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  • 5.0 stars

    "Change our office life! everything is so simple!"

    December 7, 2009  |   By shabydog

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r38

    Pros

    Our office is working with several countries and over 10 language's . babylon software cause us to be faster and so mach effective!

    Cons

    I'm pedant and i expect from every service i use for 110% and in babylon i really cant find something that is under 100% of properly working.

    Summary

    It's not only that it's great and amazing tool...i just thinking how come we didnt purchased few years ago!!!
    The office spent a lot of $$$ for translation companies...
    The babylon software is allmost the same as giveing emails,letters and so on to a professional person who translate the content by himself (and probaly useing babylon tool too...)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use, fast download and great features."

    December 7, 2009  |   By johnster_no11

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r38

    Pros

    I have to say I really do not understand the negative reviews. I think it is competitors to Babylon trying to ruin their reputation. This is a great product with vast array of features and easy to use. Really a great product with no real bad things.

    Cons

    Not really anything to mention. As all product it depends on what machine you use and in what way you use it. When I run it on my Compaq portable it runs better than on my stationary Dell. I have no idea why but perhaps it is a hardware problem?

    Summary

    Really a very nice product and for me if not the best at least one of the best software translation tools around. Also it works even when you are not online, which is rare. All in all a great product with few problems and I can recommend it highly! /John

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  • 1.0 stars

    "License revoked after win7 upgrade"

    December 3, 2009  |   By Abraxxo

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r38

    Pros

    Translates words

    Cons

    My "perpetual" license was remotely deleted from my system after upgrading from vista to win7. No more trace of my purchase on their web site too. I've got my digital invoice and license key, but I don't know how to internationally sue them (yet).

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It is a 'nudnick'"

    December 1, 2009  |   By steve39

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r38

    Pros

    Reasonable translations but they often lack the subtlety of fine dictionaries

    Cons

    Since I downloaded I have started to receive unsolicited ads from Babylon in my browser that defeat my ad blockers. That is outrageous and enough of a reason to stay away from the product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "All 5-star ratings made on Sept. 30,Cheap advertisement"

    December 1, 2009  |   By umutunver

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r38

    Pros

    No question about the software and capabilities but licensing simply sucks. See Cons...

    Cons

    The only non-terrible ratings are made on the same day by Babylon Ltd. What kind of people are these? They suck. They try every trick to get your money. Don't be fool. I looked for days and I couldn't find a single positive feedback for them

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Huge problem with the licensing system"

    November 25, 2009  |   By chibiricky

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r38

    Pros

    Premium dictionaries (with extra charges) that are not developed by Babylon are good

    Cons

    License expires after changing computer. Apparently the license is tied to a computer.

    Summary

    Even Micro$oft Windows is not tied to one particular computer (except OEM version). I paid the full price to buy a full version of Babylon 8. A week later I changed computer and Babylon on my new computer. The old computer was formatted and Windows was re-installed, without Babylon in it. 2 weeks later I got a pop-up message saying "Your Babylon software has compliance problem due to an extensive use of your registered license." There is nowhere on the site saying this would be a problem.

    I am not going to buy another license, and I am not going to buy anything from them anymore. No matter how useful and how good a software is, if they don't respect customers who pay them real money, I don't think I want to be one of their customers.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "license disabled arbitrarily"

    November 24, 2009  |   By bgeneto

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r38

    Pros

    It works fine when you are not arbitrarily blacklisted in their end.

    Cons

    I have installed this software twice in a dual boot machine running Windows 7 and Vista. Now it constantly pops-us an annoying message saying something about an over-usage of my licenses and disabled several payed dictionaries. No answer from support

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worst service ever"

    November 20, 2009  |   By daphnat

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r38

    Pros

    it works - but so are other products out there

    Cons

    when you need it most it doesn't work and then you can't get any support. My legally purchased license suddenly stopped working - I've sent 3-4 emails to their helpdesk but got no response.
    I tried the competition and found out it's damn good...

