225 ( +1 | -1 ) I have it...I bought Chessbase 7 and then finally made the move to Chessbase 8 and that is what I use now. Overall, I think Chessbase is an outstanding program... I like the changes they made between the two versions and the new features as well.
The biggest complaint that I have about Chessbase is its lack of organanization when it comes to managing various databases. I have *tons* of databases, ranging from stuff like Big Base to SuperBase, to TWIC's, to local club played games, etc etc. However, Chessbase pretty much only has a flat view of all these databases, with little in the way of features to group them, nest them in logical (as opposed to physical disk-based) trees, etc.
Other than that, I am pretty pleased with it...
I have not tried Chess Assistant, so I don't know how good it is or if it will do everything that Chessbase does... my understanding is that it was similar to Chessbase, but actually served a slightly different purpose.
I have tried and used Scid, and I like some of the stuff there, but I hate the user interface and seems a bit on the clunky side to use... however, it *is* free and it *is* quite feature rich... I would suggest that before spending a good chunk of change.
I bought Chessvision a long time ago and was *SORELY* disappointed. I was trying to avoid buying Chessbase, which I eventually did anyways, and to save a bunch of money. What I got was a database program that was buggy (it had a nice user interface though), proprietary and not very well supported by the company. Basically, you can import pgn and chessbase games into the program, however, it is written in a proprietary chessvision format, and there is no way to export any games from it... You can play on ICS/FICE/etc with it, and it will automatically save the games to a database, but good luck getting those games back out! The only way I could find to do it is to print to a file!
Let's see, other programs... I have looked at Chess Academy a little bit, but don't feel it is quite appropriate for what I was looking for... It might be something worth looking into down the road...
Were there others? I am curious as to what you found that had a $625 price tag! Chessbase 8 Mega was somewhere around the $325 mark (depending on where you went), so I am curious!
23 ( +1 | -1 ) $325 is a lot of money to spend. Does fritz 8 have a big database thats only $95 im speaking in australian dollars here by the way. Im just after a really up to date database. And the thing that cost $625 is actually $695!! its chessbase 8.0 megapack