> I'm an intermediate player, around 1700, and would like to improve my
> game. I looked at and tried both JellyFish and Snowie, and they are
> pretty much the same as far as the trial edition goes. I don't know
> anything about the advanced features, so I would like to know: since the
> latest JellyFish cost $220 while Snowie is $380, is Snowie worth the
> extra money?
For the extra $160, you get a program that plays at about the same
level but with greatly improved functions for match import, analysis
and review, error identification, rollouts that use a live cube and
take match score into consideration for checker and play decisions,
statistical analysis of "player accounts" (of all your matches, or
anyone's matches). Those are the main things, I think. And if you'll
use these functions, it's worth the extra $.
In JF's favor, its analysis and rollouts are also credible, its way of
doing things are sometimes more useful than Snowie's, and JF is MUCH
faster -- Snowie's play at its highest level is VERY slow even on fast
computers. And it is also possible to import online matches into
JellyFish with free helper programs like FIBSJF and BG Blitz.
The web pages of oasya.com and effect.no describe the advanced
features of Snowie and JellyFish.