Whitemere
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Whitemere reviewed on 18 Mar 2012
It's good and looks lovely and has loads more features than Netnewswire but I still prefer the NNW experience for readability, usability when monitoring large numbers of feeds and for its options to open multiple tabs which, unless I've missed it, isn't a feature that Reeder has.

The iPhone / iPad version on the other hand is fantastic and has replaced NNW, which I've never felt has worked properly as a mobile interface.
[Version 1.1.5]



burypromote
+1

Whitemere reviewed on 14 Aug 2011
iDisk has finally died on me. Something got corrupted, which meant that it was hanging eternally with "Checking items" and failing to sync. A quick search online suggested zero support from Apple but a few complicated ways to fix it. But given Apple is apparently removing iDisk functionality going forward it made sense to jump ship now.

I only have the 2GB free version but for my relatively few number of files that seems ample for now. Only using around 7% and that's with a (admittedly small) Devonthink database.

I have to say that it is possibly the smoothest set up I have ever come across. I set up my Dropbox account from within the programme itself in about 2 minutes and then installed on my Mac mini, macbook pro and iPhone (free app). I then dragged and dropped a folder with all my various sub folders and files that I used to have sitting in iDisk and uploaded them all in about 10mins flat, if that. (And that's only because my upload speed is particularly slow). Download to sync back down to my macbook once I had it set up was very quick.

So far everything seems to be syncing perfectly - even Devonthink (Office for those that are wondering not office pro but doubt it makes a difference), which I was a little worried about as it is not really built for syncing by this kind of method but first experience is that it is far less buggy than doing it via MobileMe.

I was a little concerned that the file structure of the folders I dropped in wouldn't be retained as reviews I'd read seemed to suggest that you could only use the one Dropbox folder and that all the files under it had to be put in that folder. Must have been my mistake because, although you have to put everything you want to sync into the one Dropbox folder, underneath that you can have as many subfolders as you like.

Beyond Devonthink I also have my default notebook for Circus Ponies Notebook and all my Scrivener files up there. Also have a bunch of spreadsheets, MS Word and Pages docs and various PDF files and general bits and bobs in a variety of folders and hierarchies. All the ones I've tried amending and then reopening on the other machine are working fine and, as I say, seems very smooth and stable. (Growl notifications work well as well). Not checked out phone app in much detail but installation took about 20 secs and synced immediately. Looks very user-friendly from opening and viewing a few sample files.

I've not rated for features and stability as too early to be definitive but out of the box I give it 5 stars overall and for ease of use (and of course value given 2GB version is free). ... OK Macupdate wants me to give stars for features and stability as well. Have given 5 for each as that fits with current experience but caveated by fact that it is early days.

Highly recommend it if you're looking for an iDisk alternative.
[Version 1.1.35]



burypromote
+2
Whitemere commented on 28 Feb 2011
Just as a question, and quite aside from the lack of an iPhone app, has this product had any kind of substantive update at all in the last two years (beyond extending the expiration date every few months)? Looking at the site it seems like 7 Jan was the last communication and 1.0 was 'nearly there' then. It's now nearly 2 months later and nothing.

I ask because I took a little look at this many, many months ago and it looked interesting. But I went with Things and thought I'd check back once the iPhone app was done. But, now I'm thinking that, even if v1.0 hits soon, and even if it comes with an all-singing, all-dancing iOS app, this is essentially a piece of software that has been out of active development for 2 years.

So looking at its history, including the minimal engagement from the developer with his customers, it seems like I'd be better off sticking with Things, imperfect though it is, as it is at least being supported.

I suppose I'm concerned at the potential of shelling out 50+ USD for a product when it goes live, even with a companion app, if there's little evidence to suggest the developer will do much more than bank the money and then walk away from development for another 2 years.
[Version 0.9.3.26beta]



burypromote
+6

Whitemere reviewed on 07 Sep 2009
I've used this product for a while and have tested a number of the other varieties around and found Scrivener by far the most user-friendly and intuitive of the products out there. Not that the others were bad - I tried Story Mill for a long while but just didn't find it as easy to work with as Scrivener.

Only reason that I'm prompted to post a review now is that I had the problem with the post Snow Leopard 'esellerate' crash and was impressed with the speed of response from Keith. That kind of excellent, responsive customer service really is worth mentioning.
[Version 1.53]



burypromote

Whitemere reviewed on 08 Mar 2009
Absolutely great app - used it for a few years now and is so simple and efficient you forget it's not just part of the OS.

For those having trouble using it with Leopard straycat posted a fix on the developer's homepage: http://stashbox.org/217632/sidenote.app.zip

I find that version works absolutely fine for me now as of 10.5.6 (i.e. no strange blue arrows in expose, sidenote slips in and out just by mousing over the screen edge again instead of having to 'select' it from expose etc.)

Still not so good with spaces apparently but as I don't use spaces I don't find that a problem.
[Version 1.7.3]



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