Picks: Reviews of AudioAlchemy MP3 Edition, Axialis IconWorkshop, ComparatorPro, and Easy DVD Clone.
|Published:||Sep 17, 2008|
|Author:||Michael E, Callahan|
AudioAlchemy MP3, by Mystik Media is a cool tool for working with all of your audio files. The program works with a huge number of audio formats including MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, AU, AIFF, and many more. In working with the program I found it to be really intuitive and easy-to-use, perfect for users with all levels of experience. AudioAlchemy MP3 gives you lots of options when it comes to converting your audio files into other formats. I was impressed by the fact that the program lets you alter existing MP3 files and change items like channel and bitrate. I was also really pleased with how fast the audio conversions were completed. The program seemed quite a bit faster at converting than some other programs I've evaluated. I also tested in on a complete "batch" of files and it processed them quickly and efficiently. AudioAlchemy MP3 Edition can transfer tags automatically and also does excellent error checking on your files. This is really a slick package for working with audio files and converting from one format to another. So, if you're into audio, take the time to checkout AudioAlchemy MP3 Edition. I think you'll like it.
System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/2003/XP/Vista
Axialis IconWorkshop, by Axialis Software is a full-featured icon editor that lets you create and edit icons. The program is easy-to-use and perfect for both new and experienced users. Axialis IconWorkshop can create icons for Windows, Mac, and even Unix systems. It supports Windows Vista and can do icons up to 256 x 256. Another interesting feature of Axialis IconWorkshop is support for "image strips" These strings of icons are of use to programmers when creating toolbars for software programs. I have to be honest and say that I really didn't know much about 'image strips', but they had a nice section on the topic on the Axialis Web site if you want more information. Axialis IconWorkshop also plays well with Visual Studio and makes it easy to deal with icons in that environment. Slick. So, if you're looking for a program that will let you do everything you need to do with icons, you might want to take a good look at Axialis IconWorkshop. It may well be just the solution you've been looking for.
System Requirements: Windows XP/2003/Vista
ComparatorPro, by SoftByte Labs is a nifty program that makes it easy to compare files and folders. In testing it out I compared just files, just folders, and then combinations of files and folder. There are a number of comparison options available so you can get exactly the results you want. In fact, I was quite taken with the number of compare options the program gives you. ComparatorPro gives you options so the compare methods are your choice. For example, you can compare files based on what they contain or compare them by size or compare them using a CRC check for accuracy. I always like programs that give users configurable options. As I've mentioned before, the ability to synchronize files is another way to backup your important data. If, for example, the documents on your desktop are synchronized to your laptop every day, then you have a backup in place. Using ComparatorPro you can set up a number of preset configurations so you can quickly sync files and folders between machines. In addition, you can also manage files on other media like USB flash drives, external drives, CDs, DVDs, and so on. So, if you're looking for a powerful, yet easy, way synchronize files and folders, ComparatorPro may be just the solution you want. Give it a try, I recommend it.
System Requirements: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/2003/XP
Easy DVD Clone, by HomeDVDCopy.com is a nifty tool that, as the name implies, makes it easy to clone a DVD. I have to say I had a great deal of fun while evaluating this product. I have to be honest and say that I wasn't sure if it would really work, but boy, did it! It cloned a couple of DVDs I had and it cloned everything that was on the disk. You know, languages, comments from the cast, all the "extra" stuff you get on a DVD today. At the same time I need to mention that if you only want specific content, like the movie but not all the extras, you can do that too. Slick. In testing it out I cloned some DVDs to new DVD blanks and I cloned others to my hard drive. Easy DVD Clone is a powerful way to backup your favorite movies and just store them on your hard drive or on an external drive. The quality of the cloned material was excellent and I really couldn't tell it from the originals. The program is very intuitive and easy-to-use, perfect for all users. Burn your clones to a DVD or save to disk. Oh, and in addition, you can also split DVDs and compress them so they take up much less space. Easy DVD Clone is a cool program for anyone who wants a quick and easy way to backup their DVDs. Try it!
System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/2003/XP/Vista
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Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.