Robert Chadwick
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Robbnashville reviewed on 16 Jan 2014
Although there are other programs to download video, this is by far the easiest to use. It is also capable of downloading from many more sites than most. I certainly do not regret this purchase. Thank you.
[Version 1.2.5]



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Robbnashville reviewed on 10 Nov 2012
I am not happy with this developer. I actually upgraded to 5.0 even though it generated a yearly payment from my PayPal account ... which I have now cancelled.

What I'm unhappy about is that the 5.0 upgrade & the subscription are not indicated on my customer account with Koingo as my other licenses have been. Therefore, I can't activate 5.0.

I wrote to them several days ago, expecting them to answer within 24 hours with a solution; but I have not received a reply yet. I am usually a tolerant person; but there is no excuse for this kind of customer service ... in addition to the clumsy activation methods they use.

After writing this reply, I intend to uninstall MacPilot AND their Air Radar application from my system and chalk this experience up to a lesson learned. There are other alternatives out there.
[Version 5.0]


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Robbnashville replied on 12 Nov 2012
That's good to know; and may certainly solve the issue for some. Personally I've uninstalled the program (and Air Radar). This lack of customer service has just made me reluctant to depend on their software. I realize something unusual may have occurred; but surely they are familiar with an out-of-office reply.

Thanks for your reply though.
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Robbnashville reviewed on 20 May 2012
This is truly an amazing program. It is the missing element in video editing. When the job at hand is just too small to fire up iMovie or one of the big guns, SHAVE does the trick. I am so happy I found this little gem … and I pray the developer continues to update the program frequently because there truly is nothing out there that I can find that does what this program does. I'd give it TEN stars if I could.

As for you folks that refuse to move into the future and embrace the Mac App Store, I really don't know what to say about you. You remind me of newspaper readers who just cannot get over the fact that news is moving away from print into digital. Hanging on to the past will just leave you there in the past with no one except other miserable people like yourselves to keep you company. Do you honestly think that forward thinking people care that you hate letting go of the past where you could grab a demo and figure out how to keep it working and never paying for it? The times are changing!

If you really need a demo first, have you considered writing to the developer instead of complaining and writing bad reviews and comments ? Perhaps he will send you one.
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Robbnashville reviewed on 26 Mar 2011
I've purchased & upgraded Curio Pro through several versions. It's one of those programs that certainly has many uses; but I've always found that it's more a jack of all trades than a master of any. I'm sure this fits some people just fine; but I've usually found myself turning to other dedicated applications for getting real work done.

I have not upgraded to version 7 for three reasons.

Firstly I wanted to see if an iPad version was on the horizon. Apparently it is not, even though it's been a year since the first iPad was introduced. IMHO any program like Curio without an iPad version is moot at this point. Ideas travel with you; and when you can't modify them at Starbucks or other places where thinking occurs, what's the point. I no longer lug my MacBook Pro with me to Starbucks. I go there mainly to relax; but I do take my iPad for reading & impromptu situations when I want to explore ideas; and since Curio is not on the iPad, it's lost to me.

Secondly the Mac App Store has been open ninety days; and Curio is still not there. Most of the serious programs like Curio such as OmniGraffle & Notebook are. I know some of you here don't like the MAS; but it's the future of Mac applications whether anyone likes it or not. Personally I like the store. I won't buy any application in any other way in the future (except obvious utilities that simply can't qualify). The ease of purchasing, the ease of upgrades and so much more makes purchasing apps outside the store simply not for me.

Speaking of upgrades, I arrive at my third reason for leaving Curio behind. This application has seen more full version upgrades than any application I have ever known in such a short time; and each one brings a hefty upgrade fee ... not to mention the fact that the developer insulted me by saying that he could not find me in his database when I upgraded to version 6. He later apologized for the error; but I had to wonder about his database since I had purchased and upgraded several versions previously. (Did I mention how easy upgrades are in the Mac App Store?)

