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Sothink Logo Maker 1.0 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Sothink Logo Maker 1.0

You don't have to be a professional logo designer to make high-quality company logo, business logo, web signature, button, icon, etc.
$35.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 350 (70%) 148 (30%) 70 comments

Sothink Logo Maker 1.0 was available as a giveaway on March 23, 2010!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$19.99
free today
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It is an intuitive and extremely simple logo creator for you to design logo in minutes. You don't have to be a professional logo designer to make high-quality company logo, business logo, web signature, button, icon, etc.

It offers rich built-in templates, preset color & effect styles, and well designed logo images, which will fully satisfy your needs and make your logo unique. The great editing capability also ensures a smooth and pleasant logo design process.

System Requirements:

Windows Vista/ XP/ 7

Publisher:

SourceTec Software Co.

Homepage:

http://www.sothink.com/product/logo-maker/index.htm

File Size:

11.2 MB

Price:

$35.00

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I concour that the key they provided expired without notice, and will not reactivate as it checks using their online server and that rejects it completely.

Personally I never needed to use it after the initial activstion and only discovered it had expired when I saw todays giveaway was version 3.5 and wanted to see what if any version I had already installed to see if it was worth betting the new version... needless to say after finding out I had version 1.0 but that the vendor had invalidated the license which is against the GAOTD T&C I chose NOT to install the crippleware version 3.5 basic version that requires significant personal information to activate since they have shown prior form when it comes to being untrustworthy.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago
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shows expired registration expired after about a week. Can't use anymore. Was pretty good when it worked

Reply   |   Comment by Malbo  –  5 years ago
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Hello--I downloaded this and activated it successfully. I used it for a few days and made some nice test logos. When I went back this week, however, it says it is not activation/not registered! All logos now have the Sothink watermark all over them. It does show giveaway of the day as the user, and has a long registration code, but says it is "expired". ???? I contacted Sothink support several days ago and have not received anything back. In their support forum there is a known issue with Vista doing this same thing....but their fix didn't work since re-submitting the code which they have as invalid/expired. Please help!

Reply   |   Comment by gail  –  5 years ago
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I am not a graphic artist, but I play one on tv. This tool makes me convincing. Kudos.

Reply   |   Comment by HDAunoy  –  5 years ago
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While this program might be nice for some people, I have to point out that anything created with a program like this cannot be copyrighted/trademarked. Just check an advertising law book. So, this isn't that great for small-business owners who think that they're getting a great deal....

Reply   |   Comment by lotiel  –  5 years ago
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I am taking a web design and marketing class. Our homework assigned today was to make a logo for the web site if the company we were working on did not have one. Found this and in 10 minutes I had a logo made for my company and the teacher marveled at it.

For those complaining that it does not make raster graphics but makes pixel graphics, that is true. For most of what people need this program will work. If you need something that good, you better get photoshop or GIMP.

Reply   |   Comment by Docbob  –  5 years ago
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I am getting: "Your computer time is incorrect. Error code 4. Please contact customer service."

My computer time is correct, btw. Can anyone help with these error codes?

Reply   |   Comment by poochie  –  5 years ago
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I was pleasantly surprised by the good results I got. A few days ago I spent hours developing a logo in a complex graphics application. I did a different logo for the same product using Sothink in just minutes and the Sothink logo was much better.

Limitations can be a blessing in disguise. By forcing you to keep the design simple, you can often get very good results. If I want variations I can go back to my complex tool and redesign it there. On this basis Sothink is a good preliminary tool to try a few basic ideas. Later, if any of them look good enough to develop further, you can go to a more complex tool.

Reply   |   Comment by Tony Osime  –  5 years ago
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Does not activate on Vista. 30-day trial version only. Message says "activating, please wait..." Never activates. Using dual core pro, Vista and 12 mpbs broadband connection. What a joke.

Reply   |   Comment by Bart  –  5 years ago
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i like it. im gonna use this for making small logos for things like youtube and twitter, etc

Reply   |   Comment by beans4028  –  5 years ago
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I have played around with the software and it comes up very short for $35.00 (the price they are charging)

You can walk into a store and purchase a quality piece of software for $9.99 in the value software section and get your logos created.

