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Osxzilla reviewed on 17 Dec 2009
(Mini Review)
Downloaded the demo, and ran it a bit. I'm looking for a simple teleprompter that gives me easy access to making adjustments. PromptDog almost does it, but not quite.

Editing text is simple, as is the ability to import text.

Bringing up the prompt window provides some good control along the left side of the window, including Line Spacing (YAY!) and text size. Very nice. You can also control the opacity of the arrow marker, as well as its position (left, right or both). A pair of timers are located at the bottom of the column, with the upper timer showing Elapsed Time, and the bottom one showing Estimated Total Read Time. Again, nice features!

The deal-breaker for me concerns the actual "Start Prompting" function. In my experience, I instinctively hit the space bar to start prompting. The button at the top of the left column responded by switching to "Stop Prompting" as it should, but the text did not move. So I scrolled with my mouse, and the text started to move. Too slowly, so I dialed it up a bit more. I looked for feedback regarding my speed, and saw none. I then hit the space bar to pause the text, and then tapped it again to start it up, expecting that it would continue at the last pace I was using.

Nope. Your speed is back to zero, and you're back to guessing the correct pace. fyi, I also tried the above by clicking directly on the "Start Prompting" button and using the Arrow keys. Same result.

There appears to be NO speed indication visually available, and having the speed reset to zero each pause seems to me counter-productive. Perhaps I have overlooked something, and I invite the developers to correct me.

Otherwise, for the price, I continue my search...
[Version 1.1.6]


Osxzilla reviewed on 27 Oct 2009
As Nikon had yet to update their Camera Control Pro 2 software to work with Snow Leopard, I went looking for an alternative to communicate with my new D3x and my laptop.

After installing Sofortbild, I tethered my camera, and fired up Sofortbild. It instantly recognized my D3x and displayed the current settings.

I don't use iPhoto, nor LIghtroom. I manage my files through Adobe Bridge, and set the location of captured images from Sofortbild's Preferences window accordingly.

Through the Sorfortbild interface, I was easily able to change my settings as needed and take a shot. The captured image displayed beautifully and quickly. I clicked the green maximize button, and brought my image to full screen.

I then tried out the Bracketing feature, and that worked flawlessly. Much more control and flexibility than what is built into the camera.

I used the software for the rest of the day (I was actually testing during a live shoot) and it only crashed once. I shoot in RAW which yields, from this camera, 24.3 MP. Perhaps that somehow had something to do with my one crash.

The only display issue I ran into is if I chose to shoot in the TIF format. I could take a picture, but Sofortbild's display screen would stay black. Changing the setting back to RAW on my D3x then resulted in normal behavior in Sofortbild.

The only three suggestions I would make:
1. Remember last screen position/size upon relaunch of app.
2. I realize Sofortbild isn't a file viewer, but it would be great to be able to view a previously taken image.
3. Fix the TIF display issue

Overall, I'm extremely pleased with this app, and intend to use it on all of my shoots and see no reason to go back to Camera Control Pro 2. (Which, as of today, is still not updated)

Great job!
[Version 1.0.1]

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