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Formica commented on 09 Apr 2011
This, like a few other downloading apps still on offer and even new ones just coming out, is utterly useless if it doesn't include multi-threaded downloading. Why would I add more complexity to my downloading if it offers no speed enhancement? I don't get it, and I won't get it.
[Version 2.0.7]

Formica commented on 04 Apr 2011
No User Guide, Instructions or even a simple ReadMe? For a $15 application that's been around for at least a couple of years? Developer ignores his paying customers' requests for basic documentation? In my book, that's the definition of a crappy developer (the kind whose apps I don't mind pirating — I only pay devs who give a damn). But at least the app has built-in Help, something a lot of other developers are too lazy and apathetic to make these days.
[Version 2.5.7]


Formica reviewed on 03 Apr 2011
This is so depressing. CleanApp was once the King of All Uninstallers. But in the past 6 months or so, it has become utter shite. Now, whenever I use its Clean Community feature to help it decide what other files are related to the one I want to uninstall, it pukes up a giant load of files that it thinks are related, but which are decidedly NOT.

So, now it's the King of Erroneousnessivity.

Even worse, it no longer recognizes when files that it erroneously recommends I should trash are used by other applications!!! For instance, I just cranked it up to get rid of Microsoft Communicator 13.0 (because like all MS apps, it sucks), which I unknowingly installed as part of Office 2011. Not only did CleanApp erroneously suggest that I also trash my Microsoft User Data folder, but it also failed to recognize and warn me that all the other apps in Office 2011 (like Word, Excel and PowerPoint) DO use that folder, and Outlook stores ALL MY EMAILS AND CALENDAR INFO in it!!!!!

So, what was once the very best application uninstaller available has become not just crappy — it's actually DANGEROUS.

I once rated this a five-star app. However, as of the last version (3.4.3), it had fallen to a three-star app. But, with this latest and most hazardous development, CleanApp isn't even worth half a star, and I rue the day I forked over $15 for the 6 or 7 months of good service I enjoyed before its quality plummeted to that of an App Store novelty.
[Version 3.4.4]


Formica reviewed on 22 Mar 2011
This app is a joke, just like its crazy developer. God only knows why MacHouse would start developing an app with exactly the same feature set as the $4 MKVtools but much, MUCH uglier and nowhere near as elegant, intuitive and functional, and then charge $20 for it!

Then again, everything this guy does, like attacking anyone who criticizes his crapware, is bizarre.
[Version 2.1.3]

Formica commented on 18 Mar 2011
Jeesh, you'd think a developer selling a $40 app would invest in some native English copy editing. The description of this app is unintelligible.
[Version 2.7.5]


Formica reviewed on 18 Mar 2011
Don't do it, it's junk, and the developer is delusional for charging $130 for something that's not worth $1. What's crazy is that nobody ever bought this dung, but Miraison never even considered lowering the price!

Instead, use JES Deinterlacer, which is FREE and is considered by many to be one of the best standards conversion apps available in the non-Hollywood class (
[Version 1.0]

Formica commented on 22 Jan 2011
A valiant effort, but nevertheless ridiculous.
[Version 1.0]

Formica commented on 07 Jan 2011
I hate it when companies use scare tactics to market their wares. The description (above) of Hands Off is pretty sensationalistic. I don't deny the possibility of such "confidential information leakage," but neither would I characterize it so cheaply.
[Version 1.1.1]


Formica reviewed on 07 Jan 2011
MorphX is a BLAST! It works very well and isn't hard to figure out. When I first downloaded it, within 10 minutes I'd morphed a photo of my ex-wife when she was young and nubile into a vulture pulling the intestines from a carcass!

Dev - thanks for offering this as freeware!
[Version 2.9.5]

Formica had trouble on 05 Sep 2009
I love this old app, but it has a major problem, and I don't know if it's just because I'm running it on a modern Intel system using OS 10.5.8 when it was probably designed on a Lisa-II (it's nearly that old).

The problem is that unchecking the preference to "Overwrite existing files" does not stick (meaning it's not persistent after the app has been shut down), so it always starts up with that pref checked, and that means that I can't just double-click on a .rar file to start the extraction if I don't want to overwrite the original archives (which I never do). So, I always have to open up unRarX 2.2 first and uncheck that pref before selecting the file(s) to extract, adding a step that most such apps long ago made erroneous when they added double-click-the-archive-to-start functionality.

It's not that big a deal, but it is just the kind of annoyance that will make me turn my head when some other cheap, nubile young unarchiver comes on the market.
[Version 2.2]

Formica had trouble on 16 Jun 2009
Unfortunately, PDFLab no longer seems to work in Mac OS 10.5.7. It's a terrible shame because it's one of my favorite apps.
[Version 2.0.3r2]

Formica had trouble on 15 Jun 2009
A bit of confusion about the download -- the .dmg that is linked to here is titled "AllBookmarks-3.1.3," but upon opening it you'll find that it's really version 3.1.4.
[Version 3.1.4]

Formica had trouble on 10 Jun 2009

Since I updated to Mac OS 10.5.7 on my iMac and my MacBook, the Auto-Protect and LiveUpdate components of Norton Antivirus 11 (NAV) no longer work. LiveUpdate automatically or manually checks for and downloads new virus definition files and updates for all the components of NAV. Auto-Protect automatically scans my system in the background looking for viruses when I am on the Internet, downloading email, or using any kind of external disk. With those two components dead, Norton Antivirus 11 is now COMPLETELY USELESS. And I cannot download a fix because the utility that downloads such things is what needs to be fixed! Nor can I find a fix to download from the Norton or Symantec websites, which are possibly the worst customer support websites in the software industry.

Here are the two alert notifications NAV gave after I tried repeatedly to uninstall and reinstall it:

"Norton AntiVirus Error. Norton AntiVirus Auto-Protect could not continue. Please run LiveUpdate or reinstall Norton AntiVirus and restart. (Code: 10)"

"System extension cannot be used. The system extension "/Library/Application Support/Symantec/AntiVirus/NortonAutoProtect.bundle/Contents/Resources/SymApComm.kext" was installed improperly and cannot be used. Please try reinstalling it, or contact the product's vendor for an update."

Systems Info: Late 2006 Intel Core2Duo 2.16 GHz 20" iMac with 2 GB RAM, and Late 2008 Intel Core2Duo 2.4 GHz Unibody MacBook with 4 GB RAM, both now running OS 10.5.7.
[Version 11.0.1]

Formica had trouble on 10 May 2009
TOMDOHERTY & BIDULE, the developer seems to have fixed your reported problem within one day! I'm curious if the new version does in fact work on 10.4.x because I have some 10.4 machines at work that I'd like to put this app on. Does 5.0.1 now work for you?
[Version 5.0.1]

Formica had trouble on 01 May 2009
This add-on (filename: surfcanyon_gs.xpi) does not work with Firefox 3.5b4.
[Version 2.0.4]

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