Don't know what is in the creators minds that they think the software is worth this much but oh well. If its free its free.

Reply   |   Comment by Jason Carver  –  5 years ago
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Installed fine on win7 desktop, for some odd reason won't register on Vista Laptop, keep getting wont connect to activation server error

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  5 years ago
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Hope to see more from SoThink, they have some good products.
Probably need a few more features before I would pay the retail price though.

Thanks GAOD an SoTHink !!!

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  5 years ago
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Dear our valued users,

Thanks for using Sothink Logo Maker(http://www.sothink.com/product/logo-maker/index.htm)!

We appreciate very much for all the useful comments you left.

With your sincere support and suggestions, our team will continue upgrading the current programs and developing new products.

Please feel free to contact us at support@sothink.com if you have any question regarding the program.

Thanks very much for your support!

Enjoy yourself:)

Reply   |   Comment by Sothink Support  –  5 years ago
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Hmmm...I entered the codes...the little "activating software" box comes up. Been 15 minutes and it hasn't gone anywhere. Even tried reinstalling it and the same thing. Oh well, I have lots of software like this. Fav is Draw Plus and I think you can get that for free. It has a logo creator, as well.

Reply   |   Comment by Gil  –  5 years ago
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this looks like AAALogo clone to me :p

Reply   |   Comment by Demonz  –  5 years ago
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To #21: same happened here, inserting the user and key (from the readme file) into the registration display solved it. No other problems here, looks nice.
WinXP-PRO-SP3.
Eldad

Reply   |   Comment by Eldad  –  5 years ago
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I get an error when I try to register this program - it tells me it can't find an xml file in a Temp folder. WinXP SP2. I've tried uninstalling, reinstalling, looking for an xml file in the Temp install folder during installation ... no luck so far. :-(

Reply   |   Comment by Bebop17  –  5 years ago
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To #25 computermorah who said
The program has real-estate logos with the word tenement (a run-down apartment house barely meeting minimal standards)! Irony or lacking a dictionary? hmm…


A tenement has nothing to do with being rundown nor is it necessarily an apartment house. It is a holding (a tenure)... something that is or may be held by a tenant.

As for the program, yes it's basic but it is not totally without merit and worth the short time to download and experiment with.

Reply   |   Comment by bucca  –  5 years ago
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23 & 37 : the transparency is set à save time. And it works perfectly for me.
Love it !

Reply   |   Comment by NYB  –  5 years ago
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Wheeeeeeeeee it's Sorce Tech/SoThink!!!

All in all an fine program. While it can in no way replace Adobe's Illustrator or Photoshop, for anyone wanting to do a quick little something for a website or home print (more on this later) this will do a fine job.

The Good:

The design elements, and I will not call them clip art because they are not 'cheesy', they are actual design elements, are simple and clean as they should be for a logo.

You can resize (a few issues here...more later), rotate and skew design elements.

You can vary color and opacity etc.

The pre-made templates are customizable and nice. You can ungroup some of the elements used in some of these sample logos and manipulate them to your liking.

Png with transparency export....good for bringing your creation into another editor for tweaking.

You can import your own images.

You can import .swf files (didn't try this yet, so don't know how well this works out)

The Not So Good:

It lacks the ability to output as any type of scable vector object, meaning you'd need to create the same logo in different sizes for different uses, i.e. small for business cards and very large for signage etc.

It outputs files in RGB color space, meaning that were you needing to send to print, you'd need to take your logo into another editor to convert to CMYK color space, as this is what printer's use. RGB color space is the one to use for websites and most home printers use either RGB or sRGB.

Jpeg output should not be an option at all for saving, not with simple logos...Simple clean logos should not be compressed with the jpeg compression engine...quality still suffer with this type of image.

Issues with the bounding box. You can't resize from the top or left nodes on it, you can only use right the and bottom nodes to resize.

Who might find this useful? People who do not own Illustrator or Photoshop...bear in mind Illustrator is the preferred software amongst professionals as it is a vector editor. And even people like me who do own the Adobe products as a nice little extra. People who want the simplicity of a drag and drop solution without the need to take on the large learning curve of the pro grade software.

