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A screw in search of a hammer
Authored by: alec kinnear on Jun 08, '08 06:21:24AM

Peter Maurer is a brilliant program. Along with Marcel Bresink (TinkerTool, TinkerTool System), Peter might be the best system level enhancement Mac shareware programmer out there. Neither Marcel's nor Peter's work will crash or cripple your Mac with background CPU cycles (unlike some other well known shareware developers - i.e., Default Folder over at St Clair Software).

On the other hand, download enhancers are really a solution in search of a problem. What's in the browser works really well and doesn't break on version upgrades. I do use DownThemAll as one of the other posters does, but DownThemAll is built into the browser and fulfills a very specific function: grabbing a bunch of links from a live web page (which really requires the browser for parsing, although it could be done via WebKit).

If you want to try Peter's work, better to start with Butler (if for nothing else, the multiclipboard), Service Scrubber (makes the service menu usable again for power users), TubiTunes (which grabs flash video and converts it to iPod/Quicktime files), Witch (window switcher) or Open With Manager (cut down your right click contextual menus).

I've donated or paid for most of the above, multiple times in the case of Butler, but I still can't see what it is Peter is trying to solve with Leech.

But be sure to visit ManyTricks and try the other great programs.

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