OT: Essential Mac software we couldn't or shouldn't be without...

Posted by Ben King 
Re: OT: Essential Mac software we couldn't or shouldn't be without...
February 22, 2011 09:32AM
I just want to say a big thank you to all those companies and individuals (Graeme, Andy, Jon, Matthias and others) mentioned in the thread who supply these wonderful apps and extensions (whether commercially or for free) that allow us to circumvent issues and navigate our way through the amazingly complex matrix of technology we are inextricably joined to through our lifestyle and work.

I have sent out a few emails to the companies in question this week - I'd urge any of you guys to do the same and spread some love/gratitude so the people behind these apps know just how appreciated they are!



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Re: OT: Essential Mac software we couldn't or shouldn't be without...
February 22, 2011 08:21PM
In addition to all of the great software mentioned above..

I really like AutoMotion. It's saved the lives of countless, clueless, indecisive producers.

Keylight works well too.

Maybe someone will compile a list and put it somewhere convenient on the LAFCPUG site?

Joe Brown
Re: OT: Essential Mac software we couldn't or shouldn't be without...
February 23, 2011 04:56AM
derekmok Wrote:
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> I used to be technical support for an editing lab
> filled with three years of film grad students --
> around 250 active external drives going in and out
> of that place. DiskWarrior was the "holy saviour"
> in those times. It can rescue drives that appear
> dead to everybody (including Apple's support
> personnel), it can "see" drives that aren't
> visible even to System Profiler and Disk Utility.
> Yes, DiskWarrior only does one thing, but it does
> it remarkably well. TechTool Pro had
> directory-repair functions when I used it, but I
> have a huge bias against TechTool because the last
> time I used it, it managed to push one dying
> system drive over the edge rather than rescue it.
> So instead of a huffing and puffing boot drive, I
> had a completely dead one. DiskWarrior has never
> done that to me.
>

Hi Derek - would you therefore say that a drive which has failed can therefore have it's content recovered and be repaired by diskwarrior?
Re: OT: Essential Mac software we couldn't or shouldn't be without...
February 23, 2011 06:01AM
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Hi Derek - would you therefore say that a drive which has failed can therefore have it's content recovered and be repaired by diskwarrior?

In some cases repairing the directory and the files using Disk Warrior can rescue a seemingly "dead" HDD.

It really depends on the level of damage - if it is not physical damage to the disk (which you cannot always tell) then I would recommend Disk Warrior is your first port of call.

Then there is DataRescue 3 [www.prosofteng.com] which is designed to recover deleted or seriously damaged files. Results vary.

Echoing Derek's comment regarding TechTool Pro; it is useful for the other tests it performs but I strongly suggest you avoid using it to repair the directory of any HDD. Only Disk Warrior in my experience can do this properly.



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Re: OT: Essential Mac software we couldn't or shouldn't be without...
February 23, 2011 01:09PM
Onyx maintenance utility.


AJA's System Test for hard drive speed reads, and their Data Rate Calculator.

Ditto Andreas' Digital Rebellion Maintenance Pack.

Ditto Ben's DH Reincarnation, pretty darn good, just used it on a lousy telecine.
And DH's Videospace. With special thanks for a list with links!

Ditto Nick's QuicKeys, of course. Can't live without it.

Derek brought up a good point about clash between TechTool and DW-- I sense they don't like eachother's directory rebuilds. Dunno why. But I stay away from TT's directory repair function, I leave that to DW. I do use TT for disk optimizing, file defragging, etc.

- Loren

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