At any rate, I truly believe that not having the ability to charge users an arm and a leg for upgrades may be the deciding factor which keeps Curio from the store, even though his blog says he loves the store. I also believe that instead of putting a little effort into a portable version of Curio to make the application more useful, the developer prefers to spend his time thinking of marginal updates to Curio that justify a full version number so that he can extract another huge upgrade fee is what is important to him.

Goodbye Curio. I gave you a serious effort ... and quite a bit of cash as well.
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Robbnashville replied on 21 Apr 2011
OmniGraffle & Notebook are excellent programs. Either used separately or in conjunction, they are excellent substitutes for Curio. There's another program that I am considering. It's called MyThoughts, which might be an even better one. I have both OmniGraffle & Notebook already; and with MyThoughts, I should be all set. All of these are available on the Mac App Store; and OmniGraffle & Notebook have iPad apps. The MyThoughts developer plans to offer an iPad app soon. The lack of an iPad solution really does make Curio much less useful.

Regarding the Mac App Store, there are of course some applications that don't appear there, at least yet. If they don't violate some rule, I think the developers are being very short-sighted not to offer their applications there. In the case of Curio, George has stated that he loves the Mac App Store; and I don't think the application violates any of the rules. Therefore, I must assume that the reason it's not there is that he doesn't like the 30%, is afraid he can't gouge people for upgrades as often as he has in the past or objects to the fact that you can install your MAS purchases on up to five computers. Either of those reasons spell "greed" to me. Real estate people have an expression, "location, location, location". The Mac App Store IS the location; and if anyone doesn't get that, I just don't know what else to say.
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Robbnashville replied on 25 Mar 2012
@ Szeoli: I agree with everything you say; and I didn't intend to convey that much displeasure with the prices asked for Curio upgrades. What I meant to suggest is that the promise of those very high upgrade fees are what is REALLY to blame for the lack of an iPad version of Curio and the lack of availability of all the Mac versions in the App Store since MAS upgrades are essentially free.

I'm sure the developer will say that the uncertain state of the App Store regarding sandboxing and the lack of an upgrade path for customers to is to blame; but I just don't agree. Furthermore, I believe the developer is very short-sighted about this because ultimately he could probably make more money overall by offering all the versions in the MAS at a lower price (which would be agreeable for customers who decide they need a more full-featured version than the one they own) and also offer an iPad version. Rather than depending so heavily on current users upgrading every time a new version comes out, I believe he would benefit greatly by using the increased visibility Curio would enjoy in the MAS. Believe me I wouldn't care about this if it weren't for the fact that Curio is a very unique and worthwhile product; and I would like to see it become as popular as some of the other products whose developers seem to understand the power of the MAS better.
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Robbnashville reviewed on 23 Jul 2010
As someone with an accounting background, I really feel that I need to write a little something in defense of this program.

Some of the negative reviews center around either a dislike of Intuit and / or the limitations of this software. It is certainly true that we all got very tired of the Mac version of Quicken being way behind the Windows version; and we all nearly gave up hope that we'd ever see a new Intel version sporting the Quicken name. It is also true that this version of Quicken does not do some things that some people will need; and those people have every right to look elsewhere since there are alternatives out there, even though the alternatives in each case lack a certain degree of polish. Of course, anyone who has a strong need for a business grade accounting program can certainly find what they need elsewhere.

However, the truth is that this software will serve the average individual or family very well in keeping track of finances. Most people's investments are in their company's 401K plan, so they won't miss the lack of strong investment tracking. Likewise, the average person does not have a small business or rental property or any additional income other than their salary that would require any detailed accounting. (One can certainly keep track of other income sources with Quicken Essentials unless those sources require detailed accounting principles and practices.) Likewise, most people pay their bills on their bank's website for bill pay. It's simply easier to go down the list and schedule the payments that way.

Quicken Essentials for Mac does everything the average person needs. It downloads transactions for an exhaustive list of financial institutions and allows manual entry for any that may not be on the list. The program keeps track of categories and split transactions; and the tags feature is sublime. The program keeps track of any number of bank accounts, cash accounts, credit cards, assets and liabilities in a way that is elegant and crystal clear to comprehend. Likewise, the program offers a way to track bills that need to be paid and when, as well as a way to do a simple budget.

