Pecos Bill Graefe Jr
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Pecosbill reviewed on 10 Mar 2012
The only reason I can't give this wonderful utility five stars is if you select the move to folder button AND you are moving apps that have the same name, it will ONLY PRESERVE ONE APP (the last one to move will overwrite all of the rest and I doubt you could count on which would be last). This could be a problem if you want to keep multiple versions around on a separate SnowLeo partition.

So, USE WITH CAUTION. Probably most won't care or have that problem.
[Version 1.02]

Pecosbill commented on 05 Aug 2010
Version 1.2 is currently crashing on me while the scan runs but the dev has been very responsive in email. I'm thinking a fix won't be long. Alas, it does seem DeCloner is kind of slow but I like that it uses SHA1 to identify dupes. Very secure/trusted means.
[Version 1.2]


Pecosbill reviewed on 05 Aug 2010
Well, unlike the current version of Decloner, it doesn't crash on me so that's a good thing. The GUI is spartan but functional. You're better off if you zoom the window and expand the location column. Alas, they have chosen the gear icon to open preferences. In my book, the gear icon is supposed to be used for contextual menus but at least on those cases there's a down arrow with the gear. But that's trivial. One annoyance is if you click one of the rows in the middle list of dupes you cannot drag-select the dupe files shown in the bottom pane. You must shift-click.

The single focus of this app is to find duplicate files. It found many for me, but alas, no count is shown on the GUI. It*seemed* to run quickly but typically you'll have to walk away while any similar app runs.

The biggest problem I found is it does not clearly display the duplicates! Currently, it is showing me two music files side-by-side that it considers dupes. Unlike the rest of the files, it is only showing one row in the list for each of the two dupes. If I click on that one row, two files appear in the bottom section. Very confusing and makes me wonder if I can trust it. All the other dupe pairs+ have multiple rows. It's showing a single music file in a row later. This concerns me when the removal button is called "Delete Selected Items". For that reason, I did not test the delete function. If nothing else, the Location column has to reflect the different pathing for each of the files.

I've been trying to stick to only apps that use SHA1 (which you can test using the terminal command:
openssl dgst -sha1 fullfilepath-use-drag-and-drop
I'm not sure if this app uses SHA1 or not. It does show a hash (like you'd get from a dgst) in a column. This could be md5 which has been proven to be unreliable (see Security Now podcast). Others use SHA1.

Thanks for the lower price but I'm thinking there are better options elsewhere.
[Version 2010.120]

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Pecosbill replied on 08 Aug 2010
At the bottom of the GUI there's an indicator clearly showing the number of scanned files as well as the number of duplicates.

My review: "The biggest problem I found is it does not clearly display the duplicates"

Having the duplicate files grouped by color, with information regarding Name, Location, Size, etc., was very clear in my experience.
Pecosbill commented on 20 Jul 2010
From Macintouch reader Patrick T Kent:
I recently contacted Hisadonia the developers of NewNotePad Pro. I asked:
"Has Hisadonia stopped developing NewNotePad Pro? If not, can you please advise when we can expect native support of Intel Mac's and when a 64bit version will be released. It has been 6 years after all, since the version 2 release and 3 years since any updates at all."
Their reply:
I'm sorry for my delay in replying to you.
We currently have no plans to release the upgrade version of NewNOTEPAD Pro.
Thank you.
[Version 2.2.3]


Pecosbill reviewed on 18 Jul 2010
I WAS going to recommend avoiding this software because of what I thought was a security risk. The way it works is it asks you for an admin password. With that information, it then sets one of its executable files up to have root access to your system. However, since it appears to me the security is set up correctly on that file, it couldn't be modified by malware late r down theroad.

Alas, it hasn't been updated in eons and doesn't work with Snow Leopard as stated.
[Version 1.1]

Pecosbill commented on 06 May 2009
It's dead, Jim. Not found anywhere. The main site where this points is due to have it's site revisions done in 2005.....
[Version 0.3]

Pecosbill commented on 20 Mar 2006
Per the 3/20/06 comment on, I'm not sure I would support a product that violates its license agreement. The post there said that the license agreement back then was for lifetime free upgrades (pay only once). Snak is now demanding payment for a new upgrade. Poor business practices don't deserve support.
[Version 5.1.1]

Pecosbill had trouble on 27 May 2008
This worked great for me using Tiger. It seems that Leopard broke it as I cannot get even simple searches to work.
[Version 1.0]

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