Jp3421
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Jp3421 reviewed on 05 Oct 2013
Very useful and easy to understand. Runs well under 10.8.x. It does multiple currencies well, so it is great for a freelancer/small business like myself handling international sales. I was a Billings.app user for a few years but I migrated to this one due to their move to a subscription model which I didn't prefer to invest into. Totals has turned out to address some of the shortcomings of Billings.app.

I also looked at ZOHO Invoice, but adding yet another SaaS cost to my existing SaaS subscription portfolio was not something I preferred doing at this time. I found Totals to be much more cost-effective in that sense. Also, ZOHO's PDF invoice was just plain ugly and didn't give me quite as much control as Totals does. I also looked at other SaaSs but they are all U.S. centric and wouldn't work well for my international needs quite as well.

One drawback is the lack of iOS app, but the developer seems to have been working on it, and it wasn't a deal breaker for me since I am always with my Mac even while on the road and I would much rather work with a bigger screen and a keyboard for quick quoting and invoicing on the run.

It's quite customizable to fit my needs, it's got a nice user interface which I consider valuable for something I have to use every week, and my data can be easily exported to CSV to be used in other apps. Overall, strongly recommended.
[Version 2.2.9]



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Jp3421 reviewed on 24 Sep 2013
Excellent utility app. Absolutely must-have. Saves so much time and irritations. I can not say enough good things about this super-handy utility. And the developer is super-awesome. He is helpful (well, if I need help at all! It's been one of the most trouble-free apps on my Mac for years), and he is on top of all OS updates for many years now. I installed this on all my Macs and gladly paid for several licenses over the years. Very strongly recommended.
[Version 4.5.10]



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Jp3421 commented on 09 Sep 2013
Freeway Pro is an ok application, but I consider it utterly obsolete and irrelevant.

WYSWYG is one of Freeway Pro's selling points, but the thing is that web is not WYSWYG. Gone are the days of web design based on print design mindset, which this software is based on. Web is about usefulness, mobile access (not just front end, but also updating process as well) and social media. The whole thing is becoming more like a web app development, and Freeway Pro doesn't address these needs much at all.

If I just want to get something up and running fast and easy with minimum fuss, online services such as Squarespace.com, Weebly.com, WordPress.com are far more suitable for such scenario and they still offer CMS and social capability right out of the box, which Freeway Pro doesn't. And then, if I want more than that, open source CMS platform such as self-hosted WordPress and Concrete5 would give me the power to do all kinds of custom work while also keeping me from reinventing the wheel via plug-ins and premium themes, none of which Freeway Pro can match.

In general, I believe that the era of Mac web site generator such as Freeway Pro, iWeb, Sandvox and Rapidweaver has come and gone, and these apps will go the way of the dinosaurs in a few years. It’s no reflection on the quality of work and fine folks at Softpress. But for someone who follows the current trend in web site design practice at all levels, Freeway Pro just doesn’t make sense anymore.
[Version 6.1.0]



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Jp3421 commented on 09 Sep 2013
Rapidweaver is an ok application, but the developer has completely neglected this application for over a year now, there is no real sign of new significant development, and even besides all that, I consider it utterly obsolete and irrelevant at this point.

If I just want to get something up and running fast and easy with minimum fuss, online services such as Squarespace.com, Weebly.com, WordPress.com are far more suitable for such scenario and they still offer CMS and social capability right out of the box, which Rapidweaver doesn't. And then, if I want more than that, open source CMS platform such as self-hosted WordPress and Concrete5 would give me the power to do all kinds of custom work while also keeping me from reinventing the wheel via plug-ins and premium themes, none of which Rapidweaver can match.

WYSWYG is one of Rapidweaver's selling points, but the thing is that web is not WYSWYG. Gone are the days of web design based on print design mindset. Web is about usefulness, mobile access (not just front end, but also updating contents as well) and social media. The whole thing is becoming more like a web app development, and Rapidweaver doesn't address these needs much at all.

Overall, I believe that the era of Mac web site generator such as iWeb, Sandvox and Rapidweaver has come and gone, and these apps will go the way of the dinosaurs in a few years. It’s no reflection on the quality of work and fine folks at Realmac Software. But for someone who follows the current trend in web site design practice at all levels, Rapidweaver just doesn’t make sense any more.
[Version 5.3.1]



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Jp3421 commented on 09 Sep 2013
Sandvox is a well-designed application, but I consider it utterly obsolete and irrelevant at this point.

If I just want to get something up and running fast and easy with minimum fuss, online services such as Squarespace.com, Weebly.com, WordPress.com are far more suitable for such scenario and they still offer CMS and social capability right out of the box, which Sandvox doesn't. And then, if I want more than that, open source CMS platform such as self-hosted WordPress and Concrete5 would give me the power to do all kinds of custom work while also keeping me from reinventing the wheel via plug-ins and premium themes, none of which Sandvox can match.

WYSWYG is one of Sandvox's selling points, but the thing is that web is not WYSWYG. Gone are the days of web design driven by print design mindset. Web is about usefulness, mobile access and social media. The whole thing has become more like a web app development, and Sandvox doesn't address these needs much at all.

Overall, I believe that the era of Mac web site generator such as iWeb, Sandvox and Rapidweaver has come and gone, and these apps will go the way of the dinosaurs in a few years. It’s no reflection on the quality of work fine folks at Karelia Software. But for someone who follows the current trend in web site design practice at all levels, Sandvox just doesn’t make sense any more.
[Version 2.8.5]



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Jp3421 commented on 09 Sep 2013
I used to like this software and rated high, but things have changed since then.

