i've been using arachnophilia (3 then 4)for longer than i care to remember - it's fast, it works, it does almost everything i need. i'd happily pay good money for software as good as arachnophilia 4.0.
i've just tried v5 and it's like a major backward step. it's extremely slow compared to v4, even with only one file open. there seems to be features missing. it doesn't use the standard windows system windows (ie, file open / save etc) and there is (apparently) no way to create a new directory (not very useful!).
arachnophilia 4.0 with 100 HTML files open runs as smooth as a baby's bottom on an old p366 with 64mb ram, 5 IE browser windows open, WS FTP running, Eudora running (collecting mail every 5 mins from 14 mailboxes) and a couple of notepad files open. everything else runs smoothly as well.
on the same machine with just one IE browser open and nothing else running, arachnophilia 5.1 took nearly one minute just to open the "save as" window (only one HTML file open in arachnophilia) and then the save failed.
i've persevered with 5.1 for a couple of days now and i've lost so much development time that i have no choice but to switch back to 4.0 (what a relief!). fortunately 4.0 is still available on his site.
mr lutus explains on his site that the reason he's switched to java is that he finds it immoral to develop software that only works on windows OS. unfortunately he created something that simply doesn't work on windows, the one operating system that the overwhelming majority of people use. i'd guess the switch to java was more to do with his anti-microsoft feelings - if it was merely a cross-platform support issue, surely the code could have been recompiled for the other operating systems?
it's a real shame to see such a good program go to waste like this. i hope mr lutus can release the code for 4.0 to a developer somewhere so it can be updated to the latest standards and ported to other operating systems properly.
as for the "event" that crashes 4.0, i have no idea. i've certainly had a few crashes but they are so few and far between that i simply cannot even guess at what it might be that crashes 4.0 ....