.
I've not found a finance app that can handle basic finance like previous versions of Quicken.
[Version 1.6.0f6607]

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