Flux stands in an interesting but rather awkward niche market. It doesn't serve the low-end market in which users just want to get something up and running fast and easy with minimum fuss, because Flux really isn't that easy and quick to master and it requires pretty extensive HTML/CSS knowledge. Online services such as Squarespace.com, Weebly.com, WordPress.com are far more suitable for that market and they still offer CMS and social capability right out of the box, which Flux doesn't. And then, for those who want more than that, open source CMS platform such as self-hosted WordPress and Concrete5 would give them the power to do all kinds of custom work while also keeping you from reinventing the wheel via plug-ins and premium themes, none of which Flux can match. The most advanced coders would just go straight to a more robust text editor such as Sublime Text and skip Flux all together, so it doesn't serve that market, either.

You can certainly argue that Flux is really an IDE, not a platform, and comparing it with open-source CMS is like comparing apple and orange. It is indeed valid points in some ways. But you have to look at the overall objective and workflow as well and which one gets you an useful site faster with less effort. The objective is to create an useful site, not just to edit HTML/CSS/PHP and render fancy graphics.

You can use Flux to work on WordPress theme if you treat it like a text editor. But then there is no real advantage of using Flux since WYSWYG editor wouldn't really work without some tedious workaround. In that case, why not just use a robust code editor and browser-based tools such as Firebug? There are reasons web developers work directly with code and avoid WYSWYG in a Dreamweaver sense.

Overall, I believe that the era of Mac editor based on the idea of locally managed static site such as this one is pretty much over, and customizing one of the design patterns through CMS is most often more cost effective and faster than doing everything from scratch and reinventing the wheel using a tool such as Flux. There will always be a need for custom development, at least to some degree, and Flux can certainly handle that well, but overall it is still most often unnecessary.

It’s no reflection on the quality of work fine folks at The Escapers. But for someone who follows the current trend in web site design at all levels, Flux just doesn’t make sense any more.
[Version 4.1.31]


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Jp3421 replied on 03 Oct 2013
Actually... I would like to take back some of my comments here. I gave another chance just to see if I was missing something (I always do even after reviewing... these developers put a lot of work into their software and I tend to think they always deserve another look). The more I play with it the more I realize this could be a decent tool for editing WordPress themes and other dynamic web sites. It's live view option, once properly configured, can be very handy in figuring out some layout glitches. I could see I could use this tool in conjunction with other tools to skip some of manual labors.

Definitely keeping an eye on this app. :)
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Jp3421 reviewed on 07 Dec 2010
Simple to use, lets me use several upload alternatives, and reliable. It's a great app to keep around if you frequently need to send large size files to other people and you want the process to be fast and simple.

It is probably not for people who need to send large files only occasionally since there are free web services out there for this. In my case, however, I need to send large files to my clients quite often, I dislike clumsiness of web app interface and workflow in general and therefore FileChute meets my needs quite well. It's a very nice friction-free workflow tool. Strongly recommended.
[Version 4.3.7]



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Jp3421 reviewed on 27 Nov 2010
Excellent personal freeform database/data management software. It's very powerful yet fairly easy to use. Arguably the most powerful in this category of software. Compared to other similar solutions such as Evernote/Yojimbo/etc. this one seems to be geared more toward heavy data management needs such as research and using it as a paperless office solution for small business. It's still a general purpose software, so you can use it for pretty much anything that has to do with managing a wide variety of information.

The new iOS companion app is also a huge plus. I like the fact that I don't have to rely on cloud service for this app.

Strongly recommended.
[Version 2.0.6]



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Jp3421 reviewed on 27 Nov 2010
I've been using this for 8 months now, and it has become an integral part of my everyday user interface workflow. I wonder why Apple hasn't added this functionality when they've already added all sorts of gesture controls for interface control and mouse scroll ball/wheel has been around for ages. It just makes sense to have Zooom 2 installed to fill the void.

It just makes handling open windows MUCH smoother especially when using a trackpad, because mouse can be anywhere inside an open window. I don't have to move my mouse around and try to grab a small corner or titlebar.

Zooom 2 doesn't work with a few apps, but there aren't that many of them, I can add them on Zooom's Exclude list, and it still works well with the vast majority of the apps I work with on daily basis. Zooom makes user interface control go many times faster. Strongly recommended.
[Version 2.4.4]



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Jp3421 reviewed on 16 Oct 2010
It is an useful app that helps my MacBook Pro last longer on battery. I use mostly to tame Adobe CS 4 apps, but it also finds some other apps that are using more than 3% CPU time while idling.

It works with minimum fuss. I feel like the only thing I've done was to install the app and set it to launch upon login. I don't even think about this app most of the time, it stays out of my way while it's doing its job in the background, and the only thing I notice is that my battery lasts noticeably longer when I am on the road and working in Adobe apps. St. Clair Software has always done a great job developing their apps, and this one is not an exception. Highly recommended if you are on MacBook (especially older ones prior to Unibody models) and you often operate on battery power.

If you decide to give this software a try, I suggest you change settings for CPU statistics update interval. I set it to 30 seconds for that, then set the average CPU calculation interval to 1 minute because it's not like you would be watching your CPU usage like a hawk while working. With these settings, AppTamer uses 3~6% of CPU time when it does something, but it is a very short spike, and it sits there at 0% CPU the vast majority of time, hence addressing the concerns that AppTamer itself uses CPU time more than you want. Nobody can write a software that does something useful AND use absolutely 0% CPU. It's a tradeoff you will need to decide for yourself if you are interested in trying this app. That said, I found the tradeoff worth taking in this case.
[Version 1.0.1]



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