(These are some
thoughts five years after the initial release - View them
as my honest opinions today. If the CON-list seems longer
than the PRO-list: Remember that I've spent some words
already on the advantages).
And the PRO points are all MAJOR while the CON points are all MINOR!
- AnotherLAB is very fast: It was
optimized for Windows 3.X and 386 computers.
- Once set up, AnotherLAB is one of
those rare programs which saves both time and
- A very detailed and extensive help
system is included.
- No major bugs has been reported in
five years (there's two known bugs - see below)
- No Mac-version.
- Does not work on Windows NT / Windows 2000..
- The look of the program might seem a
little outdated: Five years is a long time (at
least in the Internet world) and important
interface standards have changed.
The help system seems a little overloaded with
graphics and hyperlinks measured with the
standards of today.
- Although AnotherLAB comes with a
very fast and effective photo database, there is
no way to view the actual photos on the screen.
Back in -93 the technology was not up to it (and
it would have required you to scan the photo).
This is a very legitimate wish for any new
- The learning curve might be
rather steep for a photographer without basic
technical knowledge on light and how to measure
it (the help system, however, goes a long way to
introduce you to both lux, luxseconds and
- AnotherLAB is freeware: This means
no support (but you may ask...)
- The first time you attempt to use
AnotherLAB after installation, you will be met
with a rather crude message which states that
Username and Companyname is incorrect.
Don't worry: Just fill in the correct values -
there's no possibility to change them later.
(This error is due to a last-minute change of the
setup program - and the downloaded version is no
longer restricted to a maximum of 10 or 100
runs). This is a minor bug which I will never attempt to
- Inside the main color print dialog
there is a control which shows the current color
correction as an actual color. This control will
not work in 32-bits Windows (Windows 9X, ME, XP).