Tony Wight
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Wighta reviewed on 13 May 2012
I have been using successive versions of Smart Scroll for many years now. I rate it as an essential addition to my Macs. I have found the developer to be consistently diligent & competent, and he always replies to bug reports. By its very nature, it is certain to be incompatible with some versions of some apps. Simply turn it off for incompatible apps from within the prefs pane. The developer obviously can only test a tiny fraction of the countless millions of possible system configurations for compatibility. So revert to an older version of SmartScroll if that doesn't work. [You did save the older versions ?] So today I upgraded from 3.9.1 to 3.9.4, as v 3.9.2 & 3.9.3 did not work well for me.
[Version 3.9.4]




Wighta rated on 23 Mar 2012
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Wighta commented on 23 Oct 2010
This feels like a direct Windows port i.e. fairly horrid to a long time Mac User. From IBM's web site it is clear that though there are Mac & Linux versions it is primarily meant as an alternative to Office for Windows users. It is based on current OpenOffice.org 3.0. I prefer NeoOffice, which is also based on current OpenOffice.org 3.0, which much more Mac friendly.

Why bother with such software, even if it is free? I see them as being primarily document conversion utilities i.e. you can open Windows documents and then save them out as PDFs. Alternatively one can transform Mac documents into a form Windows users can readily handle. And why install it if you have already installed NeoOffice? Well, it might just happen to handle a Windows document better than NeoOffice. That's why I have Adobe Reader---I rarely use it except when Skim or Preview or PDFpen cannot successfully print a particular PDF file.

Incidentally, before you can download you will have to give your full contact details but can then opt out of being contacted by them. And when you do download, be sure to select the non-default option of download via http as their applet crashed Safari on my 10.5.8 system.
[Version 3.0]



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Wighta tipped on 19 Sep 2010
please note that version 6.2's system requirements, according to pp.10 of its manual are ,"System Requirements:
pro Fit 6.2 has been developed for Mac OS® 10.6 or better. Compatibility with earlier systems has not been tested, even though pro Fit 6.2 will probably also work (mostly) on MacOS 10.5."

plus the beta version of 6.2 also needs a valid rego. code for version 6.1
[Version 6.2.0B5]



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Wighta reviewed on 12 Aug 2010
Deep Sleep 1.2 is a freeware open source DashBoard widget that will transform how you use your desktop Mac. Incidentally with the release of version 1.2 it is now compatible with Mac OS 10.6.x according to the detailed clear user guide. I'm still on 10.5.8, so I can't speak from experience on this. I am using a mid 2007 model of the Mac Mini, and I can now put it into hibernation with one click and with no use of Terminal by me. Hibernation combines the advantages of Safe Sleep with shutting down your Mac i.e. it uses no more electricity than if it was turned off but your currently open applications are exactly as you left them once you awake your desktop Mac with one push of the On/Off button. Entering hibernation takes about 30 seconds---at first it appears to have simply gone into ordinary Safe Sleep as the little LED at the front of the Mac does the usual sleeping slow blinks several times before it goes out. On waking there is no startup clime when you push the On/Off power button, and waking takes roughly 30 seconds or so i.e. much faster than booting up from Off.

Some comments have queried the fact that on the very first occasion you click upon the installed widget it asks for you admin password. Well, I have LittleSnitch installed, and I have not been alerted to any attempts at outboard communication by the widget. Also it is open source so the source code is freely downloadable if you should wish to examine it for any possible naughty aspects.

Note that Deep Sleep will not work with some older models of desktop Macs, see the pdf documention for details.
[Version 1.2]


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Wighta replied on 12 Apr 2012
I can now confirm that Deep Sleep widget v.1.2 works perfectly under Mac OS 10.6.8 which I have been running under on my Mac Mini for about 2 months now.
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Wighta commented on 18 Feb 2010
The changes in 2.31 are described at http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~koch/texshop/changes_2.31.html
[Version 2.31]



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Wighta commented on 18 Feb 2010
The changes in 2.31 are described at http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~koch/texshop/changes_2.31.html
[Version 2.31]



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wighta tipped on 12 Sep 2009
Are you too getting annoyed at the way SD attempts unsuccessfully to update its componehts every time you launch it--- spanning the last several versions, currently at v.5.2.5 ? I'm using 10.5.8 on a 2007 MacMini. I followed the various advice on the SD Forums but none of it worked for me : Corrected the permissions of the Scriptng Additions folder, did a manual download of a fresh copy of the SD dmg, & eventually I did a full uninstall with Uninstaller v.1.0.2. and then reinstall.

Before System X, the advice was always to do installs with the Extensions Off. So I tried the System X equivalent=Safe Mode= hold down Shift key until you hear the tone when restarting and then enter the Admin Password once you are prompted to do so. So I restarted in Safe Mode then launched SD then clicked upon Update Components and this time it worked. It beachballed briefly and then it was fine. End of problem.
[Version 5.2.5]


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wighta commented on 12 Sep 2009
The steps detailed on the Yazsoft link are the very ones I detailed in my original tips/hint above that had not worked for me.
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wighta commented on 04 Sep 2009
Yep 2.0.0 b2 can either be used as a beta which expires after 30 or so days, or one can opt instead for paying for the upgrade if you registered your copy of Yep 1.x before July1 st 2009. If you registered on or after July 1st, you existing rego. code should work for Yep 2 as well. The upgrade fee is $14.00 US, done as a discount of $20 to the normal purchase price of $34 for Yep. When you click upon the Buy Online button, it recognises your your copy of Yep1 is registered and it pops up an alert box telling you of the existence of the discount and it pastes a discount code into your Clipboard. The actual discount is only disclosed at the final payment page of Kagi or Paypal, just before you click upon the Complete purchase button. I just did all this, so this is my recollection of it. I figured that the authors deserve paying something for all their hard work.
[Version 2.0b2]


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wighta replied on 05 Sep 2009
I am getting this information from having experienced doing the upgrade, "I just did all this, so this is my recollection of it." as I wrote in my original comment. Someone asked what the upgrade fee was, so I wrote what it had been for me & how the upgrade was actually done as the procedure was somewhat convoluted IMHO.
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wighta replied on 07 Sep 2009
Actually, Jim Neumann did not write that I got it wrong but rather that other upgraders might have different experiences, i.e. prices could be different for different upgraders on other occasions, and that my description was not an official statement from Ironic Software. Both points are perfectly reasonable IMHO. It would seem that they wish to retain the option of some component of dynamic pricing of upgrades whilst deflecting any frivolous potential litigation by silly people.
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Wighta had trouble on 14 Jan 2011
Postbox 2.1.2 b1 crashes upon launch on my MacMini under Mac Os 10.5.8.
The system requirements are listed on the developer's website as ,

"Macintosh
Mac OS X 10.5 and later
Intel Core processor family
At least 1 GB of RAM
At least 200 MB of available space on your hard drive (large email accounts may require more space for indexing)

My system exceeds these requirements
"
[Version 2.1.2b1]



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