Universal Media Server Review

Using a home media server to stream videos, music, and photos throughout devices on your home network is a wonderful, convenient thing. But some software only gives you a taste of sweet streaming action before charging for the best features. Universal Media Server isn’t the easiest product for setting up your own home media server, but it will give you plenty of functionality without asking for a dime. [Read more…]

FreeMind Review

FreeMind is intended for editing Mind maps, XML/HTML documents, and directory trees. In future, even network-structures will be supported such as Topic Maps (ISO). All this data is represented to the user as a Mind map. This is achieved with a modular design, which makes it possible to easily write modules, only designing the model of the problem (the data structure), without caring for the visual representation at all. Currently a Mind Mapping and a File Mode are implemented. [Read more…]

PDF Split and Merge

Though we can’t call PDF Split & Merge a feature-rich app, we can call it a very easy tool for joining and separating PDF files. Although you can read the tutorial to learn how the program works, the simplistic interface should get most users self-started. You split PDFs according to page number, simply specifying which pages you want in the final file. Merging files is a bit more complicated since you must load files individually rather than in a batch. Regardless, both splitting and merging PDFs was a quick, painless affair in our tests, but beyond its primary purpose, PDF Split & Merge doesn’t offer any customization features. For example, you can only split by full pages and can’t extract or merge text from different pages. Despite this downfall, the program provides a quick and simple solution for users who need to regularly alter PDFs. [Read more…]

TripleA Maps

TripleA Maps – A collection of all maps made for the TripleA Game Engine.

A project by Veqryn for creating, centralizing, and hosting all open-source TripleA maps, as well as other developer resources such as artwork and map makers. [Read more…]

VirtualDub Review

VirtualDub is a video capture and processing utility licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It is designed to be a general utility that can trim and clean up video before exporting to tape or processing with another program. It does not possess the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. VirtualDub has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files, which you can extend with third-party video filters. VirtualDub is best at processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and handle BMP image sets. [Read more…]

DeSmuME Review

DeSmuME (formerly named YopYop DS) is a free/open source Nintendo DS emulator for Linux, OS X, Wii, AmigaOS 4, andWindows. Its name is derived from emu (which is short for emulator), DS and ME.

DeSmuME supports save states, dynamic recompilation (just-in-time compilation (JIT)), V-sync, the ability to increase the size of the screen, filters to improve image quality and has software (Softrasterizer) and OpenGL rendering. DeSmuME also supports microphone use on Windows and Linux ports, and direct video and audio recording. The emulator also features a built-in movie recorder. [Read more…]

7-Zip Review

7-Zip is a utility program to help you extract compressed files and create your own compressed files in several different formats. With these tools you can easily send large quantities of information or open compressed files you receive without hassle. [Read more…]

Pidgin Review

Pidgin lets you link your accounts from multiple chat apps, so you can communicate with all of your friends from one central location. Rather than having to stay logged in to multiple apps at once, you can keep in touch effectively while keeping confusion and distraction to a minimum. Supported apps include Facebook Chat, AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, GroupWise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MXit, MySpaceIM, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo, and Yahoo Japan. [Read more…]

Stellarium Review

A Review of the Stellarium Photo Realistic Planetarium Software

Open source and currently in use by planetarium projectors, Stellarium brings astronomer-level features to stargazers of all levels of interest. It’s not quite as robust as its competitors, but it’s also a much faster program. It doesn’t suck away your RAM into a black hole when loading or running. It does run only in full screen mode, making any other programs you’re running inaccessible except for the ALT-Tab switcher. [Read more…]

UltraStar Deluxe Review

UltraStar Deluxe makes your computer karaoke machine.

UltraStar Deluxe is structured much like SingStar. You can play solo mode or in party mode with up to six players. Points are awarded based on how well you maintain the (relative) pitch and tempo of the song you’re singing along to. If you have a video to go with your song, it will be played in the background; if not, you see the cover art. [Read more…]