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Omrudi rated on 22 Aug 2013
[Version 0.9.94]


Omrudi reviewed on 08 Oct 2012
Sorry to say that TrackballWorks is incompatible with Mountain Lion for me. I recently did a Clean Install of ML, and from the get-go my preferences for my Expert Mouse Trackball were "forgotten" after a restart. I could only get my preferences back by opening the Trackball preference pane, an annoying chore at launch. The software worked fine in Lion.

Kensington Support use to be stellar. Several years ago I could reach a knowledgeable tech person by phone in 5 minutes. Now, they have enabled a byzantine anti-support system that is outsourced to India. Even though they were already aware of the problem, they required 4 screenshots of "About This Mac" panes uploaded to their site BEFORE they would even talk to me. Two weeks of on-again off-again replies finally led to the revelation that a software fix was necessary. Their solution? "Don't restart your computer". A software fix was projected for the "first quarter of 2013". This is for software that hasn't been updated since July of 2011.

I have been a huge fan of Kensington trackball hardware for over a decade, but alas the current owners are not committed to software support, or a streamlined and useful customer support system. I am hoping they will wake up and make changes for the good in a timely fashion.
[Version 1.1.0]


Omrudi reviewed on 30 Sep 2011
Very cool. Impressive graphics & EFX even on my 24" monitor. Easy to use and configurable. Two layers of subtle sound effects makes it a winner. As a freebie it is a must-have, and not so distracting as to be annoying after awhile. It does take some CPU power to run, but not bad. I'm looking forward to checking out their other offerings, as these guys know what they're doing...
[Version 1.0.0]


Omrudi reviewed on 03 Aug 2010
While the interface & workflow could certainly be improved dramatically, the bottom line is that this is the BEST OCR out there right now. So far I am getting 99.9% accuracy which is amazing to me. So far I have scanned 2 books this week, one a 120 pager, and the other a 90 page typewritten xerox copy from 1982. The only hiccups were as expected: page tears of the original, sub-par scans, and odd-size text of the first letter of the first word. Even slightly askew scans were easily handled.

The biggest and most important tip I could offer is to first get the best scan possible: for text, scan greyscale, 300 dpi. It should be obvious, but start with the best, cleanest original & scan available. (Garbage in, garbage out... )

The workflow that worked best with its rudimentary interface is to do all my scans first to a folder, then launch FineReader and plow through the folder. You can only save as text or RTF, so choose wisely. Do a test to see which works best for your project.

OCR gets 5 stars (forget PDFPen and Adobe Acrobat, I've suffered with them both), and that is what matters the most. The main rating gets knocked a star for rudimentary GUI that could easily be improved. The $99 price seems a bit much (especially since the Windows version is half the price!) but the accuracy for me makes it worth every penny.

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