I think anything that's not freeware based blows. CromePro costs 150, but it's really only used by professional tuners, so it's still good by me.
I personally don't mind paying for quality products. Often times people expect to get great free programs, but that isn't how our market works. I don't expect Honda to give me a car just like I should expect Greedy to give me their products.
Then again, there are freeware programs out there and they lack in a lot of professional extras.
Usually you get what you pay for. Ease of use is often worth the money if you ask me.
Personally, I think the freeware out there for this is better than most systems, and the support for it is also huge. Not to mention it is a global system that you can buy the **** and sell it when you're done, rather than dropping a few hundred on a standalone that attaches to your car like a cancer. Grr. Plus lots of standalones just plain suck to begin with. And they're not portable. I can go online and find a crome map tuned for a specific engine/turbo combo and be look w00t, but you can't play swap the greddys.
I decided to pay for my Hondata instead of using the free Uberdata for a few reasons. Customer service was #1, and a company that stands behind their product. I have called Hondata many times and gotten helped instantly. If I ever have a problem, I can lay the blame on them. I'm all for freeware if whoever makes it is willing to not make any money, but I'm with Matt, I'm willing to pay for a quality product.
The Emanage is crap. Don't waste your time or money on that garbage.
That was taken from the forced induction section on honda-tech. Guy asked which aftermarket ecu to buy, something like emanage, and emanage was called crap and the freeware was suggested as being much better and user friendly,