Eric Brown
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Ecbrown reviewed on 09 Oct 2010
Fantastic Program. It does exactly what the author says it should. I've had no problems with the software.
[Version 4.5beta]


Ecbrown reviewed on 01 Sep 2010
Chortle chortle snort snort this is exactly what I was looking for!
[Version 1.4.8]

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Ecbrown replied on 03 Sep 2010
I was so excited to find this utility that I left that rather silly comment. I have been longing to return to pine / alpine / re-alpine email, but I have had difficulty merging the Mac ecosystem with pine's .addressbook

This does the trick, and gives a number of other options/customizations. An outstanding utility that fills a big pothole.

Ecbrown reviewed on 20 Aug 2010
Problem: Spam Solution: SpamSieve

There aren't a lot of fancy options in SpamSieve. You install it, and then train it to catch Spam. It does it well for Mail and Gyazmail, the two programs that I use on my computer.
[Version 2.8.2]


Ecbrown reviewed on 19 Aug 2010
Fanstastic application. It does exactly what I want it to do---be convenient to computed SHA's, CRC32's, MD5's, etc. with a right click and choice from contextual menu.
[Version 1.2]


Ecbrown reviewed on 19 Aug 2010
Very creative and innovative application. I have to agree with SKELLER. It is great for things that integrate well with Quick Look. This is especially useful for images and first pages of documents.

One thing that I would like to see in the future is the ability to interact with multi-page documents. For example, if I have a set of multi-page PDFs, like books or articles, I would like to flip through them while remaining in Raskin. Also, it seems that it is possible that third party Quick Look plugins that work in Finder (e.g. Mathematica in my case) may not work. Could be an isolated case, but something to check out during your trial period.

It is an excellent application to keep open on a second monitor. I'm not sure if this app is for people who don't get nested folders, or who are power users and who simply want a different perspective. Maybe both. I don't think that it is a Finder replacement or even a Path Finder replacement. It's its own thing.

One thing that I have noticed is that it takes a lot of juice to generate all of those Quick Looks. The app generates the quick look images on a "need to see" basis--generally not until you have panned over the area where the placeholder is. There also seems to be tug of war between me wanting it to generate ALL of the Quick Looks even before I scroll them, and the desire to save my battery life. All fine, you can't get something for nothing. Maybe the developers can work on better multithreading and perhaps tying into the Energy Saver settings, but they may be constrained by OS limitations as well.

One interesting use (interesting to me at least) is to do a power search in HoudahSpot, and then put aliases of the resulting files into a folder that is being watched by Raskin. Then, one can look at all of the files in a light-table, rather than flipping through Quick Looks one at a time.

It could stand some improvement in the stability department, but I have faith that the developers will put more work into quashing bugs, adding features, and improving usability. I'm not going to ding them too hard on this aspect. Notwithstanding, the program definitely works and I was happy to get it via MUPromo. I give it four stars and I reserve the right to increase it to five as the developers build on this first effort.
[Version 1.0.2]

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Ecbrown replied on 09 Oct 2010
The developers have listened to The People, and they have made many improvements in stability, as well as adding full Quick Look functionality. This program continues to improve, and I am fully satisfied with my purchase. 5/5

Ecbrown reviewed on 11 Aug 2010
I desperately want to like this software (DropStuff). I have defended it on several review sites. It combines lot of features that would take at least two (or three) other packages to cover the functionality. Also, I like that it fires on all eight cylinders on my 8-core Mac.

But, try this: take a folder of about 100 megabytes in size. Crank up to maximum compression, add a little error correction, and then choose the native sitx format etc. etc. (sitx is actually very good, not knocking it in this review. I don't care if it is proprietary for my purposes.) Also, it is very picky and will often die if you tell it to use the maximum amount of memory (I have 32 gigabytes of ram for goodness sakes).

However, the program gets part way through the compression, and then dies. If you roll back the compression ratio, then it will work, eventually. But why do I have to try ten times to find that sweet spot? I can't use it in scripts with any reliability.

Smith Micro said that they were "fixing the bug" but still no news after all these months (or a year now?) If they would fix this damned bug, it would be 4 1/2 star software.

Please note it works great for .zip and .tar.gz, etc. but so do free solutions.
[Version 14.0.1]

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