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Shiny22 commented on 15 Apr 2014
Some of these “optimiser” and “cleaning” apps are borderline theft, really.

Check out some the “features” on this one - and for $20 at that.

Show the User Library Folder? A Check box in the Finder Preferences
Clean Safari History? Really? Look in the Safari Menu
Desktop Genie? Or how about View -> Sort By
Empty the iPhoto Trash?
System Tasks run automatically.
Remove unwanted Language resources? Monolingual is free
Memory Hogs? Have you looked at Activity Monitor in your Utilities Folder - free, made by Apple and already there…

I could go on and on. This app does nothing that you can’t do yourself for free and/or simply should not be done.
[Version 2.3.0]

Shiny22 commented on 23 Mar 2014
Isn't that called "zooming" in iPhoto and everything else...? Because that's what it looks like on the website - the one with no information and one hugely informative testimonial: "Whoa", apparently uttered by an actor.
[Version 1.0]


Shiny22 reviewed on 18 Mar 2014
Disappointing. In this version it's really little more than a front end for online notebooks. No local file storage - all your data is in the cloud - and limited feature set: can't drag and drop to it, can't embed files and so on. So by no means suited to everybody and you might find Circus Ponies Notebook, Evernote, VoodooPad a lot more capable depending on your usage.
[Version 15.0.1]


Shiny22 reviewed on 12 Mar 2014
It's 2/3rds the price of iPhoto but doesn't have 2/3s the features. No non-destructive processing, no editing at all, no OS integration, no slideshows, no sharing features. You can store your photos in folders with iPhoto, though it's a bit pointless, you can use iPhoto as a front end for Photoshop and so on. Quite pricey for what seems to be a photo viewer. Am I missing something?
[Version 1.1.6]


Shiny22 reviewed on 16 Feb 2014
The point of DTPO is to manage and catalogue your documents. Its handling of both procedures is best in class.

Managing is pretty simple: you can store your files within the database package or you can store them in the Finder as you prefer. It performs exactly the same way in either scenario. The document is scanned and indexed, along with metadata - some automatic, some you provide, like tags.

If you opt to store your files in the Finder (Index them, in DTPO terminology) then you can set the app to watch the Folder(s) and automatically update when news documents are added. You might choose this option for interoperability with other apps - citation managers, for instance.

For instance, I can search for a pdf with Bookends or Sente etc, download and add it to my Bookends/Sente Library and DTPO will, if I set it to watch that folder, automatically add it to the DTPO database.

I can read the documents - in many cases - with DTPO or I can choose to open them in any app I prefer. So, I can read and annotate a pdf in DTPO, or Preview, or Acrobat, or Skim etc I'm not limited in any way.

Anything you put in you can get out - exporting is easy.

That's simple, clear, plays-well-with-others, no lock-in document management. Best in class.

Cataloguing is simple and seamless. When you add a document (it can be OCRd if need be) it's added to the database. All of it. Not just the tags and keywords. The entire text. It makes a Concordance, so every word can be searched on. You can search on phrases. You can search for the use of a word in proximity to other words - find me "ford" within 4 words of "river" - that will avoid most instances of Ford cars, for instance. That's very powerful searching, and stuff I've not come across in other apps I use.

When a document is catalogued it's also compared to other documents in the database automatically and sometimes you can find surprising connections.

Best of all, when you search it will not just tell you that your term exists in this or that document, it also will show you where in the document - so, not just that it's in that 34 page pdf, but also the four locations where it occurs.

You can have multiple databases for different projects. You can limit your search to one or two databases or search them all.

That's best-in-class cataloguing and searching. I've not come across any app that comes close to those features.

Other things: getting material in is simple, you can clip or drag or whatever from all over the place. It's rock solid and simply never crashes in my experience.

One downside: It's not the prettiest app you'll ever use. The UI looks dated, there's no denying that, like a hangover from OS9 kind of dated. Odd things too - when you create documents with DTPO like rtf or markdown notes - the margins are very close to the edges and make things feel crowded. Small things, yes, but they matter.

But for the important things, it's simply unbeatable.
[Version 2.7.3]

Shiny22 commented on 25 Jan 2014
Hurrah! This is what we need. Another pointless at that "cleans" your Mac. $30 for an app that does things that either don't need doing or you can do yourself. This sector seems to be the fastest growing field of app development for the Mac, and all of it pointless. One for the gullible.
[Version 1.0.0]

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Shiny22 replied on 26 Jan 2014
Agreed it does say a lot about the moral quality of the developers that they resort to sock puppet accounts to post bogus reviews.

