Lawrence Crawford
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I'm a software developer from Hillborough, NC where I specialize in 4D software. I like productivity utilities because I am a one man shop and must be efficient.

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Randy-Crawford reviewed on 10 Sep 2013
This program is really nice in some ways. The interface is great and it is fast and easy to use. However, it does not support user definable lists! This makes it essentially useless. Any database I've ever developed has many fields where the data range must be chosen from a limited list of choices. Using this tool there is no way to populate those fields with usable data. I would give this program very high marks if it has this essential feature, but without it I can't even recommend spending a paltry $7 on it.
[Version 1.2]


Randy-Crawford reviewed on 03 Sep 2013
This is a great piece of software. In the past I've used Express Scribe but found that its use of wav files cause a huge consumption of disk space. F5 uses .mp3 files and is very efficient. The transcription window has all the features you need. It is document based so you can have as many open windows as you want. The text of the transcription is saved as an rtf which can be opened with a word processor or re-opened in F5. The time stamp feature lets you efficiently move within the transcription easily. The keyboard commands are user-defined so that's convenient too. Although it is free, they do ask for a donation of 10 euros. I like this software so much that I actually donated twice. There aren't very many choices for transcription software for Mac, but that works out fine because this one has just what is needed.
[Version 1.0]


Randy-Crawford reviewed on 25 Aug 2013
Could be the best except...

I see some here claim this is free. It definitely is not. It is $29 per machine, and yes, it DOES lock to your machine. If you are a single user with multiple machines you have to but it repeatedly, which is what I did. This used to be one of the few choices and its feature set is outstanding so I went with it. As I used it more and more I discovered a very significant hidden cost. It converts source audio files to wav and in the process the file size grows at least 15-fold!!! A one hour interview ends up being about 1GB!! I am at a point where I am doing a lot of interviews and I have had to buy a new hard drive just to be able to keep using this.

I've decided to abandon this and go with F5 which is free and uses mp3 files in their native state. I haven't accumulated experience with F5 at this point and if it isn't sufficient I will find something else, but it won't be Express Scribe.
[Version 5.50]


Randy-Crawford reviewed on 07 Aug 2013
I've looked hard for a good data set generator. is pretty good, but you can't change the order of the rows without starting over which is a deal breaker considering it always takes a few tries to get things right. Data Creator has by far the best interface but doesn't currently support custom lists which makes it totally unusable for any database developer I've ever known. Randomite has all the features you could ask for when it comes to defining data sets, but the interface is cumbersome (very cumbersome). Also, you can't save data set definition criteria as a separate document. If you want to use it on more than one computer, you have to redefine everything. Since there is no perfect tool yet available I've gone with Randomite and have really benefitted from it in spite of its odd and cumbersome interface. Unfortunately, it seems to be abandoned. When you submit a tech support request (they've got a nice system for support requests), no one answers.
[Version 1.6.2]


Randy-Crawford reviewed on 24 Jul 2013
I've used Voila for quite some time now. It has always been stable and reliable. It is easy to use and incorporate into a natural and productive work flow. I use it to develop documentation and routinely capture screen shots, menus, etc. I occasionally use it to capture videos on the web that I'm unable to download otherwise. It works well in all cases. The only feature I'd add (if it has this I can't find it) would be to be able to capture directly to a collection. That way I wouldn't have to go back to the "All Images" view and figure out what it what and where I want it to be organized. Also, it is priced very attractively. It doesn't seem to have the nasty type of licensing that keeps me from being able to put it on my notebook as well as my desktop (I'm a single user and I don't try to use it at the same time on different machines).
[Version 3.4]

Randy-Crawford commented on 21 Jan 2012
Sold only on Mac App Store. That rules it out for me. Hopefully there will always be software companies with fine products that won't let themselves be run by Apple.
[Version 2.0]

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Randy-Crawford replied on 21 Jan 2012
I made what turned out to be a mistake by buying Pixelmator before it was Mac App Store only. The developer of this product provides no upgrade path, thereby screwing the existing customers. Really faithless.
Randy-Crawford commented on 06 Dec 2011
This one really really helped me out in an emergency. It seems to be the only thing that does what it does, and it works perfectly. Much much thanks to the developer for giving away such a fine and helpful tool!
[Version 0.9]


Randy-Crawford reviewed on 23 Oct 2011
I've been using DropCopy for quite a while. I paid for the upgraded version to be able to use it on a family network with several machines. It is really great to the extent that it works. However, it really doesn't work that well. Always there are destinations missing. That really is my main gripe. I feel like it should show all the destinations on the network correctly. I make sure to keep the most current version on all machines. The fact that is constantly complains about transferring large file sizes is only mildly annoying (but it comes up a lot). DropBox is not really the same because with DropCopy you are not synching remotely. It is a file transfer utility. Given the large amount of time it has been on the market, they have had time to get it debugged, but it is very buggy. My recommendation is to go with the free version and remind yourself that free is incredible. It isn't worth paying for only because it does not function correctly most of the time.
[Version 1.75]

Randy-Crawford commented on 28 Sep 2011
My use for IconBxo is really pretty simple. I need a way to store and organize a large number of icons and then visualize them or search them. This does that perfectly. It also converts the icons to pngs for me whenever I need that. Everything I've needed so far, this app has done very nicely. I would not hesitate to recommend it, especially considering there are very few other apps out there that do what this does.
[Version 2.1.3]

Randy-Crawford commented on 27 Aug 2011
Available only on MacApp Store. Any software that this is true of is useless to me.
[Version 2.0.6]

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