NCH Software

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NCH Software
Type Private
Industry Computer software
Founded 1993
Headquarters Canberra, office in Australia
Key people Peter Lupton, Founder and CEO
Products NCH Software Product List
Website www.nchsoftware.com

NCH Software is a software development company founded in 1993 in Canberra, Australia. The Colorado office was started in April 2008 due to the large U.S. customer base. NCH Software primarily sells to individuals via their website.

Software products[edit]

NCH Software provides a wide range of software programs for audio, video, business, dictation and transcription, graphics, telephony and other utilities. They are particularly well known for their audio suite, of which WavePad is the flagship product.

Name Description Windows Mac OS X iOS App Android App
Axon Virtual PBX Yes
Barillo Barcode generator Yes
Bolt PDF printer Yes
BroadCam Video streaming server Yes
BroadWave[1] Audio Streaming Server Yes
CardWorks Business Card Designer Yes
Classic FTP FTP client Yes Yes
Copper Point of Sales software Yes Yes
Crescendo Music Notation Editor Yes
Debut Video capture software Yes Yes
DesktopNow Remote Computer Access Yes
DialDictate Phone In Dictation System Yes
Disketch CD/DVD Label Designer Yes Yes
Doxillion Document Converter Yes Yes
Express Accounts Accounting Software Yes Yes
Express Burn[2] CD/DVD/Blu-ray Burner Yes Yes
Express Delegate Dictation and Transcription Manager Yes
Express Dictate[3] Digital Dictation Recorder Yes Yes Yes
Express Invoice Invoicing Software Yes Yes Yes
Express Rip CD Ripper Yes
Express Scribe Transcription Playback Software Yes Yes
Express Talk Softphone Yes Yes
Express Zip File Compression Software Yes Yes
Eyeline Video Surveillance Software Yes
FastFox Typing Expander Yes Yes
FileFort Backup Software Yes Yes
FlexiServer[4] Employee Management Software Yes
Fling Automatic FTP Uploader Yes
Golden Records Vinyl to CD Converter Yes Yes
Golden Videos VHS to DVD Converter Yes
HourGuard Timesheet Software Yes Yes
IMS On-Hold Messages Player Yes Yes
Inventoria[5] Inventory Software Yes Yes
IVM[6] Telephone Attendant Yes
KeyBlaze Typing Tutor Yes Yes
MEO Encryption Software Yes Yes
MixPad[7] Multitrack Audio Recorder & Mixer Yes Yes
MSRS Court and Conference Recorder Yes
Orion File Recovery Yes
PhotoPad Photo Editor Yes
PhotoStage Slideshow Creator Yes
PitchPerfect Guitar Tuner Yes Yes Yes
Pixillion Image File Converter Yes Yes
Prism Video File Converter Yes Yes
Quorum Audio Conferencing Software Yes
RecordPad Audio Recorder Yes Yes Yes
Reflect Customer Relationship Software Yes Yes
SoundTap Audio Stream Recorder Yes Yes
Switch[8] Audio File Converter Yes Yes
TempoPerfect Metronome Software Yes Yes Yes
TexTally Word, Line and Character Counter Yes
NCH Tone Generator Audio Test Tone Generator Yes Yes
TRx Single Line Phone Recorder Yes Yes
TwelveKeys Music Transcription Assistant Yes
Verbose Text to Speech Converter Yes Yes
Verity Child Monitoring Software Yes
VideoPad[9] Video Editing Software Yes Yes
VRS Multiple Line Voice Recorder Yes
Warp Registry Cleaner Yes
WavePad Audio Editing Software Yes Yes Yes Yes
Web Dictate Internet Dictation System Yes
Zulu[10] DJ Software Yes Yes

Browser Toolbar[edit]

During the installation process NCH Software also by default (but you can uncheck the option during install) installs Google Chrome. This can be unselected during install or removed after install. In older versions of their software a browser toolbar powered by Conduit,[11] was installed as well as making changes to the default homepage and search engine.

Criticism[edit]

  • Some users have reported finding unexpected additional software when installing NCH programs.[12][13][14] However, WOT Services and McAfee SiteAdvisor both claim NCH Software website to be free of Adware/Malware.[15][16] Nevertheless, most NCH software products are known to install on-demand components such as codecs.
  • After uninstalling certain NCH products, the on-demand installer remains installed and will continue attempting to install NCH software in certain circumstances. After uninstalling Debut Video Capture, the on-demand installer file name is prism.exe and can be located in (program files) \NCH Software\Prism. This may vary with different NCH products. For example, the following registry key was found after uninstalling Debut Video Capture: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\WinRAR\Shell\NCHextract. The key displays a link to the on-demand installer for Express Zip whenever a winRAR context menu is displayed. This issue can be solved by a simple registry search for "NCHextract" however, there appears to be no official solution provided by NCH.
  • Certain NCH products hijack already - registered file extensions without permission, bringing up the NCH on-demand installer when a file with this extension is clicked, instead of the previously registered program. This is confirmed with Debut Video Capture and ISO file extensions.
  • A lot of users have reported Blue Screens (BSOD) by using NCH products such as Debut or Sound Tap, especially in Windows 7 64-bit systems. The blue screen critical crash always points to an NCH device driver named stdriver64.sys. In some systems the BSOD can be reproduced by installing Debut and Voxal Voice Changer, and clicking "preview". This bug has now been fixed and the remedy is to re-download the new version from www.nchsoftware.com.[17]
  • Prism Video Converter has been reported to include FFmpeg in violation of the LGPL license.[18]
  • There is a dubiously limited software update policy: NCH only allow access to their software updates and bug-fixes for a period of 3 months, after which point the end user may have to re-purchase the software to receive updates and fixes for a further 3 months. Response to bugs are typically very slow, so a bug reported in software bought today may not get fixes within the 3 month update period and the user will need to re-purchase the software to receive the fix or update when released.[19]

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