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Go2web reviewed on 29 Nov 2012
Overall very disappointing upgrade from v3 to v4. v3 was a very polished bit of software and just worked. They've tinkered with it and broken or removed parts with v4 - certainly not worth the upgrade price.

They've done away with the hard disk read/write status lights (from the menu) and taken away the read/write speeds from the drop down. WHy would you do this? This was one of the most important features for me. Also the hard drive area appears quite buggy (yes, I've done maintenance and restarted twice) - won't allow me to add/remove hard drives.

The redesigned menu bars make it look clutsy like MenuMetres (although have to now install menuMetres for the hard drive activity seeing iStatMenus has gotten rid of that feature).

This up?grade is a classic "form over function" failure. More effort was put into how well it looks rather that how well it works. I encourage the developers to work on getting functionality restored to at least the level of v3. As a paid up?grade, there's nothing really new to warrant the price being charged, so there better be some awesome updates in the wings to justify your calling this an upgrade.
[Version 4.00]


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Go2web replied on 29 Nov 2012
Somehow have been able to get the read/write activity lights to work. Still liked seeing the throughput in the main dropdown in v3 rather than having to click on a hard drive to in the dropdown to see the throughput. Rating reviewed back to 3.5 stars.
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Go2web reviewed on 05 Jun 2012
I've been looking for a photo collage app that allows for custom shapes, and cf/x contour collage has come to the party. Very easy to use.
I've created a number of excellent looking collages already using my own custom created shapes (accepts many graphic file formats including jpeg, png, PSD and pdf to name but a few), one of which contained just over jpeg 400 photos. Gotta say that cc, despite being a little slow in initially reading the photos, did a fairly quick job of rendering the final product. After the initial render additional changes are much quicker.
I'd like to see some more options and features, like an on-the-fly dynamic slider to control spacing between photos and random seed ability - both with auto preview - so you can make subtle changes before rendering. I'd also like to see integration with iPhoto (you can drag and drop from iPhoto, but I'd like the ability to do that from within cc).
All in all, a very stable, clever and capable first version. Very nicely done!
[Version 1.0.0]




Go2web rated on 17 Feb 2011
[Version 3.16]



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Go2web commented on 21 Sep 2010
Installed it. Loved the look, features and responsiveness of it. It quickly indexed all of my media. Love the GUI.

But then things started to fall apart. Kernel panics. Freezes. Crashes. Had to uninstall Plex, then apply the Mac OS X Combo 10.6.4 - more crashes. Reinstalled the entire OS and am back to normal again. Sorry, will wait for the first full version to be released before I try again. But I really do like the feel and look of this, but can't afford the time to experiment again.
[Version 0.9.0.21]


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Go2web replied on 22 Sep 2010
Quite possibly something else going on, but I came to the conclusion that Plex was the culprit because it was the last bit of software I installed, and the error logs mentioned Plex a number of times. It's a grave statement you make that Plex is completely innocent here.

As for being a shill - hardly. I've never downloaded, installed or used XBMC or Boxee. In fact I was looking up about XBMC when Plex came up in the search option, and that's why I added my comment. I'll hold off from installing any of these media centre type systems until I do a bit more reading on the subject. Who knows - I may come back to Plex, but it'll be done with some trepidation.
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Go2web replied on 22 Sep 2010
Quite possibly something else going on, but I came to the conclusion that Plex was the culprit because it was the last bit of software I installed, and the error logs mentioned Plex a number of times. It's a grave statement you make that Plex is completely innocent here.

As for being a shill - hardly. I've never downloaded, installed or used XBMC or Boxee. In fact I was looking up about XBMC when Plex came up in the search option, and that's why I added my comment. I'll hold off from installing any of these media centre type systems until I do a bit more reading on the subject. Who knows - I may come back to Plex, but it'll be done with some trepidation.
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Go2web reviewed on 12 Aug 2010
I was an avid user of iStatMenus 2, and love iStatNano. So when version 3 of iStatMenus came out with a price tag of $16 I gulped, and then went about finding out more about what enhancements they had added.

I also read about the feature set (and a lot of the bad feedback placed here on the price - you're not wrong about that part), and I liked where this software was going and so went and bought it anyway.

I love the fact that I can glance to the top of my screen and see my Network, Ram and CPU doing their thing. It explains much to me without having to open up Activity Monitor to see why my iMac (Early 2009) is lagging or what network activity is happening. It does it so much nicer than MenuMeters (which is an awesome Pref Pane - just like MM's GUI and feature-set better).

And now I can have a calendar on my dock, a whole bevy of temperature sensors telling me what's cooking behind the screen and what drives are working their little guts out.

On the whole, I'm really happy. There's been a quick succession of updates over recent weeks that have addressed the problems it caused, so kudos to the developer for getting on and making it better, as well as making them richer.

Not worth US$16 - but sometimes worth more than that with the time it saves in me being able to monitor my iMac elegantly, easily and (now - CPU) efficiently.
[Version 3.05]



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go2web commented on 24 Feb 2009
After opening a Bookmark Folder in tabs (Command + Click on a Bookmark folder), Safari is extremely slow when navigating from tab to tab. In this example I've opened into tabs 6 websites from a Bookmark Folder. I'm experiencing delays of up to 10 seconds when clicking on any of the tabs, and that's after the page has already downloaded the web content for that web page. No noticeable CPU spike to explain it. After waiting 30 seconds or so, the first couple of tabs load display immediately again, but the 3rd and subsequent tabs slow down to that 10 second (sometimes longer) delay.
Running: PowerBook G4 1.5 GHz - 1.25GB Ram - Mac OS X 10.5.6
[Version 4.0b1]



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go2web commented on 16 Feb 2009
Decided to download iTubeX Ultimate 4.4 to update an earlier version. I discovered that I needed a new serial number - the instructions were to email the author. "Great", I thought, "This will take weeks". But NO! I received a reply within minutes from Joris (on his iPod Touch) explaining he would send me the updated serial number within a couple of hours. An hour later I received the updated serial. Version v4.4 is, again, stable and does exactly what it says. I really like the modern GUI touches, like the status bar drop down window etc. It has a small CPU footprint, even on a PowerBook G4 12" 1.5 GHz. This is the best way to save .mp4 and .flv content off the web. Kudos and accolades to the developer - a role model to other developers for how to look after paying customers.
[Version 4.4]



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