    Summary

    Will never install this one again

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Ver. 7 was an "XP". This one is the horrible "Vista"."

    November 1, 2009  |   By polaris72

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r38

    Pros

    The good thing in ver. 8, is that it's beeing a wake up call for Babylon not to do the same mistakes in ver. 9. Or they are going to be in big troubles.

    Cons

    The online spelling checker disturbs typing. 8 version is too heavy and less stable then 7 ver. Default instalation puts a Babylon toolbar, change your search engine, change your home page. No normal support. Upgrade costs are too exaggerated.

    Summary

    The online spelling checker takes all keyboard resource, and some of your typed letters will lost when typing a bit fast. That's is a ridiculous huge bug! When you are in a text field, and pressing the spelling button on the glob, Babylon opens more and more browser windows. Not clear why.

    If you typed some word in the Babylon window field, and like to correct it using "Backspace", that's causes a very weird and frustrated behaving.

    If you are formating your PC a few times a year like me, Babylon server detects you as a crook that installed Babylon in a multiple Pc's. They will block your program from working, until you contact support and get a new license key. That is very weird, as they can see theat all your installations are done at the same machine. It's better for then to track less their customer, while using our bandwidth for their inspections.

    For my taste, ver. 8 is too heavy, too unstable, too colorful. The Glob feature is too big and open to much by any mouse random movment. Too flashy feature.

    Default instalation puts a toolbar in you browser, change your search engine and change your home page... That's creazy for a PAID program!

    The very convenient words history paging methode has changed in a bad way, and the internet search engine button that were in Ver. 7- was taken out. VERY sad.

    The currency tool doesn't recognized "AUD" (Australian Dollar), and some other known simbols. The currencies are not updated automaticallly as they should, so you must do a manual update.

    No phone support, no emails answering half of the times. When tehy answering once in a while, they are always signature: "Babylon Team". No name, not ticket number. NOTHING.

    Ver. 8 has just a 3 days trail, instead of 30 as other versions had. If you have an earlier ver., you won't have even that 3 days trail. Strange.
    If you have early ver. and you decided to by, upgrade costs are way too exaggerated.
    Also, a 50% existing customers discount pop up from ver. 7- doesn't work. That's a shame.

    I hope ver. 9 and Babylon company will be much better, as basically it's a good program and idea.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Licensing, Copy Protection, Customer Support Horrible"

    October 31, 2009  |   By cumbrowski2

    Version: Babylon 8.0 r38

    Pros

    Good Software. Use it for over 14 years.

    Cons

    The licensing model is stupid, the enforcement of it ridicules and intrusive. Coupled with horrible customer support and not working support pages on their web site and you will find yourself in a lot of trouble, if you PAID for their software.

    Summary

    Don't think that buying a stand-alone version or life-time license (if they still have that) saves you troubles. You still need to be connected to the internet and your license that you purchased might becomes invalid over night for no apparant reasons. Then good look with contacting customer support and get help. You will be in for some surprises when they eventually respond. The "automated" tools, forms and pages on their web site are either not working or useless without providing answers.

    Get the cracked version with the all intrusive and ridicules "copy-protection" and "license verification" junk disabled or removed and you got yourself a decent piece of software. A customer how actually pays for the software on the other hand gets all the trouble and no customer support, which is supposed to be an argument, why you should pay for software, isn't it? I usually do not suggest this, but in this case is a crack actually a bug-fix or "service back" (for folks living in Microsoft OS world).

    I am not making this up. You can read the full story here: http://www.roysac.com/blog/2009/09/how-to-turn-paying-customers-into.html

    Also check the comments. Somebody posted a link to a very interesting forum thread with comments by a lot of "happy Babylon customers".

    Updated on Oct 31, 2009

    I made a typo in my original summary. I meant of course "service pack" and not "service back".

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