MacloggerDX - happy?
I am getting ready to switch to a mac for my radio usage since that is what I use for everything else. In reading the eham reviews, it appears people are happy with MacLoggerDX. I don't mind spending the money once, if the program is the best choice for mac usage.
Are there any users here? Are you happy? Is it possible to convert my AClog data into a format that will easily load into MAcloggerDX? Finally, is it easy to upload into LoTW?
Any other thoughts etc...?
I LOVE MacLogger DX. Started with it, will keep it. I researched and bought MLDX first. Highly, highly satisfied. Updates are top notch.
As for LOTW and other programs, get on the MacLogger Boards and poke around. I've not used LOTW.
No hesitation. I'd buy again in a heartbeat.
MacLogger DX doesn't upload to LoTW...you have to export to ADIF, use TQSL, and then upload. To confirm via LoTW, you have to log into LoTW, download the ADIF file, then import that to confirm in MLDX. Not the smoothest implementation, but Don has said that he doesn't like the LoTW implementation and doesn't plan on incorporating it.
MLDX is a great program, that does a lot of beautiful things in a very typical Mac environment. However, I find that the award tracking leaves a bit to be desired, and the approaches to a few things don't sit quite as well with me. That being said, I've used it on and off for nearly 3 years, and it is still on my computer, and Don provides GREAT support. Also MLDX interacts with CocoaModem fairly easily, so that is a plus.
You might want to take a look at RUMLog (www.dl2rum.de) if you are a big LoTW/eQSL user or award chaser. It is a bit different in the approach, is much simpler in a some ways, but is a great program in its own right. And it is free! Plus, it also interacts with CocoaModem, Fldigi (big plus for me!!!!), WinKey keyers, etc. Basically, it does everything that MLDX does, just in a smaller, not quite as fancy, package. RUMlog is my primary logging software on the Mac. Tom, the developer, is also very proactive in providing updates.
Also Aether Log has some followers, and is another decent logbook implementation with LoTW/eQSL support.
For contest logging, if that is your thing, look for RUMped and SkookumLogger as your Mac-based contest loggers.
If AClog can export to ADIF, then importing to any Mac logbook program should be a snap.
I just recently started using Macloggerdx about a month ago when I got on HF finally. It took a little researching on how to make everything work. I never found step by step instructions for most things but always enough information for me to puzzle it out. Which was pretty easy and didn't frustrate me much. I think it is worth a donation to Don for his program, I gave him a fair amount.
I have not had any problems uploading to Lotw or eQSL. The instructions for both programs on their websites made it pretty easy. The post card from the Lotw program showed up very quickly. I have found that I get different QSL's from the 2 websites, they both offer Award programs you can buy from them. So far for me, using a computer logging program has been much easier than trying to think, type, key, talk and write at the same time. lol
So Macloggerdx is not a bad place to start. Though I look forward to using some of the other Mac logger programs as my experience level grows.
I too use RUMLog and love it. Never used MacLogger DX.
RUMLog here too. Its simple and it works. Upload and Downloads good to both eQSL and LOTW.
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I posted a blog regarding macdxlogger... Its actually a really good program. Easy to use, easy to set up.. easy to import from qrz.com and if you use an iPad like also do, when I hit the road, it does a great job of being easy to use.. I bought both programs for the iPad and my mac..
You do have to get a usb to serial converter, just make sure you get the one that works and has been tested with your radio. I use the keystone which I purchased from amazon. You have to download the new drivers, and the program recognized my FT 950 and 897D with no problem.
I have used MacLogger DX in the past, but am now using Aether.. It's by far the best Mac Logbook program if you ask me, and Andrew (the designer) is very quick to respond with queries, issues, requests etc. It integrates fully with LOTW and is super easy to use. Has Rig Control functionality too...
MacLoggerDX has more functionality, but for me Aether is the best on the Mac. (Mac OS X 10.7 compatible too).
Hope this helps...
I am another very satisfied mldx user