Drdul
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Drdul reviewed on 15 Apr 2014
This is officially an awesome utility. Mail sorely needs a menubar status icon, and Mail Menu Extension fills that need. The new version allows me to limit the display of new messages to inboxes only, which was the feature I needed. So far it's worked flawlessly, and at the price of free it's a fantastic deal. The only improvement I'd still like to see is an option for a blue status colour, not just red.
[Version 1.7.0]



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Drdul reviewed on 24 Feb 2014
I tried several HDR apps (and the Merge to HDR Pro feature in Photoshop CC) before deciding to buy Photomatix Pro. It produced the best results, offers the most features and was the easiest to use (after some learning time).

I mostly shoot sequences of 3 and 5 images handheld, so auto alignment is a critical feature. Photomatix Pro did as well as Photoshop CC (which is supposedly the best at aligning images), and better than other HDR apps, including one that makes a big deal about its ability to align handheld images. The selective deghosting feature in Photomatix Pro also works very well, better than any automatic deghosting methods that I tried.

I export images from Lightroom using the plugin supplied with Photomatix Pro (if you use ProPhoto RGB in Lightroom, check the dev's website for instructions as to how to preserve this colour profile on export). The raw file conversion in Photomatix Pro is okay, but even the dev admits it is not as good as Lightroom/ACR or other high-end raw converters.

I have used both the Contrast Optimizer and Detail Enhancer tone-mapping methods with good results. My approach is to find a preset that provides a reasonable result and tweak the settings from there. I plan to create a few of my own presets as there aren't that many built-in presets that provide a natural or realistic looking result. I have not yet used any of the Exposure Fusion options (these are not HDR -- they simply merge multiple exposures, which is useful for night photography, for example). Exposure merging is a bonus feature in Photomatix Pro that isn't included in most other HDR apps.

I knocked the app down a half a star because the interface is kinda clunky and fugly (the dev should just copy Lightroom's interface), and because the user manual does not help at all to explain the basic concepts of tone-mapping, fusion merging and deghosting (it simply explains what each slider and adjustment does). Fortunately, I found an outstanding tutorial online at http://hdrphotographer.blogspot.ca/p/hdr-tutorial.html that helped me get the most out of Photomatix Pro.
[Version 5.0.2]



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Drdul commented on 24 Feb 2014
FYI: You can find 15% discount coupons on the 'net by searching for "Photomatix coupon." If you want to save a bit more and can wait until U.S. Thanksgiving at the ned of November, Photomatix Pro usually goes on sale for 20% to 25% off.
[Version 5.0.2]



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Drdul reviewed on 16 Feb 2014
This is a far better way to use Spotlight than OS X's built-in search functionality, especially if you take the time to create custom search templates within HoudahSpot. I particularly like HS's support for both Mavericks and OpenMeta tags, and the ability to filter results to see files where the tags don't match. I was having problems with unwanted tags periodically reappearing in my system, and using HS I traced it down to a bunch of OpenMeta tags created long ago by some forgotten application.

I'm taking off half a star because HS does not provide a way to disable the tagging tray when HS isn't running. It's either on all the time, or not on at all. I find the tagging tray useful, but only when I'm using HS. The rest of the time, I don't want it hanging around getting in the way (it pops up at unwanted times, even if I haven't pressed one of the modifier keys that I have set to control it).
[Version 3.8.4]



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Drdul reviewed on 14 Feb 2014
I've been using another video downloader for a few years, and although it works fine on YouTube it doesn't work on any other website. I gave Downie a try on a particularly challenging website, but it didn't work. I wrote the dev, who responded the same day to say that support for the website would be added to the next version. Three days later, the new version was released, the video downloaded perfectly, and I happily paid $10 for Downie.
[Version 1.3.3]



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Drdul reviewed on 13 Feb 2014
I used Mail Archiver to back up 30,000 messages, which it did without any problems in about 30 minutes. I now have PDFs of each email message stored in folders by year and month, with the date, time and subject in the title. I like that Email Archiver is designed to never delete anything, only archive new messages, so now I can delete the messages out of Mail.

Although I can search with Spotlight or another app, I find the search within Email Archiver is pretty good. The only thing missing is the ability to limit searches by a range of dates, so for that I'm knocking off half a star. Otherwise, I'm more than happy with it.
[Version 2.8.1]



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Drdul commented on 12 Feb 2014
New version 3.6.3 (released this week) incorporates Java, so it no longer needs Java to be installed on the system. The app will autoupdate, but to get the benefit of the built-in Java you have to uninstall and then reinstall CrashPlan. To uninstall, right-click the CrashPlan app, select Show Package Contents, navigate into Contents and double-click Uninstall.
[Version 3.5.3]


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Drdul replied on 14 Feb 2014
If your CrashPlan app updated itself to 3.6.3, then it will still show the original date of the version you first installed. If you uninstall and then re-install 3.6.3, it will show a date of 21 January 2014. BTW, the reason to use the Uninstall script inside the app package as described above is to ensure that the CrashPlan service is also stopped before installing the new version.
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Drdul reviewed on 05 Feb 2014
This has become my #2 clipboard manager. It's not yet my #1 choice as it doesn't incorporate direct paste. Instead, it makes the selected clip active on the clipboard, which you must then paste with Cmd-V. The lack of direct paste is due to Apple's sandboxing requirements. I asked the dev about this, as some other Mac Store apps have direct paste, and he reported that Apple rejected his app three times until he removed direct paste, and that the other apps had it before sandboxing was required, and therefore were "grandfathered" in. Here's hoping that the dev decides to offer a non-MAS version with direct paste, which I would buy immediately.

