Our Download of the Day today is ImgBurn 22.214.171.124.
ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!
It has several 'Modes', each one for performing a different task:
- Read - Read a disc to an image file
- Build - Create an image file from files on your computer or network - or you can write the files directly to a disc
- Write - Write an image file to a disc
- Verify - Check a disc is 100% readable. Optionally, you can also have ImgBurn compare it against a given image file to ensure the actual data is correct
- Discovery - Put your drive / media to the test! Used in combination with DVDInfoPro, you can check the quality of the burns your drive is producing
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 126.96.36.199 can be read in detail here.
As Windows 7 approaches retail release there have been more questions about what it is bringing to the table besides a re-worked UI. Well if you look beyond the new clothing that MS has wrapped the Vista Kernel in you will find a pretty impressive feature set.
In Windows Vista one of the problems was its heavy foot print. This was further exacerbated by Vista's dislike of releasing memory once an application was finished with it. But beyond having better memory usage Windows 7 brings DX11 to the table. DX11 is bringing a host of new features to gaming. These will be the inclusion of a Physics API, adding a tesselator, and a host of other improvements and added features.
But DX11 is not just for gaming; for the first time applications will be able to selectively choose the processor they run on. I am not just talking about the CPU cores, but being able to choose between GPU and GPU on the fly.
For example let's say the main UI of an application is not GPU accelerated (either graphically or by GPGPU) but what it does is DX11 will run the portions of the code that are best suited for the CPU on the CPU and the part that are best suited for the GPU there.
This means that there should be less overhead in transitioning between the two states. It also means that developers should have an easier time in writing applications to take advantage of the parallel power of the GPU.
Windows 7 also brings extra features for SSDs, there are optimizations for performance and also a function that allows you to clean the drive properly after deleting files.
Time to get your Windows 7 ATi loving; AMD has shoved their first Windows 7 Certified drivers out the door in time with the RTM of the next MS OS.
The new 9.7 driver suite has a couple of nice tweak up their sleeve in addition to being certified for Window 7.
Crysis fans looking to run in High-Quality mode on a 4800 series GPU will get a nice 8% performance boost.
Lost Planet Colonies and 8x Anti-Aliasing will get between 7-11% on the 4800 series.
ATI Video converter is now supported in Windows 7 (both x86 and x64)
There are also some new OpenGL Extensions added in.
9.7 drivers are not out for Windows XP as of this writing but should be out shortly according to AMD.
Despite their release these drivers have not made it up on AMD's driver pages just yet, however you can grab the 32 bit and 64 bit versions over at TechPowerUp.
Origianlly it looked like the 6th was the date for the RTM. However it turns out that Microsoft released the code today. Below are the dates of availability for different sources...
Microsoft has let slip the actual date for the release of the Windows 7 RTM. This confirms the comment that the 7600 build that many called the RTM was not the final build.
As it stands now the RTM will hit MSDN and Technet by August 6th Its English form and October 1st for all other languages. This coincides with the running rumor that Windows 7 will be out around October 22nd.
VL (Volume License) customers with Software Assurance will be able to get the RTM starting on the 7th of August while VL customers without SA will have to wait until the 1st of September.
OEMs will receive the first images around the 8th of August.
Microsoft is now saying that OEMs and System integrators need to get the final version and finish up their testing as this will be the final form before full retail release.
Our Download of the Day today is Sandra Lite XII (15.99).
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, and so on.
There is some new WHQL loving from nVidia out today. This is in the form of another round of updated drivers for their GPUs (including the 9400M/ION). The new driver version also features an upgraded PhysX software package.
In terms of what you are getting from the new drivers you get added OpenGL 3.1 support, better power management, a newer version of Cuda (2.3). For Windows 7 and Vista users you can now set performance levels for OpenGL and DirectX.
Of course there are the usual bug fixes, performance tweaks, and some updates to the control panel UI.
- GeForce 190.38 WHQL (XP 32bit)
- GeForce 190.38 WHQL (XP 64bit)
- GeForce 190.38 WHQL (Vista/7 32bit)
- GeForce 190.38 WHQL (Vista/7 64bit)
Today, on the 40th Anniversary of the landing of two men on the moon, Furturemark Games has released two new screen shots of their upcoming game Shattered Horizons.
The screen shots show how the Moon looks in the game in the year 2049. In the game the Moon has suffered a cataclysmic explosion that hurled debris into near Earth orbit.
