J Vernet
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kingjj reviewed on 20 Dec 2013
What used to be the most expensive e-mail client available, is now the cheapest (free, even). And, for someone like me who's always wanted to become a Mailsmith user but found myself in the wrong tax bracket, this is very good news.

I can put what's attractive about Mailsmith very succinctly, as it gives you most the text editing powers of BBEdit (which are many) in an e-mail client. If that sentence means nothing to you, then you probably won't care about Mailsmith. Like BBEdit, it's spartan and utilitarian. But like me and the thousands of other BBEdit users, we only care about what's under the hood.

Now with that said, there's a few things that bug me about the program. The inability to reorganize the mailbox list or toolbar is a little bothersome, and I wouldn't call it's functionality exactly intuitive. But then again, having multiple clipboards and hot-keyed clippings more than make up for it, so I'll chose not to sweat the small stuff.

Also in interest of full disclosure, I feel I should mention it's spam filtering capabilities are limited. This is a feature not terribly important to me, but others seem to live and die by it. They do include a demo of SpamSieve as a consolation (which I find more annoying than spam itself. Luckily, being an old Powermail user, I've learned to turn that thing off in a quick hurry). But I've found the in-program filtering to be sufficient.

Anyway, if you've read this far, you should at least give it a try. Like BBEdit, there's a bit of a learning curve. But there's numerous rewards for riding that curve out. If you're serious about your e-mail composition, this program is as serious as you.
[Version 2.3.1]


kingjj reviewed on 11 Jan 2013
The bast RSS reader I've found for my Mini, which doesn't seem to run any OS beyond 10.4.

RSSOwl imported all of my feeds from Google without a hitch, and has ample viewing/organization options.

Give the choice between native and Java, I would certauinly choose native. But in this instance, I didn't seem to have a choice. Which is fine, as RSSOwl works wonderfully. Java or otherwise.
[Version 2.1.6]


kingjj reviewed on 02 Nov 2011
A nice, light, no nonsense player that works with Last.fm, yet bypasses the bloat (and bugs) of iTunes and Songbird.
[Version 0.07]


kingjj reviewed on 21 Oct 2011
There's a really simple reason I continue to use a piece of software that hasn't been updated in over eight years, and that reason is that Audion is still the best sounding mp3 availble for mac. I can play the same mp3 through every player I can get my hands on -- iTunes, Vox, SongBird, etc. -- and Audion still has the richest, warmest sound regardless of speaker set-up or EQ.

If sound quality wasn't enough, I also still use Audion for CD ripping, as it's quick, produces good quality mp3s, and doesn't grind my entire machine to a halt while it works. And superfluous as it may be, I do like Audion's selctions of skins, which look nice and blend into whatever my desktop may be.

And while Audion does have it's fair share of bugs, none of which interfere with it's core of playing mp3s, ripping CDs, and playlist management. So if you're concerned with sound quality at all, I'd definitely give Audion a listen.
[Version 3.0.2]

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