Vincent Vitiello
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Vince730 commented on 22 Aug 2010
A gem in the rough of the converting world. This product falls under the category of "just works". I have never had a problem converting any file to MP4. The quality could be better, but it is decent for this app. It's a shame this app has been discontinued. Hopefully someone can pick up where the developer left off and continue this great app.
[Version 1.5.2]



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Vince730 commented on 22 Aug 2010
Good app. Makes changing Icons easily done. I do have an issue where my Dashboard icon won't restore back to the original, but I'll be able to change it back once I get around to downloading the original icon online. Granted that shouldn't happen, but its not the end of the world.

IF you do use this app for heavy duty icon changing, I recommend you make a backup of the icons you change first, as I have found the restore setting to be iffy.
[Version 3.2.2]



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Vince730 commented on 22 Aug 2010
No need to update if you like to Jailbreak. There is now a PDF Patch available for JB'd devices which is a permanent fix for the exploit, rather than just a warning. If you are not jailbroken, I would update because either way the PDF exploit is a major one that has to be patched one way or another
[Version 4.0.2]



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Vince730 reviewed on 22 Aug 2010
Adobe Flash on the mac is so horrendous it almost isn't even funny. While I could go on about all the problems, I'll just focus on issues I have with 10.1

The biggest (which is becoming a real annoyance) is with video playback. Playing any flash video (YouTube or elsewhere) now has a bug where if I pause playback and switch to another browser window/tab, the video won't start playing again if I hit play when I return to that tab/window. The only way it will start again is if I move the positioning cursor in the video around and then back to the spot it was in. I've never had this issue in previous versions of flash player and it is really starting to bug me.

The other is performance. I haven't seen any performance increases with the GPU acceleration in 10.1. My Mac still gets as hot and still uses rediculous amounts of CPU usage when flash is running.

All I can say is bring on the HTML 5! (Safari with a YouTube flash video playing = around 15% CPU usage...with a YouTube HTML5 video playing = 5% CPU. I rest my case.)
[Version 10.1.82.76]



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Vince730 reviewed on 22 Aug 2010
Not necessary for the Mac. For most general PDF needs, Preview is fine. And while preview does have the disadvantage of having to download all PDFs to use it, I will accept that in exchange for not having to deal with the bloated, security hole ridden software that is Adobe Acrobat.

That being said - There are some uses for it. Preview can't handle locked/protected PDFs and caused major problems when I tried to access an online textbook. Turns out I needed Adobe Reader to open the PDF directly in the browser for it to work. I still have it installed for times like that, but Preview is my default PDF reader.
[Version 9.3.4]



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Vince730 reviewed on 22 Aug 2010
A great App. Cultured Code has prided themselves on the quality of their apps, which includes the simplicity of their code that makes them run great on the Mac/iOS devices. Things is a fairly basic Todo app, but it gets the job done. Some of the bells and whistles from other apps are missing.

My biggest complaints:

1) Syncing - Web syncing is in development and coming out soon, but as of current this is my biggest complaint. Having to make sure both my iPhone and Mac have the app open at the same time for the syncing to occur is frustrating.

2) Repeating Tasks = While they exist, it is a fragmented experience. Repeating tasks can be created from the Mac app, but not from the iPhone or iPad apps. They also can't be created from within "Projects". I really don't think this is a hard feature to implement so hopefully it will be corrected soon

That being said - It is still a really great app. The design is top notch and the app feels VERY lightweight and not "bloated" at all. I have not experienced any specific bugs in the workings or the app, or in the UI. The syncing also works perfectly and efficiently for what it is. As much as I don't like needing both devices to have the app open to Sync, I do like that it uses the iSync protocol for syncing unlike other apps with their proprietary formats which require a seperate server to be running for syncing to work (Looking at you, Appigo Sync).

