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Clinto reviewed on 07 Dec 2010
Yeah, the price is on the high side - I had to think awhile before buying BusyCal. But I'm glad I did.

I've been using Now Up To Date for years - I think since 1.0. Support for NUD went away a couple of years ago and the company folded about a year ago. NUD was starting to get flaky on my Mac. But I kept using it because of the feature set, ease of use, etc. Each time a new release of iCal came out, I checked it out, and continued to be disappointed by how light it is on features. I was dreading the day that NUD would stop working and I would have to switch to iCal.

I finally tried BusyCal and was stoked from the moment I launched it and checked out the preferences and menus. They basically ported at least 90% of NUD's features over to an iCal compatible platform. All the features that I have come to rely on (and that iCal doesn't have) were there. I'm just a one-man home-office user. No need to share calendars, no need to sync over a network - I don't use or need any of those features of BusyCal, and it was still worth the purchase price for me. The list of features they have on their web site is far from complete - it has a lot more.

If you used (or are still using) Now Up To Date, I suggest switching to BusyCal today. (They have a free utility that will transfer your NUD calendar over to iCal format.) If you've heard about the NUD features and wondered what all the fuss was about, download BusyCal and do the 30 day trial. I think you'll be very pleasantly surprised.

I pretty much never write software reviews, but I was so happy with this software that I finally broke down and wrote a review.

Yeah, it would have been nice if the price were a bit lower, But given how much I rely on my calendar, it's not a big deal. Look at it this way - it's less than a dollar a week for the first year of use and after that it's paid for.

(I can't comment on stability because I've only been using it a half day. But this ridiculous web site forces you to enter a value for everything. So I just put an average rating.)
[Version 1.5]



burypromote
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Clinto reviewed on 24 Oct 2009
I don't know one thing about HTML code, and I'm not a professional web site designer or developer - just a guy who wanted to completely overhaul his web site. I downloaded the trial version of Freeway Express 5.4.2, watched the video tutorials, then started working on my web site.

Initially, I was overwhelmed. The manual is more than 400 pages long and tough to read. The video tutorials are moderately helpful, but they omit a lot of details. My first 3 or 4 days of working with this product went pretty slowly.

But - here's the bright point - the tech support is excellent. Honestly, it's probably the best I've ever encountered. They take time to read and understand your questions, and they provide detailed answers with good explanations. And they add more information (beyond your question) - anticipating other things that might confuse you, or explaining why to use a particular image format in a particular situation.

After a few emails with the Softpress tech support, I felt much more comfortable using Freeway, and work on the web site went much more smoothly.

I didn't try the Pro version - but the Express version has everything (and probably more) that an amateur web site developer would need. And once I got the hang of using the program, I found it very easy to use.

The tech support people could probably reduce their workload a lot by either improving the manual or by posting more (and better) video tutorials on their web site. If the manuals or video tutorials were better, I would probably give 5 stars. On the other hand, if tech support had not come to my rescue so well (and if I had to rely on the manual and the existing tutorials) I would probably give 3 stars. As is, this product earns a solid 4 star rating.

BTW, a few other people have complained about lack of multiple Undos. I haven't found a need for multiple undos. Occasionally I use a single undo. If a really screw something up, I just delete the screwed up item and recreate it. The software is so easy to use, that it's pretty painless to have to do that.

Note: I almost never write software reviews, but the tech support was so stellar that I felt compelled to post this. And price is VERY reasonable.
[Version 5.4.2]



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clinto commented on 02 Feb 2007
The recommended use of SuperDuper! is to create bootable clones of your Mac's hard drive on an external FireWire drive. If you use SuperCuper! for this purpose, it is excellent. I tried several other back-up utilities for the Mac, and was disappointed with all of them - awkward user interface or lack of features or too slow or unreliable, etc.
I finally tried SuperDuper! and I'm kicking myself for not trying it earlier. It has exactly what I need: very easy to use; creates a bootable clone on an external drive; does incremental back-ups; supports scheduling; and it's priced very reasonably.
This is the first software I"ve ever used that has inspired me to write a review. My experience with SuperDuper! thus far has been 100% positive.
[Version 2.1.3]


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clinto replied on 02 Feb 2007
I apologize for replying to my own post, but....
The "review" of Mac back-up utilities at this web site was what prompted me to try SuperDuper!:

http://blog.plasticsfuture.org/2006/04/23/mac-backup-software-harmful/
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