Patrick Smulders
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Patrick121 rated on 30 Nov 2013
[Version 2.2]

Patrick121 commented on 13 Sep 2013
My experience: probably a good product but lousy support.

I'm using MAMP for a year now and enjoy working with it. It is stable and easy to use and setup. I upgraded to MAMP PRO via the PROMO from Macupdate last week.

MAMP PRO does not start up with me unless I completely work as an Admin, which I for safety reasons consider 'bad practise'. I made a support ticket for this but this is waiting to be assigned now for some weeks. So I just want to warn you: maybe a good product, but if it doesn't work you're probably on your own, which makes it also a very expensive product if you cannot use it.
[Version 2.1.4]


Patrick121 reviewed on 13 Nov 2011
I was looking for a program to manage my fonts and started with Fontcase, because I liked the approach and thought it to suit the price/quality ratio for my ' not so big' collection. Later I was given a large collection and then it didn't work well anymore.

Evaluated FontAgent and FontExplorer and am for some time now an enthusiastic user of the latter. It is a very solid, stable program with nice options. Font activation and deactivation from Adobe CS apps works nice and there are nice ways in organizing fonts logically in folders en sets.

Minor points for me are the long startup times and slow response during use (with a very large collection), otherwise it's fast enough. Support is slow in answering or not answering at all. That's a pity. (Based on 2 support requests).

Besides, a fontfile renaming function is missing.
[Version 3.1]


Patrick121 reviewed on 13 Nov 2011
I recently acquired quite a number of fonts and had question marks about some of the files. Mac Fontbook gave error messages and I was looking for a possibility to repair them. Too soon I bought me a license of FontDoctor, which is in my opinion an overrated and overpriced application.

It doesn't give as much detailed info on what's wrong with the font as the free Mac Fontbook does. It never repaired anything and even indicated fonts to be OK, when it was clear by the use of the font, that it wasn't OK at all.

I approached the developer for support and was asked to send the font. That was the last thing I ever heard about it.

Furthermore I want to warn about the instability. I know I have a lot of fonts, but half of the time the program just completely quits during startup.

The only nice thing I could discover is the ability to organize your font files, but that would even be more useful in combination with a good renaming function.
[Version 8.1.0]

Patrick121 commented on 30 Oct 2010
I bought this promo, because I was looking for software like this and am for a few weeks trying Filter Forge. I think I was too impulsive and regret it already. I get constant crashes when loading completely normal TIFF or PSD files (not even big ones), which work very well within PS and FilterForge. There's no help function and not real specs of supported files. I only get a internal error message and then the app quits. It does not really give me the impression of working with a "pro" piece of software.
[Version 1.1]

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Patrick121 replied on 30 Oct 2010
Follow up on my previous comment: I contacted the developer, got a very quick response, but found out the problems are known with Mac users (quite relevant for MACpromo Iwould say) but are not going to be fixed in the 1.x version anymore. An upgrade to 2.x is not free. Be carefull, because you could buy a program that is not working for you is is also not going to be fixed.

Patrick121 reviewed on 13 May 2010
For months I was searching and evaluating sync tools for Mac. At home we use 4 Macs and shared storage. I want our homefolders synced and backupped. It was quite a puzzle, but Super Flexible Synchronizer finally came out as favourite. The last barrier was the proper sync of my iPhote library.

Chronosync I bought earlier based on reviews and first impression. A good stable program, but I get paranoid with the rules I need to maintain in order to exactly define the files to sync. A horrible way of working (if its the only way), which is found in quite some of the other renowned Mac sync tools. The SFS way with checkboxes is a delight.

Other (decisive) pros for me:
- speed and stability, especially to shared airportdiscs (I never succeeded in a stable NAS connection over SMB and AFP with none of tools tested, but learned this has more to do with Mac network connectivity)
- good information of progression: amazing SFS is the only one that is sufficient in this (Maybe as ex-Windows user I'm more used to keep an exact eye on what's happening)
- working with different sync profiles (all in one settingsfile)
- very good possibility to choose your own settingsfile so that you can easily make it part of the synced files and keep it identical everywhere
- good possibility of running unattended (withoud questions and as a root user, connecting discs automaticly etc.)
[Version 4.93b]

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