Platform: Sunfrog is built on .NET, Microsoft's development
platform. When buying software generally, you are better off
choosing products built on a modern platform such as .NET or Java.
This impacts many important metrics - especially stability, performance
and ease of use.
Native Windows User Interface:
Sunfrog has been built with native Windows components. Most of
Sunfrog's competitors decided to save money by developing with "cross
platform" components, making their user interfaces clunky and forcing
customers to adopt a steeper learning curve.
Multiple Schedules /
Board Swap: When evaluating the scheduler, especially products
built on Filemaker, make sure that the scheduler actually works! What
is the performance when you move a single schedule entry? Does it
cause the screen to flash and a 2 to 3 second delay as the schedule is
recalculated? Could you really schedule your production with it?
Contact Management: Can you import
your contacts from an existing address book? Are you forced to
enter your actors in a separate module instead of having all your contacts
in one place? Can
you recast a role quickly? Can you keep track of a cast,
crew, or location's availability?
Report Export: Can
you generate reports in PDF, HTML or Word? This is especially
important when disseminating reports to your cast and crew.
Script Import: Can
you import a script from Final Draft?
Pricing Options: Can
you rent the software if you only need to use it for a specific time?
Can you use the app for free as a "viewer"? Are there academic
discounts? Do you get the full product even if you are buying less
expensive academic version?
I believe that Sunfrog is already the best film
scheduling package available. But don't take my word for it.
Compare competing products and make your own decision. I look
forward to healthy competition which will benefit all users in the long