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Starless72 reviewed on 22 Jan 2013
I gave it a try as a VNC client, but was not impressed.
The GUI is absolutely not Mac-like, it looks more like a bad porting or a Java app.
I could not make it show the server desktop in 1:1 zoom, it won't let me zoom it larger than the client window (other clients usually allow this and then you can scroll around the desktop).
I could not make the Command key act as the Windows key on Windows servers.
The Italian translation is terrible.
[Version 1.2.4]

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Starless72 replied on 26 Feb 2013
Hi Raf, I can't tell if the GUI has been updated, but it still looks very unusual to me on Mac: how the button bar looks and behaves, the dark borders of the saved connections, the look of the search field, how the menus are structured...
You shouldn't be asking me for suggestions, just have a look at popular native Mac apps or/and read Apple guidelines! ;)
The Italian translation seems much better now.
Regarding the rest, I couldn't test the features because the app detects the previous version has been installed before and so I'm out of the trial period and it doesn't let me connect to servers. Anyway, I bought another VNC client in the meantime... sorry.

Starless72 reviewed on 15 Sep 2012
I bought it and used it for a basic syncing task: sync contacts and calendars with my Android phone.
It worked fine for manual syncs, but the AutoSync feature - which is a must for this kind of software - was always buggy and unstable. I reported the problems to the developers more than one time, and they always provided generic replies saying that they were going to address them soon or later.
It's been one year now, one major version later, nothing changed, and I've had enough: I'm ditching SyncMate and trying to find my own way with the system tools in Mountain Lion.

Please let me understress again: automatic syncing is very badly implemented, you should not rely on it.
[Version 4.0.1832]


Starless72 reviewed on 04 Nov 2011
I recently started using SyncMate for synchronizing my OSX Address Book and iCal with my Google account, and it works great, MUCH better than the related built-in OSX capabilities: using built-in OSX functionality, Address Book cannot sync birthdays, and iCal cannot sync "on my Mac" calendars, forcing you to cumbersome workarounds. SyncMate worked straight from the start instead.
The only missing piece for my needs would be synchronization between iCal todo's and Google Tasks.

One big problem in SyncMate, at the moment, is how the Autosync feature works: it is not a daemon running hidden in the background. You have to keep the application open, and its window pops up and its dock icon bounces for a while every time the automatic sync is started! Very annoying. At least the window is not brought to the foreground, luckily.

Tech support kindly responded in a few days, promising that they will improve Autosync in future releases. Let's hope this happens soon.
They also will investigate on a problem I'm having with Autosync no starting anymore sometimes after putting the Mac to sleep and waking it up again.
[Version 3.1.1684]

Starless72 commented on 04 Jun 2010
I've used Vienna for quite some time now, coming from NetNewsWire, and I'm very happy with it.
But now, on my new i7 MacBook Pro, I discovered that it activates the NVIDIA video card as soon as I launch it! Definitely too much for an application which I always keep running in the background and which has no use for the dedicated video card. Time to switch to anything else? Unfortunately I tested NetNewsWire and it has the same behaviour.

starless72 commented on 29 May 2008
A much needed tool, thanks!
[Version 1.0]

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