Most of the game play will take place in this debris field. Players fight as either survivors of Moon or inhabitants of the International Space Station. The battle field is in zero gravity forcing players to think, fight and survive in three demensions.
Read more here
Our Download of the Day today is Audacity 1.3.8 Beta.
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:
- Record live audio.
- Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
- Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
- Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
- Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
- Add new effects with LADSPA plug-ins.
- And more!
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 1.3.8 Beta
- VST Effects now display in GUI mode by default
- Updated Nyquist implementation
- Improvements to Equalization, Noise Removal, Truncate Silence, Click Track and effects chains
- Improved Plot Spectrum analysis and new preferences for Spectrograms
- Record more than 16 channels (hardware/drivers permitting)
- New "Mixer Board" view with per-track VU meters
- AMR NB export support via the optional FFmpeg library
- 32-bit float data over 0 dB handled without clipping
- Draft Manual/Quick Help included in Windows and Mac installers
- Faster waveform drawing and better response in multi-track projects
- Various bug fixes, stability and accessibility improvements
Ok, I do not know about you but I am getting a little tired of all the whining going on over IE8.
After MSFT said they would remove the option to use IE in Windows 7 for the EU it looked like people would finally be happy. However that is not the case for Opera.
No they claim that not have IE available to the user (but leaving the rendering engine etc on the OS) is not enough. Apparently removing the IE option and allowing the buyer/OEM/VAR to put whatever browser they want is not going to "restore browser competition on the desktop". Gee since there will be no browser available to the user doesn't that mean the user is free to choose?
I suppose they will not be happy until MSFT is forced to do their job for them and not only bundle Opera into Windows but pay for it too.
Really quit complaining and just get over it. Honestly it just gets old.
Ok rant done.
Our Download of the Day today is a-squared Free 188.8.131.52.
Security must not be a privilege. Under this motto, Emsi Software provides the Malware scanner a-squared Free completely free of charge for private use. But it is not a very limited version, it is a full tool to clean your computer from Malware. Not only Spywares, as detected by classic Anti-Spyware programs, but also especially Trojans, Backdoors, Worms, Dialers, Keyloggers and a lot of other destructive pests, which makes it dangerous to surf the web.
The advantages to you:
- Frees your PC from Malware
- Quarantine for emergency
- Exceptionally easy to use
a-squared reliably detects:
- Trojans, Backdoors, Keyloggers
- Spyware, Adware, TrackingCookies
- Worms, Bots, Viruses
This morning I stumbled across something pretty cool. It is a liveCD version of Google's Android OS. This new version has had x86 support shoehorned into it by some ingenious coders.
The new LiveCD will allow people to get a look at Android before it hits the shelves inside a netbook. The version was taken from an eee_701 Android OS image and altered to work on a stock x86 PC.
I grabbed the ISO image (make sure you get both 001 and 002) right away and took a quick look. I needed to use HJSplit to rejoin the two parts of the ISO as neither WinRAR nor WinZip worked, but after that I was good to go. I was surprised at how well it worked on very limited resources.
As you can see in the movie below the OS was pretty responsive in a VM with only 128MB of RAM.
Should be fun to play with though, happy downloading.
Grab the LiveCD here.
Yesterday we posted that Windows 7 build 7600 hit the torrent sites (it did), and that it was the final RTM version.
We made a mistake and can confirm now that it is not the final RTM version. Microsoft is still applying finishing touches and expects the RTM to be announced in the second half of this month, which is basically anytime now.
I'd like to offer up a little insight into the "Release to Manufacturing" (RTM) for Windows 7.
Over the past week, there have been many rumors surrounding RTM.
We are close, but have not yet signed off on Windows 7. When we RTM you will most certainly hear it here. As we've said all along, we will RTM Windows 7 when it's ready. As previously stated, we expect Windows 7 to RTM in the 2nd half of July.
You can read more by Brandon LeBlanc over at the official Windows 7 blog, right here.
Our Download of the Day today is K-Lite Codec Pack 5.00 (Full).
The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files.
With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular audio and video formats and even several less common formats.
The K-Lite Codec Pack has a couple of major advantages compared to other codec packs:
- It is updated frequently. So it is always up-to-date with the newest and/or best components.
- All components have been carefully selected for specific purposes. It is not just a random bunch of stuff thrown together.
- It is very user-friendly and easy to use.
- The installation is fully customizable, meaning that you are able to install just those components that you really want.
