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Reviewer-Judge reviewed on 23 Feb 2013
This has great documentation. It is rather lengthy and you must have a little patience. I tried AlarmClock on my G5 running 10.4.11 which I use with my old version of Photoshop. It does not work. So I read the reviews on iTaf. It will wakeup and start my computer to alarm me. But when you test it you must leave about 5 minutes of time to test the alarm or else like I did you will never get the test. I have not restarted the computer since I have tried. It is less intuitive than the Apple OS, but not too bad. Get very familiar with the right side of the alarm box on the screen where there are five small icon buttons. Put the mouse over each selection and click, and most of them you can figure it out. Then go to the manual online which is good and large. Again, a little more time than I would have liked to commit. This is a free app. I give it 4.5 stars because it is not as intuitive as I would have liked. It is very customizable and you can use it to shut your computer off or turn it on. I do not know if it works with 10.7 plus. ONe thing to watch for is when you select the days they should be white when you select them. The buttons for the days when they are black are blacked out not selected. Hey, it's free. I wish it was upgraded. The developer did a fantastic job.
[Version 2.2.3]

Reviewer-Judge commented on 06 Feb 2011
I probably should have given it one star because it is stable. I went looking for a word processor because my Appleworks 6 is slow buggy on OSx 10/6 on my new MacBook Pro. Bean does not have headers or footers. I asked the developer at Bean to put that into his program two years ago. He has not, and that is his decision, I appreciate his judgment call. Bean does open up files that others do not such as docx. I like Bean for quick notes and non-professional work. Now to Mellel. I have been a macuser for over twenty years. I do know my way around programs some, I am not a professional software developer or even a guy who learns each aspect of the programs I use. I guess you could say I have been an average user with experience so far as word processing. First, Mellel is nowhere as intuitive as the other programs: If I cut and past a document into the program and the text has underlining in blue and the text is in black, just try to change the underline to black. I have successfully done it five times at least and each time I have had to struggle with relearning how to do it and then when I do accomplish it, it does take longer sometimes than others. It doesn't always "take." Weird. So far as making an underline bolder, that never workout easily either. I could not make the line bolder. In other programs this is simple. I do like the way it spell checks. The controls are just not setup intuitively. It takes so much longer than any other (six other) word processing program to learn and somethings I never learned. You may as plan on never using another program or transferring your files to another format because you cannot. Once saved in Mellel you are stuck with there format. Forget about transferring you file to another mac user or pc user who does not have Mellel. Try to save as in Mellel and you get no options. This is outrageous. All and I mean ALLLLLLLLL other programs have and do allow you to save to rtf. If I am wrong about this, then someone please tell me because I have looked for an hour over numerous time to find this. Ridiculous. Also, when you want to edit it pulls up these windows on the side that are not intuitive. This takes up valuable screen space. It has very little above the document. Like every other WP. One of these modules is where you can change the underlining. The way you set the tabs is not easy and I have to take my magnifying glass out to accomplish this and even when I do that I can't see where it is being placed (right on the inch mark) because my pointer is in the way. If you plan on using Mellel plan on using it for the rest of your life, because that appears how long you will have to learn it (if you are over 60). Also, plan on using it the rest of your life because the files you create, unless you want to cut and paste, will be stuck in their proprietary format and so are you. Go with instead, which is intuitive and easy. Version 3.3.0 just came out. Get bean for simple stuff and opening up docx. It will blow you away what OpenOffice can open up and save to (except docx). Both these are intuitive and consistent with Microsoft office products. OpenOffice has spreadsheet and six other programs. I will be selling my Mellel cheap after I transfer the last six months of files back over to rtf format. Good bye Mellel world, hello the rest of the world.
[Version 2.8.0]

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