Hugh Jarse
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Hugh Jarse rated on 24 Apr 2011
[Version 1.6.8]


Hugh Jarse reviewed on 04 Nov 2010
I know several people that have migrated to Google Chat in favour of Skype now, for a couple of reasons;

Firstly Skype for the Mac seems to be the poorer relative of the Skype for Windows, which gets updated with fixes and features every few weeks or every month or so at longest, the Mac version waits more than a year between updates and longer between major version releases.

And secondly but perhaps most importantly, they were concerned about the amount screen real estate that Skype used. Well they'll be pleased to see that version 5.x beta is HUGE. When I first fired it up today, I was amazed at the amount of space it took up, and was in some ways glad that I had a dual monitor setup (ok so I'm exaggerating a little) but seriously!! It was quite big before, but now, I see conversations I never had (I simply opened a chat window to talk to someone, and changed my mind, and now there's a chat history for it!), in my contact lists there's about 4 inches between each contact, and the "compact" contact list uses twice as much space as the previous non-cmpact version did.

Thanks heavens for my 1920x1200 resolution laptop display or I might have never been able to use Skype again!! Now we have to find the GUI designer at Skype that let his 4 year old child loose with the Crayons on his design template!!

Lastly, it's no longer possible at a glance to see which of your contacts that are online have a camera capability or not.

In summary. All the functionality that once was there is still there, it's just less intuitive, bigger, chunkier, less informative, less user friendly than the previous 2.8 version. If the UI doesn't improve significantly before GA release I can see a lot of people staying with the older version as long as they possibly can.


Hugh Jarse reviewed on 10 Jan 2009
I've been using this app for 6+ months now and I have to say it's really good, it sticks to the GTD methodology and is properly cross platform. Because I need access to my tasks everywhere, by using dropbox I can keep my tasks synchronised between my work (windows) laptop and my mac's without any issues at all.

The developers have brought the application on well since I started using it and they encourage user feedback and actually listen to it!

It's not the prettiest app out there (blame the Java tool set not the developers) but if you're more worried about getting value from a tool than how pretty it is, this is the tool for you. It does exactly what it says and does it well. As for value for money, I think that speaks for itself.

Great Job Guys!!
[Version 2.0.1]

Hugh Jarse commented on 09 Dec 2007
This application has been needed by me for a LONG time. All those receipts of things you bought but didn't know where to file, that you can never find again when something breaks and you need to return it. All those certificates and official forms that you need to keep copies of in case you lose the originals.

For small business, you get to scan all of your invoices and bills in a single month, tag them appropriately and put the originals in storage, you always have a reference copy on hand!!

Every day that I use this program I simply find more ways of making it useful to me. I can't recommend this highly enough for those who are simply overwhelmed by paper.

If you keep all your indexed docs in a single directory structure, backing up is trivial process too!!
[Version 1.7]

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