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    "Automatic updating is a disaster"

    December 22, 2011  |   By Al_Q--2008

    Pros

    Claimed to let you select software needing update then do the actual download. Would be great if that were true.

    Cons

    The automatic download "feature" keeps downloading copy after copy of programs that are out of date, even if those programs were "hidden" on the list because the new version is an unwanted paid update. Before I killed the program it had downloaded more than 20 copies of the latest iPhoto, along with many copies of other programs (one of which I have never owned). Whenever I stopped one download thread it would start another.

    It's like DIsney's Sorcerer's Apprentice. Once started it won't stop, and there seems to be no way to control what it will download.

    Summary

    It used to be a helpful assistant that reported on outdated software. The current version is a buggy disaster.

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  • Reply by surfnlady on January 1, 2012

    I agree! Previous versions of this utility just notified me of updates and I could pick and choose which ones I wanted to download and skip or hide ones I didn't want. Now it just downloads any new updates it finds without asking if I want it. Most of it I DON'T want, either because I prefer to download updates from within the application itself from the developer of the application or because the update is a paid upgrade and I am not ready to update or don't plan to upgrade.

    Please change the utility back to the way it was! I'm getting very tired of cancelling downloads that I did not authorize! Or having to delete files if the utility downloaded updates I do not want while I was away from my computer.

    Why anyone thought forced automatic updates as a default with no option to change to manual was a good idea is beyond me!

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