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  • 4.0 stars

    "Quirks"

    January 30, 2006  |   By versiontracker470

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    EvoCam is a solid program, and for that reason I continue to use it. However, it does have its share of quirks and here are a few I have noticed.

    When I have EvoCam set to refresh every five seconds, to save images over SFTP and as a .mov file on the local network, EvoCam does OK for the first day or so. However, as time goes on, EvoCam sometimes degrades to the point where it is taking pictures as infrequently once every 40 seconds (extreme, usually closer to once every 12-20 seconds). This happens when the dedicated computer (15" Pb 1.25 GHz) is doing nothing but running EvoCam.

    Another quirk is EvoCam's startup behavior. If I start EvoCam directly from the Finder, EvoCam opens up blank. That is to be expected. However, if I double-click on a saved EvoCam document EvoCam will open two copies of the document neither of them with the name of the originally saved document. Quitting EvoCam and double-clicking the document opens up an addition copy of the document (three). This number increases every time EvoCam is quit and the file is double-clicked until I manually close each duplicate document.

    This leads to the third and perhaps most frustrating quirk. Trying to close a document in EvoCam calls forth a sheet which gives the user the option to "Hide", "Save", or "Discard" the file. This is infuriating because if I want to hide the document I will use the OS command to do so. If I want to save the document, I also will use the OS to do so. However, EvoCam seems not to know that the document it has cloned in RAM is a copy of an already saved document. What's up with that?

    I also own a copy of the old but venerable Oculus which is much better behaved in terms of user-interaction. EvoCam certainly has its strengths, but it needs some work in terms of user interface. It also is a bit sluggish to gain and lose focus when switching between programs.

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