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carolusmagnus reviewed on 04 Oct 2012
first of all, snapz pro is not "shareware". ambrosia offers a trial period, but if you continue to use it, you'll have to buy it - for some 70 us$, that is.

i've been using this software since a while, because it is still one of the better screenshot-apps to get the job done. however, every once in a while when apple releases new versions of mac os, snapz pro remains unusable due to lacking updates by the producer. currently, it's version 10.8 (mountain lion), and guess what: snapz pro doesn't work (again). what can be so hard to adapt the software in time? apple releases dev versions of their os a long while before it goes final.

for snapz pro itself, i strongly dislike the usability. for example, i always miss the opportunity to change the format of the screenshots. considering what it basically does and the miserable support, the software is heavily overpriced. bummer, there aren't so many decent alternatives.
[Version 2.3.3]

carolusmagnus rated on 27 Sep 2012
[Version 2.0.4]


carolusmagnus reviewed on 03 Sep 2012
looking as a promising dreamweaver competitor at first sight, i gave it a spin and bought it for a promotional price. after toying with it for an hour or two, i must say i regret even having paid the rebated amount (ya, i know, i should've tested the trial version). i must admit that i didn't want to dive into documentation for hours before starting to work with flux, but isn't this application intended for peeps like me after all?

i tried importing and modifying a simple one-page text & tables document, to edit a few links and add some text. i didn't succeed:
- while trying to import the document from my desktop, it came up with an error message, telling me that "folder structures would become to deep", so i had to move the file to my harddrive.
- interface of flux is almost totally unintuitive. the application seems to provide lots of advanced concepts (i see "containers", "actions & widgets", "masters and tokens", etc.), but fails to provide simple html features (adding links, formatting text).
- for any table in my document, flux was nagging about some "positional" information to be missing, forcing me to specify either "relative" or "absolute" for this detail. this "style" data is added to the table tag, messing up the layout completely!
- like in dreamweaver, i can choose to have code and preview next to each other. however, if i select something in the preview, it isn't also highlighted in the code, so have to search for it again and again.
- i didn't find any option to tidy up and format my code, so it looks nicely (like the "format" option in bbedit, for example). there is an option "tidy code", which seems to do absolutely nothing here.
- there is something like an inspector which mainly seems to address paragraphs and shows different formatting options. however, the current settings are not displayed, and defining new values doesn't always result in a change in a paragraph.
- last, but not least, flux frequently crashes, reverting to old settings of the last session.

i recommend to thoroughly test flux before buying it, especially at the normal price tag!
[Version 4.1.11]

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carolusmagnus replied on 03 Sep 2012
sorry, forgot: all special characters of my existing website are replaced by other symbols during import.

carolusmagnus reviewed on 01 Aug 2012
can't stop those annoying questions about "ksfetch" (some google thing?), despite allowing connections forever. those pop up twice every other hour or so. pesky!
[Version 2.0.2]

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carolusmagnus replied on 27 Sep 2012
update: i gave little snitch 3 a spin again, and it works nicely! no more google pop-ups, so i'll stick to the snitch. ;)

carolusmagnus reviewed on 10 Feb 2012
snowtape makes a nice first impression - but it doesn't last long!

first of all, it has a strange way of buffering music and recordings. while you can specify an own folder, nothing is saved there until you "export" something. instead, an endless buffer file is used. i remember an option in an earlier version of the program, to limit the total size of that buffer, so that your harddrive won't fill up. however, this "fifo"-feature is not available anymore which can end up in a total system crash due to a clogged start-up volume. why not directly write all recorded music to the disk?

secondly, snowtape is very, very buggy and unstable. streams often start stuttering after a few hours of continuous playing. when you stop and restart, the problem is gone. the application also randomly locks up, e.g. after i woke up my mac from sleep. while browsing my recordings, i permanently get a beach ball when i select the next entry, resulting in a force-quit, often resulting in a total loss of all recorded music.

last, but not least, the program features a questionable usability. why do i have a "directory" of radio stations, next to "imported stations", "last imported", and "favorites"? what is the difference between "collection", "last recorded", and "edited"? and why doesn't the application tell me time and date of a recording?

i recommend trying the program thoroughfully, before investing any money.
[Version 2.0.13]

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