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nullmaster reviewed on 11 Nov 2013
I agree with PaperCut Pro: it is simply the best icon creation tool I've used, period.

I have to deploy a set of 50-60 icons on a regular basis, and often after having to make small tweaks to several of them. Icon Slate makes that workflow, previously a nightmare, into a 30 second job.

One small flaw: Icon Slate does not create icons in the legacy compressed bitmap formats. I won't lower my rating due to this being a ridiculously small niche that I suspect few people want, need, or care about. For that part of my workflow, I'm unable to use Icon Slate, but it is worth every penny and more nonetheless.

The developer is incredibly friendly, knowledgable, and responsive. He's not a "celebrity developer" like some other folks in the Mac community, but after the conversation I had with him, he certainly should be.

If you need management for a boatload of icons (and don't have an obscure legacy requirement) you will not be disappointed with Icon Slate. I have no regrets about this purchase, and would have paid many times the price and felt the exact same way about my investment.
[Version 3.51]


nullmaster reviewed on 11 Nov 2013
For my workflow, I prefer Icon Slate.

However, Icon Slate does not create icons in the legacy bitmap icns formats (it32, etc) and I found that out the hard way once my icons were in the field.

I needed icons in the old format QUICK, and iConvert Icons looked like it might do the trick. I rolled the dice and won. It gets the job done quick, painless, and at a very reasonable price.

Again, I prefer Icon Slate's workflow, but iConvert Icons saved my rear end and is worth every penny for me.

And now for the rant:

To all who complain about $5 for this software: seriously?

If you don't need it, don't buy it. If a different "free" method suits your needs, have a blast. If you paid for the program, and it didn't do what you expected it to do (or worse yet, it didn't do what it was SUPPOSED to do) then a negative review is justified. I attempt to contact a developer when I have an issue, and ALWAYS before I'm inclined to post a negative review.

If you want good software written by an indie developer who makes a living from his or her craft, you're paying to support the product, the person, and often their family. Don't throw any software, even packages made by established "big" companies, under the bus without doing some due diligence.

Have some respect, people.
[Version 2.2]

nullmaster commented on 05 Jul 2012
I'm not going to post a negative rating, since I can't completely attribute my issue to TRIM Enabler. However, I'm going to mention an experience I had about 6 weeks ago:

I run DiskWarrior on my hard disks every month or so, and it always finds some minor manner of disk corruption that I tell it to fix. No big deal. Recently, I installed an Intel 320-series SSD into my MacBook Pro, and used TRIM Enabler with pretty good success.

I ran DiskWarrior on the machine, and it came up with a HUGE laundry list of problems, the likes I've not seen in quite a long time and never on one of my own machines. After telling DW to fix the problems, my entire SSD was pretty much blown up and there was one folder with random junk on it after it finished.

Luckily, I was using Time Machine (as my manual backups were 6+ months old) because I'd have lost a ton of data. The loss would have certainly been my fault, as backing up is the USER'S responsibility.

The only two differences between my previous use cases were the fact I was running an SSD and that I was using TRIM Enabler. I've not heard of DiskWarrior having issues with SSDs before, so the only conclusion I can come to is TRIM Enabler somehow being related to the misallocation of directory data.

Since I stopped using TRIM Enabler, none of my subsequent DW runs have resulted in the same type of issue using this SSD. I might try again once Mountain Lion is released and, presumably, TRIM Enabler is updated for it. Until then, I am personally steering clear.
[Version 2.2]


nullmaster reviewed on 06 Jun 2012
I've been using DropDMG for years, and for those who need a reliable, robust, automated workflow for processing disk images, this software is worth every penny and more.

Technically, everything DropDMG does can be accomplished for free using Disk Utility, Terminal, and a lot of time to wash, rinse, and repeat the process. For one-off disk image processing, I often use Disk Utility because I don't need an end-to-end flow for that image.

When going through even more than just a few images, though, DropDMG is an incredible time saver. Combined with Michael Tsai's top-notch support, I wholeheartedly recommend this software and his other products (such as SpamSieve) if they are applicable to your workflow.
[Version 3.1.3]


nullmaster reviewed on 13 Oct 2011
I've used DiskWarrior for ages, and unless I've had a mechanical failure of a hard disk, I can't think of a single time DiskWarrior has failed to get a disk rebuilt and regain full access to the filesystem.

Other utilities mentioned, such as TechTool and Drive Genius, are decent products and also have larger feature sets. However, on severely corrupted disks, DiskWarrior is the only one to have consistently positive results. It may seem like a 'one trick pony', but darned if that pony isn't the best on the market.

Their updater application works perfectly to get a newer version of the app working on the SAME boot DVD version that you bought initially, but it gets better:

Their customer service is top-notch. In the past two years, I've contacted them a couple times about getting newer versions of the boot DVD. Both times they have been fast to respond and charge a fair price for the service.

The short version of this story: I have received complimentary copies of most of the disk repair software on the market. I bought DiskWarrior. I use DiskWarrior. I love DiskWarrior.
[Version 4.4]


nullmaster reviewed on 25 Aug 2011
I used iVPN for several years to get my old G4 tower working as a VPN server (among other things) to get full access to my home network. Unlike many, I fully understand the difference between an issue with the software and an issue with my network setup.

