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Monday, April 21, 2008

Review and tip: Leap!

Leap is part of the MacUpdate 10 applications bundle (learn more about the bundle or buy it here). Leap is the kind of application that I had no idea I needed, but once I started using it, I started referring to it every day. I think the standard Spotlight is great for a quick search, but Leap is so much more advanced. It is hard to describe exactly what it does, the best way to understand is simply to check out the trial. Apart from that, the interface is very nice and it has the shiny iTunes look. The experience of browsing through files is simply remarkable. You really feel like you are using something part of the system as Quick Look works and simply double-clicking a files loads it just like the Finder would. A cool feature that I have found is that if you press "Option" and move the mouse over files, a loupe similar to the one in Aperture appears. It is also possible to customize the loupe in the preferences.

Don't forget to check out the tip posted earlier today.

6 Comments:

Blogger Dave said...

I bought Leap back when it was in Beta. Well, I pre-purchased it. :)

It's an extension (super set) of the program Yep.

If you like taking your files/applications to aid in finding those files/applications later, then Leap is a great program. It helps you tag files that haven't been tagged yet, and has a great search system for locating files that have been tagged.

Now that Leopard doesn't destroy Spotlight comments when updating programs, tagging using Spotlight comments is a huge tool for someone who likes to tag files/applications.

I really agree with the author here. Check out Leap and Yep for that matter and you will probably find yourself buying them not long afterword.

April 20, 2008 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger the.eremite said...

I looked at the Yep/Leap website. I haven't purchased either, but I'm really excited about the idea of organizing pdfs by meta data. Is there any reason to get Yep over Leap?

April 21, 2008 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Leap basically does everything Yep does but with all kinds of files instead of just PDF files.

Yep has built in viewers to aid in reading PDF files, but that seems to be all I can see. Leap doesn't have the built in viewer, but it's got amazing organizational tools to aid in tagging files and helping locate them later.

I wound up buying both. I got Yep via a software bundle and Leap as a deal if I already had Yep.

April 21, 2008 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Vance said...

I feel kind of ripped off here. The Developer wants $60 to unlock Leap so really Leap was not part of the bundle. Well fool me once and shame on you fool me twice and shame on me. I won't be purchasing another bundle.

April 28, 2008 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

@Vance: What? Did you email the developers? Before Leap when final (out of beta), I sent an email to make sure that I would get the discount when I bought Yep.

I only paid $34 for both Yep and Leap. Mind you, I did this before Leap was released, but still.

I see now that they are asking quite a bit for Leap. If I were to have found out about it now, would I buy it now. Path Finder is only $35 and has a lot of power, but Leap is pretty amazing. Is it as useful as Path Finder? Hmm. I guess I probably wouldn't get Leap now. I sure would be pining for it.

April 28, 2008 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

@Vance:

It is included with the bundle. The serial is provided on the online receipt. It is not emailed to you. You can access the online receipt by logging in on mupromo. There is a link to the receipt at the bottom of the page.

April 28, 2008 at 2:02 PM  

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