Summary: The latest version of NOVA has more features than any of the other satellite tracking programs (both free and paid-for) that I have tried, such as the AMSAT tracking software. This is a two-edged benefit...: with all those features it can be confusing to set up. If you are controlling AZ-EL rotors, it comes with built-in drivers for at least 10 tracking interfaces.
Summary: I've been using NFW for several years now, and I have to admit it fails to impress me. Yes, it's pretty, but it requires an add-on to tune the radio, and I've had it crash multiple times, on different PC hardware. Each time it died, it required me to reinitialize the program, dumping all my presets out. Getting it properly configured is not intuitive, and requires a bit of tinkering.
Summary: I agree with the previous reviewer, the new version of Nova isn't very good. I still have the older version installed and won't be upgrading anytime soon. I find the older version (not sure which one) seems to work much better for my needs, but then I don't do rotor control and things like that. Of course I also like Windows 98 much better than XP because it never seems to lock up.
Summary: I've been using Nova for a couple of years. I'm currently running registered v2.2b. This could be a great piece of software, but it is riddled with annoying bugs. It randomly 'forgets' settings, the rotator tracking stalls and/or stops switching to the next satellite in the script sequence for no apparent reason. Sometimes the auto track changes observers back to the default, and so it points to the wrong place. And some obvious shortcuts are missing from the gui.
Summary: I also have used Nova for many years and truly admire the functionality and detail. I do, however, have one item on my Nova "wish list". It would be great if, in the panel where the selected satellite's info (AOS, LOS, Until, Distance, etc) is displayed, it would also show the uplink and downlink frequencies and the modes of that satellite for quick reference. Maybe even a way to enter/store that info yourself as it does change.
Summary: Like people who submitted earlier posts, I got immediate and personal assistance from Michael. I could not configure my rotor (G-5400) to the computer. Mike asked me to email the data folder to him. He looked at my settings and told me how to fix it. After hours of my trying, he got it up and running in a few minutes. He also helped me with some of the KEs and satellite database. The product itself performs for what I want it to do.