Like I said all in all quite a nice package. It isn't a vector package, but I feel it does have it's place out there. Nicely done Source Tech! (But then I would expect nothing less from this company!

Reply   |   Comment by Tina  –  5 years ago
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re: lack of features, so what? Most basic drawing programs have these, save as a JPG and import into today's GAOTD. Doesn't save as a GIF, import your saved JPG into any decent image edotor and resave as a GIF. Where is the problem!

Reply   |   Comment by Charles  –  5 years ago
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This program is OK for blogs and websites needing a basic low-res logo. It is easy and fun to use. However, it is definitely NOT suitable for a corporate logo... unless you want to wake up one day and find that someone has just started a competing business with an identical logo. Be aware that you will probably have no power to enforce your copyright if you use any of the clip art or templates provided by this program.

Reply   |   Comment by Naomi  –  5 years ago
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Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  5 years ago
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Responding to several comments above, I believe that this software is made for people like me, who cannot draw well. Artistic people have a whole lot more choices available to them.

Reply   |   Comment by Rick Siegert  –  5 years ago
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Sothink Logo Maker is an interesting app that may/may not suit you depending on your needs... It's biggest faults are 1) it only imports .swf [Shockwave], .jpg, .png, & .bmp, & 2) it only exports .jpg, .png, & .bmp. Loads of clip art is only available in common vector formats, & logo's are usually more useful in common vector formats. At the same time, it doesn't try to go head to head with image editing software, not including any of the standard, pixel-pushing tools -- not even a paintbrush. What it does do is keep the program's size down, it's operation fast & simple, & it's output reasonably accurate for non-corporate use.

To explain the difference or reason for vector graphics, with the typical image you get from your digital camera, you've got a bunch of colored pixels -- a very finite number. It takes a set amount of room to store each pixel uncompressed, if you reduce the size you have to throw away some pixels, & if you enlarge you have to guess how to fill in the gaps. With vector graphics you define points on a page, describe how to connect those points, then fill in any resulting shapes. File sizes depend on how many shapes you have, & how complex your instructions are. Because there are no pixels until the graphic is rasterized [rendered/turned into a regular image], the same graphic works equally well on a postage stamp or a billboard. The 3D you'll see in a game or movie is usually a 3 dimensional vector graphic covered [skinned] with regular images -- each hair might be an individual object. At any rate, business likes vector logos because they scale well to anything they might put a logo on, plus they can define very specific colors to use. On the downside, it's difficult if/when it's even possible to come close to a regular, photo-type image in appearance.

Sothink Logo Maker includes it's own collection of artwork in vector graphics format, making the total download size small, & operation fast & efficient, but without more input options you're kind of stuck for more variety unless you find whatever vector art you need in a .SWF file somewhere -- it will import regular images, but if you're going to use those, I'm not sure why'd you'd want to even use Logo Maker? OTOH, vector graphics apps like the free InkScape [or the very much not free Adobe Illustrator] can be very difficult to learn, so Logo Maker could be worth having *providing you can make do with its included graphics, or find what you need in an swf file*. Then you'd just have to scale your output inside the program when/as needed.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 years ago
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few more problems...

* The font NASALIZATION provided with the software doesnt align properly when it has a drop shadow and its font size is 8px
* The square shape resizes out of control when dragging only its top and bottom
* The color palette in the custom object properties menu is too small... its hard to select a color

#37 There is a way to save with transparent background... as long as you dont put something coloured in the back (even white is a color)... the uncoloured areas can be made transparent by ticking the "make background" transparent box in the save file dialogue while saving as png!

=)

Reply   |   Comment by Mimrah  –  5 years ago
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In general I do love sothink, mostly their software is incredibly useful, and well designed too.

I'm sorry but in no-way can a piece of DIY design software compare to a professional designer. If you are representing a company you will usually want an individual and innovative logo design and corporate identity. A template will simply never provide you with that flexibility. There's a reason the graphic design industry exists, and to be considered as "inferior" (according to the feature comparison on sothink's website) is simply demeaning.

Hiring a professional logo designer pays off in the long run and most designers will provide you with a vector image or high resolution raster graphic, which is a whole leap above the output of this program.

