Arash Ayrom
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Hobojoe reviewed on 07 Apr 2014
I actually really like this! Nice work. I suppose you could argue that this isn't really Comic Sans anymore, but it's still a nice font that really does have a friendly, casual air to it.
[Version 1.0]



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Hobojoe reviewed on 23 Jun 2013
Tap Forms is a fantastic personal database. It has lots of handy features, and has corresponding iOS apps as well. The developer is super friendly and responsive, and has come up with software that is in many, many ways better than Bento (and Filemaker is a much bigger company than this one).

I've tried a bunch of these, including Bento and iDatabase, and Tap Forms is my favorite.

Having said that, the Mac app is still a bit buggy. I haven't lost any data or anything serious like that, but sometimes things don't update properly until you quit and restart, and moving the main window around is very stuttery.

I'd love to see this program grow and mature. Definitely give it a whirl if you're in the market for a database app.
[Version 1.5]


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Hobojoe replied on 24 Jun 2013
Fishscale,

If there are any questions I can answer for you, I'd be happy to. I seem to remember the developer saying something about putting out a demo version, so hopefully that will happen sometime soon.

If I had to sum up my experience with the app right now, I'd say it's got great functionality, but needs more polish, both in UI and bug-squashing. None of it has kept me from using it effectively though.
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Hobojoe reviewed on 04 Oct 2010
I've been using Web Snapper for a long time, and it is simply amazing. As far as I know, there is no other application / plug-in that does what Web Snapper can.

I do a lot of research online, and have learned through experience that web pages are not immortal. Keeping snaps of them is vital to what I do.

And Web Snapper's PDFs are much better than Safari's Web Archives. For one, they pop up in Quicklook. They are searchable. They preserve any live links on the page. You can have the URL appended to the PDF.

And on and on and on.

As of now, I would estimate that I have snapped roughly 30,000 pages with Web Snapper. Yup, thirty thousand. And I am extremely satisfied.

My only caveat is that every once in a blue moon, the snap won't be perfect with one of those Flash web pages that you come across. You know, the ones that are entirely Flash, not the ones that have a Flash movie or some Flash elements embedded.

Finally, the developer has been amazing. I've received fast, thorough and friendly support every time I've contacted them.

I can't recommend it highly enough. A thorough bargain.

(I have no affiliation with the developer. I know my praise is effusive, but it's genuine.)
[Version 2.7]



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Hobojoe reviewed on 28 Sep 2010
I've been using DockStar for years, and find it indispensable for the way I work.

Basically, I have a lot of rules set up in Mail to sort incoming emails into folders (actually, "mailboxes"). I've configured DockStar to alert me both visually with a badge and with a sound effect for certain important emails, just visually with a badge for other emails, and to not alert me for unimportant emails like newsletters, promos, etc.

In other words, it's very malleable.

I just wrote to the developer asking for volume control of the sound effect alert, and he's got it working, but not through the GUI yet.

Awesome support, fantastic product.
[Version 2.1.7]



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Hobojoe commented on 11 May 2010
Hi all. I'm a Web Snapper user and totally love it, but wanted to share some observations.

I just did a full, clean upgrade to Snow Leopard on my MacBook Pro, and the first things I re-installed were Flash, Web Snapper and Cosmopod (video downloader for Safari - awesome!).

To my horror (so dramatic!), Safari would crash constantly any time I'd activate Web Snapper. It was pretty rock solid on Leopard, with the occasional crash (maybe 1 in 500 snaps) which I always knew was Flash's fault.

Anyway, I began uninstalling the various components to see if I could isolate the problem. Mind you, this is, again, a clean install of Snow Leopard with all Apple updates installed as of May 10, 2010 (10.6.3).

Web Snapper was fine without Flash installed.

Web Snapper would crash with Flash with or without Cosmopod (i.e., Cosmopod is not the problem).

Finally, I began messing with the various iterations of Flash currently available. There's a 10.1 release candidate, as well as the "Gala" version that adds GPU acceleration.

Both of these would cause Safari to crash anytime I'd try to snap a webpage with Web Snapper.

I finally installed the last "stable" release of Flash, which is v.10.0.45.2. Since then, no problems.

Obviously, I do hope Flash becomes more stable, and I do hope that both Web Snapper and Cosmopod keep up with the changes.
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Hobojoe replied on 20 May 2010
Hi all,

I just wanted to follow up on my previous comment.

I contacted the developer regarding the issues I was experiencing with Flash, and his response has been nothing but stellar.

He responded to my email immediately, and has been sending me new versions to test out. Flash is a tricky one, and with the latest beta, he seems to have the problem solved. Hopefully, this new version will be released soon.
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Hobojoe reviewed on 25 Jan 2010
Very flexible application that provides a lot of functionality. It supports Open Meta tags, as well as Spotlight comments, and can be used as a file browser.

Developer is great as well. I was having some issues, and after a couple of emails, he had new builds up and ready to download. (Solved the problem, too!)

At first glance, the price may seem high, but after using it and saving so much time (more valuable than $35, that's for sure!), I'd have no issues buying this app again.

You do have to wrap your head around it a bit in order to get maximum benefit. Check out the screencasts on the developer's site to get a good introduction.
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Hobojoe reviewed on 17 Jan 2010
The other reviewers are absolutely correct: Scrivener is just plain amazing!

