Vincent Richaud
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Vric commented on 05 Jul 2011
So, it seems that TouchCopy:
- works properly
- is easy to use
- has a dedicated developer

Too bad it's so ugly it'll make your eyes bleed. I'd definitely buy it for a friend if it wasn't so out of place next to her shiny new iPhone.

As such, it would be like giving someone a crummy soviet military bag to wear on an evening dress. Worse actually, military bags tend to be ugly but still well designed.

Note to would-be interface designers: yes, it's obvious when you copy iTunes' layout (maybe that makes it easy to use); but no that doesn't count as design and oh boy, how easy it is to spot a Windows developer. You can just hear them talk up some shipping interface no Mac dev would even use as a mockup: "here, look, just like iTunes".

Don't take it the wrong way, but if you want to sell at that price to the Mac market, you definitely need an interface designer. If you don't notice meaningful differences between your product and the user suggested alternatives, he will.
In the meantime you'll be selling to recent Windows switchers. That may be good enough, but you could do better.
[Version 9.97]



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VRic reviewed on 23 Feb 2007
The developer's website and download link are dead and that's a good thing. If you tried hard enough you'd find copies lying around (mine came from MacWorld Poland), but don't bother because despite strangely glowing early ratings, it's really bad.

Maybe this was acceptable when previous reviewers checked in, but as of now all the alternatives that I can think of do much more, much better, and without any of this app's serious drawbacks:

- it creates a strangely named and absolutely useless temporary duplicate of the source folder in /private/var/tmp/
- it then creates another temporary duplicate as an invisible and more strangely named sparse image in /private/tmp/501/TemporaryItems/ (where 501 is the current user's ID)
- it DOESN'T REMOVE THIS TEMPORARY DISK IMAGE when you cancel!
- nor does it remove the partial "final" disk image, but at least you should be able to trash it manually since you chose its destination yourself and that one isn't invisible
- all of which during my test caused the boot disk to saturate, a very, very bad thing under OS X
- it doesn't propose the source's location as a default destination (it's either your desktop or somewhere you browse to manually)
- it doesn't propose any sort of compression
- it has quite a poor GUI (and calls the volume name "label" à la linux, which means something entirely different on Macs since the mid 80')
[Version 1.0.6a]



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Vric had trouble on 25 Aug 2012
Butler 4.1.13 crashes on launch under Mac OS X 10.8.1 on my MBP Core 2 Duo.
Butler 4.1.11 seems fine (still available "for Mac OS X 10.5 and/or PowerPC Macs" on the developer's site).
[Version 4.1.13]



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