- The customization abilities even go beyond the component level. Some components are able to handle multiple formats. You can specify exactly which components should handle which formats. The pack can thus be fully tweaked to your own specific needs and preferences.
- Uninstallation removes everything that was installed by the pack. Including all registry keys.
- It is extremely easy to make a fully customized unattended installation with the integrated wizard.
- It does not contain any bad, buggy or unstable codecs.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 5.00 Full
* Updated ffdshow to revision 3029
* Updated Gabest MPEG splitter to version 1.2.1164.0
* Updated Codec tweak Tool to version 3.0.0
* Updated MediaInfo Lite to version 0.7.18
* Support for Unicode filenames has been added to the MediaInfo tool
* Minor changes
Microsoft said it would wrap up its Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build of Windows 7 on July 13th and it indeed has.
In something which has become common place these days, the final build of Windows 7 has already hit torrent download sites and is already being used by early adopters around the world.
We can also confirm at around the same time the beta 1 version of Microsoft Office 2010 also hit the torrent sites in 32-bit and 64-bit downloads.
We'll have Windows 7 build 7600 content online soon - stay tuned!
Microsoft's Silverlight (a direct competitor of Adobe's Flash) got its third version released tonight. This is ahead of the originally planned release date.
Since MS pushed Silverlight out the door there have been many companies that have adopted the new standard. One of the biggest was the adoption by Netflix for use in its streaming player.
This new version brings in over 50 improvements including adding support for Microsoft's Smooth Streaming and GPU acceleration (I bet the gang at nVidia are happy).
Smooth Streaming is probably going to have the biggest impact as it can allow for streaming of 720p video with no buffering. This is simply an amazing feat and one that is being integrated into the Zune HD and was used at the Jackson Memorial.
If this new version of Silverlight is any indication Adobe has its work cut out for them.
Grab Silverlight 3.0 here
Our Download of the Day today is VLC Media Player 1.0.0.
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols without external codec or program.
It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.
VLC can play:
- MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 / DivX files from a hard disk, a CD-ROM drive, and so on
- DVDs, VCDs, and Audio CDs
- From satellite cards (DVB-S)
- Several types of network streams: UDP/RTP Unicast, UDP/RTP Multicast, HTTP, RTSP, MMS, etc.
- From acquisition or encoding cards (on GNU/Linux and Windows only)
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 1.0.0
This major release introduces many new features, new formats and new codecs to the VLC multimedia framework and fixes a very high number of bugs that were present in the 0.9.x or 0.8.6 versions.
Our Download of the Day today is Pando 184.108.40.206.
Pando is free P2P software that makes downloading, streaming and sharing large media files fast, easy and fun. Need to email large attachments, IM a folder, or publish your downloadable videos to the Web? Maybe you'd just like to watch full-screen HD Internet TV. Meet Pando.
- Accelerates and manages downloads of huge files and folders
- Bypasses email attachment limits with small .pando attachments
- Never clogs your inbox
- Publish downloadable videos, photos and audio to any web site
- Email files and folders up to 1GB
- Use your existing email, no registration required
- Know if your files are downloaded and how often
- No need to be online when recipients download
- No compression, FTP or flaky web uploads
- IM links to your files or entire folders to any IM buddy
Looks like we might see a final version of Microsoft's Windows 7 sometime next week. If the rumors running around the internet are true, and the final RTM (release to manufacturer) is leaked then it is possible that the work will get its first real glimpse of the Vista Replacement around the 13th of this month.
Windows 7 has received much better initial press than its predecessor Windows Vista despite sharing the same Kernel and many oter "under the hood" features.
Pre-Sales of Windows 7 have sold out in many countries and the RC 1 download had enough demand to force MS to upgrade their download servers.
Maybe this time around people will actually use the OS before badmouthing it.
Read the whole story here.
Our Download of the Day today is Winamp 5.56 Full.
Winamp is a skinnable, multi-format media player.
Winamp supports a wide variety of contemporary and specialized music file formats, including MIDI, MOD, MPEG-1 audio layers 1 and 2, AAC, M4A, FLAC, WAV, OGG Vorbis, and Windows Media Audio. It supports gapless playback for MP3 and AAC, and Replay Gain for volume leveling across tracks. In addition, Winamp can play and import music from audio CDs, optionally with CD-Text, and can also burn music to CDs. Winamp supports playback of Windows Media Video and Nullsoft Streaming Video, as well as most of the video formats supported by Windows Media Player. 5.1 Surround sound is supported where formats and decoders allow.
