Derek Currie
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Derekcurrie reviewed on 11 Apr 2014
AHEM. Chris Campbell at Adobe has released the following announcement regarding the FAILure of Adobe Flash Player v13 on Macs made from 2006 - 2007. It includes links for the UNINSTALLER for v13 and INSTALLER for version 12. PLEASE NOTE: There are known, published security holes in version 12. Do NOT install version 12 unless you ABSOLUTELY must, due to the threat of security hole hacking of your devices.

Poorly done Adobe. You get an F- from me. Your Flash software was already the second most dangerous software on the Internet for Mac users, second only to Oracle's Java.

"We are aware that Macs created between 2006 and 2007 are currently running into problems using the latest release of Flash Player (version 13). We apologize for the inconvenience that this is causing. We are actively investigating the cause and hope to have a full solution to you shortly. In the meantime, please follow this two step procedure which will revert you back to version 12.

"Download and run our uninstaller: tall_flash_player_osx.dmg
Download and run the version 12 installer from: /install_flash_player_12_osx.dmg

"After installing Flash Player, you might be presented again with our update dialog. You have a couple of choices to deal with this.

"I recommend simply clicking the red close button on the dialog's title bar to dismiss the dialog. This dialog will show up once every 7 days or until we update you silently and automatically with the fixed version (45 days maximum).

"The other option is to change the notification option during the install to "Never check for updates (not recommended)." This will suppress the dialog completely. At some point in the near future Safari will block the old version of Flash Player and you'll be prompted to reinstall the new version of Flash (with the fix). When that happens you can return to the automatic update selection."

Derekcurrie commented on 04 Apr 2014
Version 2.0.1 is now available. Here are the release notes:

What's New
• Powerful Batch Processing - Save your time to quickly edit multiple photos
• New Useful Functions - Highlights, shadow and curves adjustments
• More Better Choices - More filters, special effects, borders, patterns and freestyle collage backgrounds
• Improved Features - Added EXIF information when sharing photo to Flickr
• Better User Interface - Fotor Photo Editor is more fun and much easier to use
• Bug fixes
[Version 2.0.0]

Derekcurrie rated on 04 Apr 2014
[Version 1.1.3]

Derekcurrie commented on 01 Apr 2014
As a veteran in the battle to kill off FAKE and COERCED MacKeeper reviews, let me point this out:

How many of the 4 and 5 star reviews here for Elmedia Player are from people who've reviewed here before? Look down the reviews thread. How many of the reviews are from newbies?

What does that tell you?

It tells ME we have review stuffing going on, again.
[Version 4.3.7]

Derekcurrie commented on 29 Mar 2014
At the moment, the available archive of the 2.0.8 update is corrupt. I've tried updating from within the application and via direct download with the same results. (It could be my stupid ISP, Time Warner Cable! But I sort of doubt it). I've written up a bug report at the developer's website. If you run into this problem, I'd give the update a try a bit later.
[Version 2.0.8]

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Derekcurrie replied on 29 Mar 2014
Resolved! The direct download worked perfectly for me this morning. Thank you WriteIt!
Derekcurrie commented on 28 Mar 2014
The Requirements for Shotcut are WHAT?!

Using OS X 10.7.5 I've tried the most recent version as well as the earliest version (from February) on the developer's website and I always get:

This program requires OpenGL version 2.0 with frame buffer object extension."

10.7.5 only has OpenGL v1.8.1, whereas 10.9.2 has v9.6.0. MacUpdate says Shotcut runs on 10.5 on up. No it doesn't! I'm going to have to assume it currently requires 10.8 or higher.
[Version 14.03.27]

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Derekcurrie replied on 29 Mar 2014
This version does work great on 10.9.2. √ Verified.

