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Ahm reviewed on 21 Jun 2012
I'm a teacher who primarily uses RoadMovie to encode videos with subtitles for my students. I realize there are all sorts of free alternatives to RoadMovie, but the convenience of RoadMovie is well worth the price as I don't have to use several different tools to sync subtitles, add subtitles to a movie, and encode a movie. More importantly, RoadMovie's encoding presets consistently provide better results than what I can get using other tools. Of course, I could probably get even better results if I took the time to learn FFmpeg commands, which can be used in RoadMovie, but, as I said, I use RoadMovie because it saves me time so I can focus on other teaching duties. When I do have issues or specific encoding questions, the support has been terrific; I usually hear back within a day or two and get help until my concerns are resolved.
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Ahm commented on 23 Nov 2010
I am a satisfied customer of both SEE and iTube X, but I have no connection to either company. Whatever conspiracy you detected in my positive reviews of the two products is purely coincidental.

Having communicated with the developers of both products extensively, it is clear that they have no relationship whatsoever. One is a US company and the other is an operation in the Netherlands. The only similarity between the two companies is that both provide timely and excellent support, which is greatly valued by someone like myself who is functionally illiterate when it comes to computers.
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Ahm reviewed on 21 Sep 2010
I have been searching for a replacement to Quicken 2007 since early 2008 when I upgraded to an Intel Mac, and I share the frustration with all those engaged in the same pursuit. Although I don't utilize all the functionality of Quicken 2007, I do use its basic reporting features and have all types of accounts--loans, investments, savings, etc.--with fifteen years of data. My top priority for a Quicken replacement has always been that it can flawlessly import all my data. Needless to say, in the early years of my search, I quickly learned what a hurdle this is for most alternative programs. It wasn't until iBank reached version 3.5 that a financial program could import my data without the need for excessive manual editing. It wasn't perfect, but I was beginning to think it was the best I could hope for, so I decided to replace Quicken with iBank. I used iBank exclusively for over a month before I switched back to Quicken as my primary financial software. Version 3 of iBank had all the features I needed to track all my accounts, but it was painfully slow, and entering data was clumsy at best.

When SEE was first made public, I tried it, but it failed to import my data correctly, so I quickly deleted it from my computer. Over the next couple of months, however, I noticed how frequently it was being updated, so I gave it another shot, and much to my surprise, it imported my data as well as version 3 of iBank had. More importantly, the developer quickly responded to my import issues and within a matter of days, SEE was able to import my Quicken data flawlessly. As I experimented more with the software and came up with more questions, I quickly learned that the support for SEE is second to none, and I was sold on elevating SEE as a possible replacement of Quicken.

At present, I use SEE, iBank 4, and Quicken 2007 side by side, and the only reason I haven't committed to using SEE exclusively is that I'm paranoid it won't be around ten years from now, and I'll have to identify another replacement for it. This paranoia stems from having some of my cherished software failing to make the transition to OS X.

Putting my commitment issues aside, my heart is really pulling for SEE because I find it the snappiest program to use when performing the most mundane financial tasks--scheduling payments, entering data, reconciling accounts. Although it isn't as polished as iBank 3 or 4, it is amazingly advanced for a program that has yet to reach version 1. It handles all my accounts perfectly, and despite iBank's seniority, SEE's handling of loan accounts allows for much greater flexibility. It still needs refining in its ability to handle pre-payments, but it is much easier to hack in this respect than iBank. Although iBank 4 made tremendous improvements in its speed and the ease in which data is entered, SEE is still faster at handling my largest accounts with tens of thousands of transactions. SEE doesn't yet allow for transactions to be entered directly in the register the way one can in Quicken and iBank 4, but once I became accustomed to the keyboard shortcuts in SEE I could quickly tab through the editing window and enter transactions as quickly as in the other programs. In fact, it is still much easier and quicker to enter split transactions in SEE than in iBank 4.

Both SEE and iBank are idiosyncratic when it comes to reconciling accounts as others have complained, but there is great potential in the SEE method. The fact that SEE allows one to download bank statements directly into the reconciling window makes it much easier to compare one's own records with those of the bank. I no longer have to move my eyes from the computer screen to a printed statement or from the application window to a PDF version of my bank statement. Moreover, I can sort both the bank's statement and my records to make it easier to compare records. Inevitably, printed statements always list transactions in a much different order from the order in which I've entered transactions, but having the bank statement within SEE allows one to sort transactions by type, date, amount, etc. Sorting by transaction amount makes it very easy to reconcile one's transactions with those of the statement.

SEE still has a way to go when it comes to rich reporting and budgeting capabilities, but in communicating with the support, I trust that they are sincere in their plans to enrich these features. Besides, such features will never work well or quickly if the underlying data has a poor structure to it. I recently noticed in the iBank 4 support site that version 4 features a whole new data structure to overcome the sluggishness of version 3; this is something they should have been concerned with from the beginning before worrying about fancy pie charts. Judging by the accuracy of SEE's importing and the speed at which it handles 15 years worth of data, I feel SEE is building the proper foundation to a financial software application by making sure the data is well structured.
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Ahm reviewed on 19 Sep 2010
Like many of the other reviewers, I too am continually frustrated with downloaders that don't keep pace with the changing nature of streaming video. When first trying the demo version of iTubeX, it failed to capture the video from China's version of youtube, but after pointing this out to the developer, it took him less than a day to update the program to meet my needs. Such requests to the developers of similar programs seem to end up in a black hole, so needless to say I was sold on the product as I get the feeling the developer will do his best to keep it current.
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