I'm docking half a star from my rating because currently there's no ability to reorder or renumber favourites. If there was, I could assign a specific number to a favourite, for consistent pasting, and for a more organized display when filtering to show only favourites. When the dev adds this, it will be a 5-star app, and when a direct paste version is available it will be worthy of 6 stars!
[Version 2.0.1]



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Drdul reviewed on 04 Feb 2014
I primarily use myPoint to locate my cursor on my big screen, and to align items in graphics apps. To find my cursor I use the "momentary mouse locator," which I have set to activate with a double-tap of the Control key. This works well most of the time, but occasionally the Control key activation fails to work. To align graphics images as well as find my cursor, I use the crosshairs feature, which works reliably. I like that I can set a small area around the cursor to be clear of the crosshairs so that they don't obscure what's almost under the cursor.
[Version 2.9]



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Drdul commented on 26 Jan 2014
I like it a lot. The only thing stopping me from using it is that it counts messages in all folders in my mail accounts, rather than just counting messages in the inboxes. I contacted the dev, who said that an option to limit the message count to inboxes is in the works.
[Version 1.5.0]


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Drdul replied on 08 Mar 2014
I tried that. Under "Mode" it shows All Mailboxes, and everything is grated out so that when I try to click the little triangles at the right side to change the Mode, nothing happens.
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Drdul replied on 08 Mar 2014
I contacted the dev, who said to wait for the next update for this functionality to be enabled. He described Mail menu as a "work in progress."
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Drdul had trouble on 25 Jul 2011
Fantastic utility when it works, but it disappeared as soon as I restarted my Mac after updating to Safari 5.1. Now there's no icon, even though a Mail Unread Menu process is running. I wrote to the dev but have not received a response. Too bad, because I really liked this.
[Version 3.2.7]



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Drdul had trouble on 01 Oct 2010
When Switché is active, some keyboard shortcuts that include the Command key are rendered inactive in all applications. Cmd-H to hide and Cmd-, for prefs, for example.
[Version 2.0]



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Drdul had trouble on 30 Jun 2010
A caution about upgrading…

I installed version 3.0, launched HoudahSpot, got a dialog box telling me my licence is out of date, clicked the "Upgrade" button, a blank window flashed on the screen for a split-second and that was it. No HoudahSpot, no option to upgrade, and nothing in the developer's store on his website.

Fortunately I had a copy of version 2.7.4 so I was able to downgrade easily enough. Looks like I'll have to wait until there's a new version or the developer adds an upgrade option to his online store.
[Version 3.0]



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Drdul had trouble on 11 Jan 2010
Couldn't even try this out, as it crashed after about 15 seconds (when i tried to drag a guide). This is on a Mac Pro with 10.6.2
[Version 2.9]



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Drdul had trouble on 24 Sep 2009
The idea sounds great in principle, but I couldn't get it to work. I launched the app, clicked the OK button at the prompt where it tells me it's running in demo mode, and then it froze. I had to force-quit. I tried it again with the same result, so I dragged it to the trash.
[Version 1.7]



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Drdul had trouble on 21 Aug 2009
MDRP creates a hidden ".dvdcss" folder in a user's home directory. This folder contains a record of every DVD that MDRP has ripped. It would be nice if MDRP removed entries from this folder at the conclusion of each rip, or cleaned this folder out on quit.
[Version 1.4.3]



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Drdul had trouble on 20 Aug 2009
Turly (the developer) was unfortunately involved in a collision with a bus a couple of months ago, and as a result has warned FinderPop users not to expect a 10.6-compatible version for a while. See http://www.fnarr.net/fp/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=17 for details. Here's hoping Turly recovers quickly and completely.

Like many others, I have become totally dependent on FinderPop, and will be at a complete loss when I upgrade to Snow Leopard next month. I would welcome any suggestions for apps that offer some of the functionality and ease of use of FinderPop, that I could make do with until FinderPop is upgraded for OS X 10.6.
[Version 2.2]



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Drdul had trouble on 22 Mar 2009
As a previous reviewer noted, running iDefrag on a Mac with Time Machine enabled results in Time Machine backing up many of the defragged files. Too bad I didn't realize this before I ran iDefrag. Time Machine is now backing up a whopping 371 GB of files, none of which have actually changed. My 1 TB Time Machine volume was full, which means I have now lost a whole bunch of backups from several months ago so that Time Machine can squeeze in 371 GB of not-at-all-new files.

Because of this, I will no longer be using iDefrag. I'd rather have a fragmented disk and keep my old backups.
[Version 1.6.8]


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Drdul commented on 23 Mar 2009
A follow-up to my earlier report. I contacted Coriolis technical support, who indicated that Time Machine should not be re-backing up defragged files. They indicated that following a similar report they received earlier, they tested this and were not able to reproduce the problem I experienced. So, as always, YMMV.
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Drdul had trouble on 20 Mar 2008
The one thing that's been driving me nuts with EyeTV 3.0.1 is the constant prompts to authenticate as an administrator (I run EyeTV from a standard account, as I do with all apps).

I tried changing permissions on the com.elgato.* prefs files, and on a few other files I found in the Application Support folder, but with no luck. I contacted Elgato's tech support, and received the following answer:

Thank you for contacting Elgato Systems.

We are aware of a problem with non-admin accounts and EyeTV 3.0.1. There is a problem with saving a setting to our global preference when quitting out of EyeTV. Hopefully our Engineers will fix the problem soon.

Some of my customers have been able to click Cancel and bypass the admin password entry. Another changed permissions for ~/Library/Preferences so the non-admin accounts had Read/Write permissions.
[Version 3.0.1]



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