CNET TechTracker for Mac

Average User Rating:
1.9
out of 177 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0
  • Total Downloads:
    627,225
  • Date Added:
    February 02, 2011
  • File Size:
    1.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC

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  • Current Version

    1.8

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1 stars

"YECCH-TRACKER"

March 04, 2011  |  By Girtuoklis

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.0

Pros

None I could find

Cons

This was totally worthless. It looks like just a front to get you to buy the Plus version.
Yechtracker erroneously indicated much of my software was out of date when it actually was current. Even the links to the so called updated software were bad.

Summary

CNET should be ashamed to offer such a sham.

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1 stars

"Found it Worthless"

March 01, 2011  |  By johndent

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.0

Pros

None I could find

Cons

ID's software I do not have or a version higher than my current. Have to opt out of email on every piece of software

Summary

Waste of time

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1 stars

"Continuous crashes after installing 2.0"

February 24, 2011  |  By cjeremi42

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.0

Pros

The older, 1.x version was quite helpful

Cons

After installation of 2.0, it began crashing repeatedly (every 30 seconds I got a crash report). Luckily I know how to stop this sort of thing...

Summary

If they fix the crash, it is a worthwhile product.

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3 stars

"Bad instructions"

February 18, 2011

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.0

Pros

Generally, it keeps me up to date. Of course, it requires the cooperation of the software publisher to work properly, and that doesn't always happen. I just have to remember which ones, so I don't bother updating them.

Cons

The tracker says "To go to your CNET TechTracker home page...click on 'Open TechTracker page.'" Apparently, nobody noticed that they took that button away. Just how do I get to my TechTracker page?

Summary

Not perfect, but better than nothing.

Updated on Mar 2, 2011

New version, new problem. "Scan" button doesn't work.

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1 stars

"Not playing nice with Mac 10.6.6"

February 14, 2011  |  By johnadowell

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.0

Pros

Used to work with 10.6.5

Cons

No longer working with 10.6.6

Summary

Spend a couple bucks and get a LOT more functionality with MacKeeper.

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1 stars

"So what's the Plus?"

February 14, 2011  |  By Robert Welch

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.0

Pros

None except if you pay for it, you get MacPilot, but I already had paid for that. I can find no "plus" after "upgrading."

Cons

Slow interface, awkward to use for downloading software updates and terribly S-L-O-W email -only customer support.

Summary

I used VersionTracker for many years. Then along comes CJNET which buys it and proceeds to destroy it and finally discontinue it and replace it with TechTracker. Scanning my computer's software for updates kept reporting updates that I had set to ignore or hide. Even one application that I did not have on my computer kept popping up. CJNET could not figure out how to resolve the issue and eventually stopped trying.

I paid for the upgrade to Plus thinking that the "Plus" would be that the thing works. WRONG. I have been trying to two weeks since buying it to get it to work, but their customer service consists only of a response after about one week. The process is so confusing that the support people get lost in the process. CJNET is all about marketing and could care less about customer dissatisfaction.

Don't waste your money on TechTracker Plus. It works no better than TechTracker.

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3 stars

"It seems to be working fine, I do get the notifications"

February 13, 2011  |  By lathangt

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.0

Pros

I think sometimes it works too well, I receive these requests for review from l lot of application developers.

Cons

Do you people actual read these reviews? Is there some way to make these reviews shorter, they are very time consuming!

Summary

Every time these application developers make a little change, they kick out another request (demand) for a review. Are these developers so unsure of the changes they make that they plague their clients with review requests. You must have a lab or techs to test this stuff!

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2 stars

"Needs to be more specific and customizable."

February 12, 2011  |  By fred1480

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.0

Pros

More thorough than Software Update

Cons

Suggests updates that are already installed. Suggests updates for versions of apps that have not been upgraded. The self-download of 2.0 did not execute. Suggests updates that are not required, recommended, or available from the software provider.

Summary

You would think that an app like this would at least be able to update itself. Makes you wonder if the other suggestions and recommendations are correct.

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2 stars

"Not very accurate."

February 12, 2011  |  By bridgesd_dotmac

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.0

Pros

When TechTracker correctly flags an out of date application the update process is very easy.

Cons

Continually flags up to date programs as out of date. I have on many occasions reported the incorrect flagging and nothing has been done to correct the error.

Summary

Don't waste your money on the paid version. Use MacUpdate it is more accurate.

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1 stars

"Don't buy TechTrackerPlus. Just a waste of money!"

February 12, 2011  |  By Karl-Erik Hallenius

 |  Version: CNET TechTracker 2.0

Pros

I can't find any.

Cons

I find a lot of them. Crashes the formerly so nice CNET Download page on my else so nice and reliable Firefox, etc, etc.

Summary

Only creates a lot of problems without any benefits at all. Stay away from TechtrackerPlus and for that matter from the formerly very nice CNET download page. I really hope the good folks at CNET fix the problem. I am now using MacUpdate and it works without a flaw. Very reliable and flexible.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0
Free features:
  • Start searching CNET Downloads directly from the TechTracker software

Plus features:
  • Uninstall software using CNET TechTracker Plus
  • Download all available updates with one click on you're My Software page
  • Start installers right from you're My Software page, or from CNET Downloads
  • Set products to download automatically when updates become available
  • Install products directly from other CNET users lists of software recommendations
General
Publisher CBS Interactive
Publisher web site http://www.cbs.com/
Release Date February 02, 2011
Date Added February 02, 2011
Version 2.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Operating Systems & Updates
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC
Additional Requirements 512MB RAM, Firefox 3+, Safari 3+, Chrome current version, Broadband connection
Download Information
File Size 1.37MB
File Name cnet_techtracker_2_11_48b.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 627,225
Downloads Last Week 1
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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