This is a fine program for quickly creating character sheets for the ICONS roleplaying game. I'm reviewing the 1.01 release which recently updated many of the problems mentioned in previous reviews. Please note that the readme in this download indicates that there are a few known bugs that are still being ironed out, but to be fair, I've not run into too many of them in my use of the program. The road map which details the direction the programmer wants to take the program has me excited with the possibilities of the character sheets which will be possible by year's end.
As for the program in its current state - I can't think of an easier character builder to use. Part of this is due to the fact that ICONS isn't an overly difficult game with which to create characters. Much credit must also go to the programmer who kept the process clean and simple. If you want to create a random character, there's a button labeled "create new random character", and have at it. Of course, the options are there to tweak and customize aspects of your character. I especially like the running point count total that is tabulated whether the character is random or not - I foresee this as a great way to prevent players feeling cheated if their characters come out a bit on the weak side...simply add a specialty here or a power there. Good stuff.
One issue that remains in this build is that it doesn't support custom specializations, and should you add a Specialty, then delete it to select another - it doesn't 'refund' the original specialty cost. A minor 'bug', but one that I hope is addressed in the next release.
The printed character sheet is clean and uncluttered, with a good font choice and size. The picture size and location is very good, being about a quarter to a third of the page and in the upper right hand side of the page. The option to place your own art into this frame is accomplished by double-clicking the box. Couldn't be easier.
Overall I very much like this product, and imagine it will go from good to great if the designer is able to accomplish all he sets out in his roadmap.
Still a few bugs, but the good stuff far outweighs the minor issues here and there. The addition of LOTS of future potential makes this $9.95 well spent.