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Mindmanager 6 Mac

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Boasting more than 750,000 users on the Windows platform, MindJet's MindManager 6 for Mac is designed to make it easier for users to organise their thoughts using mind maps and organisational charts.

BBEdit 8.5

Monday, September 25, 2006

Mentioning TextMate in a BBEdit review is a dangerous thing. Both apps have, let's say, an enthusiastic following and comparisons are apt to draw flaming emails. Despite both being essentially apps for editing text, the philosophies are clearly different. TextMate is an extreme programming, customise-the-plane-in-flight type app, whose designers have a clear dislike of application preferences, whose feature set is ultra-maleable, designed for Unix wizards, and somewhat short on human-readable documentation. BBEdit is a solid, reliable, get the job done right app; the brown-coat wearing craftsman/artisan to TextMate's B.A. Baracas with a welding torch. But strangely, with 8.5 BareBones seem to have acknowledged at least some of TextMate's arguments.

Terastation Hd Htgl/R5

Monday, August 14, 2006

For small office networks of less than ten people justifying the cost of Mac OS X Server can be difficult, especially where an external supplier handles your email and web services. That's not to say having one wouldn't be useful, but you can just 'get by' with personal file sharing and you can do without the administrative hassle.

Filemaker Pro 8.5 / Filemaker Pro Advanced 8.5

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Historically, FileMaker have an uneven method for numbering their upgrades. Some deserve a full point, and some don't. FileMaker Pro 8.5 offers relatively few features for a half-point upgrade – but when you take into account the improvements they offer to end users solutions, it's more than warranted.

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