Derekcurrie rated on 27 Mar 2014
[Version 3.7.4]

Derekcurrie rated on 24 Mar 2014
[Version 1.9]

Derekcurrie commented on 24 Mar 2014
Confusion solved: v1.8.1 is the current version of Boom. The only reason there is a v1.9 is to distinguish it from the non-Apple App Store version. The App Store has restrictions that require recoding of apps. Giving the App Store versions unique numbers is required in order to tell them apart. If anything, the App Store versions of apps are LESS capable than direct-from-the-developer versions.

IOW: v1.9 adds nothing new compared to v1.8.1. Annoying, isn't it.
[Version 1.9]

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Derekcurrie replied on 25 Mar 2014
But that's opposite of what I usually experience. I get tired of the Apple App Store because it takes a couple weeks for what developers release publicly to catch up on the App Store due to Apple's vetting process. So, Huh?

Anyway, thank you GlobalDelight for the clarification!

Derekcurrie rated on 21 Mar 2014

Derekcurrie had trouble on 24 Sep 2012
My Advice: Stick with version 0.10 for now.

I've been attempting to use DNSCrypt v0.16 (the current version over at GitHub) and finding it to be buggy, unreliable and unfinished. I've ended up having to change the Network System Preferences pane DNS servers by hand to OpenDNS.

Then I discovered that the ONLY version of DNSCrypt being offered at is v0.10, which actually works properly but is from last January and doesn't have the half-baked features of v0.16. Also, when I have v0.10 check for new version, it reports that there aren't any! I thought this must be a bug, but maybe the feedback is intentional.

So, I've written to via their 'Preview Feedback' tab for guidance as to what version is meant for public testing. I have to wonder if v0.16 is intended to be an 'alpha' release, not worthy of beta testing. It certainly acts that way.. Having installed v0.10 again and returned to functionality, I'm certainly not going back to v0.16 again.

If I hear back from OpenDNS about this situation, I'll post here.

If you'd like to play with both versions, here are the URLs:

Latest GitHub version:

Current version offered at
[Version 0.16]

Derekcurrie had trouble on 21 Sep 2012
NOT compatible with 10.7:

Despite the developer website claim that this app runs on 10.7, it DOES NOT. When you attempt to run the app it reports:

"You can't use this version of the application with this version of Mac OS X. You have Mac OS X 10.7.5. The application requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later.

This is a developer documentation blunder, not MacUpdate's fault.
[Version 0.9]

Derekcurrie had trouble on 16 Sep 2012
Installing version 2.0 on my MacBook has not been working correctly. After repeated attempts and reboots of Safari I found that version 1.8 had not been replaced.

Therefore, I suggest:
1) Duplicate the extension, providing you with a copy in case you need it.
2) Try the installation by simply double-clicking the file FlashToHTML5.safariextz.
3) Verify in the Safari Preferences/Extensions tab that you have indeed installed version 2.0. If not, move on to #4:
4) To force version 2.0 to actually install you have to first UNinstall the previous version using the 'uninstall' button in the FlashToHTML5 interface. Then close the Preferences window.
5) Now perform the installation AGAIN using the duplicate you made. It should install fine this time.

It is possible that there is no actual problem with the installer and that this is yet-another bizarro Finder bug. But I have not seen this problem previously and expect it is a bug in v2.0 of the extension, one with this easy workaround.
[Version 2.0]

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Derekcurrie replied on 16 Sep 2012
BTW: I also found that the previous version of this extension was NOT being automatically updated via the Safari Extensions option to "Install Updates Automatically". This update didn't even register as being available. It has to be installed by hand, from my experience, again indicating that there is some sort of bugginess going on with version 2.0.
Derekcurrie had trouble on 20 Nov 2008
Note that the version 3.5.2 of Voodoo Pad Lite is too stupid to realize that version 4.0 is NOT compatible with Mac OS X 10.4.11. Sadly the installer is ALSO too stupid to check what version of Mac OS X it is installing into and happily wipes out your good copy so it can replace it with a worthless copy of 4.0, totally screwing over your ability to use the program in 10.4.

I have written the developer about their bugs.

It is great that this excellent program is provided for free. But self-sabotaging programs are not tolerable. :-P
[Version 4.0]

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