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by ashhunt / September 7, 2010 8:39 AM PDT

The new layout for versiontracker sucks big time give me the old one back. For now I will be using MacUpdate instead. Till you change back by by

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I agree
by taylor1940 / September 7, 2010 9:11 AM PDT

I'm reminded of the saying: If it ain't broke, then don't fix it. But, you couldn't leave well enough alone, could you? Now, VersionTracker is suffering pretty much the same syndrome that afflicted MacFixIt.

My main complaint is that new layout looks cluttered and various extraneous elements intrude on the content. The old VT was easy to use, loaded quickly, and had a clean, tidy appearance.

Also, navigation is not intuitive. For example, the previous means of switching between different iterations of the Mac OS (e.g. Classic, all 10.x, 10.6 only, 10.5 only, etc.) was simple as pie. Now, instead of clicking one button or tab, we have to go to the sidebar and click multiple times to narrow the parameters.

These issues aren't enough to drive me away completely, but I'll certainly be using it less often (and, as a consequence, using MacUpdate more often).

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We want the old VersionTracker back!
by versionTrack22 / September 7, 2010 4:32 PM PDT
In reply to: I agree

It's really confusing, messy layout! Too many colors, too small fonts
How can you find anything at first sight as I was used to in the old-good
simple but efficient VersionTracker?

I agree about MacFixit as well: I did not complain when it was gulped by CNET but I stopped going.

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New Releases page on CNET Downloads
by Aaron.Smith / September 8, 2010 1:45 AM PDT

We're definitely sorry to hear you feel that way! Of course, nothing happens over night, but we're listening and want to make the best site we can for our customers. We'll continue to refine the page over time to improve it, and we'd love to hear your feedback on what you like and what you don't.

Let us know!

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versiontracker is dead
by ashhunt / September 8, 2010 9:10 AM PDT

the posters to this thread are not the only ones who feel this way. See.
Other list servs are reporting the same reaction

"I have used for years (probably since when I joined this
list), and it has now been "absorbed" (for lack of a better word) by CNET
(much like what happened with MacFixIt). I am not in the least bit
enthralled by this transition, particularly with the GUI in navigating the
CNET site. Some of you may already be using this alternative, but the site has a streamlined interface much like had. Just thought you might like to know."

"I'll second that recommendation. I've been using for several years now and have found relatively easy to navigate and frequently gives more then one response to a query for software.
I gave up on versiontracker when things started changing. It's just not worth the hassle."

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Techtracker vs VersionTrackerPro
by jsamtak / October 2, 2010 9:25 AM PDT

If you want to know how to improve the user experience all you have to do is look back at the original VersionTracker Pro. I tried my copy today and saw it was dead so I downloaded Techtracker. What a let down. I doubt I will be spending the extra bucks to get the "Plus" version. Why did you guys have to "fix" it. VersionTracker worked great.

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versiontracke widget killed too
by mhoutman / September 8, 2010 9:19 PM PDT

wow, not only is dead they als killed its excellent dashboard widget. #fail

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New features, ideas, etc...
by Aaron.Smith / September 9, 2010 2:56 AM PDT

If there's something from VersionTracker (like the dashboard widget) that you'd like to see back, let us know! We're listening and want to provide the best features and services to our customers.

Many thanks for being loyal VersionTracker users for so many years. We know how much the site meant to people, and will work hard to make you feel the same way at CNET Downloads.

Aaron Smith

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'Something from VersionTracker that you'd like to see back'
by ScifiterX / September 9, 2010 3:38 PM PDT

Information on previous versions of the applications accessible through a drop down menu and download or at least develop page links those when feasible (as not all software makers maintain old versions of the software).

Information on non update commercial applications and purchase links those when feasible.

Indications of especially popular key programs on the recently added page

Indications on if an app is beta on the recently added page.

If you did all that, I'd consider bookmarking and/or but I don't think I'd ever bookmark the or pages.

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Great suggestions!
by Aaron.Smith / September 10, 2010 2:37 AM PDT

First of all ScifiterX, thanks for a great list of suggestions! I'm taking note of all of them (some of which are already on our list).

This is exactly what we need to hear from users who care about software and want the best, easiest way to browse the latest releases.

Thanks again for providing honest and constructive feedback about what we can do to make things better.


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No problem
by ScifiterX / September 10, 2010 11:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Great suggestions!

I feel if something is worth complaining about, I might as well give the other person the ammo to fix it whether they choose to or not. If they do so, much the better, if not, I can always replace it assuming there is something better out there.

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It is an improvement
by ScifiterX / September 11, 2010 1:37 AM PDT

I see the VersionTracker redirect new goes to which displays the content of This is argueably a step in the right direction but it would actually serve the users better to extend that same idea to so it loads the contents of or based on browser info much like the way loads or or loaded or

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Oh yeah
by ScifiterX / September 11, 2010 1:50 AM PDT
In reply to: It is an improvement
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New VersionTracker Sight hangs Safari
by mapsparc / September 12, 2010 5:39 PM PDT

I agree with the many criticisms mentioned so far. Add to this my frustration at the horrible window which always pops up that causes Safari to hang and the spinning rainbow ball of eternity to thwart any attempt to do anything else in Safari. The window text begins with "VERSIONTRACKER.COM IS NOW OFFICIALLY INTEGRATED WITH CNET DOWNLOADS - THE LARGEST CATALOG OF SOFTWARE IN THE WORLD.

The team who brought you VersionTracker is part of the team that now brings you CNET Downloads; we are the same people who have been with you for years......."

No matter how many times I've checked "Don't Show This Message Again", it pops up. I've trashed all my cookies for the site, but still this horrible window pops up and grinds away at my time and patience. Also windows popup with flash ads right in front of the main content with the option to skip this ad. What gives with this perpetration?

