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NCH Toolbox

CNET Editors' review

NCH's forte is audio, video, and business software. The NCH Toolbox is a free utility that serves as a handy gateway to NCH's freeware and shareware. You select a task, and the NCH Toolbox automatically downloads and installs the appropriate tool. It's an interesting way to get you to try the company's wide product lineup, which ranges from pro-level audio and video tools to neat little apps like TempoPerfect, a metronome generator, and PitchPerfect, a guitar-tuning utility.

The NCH Toolbox comes as part of the download when you try an NCH product, or you can download it directly. It's only about 95KB, but it includes a full Windows-style installer. The program's interface is a simple dialog box with an active list view framed by the question, "What do you want to do?" Buttons to close the program and access a full-featured Help file are all the remaining controls. Clicking on an entry, such as "Create Test Tones," activates the program's "Install-On-Demand" feature, which automatically retrieves and installs the right software, in this case, the company's NCH Tone Generator.

The NCH Toolbox is listed as working in most Windows versions up to Vista, though we tested it on a 64-bit Windows 7 machine, and it worked just fine. However, we found that some applications don't yet work in Windows 7, and others won't run in earlier versions of Windows, such as 98 or ME. This is a handy little app that makes it easy to try some interesting tools. We recommend trying it for yourself.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    1.4 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 10
  • Current version:

    1.4 stars

    out of 5 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 3.0 stars

    "NCH Inventoria & InvoiceExpress"

    March 3, 2014  |   By WOLF-CA

    Version: NCH Toolbox 1.20

    Pros

    - The programs are simple to use, they allow the flexibility I missed with Sage 50 pro.
    - Both programs are designed for small to medium size business and are working great to stay organized.
    - If you like to run invoicing and a warehouse on a mac this is the only software that I found of any use.
    - Obviously something changed for the much better in regards to customer service!
    Despite the fact of very poor reviews on-line I decided to purchase the software.
    And I'm pleased to say that I have gotten so far good support and have no reason to complain!
    All my mails are getting answered and great effort is taken to remedy the issue.
    As a matter of fact support I would give 4 stars any time with a tendency to even 5 stars.

    Cons

    - Both programs are still in development, so it seems.
    - In my case I can still not move stock to different locations.
    - The feature to make both programs accessible over an internet browser does not work in my case
    (Using Mac equipment)

    There are some features I miss, like exporting reports as .csv or .xls files.
    Some more flexibility in creating forms like invoices would be nice.
    In inventory I would love to be able to create an

    Summary

    I gave this software 3 Stars, because in my case not everything is working as advertised and because I think, however my intention is to give it 4 stars once everything will work.
    However I think my observed changes in regards to customer support, deserve this software being used more widely now. Particularly we mac users are in desperate need of this type of software. Fr unknown reason Mac seems to get totally ignored my the large software suppliers.
    Also I think NCH made a great start in creating something simple and functional and therefore deserves in getting support.
    Also it will be hopefully soon be able to interact with their iphone & iPad app a feature that I look very much forward to.
    NCH has made me able to retire my Microsoft PC I'm very happy to put an end to that era, to say the least!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This company is scum"

    November 16, 2013  |   By JChristopher2

    Version: NCH Toolbox 1.20

    Pros

    Pros? Downloading their software is better than getting cancer. Maybe. At least some cancer can be cured.

    Cons

    Do NOT under any circumstances download their stuff. It looks pretty, but when you download it BAM! It comes with all sorts of changes to your computer. Legally, they can do this. You have to read the fine print in the agreement, pretty much giving up your computer to them. Toolbars, DLL changes, software you didn't ask for.... yeah all those goodies. They get their stuff in so deep, you won't be able to get rid of it. Once they get their $$$ from you, forget about asking for help. You have to pay extra to get a response in less than a week, even though they say support is free.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "STAY FAR AWAY FROM ANY NCH SOFTWARE!"

    November 13, 2013  |   By naturedr

    Version: NCH Toolbox 1.20

    Pros

    A free version will work, for awhile

    Cons

    You will waste A LOT of time using anything this company produces

    Summary

    I wouldn't touch any NCH software again even if it was the only option available. Their support is bar none, absolutely ridiculously horrendous! I lost hours upon hours of work when one of their programs updated after I purchased the full version. The full paid version could not read the original files (created by the free NCH software, in its own format). It took 3 days to get an email response from their tech support giving bogus "do this do that' instruction which of course did not work, and then I was told if I needed more support I had to pay them $69 for their platinum support- for their bad code writing! STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS SHAM OF A SOFTWARE COMPANY that spits out one product that will eventually be pure useless garbage when they lose interest in supporting it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Turns out they are a total waste!"

    October 3, 2012  |   By CrazyFnBill

    Version: NCH Toolbox 1.20

    Pros

    The software was easy to figure out, use and navigate.

    Cons

    Poor support, poor company, can't handle certain up and coming formats.

    Summary

    It cannot handle certain file formats, like AVCHD. After purchase, I then got a new camera that is AVCHD. The VideoPad cannot handle it. After seeking help from their Support department, they realized they can't solve it and have decided to ignore me 100%. Thanks for taking my money and not helping when your product doesn't work. NEVER AGAIN! What a total waste. Please go elsewhere for your software needs.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Debut created corrupted AVI files, no customer support"

    July 19, 2012  |   By catborna

    Version: NCH Toolbox 1.20

    Pros

    None. It ruined my data

    Cons

    No customer support to fix it. I downloaded the free version of debut with the intent of purchasing to record video from an external camera for my research. My first try worked well then the 2nd set of AVI files it created were all corrupted. Lost all my data ;/

    Summary

    Too many other options out there to bother with this one

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