It is one of the most thoughtful applications I've ever used. And to think this app was basically made by a self-taught programmer!

There's a v.2 on the horizon, and honestly, I'm not sure what they can improve. The only thing I can think of is better annotations, but even now, it's totally workable.

I do wish the developer catered a bit more to the writer who's starting out fresh. I don't mean tutorials on how various parts of the application work (they have a ton of those), but more along the lines of explaining why you'd want note cards and a corkboard, how to organize your writings, etc. In other words, more philosophical than technical.
[Version 1.53]



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Hobojoe reviewed on 17 Jan 2010
There is no other application on the Mac that I know of that does what DevonThink Pro does.

I'm only just scratching the surface, but from what I've seen, there's a level of polish and sophistication that is impressive.

My two complaints right now (and neither of which will prevent me from giving this app 5 stars:)

1. They haven't updated their screencasts for v.2 yet. This new version is radically different from v.1, and the application does take time to get your head around it. I'm sure they're hard at work getting the final version ready to ship.

2. The inspector window doesn't give enough info about media files. I really wish that it showed the same type of data you see in Quicktime's file info pane (e.g., resolution, codec, fps, etc.).

Again, amazing app. Don't even think of complaining about the price either!
[Version 2.0pb8]



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Hobojoe reviewed on 05 Jan 2010
Bento, as of v.3.0.2, is a frustrating application that does hold a lot of potential. Whether that potential will be tapped into is frankly unknown.

I first bought Bento upon its v.1 release, somewhat blindly, thinking that because Apple owns Filemaker, there's a certain level of competency to be expected. Although not terrible, it was missing a lot of functionality beyond its pretty and yes, accessible, interface. Regardless, Bento quickly fell to the wayside unused.

Then v.2 came along, and with the whole "full upgrade price" fiasco, I didn't bite. Yes, iLife is also a "full upgrade price" package, but it usually brings a level of polish, as well as new features, with each upgrade that Bento v.2 did not.

With v.3, Filemaker offered a very reasonable upgrade fee for both v.1 and v.2 owners, and I decided to revisit Bento. They also had an iPhone app that made the whole idea a lot more attractive. But still, it leaves a lot to be desired.

My primary use for Bento is to create a "film notebook" in which I can catalog and make notes about films I've seen. There's a nice level of functionality that Bento has just for this sort of thing, with offerings of various fields, like checkboxes, drop-down "choice" menus, etc. Since a lot of the data repeats from record to record - e.g., format, like whether 35mm film, 16mm film, Blu Ray, DVD, VHS, etc., - a drop-down menu makes notating this info very easy from record to record.

And you can add media, like JPEGs of posters, film clips, etc., and have it look nice and tidy.

But, once you start fiddling with the software, you run into issues. For example, one new feature in v.3 is the ability to change the icon of your library items (libraries are the overarching database, so my "film notebook" is a library, with each film entry a record within that library). So, instead of a generic "book" icon, my library could have a "film strip" icon that matches thematically.

Now, again, this is a minor, cute feature. Currently, there's a bug that prevents v.1 libraries that have been upgraded to v.3 to change that icon. In order to do so, you have to export your v.1 library as a blank template, then re-import it, and then add your records to the newly recreated library.

The problem, then, is that moving records from one library to another involves exporting all of your data, which PRECLUDES any media files. For my purposes, that is disastrous.

Luckily, I only had a couple of records, so manually recreating this wasn't a huge problem, but what happens in the future? As of now, my media-rich data is basically locked in to Bento.

To be fair, Bento offers CSV, as well as options for Pages, Numbers and Excel exports, but again, this is just for textual data.

Other problems have cropped up as well. There's a very strict adherence to a grid system for positioning your fields. The spaces between the fields cannot currently be adjusted, and so, your layouts often have a ton of wasted space.

There's a new "Simple List" field that acts like a simple table, but its implementation is horrible. You cannot currently adjust text size in the table, and it inexplicably always adds an extra row and column to this table.

The media fields do not respect the aspect ratio of video files, and reformat them to a near square. (Hey, I'm nerdy enough to keep a film notebook. Did you think I wouldn't be utterly insulted by this?)

As easy as the layout is to create, you can't lock your forms/ layouts, so it's very, very easy to accidentally move stuff around and screw things up. Click slightly outside the text box, and it shifts into edit mode...

There are other issues which are covered in the Bento forums, but as I haven't experienced them, I won't discuss them either.

If Filemaker was more responsive to its users, I'd feel a lot more confident that these issues would be addressed. But given the past, I don't know if it will happen. They're a lumbering beast of a company, and although their forums have become more responsive to users' feedback, there's still a long way to go.

Bento is fun to use, and certainly yields attractive results, but the functionality doesn't match.

I'm not sure there are any other choices in this type of program, other than Filemaker Pro itself, which is $300. I'm going to dive into DEVONthink Pro and see if it can do what I need it to.
[Version 3.0.2]



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hobojoe reviewed on 08 Apr 2009
I've been using Domainer for a while now, tracking about 50 domains or so. It's been very stable, and it's got some great features. It's been a very handy tool, and I haven't had a single issue with it.

There are definitely improvements to be made, and this release with definable fields is a good step towards that goal.

Some of the comments below are just so outlandish. I can't remember the last time any application "took down the whole computer." Of course, we've all seen applications hang, but that's what "Force Quit" is for.
[Version 1.9]



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