I have been a solid Loadbase supporter but I have shot with a few and read of a few extremely solid long range shooters and hunters that rely on and use Exbal, so I thought I would give it a try to see how it works this hunting season.
I loaded Exbal on to a Dell Axim X51 and I put it on the CF card so I can run Loadbase on the main system and have ample room for updates. I set it up so I can tab between Loadbase and Exbal just by pushing a button. Going from one to the other is fast so it will make for a very good comparison!
My initial impression is that Exbal is extremely easy to get up and running, I'm not a computer geek but I can usually struggle and fight with something long enough to figure it out and Loadbase takes just a little computer savy to get up and running.
Exbals flow is a little broken up to me, in and out of screens and having to edit functions like output values in one screen to change in another. Loadbase has a good flow and the core ballistics tab contains sub tabs that you can move though and you can change the out put values very easily from the page your on.
Exbal owns the speed department, it is fast to load pages and fast to adjust to new input values. Loadbase is slower for sure and I see how this was frustrating to Broz.
I really dig the trajectory validation tool and is one of the main reasons I wanted Exbal. I also wanted to check out the ballistic reticle analysis tool.
The Library on Loadbase and Exbal are both good and handy, it seems like Loadbase has more stuff and one very big advantage to Loadbase is the updates that come out when it is needed.
Loadbase really has a ton of tools on it, now it has GPS capability if your set up with GPS on your PPC. Loadbase has a bunch of Analyzer functions and it has a very nice Logbook funtion.
I like how simple Exbal is, all the extras and bells and whistles are not why I carry ballistics programs with me hunting and shooting. On target, cold bore hits in varying terrain and conditions are why I carry them, time will tell which one I can get better dopes from.