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I get all the reasons people don't want a SaaS approach. For me, it's not a deal-breaker.
I don't like the combination of SaaS and iterative data package costs. For me, it's not a deal-breaker.
The biggest problem is that it sucks. It's an okay idea executed terribly.
- It's slow (but hey, it's also usable on my tablet, where it's also slow).
- I often have to make selections multiple times because the first one gives an error, but often the error is bogus because the selection went through so repeatedaattempts don't do anything and the best option is to make a totally unrelated change to trigger a client refresh and then undo the unrelated change
- It's got random inaccurate stuff (a little inevitable, and honestly I was impressed they were mostly able to keep up with playtest changes, but they seem worse with the final material)
- The printouts are worse than the original version they had in the playtest, which also sucked (now they don't have the action icons, and the gear/ability descriptions miss all kinds of stuff)
- Tracking some of the fiddly things like alchemist formulas is entirely manual (i.e.,they give a notes section) , despite them having a functional system for spellbooks they could have started from (although spellbooks are painful, because the slowness is so bad)
- Those workarounds don't print anywhere, which is useless for my players
- They're not being transparent or forthcoming about timelines for anything, even on their internal forums
- Since PF2 launch, I've run into about 3 or 4 days where it just doesn't work at all, which is a pretty high percentage of attempts
- It's useless for tracking combat or conditions or anything, although thankfully that's a lot less of a headache in PF2 anyway
- They're being outdone by one dude writing an Android app
- I usually can't even fix the stuff that's broken with manual adjustments like I could with the offline app
My players have actually all chosen to use the fillable PDF I made from the official sheet, which seems totally bonkers to me. At this point, if someone basically creates a webapp that lets you make check off a bunch of feats/skills/gear/spells and build printable reference sheets, I won't really see a reason to use Hero Lab again. (I've already suggested it to the dude making the pf2.easytool.es site, which is a great reference tool).