All in all it is a decent Todo app. For those that need no-frills and dependable integration between your Mac and iDevice, things is for you. If you are just purchasing now, I would look around before you decide. It's important to know that using things on your iDevice essentially requires you to purchase the Mac app too, so consider that in what the real cost of the app will be. Vice versa, if you purchase Things for your Mac, know that Things for iPhone/iPad will be necessary if you ever want to take your Todos with you.
[Version 1.3.5]



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Vince730 reviewed on 22 Aug 2010
Great concept, but poorly implemented. The app itself is stable in its Alpha form, but the small problems I have add up to frustration. The Finder has always been a joy to use (especially coming from a "Windows Explorer" world) but I agree that some features are missing. The tabbed interface this app enables is great. Mainly, I get random slowdowns/beachballs when trying to perform tasks in the Finder which can get irritating. Before the program I had no problems on my Mac with slowdowns in Finder. It doesn't remember window size or position, which is annoying when I'd like a certain window to be bigger than another. There is also a minor display glitch with the titlebar (sometimes dissapears)

That being said - The features this program enables are top notch and almost hard to go back to not having with the program uninstalled. The small glitches were just too much for me right now, but I look forward to trying the program a few versions from now when they are fixed. I'm sure tinkering with such an major component of OS X is hard to do without bugs/glitches but I'm rooting for them!
[Version 0.9.8]



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Vince730 reviewed on 22 Aug 2010
An absolute must for your Mac. In version 3 of the software, there are now so many more features than just passwords, yet the core functionality is just as great as ever.

I love that I can use very secure 10 digit random passwords on all websites, without needing to remember them all. The browser plugins are amazing at detecting fields. In the year I have used 1Password, I can only think of about 5 sites where it struggled to put the login info in the correct place (Usually sites where the login box is located on the same page with a form to sign-up, which is rare to begin with.)

Accounts make it easy to remember all my credentials for my website logins/servers and various email accounts.

Identities saves me tons of time typing the same information over and over when I sign up on websites online.

Secure notes is rarely used by myself, but great when I want to jot something down that needs to be secure - rather than trying to create a document, and then encrypting it manually.

Software is amazingly helpful because I have all my Licenses and License files in one place without dealing with multiple disk images/emails/paper documents listing the information. (I recently discovered how great this is when I needed to reinstall an Application and it took a day for Customer Support to figure out what my serial number was!)

The folder/tagging system is top notch for creating my own system of organizing all the data in 1Password besides their pre-defined "Vault" categories.

The syncing is great too. For desktops, all the data is in one easy to manage Keychain file, that easily syncs over the web between Macs in the household, and to my iDevices so I always have my login information if I need it on the go.

I'm not affiliated with Agile or anything but I really like 1Password! Even your least used feature (Customer Support) is top notch when/if you ever need it.
[Version 3.3.1]



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Vince730 reviewed on 22 Aug 2010
The BEST defragmenter out there. Let me first say that Defragmenting is necessary on ANY computer. Yes, the "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" format that the Mac uses for the HD is much more efficient than Windows- BUT it has two major flaws. First, it only defragments files that are relatively small in size, and second, it doesn't work as well as a specific tool since it is just part of system matanence. For most of us, it means our disks will become fragmented over time. After using my mac heavily for around 9 months, I was SHOCKED when I ran iDefrag and saw how heavily fragmented my Mac was.

The program itself works perfectly. It is not a multipurpose application, but it does what it is meant to do exactly as it should. It is much better than other defragmenters, because it keeps your "Hot Zone" along with other file groupings the Filesystem creates for efficiency as they are. Most of defragmenters break up these files, actually causing your Mac to run slower at first while it rebuilds the file structure (which also causes fragmentation because the data is compacted so it uses the space closest to the "front" of the HD)

The first defrag may take a while to complete (mine took around 5 hours, including the breaks it took to lt the HD cool down) but subsequent runs should be faster. I use iDefrag once per month to keep my Mac running well, and to keep the time needed to defragment at a minimum. All in all, it's a necessary tool for keeping your Mac running at top shape.
[Version 2.0.5]



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Vince730 reviewed on 22 Aug 2010
One of my favorite tools on my Mac. I love having so many tools and cleaners in one product. The Anti-Theft/Geek On Demand/[upcoming] ZeoDisk services are really nice add-ons too. All the cleaners have worked well, except the Binary Cleaner which I can't comment on. Personally, I feel stripping out PPC binaries is just too risky for any cleaner to attempt so I save myself the possible trouble by just not doing it. I suppose the app is technically still a beta at version 0.9.3, but I have not experienced any bugs or problems with it.

Not sure why so many people are hating on this and some other cleaners. Maybe they are just against paying for them - which is fine. I would rather have an all-in-one, easy to navigate solution for performing maintenance on my mac - and I don't mind paying if it works well. Not a paid reviewer or working for the company, but I figured I might as well post reviews for this and a few more products which I feel should have the reviews do justice to them.
[Version 0.9.8]



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