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Rrnowell commented on 02 Jan 2010
Just a comment for now... I bought this with the MacBundle back in June... now they have a 6.1 for a price... OK, but when you are asked if you want to upgrade it doesn't mention anything about a price... not the end of the world except AFTER you have run the upgrade and replaced your original version and they have tossed it in the trash they ask for a license... now if I don't want the upgrade since it costs I have to go get my original out of the trash... come on... just tell us the upgrade is not free BEFORE we accept it so we can skip it and avoid digging our app out of the trash. IF i were rating this I would ding it severely for this.
[Version 6.1]

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Rrnowell replied on 04 Jan 2010
I was addressing what is displayed when I check for updates using v5.3 and the "Check for new version..." in DVDRemaster pull down menu. To be more specific is has a dalog box that states in the portion that is immediately visible without scrolling ...

A new version of DVDRemaster is available!
DVDRemaster 6.1 is now available-you have 5.3. Would you like to download it now?

Release Notes:
DVDRemaster 6.1
Released 12/29/2009
DVDRemaster 6.1 features some improvements to the multiple audio tracks suppport and several general enhacements.

Fixed an issue preventing from having the correct label when using multiple audio tracks
Fixed an issue preventing the drag and drop of the source VIDEO_TS folder
Fixed an issue causing the generation of empty files when

I feel the dialog box should boldly declare that it is NOT a free upgrade. I just said sure and it moved my 5.3 version to the trash.
Rrnowell commented on 23 Dec 2009
Their iPartition product comes with iDefrag Lite. The full version of iDefrag adds the following: Online Defragmentation, Optimization, Full Defrag, and Jump to File by Name of ID.

I like this company. They seem straight forward and up front. This is refreshing. I suspect the company is still run by developers and not bean counters and marketeers who have lost touch with integrity and customer service and a love of producing a product one can be proud of and feel good about.

Even though I have purchased the product it is too early to give a new user review as I need to use it more and get a feel for how the customer is handled.

A full list of the features of each taken from the iDefrag help menu Overview is listed below:

Key Features

Feature iDefrag Lite iDefrag
Supported Filesystems
HFS (Mac OS Standard) x x
HFS+ (Mac OS Extended) x x
HFS+ (Mac OS Journaled) x x
HFSX (Mac OS Case Sensitive) x x

Metadata Defrag/Tidy x x
Compaction x x
On-line Defragmentation x
Optimization x
Full Defrag x

User Interface
Per-block Display x x
Whole Disk Display x x
File Information x x
Class-based Data Coloring x x
Jump to File by Name or ID x
Asynchronous Operation x x

AppleScript Support x x
Advanced Classification System x x
Metadata Zone (“Hot Zone”) Support x x
Adaptive Hot File Clustering Support x x
Built-in Bug Reporter x x
MacPAD-based Auto-update System x x
Altivec Accelerated Display x x
[Version 1.7.2]

Rrnowell commented on 26 Nov 2009
Jeremy, thank you for the application. I wanted to make some suggestions as a new user.

1) I am unsure how to import Bible verses.
2) There was no Help or Read Me file to refer to.

Perhaps a menu that lets you specify what Bible s/w you have and then using the info from the user imports that text (e.g. Quickverse, Accordance, etc.) would be some way of helping a new user to get started.

Since it is a 0.x.x version a rating unless one is very happy with the application should wait until the application has a chance to mature (IMHO). Thank you for you time and efforts Jeremy. I will be watching your application for updates and improvements. God Speed!
[Version 0.6.4]

Rrnowell commented on 17 Oct 2009
The claim is made that Mellel caters to user requests. This is great if it is true. I am just a user... I do not have an allegiance so to speak which it seems too many do. I want a word processor that can meet my needs.

For me, and many other users, the Word format is the the most prevalent whether we like Word or not is irrelevant. We need to be able to open and save as Word documents. I cannot afford the time involved in translating/re-editing.

If Mellel is catering to customers... where is a list quantifying what is most requested by their users. I would try Mellel or any program that can reliably open my Word documents and save as Word documents. It seems to many many users must have asked for this and Mellel doesn't seem to have it. Perhaps it is something that is not doable.

Anyway, when Mellel or NW or Pages or whatever can show me that it can open and save in the Word format I will give it a college try. Until then I have little choice but to use MSO as it is the defacto std. (I don't like this, but I am stuck with it... I wish a universal std could be made a minimum requirement. I have MSO 2004 for Mac and it is buggy on Snow Leopard so I have to maintain a Leopard volume or buy MSO 2008 (which might force editing of my Word 2004 files anyway)...
[Version 2.7.1]

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Rrnowell replied on 03 Nov 2009
Since my post I have tried Pages, NW, and Mariner Write on some of the Word documents I would have to convert... in every case I would have to do a great deal of "editing" to get the format correct again. I appreciate the comments even though these products don't work for me. Perhaps in the future.

