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Gaberdine reviewed on 11 Sep 2013
Great work by the dev!

This outperforms paid for apps like TuneUp. I would love to be able to add tracks from iTunes but I can live with creating a custom folder and opening that folder in Picard.

It isn't entirely intuitive but it still outperforms the overpriced commercial bloatware I just trialled.

Be aware that it seems to stall if you scan too many tunes at once for acoustic fingerprints.
[Version 1.2]


Gaberdine reviewed on 11 Sep 2013
Er, what is this for exactly?
This is an unusable monster.
The results tab is small, fiddly and slow as hell.

I am only interested in the 40 or so tunes with no ID3 tags at all (after a botched migration). MusicBrainz Picard doesn't recognise these but I figured TuneUp might...

Well, it might, but I have no idea how to find out without going through every single one of my 8,000+ tunes that TuneUp wants to change until I come across something with no pre-existing title - but to do that I have to click disclosure triangles 3x8,000 times!

And I sure as heck ain't gonna trust this bloated lunatic to change everything because over 20% of the titles I have checked have been wrong at some level.

Without some way to select which songs, folders or playlists to work on, this software is pointless junk with all the usability and convenience of boxing gloves at a tea party.
[Version 3.0.4]

Gaberdine commented on 27 Aug 2013
HUnting was a great app - truly excellent app.

But thanks to Twitter it no longer works. has changed the rules and broken Hunting.

Twitter changed their API and imposed new rules about how Tweets can be displayed, breaking all my favourite Twitter clients, including Hunting.

Hunting is dead...

I bought this 3 months ago. Now it is useless.
BUT I don't blame the dev, I blame Twitter.

And to me, twitter is dead.
[Version 1.0.1]


Gaberdine reviewed on 18 Jun 2013
From 10.4 through to 10.6 AppleJack has save my mac more times than I care to admit. I has never crashed or failed in its task.

AppleJack is quite simply the Boss.

Do not pay attention to the *morons* below who gave half a star because the dev has finally ceased work on the project after years of excellent work and support - all for free.

He only stopped because:
a) Lion already had a recovery partition built in, and
b) Apple won't answer enquiries about changes to Single User Mode.

So. If you have 10.7 or above you probably don't need AppleJack and it is not designed to work beyond 10.6.8... unless you know what you are doing, leave it alone. MacUpdate should "update" their information accordingly.

But anybody still running an OSX machine up to and including 10.6.8 should install this for emergencies and rate it 5 stars.

Then see about making a donation to the dev...
[Version 1.6]


Gaberdine reviewed on 12 May 2013
OK so this is a review.

Data Glue works great.

It works on 10.6

It is drag and drop.

It does exactly what it says it will.

It is fast, clean and easy. And it is free.

Data Glue takes a useful feature, normally only accessible via Terminal, and brings it blinking into the daylight of the GUI.

By using a Drop Zone on the app window to select files for processing, this app stands out from alternatives such as split&concat (though that has more output options).

The only improvement I could suggest is to offer a dialogue to change the output folder. The inexpensive MacAppStore version may even have this for all I know.

== -- ==

Oh, of course you could use terminal commands to split and concatenate files if you want to...

But unless you see the world in hexadecimal, your fingers are welded to the keyboard and you consider mice and trackpads to be devilish affectations that won't ever catch on, why bother with the command line to achieve only some of what this app does..?

Or you could drag files to this lovely little app that just works.

Your choice.
[Version 2.1]


Gaberdine reviewed on 12 May 2013
Not working under 10.6 iMac intel

1. Can't open preferences (presumably this is where I would set the destination URL)
2. Crashes when I hit upload (bear in mind no destination has been set - see 1. above).

Dev has work to do on this great idea for an app to make it stable on 10.6
[Version 1.1]


Gaberdine reviewed on 28 Apr 2013
*This review and one-start rating applies to Snow Leopard only*

I don't think this version is suitable for Snow Leopard. Beware!

In the troubleshooting tab (here on MacUpdate) the developer remarks that Hosts hasn't been tested on SL in a long time and provides a link to an older version. I don't know how well that works but the system info here should be updated *urgently* to say NOT FOR SNOW LEOPARD.

For me it either crashes on launch or generates lots of errors (viewable in - and then it can't actually save new entries to the Hosts file anyway!

Worst of all, it won't let me uninstall ("because an error occurred"). Maybe this bug and the preferred removal is documented elsewhere (I'm looking now) but it really belongs in the prefpane itself otherwise it is very much against Apple Developer guidelines to have a Prefpane that can't be uninstalled from the System Preferences window.

I'd like to give no rating for use with SL but I am obliged to in order to leave a review, so 1 star, I'm afraid.
[Version 0.1.3]

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Gaberdine replied on 01 Jul 2013
Duh, Johnny-n, did you read anything before your comment?

I gave it one star because it does not work under one of the OS versions it claims to be compatible with. How is that not valid? Why is that so hard for you to comprehend?

As stated: "This review and one-star rating applies to Snow Leopard only". I think that's fair and responsible reviewing.

And I placed it here so that SL users would see it and avoid.

If my (honest and correct) one star is dragging the score down, all the dev need do is change the description to say "Compatible with 1.7 and above" and update the version number; this review will become irrelevant and the rating won't apply any more.

Gaberdine replied on 10 Dec 2013
Oh Xenophile, grow up. Leaving a one star review gives no joy to anybody…

…and this has nothing to do with a mistake in MU's compatibility list. Host's own info.plist has a minimum system version of 10.6.6

Furthermore, the developer is well aware that Hosts does not work under SL. There used to be a comment from the dev right here on MU (which has now vanished) saying it had not been tested on SL in a long time and offering an earlier version - which also wasn't tested on SL and which also didn't work.

