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kpublik reviewed on 04 Jan 2012
There is a potentially devastating bug if you upgrade from 2.x to 2.4 that can cause complete data loss on the remote S3 server. This happened to me and was acknowledged by the author.

Up to now, I've felt the product and support were excellent, but I'm greatly disappointed that, to date, there has still not been a proactive hot-fix, or notification from the author warning that some users may be at risk of the type of data loss that I experienced.

Fortunately, Arq is only part of my overall backup strategy, but I could have been in a really bad place if it was all I had.

Just to be clear, 2.4 itself works fine, but if you upgraded from 2.x to 2.4, there seems to be a risk. The "fix" for those that upgraded from 2.x is a simple manual process. Contact Arq support for details.
[Version 2.4]

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kpublik replied on 25 Feb 2012
I should follow-up that Haystack software did eventually send out a notification about this problem, albeit almost a month after I posted the original review.

I'm glad that such a major issue has both been officially acknowledged and resolved, but it should have happened faster, IMO.

I continue to use Arq because, developer missteps aside, it really is a great product.

kpublik reviewed on 14 Dec 2011
Initially I had held off on a review because there was a memory usage issue that I reported with version 2.1.0. That report and follow-up can be seen on the "Troubleshooting" tab.

Now that the memory problem is corrected, I'm happy to say that this is an excellent application. It delivers a great mix of functionality, ease of use, and aesthetics. It has one purpose and it serves it well; Timed breaks.

Personally, I'm using it to remind me to "take five" after every hour sitting in front of the computer. Just a five minute break every hour is making a significant difference to the way I feel while working. Prior to "Break Time", I could spend 10 hours in my chair, maybe getting up only once during that time.

The program itself is unobtrusive and has some nice touches that are missing from others in this category, such as: menu icon changes subtlety to let you know how much time before your next break, screen fade/lockout works across spaces, time remaining before next break can be adjusted on the fly, optional inactivity detection, plus others.

Finally, the author is a developer from a very well respected Mac application development company. I don't know if they know about this product venture, so I won't mention the company name, but it certainly made me feel confident in his abilities.
[Version 2.1.1]


kpublik reviewed on 05 Dec 2011
Nice app and shouldn't complain when it's free, but there are a couple of minor annoyances. First, I agree with others that have posted here about making the app faceless or, preferably, have a menu icon so that it doesn't take up dock space.

One thing that bothers me is that there is absolutely no indication, nor way of determining, how close you are to your next break. Similar apps use different techniques to do this in a subtle and unobtrusive way.
[Version 1.6.3]


kpublik reviewed on 13 Nov 2011
Short version: Good product and probably useful on a go-forward basis, but importing loads of bookmarks will be loads of work, especially since their is no way to group boxes or create a hierarchy of bookmarks.

Long version: It's a good product with a nice interface and easy to use, but for me there are two shortcomings -- Organizing imported bookmarks, and no grouping or hierarchy capabilities.

I have over 1000 bookmarks organized within Safari in a fairly clean folder hierarchy. Importing them into Little BB just dumps them all into a box that I'll have to go through manually, moving them into an appropriate box. I know I can't expect "magic" from the product, but there is going to be a lot of effort to sort it all out without the hierarchy of the original import being maintained some way. Which leads to my second gripe.

Being unable to create a hierarchy or put boxes into groups is also a limitation. Little BB gives you two groups, "Boxes" and "Smart Boxes". Currently, my bookmarks are in a multi-level folder hierarchy such as "databases/SQL Server" and "Languages/C++" Having to "flatten" my structure into a bunch of boxes is going to require a LOT of boxes, which I think will actually makes this less organized.

I bought the product before discovering the above (my own fault), so I'm a little miffed that I think I'll just end up uninstalling it.
[Version 2.0]

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kpublik replied on 16 Nov 2011
@Pointworks. Thanks for your considered reply. I understand tagging, but if that's supposed to be the way to manage bookmarks, one might ask why have the "Boxes" feature at all? ;) Also, I'm still left with tagging my over 1000 imported bookmarks without the benefit of the original hierarchy. A daunting task to say the least.

Are the tags Open Meta, and is there a way to manage the tags themselves? I know that one can rename or "remove from all bookmarks", but is there a dedicated function to do this for all tags in one place?

kpublik rated on 20 Oct 2011
[Version 1.5.7]


kpublik reviewed on 20 Oct 2011
This was being was on promo today at MacUpdate Promo. I only downloaded the trial, but felt that I saw enough to make the following comments on the MU Promo "discussion: page.

Looks interesting and the concept is sound, but the following items are issues for me.

The zoom control only seems to work by clicking on either side of the slider. You cannot "grab" and drag the slider. Annoying. I"m using OSX 10.6.8, if that matters.