As I mentioned, there is nothing wrong with needing more; but why do some many people find it necessary to criticize a program that really does provide what most people need in a beautiful, elegant, stable and easy to understand way? That's like saying that we all need a Lincoln limousine when the average person is fine ... and more comfortable ... with a more utilitarian vehicle.
[Version 1.4.2f5075]



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Robbnashville reviewed on 01 Oct 2009
This is a fine update to Bento. The integration with iPhoto is very nice and some of the minor tweaks, such as icons that represent different libraries and the ability to sort libraries into folders is a welcome addition. For users who wish to share libraries on a small network, that ability has been added. There's more; but you can learn those from the official site. Those who have previously purchased Bento receive a $20 discount, making this upgrade very affordable.

I just want to say that for those who criticize Bento, I'm not sure why that is. It is a low priced database for the rest of us. Even the $49 full price for version 2 was not that high; and the new discounted price for version 3 certainly can't be argued with. As for features, if you need FileMaker, by all means purchase it. For the rest of us who do not have those needs, Bento is a blessing and has been from Day One.

I love MacUpdate; but it continually surprises me how cheap some folks on here are. I suppose I can understand that if you are a small developer and have been accustomed to spending lots of time on a project and then sharing your hard work for free, you probably admire those who do. However, most people work to make money. There's no need to bash a developer or company who work hard on their software and then expect to be shown the money! No offense ... just my take on what I perceive as a lot of extreme complaints that have no bearing on a program's usefulness. If you don't want to spend money, that is fine. Some of us don't mind paying for what we use.
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Robbnashville replied on 01 Oct 2009
Bud,

I totally agree with most of what you said. I am assuming you know that this time a $20 instant rebate for all users of v1 & v2 is being offered, as well as a free upgrade for those who made their initial purchase of v2 recently.

Your choice about whether to upgrade or not is totally understandable. It's always an individual choice. I think the new features in the upgrade are worth $29 it to me; but to be fair, they aren't all that compelling either unless you've been waiting for network features (small, up to 5 users).

My little rant was not directed to people like you. What I get tired of is people constantly writing extremely negative comments about developers who charge money, often a very modest amount, for their work when a similar program is being offered free. To me it boils down to a choice; and there's no need to bash a program who's developer wants a little money for his work. The proper response in those cases would be to choose the free one if desired. However, I firmly believe from past experience that a program that is being sold is usually updated more often than one that isn't and usually does have a few extra features to justify a small fee. This is not always the case, of course.

Regarding FileMaker, I agree that in the past they have been a little greedy about upgrades. Hopefully this recent rebate for Bento signals a new beginning. :-)
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Robbnashville commented on 19 Sep 2009
I have supported this developer for years. For several years when this was a subscription item, I paid the $25 per year ... not because the software ever improved but because it would expire if I didn't. In August 2009, I was promised a CD version of the software that would not expire for an upgrade fee. I sent the PayPal payment and have never received the software. I wrote to the developer after several weeks and was told that it was an international shipment and to wait a few more days. I waited another ten days or so and wrote back. I have not received a reply to my last email ... more than a week ago. I have today filed a PayPal dispute.

My conclusions are that I should have paid more attention to some of the other comments about this software & it's developer. I did not give these comments their deserved attention because I assumed they were written by those who tend to poke fun at the tarot and those who use it. However, I must say that this developer does not provide excellent customer service; and I will no longer support this software.

