Pixeljunkey
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PixelJunkey commented on 23 Jun 2008
Nice product but BIG system resource hog... on dual core Macbook pros, a 24 fps capture with audio uses over 100% CPU and causes the fans to spin up constantly.
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PixelJunkey reviewed on 16 Jun 2008
In testing this app, I found crashers when applying filters to single layer JPEGs, and also found inoperative or incomplete features. Example: the color picker has no option for pixel values and does not work with the HSB color mode.

For $79 the application should be a lot more polished than this IMO. I like the idea of putting core editing tools inside an Aperture-like UI (much better concept than Pixelmator which is a total mess of a UI), but it's only half-baked IMO.
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PixelJunkey commented on 16 May 2008
It's not a hate thing. I want to like this product setup, I really do. But ultimately it's about being fair with people. I could ask you the reverse question: why settle for whatever pricing scheme they give you without questioning it? Why the arbitrary two week window? That is ridiculous.

What if someone purchased the non-advanced version several weeks ago and hasn't heard about the new update for whatever reason (people are busy)... and a month from now they go to get their special upgrade... why on earth shouldn't they be able to get it? Or six months from now?

Aquafadas knows *when* you bought the software, so if you bought it before-hand in 2008, then pretty much that offer should have no time-limit as long as you have proof of purchase. They're trying to squeak in extra profits everywhere they can, for a product that frankly has a lot of competition. I understand it's business and I don't deny the product itself is decent quality, but the pricing system is FUBAR IMO.
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PixelJunkey commented on 14 May 2008
And btw, now it's perfectly clear why Std version was included in a recent MU bundle... because they wanted those users to have to pay the 2x upgrade fee to get the advanced version a couple months later. Weak sauce.
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PixelJunkey replied on 16 May 2008
Nobody said they were... Sherlock. We all have our expectations of good Mac developers (Aquafadas is one of them). Mine are higher than that's been done here initially.
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PixelJunkey commented on 14 May 2008
"Advanced" version has some nice updates, but basically is little more than a way to force existing users to pay double what they paid for the standard version, just to upgrade.

Sorry but the improvements made here do not justify spending either $85 (upgrade) or $129 (first time), given that you can do infinitely more with Final Cut Express 4 for just $70 more! And academic users can get FCE4 for just $50 more than Pulp Motion Advanced. It's not even remotely a contest in terms of capability and quality.

This is not a good value at all IMHO. Full price should be about $99 and upgrade should be no more than the full price of standard ($49). I don't appreciate paying for a product and then being gouged for an upgrade that is basically what the original product should have been in the first place in terms of editing media, speed, etc.
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PixelJunkey replied on 16 May 2008
Thanks for your response. However your store page
http://www.aquafadas.com/newsite2/store/
seems to indicate what I was saying earlier. I don't even see why it would be a time-limited thing. As long as you purchased before release, you should be able to get the discount at any time.

Will there be any discount for people who purchased via the recent MU bundle? I'm sure many people are curious about that also. For my part I'm just going to use more advanced software. I just thought this looked like a cool product to make quick videos but unless one of the templates fits your purposes...
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PixelJunkey reviewed on 23 Apr 2008
Just switched from Snapz Pro and I won't look back. This product is so much more robust and is every bit as easy if not easier to use than Snapz. Not to mention Snapz has languished with the same feature set for over 2 years. Time to give the new player on the block my business. Nice work Vara!
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PixelJunkey reviewed on 11 Nov 2007
TIME TO CLEAR THE AIR

1) This product is NOT (nor will it ever be) a "Photoshop Killer". If you're talking about Photoshop Elements, then say that, and quit trying to sound so dramatic. This product has a lot of bugs and design flaws, and frankly is not anywhere near as good as even Elements right. It's not even in the same league as Photoshop CS3, let alone warrant a comparison. Would be like comparing SoundStudio to Logic Studio. Pointless!

2) Just because something looks pretty, and is offered on Mac only does NOT make it "Mac Like". The UI design on this software is POOR. Floating windows and panels have a purpose in some situations that make them better than modal dialogs or toolbars. That doesn't mean it's a good idea to turn the entire application into a floating window! The lack of UI knowledge in some of these reviews is just comical. Pretty should be the icing on the cake, not the cake itself.

3) This product is really no more powerful than most of the $50 genero-brand editors (like Arcsoft or whatever) that you buy at CompUSA. It's just hyped way more and looks nicer so people get excited about it. That said, I hope the product is improved from a UI standpoint (note to developer: UI form should follow function - just like the design of a house), and that it becomes more stable and flexible in terms of what you can edit with it.

Bottom line: this product is useful for editing JPEGs out of camera and tinkering around. It's not a serious image editor and certainly nothing a professional would ever consider for serious work. Maybe by version 3 or 4 that will change, but no time soon IMO, and certainly not even version 2, unless they take two years to develop it. ;-)
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PixelJunkey reviewed on 20 Feb 2007
Works OK for smaller files. Chokes on anything over 20MB on our systems. It gets 3/4 through an upload to our .Mac folder and then freezes with an "unknown error". Happens consistently and repeatably on 3 different systems, none of which have any other connection problems. Probably worth $10 at most IMO, even once they fix the connection problems. It's just a prettier face on your .Mac account or FTP account basically.
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PixelJunkey commented on 02 Feb 2007
More evidence the upgrade is worthwhile for many users.

http://www.macworld.com/2007/02/reviews/diskwarrior4/index.php
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PixelJunkey commented on 29 Jan 2007
Add in truly robust screen video support to 2.0 and I'll pay $20 for the privilege. : ) Snapz Development has practically disappeared seems like. 3 years on, we're still waiting for some substantial improvements (performance and features). Making it a UB doesn't count. Especially given that is still costs like $60 just to get all the features. Ambrosia has more than gone to the bank on this one. Time to move on.
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