Or maybe they didn't. Maybe it's a startling coincidence that both piec6404 and quhuiq2372 both found themselves expressing exactly the same thoughts - in exactly the same words.


Though I still have no idea why you feel the need to run an app like that every week. There really is no need.

Shiny22 replied on 26 Jan 2014
Well repairing permissions is an excellent fix for permissions problems, which are really very rare. Other than that, it's quite a waste of time. There's a lot of voodoo about that as in the very early versions of OS X (like 10.0, 10.1, 10.2) installers used play havoc with permissions. Nowadays it's very rare. As in, I haven't repaired permissions on this (2010) machine in years.

There really is no preventative maintenance needed on your Mac. And a lot of what's advertised - like "cleaning caches" for instance - actually slows your Mac down. Like repairing permissions, clearing caches are useful - but only if you have a cache problem. Otherwise it's a waste of time that can actually cause your Mac to run slower while the cache is rebuilt.

That's what so irritating about these apps, they charge a fortune for things that are of no value.

Shiny22 reviewed on 19 Jan 2014
I'll not comment on the price/version issue except to say that, after using it for a couple of months, every day. U3 is an entirely different app from the ones that went before.

U3sits in a space somewhere between a Text Editor like BBEdit and comprehensive writing management system like Scrivener. It's much closer to the Scrivener end of the space though. It allows you to create and manage complex writing projects, written in Markdown, to share and edit them with a partner app on iOS (Daedalus) and then output them to a variety the usual formats. It doesn't have every bell and whistle that Scrivener has, but it is - to my eye at least - a better looking app and one that feels loose and unstructured whereas I find Scrivener always pushes me into a structure whether I'm ready or not. Of course, that's just me, and YMMV on that one.

I've found the app to be entirely stable, easy to use. I've not yet figured out a way to use a Citation app like Bookends with it - and perhaps I can't. So, for me, in an academic setting, U3 is for drafting and developing unto Draft 3 or thereabouts, and then over to something else for finishing. That might be a Word Processor for shorter pieces or into Scrivener for longer ones.

I enjoy using U3, which is a key quality in any software.
[Version 1.1.2]


Shiny22 reviewed on 04 Jan 2014
Been using Bookends for more than a year now and still sometimes feel that I'm really only scratching the surface - it's the powerful an app. It does the basics very well. Input your sources and you can cite while you write, then scan the document at the end and produce in-text properly constructed citations and a bibliography.

That alone makes it worth the price.

It also has extensive notes, key wording, ratings and other categorisation tools and it links into other apps like DevonThink. I manage Citations on Bookends and data in DTP.

If I had to nitpick: I'd like to be able to choose what fields appear in what tab - for instance, have the ISBN on the main tab of the inspector rather than as additional info - and I've not found a way to do this. That Inspector pane is not the prettiest either. There: a couple of nits, picked.

There is a learning curve, and it take take a while to get the hang of some of it, but well worth the effort. That's true of all citation managers.

That said, a robust citation manager that does exactly what it says on the tin, with extraordinary support (issues resolved within hours in my case) and well worth the money.

By comparison I've used Sente, End Note, Zotero at different times but keep coming back to BE.
[Version 12.0.7]


Shiny22 reviewed on 03 Jan 2014
What happens at the end of 12 months? Does it cease to work? Or just no more updates? What? Why don't they explain it?

And then what we have here is yet another Windows developer porting an app that "cleans" or "optimises" or offer features that can be had for cheaper or free elsewhere.

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Shiny22 replied on 05 Jan 2014
So what the post from the developers tells us is that you don't get unlimited anything, you get limited everything. It's limited by time. After 12 months pony up again (at what price?) to get more of the same, limited support, limited use of the product, limited updates.

Or stop using the app.

And no, renewing after a year is not typical with most software, in fact it's incredibly rare in the Mac world. But then, as Windows developers wandering into the Mac world, they'd hardly be aware of that.

Oddly, I read their webpage and know what? I can't find a single place where they encourage users to try other free alternatives.

Shiny22 rated on 24 Oct 2013
[Version 7.3.8]

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