As a side note for those who do enjoy using the tarot, I have recently learned that there is a free widget that has a lot more layouts than this software, which has not changed substantially since the first version that I paid for. It's true that MacTarot has a somewhat prettier interface; but the tarot widget also allows you to save it's layouts to html which carry over card interpretations that you can see if you roll over each card.
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robbnashville reviewed on 13 May 2009
I have grown to depend on ShoveBox to keep myself organized. I own both the desktop version and the iPhone version. It does everything it should do and more.I am totally happy with both versions of the program. Because I am a well-organized individual, I need something I can depend on. Before discovering ShoveBox, I used EverNote and even paid for the pro version. I bought ShoveBox because I had issues with EverNote being "down" too much for my tastes and because I had to refresh EverNote for the iPhone each time I wanted to see the latest version of my note. This does not happen with ShoveBox because syncs are performed between the desktop & iPhone versions directly instead of going through a cloud, so to speak. EVEN BETTER, I upgraded to Mac OS X 10.5.7 last night which produced a syncing conflict. I wrote to the developer about 7 PM CDT. He replied almost immediately telling me he was working on a fix. When I got up this morning, he had already developed a fix. That was quick! This developer obviously takes pride in his work. I recommend this program to anyone.
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robbnashville reviewed on 05 Jan 2009
I began testing both THINGS and OMNIFOCUS last summer and didn't make my final choice until after the near-final version of Things was released a few days ago to those using the beta version.

Things is a beautiful program & it is very easy to use. However, my final decision is to go with OmniFocus because of it's superb power. IMO the purpose of a program like this is the ability to organize and view data easily in a number of ways to facilitate planning and actually accomplishing goals.

While Things provides a great deal of what I need, the bottom line is that I found it's approach a little too scattered. It was often difficult for me to see all my actions & projects in one view for a given period of time. Because I am an organizer, I would file some tasks in "Someday", others in "Scheduled" and the rest in "Next". When I would try to see where I had an opening for another task or project, I often could not get a clear sense of my planning with Things. It's heavy use of tags is just not to my liking. I prefer the use of contexts, which are like categories. OmniFocus follows the use of contexts. (Things has something similar called "Areas"; but they are just not the same thing in practice.)

Things does not allow the use of start dates as well as due dates. Even though it is true that projects should be constructed of single actions that can be accomplished at a given time, the ability of OmniFocus to assign start dates allows tasks to be unavailable until their start date. This approach gets them out of the way until I am ready to review them or focus on them.

Also, Things just doesn't use dates well. OmniFocus not only allows easy entry of dates, it also presents the due date more clearly for each task and, because it has an inspector panel, it's easy to see more about repeating items, when items are due for review, etc.l.

The final straw that broke the camel's back for me was the difference between the iPhone clients. If iCal had been able to handle to do items better (especially repeating tasks) and present them on the iPhone, I might never have started this journey. Both Things and OmniFocus have iPhone clients; but there's no real comparison. Things, like it's desktop counterpart, is very scattered on the iPhone, while OmniFocus is just as organized on the iPhone as it is on the desktop. Things only allows syncing while on the same wireless network. OmniFocus allows syncing via a number of methods; and since I am a MobileMe subscriber, I use that method, which allows me to sync from anywhere.

I'm sure Things will meet the needs of many people; and for those who place a big emphasis on price, it will probably win. For me, time is money; and OmniFocus helps me get the most done.
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robbnashville replied on 13 Mar 2009
I don't think that I misunderstood THINGS; I used it for over six months. As I mentioned in my review, I'm sure a lot of people like that approach. I prefer more organization and precise control over what I see. THINGS just does not deliver that as well as OmniFocus. I know this because I was forever searching around in THINGS, having to remember tags and whether I had placed something in NEXT, SOMEDAY, etc. whereas in OMNIFOCUS, I can get to it easily. I get things done with OMNIFOCUS much more easily and quickly. Obviously, you work differently; and that's fine ... but there's no need to imply that a user doesn't understand a program just because he doesn't like it. Regarding the interface, I think most people would say that THINGS is prettier; I agree. However, I don't find OMNIFOCUS "windows-like" at all ... just not as glamorous ... but OMNIFOCUS is definitely better organized.
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robbnashville replied on 13 Mar 2009
YOU WROTE: "but if you equate contexts to the "areas" in Things you indeed didn't get it. Your comments on Things was therefore incorrect."

Huh? Are you really serious?