Simply put, if you're a small company or self-hired, then this tool will do you fine. But if you are a larger business competing on the professional market. Please consider hiring a professional graphic designer.

(Also you can't make conversation with a computer program)

Reply   |   Comment by skeletorfw  –  5 years ago
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Love me some So-Think apps, so I'm definitely gonna give this one a try. Hopefully I'll have as much luck as I've had with their other stuff.

Reply   |   Comment by Darren  –  5 years ago
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I want to say "atta boy" real quick to everyone posting their OS's version, esp. 32 vs. 64 bit.

...and a quick "get with the GD'd program" to the slackers who didn't.

Especially if you're having issues with the day's software. You HAVE to post your operating system, people.

PS. My new favorite people are the "wow, this installed great! I have six other versions of this app, but this is neato! I have no idea what this does or why I'd ever have use for it - but I'm gonna install the next three too. In an unrelated matter, why does my PC run like dookie?" people.

Reply   |   Comment by Frank Drakman  –  5 years ago
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this is a great program for non techie people like myself. just exploring a bit, i made myself a nice, new avatar in a couple of minutes. easy to use and understand. installed easily on Win 7, 32 bit. thanks Sothink and GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by townie2  –  5 years ago
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@13.....yes i too got the error during registeration of the software.........
:(

Reply   |   Comment by sahil  –  5 years ago
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I wish that companies would be honest their product descriptions. The user cannot "make high-quality company logo" because it only produces pixel-based raster images instead of vector images. And that makes all the difference in the world. It is like the difference between the painting of a person with oil-based paints and one done using crayons.

If you want to create an avator or icon to include with your forum posts and e-mail signatures, then this product will do that. I would not ever use it for a business logo.

Reply   |   Comment by sys-eng  –  5 years ago
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Output has poor resolution (no anti-alias). Saving as a PNG with transparent background doesn't work -- background remains white. I had better luck taking a screen shot of the completed logo and working with it in PaintShop Pro. But using one of the templates to produce a quick logo in under five minutes makes this worthwhile for someone who churns out a lot of 3-5 page web sites.

Reply   |   Comment by byteboy  –  5 years ago
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I have tried out the software an i was stunned by the superb graphical user interface... at idle the program takes up 20,000K memory which is not much in the modern age. the program provides a few templates... and there are hundreds of vectors you can combine to create a customized logo. Personally i took the butterfly template but within a minute discovered the vectors in the side of my screen. i tried a few effects and quickly learned what the colored buttons on the bottom were. I must say good job to Sothink for such a wonderful piece of software!

#1: I agree there should be a way for creating your own vectors using a brush etc... but i think we dont need a GIF export option as PNG and BMP provides us with a high quality logo already!

Reply   |   Comment by Mimrah  –  5 years ago
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I tired it, I liked it. Get it while you can...............

Reply   |   Comment by outback  –  5 years ago
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#31, hex1213, no science? Try (individually) tube, mouse, plane, space, rocket, satellite, computer, energy, etc., in the Search box.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  5 years ago
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I just don’t see those things that some have criticized about today’s GOTD as being “Bad”. I’m no graphics pro (far from it) and yet with all the clip art to choose from I thought the interface wasn’t overly overwhelming. The Help file is good, although on a high-resolution 15” monitor the font size they use makes its readability somewhat difficult. You can customize any layout you choose, and apply many effects to images and text alike. The program allows importing and freely working with the three most popular image file formats currently out there (i.e., JPG, PNG or BMP). From there you can export your work to any photo-editing program such as Irfanview, PhotoScape, FastStone, Photoshop, etc. and use their features.

Some have criticized the price and made moot points. Nevertheless, after playing around with this program, I think it’s a bargain in disguise. If someone is going to compare it against full-blown graphic applications or apply obscure and limited reasoning to their comment, then my verdict is, “You’re Clutching at Straws!”

Reply   |   Comment by aRenegade  –  5 years ago
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this is an ok product, but inkscape is free and do a good or better job.

Reply   |   Comment by mario  –  5 years ago
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Installed and registered fine on Windows Vista 64 bit.

