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Mrcheaps reviewed on 27 Nov 2009
I'm updating my review from a couple of years ago because neither the developer or anyone else has done anything to make this software usable. There are demo videos (NOT tutorials) that show that it works, and a few users who claim great things...but many, many more people who can't make heads or tails of it.

Frankly, it doesn't matter how good a program is if you can't figure out how to use it, and if the developer refuses to respond to multiple requests (from multiple users) for clarification.

Plus, now that iMovie has stabilization, that seems a better option for Mac users. Of course, I can't compare the quality of the stabilization because I've never gotten successful results from iStabilize.
[Version 2.2.4]

mrcheaps commented on 28 Aug 2009
I also tried getting the $5.99 upgrade to keep iWow working with Snow Leopard, but the "SRS10038" code given my Michael (from SRS Labs) doesn't work. Sheesh...
[Version 3.1]

mrcheaps commented on 12 Dec 2007
Like many others, I bought iStabilize as part of the recent Mupromo bundle. I've played with the demo and read some positive reviews here, so let me ask - beg, really - that either the developer or someone who successfully uses the program write up some better documentation. The program is entirely non-intuitive, and the current documentation really doesn't help. If you try to use the "quick start" guide just to see what the program can do, you're unlikely to get any results at all (like others here, I couldn't even locate the menu choices the author was calling for...though I finally stumbled over them later). I suspect that this is a good piece of software, which is sadly almost unusable because of the baffling documentation. Please help, someone!
[Version 2.2.3]


mrcheaps reviewed on 28 Sep 2007
I was a reasonably happy registered user of version 1. It "auto-updated" to version 2 and informed me that I'd have to cough up $12. Huh? I nuked the new version but have been unable to restore the old version because SRS Labs has apparently made it unavailable (their installer calls the program from their site). So SRS Labs basically wiped out the version I'd paid for since I didn't immediately jump on their somewhat questionable upgrade. LOTS of people are steamed about this, and it's impossible to think SRS Labs didn't know this would happen (nor have they corrected it). Apart from that, iWow 1 is marginally better than the iTunes equalizer and other settings, but can't keep your simple settings in memory. Sloppy workmanship and poor customer support. Bah.
[Version 2.0]

mrcheaps had trouble on 07 Aug 2008
I used Exces 1.5 a few times, then found that the program wouldn't run anymore - and the two "vault" files that I'd created wouldn't open. 15 gigs of data - out of reach! I contacted the author for help, but didn't hear back...but I found a way to open my files that I thought I'd post in case anyone else has the same problem.

Take your "vault" file and rename it to remove the ".exc" extension (your Mac will ask REALLY? and you'll say "yes"). The file magically turns into a folder, inside of which will be several files including a sparseimage. Doubleclick on that, and you'll get a MacOS message asking for the password (the same one you used with Exces). Once you've entered it, a new window will open with your now-accessible files inside.
[Version 1.5]

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