Second limitation, and most important to me, is that the only view of the items in your collections is a space-wasting icon view. Also, in order to be able to fully read even short file names for the icons, they have to be zoomed quite large. Zooming to a large size is even more of a requirement if you expect to read secondary (subtitle) information, such as a date/time stamp. I really wish this program had a "list" view, similar to Finder.

I'm passing on this one for now, but perhaps future updates will address the issues of concern to me. I'll keep an eye on it.
[Version 1.5.7]

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kpublik replied on 22 Oct 2011
Thanks for looking into it and posting. It does now seem to work for me as well. Perhaps it is an intermittent problem, but it was an issue even after several launches and shutdowns of the program.

kpublik reviewed on 12 Sep 2011
Finally! A native OSX editor for XML. I only had to work with the trial for about 10 minutes before I knew that I wanted to buy Xmplify, and I did.

The author was quick to get back to me on a few suggestions and a small interface bug. I hope that fixes and updates roll out just as quickly.
[Version 1.0.4]

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kpublik replied on 04 Jan 2012
Unfortunately, the fixes and updates have not been rolling out. It's been close to 4 months and not a single update to be seen. Very disappointing for a product that seems to have so much potential.

kpublik replied on 17 Aug 2012
@bub1200. Some updates have come out. It's up to v1.2. Bugs reported by me have been fixed, but there are still some features that I would like to see. E.g. A a tabbed document interface instead of a separate window for each XML file opened.

I do quite a bit of work with XML and still highly recommend Xmplify.

kpublik reviewed on 24 Jul 2011
A great, great application. Been using it since beta. Support is superb. Highly recommended.
[Version 1.2.1]


kpublik reviewed on 24 Jul 2011
SourceTree is a five star product in all respects. The interface is beautiful, it works very well, is extremely stable, and the support is simply outstanding.

I looked for a long time to find a native OSX application for Mercurial that was at least as nice as CornerStone is for Subversion, and SourceTree is it. -- Actually, I think SourceTree has an even better interface than CornerStone.

Prior to SourceTree I tried probably most of the free and paid OSX clients for Hg. For a while I used MacHg (free), but after discovering SourceTree, there was no going back. I was happy to pay for something that made Hg even more of a joy to use.

I use ST pretty much all day, every day. It's one of my favorite apps for OSX.
[Version 1.2.5]

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kpublik replied on 31 Aug 2011
@ylluminate - I cannot say because I use SourceTree primarily for Mercurial. Since I use GIT very little, I haven't looked at those products. However, I believe that some SourceTree customers have converted from those products. You can always download the free trial from their website and give it a go.

kpublik reviewed on 04 Jun 2011
I've had this for a few days now and love it. It works really well, has been rock-sold stable, and made my life easier.

I often have multiple windows per application open across 6 spaces, and while I still love Apple's Exposé, I find that with DocView, I use it a lot less -- Especially since Exposé is limited to the current space, though I guess that will change with "Mission Control" in Lion.

Regardless of what what may come with Lion, I still think this is a good buy. I only wish I had discovered it earlier.
[Version 1.55]

kpublik had trouble on 05 Dec 2011
Memory leaks?

I've been using the trial for 2 hours and it's chewed-up almost 70MB of real memory. Seems like a lot for such a simple app. It must be leaking memory. When first launched, it uses just under 9MB.

I think it's a great app and was just about to buy it, but not if its going to suck-up so many resources.

I'm using OSX 10.6.8.
[Version 2.1]

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kpublik replied on 05 Dec 2011
Ok. A little more info. The program starts off using only about 9MB of real memory according to Activity Monitor. However, the first time a break comes up and it fades the screen, the memory jumps to around 70MB and is never released.

Fortunately, it never uses any more than that. However, to me, this amount of memory use for a simply utility is unacceptable. Furthermore, I have a free timer app that is essentially the same in how it fades the screen, etc., and it never uses more than 12MB of memory. I would buy Break Time if this memory usage issue is resolved.

kpublik replied on 14 Dec 2011
Author replied quickly to my report of memory usage and an update was released that corrected the issue.

I'm very happy with both this product and the level of customer service.
kpublik had trouble on 18 Feb 2010
Downloaded latest version (2.0.1) today to run on my MacBook Pro (OSX 10.6.2). Twice ran into a problem where Tags would peg the CPU at 100%, necessitating that the program be killed via Activity Monitor.

Problem happened while using the Tag Browser and attempting to delete a tag associated with several files. Once was a tag found on ~60 files, the second time was a tag found on 7 files.

The files were only plain text and definitely not in use by any other process (if that matters.)

E-mail sent to tech support and awaiting a reply.

This is quite disappointing to come across so early in my evaluation, and for such a seemingly basic function.
[Version 2.0.1]

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