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Adobe Photoshop CC
on 12 May 2012
I bought PS 5.5 just two months ago. Now they want me to pay $399 to upgrade to this (the same price as for people who upgrade from CS4). That's... not going to happen, Adobe.
OS X Mountain Lion
on 16 Feb 2012
Can't work out how to edit my earlier comment, so…
Lion was *obviously* a transitionary OS from the start - with hints and pins for upcoming iOS integration, but not much substance. Mountain Lion (kinda like 4S, yes? - a planned evolution?) simply brings it to fruition. What's the problem? They're not going to stop Mac OS running all the hardcore apps and features it already does, just bring in some of the cool usage conveniences that people have got used to in iOS.
iOS is what's helping Apple take over the world: to bring more people to the Mac desktop platform, this convergence makes perfect sense. And what's *wrong* with having notifications or integrating apps between desktop and mobile? Not to mention that proper iCloud integration between desktop and mobile devices is going to be a game-changer, and it's about time. What's the bad news here, exactly? Within ten seconds of release there will be a slew of apps and utilities enabling you to turn off what you don't like, so just ride the wave and customise your experience the way you always have.
I've been a Mac user since System 5 and before - and you know what? Stuff changes every now and then. I remember how dubious many people on here were about OSX when it came limping out, buggy and hard to understand. Without that seismic change there would be no Apple now. This is merely the next step.
So settle down, actually try out the preview if you've got a developer account and make some useful comments and observations on it, or accept the fact that operating systems have to evolve to survive (both creatively and commercially), and that it would be *insane* for Apple not to capitalise on the success of iOS.
If you really can't bear it, then sure - switch to Linux or Android. And good luck with that.
OS X Mountain Lion
on 16 Feb 2012
Lots of bleating, no-one's actually used it. Not helpful.
on 02 Dec 2011
Beautifully designed both visually and because it does one thing extremely well. It's the only twitter client I'll have on the machine I'm supposed to to actual work on. Perfect for what I need.
The Hit List
on 03 Jun 2011
I'm delighted to see this app back in business - it was always my favourite To Do application and I only moved away reluctantly because it failed to go iOS, now coming any day. It's not for the droning GTD obsessives out there, and that's precisely why I like it: it doesn't constantly force me to mess about with contexts and tagging. It helps me get things done, rather than Get Things Done. It's clear and attractive and very, very direct to use.
The sync is *blinding* fast between Macs. Twenty bucks a year is *not* such a big deal to pay for this. And I could care less about whether it has industrial level encryption, as my work reminders will bore cybervillains to tears. Anyone who stores really important information in their GTD app is ignoring the fact that anyone could walk in, fire up the app, and copy it off the screen. Face it, nobody cares about your To Do list. Store your CC numbers and Secret Spy Name somewhere else.
If the iPhone app integrates with this as well as I hope, my search for To Do software is finally over, and my work on this planet is done.
on 04 Jun 2011
Um, no, it's not damned arrogant - it's an opinion. Like "This software works for me" is an opinion, and not a suggestion that other people are at fault if it doesn't work for them.
I get so very bored by people slating good pieces of software over issues that - again, in my opinion - just aren't that big a deal, including reviewers getting all paranoid about the security of their shopping lists. In real life Human Engineering techniques are far more likely to strip you of your secrets than concerted campaigns of cyber-espionage.
This remains an *opinion*, however. I'm not speaking on behalf of you or anyone else. Why would I even try? Comments are not designed to express some gestalt wisdom or to encompass the experiences of all mankind. They're there to express the commenter's opinion, in this case, mine.
By the way - have you actually checked with the developer how the data is stored? If not, then your comments remain only an opinion, too, and one not based on reality. Mere speculation, in fact, in a forum that will impact the sales of software that someone's hoping to earn a living from. That's kind of arrogant, actually.
Regardless of the encryption used - about which I simply don't care - I stand by my comments on this software. If your to do lists genuinely *are* a matter of national security, then I apologise for any inference to the contrary, and suggest you either contact the developer for reassurance or look elsewhere for your GTD needs.
on 28 May 2009
This is a great little application. It's polished, attractive, and provides a sophisticated but unobtrusive way of segmenting your working day into manageable chunks - the better to motivate yourself. The menubar addition in this new version has made it even better. It's now a core part of my writing toolbox, and a very simple and concrete aid to getting things done.
The sole additional feature I'd like to see would be the ability to specify certain set time periods (30/45/60/90 minutes, say) and have these directly selectable from the menubar item, to trigger them immediately. The extremely responsive developer says this is on the way.
Other than that, this is perfect for my needs, and worth every penny. I will always happily pay an extra few bucks for a piece of software that nails its intended purpose, and looks great - and TimeBoxed does.
on 08 May 2009
I'm liking this more and more and more. Have been with it for a few months now, and the company keeps regularly upgrading the Mac software with useful features - the new system for managing sync folders is a great addition.
I'm running iDrive at the same time, and their software feels clunky and Windows-centric, there's no revision notes for new versions, and the syncing process is just horrible. I don't want revision stored, or to have to manually weed out ghost files. I just want my stuff backed up. Tried DropBox briefly and found it too restrictive.
With SugarSync, it all just works. Not to mention the useful little iPhone app... which I've used several times in real-life situations.
Sugarsync's upload speed is excellent, and the whole system is very reassuring - I've got very used to glancing up at my menubar to check whether the little bird has finished backing my last snippet of work up. It can still be a bit hinky with package-based files (like those from Scrivener), but if you're careful to close out of all open documents before using them on another machine, it's not a major problem. The Sync Manager software could do with a buff for full-on Leopard loveliness, but that's being really picky.
If you want a good system for living on working on more than one computer - with the added peace of mind of having everything backed up all the time - SugarSync is very definitely worth a try.
on 07 May 2009
Two requests, devs:
1. Could you please post revision notes? There's been two in about a week.
2. Sparkle updating would be very nice.
on 05 Apr 2009
Still persevering with this, though it's trying my patience a little. yes, there's kind of a sync option available now - though it seems to be a manual process (a per-time comparison of online and offline folders) that is far from intuitive, and not the same as mirroring. The multiple machine set-up seems flakey too. I want to like this service, and they are updating features fairly regularly, but it's just not right yet...
I (and many other people) want simple, automatic mirroring of folders. This can't be that hard.
Safari 4 Buddy
on 05 Mar 2009
... and the progress bar is back. THANK YOU.
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