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Joeya rated on 28 Dec 2010
[Version 1.0 Draft 7]


Joeya reviewed on 19 Mar 2010
On paper, Daylite is the perfect fit for my small business. It handles contact management, scheduling and job tracking all within a handsome and easy to use interface. Plus it's made by Marketcircle, the same company that makes Billings and I already *love* Billings so I should love Daylite as well.

Unfortunately, however, things aren't quite that rosy. While Daylite does an admirable job of merging various facets of customer management and job tracking, the calendaring application leaves a lot to be desired. You can't copy and paste events, subscribe to calendars or do other basic things that even iCal handles admirably. That's disappointing considering the price and nature of this application.

The other, more pressing, problem is stability and performance. Daylite 3.9.7 was noticeably sluggish on my Mac Pro with 10gb of ram. Switching between the various panes of the application was unresponsive at times and I often found myself defaulting back ti iCal and Address book for quick tasks.

In regards to stability, I had an ongoing issue with duplicate contacts the entire time I used Daylite. Additionally I experienced many, many crashes, though in fairness to Marketcircle this very well could have been due to some corruption of my sync services. Even still, I use Things, BusyCal and other apps which tap into sync services and I've never had such a problem before.

In the end support was very helpful and offered a full refund. And although I kindly accepted it, I have to say that I do miss Daylite. There's a lot of potential here if they can just iron out the bugs.
[Version 3.9.7]


Joeya reviewed on 18 Jan 2010
Nice little application. It's good looking and it works reasonably well. My biggest gripe is that the application window doesn't remember its size or position. Sure that's very annoying and "un-Mac" like however, as I rarely use the application (it's launched simply to file or retrieve a serial number), I suppose it's easy enough to overlook.
[Version 1.6]


Joeya reviewed on 07 Nov 2009
I've been watching Pixelmator for a while and it's really starting to mature into a useful product. That said, if this app aims to appeal to web designers it's in desperate need of layer groups, layer effects and vector shapes (perhaps even a pen tool). It also sorely needs some sort of sane palette management. Although it's a good looking app, it seriously has one of the most cluttered interfaces I've ever seen.
[Version 1.5]


JoeyA reviewed on 08 Apr 2009
Easily the best CSS editor on the market. CSSEdit integrates very well with multiple styles of workflow all in one streamlined UI. Hand coders, visual editors and those toggling between both will have an easy time styling sites with real time previews. Simply brilliant software.

The only reason I didn't give this app 5 stars is because support is non existent and the app rarely receives updates. Moreover since MacRabbit is now focused on Espresso, I think CSSEdit is poised to become the ugly stepchild of the MacRabbit family.
[Version 2.6]


JoeyA reviewed on 05 Apr 2009
Espresso has a ton of potential but it's not there just yet. Sure it's fast, lightweight and extensible but it's also unfinished. Marquee features such as Live Preview simply don't work as advertised. The MacRabbit website claims, "Espresso offers real-time styling of absolutely any web page. Even when your site or application is powered by a complex database..." However in practice Live Preview only works on static HMTL and Espresso doesn't support local servers at all.

Add in things like the lack of visual CSS editing, the missing X-Ray functionality and little things like code snippets not wrapping around selections, the unusual tab workflow and windows not remembering their settings and the entire experience feels rough around the edges. Clearly 1.0 was rushed to market.

The good news is virtually all of these issues can easily be resolved in time and for the most part you can work around them until a fix comes along. The bad news is no one knows when the fixes will come. Virtually all of these same exact problems existed during the betas and in many cases MacRabbit did nothing about it. In most cases they didn't even respond to feedback.

Nevertheless, I'm hopeful. CSSEdit is fantastic so I'm confident these guys can put together a killer app. I just think they need a lot more time to do it.
[Version 1.0.1]

JoeyA commented on 01 Mar 2009
I agree, it's far too early to review Espresso. Although a proper beta was supposed to be released in November of last year, development has been delayed repeatedly and the current beta probably isn't a good reflection of the final feature set.

That said from what I have seen so far, Espresso seems to target the developer crowd more so than the designer crowd. Through the implementation of sugars, there's a broad upcoming support of languages while design-oriented features such as visual CSS editing (arguably what MacRabbit, the makers of CSSEdit, are best known for) is suspiciously absent.

To be clear, Espresso seems to compliment CSSEdit instead of replacing it. Therefore, in my opinion it's more of a TextMate competitor than a Coda one -despite what MacRabbit's marketing indicates. As such, for those of us currently using (insert your editor here) plus CSSEdit, Espresso doesn't doesn't really offer any advantages - not just yet anyway.
[Version 1.0b3]


JoeyA reviewed on 01 Mar 2009
Coda is easily the best web IDE on the market for front end designers like myself. TextMate and BBEdit seem to have better support for web based scripting languages while Coda appears to be aimed more at the X/HTML CSS crowd. As I typically build web-based templates or static websites, the default toolset in Coda suits me nicely.

That said, the CSS editor (as of 1.6.2) is pretty much useless. Without a dedicated live preview window, editing CSS via the provided visual tools requires multiple screen splits. You need one split for the page and one for the CSS editor. Even worse you need to toggle both splits to edit mode to have access to markup. It's about the most clumsy implementation of a CSS editor I've ever seen. Considering I'm using 4 monitors, it's a bit absurd to have all of my stuff crammed into just one screen however that's the only option as Coda makes no use of a multiple monitor workflow.

Coda's text editor is better, though it doesn't necessarily compare to TextMate or BBEdit in terms of robustness. Here again Coda offers no dedicated preview window so you end up playing the toggle back and forth game as you develop. Even still, the ability to set a local preview URL allows you to preview dynamic content via a local server so I've generally been pleased with the feature set here.

FTP, SVN, Terminal and books are icing on the cake. I'd suggest that the FTP could be more full featured (especially since these guys make Transmit) but it's functional. And in many ways that seems to be the running theme with Coda. It's a jack of all trades, master of none. But Panic is a good company that listens to their customers so I expect big things from 2.0.
[Version 1.6.2]

JoeyA commented on 18 Jan 2009
Excellent features but expensive. The $87 "Pro" version doesn't even let you save or print your reports. You'll need the $267 "Enterprise" version for that.
[Version 1.3.3]

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