Christoph Hering
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Chering reviewed on 16 Feb 2012
See very helpful review of this programme on
Confirms my own experience that this programme is near useless, if not misleading and dangerous.
[Version 1.3.1]

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Chering replied on 07 Jul 2012
I did not say that this programme cannot be used with benefit. But, and this is a big "but", it has to be used in a way which avoids inherent dangers. Please study carefully the excellent and thorough review of this programme, which I refered to, at which states very accurately "it’s probably safe to assume that the utility has the power to blow up your aperture database if you don’t take heed." This does not mean the programme does not have potential, but it has the potential to cause major problems to your library. (It created considerable confusion in my Aperture setup, which luckily I noticed in time and could sort out before doing something which could not be reversed.) A programme which can do that is not a programme I can recommend. I take the point that careful study of the instruction might avoid problems but I would insist the developper has to make sure that dangers are much more clearly indicated or, better, eliminated. The problem is not so much what the problem cannot do,it is what it can do when you do not exactly what is safe from the perspective of the programme. (I do not like programmes with trap doors.) I would be very interested in a response by the developer to, where the author gives a clear judgement: "Because of ... core flaws, Duplicate Annihilator is essentially useless and I can’t recommend the Aperture version to anyone in it’s current state."

Chering replied on 08 Jul 2012
I appreciate very much the latest response of the developer in which it seems he acknowledges inherent possible difficulties of the Aperture Edition which need re-thinking and better solutions. I have a payed licence for both, the iPhoto and the Aperture version, and I will be happy to re-asses and change my rating for the Aperture version - the problematic one in my opinion - as soon as there is a revised version. What made me turn against the Aperture version was my experience that it can create such a confusing and bewildering amount of new information that one loses confidence in and mastery over what one is doing. This can be due to lack of careful reading of the manual but it is, in my opinion, also due to a programme which does not safeguard and protect enough. (Interesting parallel: the Airbus A330 is an excellent plane, but when Air France Flight 447 crashed June 1, 2009, killing everybody on board, it became clear that something needed urgent mending. See recent reports on "confusion" in the cockpit, and the conclusion that both parties, the pilots and the plane manufacturer, have to learn their lesson. Luckily, crashing a Aperture library is less leathal, but still very frustrating.) Good luck with the mending. (I will read the "new" instructions, once they are out, very carefully.)

Chering reviewed on 08 Oct 2010
Legend Maker works well, good documentation. I bought it and cannot complain, but I regret not having informed myself a bit about epub files and Apple programs, before I paid 50 Dollars. If you have Pages which I do and export your rtf doc as epub file you can do 90 % of what legend maker can. At least, this is how it seems to me. The epub file can be imported into iTunes/books and synced without problems to iPod, iPhone and I guess to iPad (which I do not have). So, Legend Maker seems totally overpriced and might use just what Apple has already prepared and adds a few details. As I said, the program is ok, but there is obviously a big discrepancy between the developers contributions and what is already available and works perfectly from inside Apple software. (Would be interesting to hear how the developer justifies the steep price of his product. Perhaps I have missed out on very important features and if this is so I am very happy to revise my assessment.) The program as such could be rated with 4 or 5 stars, depending on what one expects. But considering what I said above I think one has to warn potential buyers that they are invited to buy something for extra money what they might already have with iWorks and iLife.
[Version 1.2.3]

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