Roddy Mckay
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Scottish Singer/Songwriter/Producer uprooted and replanted in California.

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Roddy-Mckay reviewed on 08 Nov 2012
iWeb SEO Tool has been free for so long that I suppose its difficult for some to actually think about paying for it.
The fact of the matter is that, if you consider the time this app saves you every time you update a website, its cheap at twice the price!
Although I don't use iWeb to create new sites any longer, I still have quite a few that need updated and SEO Tool will remain in use for quite so time. If I had to buy it again today I would without hesitation since it does the job quicker and easier than any other available method.
[Version 2.3.2]


Roddy-Mckay reviewed on 08 Jan 2012
I decided to invest a massive $0.99 in this because of its advertised ability to snap iPad as well as iPhone.

The option to exclude the iPad toolbar doesn't work although it does for the iPhone.

In comparison with the free iOS-Simulator Cropper, its a little easier to use but doesn't have the image output options.

If iOS Simulator had the ability to shoot the iPad I wouldn't have bothered with this app although it has a nice interface and works well enough.
[Version 1.1.3]

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Roddy-Mckay replied on 03 Jan 2013
No update for iOS Simulator V 6 so the app is now pretty much useless.

Roddy-Mckay reviewed on 23 Aug 2011
Until recently, I used WebCrusher for optimizing test sites. Now I find myself using it for new sites due to the ease of setup and operation.

If you are new to optimization this app should be at the top of your list as there is an almost zero learning curve. Its performance and features have improved enormously since its introduction and I don’t think anybody would be disappointed with the results.

Web surfers are impatient people and won’t wait for your sluggish files to download.

Google Webmasters says, “Monitor your site's performance and optimize load times. Google's goal is to provide users with the most relevant results and a great user experience. Fast sites increase user satisfaction and improve the overall quality of the web (especially for those users with slow Internet connections), and we hope that as webmasters improve their sites, the overall speed of the web will improve.”

I think this latest version with its new features and ease of use deserves 5 stars.
[Version 1.9]


Roddy-Mckay reviewed on 14 May 2011
MailShoot is a really good all-in-one solution for those who like to take control of their own website marketing and promotion campaigns.

Up until now I've been coding my own forms, adapting a formmail.php and using SerialMailer to manage the databases and compose and send out the emails.

Creating a form with MailShoot only takes a few minutes and requires no knowledge of code or scripts. This feature alone more than justifies the extra cost over an app like SerialMailer. If you have more than a couple of hundred subscribers, its very cost effective compared with using a marketing service.

Importing an existing database is quick and intuitive and the interface is easy to understand and use.

MailShoot should be of interest to those who use iWeb and/or publish to MobileMe since the Apple server is not capable of running the necessary scripts but does have the advantage of one click publishing.

With the addition of a Quick Start Manual and some HTML Flyer templates, this could be a five star application.
[Version 2.0]


Roddy-Mckay reviewed on 07 Jul 2010
I've always considered Sitemap Automator a "must have" application.
It has paid for itself over and over again as a quick and convenient way to create, update and submit sitemaps. This should be done every time updates to a website are published and I know there are occasions when I would have skipped this step if it wasn't for the automator.

The ability to trace broken links has been on my wish list for some time. I've had a couple of messed up links on a large site that have been bugging me for months. With this latest update I tracked them down in a matter of minutes.
[Version 2.3]


Roddy-Mckay reviewed on 09 Sep 2009
This application was always slow, clunky and unresponsive and its major problem is that it is limited to the font that you selected in preferences. This makes it useless for most applications.
SInce installing Snow Leopard, the application has not function and, the last time I tried to launch it, it sat bouncing in the Dock.
The developers answer to my request for help was that the application is fully compatible with Snow Leopard. Customer support doesn't seem to come high on their list of priorities!
I guess I have to go back to Typinator or try TextExpander.
[Version 1.1.1]


Roddy-Mckay reviewed on 24 Jun 2009
This latest version of Web Site Maestro arrived just in time for me to test it out while transferring some of my websites to a new hosting account.
The interface has been simplified and the new features for sorting files and handling non optimized ones are a bonus.
Newcomers to this application will find it a lot easier to familiarize themselves with it. They can use the "help" tags to begin with and then disengage them in preferences once they get to know it.
The biggest plus for me was the increase in upload speed which made transferring all my sites go a lot quicker.
[Version 7.5]


Roddy-Mckay reviewed on 27 Mar 2009
From the response of users in the iWeb forum, it seems that the long awaited bug fix doesn't really fix anything very much at all.
iWeb still doesn't include the features that a lot of users have requested and the main one they added, the dysfunctional FTP, is a disaster for many.
iWeb is basically a good application - it just needs to be made to work out of the box and be developed in the same way as its main competition.
I find it astounding that reviewers for certain well known publications are reporting positively.
It makes you wonder if they have actually used the application.
Until the iWeb FTP actually works, optimization and SEO functionality are added and MobileMe is given a radical overhaul, the only option is to publish to a local folder if you want your site to be findable and viewable on a PC running IE.
My main problem with this latest version of the application is its tendency to screw up text and text hyperlinks in a random fashion. The only way to fix this is to delete the offending item, save, quit, reboot, add it back and republish!
Apple needs to apply some knowledgeable programmers to this application and to thoroughly test it prior to release before I would give it the rating that the "professional" reviewers have.
[Version 3.0.1]


Roddy-Mckay reviewed on 30 Jan 2009
This update is great news for iWeb users and will offset the disappointment of the pathetic performance of Apple's built in FTP in iWeb '09.
The drag and drop feature and the advanced preferences are an added bonus to an already amazing application.
[Version 7.1.1]


Roddy-Mckay reviewed on 24 Nov 2008
WavePad is a potentially useful application and has some good features.
However, the developers have seen fit to treat the Mac version as a poor relation to the Windows one.
The interface face needs upgrading.
Unlike the Windows version, it does not convert to other file formats after editing. This makes it totally useless for my purposes.
I have contacted the developers, twice, to point out these short comings and to mention the fact that I would pay for WavePad if they would make the necessary improvements.
Perhaps they don't need the money or are so busy that they don't have time to reply!
[Version 3.14]

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