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dave

What is the most frustrating application that you still (begrudgingly) use?

There are some apps that are just miserable and rage inducing, but for some reason we still use them. Perhaps there just aren't any viable alternatives. Or maybe we just enjoy being tortured.

But whatever it is, we still use them. And make sure to let people know we aren't happy about it.

For me, the worst application that I use on a nearly basis is iTunes. It's just utter garbage. Beach balls all the time, slow, the interface itself is just horrible. Opening it up increases my blood pressure, decreases my usually cheery demeanor, and totally ruins what is otherwise a fine day.

This is followed in a close second by iPhoto. Basically the same behavior.

(Seriously, what is with Apple's poor track record with digital media management applications?)

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dave

Speaking of miserable applications...

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groovechicken

This is the greatest statistic I have ever seen.
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LukeARussell

Thanks for the laugh.
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walkej

That's the best..
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dgsdgdf

The Windows command line, but that might just be my Unix bias speaking.
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groovechicken

The first thing that comes to mind is the Finder. Even after Apple made it pure Cocoa, it is still a train wreck. Constant issues when trying to copy large piles of files, disk arbitration problems out the wazoo, and inconsistent ability to show the pixel dimensions of an image in the preview part of the window. My loathing of it has only increased now that I use linux with KDE on all my laptops and personal machines and have been spoiled by Dolphin. Seriously, I don't even try to use the Finder for copying large amounts of files any more, I just open a terminal and use rsync.
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NonyaBiness

"Seriously [...] I just open a terminal..."

Something tells me your disk woes might occur due to user error or weak hardware.
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groovechicken

LOL. I have used every Mac OS from 6 up. I think I know how to use it by now. If you haven't used a Mac long enough to know what FTFF stands for, you wouldn't know what I am talking about anyway. And if you have never had the Finder stop mounting drives on you, then you probably don't use enough external devices simultaneously to know what I am talking about either. But, hey, thanks for the "constructive criticism" anyway.
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Crewton

I agree with the finder problems. I toss around a dozen 10-30 GiB files at a time. I use Fetch to manage the FTP session as doing network transfers with finder is just asking for heartache.
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Met

Skype on Android: Since Microsoft bought Skype, it's been pretty horrible on Android! It crashes way too often.
Android File Transfer: Words cannot express how frustrating this app is. I also hate the Android switch to MTP.
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frankspin

The Android switch to MTP was simply infuriating. I know Apple isn't exactly a gem when it comes to file management but I just feel like Android is making it worse and worse.
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TgD

I agree 100%. But MTP is actually significantly better than the storage system in windows phone 8. It is literally impossible to update my girlfriends HTC 8s because temporary files are clogging the 4gb of storage. No way to delete them. The only way she can update is if she factory resets her phone. Not gonna happen
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DataFiend

The Android Engadget app is exactly what you described: the most frustrating app I begrudgingly continue to use! I hate it. Constantly crashing, having to return to go forward, does not load more than 20 articles at a time, comments take forever to load, no way to enter contests, pictures rarely load correctly, the texts jumps around and messes up the reading position when the pictures actually do decide to load. I get all my tech news from Engadget, but, seriously, the user experience is sub-par.

And I can't stand using the mobile browser to view Engadget either- why does it load the mobile site when I have a 1080p screen? Give me options!
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alexhawker

The android version sounds a lot worse than the iOS one, but it still leaves something to be desired. On my iPad, I just browse the site in Chrome.
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Met

If you're using Chrome on your Android phone, just tick the "Request desktop site" setting in the browser.
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gRagib

  1. iTunes (not so lately since I've switched to Android just to stay away from iTunes)
  2. Adobe Acrobat Pro (unfortunately, I need to use this for work)
  3. Microsoft Access (where do I start... You know how many times it crashes every day?)
  4. Skype (need for work)
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TgD

I honestly don't think iTunes is that bad. There used to be a time when it was very dreadful, but I think its come a long way. Perhaps my speedy SSD is keeping me from beach ball issues.

I do agree with iPhoto, but heck its better than picasa on the mac ;)

I don;t really have any serious complaints though, because once something annoys me enough, I start searching for alternatives.
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baileylo

The app that bugs me the most is messages. I used to use Adium and then gave messages an attempt for a couple months. Tried to go back to Adium but I can't.

The app has UI bugs. Occasionally the message window will become all weird colored. Also I wish it pasted and displayed code snippets better.
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frankspin

Chrome: this started getting so damn buggy for me that I went back to Firefox

Skitch: it's gotten slightly worse since Evernote took over and every time I try to quit I get a sync error

Android file transfer: if you're on OSX this is the only way to get files off your Android phone since the move to MTP and it's easily the worst piece of software I've ever used
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gRagib

I found Chrome to be damn buggy right in the middle of last year. It has improved a lot since the beginning of this year. Can't remember the last time Chrome crashed.

Skitch is a lost cause.

Android file transfer: I use Solid Explorer on Android to export my whole filesystem as an FTP site. I'm sure there are other apps that do the same.
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cass

I'd probably go with Skitch 1.x. I prefer it over the new Skitch because it actually saves copies of the screenshots in your temp folder and not your Evernote account, but it's really, really slow.
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Dignan17

Adobe Premiere - On Windows, I just want an easy to use video editor, and Premiere (or Premiere Elements) is to hard to use for someone like me who only wants the most basic cutting tools. The interface just doesn't make sense to me.

Other than that, I can't really think of anything. I don't usually stick with applications that annoy me for very long. There's almost always an alternative to most annoying pieces of software:

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rimete

Premiere Pro/Premiere is a handful but powerful, but an easy way around that is to cut and edit clips in some of the lower priced video programs. Then do final edit in Premiere and at the least it makes Premiere's learning curve that much easier. I've always been a fan (?) of using another app that takes the pain of the better app as long as it works out. Then in the end I find I don't need the other programs.

One thing about (almost) anything Adobe is that although the price of learning/time investment is high in the end you never want to go back.
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AshHelps

Probably the podcast app
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rdaex

More importantly, why do you continue to reward the bad behavior.
If everyone who hates iTunes stopped using it, they may be forced to improve it to win market share back. As it stands right now, its "screw you, we do what we want."
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Met

Because it's kind of hard to have a Mac and/or iOS device without using iTunes.
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awg0020

My most frustrating app I use daily is the Engadget iOS app. Half of the hyperlinks don't work (I had to use the mobile site just to get here to post this), and it crashes for me often. That being said, I still need my daily dose of Engadget.
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walkej

Microsoft Excel -- Can't use cloud based alternatives for security reasons, not that they solve my problem of death by parentheses anyway... LISP is easier to read!
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hgorijal

Hands down, the Engadgets android app is the most frustrating application that I can not live with out.
-- SLOWWWWW..
-- Crashes constantly
-- Formats inconsistantly/incorrectly, especially, tables and stats..
-- External links open with-in the app and not in browser. Again, formatted horribly.

but.. news is good...
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tetrachromat

Tor browser.

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NonyaBiness

I don't know what Mac you have, but iTunes and iPhoto work great on my MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and my Hackintosh. It sounds like you may need to learn a little more about computer, and maybe upgrade your RAM as well. Your post sounds like sour grapes arising from computer ignorance vs. a true problem with the software.
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