James Leff
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Jimleff reviewed on 15 Apr 2014
There's a lot to like about this app. Geez, just getting me out of the browser for checking Gmail makes me sigh with relief.

The UI can be a bit eccentric, the pref defaults need lots of tweaking without much guidance, customer service is super high-strung, and more often than I'd like, the app gets stuck trying to load my mail (when mail via browser and other apps loads fine).

But it's only two bucks, it's very actively developed, and I'm pushing it up an extra star or so to compensate for the dude below who thinks the app's "great" but rated it one star because of an incredibly minor bug and a frustrating encounter with support.
[Version 1.3.3]


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Jimleff replied on 15 Apr 2014
Also: search is frustratingly slow (though, as an early gmail adopter, I likely have more mail in my account to search through than most people).
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Jimleff commented on 27 Dec 2013
Description is incorrect. You cannot "secure with password" using the free version, which is the version being offered here. You need to pay up for password encryption.
[Version 1.0]



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Jimleff commented on 27 Dec 2013
Requires installation of Java SE 6 Runtime. "Requirements" should note this.
[Version 2.9.4]



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Jimleff commented on 12 Oct 2013
Works fine in 10.8. You just need to reinstall, by double clicking the LotsaEscher.saver file.
[Version 1.4]



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Jimleff reviewed on 12 Apr 2013
Simple. Dependable. Great.
[Version 3.7]



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Jimleff reviewed on 12 Apr 2013
Simple. Perfect. Great.
[Version 1.4]



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Jimleff reviewed on 04 Apr 2013
Just works. Which is tepid praise for most things, but you never ever want to question your FTP software's ability to get stuff done.

I used Fetch in the 1990's when it was the only choice. It was solid. Then I strayed to flashier, more modern apps. I tried them all, and every one of them disappointed me or thwarted me in some respect. I came back to Fletch, and it's great relief to have a grown-up tool to handle FTP tasks (which are always important tasks).

This one's grey and aging, and still feels like a 1995-era app. For example, when editing a file name, it's not smart enough to only select the name portion; it selects (and forces you to retype) the extension as well. And if you upload a file, it doesn't warn you if you're uploading over a pre-existing file of the same name. Hey, it assumes you know what you're doing. But you can also assume Fetch knows what it's doing.
[Version 5.7.3]



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Jimleff reviewed on 01 Apr 2013
I've been using Macs since system 6. I love good software, and have served as a tester for some of the most beloved ones. I would have included Alfred 1 in that list of beloved software, but Alfred 2 is without question the most horrendous update of an application on any platform I have ever seen, from a user flow/interface perspective. It's so awful it actually makes me angry.

Its wretchedness is vast, but let me offer just one particularly breathtaking example.


Here's how you created a shortcut in V.1 to launch "Bbedit" with a "command-B":

Drag the app into the window.

Define the shortcut.

Done. The shortcut is titled, logically enough, "Bbedit".



Here's how you do it in V.2:

Click the little "+" icon

Navigate through three(!!) levels of pop-up menus, none coherently titled, to choose "launch file group from hotkey". Yes. Filegroup. That's what Bbedit is: a filegroup. What, you didn't know that?

Double click the newly-appeared "Launch apps/files" icon

Drag Bbedit onto an inexplicable blank field

Click save

Double click the "hotkey" icon"

Define the hotkey

Choose an "Action" (in this case, "pass through to workflow"....and there is no other option, because you've already chosen this when navigating the three-levels of pop-up menus)

Choose an "argument" (in this case "none", though at this point I am undeniably feeling argumentative)

Add, if you'd like, an "optional argument" ("An optional argument to be used. If text is input, this will be prefixed onto the dynamic argument types").

I swear I didn't just make that last one up.

Click "save"

Congrats! You've created a shortcut, helpfully titled, like all other shortcut actions, "Launch file group from hotkey by Unknown".

Unless you painstakingly name each one, that's all you'll see in your list of shortcuts. A long list of objects titled "Launch file group from hotkey by Unknown". You'll have no idea which is which.

But good news! You can custom name them! Just control click each one, choose "edit details", give it a name, and hit save.

What could be simpler?


The kicker is there's no way to migrate shortcuts from v.1 to v.2. So you need to recreate them, one painstaking shortcut at a time. And every single step must be done every single time. You'll come to LOVE those triple level pop-up menus. I know I did!

Y'know, I have the strangest attitude about computers. I feel like their purpose is to do work to make my life easier.

Use Alfred 2 if your intention is to do lots of work to make life for Alfred 2 easier.
[Version 2.0.2]


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Jimleff replied on 22 Apr 2013
So I've been downrated 6 times. Apparently I didn't do a thorough enough job of illustrating the basis for my negative review. My thoughts were cursory and ill-conceived.

Either that or the dev has some friends. You be the judge!
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Jimleff reviewed on 09 Mar 2013
The workflow involved in launching Grab, taking the screenshot, saving the screen shot, cropping the screenshot and converting it into a JPG, attaching it to an email, and sending, is a daunting thing, and I've been doing it for years.

This makes it....so.....easy. And because the screenshot is uploaded, it's easy for both you and the recipient to refer back to it at any point in the future (as opposed to trying to search through old emails for an attachment).

Don't hesitate to buy this one. I understand it used to be buggy and problematic. I'm new here, but I sure don't see anything like that in the present version.
[Version 2.02]



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Jimleff commented on 02 Dec 2012
Won't convert RTFD files - RTF files with images or other attachments. Not sure why this should be; OS X converts such files to PDF natively.
[Version 2.0.2]



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