Contexts in OmniFocus consist of such things as "Home", "Office", "Mac", "Online", "Shopping", etc. Exactly what is your interpretation of "Areas" in Things? Of course, contexts & areas can be user definable in whatever way makes the most sense to the individual; but they are pretty much the same thing. The reason I said that OmniFocus handles them a little differently and takes the concept to the next level is that you can have multiple sub-contexts within a context if you want a great degree of organization (which I do). Then, of course, you can use the context view in OmniFocus and combine them at any particular time and sort them in a number of ways to help you see everything on one screen so much more clearly that Things allows.

I'm really not saying that Things is not useful if you are a person who does not like a lot of organization. What I did not like about Things mainly was the inability to sort as deeply as I need AND the multiple cubbyholes such as NEXT, SOMEDAY, etc. I find the OmniFocus context called "waiting" superior for actions that you either cannot complete at the moment or simply don't want to complete at this time. You can even have individual actions within a project with this context while other actions within the project have a different context if you like. If you have an entire project that you feel this way about, you can change it's status, yet if you want to see all remaining projects, you can sort that way and not have to search among various views to find it. Then there are the "tags" in Things. I know that some people find them fascinating and useful. I find them exactly the opposite.

I do thank you for this conversation; and I don't mind if you disagree with me. However, you are wrong when you say that areas and contexts are very different. They are not.
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robbnashville reviewed on 05 Jan 2009
I began testing both THINGS and OMNIFOCUS last summer and didn't make my final choice until after the near-final version of Things was released a few days ago to those using the beta version.

Things is a beautiful program & it is very easy to use. However, my final decision is to go with OmniFocus because of it's superb power. IMO the purpose of a program like this is the ability to organize and view data easily in a number of ways to facilitate planning and actually accomplishing goals.

While Things provides a great deal of what I need, the bottom line is that I found it's approach a little too scattered. It was often difficult for me to see all my actions & projects in one view for a given period of time. Because I am an organizer, I would file some tasks in "Someday", others in "Scheduled" and the rest in "Next". When I would try to see where I had an opening for another task or project, I often could not get a clear sense of my planning with Things. It's heavy use of tags is just not to my liking. I prefer the use of contexts, which are like categories. OmniFocus follows the use of contexts. (Things has something similar called "Areas"; but they are just not the same thing in practice.)

Things does not allow the use of start dates as well as due dates. Even though it is true that projects should be constructed of single actions that can be accomplished at a given time, the ability of OmniFocus to assign start dates allows tasks to be unavailable until their start date. This approach gets them out of the way until I am ready to review them or focus on them.

Also, Things just doesn't use dates well. OmniFocus not only allows easy entry of dates, it also presents the due date more clearly for each task and, because it has an inspector panel, it's easy to see more about repeating items, when items are due for review, etc.l.

The final straw that broke the camel's back for me was the difference between the iPhone clients. If iCal had been able to handle to do items better (especially repeating tasks) and present them on the iPhone, I might never have started this journey. Both Things and OmniFocus have iPhone clients; but there's no real comparison. Things, like it's desktop counterpart, is very scattered on the iPhone, while OmniFocus is just as organized on the iPhone as it is on the desktop. Things only allows syncing while on the same wireless network. OmniFocus allows syncing via a number of methods; and since I am a MobileMe subscriber, I use that method, which allows me to sync from anywhere.

I'm sure Things will meet the needs of many people; and for those who place a big emphasis on price, it will probably win. For me, time is money; and OmniFocus helps me get the most done.
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Robbnashville had trouble on 20 Dec 2009
I have always liked what Perian does. However, after installing the latest update I experienced a problem with some videos playing in QuickTime X in Snow Leopard. Basically I process recorded TV shows with Elgato's Turbo.264 HD to make AppleTV files. I then edit the commercials out in MPEG Streamclip and save them. This process has worked flawlessly for me for a long time. Today the videos I did would not play in QuickTime X, even though they would play in QuickTime 7 & other players. I decided to remove Perian and repeat the process with the video. After removing Perian, the resulting edited video played fine in QuickTime X as it always has.

Anyone else notice anything like this?
[Version 1.2]



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