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on 15 Apr 2014
Typinator is an essential part of my Mac life. I can't live without this or clipboard utility software, because both make life so much easier.
I was a TextExpander user for many years, but started having problems with its compatibility with various apps (and even Spotlight). The developer of that app was nicely working with me and offering bug fixes, but the quirky issues still persisted. So I decided to look at alternatives and that's when I discovered Typinator.
During the trial period, I wasn't in love with the Typinator interface, to be honest. It took some adjustment. But I've come entirely accustomed to it and now can't even remember why I had issue with it in the first place :)
I have just over 300 of my own 'personal' snippets in Typinator and the syncing of these snippets between all my Macs via Dropbox is the most essential feature, IMO. It works transparently and reliably and makes my life so much easier. Yes, I know the competitors have it too, but it has worked 100% reliably in Typinator, which I couldn't say for the other product.
It's been at least two years that I've been using this utility and there have been many updates in that time, that have included both additional features and bug fixes. And I can't recall a single time where an update to Typinator has resulted in a new "bug" appearing the moment I installed it (which happened once or twice with TextExpander).
I also appreciate Ergonis' customer loyalty. On the day that I write this, they just released version 5.9 with bug fixes, even though they are already hard at work on version 6. Many software developers hold back the bug fixes and make you pay for the next version to get software that works better (even *Apple* does this!). I applaud Ergonis for not doing this!
I strongly recommend Typinator to Mac users looking to save themselves from lots of unnecessary typing!
on 05 Jan 2012
I finally received a reply from Kagi a few weeks ago. They said they would investigate why there is still a store front for SkyTag/FileBuddy on Kagi.com. As of today, they have not followed up with me and the store page is still online.
I'm disappointed in all the parties involved.
But I am grateful that FileBuddy still works (95% functionality, I'd say) in OSX 10.7. I've posted a message indicating as much in the database at the very useful roaringapps.com.
Keep Drive Spinning
on 26 Jun 2010
This utility works great for my macmini media center. I have several maxtor and seagate drives connected and they constantly spin down and it was causing frequent beach balls. This was especially frustrating when accessing the machine over the network. Keep Drive Spinning does just that and I like the fact that it allows you to set a different interval for each drive. The other utility that does this job (No Spin) only allows one interval to touch all the drives. My concern is that this would put an unnecessary load on the system at each of those intervals (if you have several disks for it to maintain). Perhaps the overhead is minimal, because it's just briefly touching the drive, but I feel as though it's smarter to spread out the tasks. Especially because my focus with my media center is the best HDTV playback experience possible.
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