Preston Nevins
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Pres! commented on 14 Dec 2010
I've been using USB Overdrive since 2000, and have been totally happy with it.

I've been running v10.4.8 and just tried installing the newer v3. I don't know if it was a conflict with its own older version or what, but it wouldn't recognize my wireless trackball. So I uninstalled v3 and re-installed the old v10.4.8 and all my settings were still there. I don't want to go digging around in my System folder to troubleshoot it like the support page suggests, so I'll just stay with the old version that seems to be working fine for now.

I don't think I have any other drivers that would have conflicted with v3, so I'm a bit disappointed that the v3 installer wasn't smart enough to clean up after the older version of itself. But since I didn't even get this version functioning I'm not going to give it a rating.
[Version 3.0.1]

Pres! commented on 05 Jan 2010
The author mentions on his blog that the music industry shut down the API that Harmonic relied upon at LyricWiki. Without that access, Harmonic can't grab lyrics anymore, just that useless truncated bit that we get now. He is no more pleased than we are:

The author also started college last fall, so he put Harmonic into open-source here:
[Version 2.3]

Pres! tipped on 16 Dec 2009
The receipt is a bit confusing; If you click on the "Holiday DVD Menu Template Super Bundle 1.0" link it'll just bring you here which is a dead end (though for everything else the link downloads the software). Instead, manually copy the URL text _next to_ the link and paste that into your browser (or into Speed Download :) and you'll be set.
[Version 1.0]


Pres! reviewed on 13 Dec 2007
It's awright...

ReadIris has done a journeyman (i.e. not spectacular) job for me except for a few issues.

First, the 50 page limit is a pain, and they send too many promotional emails. But given that...

Its ability to learn and improve seems to be poor. If I partially OCR a document and correct it as it goes, then abort it and start again, then it surely remembers the corrections I made -- basically I only have to continue my corrections from the point where I stopped. However, this learning appears to be so supremely specific to the particular OCR'ed glyphs that even if I save that dictionary and reload it after opening different pages from the same scanned PDF, it's as though ReadIris has had no training whatsoever. e.g. it again confirms with me what the numeral "3" is, and similar basic questions that I've definitely covered before.

It is apparently pathologically unsure of its recognition of punctuation. I have been asked to confirm quotation marks, dashes, periods, semicolons, colons, and parentheses more times than I can count. And even though it's correct 90% of the time, no matter how many times I say "Yup, you got that right," it still asks me 300 more times. I'd much rather correct the occasional mistake when I proofread the document after the fact, than waste my time having to go through this confirmation step endlessly.

If you load a document, OCR it (theoretically training ReadIris), then load a second document, your previous correction dictionary apparently just disappears and it starts from scratch. Of course that's not much of a loss, given my comment above, but that's a pretty nasty user experience.

I won't even mention that it just crashed on me today on the final page of an OCR job (oh wait, I just did... Never mind!)

Basically if I hadn't already bought it (over a year ago), I'd spend the $70 to upgrade my DevonThink Pro to DevonThink Pro Office to get the same (IIRC) OCR engine with a less-painful interface, by a company that actually speaks to its users.
[Version 11.0.3]


Pres! reviewed on 09 Jan 2007
The design is very nice. Currently there are 17 other pretty currencies (including Canadian :) that you can download from within the screen saver pane of the registered version.

The bills can float through each other from time to time, but if there are lots of 'em you don't notice that so much.

My only picky wish is that there were a way to skew the display toward the higher bills -- a shower of $1 bills feels more pitiful than abundant... :)
[Version 1.0.4]

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