Dinh
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Dinh reviewed on 08 Jun 2007
I've tried Tangerine and BeaTunes before.. Thought I'd try another app to detect BPMs..


First note, is it took me awhile to figure out that the evaluation version only works on files with names starting with A-J... So if your wondering why the app is just flakey, that might be the cause.

Second... Lets take the song Overcome by Tricky.. My tapping counter says it should read 84 BPM (its Trip Hop), but BPMer re-wrote it to 165.

Third... Far Away From Home by Groove Coverage.. It records it as 182 while my tapping counter reads 92..


This seems to be a common problem where its off by a multiple of two and is triggering off of something else which isn't the baseline. I understand, but I want a way of handling this.. Sensitivity, expected range, or even a way of playing a blurb per file and then asking if that seems reasonable?

There was also difficulty updating the BPM view in iTunes, but I'm going to attribute that to iTunes not updating with the files properly rather than BPMer.
[Version 1.1.2]



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Dinh commented on 27 May 2007
Very handy application!

I really really really would like to see a favorites option so I can pick off ones that I like so I can narrow the list of choices.. Perhaps just another list box to the side where I can drag stuff over? I guess it may not work that easily as its a RTF, but perhaps something similar can be done? Perhaps opening up the source?
[Version 1.1.3]



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Dinh reviewed on 26 May 2007
I'm looking for an application that can download all the files relating to a website for archiving and evaluation.

This is the only application I found that could successfully download my test website.

After evaluating the following applications, here is my ranking for website archiving:

#1 SiteSucker - The only application to successfully download my test site in entirety. Also the cheapest coincidentally!

#2 DeepVacuum - Almost captured the whole site.. But of course missed the backgrounds and other things which I specifically wanted. Second cheapest ($12).

#3 Web Devil - Downloaded some of the site. The browsers seem half-baked for site archiving, its more for downloading galleries of images it seems. It is the most expensive application ($35).

#4 Blue Crab - Buggy, non-intuitive, and unusable per my previous description. Only file captured after trialing it was a cookies file. Second most expensive app ($25).
[Version 2.0.3]



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Dinh reviewed on 26 May 2007
I'm looking for an application that can download all the files relating to a website for archiving and evaluation.

I'd like to relay my initial impressions on this application:

* Nag screen very annoying and wastes my time when I'm evaluating which software I want to purchase...

* I'm running a newer MBP and with 90% system idle and 1gb of free memory (2GB total)... Typing text into any of the text fields and moving between dialogs is painstakingly slow in Blue Crab. I type.. I wait.. text appears.. I'm not sure what Blue Crab is doing, I've closed and reopened, etc.. No avail.. No other application is behaving that way..

* In creating a new Grab.. I goto view the configuration.. I change some settings. I close the window, it says I can't save the default?! okay fine... Then I say okay.. It doesn't show me where or how to save the settings to another config.. And then it closes it self automatically and looses all the changes I made. Considering that it takes a significant amount of time to type anything into the text fields, and change tabs, this is incredibly annoying. I finally figured out how to goto the configurations section and create a new config.

* After creating a grab, which apparently only grabbed 1 file even though I set it to recursively parse the site as would seem intuitive, it seemed like I only had the choice of "Done" and couldn't re-grab and change settings.. I hit done thinking it'd allow me to change settings, but nope, lost everything I typed in.


After evaluating the following applications, here is my ranking for website archiving:

SiteSucker - The only application to successfully download my test site in entirety. Also the cheapest coincidentally!
DeepVacuum - Almost captured the whole site.. But of course missed the backgrounds and other things which I specifically wanted. Second cheapest ($12).
Web Devil - Downloaded some of the site. The browsers seem half-baked for site archiving, its more for downloading galleries of images it seems. It is the most expensive application ($35).
Blue Crab - Buggy, non-intuitive, and unusable per my previous description. Only file captured after trialing it was a cookies file. Second most expensive app ($25).
[Version 4.8.9]


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Dinh replied on 29 May 2007
Joe:

Hmm.. Well. So I believe that it would be silly to write an application that is unusably slow. So from that standpoint, I understand that your obviously not experiencing the same problems I have.. And perhaps other people aren't also.

My interest in writing the review was simply to offer a perspective on the several applications available for mac users. A CompSci background helps a little too. The tests were done on a MacBook Pro 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo w/ 2GB of ram. (Reasonable at this time I would think)

I'm surprised I'm being blamed for breaking the configuration; as I tried to describe, the application would not save any of my changes to the configurations and the only settings I utilized in the test was the default configs.

Cheers!
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Dinh replied on 29 May 2007
Hi,

I'm not sure why your disqualifying my review as not real, is that solely on the basis that yours did not favor well?

My review was simple, I downloaded 4 applications that claimed to do similar tasks. I have a website that needed to be archived and I gave each application a few minutes of my time to see which ranked the best in the following categories:

* Effectiveness
* Time Savings
* Intuitive
* Cost effective


I find it very helpful when other people post similar findings and thought I'd do the same.

I'm sorry that something about Blue Crab didn't run well when I tested it, perhaps you did everything right and don't have any memory leaks, infinite loops to no where, etc.. All I can report on is my impressions as a user who wants to find the best solution.


I appreciate that the upgrades are free and you are fairly responsive to feedback. Down the road I'll have to check back in and see how Blue Crab is doing.


Cheers!
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