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Pattulus reviewed on 02 Apr 2011
I just converted a huge part of my library with Permute. It has a slim interface that I love to see every time I open the app. The whole application is made with 'keeping it simple' in mind. But sometimes I’d like to do more - the number one feature I miss, which apparently is very rare on nearly all OS X converters is a "pass through" setting for the video size and kbps.

Batch converting didn’t handle handle too many files too well (Mac Pro 2x2,8 10GB RAM) - sometimes the queue came to a halt - so I made 12 file bundles. I like the minimal GUI and it’s totally clear that features like displaying information like frame height/width are not playing well with it. There are other apps who can help out with just that feature.
[Version 1.0.9]

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Pattulus replied on 20 Apr 2011
@N.Flick I never said that I tried all Video Converters, but that this feature is rare - that's still the truth since I wouldn't call 5-6 converters supporting this the mass.

These converters each have their flaws. I own a VisualHub license and I have to say: it's pretty outdated. It only supports 32bit which slows down the whole process if you have a powerful machine and the codecs for the latest files out there are supported due to the whole project being discontinued in 2008. Credited, for sure it was the best one back in the days.

Also I have to tell you, that your statement about the output quality is too general, and therefore just plain wrong. The quality depends on the settings you choose for your file. Granted, there are only limited settings regarding the choice of codec, but H.264 is fine for me almost all the time, plus I have custom settings all over the place in Permute because this is the only way I can deal with the lack of a pass through.

Regarding other converter applications I have only found that those who support pass through had problems with them: crashes or similar errors - especially with mkv files (I'm still forced to use a special client like MKVtools for those files).

Said all that, feel free to write a list of your favorite pass through converters. I'm curious if I missed a good and working one which is still in active development.

Pattulus replied on 27 May 2011
Another new contender with passthrough support is VidConvert. I tried iFFmpeg some time ago and wasn't satisfied with MKV to MP4 conversion. Maybe I must try it again. But the best one for this special case is still MP4Tools/MKVTools.

Pattulus rated on 14 Feb 2011
[Version 2.7.1]


Pattulus reviewed on 14 Feb 2011
I just re-disovered Hazel a week ago and I must say I ♥ it. The features and rules letz you organize your stuff automatically. Of course Hazel can only assist you, but as a data maniac I take all the help I can.

You often have to tinker a bit to get certain workflows done by the limited rules, but since it's open to AppleScripts I guess there could be done a lot more (if I'd only finally look into it).

The rules are easy to setup once you got the hang of it which should be pretty fast since there are some basic rules already there and the help file is also well… helpful.
[Version 2.3.8]


Pattulus reviewed on 30 Oct 2010
This is an essential application. Your Mac needs this - trust me. In no time 1Password will change the way you interact with the internet.
[Version 3.4.4]


Pattulus reviewed on 20 Oct 2010
Ravissant is a great alternative to Visage.
It does a great job at what it's good at
and best of all… it's free.

If you want a custom Login Screen this
is what you'll need.
[Version 1.27]


Pattulus reviewed on 03 Oct 2010
SymbolicLinker is the easiest and best way to make SymLinks in OS X.

The best thing is that it is free.

I discovered it some years ago and I'm glad to see that it is now on MacUpdate were many people can find it.

Symbolic Links are the key to power up your Dropbox or other Cloud based services.
[Version 2.0v2]


Pattulus reviewed on 07 Dec 2009
The look is quite good, but that's it. The usability isn't the best.
Having to switch back to the previous step to resize pictures when dealing with horizontal and vertical pictures isn't a fully thought through solution. The standard features are there but nothing more like enhanced save/export features. My hopes are high that one day this application will be better than ImageWell or Picturesque, but this is not in the near future I suppose.
[Version 1.0.1]

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Pattulus replied on 07 Dec 2009
It crashes everytime on two of my three computers.
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