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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2012
In a nutshell the developers have sent a sort of all inclusive media for various programs on the disk. So it's not like you just get a disc with only the product ordered but there are dozens of programs to choose from. So when you put the disk in the drive you have to hunt though the disc content until you find the directory you are looking for (as an example D:Switch\setup.exe)

Traditionally once you get the installer running you will need the software key usually found INSIDE THE BOX OF SOFTWARE. In this instance NCH software company decided to give you the Software key on the shipping invoice. Its not clearly marked anywhere in the box I just happened to read it when I was frustrated thinking I had just wasted money for a sealed box of software that had no license with it.

So overall I like the software but the installation was a pain to get things going but I am very pleased with software itself just maybe not so much with the way the company handles its instillation process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2011
Pros:
* Very easy to use
* Great options

Cons:
*I set up about 35 thousand flac songs to be converted into mp3 for a party i was dj-ing for. The source files are all perfect as I ripped them myself using EAC. Problem is, about 1/4 to 1/3 of the songs all of which are in various folders, either did NOT convert at all (resulting in missing songs) or the conversion cut off the trails (begining or end, but not both). This may be due to the fact I was using a trial version. If so, no where in the documentation did it specify this limitation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2014
Most of the reviews here for Switch don't seem very good, but I own the software and use it and feel it was mostly worth the price, so I think it deserves a fair review. (I am not implying that all other reviews on Amazon for Switch are unfair, but I believe some to be, shall we say, "less than fair") I'm sure, as some people have said, that there are free programs out there that do the same thing. I tried to find some and were less than impressed with the results. I wanted a program to convert WMA files to MP3 and Switch does it well, in my opinion. I have no complaints with the quality of the MP3s it creates.
The only reasons it gets 4 and not 5 stars is because of the following:
1) Yes, the program tries to install extra software during the installation. I don't like having to be that vigilant during an install to make sure unwanted programs are not installed. I suppose they do that because they get some kickback from the other companies and that keeps the price of Switch lower. This is all speculation on my part. I have no way of really knowing why they choose to include other software in the install.
2) The program doesn't just install Switch, but also "installs" a bunch of links to other software by NCH that is "install on demand". I find this slightly annoying. If I wanted the other software, I would buy the other software.
3) In converting from WMV to MP3, I expected that most, if not all, of the meta tags to come over. This is not the case. It seems hit and miss. I have version 4.35 of the program. Perhaps the latest version is better for this?
4) There is a link in the help to check for an updated version. It doesn't tell you that you have to PAY for this updated version until you get to the website. And the "discount" to upgrade is not very good.
All in all, I would say it was worth the $20 I paid, even with the limitations. Upgrade pricing to 4.60 from 4.35 online is $20.99, which seems a bit steep to me for an "upgrade", even though the "normal" price is listed as $40. I would not pay $40 for this program. The price on Amazon of $29.95 plus $6.49 shipping? No.

*UPDATE* I checked again on the website to see what I would be paying if I was a new customer. The website lists it for $29.99. So, as a returning customer, I save $9 on the upgrade? Don't get me wrong; people deserve to make money for the stuff they create. But I would expect a little extra for "loyalty".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2013
The software is overrated. I think their selling point is the large number of formats they handle, but they handle them poorly. I have several thousand songs I keep in a lossless library. I have been trying to convert them without losing the genre, mood, ratings, etc. I can't get switch to consistently do it. The interface is clumsy and if you have large numbers of files, difficult to use. I don't recommend it. I tried to find out if there was something I could do differently to the user tags to come across but the Switch website makes you go through the complete request process for user help and then tells you to purchase the package before they will give any information. I don't mind paying for the software but they claim the trial is the full version, if it is, it doesn't work very well, if it isn't, then they should come clean on its inability to convert the user data. If you need software for a lot of different formats, it is probably useful, but like most people I only use a few of the possible formats. I suggest finding something that does a good job at the formats you often use, it is probably not going to be Switch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2013
Beware of the "free" download of this software. I just downloaded the Switch file conversion software and it downloaded a bunch of files and overwrote my security software. I now am trying to figure out how to find and remove all the apps they downloaded. This can trash a computer....don't do it! They should at least let you know they are going to download additional files so you can choose not to continue. This is an attempt to take over your computer to sell you things....there is no "free lunch".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2013
Reading about this software led me to believe that it would convert files...it doesn't. It is basically just a glorified hyperlink that takes you to a website that converts files. So if you don't have internet access, this product is worthless. Also it might have harmed my Windows 7...after I installed it I was (and still am) not able to connect to the internet with it...should have listened to all the warning messages my computer prompted when I was installing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2012
I hesitated to buy the CD version of this products because I saw other reviews that had this problem. When I was using the trial version to strip the audio off of .MOV files and convert to .WAV it worked great. When the two weeks were up I purchased the software and now I cannot get it to convert .MOV to .WAV.
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on December 23, 2013
I love the software, had they just installed what I had purchased, and not the extra stuff, it would have received 5 stars! There are so many times I've clicked on a button on the purchased software and it told me my trial period has ended. THIS IS SO ANNOYING!!!!! I have stopped using the software and purchased something else!!! So sad, it is great software, just so blanking annoying to keep seeing the pop ups.
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on June 17, 2013
The software downloads their entire suite of products (over 15), and a lot of toolbars which you are not notified about and take some doing to remove while keeping the software. I emailed support about it and it took me threatening for a full refund to get a response. The product works as advertised, but the company's approach and tactics are questionable at best.
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on October 12, 2014
Just what the doctor ordered!!
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