“.Mac has been a mixed bag since its introduction. It’s always been helpful, but never strong enough to make the $99.95 yearly fee a bargain. We’re impressed that Apple has never raised the price and that users can work seamlessly with their .Mac tools from within the OS and various iLife apps (for example, creating an online photo album from within iPhoto). But at the same time, .Mac still doesn’t feel essential or robust enough,” Troy Dreier writes for PC Magazine.
Among the “Pros” of .Mac, Drier writes, “1GB of online storage (up from 250MB). Groups tool for creating online shared spaces. Provides online access to e-mail, bookmarks, and contact info. Ties in with many Apple applications.” .Mac “Cons” according to Drier, “Backup tool no longer shows how much iDisk space is in use. Backup hides advanced controls. Suite no longer offers antivirus utility. Too little storage space.”
Drier gives .Mac and overall score of 3 out of 5 stars.
Full review here.
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