Ishan Bhattacharya
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Ishan reviewed on 12 Oct 2010
Both HyperDock and DockView are superb, and it's a real tossup. Using both isn't a bad idea, either, although many (but not all) features overlap. The price is trivial-the equivalent of a single fast food meal. I am glad that both of these developers took the time and considerable effort to make my Macintosh experience that much better; this is why I stay with Apple. Support one or both, it's your choice, but until you can write something better (and I can't), criticize in a constructive way. I paid for DockView, I'll pay for HyperDock (if the price is comparable) and I'll play with both until I decide which best for me. Comments like the one about "free" v a whole $10 are best left in Ars Technica's Battlefront forum.
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Ishan commented on 06 Apr 2010
To answer my own question: This app does not preserve formatting. What you get is a mass of text, disorganized and jumbled. I used the app to convert an operating agreement for an LLC which has clearly delineated sections, subsections, etc, both normal and bold text, etc. and what I got was several pages of solid text which was very hard to read. I suppose that if your only purpose was to extract the words, this app would suffice, but don't think for a moment that the extracted document will have any resemblance to the original in terms of formatting or "readability." I'll stick to Acrobat Pro. I am not a fan of Adobe, but once you learn how to use Acrobat Pro, it becomes a truly amazing and powerful product.
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Ishan commented on 28 Jan 2010
What you can do is a time-limited on launch-limited demo.
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Ishan commented on 28 Jan 2010
Same comment as above. This is not a demo. Without the $10, there is no way to try out this product, a product which duplicates features found in half a dozen other shareware which DO allow you to "try before you buy." I suspect this is just a mistake from Modesit, and they'll fix it, but a little QA would be a nice touch...
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ishan commented on 29 Aug 2009
Socks is good for what it does, but compare it to TinkerTool System. There is a marked difference in every aspect, including the GUI, the capabilities of the utility, explanations of what every option does and so forth...and the price is about USD 5 more. Not to mention that it's also compatible with 10.6.

I know how hard it is to write software; I do it daily (it's one of my jobs). I am not criticizing the reviews or the developer. My point was, most software of this kind does not have lengthy glowing reviews from almost all reviewers, and that struck me as odd. I hope Socks gets better and better with time and the developer makes a lot of money from it. In its present form, there are better alternatives for Macintosh maintenance and troubleshooting than Socks. I hope that changes. Competition is good.
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ishan commented on 07 Aug 2009
There is something very suspicious with this plethora of glowing, verbose reviews. Socks may be a great application, but statistically, this collection of comments all being overwhelmingly positive (except for one) is not probable. Just wondering...
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ishan commented on 09 May 2008
I like the idea. Unfortunately, it doesn't work with latest developer version of 10.5.3.
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ishan replied on 09 May 2008
I wasn't being critical of your efforts. It's just that I wanted to try your software out, and an ADC student account is free and you can have access to these beta seeds. That way, you don't have to play catch-up with Apple's software tweaks to the Dock, etc. I'll try it again when you update it after 10.5.3 is formally released.
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ishan replied on 10 May 2008
Incompatibility is the price you pay for being paid to test developer builds of software. That's what developers do. They don't use their primary drive or Macintosh to do this, unless they happen to be testing a prerelease hardware version at the same time.

Enough of this anyway. Would be happy to test this app against 10.5.3 when the app is in further development. BTW, unlike what a previous poster said, Apple is not going to delay release of this update for up to"6 months". WWDC is in June 2008. Maybe I'll see you there :)
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ishan commented on 04 Apr 2007
This is a rather attractive alternative to Process Viewer, but...the constant "PAY" in 192 point type which completely obscures the window is simply put, obnoxious. And to make matters worse, their web page feedback mechanism is broken. Would it be that much to ask to have an unrestricted 14-day trial period before the application has to be purchased to be used? Why alienate potential customers with nag messages which destroy the entire flow of a well-crafted interface? $20 is not a lot of money, but I'm not spending it on an app which I can't even use for a minute or two without being interrupted by a nag screen which obscures the data that I need to use while working on software.

Ishan Bhattacharya, MD
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ishan commented on 18 Dec 2006
After installing and immediately upon clicking the checkbox in the prefpane, all open apps (including the Finder) crashed. The Finder kept restarting itself every few seconds. I was able to open the System Prefs long enough to uncheck the checkbox in the prefpane. The crashing stopped. I restarted and everything appears OK. I haven't looked at the CrashReporter logs to see what the conflict is on the two systems I tried (both MacPros with 5 GB RAM, one running 10.4.8, the other running a beta of 10.5).

It may be helpful to have all running apps quit before install and that a Finder restart will (should) be done by Afloat after install.

Ishan Bhattacharya
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ishan replied on 18 Dec 2006
Unfortunately, I see nothing with the word "Afloat" in my Crashreporter log listings. I looked in the SystemUIServer crashlog and other likely logs (on the system running 10.4.8)I'll give it another try, but it was a bit unnerving when I had the problem the first time around. Thanks for your response.

Ishan Bhattacharya
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Ishan commented on 19 Feb 2004
This screensaver is, in a word, disgusting. What's the point of showing a crippled man limping across the screen. Is that somehow funny?
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Ishan had trouble on 03 Oct 2010
Ip Menulet stops Time Machine from backing up if you're using the latest 10.6.5 beta. Specifically, TM gets hung up on the last file in Ip Menulet's .pkg (forgot the name). Don't know if it's a problem on 10.6.4.
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