I've been a happy member for about 20 month. Over the past 6 months, Totem, the developer, has made major upgrades to the software and is continuing to enhance and refine its capabilities. They've been releasing improved beta's every 2-3 weeks and official versions every 8-10 weeks for the past 6 months. I expect this will continue for at least 6 more months, but don't let that make you hesitate the betas are pretty good and the main features work property.
Here are the major changes:
WARNING: The prices shown in the new review here are wrong. They have gone up.
1. There is a new pricing structure. It is no longer possible to buy a subscription of any sort. You buy credits in blocks of 2, 8 ,25 or 50. The price per credit goes down as the number of credits you buy goes up. You use credits to buy "cards" which consist of about 20 "clips" totaling 20-30 minutes of play time. Cards are priced based on the technology used to produce them. The oldest cards were recorded in 480p resolution and are not really recommended unless the model is a special favorite of yours. The next oldest cards were recorded in 720p. Until recently the newest cards were recorded in 1080p and can be downloaded in either 720 or 1080, but the price is the same regardless of size and higher than the original 720p cards. Some of the newer 720 cards were actually recorded in 1080 and are slowly being remastered and release in both 720 and 1080. The price of these remastered cards goes up from the 720 price to the 1080 price, but if you already own the card the quality upgrade is free. About 4 months ago, they began releasing 3K (1620p) cards which are available in 720, 1080 and 3K at the same higher price. The 3K cards have much improved production values and are a real improvement even if you have a small screen. Fixed discounts are offered to members depending on the number of cards they own.
2. Full screen mode. The basic mode is to play clips on you working desktop. The girl performs in front of any open windows you may have. A new feature allows one or more girls to dance on a full-screen screen saver type background. Many members have created and posted their own backgrounds enhancing this capability.
I've been a member for about 6 months now. The product is unique and enjoyable. As the reviewer noted it can easily get expensive.
The software is free. They make money by selling shows which they call cards. A card consists of 15-20 individual clips all of the same model in the same costume. Each clip is from 15 seconds to about 3 minutes in length. Some clips are fully clothed. Some clips are strip tease. Some start naked. Some have props like a dance pole. Typically, they will hire one model to create 5-6 cards during a 2-3 day recording session. They release about 5 new cards every week. Most cards are solo acts, but they have a few pairs.
There are a variety of ways to buy cards. A subscription will get you a random choice of cards each week, not simply the newest. This is the cheapest per card, but you have no choice. The most expensive way to get cards is to buy them at full price, $2 per. There is a middle ground. All cards eventually rotate through a demo area where you can sample some short fully clothed clips and buy the cards a half price. I've bought most of my cards through the demo route.
One of the other comments here was that customer service is nonexistent. That's not quite right, but it is not very responsive. However, the forum on the web site has very helpful moderators. Before you spend a lot of money, visit the forum and read some of the message threads. The web site also lists all the available models and shows so you can get a good idea of what's out there.
Over the years, they have improved the technical quality of the cards. The original cards were 480p of vertical resolution. These are now essentially obsolete, but some "best of" collections are still available as "classic" cards. The oldest regular cards are 720p. For the past 2 years all cards were recorded in 1080p. These start at about card 600. However, they were released at 720p. Since about card 900, all new cards have been released at both 720 and 1080. They are now reediting and rereleasing the cards between 600 and 900 in 1080p. They claim and the newest cards have been recorded at about 1600p and that they will be releasing 1600p versions of those cards real soon now.
Other than improving the resolution of the cards, they have been very slow to add new features. The web forum is full of requests and recommendations for improving the product, but very little seems to have been done over the 6 month's I've been present. However, as a software developer myself, I must admit that adding new functions and testing them is time consuming. It is clear to me that they have a very limiting software development staff.
The software essentially presents clips (not cards) in random order. It is possible to make playlists of selected cards to control what you see, but not much more. However, there is third-party software that will let you create multi-clip shows to more exactly suit your tastes.
I subscribed to the site several days ago and while the biller was quick to take my money, the website has yet to acknowledge that I even have an account.
By the way, don't be fooled by their "Customer Service" area on the website, there is no Customer Service going on with these folks...I can see why they have a forum..."free support" via their members...because you cannot get an answer from the actual company at all.
I guess when you have as many members as they tout up what's one or two lost subscriptions or ticked off customers...big deal, right?
My advice, buyer beware...thanks
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