Well you're not the same people I've been with for years. The people I've been with for years (with MacFixIt and VersionTracker) had respect for me and the other readers, kept the pages simple, fast, informative and intuitive in exchange for viewing numerous ads that were well placed and didn't interfere with the core purpose of the page. Fix this or bring back back the old page or you'll lose a lot of previously loyal readers including me.

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Me as well
by ScifiterX / September 13, 2010 8:59 AM PDT

It appears to be a fault under Firefox as well as Safari. I will look under the windows browsers the next time I load it.

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by versionTrack22 / September 13, 2010 9:18 AM PDT

"No matter how many times I've checked "Don't Show This Message Again", it pops up. I've trashed all my cookies for the site, but still this horrible window pops up and grinds away at my time and patience. Also windows popup with flash ads right in front of the main content with the option to skip this ad. What gives with this perpetration?"

Alas, cookies are there for that: throw them away and you will look to cnet as a first time user coming
to their page.
I do exactly like you, clean away cookies when I quit my browsers. I do not like any BigBrother keeping
track of what I'm doing

cnet should take care of this and stop the annoying window..but it's not my problem anymore
at least till some friend will tell me the page has been redone the way we liked it.
I come here just for this thread when I see a new post, hoping in a miracle

Tips for cnet: just go back to the page we were used 3 years ago and please do the same with MacFixit
Thanks, a lot, if you could do that

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Into the crapper we go
by ggrieble / September 16, 2010 4:03 AM PDT
In reply to: why

Agree with previous comments about the annoying popup and about the site appearance. The Version Tracker layout worked well but you guys just had to "fix it" (ahem). Now it sucks. I'll be trying MacUpdate as well.

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Stop and think!
by RolloverMe / September 23, 2010 4:30 PM PDT
In reply to: Into the crapper we go
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Popup should be fixed...
by Aaron.Smith / September 16, 2010 4:19 AM PDT
In reply to: why

Just a quick note to let people know that the issue with the popup message reappearing after checking the "Do not show again" box has been fixed.

I'm sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused, and hope you'l continue to let us know when you run into similar issues.


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Not really...
by weasel-boy / October 3, 2010 4:25 PM PDT

"Just a quick note to let people know that the issue with the popup message reappearing after checking the "Do not show again" box has been fixed."

Yeah....maybe on the planet Aaron....but not here. Those damn popups keep coming up, no matter how many times I click the Do Not Show Again box. Whoever told you this was fixed lied to you. It aint fixed.

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It's a sad mess
by Coyne / September 22, 2010 8:30 AM PDT
In reply to: why

Not only is the layout a mess, but I tried the TechTracker and it's simply wrong on just about everything. About 90 % of the stuff it shows that are supposed to be out of date, are not. The other 10% are things that I'm fine with the version I have and/or it's older versions of software that I have updated but cannot get rid of for various reasons.

Worse, there doesn't seem to be any place to contact and say "this ain't working, it's broke!!!!"

If the VersionTracker team are now part of CNET, I have a hunch they are locked up in the basement begging for water.

CNET, have you no shame, have you no pity? Give them water, for the love of god, give them water!!!!!!

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You can use the Feedback link...
by Aaron.Smith / September 22, 2010 9:42 AM PDT
In reply to: It's a sad mess

Hi Coyne,

I'm sorry to hear you feel that way. If you're encountering problems with TechTracker's accuracy, we definitely want to hear about it!

You can quickly provide feedback about errors you find about specific software applications by using the Feeback link for the software in question. This link should appear next to the software name on your TechTracker My Software page, right next to the link that expands the Info & Settings pane.

I hope that helps. Thanks for trying out TechTracker!


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Mac OS X Daily Update list slow to load +
by mapsparc / October 3, 2010 10:11 AM PDT

Thanks for fixing the popup. Another major problem is the slowness of the download list in Safari. I've even disabled the prefetch, but Safari still stalls when presenting the list. Another thing I don't like is that you don't include the version number in the downloads list in the "Mac OS X Daily Update" email I registered to receive. In the previous incarnation, the version number was very useful. Please bring it back to the email update.

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New Versiontracker sight .... FAILED !!!
by sbradfo_dotmac / September 13, 2010 11:38 PM PDT

this was my default page...
my goto page...
the was the site I would send my clients to, for TRUSTED updates

now, it's just another clutter filled, small print page that ... I will not recommend or go back to

why did CNET buy this site ?
were they buying a profitable biz ... or killing the competition ???

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Slap in the faceq
by Cowicide / September 15, 2010 5:34 PM PDT

Deleting all the versiontracker community's reviews & rating was a major, unforgivable and STUPID slap in the face.

Bye, ********.

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User reviews and ratings will be migrated...
by Aaron.Smith / September 16, 2010 2:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Slap in the faceq

Hi Cowicide,

Rest assured, we are in the process of migrating all VersionTracker user reviews and ratings into CNET Downloads. It's going to take a little time to get them moved over, as we're dealing with two completely different systems.

We know how important your reviews are, and we're working to keep all of them around and available.


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Couldn't agree more
by xkont / September 17, 2010 9:20 PM PDT
In reply to: Slap in the faceq

We just lost this great site to find discuss and even understand software... good byes from me too

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It's a shame
by xgerrit / October 4, 2010 4:55 AM PDT

I've been a VersionTracker reader for literally years. I was well aware of and made the choice to go to VT... Like many VT readers I suspect. Now they've officially put the bullet in VTs head, you're going to make me go to MacUpdate? Hopefully they will blossom to fill the void.

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by michaelelliott_dotmac / January 19, 2011 10:07 AM PST
In reply to: It's a shame

The "new" versiontracker sucks.

Hate the popups over every entry. Hate the small font size. Hate the hidden links to the developer's site.

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