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David-Morrison reviewed on 12 May 2013
Is this the same product as iSkysoft Data Recovery?

I downloaded the trial and tried to scan a disk. The trial is supposed to be able to do this. It spent a few seconds scanning a big active disk with lots of files, which I would have thought would take a few minutes. It found none. Not a good recommendation.

It could not even see a USB flash drive I plugged in.

Neither this nor the iSkysoft product are able to do anything with disk images.

In short, it seems quite useless.
[Version 2.5.08]

David-Morrison commented on 01 Apr 2013
Just for the record, when you start WireShark (1.9.2) in Mountain Lion, it offers to install an X11 system. If you say yes, it takes you to an Apple Support page which contains a link to the XQuartz project. You have to download and install it. Note that it gets installed in the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder.
When you start WireShark, it asks you to find X11. Navigate to Utilities folder and select XQuartz.
WireShark now freezes for a couple of minutes while it builds font caches - DON'T PANIC! Then the window appears.
[Version 1.8.6]


David-Morrison reviewed on 02 Feb 2013
I was looking for something to do vector drawings, rather like MacDraw used to do. Draw a box, fill it with colour, draw a few lines, add text, line things up. Simple stuff in MacDraw many years ago.
I have been looking at all sorts of things for years and nothing has had the same ease of use. I saw a reference to Artboard, and thought I would try it on a project.
I could see it had a lot of features, but what used to be a single click in MacDraw seems to be several clicks in Artboard. For example, even if the Text tool is selected, you cannot just click on text to edit it, you have to right click and select Edit Text.
After two hours, I gave up. Very frustrating. A shame really.
[Version 1.7]

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David-Morrison replied on 12 Aug 2013
I eventually found iDraw which seems to do the things I want to do, but with a usable interface.
David-Morrison commented on 22 Dec 2012
"OSXFUSE allows you to extend Mac OS X's native file handling capabilities via third-party file systems. It is a successor to MacFUSE, which is no longer being maintained. "
[Version 2.0]


David-Morrison reviewed on 27 Nov 2012
I've been using Chronosync for about 6 months now, and generally I quite like it. It is very powerful and does the sort of things I want a sync/backup program to do. I especially like the Trial Sync option so I can check what is going to happen before it is too late.

But just recently I discovered what seems to be a major logic flaw that could leave some files not backed up. What is worse is that when I reported this to the developer, he didn't think it was a problem at all. From most people's perspective, if files are not being backed up when the user thinks they are, that is a *big* problem.

The flaw is that if you want to backup all files and folders that have been modified since a particular date, some do not get copied. This is because Chronosync does not look in any folders that have not been modified since that date. But in OS X, the folder date will only change if files directly in that folder have changed. If files in lower level folders have changed, they will not be picked up by Chronosync and therefore will not be backed up. (To be fair, he did give me a workaround which backed up all the modified files. The real concern is those people using the obvious approach thinking their files are actually being backed up.)

The Analyse function has a similar flaw. You would think looking at a folder without a cross that everything underneath it would be ok too. But no, all the analyse display tells you is the sync status of a single folder. To truly determine the sync status of all the files, you need to visit every folder in the tree. Or do a trial sync, in which case what is the point of the Analyse function?

With backup programs, you have to have confidence in the program, that it will copy all the files you tell it to. You don't want to discover after your disk has crashed that it has not backed up some of your files.

I'm now left wondering what other flaws there are, and whether the developer had the same casual attitude to them.

The low overall rating is due to this.
[Version 4.3.5]


David-Morrison reviewed on 06 Dec 2011
Fantastic app. Use it several times every day. Much more convenient than clumsy Address Book, especially the crippled Lion version.
[Version 4.0.3]

David-Morrison commented on 22 Aug 2011
Being a longtime Eudora user looking for something to replace it, I thought I would try PostBox Express, and maybe the full version later. It looks good and there are many useful features, but I have to say that I am disappointed.

1. For a gmail account, every time I did something, like saving a draft document or sending a message, a window came up showing the interaction with Google. Annoying!

2. The Sent Mail folder shows 4 messages as unread - I suppose that is what it means. But how do I find the unread messages amongst the 100 messages there? Maybe they should be bolded, but they are not.

3. Messages I send appear in All Mail but with nothing to indicate whether they are messages I sent or messages I received.

4. Just because Apple does it doesn't mean it is right. Displaying just people's names is not always helpful. If people have multiple e-mail addresses, you need to see the actual address. In this case, the only way to get the e-mail address is to click on the name when the message is open. This brings up a black window that is only visible while you stay there. Click anywhere else and it disappears. Try to right click on the e-mail address to Copy it, and the person gets inserted as the recipient in a new message. That's not what I wanted to do!!!

Sorry, PostBox needs a lot of work to be useful.
[Version 1.0.1]

David-Morrison commented on 27 Nov 2009
Download link goes nowhere....
[Version 1.0]

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