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Full user review
"Doesn't live up to its reputation."
The program installed OK, and seemed to have quite a range of features. I successfully converted a couple of flv videos to mp4 format, but did not test the full range of its possible functions.
The user interface lacks some basic features:
1) a "Cancel" button in its function windows. Lately there seems to be an annoying programming trend to omit that button in favor of simply clicking the "X" in the upper right corner.
2) the button to start a process is somewhat camouflaged when it should be immediately obvious.
When I tried to join two video files, FormatFactory crashed and I got the dreaded message, "FormatFactory has stopped working." Maybe it didn't like the fact that I had set up its output folder to an external USB hd and tried to join two files residing on another external USB hd. I had to reboot to delete the temporary files it had placed in the output folder.
Some have said it installs an undesired toolbar. I have become quite aware of seemingly innocuous installation scripts that, in times past, one could click through with little thought. All in all, FormatFactory was not what I expected, and therefore not what I wanted. I uninstalled it. I like iVideo Converter's GUI even less; even so, I'm going to give it a chance to do what FF could not.