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Robk reviewed on 23 Feb 2014
I really like Xee. It offers all the features I need and want in an image viewer. But I miss the toolbar that exists in the free open source version (ver 2.2).

If the toolbar get added back to version 3, I would give it 5 stars.
[Version 3.3]


Robk reviewed on 23 Feb 2014
I really like JustLooking. It supports many images types including animated GIFs.

But unfortunately it does not do Horizontal or Vertical Flips. If that creature was added, I would give it 5 stars.
[Version 3.3.3]

Robk commented on 23 Feb 2014
Sequential freezes on my Mac running 10.8.5 Mountain Lion when opening ANY type of image (JPG, etc).

I hope developer can fix bug,
[Version 2.1.2]

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Robk replied on 25 Feb 2014
Just out of the blue, Sequential started to work on my Mac running 10.8.5. Very Strange.
Robk commented on 11 Mar 2013
What is the license for the non-App store version?
How many computers can you install it on?
[Version 2.0.5]

Robk commented on 05 Mar 2013
It is a pity that Fluke does NOT work with Mountain Lion. And to make matters worse, it looks like the development has stopped.

Fluke still works with Lion and lower. But make sure you have the xiph qt decoders installed. (They must be downloaded and installed separately). And for Lion users, make sure you are running iTunes in 32-bit mode. (Right Click on iTunes in the Applications folder and click on Run in 32-bit mode".)
[Version 0.2.5]


Robk reviewed on 24 Feb 2013
INMHO, this is one of the best FREE video downloaders with FREE video conversion.

For a comparison of FREE video downloaders, see

In addition, if you want to convert AVCHD video files to a more Apple friendly editable format, see

Transcoding .MTS files (AVCHD footage) to an editable format (.MOV)

Robk commented on 09 Feb 2013
Looks like Apple's routers now supports WPS. But I understand that WPS is a security nightmare. Can one turn off WPS (like most other routers) using Airport Utility?
[Version 6.2]

Robk commented on 09 Feb 2013
Looks interesting. But how does it compare to the free solutions like GrandPerspective and Total Inventory X?
[Version 1.0.4]

Robk commented on 31 Oct 2012
Please note that this update uninstalls the Java 6 plugin for Java applets and it also uninstalls the Apple Java Preferences App (found in the Utilities folder).

After installing this update, you can download and install the Java 7 JRE from Oracle as recommended by Apple if you need to run Java Applets. But please note that the Java 7 browser plugin for Java applets is 64 bit only. As a result, the Java 7 browser plugin will ONLY run in 64 bit browsers (like Safari).

Since Chrome is a 32-bit browser, you CANNOT run Java applets using the Java 7 browser 64-bit plugin.

If you use Chrome and need to run Java applets, do NOT install this update or Java 7. (But please note that your security is at risk due to security flaws in the Apple Java 2012-005).

Some people have complained that certain applets do NOT run properly in 64 bit browsers using the Java 7 64-bit plugin. The fact that the plugin is 64 bit is NOT the problem. A Java 7 32-bit plugin would likely not fix the problem since both the 32-bit and 64-bit Java browser plugins would run the same Java applet bytcode from the website). (i.e. Java byte code is Java byte code).

If an applet not longer runs properly it is likely due to BUGS in the Java 7 browser plugin. These bugs will be fixed over time.

If you cannot wait for these bugs to be fixed, you can go back to Apple's Java 6. See the following from Apple:
[Version 2012-006]

Robk commented on 17 Oct 2012
According to Apple "This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled "Missing plug-in" to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle."

When I click "Missing plugin-in" on a web page and then click More Info, Safari brings me to the Oracle website where it prompts me to install the latest version of Java 7.

If I want to run Java applets, do I need to upgrade to Java 7?
Or is there a Java plug-in I can download from Oracle for Apple's Java 6 (as suggested by Apple)? If so, where?
[Version 2012-006]

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Robk replied on 17 Oct 2012
I have done some testing. And if one install the Oracle Java 7 update 9 package, it installs the java 7 applet plugin and does NOT uninstall Apples's Java for regular java apps.

In other words, it does NOT change the default java installation for regular java apps (like the old NeoOffice etc). That is, if you type "java -version" in the Terminal app it still shows Apple's java:

javac 1.6.0_37

Normally one would use the Java Preference App (in /Applications/Utilities folder) to change the default Java version being used but Apple deleted this app in the latest 2012-006 Apple Java 6 update.

I tried to change the default Java version using the following command in the Terminal

/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.7.0_09 --exec javac -version

It did NOT work. I was still using Apple's java !!

I discovered that one needs to install the Oracle 7 Update 9 JDK (i.e. installing just the JRE is not enough). Once the Oracle Java 7 JDK is installed, Java 7 will be the default Java being used by java apps on your Mac. In addition, the terminal command to change the version of Java being used now works.

E.G. to switch back to Apple's Java 6, type the following in Terminal:

/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.6.0_37 --exec javac -version

To switch to Java 7, type:

/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.7.0_09 --exec javac -version
Robk had trouble on 17 Mar 2011
Version 2.2 does NOT work very well on my new Macbook Pro running Snow Leopard. It fails to properly display the names of the embedded files in the "Embedded Files" tab. But the "Attributes Tab" does display the proper file names of the embedded files in the winmail.dat file.

Switched to Version 2.0 which runs just fine in Snow Leopard (using Rosetta). Now the proper files names are being displayed in the "Embedded Files" tab.

Installed TNEF v2.2 on a second Mac running Snow Leopard. Same problem

I would suggest that people avoid using version 2.2 and go back to version 2.0 until this bug is fixed. Version 2.0 runs just fine on Snow Leopard using Rosetta.

P.S. There is a similar program on the Mac App Store called Letter Opener Lite. I prefer it over TNEF but Letter Open Lite costs $7. If you want you can buy the full version of Letter Opener for $30 but I do not see the need (and I like to avoid using Apple Mail Plugins).
[Version 2.2]

Robk had trouble on 06 Jan 2011
@MacUpdate -- The DOWNLOAD link does NOT work. It downloads the Remote Desktop Client NOT the Admin (server).

In addition, the link to the Apple website brings up Remote Desktop v3.3.2 not v3.4.

Please fix.
[Version 3.4]

Robk had trouble on 27 Jul 2010
it looks like XStreamRipper no longer works in no longer works in 64-bit Snow Leopard.

Pity. But there is another FREE alternative. StreamRipStar. It is Java based so it is not as pretty but it does do a great job at ripping multiple streams.
[Version 1.1.4]

Robk had trouble on 25 Jul 2010
No longer works.
iShout runs but NO stations appear in the interface and it does not appear that you can add any of your own.
[Version 1.0.1]

Robk had trouble on 25 Jul 2010
It appears that this program NO LONGER WORKS with the latest version of iTunes 9.x.
RadioRecorder will rip the stream but it fails to add the song to iTunes. And when it fails at adding the song to iTunes, the song disappears from the Music folder.

It looks like it is no longer being developed. Pity.
[Version 1.08]

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