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Atropos reviewed on 11 Feb 2011
My machine is a 24-inch iMac, 3.06 GHz, 4 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS with 512 MB VRAM.

To say I’m disappointed in Civ V is an understatement. The game isn’t just slow—I’ve seen mountains erode faster than trying to scroll around the map. It crashed *loading a saved game* with this latest patch, after forcing me to wait with the rainbow spinner for 30-plus seconds of the opening video (why on earth do you make people watch it EVERY SINGLE TIME the game launches?). I don’t dare run it full-screen because it’s virtually unusable. I’ve turned just about every graphics setting to bare minimum and it’s still incredibly laggy. When it doesn’t crash, which is about every three turns.

I’ve loved previous incarnations of the Civilization franchise, but this release is a steaming pile of disappointment and I wish I hadn’t wasted $50 on it.

atropos commented on 04 Dec 2008
This seems counter-productive. If you need to open Character Palette to find the character in question to start with, how will "uXXXX" be more efficient? You can use the existing UNICODE Keyboard support to accomplish exactly the same effect.
[Version 1.0]

atropos commented on 18 Jul 2008
Although much of this application works as expected, there are parts where it fails. For example, clicking any "Smart Playlists" results in a list of zero-size nameless tracks for the playlist. Attempting to click on any song title in the list of recently-played tracks produces a similar error.

Tracks or album names with non-ASCII characters in them appear to crash the PHP parsing modules, so be wary of, e.g., the soundtrack to the movie π; or albums by Asian artists that use non-Roman characters.

The most frustrating part of the program is that bug reports appear to be completely ignored. I filed reports for a bug that occurred in multiple versions of the application and have been ignored.

If you are willing to put up with quirky behavior, the program's Web interface is remarkably similar to iTunes and when it *can* play music it does so very well. I'm not aware of competing products that come close to KavaTunes' functionality, but if there are any out there I would recommend checking them out before paying to register this application.
[Version 3.2]

Atropos commented on 15 Aug 2005
2.0b1 crashes immediately upon launch under Mac OS X 10.4.2.
[Version 2.0b1]


Atropos reviewed on 19 Mar 2005
Newsfire is a pretty capable RSS reader, supporting multiple protocols in a user interface that should make Mac OS X users feel right at home. Although power users might like additional control over some interface elements (like the typeface used in the preview pane) and support for nested feed folders, the application is stable, delivers what's promised, and has a developer who is responsive to bug reports. Twenty bucks to support good, solid programs isn't that much, when you think about it.
[Version 1.0v29]

Atropos commented on 18 Dec 2003
I bought 9.0 based on its claim to defeat Windows virii. Unfortunately, it doesn't integrate with my e-mail client (Mulberry) and it caused or contributed to over a dozen kernel panics.

This seems to be a consistent problem with Norton applications on the Mac, and a reason why I seriously doubt I'll ever spend money for them again. *Any* of the other Mac utilities out there do a better job and cause less instability.
[Version 9.0.1]

Atropos commented on 28 Jun 2003
The app runs, but it doesn't seem to work on my dual 1 GHz Mac running Mac OS X 10.2.6 (1.75 GB of RAM). No drawing tool appears, and attempting to generate a world or make any settings changes results in numerous program errors (exception in XXXXX.cpp) followed by crashes.

Testing on a plain-jane account on this machine, on my Aluminium PB G4, and 17" iMac always produces the same results as outlined above.
[Version 1.32.1]

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