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Simonm reviewed on 14 Apr 2014
I was hoping this would let me watch videos without Adobe Flash but that's not the case. To be fair I don't think this is the fault of the developer but rather a shitty requirement imposed by YouTube.

Some videos work but others require Flash and I'm not sure why but I'm guessing it's got something to do with those that serve ads and various other crap over the video.

It just encourages me to check out the cool stuff on Vimeo instead. I'm probably better off that way.
[Version 5.0.2]



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Simonm commented on 25 Feb 2014
To me, the Omni apps and particularly OmniOutliner have always been a solution in search of a problem. It doesn't help that Omni Group sells three apps that all revolve around project and time management but aren't very well integrated, if at all.

I don't think OmniOutliner functions well as a robust financial management solution or business support tool and certainly not a database. As a note-taking app maybe but there are plenty of other probably better alternatives and do you really want to spend $100 on an app to help you write notes?

I'm sure there are people that use and enjoy outlining apps but they really don't do it for me and particularly not Omni Outliner.
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Simonm reviewed on 25 Nov 2013
I regret buying Papers 2. The app was poorly designed with too many broken or poorly functioning features such as proxy management and the utterly useless Livfe collaboration site. These and many others problems weren't addressed or fixed for paying Papers 2 customers.

I also bought Papers 2 only three months before the new version and unlike nicer developers (there are plenty out there) the company gave no forewarning of their Papers 3 development and release schedule so I ended up with software that in all likelihood had already ceased development and vital maintenance support.

The €29 upgrade price is too steep to tempt me to do so considering my frustrations with the previous version, which despite promises didn't enhance or simplify my workflow at all.

Another thing they don't seem to want you to know (based on their website) is that they were bought out by Springer, hence the Windows version and the strangely sleep-inducing demonstration video posted on their site.
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Simonm replied on 28 Nov 2013
I should also point out that I did contact the developer about the fundamentally flawed proxy management, but they neither recognised nor fixed this and other issues, so I think that qualifies as very poor support.

They lost my trust and as such I won't continue supporting this software by upgrading and I've even uninstalled Papers 2.
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Simonm commented on 13 Nov 2013
According to the Mac App Store, Aperture 3.5 was released about 3 weeks ago in the Great Apple Update Bonanza of 2013...

I guess it got overlooked by MacUpdate.
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Simonm commented on 28 Oct 2013
On the face of it this seems like an awesome app, until I realised that it needs a separate TeX package of software totalling over 2 Gb! Why so big? Because it's basically a complete graphics and rendering engine that grew out of Unix but isn't optimised for OS X.

I'm a scientist and I'm familiar with and use some of the packages at work but I don't see this as a solution for the Mac environment. The TeX environment will never take advantage of OS X technologies as they evolve because it isn't dedicated to the Mac platform. I want software that's built with, for and uses OS X.

This software looks like it does an admirable job of being a front end for TeX but in the end that's all it is. Ultimately, if you write for work it's the content that's important. All the journals have staff that convert it in to publishable format.
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Simonm commented on 28 Oct 2013
On the face of it this seems like an awesome app, until I realised that it needs a separate TeX package of software totalling over 2 Gb! Why so big? Because it's basically a complete graphics and rendering engine that grew out of Unix but isn't optimised for OS X.

I'm a scientist and I'm familiar with and use some of the packages at work but I don't see this as a solution for the Mac environment. The TeX environment will never take advantage of OS X technologies as they evolve because it isn't dedicated to the Mac platform. I want software that's built with, for and uses OS X.

This software looks like it does an admirable job of being a front end for TeX but in the end that's all it is. Ultimately, if you write for work it's the content that's important. All the journals have staff that convert it in to publishable format.
[Version 2.2.8]



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Simonm reviewed on 17 Aug 2013
I think they made a mistake... By the look of those change logs this is supposed to be version 24!
[Version 23.0.1]



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Simonm reviewed on 28 Feb 2013
BGBlitz was the king of backgammon games on the Mac, but sadly I no longer play it because I simply refuse to install Java.

I hope it gets rewritten but it's starting to look suspiciously like abandon-ware. A shame.
[Version 2.7.3]



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Simonm reviewed on 20 Feb 2013
News flash!!! Mozilla marginally improves startup times, squashes a few bugs, calls it a major new version!

I can't see anything in "What's new" that would justify even a "dot dot" update (Major.Minor.Very minor/bug fix). Because "Debugger now supports pausing on exceptions" and "Canvas elements can export their content as an image blob using canvas.toBlob()" were features I was dying for in a web browser!

It's hilarious the kind of game they're playing. I'm loving Safari compared to Firefox now. The Javascript Blocker extension for Safari is vastly superior to NoScript available for Firefox.
[Version 19.0]



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Simonm reviewed on 09 Jan 2013
I'm giving up.

I stuck with Firefox for a long time after Safari came out. It has some great features and an extensions library second to none.

As much as the version numbering is ridiculous, it's not the reason I'm leaving. With each new version the app has felt slower and more bloated. Safari offers a faster launch, faster rendering and smoother scrolling on my Mac.

Safari's extensions library is also getting better. It has AdBlock, which works great and also a Javascript blocker, which were the two mandatory extensions I required. Other tracking blockers also exist.

I guess it's easier for Apple to write software that targets OS X than it is for Mozilla to write software for the Mac that maintains feature equivalence with many other platforms.

So long Firefox and Mozilla, you were great for a time.
[Version 18.0]



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