If ya don't know, the Canon CHDK (Firmware freeware\nhack) supercharges Canon cameras, now DSLRs too!\nIt's way cool!\n\nExcept: too bad the website, from the average non-geek's\nperspective is so painful to the point of useless.\nBut I'm a non-geek, not a technophobe.\nActually, way back when, I've coded for thousands of\nhours. It's not like I think syntax is difficult.\n\nI'm about to go crazy trying to figure this thing out.\nYes, I have an ADD learning disability, and trying to\nunravel the spaghetti on the official unofficial sites\nis impossible. They don't believe in editing anything\nas this opensource thing evolves over seveal years.\nThe obsolete seems as valuable to them as the current,\nif the number of words implies value.\nThey seemingly have no executive people in charge of\nmaking anything coherent. Nothing is ever removed,\nstuff is only added. Like a tire with more patch than tire.\n(Thank goodness there is some strikout font here and there,\ntho.) Sample two sentences:\n\nQUOTING: [URL]http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/UBASIC/TutorialScratchpad[/URL]\n"***UBASIC/TutorialScratchpad***\n"The complexity and time-line of your script is only limited by\nyour imagination and trying to keep your script under the 8K\ncharacter (8192 byte) limit. (See "starting out" section above\nfor script length limit; this might not be accurate any more)"\n....end quote.\n\nIOW, "This and that, but perhaps not, check over there,\nand good chance that too will be laced with caveats,\ncuz who the hell can keep track of this ball of endless\nstring? ...Why YOU the newbie learner can!"\n\nThat's not particularly bad, I quote it because it's typical\nand concise. In another place they state that a whole\notherwise obsolete page is kept alive because two sentences\nare not on this (the current) page. What? One page, marked\nthe Best, Latest Code! seems cool, one studies that\nscript, trying to figure it out for a looong time,\nonly to discover oops, that's obsolete, and NOW here's\nthe zoomzoom version! One informative intro tells me where\nto get the latest (beta only) firmware for my cam...wow that's a\nthread with over 1,000 replies!... mod after update and no firm\ndecisive place to look as we listen to one exciting tale of\ncoding and failure and fix after another. I crossed my\nfingers & got one, I can only hope it's ok.\nDid I mention it's like trying to find one unmarked\nstrand of spaghetti a plate of spaghetti that for my purposes\nshould only have that one strand on it?\n\nTo be fair, from appearances, if my camera's CHDK version\nwas not STILL languishing in BETA, then there does seem to be\na nifty pointing mechanism to the real builds that one might find\nin less than an hour or so. And the German version has\nbeen out for a long time, I could try Google-translate\non it I guess, but mention of that version is nil,.\n...or buried in the ball of spaghetti -\-\-\nas with all things...WHO KNOWS?\nTo be fair, it's possible that this limbo status is not typical,\nand is the most unfriendly, confusing place of all to be.\n\nThat's where I am now. After more than 12+ hours I'm\nfinding the best intervalometer to test, I'd like\nto shoot 3fps, but default is one shot per 5 secs.\nI think I'll come close. If it works. BETA, remember?\nEverybody has time to squander, right? ...I mean invest.\n\nThe way it looks is, the build I found stopped development\n( sx120is-100b-0.9.9-912-full )\nover six months ago. One wonders if that's because somebody\nhad a crisis, or because it was good enough? ...and being\nwithout leadership, nobody made the final push to take\nit out of BETA and to the public? Six moths ago somebody\nsaid it works. Supposedly not good enough, but what is\nit missing, or whatever? -\-\- as with all things...WHO KNOWS?\nShould a newbie try it, why or why not?...WHO KNOWS?\nNot this newbie.\n\nAgain, I think I'm going to like CHDK. My complaint is\nnot with that. It's the two Web sites. They need to\ntake some clues from Wikipedia, which has strict\nguidelines, rules, and "official" unofficial editors\nand censors (leadership). Those sites may work fine\nas software development sites, but their public interface,\nthe only part I see and comment on, sucks and they sucks\nBig Time. Of course Wikipedia would have it nailed,\ncuz communication is what they do. ...and they KNOW\ncommunication is difficult.\n\n....and to the haughty troll with sockpuppets on\nrec.photo.digital,\nhow DARE I "complain about freeware?" Just like this, pal.\nThe Internet runs on freeware, and it all gets reviewed. Dry up.\nYour "ideas" are as stimulating as old, fading jock itch.\nI review it because I care for it. Happy happy, it's free.\n-\-Doug\n\n\n\nThe insane twist the facts to fit their world view.\nThe rational change their world view to fit the facts.