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RagingBuddhist (65) 04-22-09  09:48pm
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Status: Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
Updated: 04-24-09  12:38pm  (Update History)
Reason: Updated score - see notes in reply
+ Amateur lovers delight
+ Newer video available in: flv - 120, 400 & 900kbps/ LQ mp4 512x288 @ 1536 bitrate /HQ mp4 1024x576 @ 1536 /mpg 512x288 @ 2165 /wmv 768x432 @ 2189
+ Drop down menus & "Jump to buttons" everywhere. A small sampling: Recently viewed pages, pics & vids, membership & account management links, lists to sort by model, body feature, video shot by _____, pictures shot by ______, lists by activity (masturbation, outdoors, kissing, etc.) You can reorder most lists by name, by date & reverse order.
+ At the time of this review there are: Images: 364,327/ Videos: 3,844 (570 hours, 54 minutes)/ Pic sets: 2,964/ Models: 1,139/ Solo shoots: 1,534/ Girl-Girl shoots 293/ Intimate Moments shoots: 566
+ pic sets average 100-150/set @ 1472 x 981 resolution. 202 sets available in extra large @ 3504 x 2336
+ zip files - complete sets or customized
+ download manager compatible (with con below)
+ TBP discount
Cons: - Going to the sitemap to get a full list of shoots/models, it takes over a half minute to load the list - and that's every time you go back to it. Find a model, go to her page, click the back button & the whole list has to reload.
- Too many videos and picture sets where you have to get halfway through to see "the fun bits"
- Unless I'm missing an attempt at being artistic, I've never understood how a closeup shot could be clear at the top, blurry at the bottom and still considered "postable". If the equipment you're using doesn't make a clear shot, either don't post the pic or get equipment that can make it clear.
- Download manager seems to randomly kick out videos with a message that user name and password are invalid. Go back to the file and retry it and it downloads (I use FreeDownloadManager)
- Even with the size of the site, the regular price $39 a month for full access is steep!
- System resource hog!!! (See notes in reply)
Bottom Line: Right after I posted my comment, asking for details, I went digging around on their tour pages and saw just what messmer mentioned - former members can get the old rate with access to all 3 sections. Plus a TBP discount? Nice! I'm in for another 3 months.

This was a hard review to wrap up. My first list of pros was over 2000 characters and I had to pare it down to what you saw above. This is my fourth time in for this site and, for the most part, I like what I see. But, while it's one the most feature laden sites out there, it does seem to be losing some of it's appeal. The choice of video formats is really nice and picture lovers should definitely appreciate the custom zip option. I'm also glad to see they've long done away with the past practice of almost deliberately covering the action with an obtrusive logo. (A bit of a side note on that - Abby! Impress us! Reissue the old videos with the new, smaller logo!) The navigation, though slightly overwhelming at first because of all the options, is really fairly simple and straightforward. But, with another nod to messmer's reply to my comment, I agree that the people doing the shooting need to change what they're doing. A 7 page set shouldn't get to skin on page 4. Then there's their choice of shots. "Okay - here's a closeup pussy shot. Now here's the same shot from 2 inches to the left. Whoa - same shot from 6 inches up and over. Now a little to the right..." And, unless I'm missing an attempt at being artistic, I've never understood how a closeup shot could be clear at the top, blurry at the bottom and still considered "postable". If the equipment you're using doesn't make a clear shot, either don't post the pic or get equipment that can make it clear. In the same vein, I'm not a big fan of a 10-minute video with 5 minutes of watching a girl walking and talking. If there really are people who want non-nude, interview-type video, there should be a separate video for that. I tend to save everything I download, so I'd really like to see shorter videos and smaller, less repetitive picture sets, resulting in less hard drive space being taken up.

Since I got the grandfathered rate, I'm not displeased with this latest membership. But I think I'd have a hard time recommending this to anyone but people who've never seen the site or haven't been there in a long time. As big as it is, $39 a month for full access is steep. And $25 for single niche access just seems high, given the erratic updates. I still rate it high because, even with what I see it lacking, it's still amateurs and a lot of 'em.

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RagingBuddhist (65) I'm really kind of upset at Abby's now. My system started lagging severely while I was browsing the pages of the new layout. I opened the task manager to see if anything was out of whack and noticed that Firefox was using over 1,000,000kb of memory. No wonder it was dragging! The only thing I can attribute it to is part of the new navigation - at the top of the page, it keeps track of all the pages you've visited. Every page you open is the equivalent of opening a new instance of Firefox! I went to the settings page on the site where you can set the options for how you want things displayed and there was no option to disable the page tracking. While I was there, I noticed that it showed I'd downloaded 54 gigs of files in 2 days - THAT wouldn't do, since A). I'd only downloaded about 15 gigs of video, streamed maybe a dozen low res flash files and saved maybe 200 pictures and B) I have a monthly download cap of 250 gigs.

So... I sent an email asking about these two issues and, unlike any time in the past, I've yet to get a response. That's pretty disheartening coming from a site that had always had the most attentive customer support I'd ever seen.

My new score is still more than generous. The content I'm after is definitely there - but it's a real pain to have copy the current link I'm on, click off the site, and restart Firefox and copy the link to continue browsing. And I'm still curious about their download count. I haven't gotten a notice from my ISP yet, so I'm hoping that's just some sort of a glitch on AW's part. It'd just be nice to hear from 'em to clear it up.

04-24-09  12:56pm

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messmer (137) REPLY TO #1 - RagingBuddhist :

I've always had problems navigating within AW, RB. It is slower than cold molasses to go from point a to point b. Nice to hear about a possible explanation for that slowness.
04-24-09  02:13pm

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RagingBuddhist (65) REPLY TO #2 - messmer :

I'd never had a problem with the site before they split. There might've been a little lag from page to page, but what they have now is a system killer - and I'm not running some little 1.2ghz lapptop with 512MB RAM either. My desktop is setup for mutlitasking - 3.6 cpu, 2 gigs of DDR400 on Windows 2000, all but the essential services running... all the tweaks possible to free up resources... It's pretty sad when I can do video editting, check email while I'm on a P2P program and this site, running by itself, shuts me down. Get about 15-20 pages into the site and it's slammed to a halt. I can only hope they get enough complaints to correct the situation well before my 3 months is up
04-24-09  02:45pm

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messmer (137) REPLY TO #3 - RagingBuddhist :

I had no idea what was causing the lags but reading your explanation I will put in a complaint about the subject to AW. Thanks for clarifying why I have to wait what seems an eternity between pages.
04-24-09  02:50pm

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