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Mjharper commented on 08 Dec 2009
Absolutely perfect. Wanted to easily assign f5 & f6 on my new MacBook, and this made it really simple.

[Version 2.0.2]

mjharper commented on 25 Jan 2008
A quick update to my last post: Clothesline is actually kind of like an automated DragThing dock…
[Version 2.1.1]


mjharper reviewed on 24 Jan 2008
Great to see the page overview back, along with the smarter drawing tools and the HUD. Some of the features which seemed to get 'lost' in the 2.0 update have returned, and that's very cool.

What I really want to see is a manual with details of the all the features. The help file says it's for 2.1, but it doesn't cover the most impressive new features at all. Groups, for example, which are basically desktop stacks-put things in a box, click it, and the contents spread over your desktop; click the box again, and they're instantly cleared away.

Or the new system for manipulating objects-I'm assuming this is Clothesline, but it isn't stated anywhere. But here's what I've found. Drag an image to the desktop, then drag two fingers left or right on the trackpad to rotate the image. drag two fingers up and down to zoom the resolution while the image remains the same size. Click on a the image for the resize cursor to appear; reduce the image, tuck it in a corner-then double-click the image for it to zoom back to full size and be positioned at the centre of the screen. Double click again for it to be returned to the corner.

What I'm getting at is that there are all sorts of cool things going on in Conjure, but even with the version history it's hard to find out the real capabilities of the app. I'm sure the developer is hard at work on the app itself, and documentation comes second-but a few more pointers would be good! I was about to bemoan the lack of image rotation when I accidentally stumbled on the method above…

Well, I guess I'd better finish with a review-like comment. In the end you'll either 'get' Conjure or you won't. I love it: for clearing stuff away to give yourself thinking space, for brainstorming mind-maps, for task based organisation. More than ever, with Conjure you need to download it, check it out, and see what it can do. Hands on is the only way…
[Version 2.1]

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mjharper replied on 24 Jan 2008
Great! Looking forward to that.

Keep up the good work!
mjharper commented on 20 Dec 2007
Will launch in Leopard. (see below)
[Version 2.0]

mjharper commented on 28 Nov 2007
I fell into the $24 upgrade group, because I never used Picadex. And it felt a bit steep, to be honest, given that the upgrade is almost twice what I originally paid for CandyBar (four years ago, upgrading to version 2 three years ago). But then again, having played around with the new version for a while, I have to conclude that integrating Pucadex was a great idea. Instead of having a bunch of icontainers and folders stuffed full of icons scattered across my Mac, everything is in one place, and as easy to organise as music in iTunes. The ability to change the dock appearance is great, especially if it lives on the bottom of your display. And even though the new icons for Leopard are much larger than the old, Panic have clearly put some effort into updating a number of their older icon sets to be compatible (do a search for 'dock' and 'leopard' on their site). It has to be said that, with the frankly annoying default folder icons in Leopard, CandyBar is even more relevant now than it ever was before.

Yes, the upgrading prices are controversial, as is the decision to integrate Picadex. But CandyBar is a much *much* better product for it. I wouldn't want to go back to version 2, even if I could.
[Version 3.0]

mjharper commented on 25 May 2007
Just to give a different perspective to the last poster: the new inspector is not just a little bigger with new icons. It's actually integrated like the one in Pages (for example) so that rather than having different inspectors for theme, page, site - as in RW 3.5 - they are all included in the one inspector, and you switch between them using those new icons. And there are a good deal more options than before.

As for commenting, yes, RW still uses Haloscan. But Haloscan provides an excellent service for free, with an option to upgrade, so unless you have a problem with Haloscan per se, it isn't really an issue. And, new to RW 3.6, you have the option to have inline comments on the post's permalink page, rather than having to have comments in a separate window. New feature, anyone?
[Version 3.6]


mjharper reviewed on 24 May 2007
Just to add a rating - 4 stars because although the upgrade is awesome, and despite the fact that there IS a free upgrade, eight weeks isn't really THAT long (in comparison, I bought Mellel yesterday for the same price as RW, and Mellel comes with two years of free upgrades.)
[Version 3.6]

mjharper commented on 24 May 2007
You can still get a free upgrade for RW if you bought it on or since 1 April 2007. The contact form on the site is broken at the moment, but the email to write to is: support dot ninjas at realmacsoftware dot com.

Don't forget they're in the UK though, as well as being inundated with support requests at the moment.

As for bugs, I've been using RW for a month (so thankfully I qualify for the upgrade) and the only problem I've had is with a 3rd-party theme. RW itself has been rock solid.

And to be honest, I have no idea why they didn't call this version 4.0 anyway, it's so full of awesome features.
[Version 3.6]

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