Mitchell Model
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Mlmodel reviewed on 12 Dec 2013
I really can't say enough good things about this product. I've used many macro facilities over many years, including extensive use of the defunct QuicKeys. Earlier versions of Keyboard Maestro seemed to be lacking some capabilities I felt I needed, but this version has everything I could imagine wanting and a lot more. I wish I had made the transition from QuicKeys earlier. (The transition was a little rocky at first, but with the developer's help I came to understand Keyboard Maestro's world view). This software's features are astounding in breadth, depth, and elegance. The editor interface is stunning, with many subtle innovations. Support from the developer is amazingly prompt and thorough, including answering questions about how to do things or do them better. Some of my suggestions and fixes for problems I reported found their way into the next minor release a short time later. A great deal of information is provided in Keyboard Maestro's documentation, mailing list, and Wiki. This is far more than a keystroke macro facility -- it is a fully-featured automation tool. There is nothing out there that comes even close.
[Version 6.3.2]


Mlmodel reviewed on 13 May 2012
Why doesn't this have any meaningful reviews? This tool is INVALUABLE for searching AppleScript code, if nothing else, since .scpt files, the usual form of AppleScripts, aren't searchable as text, and therefore aren't reachable by SpotLight. I use AppleScript extensively for everything from short scripts to bind keystrokes to to significant programs. I'm always looking for something I did too long ago to remember much about or how to do something I know I've done but at the moment just can't remember how.

ScriptLight does much more than SpotLight because it not only locates scripts, but provides a source code browser, with filters and other features, to display them. So even though SpotLight can index text in my Python programs, JavaScript files, shell scripts, etc., ScriptLight is much easier to work with. This is especially true when ScriptLight locates the text in multiple files with the same name which might not have the same content -- it's much easier to browse these in ScriptLight than open up a Finder window with the SpotLight results then open each file in an editor and search for the text.

True, sometimes for non-AppleScript files if I have some idea where the file is a simple recursive grep (or something that does grep through a more convenient interface as many code editors have) is sufficient. And, because I develop code in a wide variety of languages and have a very large set of files I want ScriptLight to index, it does take a long time for ScriptLight to refresh its index. However, once the files have been indexed ScriptLight finds things very quickly through a convenient interface.
[Version 2.8]


Mlmodel reviewed on 31 Jul 2011
Magic it is! I had a 1TB disk with two partitions, one of which was for Time Machine, that lost its partition map. Data Backup did a pretty good job of finding files, but it missed many DMG files that were on the other partition, and I found the navigation of the hierarchy of found and recovered folders and files tedious. Don't get me wrong -- Data Backup is an excellent program that often recovers things other programs can't handle. I have the usual assortment of disk repair and recovery programs, but had never heard of Disk Drill until someone recommended it to me. The free version did something amazing: it created a DMG file for each of the partitions (on another disk, of course), which as far as I can tell are perfect replicates of the original partitions! I am so delighted I am going to buy the product (especially since they have a half-price competitive upgrade offer).
[Version 1.3.123]

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