Rrnowell replied on 26 Nov 2009
I too am a teacher. I have a number of documents that I have created over the years and whenever I try a new version of MSO or another word processor I invariably have a great deal of editing to do. My original post happened to be on Mellel because I was hoping they could pull off a smooth translation.

I don't blame Mellel for the problem or for not having a translation that meets my needs... if anything is to blame I suppose it is the lack of a standard universal format.

Still I have been hopeful enough over the years to try from time to time.

Rrnowell reviewed on 14 Oct 2009
I have been using SuperDuper! for a while now and appreciate the support I have received and the promptness of updates.I wish I could give a more specific review, but for me it just works and ultimately that is what I want as a user.
[Version 2.6.2]

Rrnowell commented on 04 Oct 2009
Since virtually everyone acknowledges that the Dragon engine is the best and MacSpeech has licensed it and since Dragon Dictate is acknowledged to be the premier product, has anyone tried using Dragon Dictate running under WinXP and Parallels or VM Fusion? Perhaps it would be better to take this route as the owners of MacSpeech seem to be bilking out of cash customers with an inferior product.

I sure wish Apple would spin off a subsidiary to compete with MacSpeech and clear out the dross as this hurts Apple's product by limiting the application software available on the Mac and having a poor vendor that is leaving a bad taste in the mouths of Apple's customers.
[Version 1.5.2]

Rrnowell commented on 19 Sep 2009
Intech seems to be utterly unresponsive. I went to their web site (www.speedtools2.com) in search of status on Mac OS X 10.6.x Snow Leopard support. Mac OS X 10.5 is the last acknowledged level of support.

I tried several of their tabbed pages. Upon trying the SUPPORT FORUM page I received the following:

phpBB : Critical Error

Error creating new session


SQL Error : 145 Table './phpbb_mysql/phpbb_sessions' is marked as crashed and should be repaired

INSERT INTO phpbb_sessions (session_id, session_user_id, session_start, session_time, session_ip, session_page, session_logged_in, session_admin) VALUES ('5f9f6587a62530ad7efdc33146224ec8', -1, 1253370893, 1253370893, '44e1fc16', 0, 0, 0)

Line : 187
File : sessions.php

I proceeded to try the DOWNLOADS tab which worked however since my introduction to the product is through OWC external drive purchases I have the OEM version 2.8.1, therefore I couldn't access the non-OEM area. I proceed to try the OEM area and learned that it appeared to work but the date on the 2.8.1 zip file is February 6, 2008. That is over 18 months old with no updates (seems a little long in the tooth for a product and makes me wonder if there is any support.

"I next tried the REGISTER tab which took me to a page with this on it:

Product Registration

We're sorry our product registration page is down while we update to our new system. We hope to have the new system back up and runnning shortly. Thank you for your patience."

No date on it so I don't know how long it has been since anyone has registered.

Finally I tried the CONTACT tab which took me a page that appeared promising. It gave me an address and a FAX phone number, but no other phone number. Hmmm. Time for an internet phone directory search? Well before that I decided to try the links on the CONTACT page.


I first tried FORUMS and received this error:

phpBB : Critical Error

Error creating new session


SQL Error : 145 Table './phpbb_mysql/phpbb_sessions' is marked as crashed and should be repaired

INSERT INTO phpbb_sessions (session_id, session_user_id, session_start, session_time, session_ip, session_page, session_logged_in, session_admin) VALUES ('987fbbc124ae4fec6cf807eed7a1cd48', -1, 1253371639, 1253371639, '44e1fc16', 0, 0, 0)

Line : 187
File : sessions.php

I next tried the EMAIL SYSTEM and got this error message:

phpBB : Critical Error

Error creating new session


SQL Error : 145 Table './phpbb_mysql/phpbb_sessions' is marked as crashed and should be repaired

INSERT INTO phpbb_sessions (session_id, session_user_id, session_start, session_time, session_ip, session_page, session_logged_in, session_admin) VALUES ('e778da0b4602e6963ab15e8982b2fcbe', -1, 1253371687, 1253371687, '44e1fc16', 1, 0, 0)

Line : 187
File : sessions.php

Next I tried the TRY OUT SELF-SERVE LOOKUP SYSTEM but it requires a login that only non-OEM purchasers supposedly can get.

Effectively for me an OEM user the site was costly in that I spent time and effort and came up blank.

I would not recommend this product because of the problems I encountered.
[Version 2.8.1]

rrnowell commented on 23 Jun 2009
Needs a demo so buyer can see what they are purchasing.
[Version 1.0]

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