It is quite within the dev's power to do something about this problem, even if that just means changing the info.plist file and telling MU to update their listing.

None of this addresses the fact that it is a prefpane that is unnecessarily installed via an installer but does not come with an uninstaller and, worst of all, **cannot be uninstalled from within System Preferences** because it always throws up an error.

I am well aware that the score is averaged. Sure I could have left a comment at the time instead of a review - and maybe that would have been kinder - but I stand by my comments and by my score, based on my own experience with Hosts.

4/5 stars is a very good average for an app that is actually worse than useless in at least one of the 3 (or 4…?) OS versions it claims to support… but I'm glad it works for you.

Gaberdine reviewed on 01 Apr 2013
Used to love Fiwi on Tiger but I have found it to be incompatible with TotalFinder for Snow Leopard.

If you don't use TotalFInder, Fiwi is useful (if a little slow).
[Version 2.0.8]

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Gaberdine replied on 03 Apr 2013
I should clarify that I experienced these problems with Fiwi 2.0.8 and Total Finder 1.3.2 running on Max OSX 10.6.8 Snow Leopard.

I emailed the developer of Fiwi and he was very responsive - so mucho kudos for that!

He has run tests and says Fiwi works fine with TotalFinder 1.4.9 on Mountain Lion (all latest versions as of April 2013). He is looking into issues with Snow Leopard and 1.3.x versions of TotalFinder.

Gaberdine reviewed on 10 May 2012
Nice little App, always liked the Smart Delete function.

However updating to 2.1.0 from 2.0 (and possibly earlier versions) introduces a bug in Smart Delete for Snow Leopard users which prevents it working (at least it did for me), throwing up this error:

The operation couldn’t be completed. (kSMErrorDomainFramework error 3 - The client and tool did not match requirements.)

Obviously I'll email the developer but there's a very simple fix which I have detailed on this page in Troubleshooting just now.
[Version 2.1.0]

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Gaberdine replied on 10 May 2012
Of course it could have just been a glitch in the Sparkle updater, nothing to do with AppCleaner...
Gaberdine had trouble on 12 May 2013
Doesn't work on 10.6.

Preferences will not open - can't set upload destination.

Crashes when Upload is clicked with following (selected) message:

Exception Codes: 0x0000000000000002, 0x0000000000000000
Crashed Thread: 4

Application Specific Information:
*** Terminating app due to uncaught exception 'NSInternalInconsistencyException', reason: 'Modal session requires modal window'

Thread 4 Crashed:
1 libobjc.A.dylib 0x0069a5a9 objc_exception_throw + 56
2 0x008253f8 +[NSException raise:format:arguments:] + 136
3 0x0182a6e7 -[NSAssertionHandler handleFailureInMethod:object:file:lineNumber:description:] + 116
4 0x00bde5f8 -[NSApplication _commonBeginModalSessionForWindow:relativeToWindow:modalDelegate:didEndSelector:contextInfo:] + 660

Running 10.6.8 on iMac Intel core i5
[Version 1.1]

Gaberdine had trouble on 28 Apr 2013
I get the same issues under SL.

Sorry but this is worse than useless in 10.6.8

I applaud your for creating this neat idea for an app - but you urgently need to test it on all the OS's you claim that it works on.

Meanwhile you better to change change the System requirements on MacUpdate as this is a total disaster on SL.

I get loads of these errors in System log when I open Hosts prefpane:[536] objc[536]: GC: 0x100191d90 + 48 isn't in the auto_zone, break on objc_assign_ivar_error to debug.

And I get the same mularkey that David Losada gets when I try to make changes - and nothing sticks anyway.

Worst of all, I can't even uninstall it by right-clicking in System prefs: "The “Hosts” preferences pane could not be removed because an error occurred." - any help please?

Is it just that I need to manually trash the prefpane so it doesn't trash my Hosts file or what?

Please either update this or state that it won't work for the 25% of Macs running 10.6
[Version 0.1.3]

Gaberdine had trouble on 10 May 2012
Workaround for bug when updating to 2.1.0

Updating to 2.1.0 from 2.0 (and possibly earlier versions) introduces a bug in Smart Delete for Snow Leopard which prevents it working (at least it did for me) due to authorisation issues. I'll email the developer but here's the fix right now:

For geeks:

Copy this file
into this folder /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/
...and authorise everything when prompted. Done

For non geeks:

Right click on the AppCleaner app and select "Show Package Contents"....
In the new folder that opens (showing the innards of the app so don't mess around here!), open the folders "Contents" then "Library" then "LaunchServices" to reveal a file called "com.freemacsoft.appcleanerd" - this needs to be copied to the correct location.

Now open another Finder window at the *top level* of your hard drive by clicking on Macintosh HD (or whatever you call it) in the Finder sidebar... open the "Library" folder you see there and navigate to the folder "PrivilegedHelperTools" inside it. This is where com.freemacsoft.appcleanerd needs to reside but if you already have an older version there, the system won't authorise it to run and you will experience the bug. *Copy* the newer version of "com.freemacsoft.appcleanerd" from "LaunchServices" inside the app contents window to the "PrivilegedHelperTools" window you just opened. Authorise with your Admin credentials when prompted and click "Replace" when asked if you want to replace an existing file with the same name.

That's it - close the windows, open the app and enable Smart Delete in preferences... now you're ready to go.

All in all it will take one minute - much less than it took to read (or indeed write) this advice. Enjoy.
[Version 2.1.0]

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Gaberdine replied on 10 May 2012
Of course it could have just been a glitch in the Sparkle updater...
Trashing the following preference files may also solve it (if anybody else experiences the same thing) though I didn't try it:

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