For those who understand the router configuration, using a dynamic DNS service, and other intricacies of this type, iVPN is a great solution that was well worth its price tag.

I say "was" because as of the release of Lion Server, for $50 you can get VPN functionality plus a whole lot more for relatively minimal cost above the price of iVPN. For most people, I think Lion Server will give a better overall value and bang for the buck. There are a few factors that would still get me to suggest iVPN to folks, though.

If you have an Intel Core Duo Mac (unable to run Lion) or a PowerPC Mac, the author is still working to support PowerPC and does still support 32-bit Intel hardware on previous versions of the OS. If you have older hardware that can't run the latest OS and want to get a VPN setup going quickly and cheaply, iVPN is your solution. Hands down, it's great on the older machines.

I think everyone should do some research and fiddling before making a purchase of this or any server software. I don't think you'll be disappointed by buying iVPN as it is a solid solution. You may find more value for your dollars (or pounds sterling) in another solution, depending on your specific situation.
[Version 6.0]


nullmaster reviewed on 07 Jul 2010
I was running version 3.4.2 on OS X 10.5.8 on my G4 tower, just for reference.

The app works relatively well, until you get to a file larger than 4GB, and then the "Safety Net" feature ALWAYS makes copies of the file, regardless of it's modified status. It steals hard drive space down faster than you could ever imagine if you're working with large files, which is mostly what I work with.

I emailed the developer back in January asking for assistance before buying the software, as it is useless to me if it is going to needlessly duplicate large files. I never heard back from the developer and I never paid for the software.

Still looking for a similar, functional solution if anyone has ideas.
[Version 3.6]

nullmaster commented on 25 Feb 2010
Why do people use this crap? This is truly one of the worst apps I've ever seen in terms of the damage it will cause to your computer. In the decade I've been fixing Macs, this program has sold more copies of Alsoft's DiskWarrior drive repair software than any other I've ever seen. Alsoft probably loves these guys and . I know I would. Aside from its very VERY limited legitimate uses, LimeWire does nothing good for your computer and consistently destroys disk catalogs.

If you use LimeWire, back up your data FREQUENTLY and VERIFY your backups FREQUENTLY. What might be more fun than using LimeWire but still just as problematic is to have random encounters with strangers on the street without protection and afterwards just waving a magnet over your hard drive. Both options are about as smart.
[Version 5.5.3]

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nullmaster replied on 04 Mar 2010
I know a few people who have used LimeWire without issue for years. Those folks are FAR fewer in number than the count of those I've had with nightmares due to this application.

The conclusion that I've drawn is that machines with LimeWire and severe catalog corruption do not experience recurrent symptoms after a zero out of the hard disk and cessation of the use of the LimeWire application. In the vast majority of cases (5-10 machines per week, for years) there is not a hardware malfunction that can be reproduced with any available diagnostic tool.

Sure, there are machines with LimeWire that were running the good old IBM 75GXP disks, or the MacBooks with the disks prone to failure now covered by Apple for a free replacement, even out of warranty. However, when a machine is perfectly functional after a low level wipe of the drive and running a restart loop and memtest or Apple's hardware test for days, it's usually pretty clear what the cause of the issues is.

Also, I've not seen any issues like this on the Windows version of LimeWire, though my exposure to it is significantly less than that of the Mac version. I see rare incidences of catalog issues with folks running Acquisition, and a few more with folks who run FrostWire and Vuze. LimeWire is the primary discernible culprit.

If you use LimeWire and it works for you without destroying your drive, then go for it. I will not let it touch any of my personal machines EVER, and I'll continue to fix my customers' computers by backing up the data, wiping the drive,and suggesting they do not run this application in the future.

nullmaster replied on 05 Mar 2010
I never spoke of LimeWire's interface, nor its reliance on Java as a matter of discussion or a cause of any of the problems it has. I also didn't say that it corrupted my drive, as a technician or otherwise. I'm not a fan of Java by any stretch, but I do not believe it is relevant to the conversation. Thanks for bringing up the straw men, though.

Hundreds of folks have brought me their computers looking for a resolution to their disk catalog problems, and a lot of "repair shops" take a look and simply say the hard disk is failing once they see invalid extents or keys out of order in Disk Utility. Others like you, sir, may suggest an archive/install as the solution which is exactly the WRONG thing to do, especially if the customer lacks a backup of their data. A decent Mac technician knows that disk catalog issues aren't fixed by an archive/install, since you're just writing data back to a disk that doesn't know where to store information properly. Just what someone doesn't need is a MORE corrupted operating system than they got into the situation with.

I'm not saying that disk corruption isn't caused by other things like frequent hard shutdowns, bad RAM, failing disks, or pinched data cables. Assuming a hardware failure is cavalier and profit driven. With a proper backup, zeroing out a hard disk and reinstalling an operating system takes a few hours and can be done at home with little cost to the customer. Getting a computer repaired is rarely convenient for the owner of the computer, so getting a proper diagnosis through thorough testing and isolation is key.
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