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thebrix reviewed on 04 Aug 2008
Great application - in principle, what it does is duplicated by Secure Notes in Keychain or 1Password (should you own that), but it is perfectly tailored for entering registration details and nothing else. It also feels entirely Mac-like - unlike KeePassX, which is probably its nearest competitor.

The randomised password generator is also worthwhile; speakable passwords, which have combinations of letters reflecting written English but are not English words, are particularly useful (and memorable, as it turns out).

A couple of minor issues are that passwords are at maximum 255 characters long (one of my registered applications has a 536-character password, for some reason) and attachments are not supported - binary "passfiles", to coin a word, are occasionally used in lieu of ASCII passwords. But these are enhancements, not issues!
[Version 1.8]

thebrix commented on 21 May 2008
I find this the best ad-blocker for OS X; it is better than those provided by individual browsers (e.g. OmniWeb, Camino) or supplied as add-ons (e.g. AdBlockPlus, Saft, PithHelmet).

The configuration front end for OS X is a start; although there is no need to alter the configuration (in my experience) if you need to do so you have to edit text files, although they are well presented and commented. I hope that the front end progresses to a full preference pane, as is suggested.

The only weakness is that the installation is not fully automated; you have to edit global network settings to add the proxy ( port 8118). However, doing so is relatively easy as that configuration is via the Networks preference pane ...

Once that is done a bonus is that all Web connections (e.g. to RSS readers) pass through the proxy and are filtered.
[Version 3.0.8]

thebrix commented on 18 May 2008
I can now recommend this application - the 100% CPU issue was fixed in beta 6 (and continues to be fixed in beta 7).

CleanApp works superbly, (almost) fully removing even applications which spread files and folders all over the place - Opera 9.5 beta and Firefox 3 are good examples. The (almost) is because redundant Growl tickets are not removed; that is the only minor omission I have found.

My other caveat is that you have to be careful when removing browsers - for some reason files downloaded by the browser (not part of it) are marked for removal. This nearly led to a couple of PDF files being lost when I uninstalled Opera ...
[Version 3.0b7]


thebrix reviewed on 18 May 2008
Back after a month or so of using it. It is still the best ebook reader I have used (and I have used a few, both on PDAs/smartphones and on desktops) because the authors have taken a great deal of effort to present books clearly. I was surprised, on briefly using an Amazon Kindle, to find out that Gutenberg texts are presented as they are input, with no attempt to clean them up.

The previous commentator is misguided because there is a big distance from a raw ASCII file downloaded from Project Gutenberg's Web site to something which is reasonably pleasant to read on-screen; all texts contain lengthy doses of boilerplate legal and licensing information and, especially with older text, hard formatting (chapter headings, page headings, page numbers, tables of contents etc.) which takes no account of the actual screen size and looks dreadful on anything not 80x24 (?) characters. As well as the hyphenation bug noted earlier ...

I mark Voluminous down slightly because I still feel it is a bit expensive and because the new output to text file outputs the original Gutenberg text, not the parsed and cleaned text (which shows how untidy the raw text frequently is!) - a slight annoyance.

Now ... can we have an Apple ebook reader?
[Version 1.0.3]

thebrix commented on 26 Apr 2008
Very slick - simple but powerful interface with Spotlight-like searches for anything and with a lot of nice touches (for example, resize the window and the book text resizes accordingly), and the full screen view is particularly good; I am also impressed by the inbuilt styles, which are clear and effective without distracting effects or bright colours.

The application automatically putting books into Library of Congress categories is very helpful when trying to find things, although it is a pity that about 40% of the Gutenberg catalogue appears not to be classified at the moment.

The only minor problem I have come across at the moment is that hyphenation is not removed or redone - I see text such as "bor- rowed" and "news- papers" in the book I am reading. However, having tried to do this sort of thing in the past, I know how hard it is to knock glitches out of Gutenberg text, and the authors have done an excellent job for v1.0.

Some might think that the application is a bit expensive (£15/$30) for what it does, but there is a lot going on under the bonnet and I will be buying it soon.
[Version 1.0]

thebrix commented on 25 Apr 2008
The 100% CPU issue is confirmed here as not fixed - it happens several times a day, often when nothing particular is happening with respect to installing or uninstalling.

It would be great if it could be fixed, as uninstallation is very effective if a bit overenthusiastic on occasion - if you uninstall a browser, say, everything that was downloaded by the browser is marked for deletion, although you can manually remove the marks before the deletion physically takes place.
[Version 3.0b5]

thebrix commented on 25 Apr 2008
"Doesn't look like a Mac application" - but it has come on by a mile since 9.27 and is close to being my primary browser. The bookmark synchronisation is great and even works between PC and Mac versions!

The killer, alas, is that 1Password isn't supported (and, from the Agile forums, appears to be unsupportable). Trying to get round this by installing AllBookmarks then setting Opera as primary browser fails narrowly - the Web page pointed to by the 1Password saved password entry opens correctly, but the password isn't filled in. Opera is clearly "closed" in other ways with regard to security - for one, saved passwords are held in a proprietary format (Wand), not the Keychain, which I am slightly dubious about.

Oh well, Safari remains my primary browser but Opera is now secondary ...
[Version 9.5b2]


thebrix reviewed on 26 Jan 2008
Wonderful application. There are a lot of sometimes hugely overpriced personal finance programs, and this one has the right price (after I donate) for the tasks I do; I use a Numbers spreadsheet to manage investments and iCompta to manage day-to-day accounts. If you want an application to do both, look elsewhere; iCompta is designed for day-to-day work.

Being able to put in amounts straight away after first starting up then tidy things up later (no need to input tiresome "categories" or "classes") and everything being presented on one screen where it can be edited in place are probably the most useful features, but the presentation overall is first-rate.

Earlier versions were slightly buggy, but this one seems sound; I see that even little but annoying bugs, such as the Date field for transactions being clipped, have gradually been worked out.
[Version 1.6]

thebrix commented on 28 Dec 2007
A great example of "no fuss, it just works" software.

Very fast - much faster than on Leopard - no problems with IMAP (perfect synchronisation, and one of the few clients I have ever used which has not added its own folders, unasked, to the server tree), complete control over what message content downloaded (omit embedded images and/or remote images and/or HTML, and the omissions always work) and the feature set is just right; no glitz and no unimportant options presented up front, unlike Mailsmith or Thunderbird.

As others note, $18 is a bargain!
[Version 1.5.7]


thebrix reviewed on 17 Dec 2005
Brilliant. I am a registered user of both Shrook and NetNewsWire (and have wavered between the two over the past couple of years) but Vienna trumps both of them. The author has realised that the point of a RSS reader is to read news and developed the user interface accordingly. Fast, full keyboard operation, no toolbar, no popups, no "statistics" or other irrelevancies getting in the way of feeds, preview and full article - and the tabbed opening of linked Web pages behind the two right-hand panes is an excellent idea.

At last, an RSS newsreader which feels comfortable on a 12" screen!

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