Holdem manager HM Cloud
I don't see any category for discussions on poker software tools so I guess this will do.
What are your thoughts on holdem managers decision to redevelop their poker hand history database and hud software into a cloud based online service called HM cloud?
HM cloud is replacing the desktop software client they have already discontinued the iPhone
App and I believe no more development will be done for the windows based application HM2. They also mentioned that support for Mac OS X will only be considered once development on HM cloud is complete.
Basically you wont license software from them anymore instead you will be licensed to access the new application on their web site through a web browser. A small client app which facilitates the HUD functionality and synchronization of your hand histories has to be installed and runs on your local computer. All histories will be uploaded to the online server as the central database and all the processing required to generate reports etc are done by the server and accessed through your web browser.
We already have several sites tracking our results at the poker rooms, arguably an invasion of privacy but thank the poker gawds they don't have our hand histories as well. I don't know if there are others that feel the same as I do but my hand history is private and I am not willing to share this information in the cloud. Where villains may gain access to it, say what you like the possibility will always be there. No matter how secure it is from an end user perspective someone has access to the raw database and this can be exploited. Imagine anyone can come look over your shoulder as you play your hand hole cards exposed, until the end of days.
The company is simply referred to as PASG in the end user license agreement, who are these people? Why would we trust this software vendor with our data, have they been known to be trustworthy where it comes to making your data available to others? I'm not arguing that it's a bad choice from a software development and user accessibility perspective but did they actually consult their user base (customers) on whether they want a cloud service or not? This alone may lead to their demise if no one adopts the new service. I wonder if poker players actually understand the implications? Is this just a ploy to start collecting everyone's hand histories?
Personally, as much as I prefer HM to PT(Poker Tracker the other database and hud software) there is no way I am sharing my complete hand histories with a company on the internets and pay them for the privilege. How do you feel, share your thoughts, please? Who currently uses Holdem Manager, did you use HM1 and are you upgrading your software to the cloud service? What are your views around uploading your hand histories to the cloud?