I think this software is fine for the personal user or someone who just wants a basic logo. I played around with it and had no trouble resizing, positioning things, adding text, adjusting colors, etc. The collection of clip art is impressive (there's an aardvark - really). I also like the interface; it's simple and largely self-explanatory. The only potential problem I noticed is that there is no clip art that pertains to any sort of science. The publisher tried to pass off some swirly designs with leaves as appropriate for a protein science company, but it's just not appropriate. Overall, I would use this for a personal logo but not for business use unless the publisher expands the scope of the included material a little. there just aren't enough industries represented in the current clip art.

Reply   |   Comment by hex1213  –  5 years ago
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Another in a long string of useless Ashraf reviews. Instead of saying, "Oh, thank you, Ashraf, for saving me from my own stupidity!", why don't you read the Help file and find out what this really does. As usual, there are lots of errors in Ashraf's review. The combination of rotations about points, moving, and rotations about axes is equivalent to allowing rotation about any arbitrary point and/or any arbitrary axes. Objects can be grouped, although it's true that Effects don't apply to groups. For that, use Copy Effects. The various types of gradients can make things look much better. Nobody but nobody uses obsolete GIFs unless they need GIF animation, which isn't applicable to static logos. There are some useful features. There are numerous tags associated with each piece of clip art. Therefor you can enter an arbitrary search term in the search box, and it will return matching clip art across all categories. It does substring matching, so you may receive extraneous hits. One glaring omission is the lack of object selection from a list, so you may have to temporarily change the Z-order of objects to get to the ones which you want to work with.

This might be fine for use at small non-profits, etc. Corporations will obviously want much more serious tools or pay professionals. It would be better if this could output vector images (of course, you can and should save the vector project file). It's inappropriate to compare a logo-design tool to freeware. The current version of the product which Ashraf mentioned is Studio V5 LogoMaker 3.0, which is a far more capable product for less money. I haven't looked for logo-design software, but a professional would almost certainly want to use one of the better commercial general-purpose vector drawing/painting apps (much more expensive).

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  5 years ago
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GOTD Forum Game Giveaway: Today's game giveaway has been posted, which includes Venture Arctic and two copies of Crazy Machines II+. Check it out: http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/7218#post-74381

Reply   |   Comment by GMMan, Game Hacker  –  5 years ago
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Yes this software is as basic as they come and not serious for real biz logo making. Spooky is right on - this isn't even a good toy to play around with. I can make logos as good as this (and you can too) using Word or Powerpoint and WordArt. WordArt is fun, this freebie is not.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave H.  –  5 years ago
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i love it. thanks gotd and sothink.

Reply   |   Comment by john  –  5 years ago
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Thanks guys! What a fun program. It works great, I have HP Laptop with Windows 7 Pro. No problem downloading.

Reply   |   Comment by Kathy  –  5 years ago
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The program has real-estate logos with the word tenement (a run-down apartment house barely meeting minimal standards)! Irony or lacking a dictionary? hmm....

If we are supposed to buy this to be able to use it for business purposes, it is very limited in templates and icons, for example, I couldn't find anything appropriate for the medical or dental field, so I'd say that the resources are limited.

Reply   |   Comment by computermorah  –  5 years ago
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Hi,

This is a cool logo maker. I like it but I'm no able to figure out how to change the background color to 'transparent'? Anyone can help...

Reply   |   Comment by Thex  –  5 years ago
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@20, Malisaw

LoL, I thought I could shorten what Ashraf said in his full lengthy review for those lazy readers out there. XD

...but surprisingly, I got -36... LoL.

~Joji~

Reply   |   Comment by Joji  –  5 years ago
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I love how all the people saying the product is good get voted down.

The product /is/ good, by the way. Competant, easy to use and free (for now). The free alternative is good too, but it takes advantage of a sketchy expired offer, so I am not comfortable with getting that when the terms that you want to use it have expired.

I also do have a fondness for Sothink; they have a pretty good track record.

Reply   |   Comment by Ben Tough  –  5 years ago
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I just downloaded & installed it. But I got a message telling me that this is just a Trial version that will expire in 30 days. Huh?

Reply   |   Comment by Mary  –  5 years ago
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