Mark Pearson
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Randommac rated on 20 Jul 2011
[Version 5.0.11]


Randommac reviewed on 20 Jul 2011
I've relied on MacUpdate Desktop for many months now, and am still impressed at how well it does its daunting task. I've got over 200 applications in my Applications Folder, and it handles all but a very few without hiccup or crash. (That's not counting preference panes and plug-ins.) And, it's gotten faster and smoother with each dot release.

This is a GREAT timesaver. The MacUpdate web site will email notices of updates to my software if I want it to, but who wants to wade through all that one at a time? (Clicking through to the web page, waiting for the download, unzipping the file, launching the installer, ejecting the disk image, trashing the download, etc....

What's your time worth?
[Version 5.0.11]


Randommac reviewed on 28 Dec 2010
Printfolio fills several gaps in the Mac software market, and does it with relative simplicity and stability. Labels and Addresses has a clear and thorough approach to printing from Apple's Address Book -- this is what Apple should have provided. I thought I wouldn't have a use for Business Card Composer, but it's flexible enough that I've been able to use it for a variety of small format print jobs. I don't use Swift Publisher much, but it does some things Pages can't. Art Text is a powerful program, though it does take a little trial and error to begin to get the results you want. Image Tricks Pro is a great, fun photo tool, and very easy to use. I've not used Disc Cover, but it looks much easier to use and more Mac-like than Discus. All in all a good, no, a very good value, and a good company to work with.
[Version 1.7.1]


Randommac reviewed on 10 Jun 2010
Was NOT going to buy this. Didn't need it, what with GraphicConverter (a great swiss army knife) and iPhoto already steady use, but when I got to spending some time with it, I began to realize how many hoops I'd been jumping through.

For example, just to resize a few photos I'd import them to iPhoto and export them again with the few options available to me from within iPhoto's export command. Not enough options! EasyBatchPhoto will let you batch rotate, scale up, scale down, fill, set background color. What was I thinking?

Or I'd fire up GC and get lost somewhere in the process -- too many windows and dialog boxes.

My time is worth more than the shareware price, and the results are more than acceptable. Worth it in every respect. Kudos.
[Version 3.0.1]


randommac reviewed on 16 Dec 2008
Simple, speedy and flexible.

The TaskPaper upgrade to 2.0 makes the difference between night and day for me. What was just an intriguing concept - a simple paper-look to do manager - is now my default note taking and to do manager.

I started out with iGTD, but got overwhelmed by the endless forms to fill. I like "Things", but never quite got comfortable with it. I tried OmniFocus, but Things and OF became ends in themselves, constant temptation to overfocus on the process and not on results.

I love TP2's speed and flexibility. It doesn't tax my aging PowerBook, it gives me very little to distract me, yet makes it easy to customize tags on the fly. The ability to narrow my focus is essential, and TP makes that easy. Jumping back and forth between individual projects or contexts and the project list is smooth and fast.

Thanks, Hog Bay, for making the upgrade from 1.0 to 2.0 free. I wasn't even going to try it out, but the online tutorial sold me. If you haven't watched it, do so now! Then download the demo and try it yourself.
[Version 2.1]


randommac reviewed on 08 Sep 2007
Lovely screensaver, quietly mesmerizing, and worth showing off. I love the dozens of customization options, including the option to run on the main screen only. Universal binary is a plus as well.

My only quibble is that the screensaver didn't install automatically with a double click. (Just drag it to your /Library/Screen Savers folder, as the accompanying Read Me instructs.) Excellent!
[Version 10.1.1]


randommac reviewed on 11 May 2007
This is a simple, solid, uncluttered journaling app., a nice piece of freeware that has upgrade options (vijournal), but has plenty of functionality as it stands. With the ability to encrypt, this is has significant value, and stands out from the crowd of other simplistic note pad software apps. You get more than you pay for with viJournal Lite.
[Version 1.7.6]

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