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massachute reviewed on 11 Jul 2013
When it works, it works well. For me, that is with small jobs (< 30pp), b&w. Set it on grayscale or color, and scanning slows to an astonishing crawl: a red cover-page with a little bit of text that i wanted to scan in color took 6 minutes -- that's one page.

And even on small jobs, b&w text, saving the file after it's scanned sometimes is instantaneous and sometimes takes 3-4. I can't figure out what that problem is about, but it's dire.

Why can't there be even one consistently good software solution for scanning on OS X? Adobe Acrobat actually works the smoothest, but it takes over my screen and won't let me do other work. Vuescan works well with one of my scanners (an ancient Epson multifunction device), but with my newer Epson sheet-feed scanner works 1 out of 10 times. And this program, which is what I've ended up using for lack of something better, wastes so much of my time. Arrgh.
[Version 1.5.2]


massachute reviewed on 09 May 2013
Oh how I wish the designer of this software didn't have philosophical objections to WYSIWYG email text entry. It's really a fantastic program in all the ways that other reviews have described: quick, stable, with wonderful search capabilities. But not being able to see what your message will look like before you send it, to check that bullets, italics, indentation are all in the right places, makes it impossible for me to use the program. The developer outlines his aesthetic, moral and ethical objections to WYSIWYG for e-mail, but I honestly don't get it, and found MailMate sadly unacceptable for composing mail for this -- and only this -- reason. Please, at least make WYSIWYG an option?
[Version 1.5.4]


massachute reviewed on 10 Mar 2013
Works very well, excellent design, good natural-language engine, fonts more legible than Fantastical.

But despite advertised integration with BusyCal, clicking on events always opens in Apple's Calendar (no matter what program is set as the default calendar app in OS X). Hope this is fixed!
[Version 3.1.2]


massachute reviewed on 18 Dec 2012
Fine program (I agree with the other strong reviews), but the font size is quite small and cannot be adjusted - which makes it impractical for folks like me with aging eyes. Five stars if they fix this.
[Version 1.3.5]


massachute reviewed on 12 Nov 2012
I am a happy user of BusyCal 1.6. Great program, big improvement in flexibility and ease-of-use over MacOs's built-in calendar program.

I am at a complete loss as to why I should upgrade to 2.0. As far as I can tell they have done nothing but remove useful features. The only compensating addition to the new version is the ability to attach graphics like pumpkins to events. Why would I want to do that? I already know what Halloween's about.

Someday, there will be an OS upgrade that makes 1.6 unusable, and when that happens I hope there will be a good replacement available. For now, I can't see any reason whatsoever to upgrade.
[Version 2.0]


massachute reviewed on 28 Oct 2012
Very useful program - exactly what I was looking for! Wishlist for improvement:

1. Put preferences in menubar rather than in the individual pseudo-windows. It took me quite a while to find them.

2. Add a means of sorting the members of groups (by filename, date, etc.).

3. Add an option to turn off the annoying beep when adding files or folders.

4, Very annoying start-up on first use. Start the program and you suddenly see a group on your desktop with six generic pictures from someone else's vacation. You can't close the group or delete the pictures without dragging the pictures to the desktop - and you don't figure that out without effort. There's got to be a better way to introduce folks to how the program works.

Once I got the hang of the thing (and got rid of the vacation photos), it's great, and I look forward to future improvements.
[Version 1.2]

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massachute replied on 28 Oct 2012
oh and also, there's no sign of the contextual menu with more options that this program supposedly adds (according to the description above)
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