Shawn Medero
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Shawn Medero reviewed on 18 Oct 2004
Actually I don't see how this product fails to be a "Tinderbox Lite". Specially now that 2.0 has plug-in support.. it won't take much longer till someone has a mini-mapping image builder widget thingie. :) You know, a thingie.

Still, like Tinderbox... I see this application as so open-ended and flexible, it becomes what you make it.

Anyway, the new sketch pad gives VoodooPad the edge over many notetaking apps for Mac OS X. Sketching brainstorm notes is much QUICKER then trying to lay out some neatly organized diagram chart.
[Version 2.0b1]


Shawn Medero reviewed on 29 Apr 2004
First of all, it should be said that this is a version 1.0 and will likely be improved upon in the future.

That said...

It is so inflexible. I can't change the size of the widgets, what corner of the screen they dock too, and preferably that they not sit in a dock at all. I think I'd be okay that I couldn't "skin" these things like Konfabulator does, but not being able to put them anywhere I want at any size I want is absurd.

This app has potential though, I am not going to write it off yet... I'll wait for the next release.
[Version 1.0]


Shawn Medero reviewed on 06 Feb 2004
Okay, so after using the latest version for a while, I believe all of my "cluttered" interface issues have been solved. Some were fixed in later beta versions and others by learning the new interface options.

Overall it seems very stable with MovableType and WordPress - I have not tried it on other blog software yet.

No complaints; I have happily bought a license for this time saving software.
[Version 1.0.3]


Shawn Medero reviewed on 25 Jan 2004
I donated to Kung-log because I use it day in and day out - It was a fantastic piece of software that was quick and easy to use.

I have to say that my first impression of Ecto was very negative. The interface has taken a giant step backwards. The new "plastic buttons" (Safari-style) are very cumbersome looking in the toolbar compared to the icons you had before. The view/edit entry screen is very cluttered, it is hard to read all of the different rows of entries. I have several blogs and the default setting of the view/edit entry window shows every blog's post - even though I specifically choose one blog to edit. Finally, I primarily use my iBook G4, because I am on the go so much, and your app takes up most of the screen real-estate in 1024x768. All those new windows instead of the drawer style makes it feel *very* busy.

It is an early beta.. so perhaps this sort of review is premature. But I was kinda of amazed that Ecto looked worse than Kung-Log.
[Version 0.2.1]

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Shawn Medero replied on 30 Jan 2004
Thanks for the reply Adriaan.

I did not think to try the switcher, in the past that was just use to toggle metal on and off... Is it possible to include an option in the Ecto configs to toggle toolbar styles? I see that the metal/aqua preference has moved from the switcher... is it just a matter of time before the toolbar does as well?

I didn't realize at the time that you could hide things like the ID, blog name, and status from the entry view. That certainly helps get rid of a lot of useless data to me. It would be nice if there was a way to "dock" and "tear" away the entry window ... so that I can switch between a limited set of features (the drawer view) and the power editing mode (window).

Overall the status window doesn't do anything for me because it takes about one second to post/edit an entry. I realize I am in the minority though.

You are doing great work with this app, do not lose sight of that amongst my comments. As the application matures I will make certain to leave a more positive review... I am not interested in turning users away from your tool... just finding a way to make the interface as minimal as possible.
Shawn Medero commented on 19 Jun 2003
Hey this is great app. My one complaint is that it needs to be bigger... maybe twice as big would be enough. Otherwise it seems to accept any audio format Quicktime does, then you just start scratching to your little hearts content. Rock on!
[Version 1.0b1]

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