Winamp supports many types of streaming media: Internet radio, Internet telelvision, XM Satellite Radio, AOL video, Singingfish content, podcasts, and RSS media feeds. It also has extendable support for portable media players, and users can access their media libraries anywhere via internet connections.
You can extend Winamp's functionality through the use of plug-ins, which are available on the Winamp site.
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 5.56
* New: Winamp Orgler plugin - Let's you track, chart & share your listening history
* Improved: [jnetlib] New SSL support for playback of https:// streams
* Improved: [ml_autotag] Fuzzy matches now unchecked by default & marked 'Unsure'
* Improved: [ml_local] New background scanner
* Improved: [ml_online] Various tweaks, fixes & enhancements
* Improved: [ml_pmp] Added support for drag+drop from Explorer to device playlists
* Fixed: iexplore process not ending when browser closed after opened via Winamp
* Fixed: Save EQ preset name duplication bug
* Fixed: [Bento skin] SHOUTcast homepage url's redirecting to Winamp search
* Fixed: [gen_jumpex] Up/down buttons reversed, 'stop after current' & other issues
* Fixed: [in_mod] Crash on some .s3m modules (w.i.p.)
* Fixed: [in_mod] Playback glitch during background transcoding
* Fixed: [in_wm] Decimal point issues in Alt+3 format info
* Fixed: [in_wm] Embedded IE browser for DRM license acquisition
* Fixed: [in_wm] Loading of URLs in WPL playlist files
* Fixed: [in_mp4/libmp4v2] Integer overflow bug with MP4 sample size
* Fixed: [libsndfile] VOC buffer overflow vulnerability
* Fixed: [ml_impex] Read "has video" field from iTunes XML (and write on export)
* Fixed: [tagz.w5s] Hang with $right function in ATF when specified field is empty
* Fixed: [vis_avs] msvcp71.dll dependency
* Misc: Added front.jpg/gif/etc to album art criteria
* Misc: More miscellaneous general tweaks, improvements, fixes and optimizations
* Misc: New omBrowser.w5s shared component for ml_nowplaying, wire & online
* Misc: Removed dashboard (ml_dash) from distribution
* Misc: ml_orb now only installed as part of separate Winamp Remote package
* Updated: [gen_jumpex] JTFE v1.0.5
* Updated: libsndfile 1.0.20
While doing a little bit of digging in the latest leaked version of Windows 7, Kristan Kenney discovered that Microsoft may still be considering multiple installs of the OS.
Considering that Microsoft has announce in the past that they were considering multi-PC licensing and Apples upcoming Snow Leopard is said to be coming in a five-user pack for families, it wouldn't seem too far fetched. The Software License Terms for Windows 7 makes mention of a Family Pack and details that it can be installed on no more than three computers.
Interestingly enough, this clause only appears in the Windows 7 Home Premium installation and is not mentioned in others. Microsoft has been hush hush on the issue and hasn't responded to emails on the new information as one would expect.
2. INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS.
a. One Copy per Computer. Except as allowed in Section 2 (b) below, you may install one copy of the software on one computer. That computer is the "licensed computer."
b. Family Pack. If you are a "Qualified Family Pack User", you may install one copy of the software marked as "Family Pack" on three computers in your household for use by people who reside there. Those computers are the "licensed computers" and are subject to these license terms. If you do not know whether you are a Qualified Family Pack User, visit go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=141399 or contact the Microsoft affiliate serving your country.
c. Licensed Computer. You may use the software on up to two processors on the licensed computer at one time. Unless otherwise provided in these license terms, you may not use the software on any other computer.
d. Number of Users. Unless otherwise provided in these license terms, only one user may use the software at a time.
e. Alternative Versions. The software may include more than one version, such as 32-bit and 64-bit. You may install and use only one version at one time.
Looks like the people that are still running the Windows 7 Beta are feeling the effects of the kill switch installed by Microsoft. The new "feature" was activated today and will shut down your system every two hours just to annoy you into installing the Release Candidate.
Of course once you do install the RC you can expect to be visited by the shut down fairy in March and to continue to have a two hour work time until you pony up for the full product.
This new technology was installed through a series of test updates that no one could ignore. It is rumored that this will be part of their new piracy protection features, and could kill any non-legitimate versions of Windows 7 that the activation servers detect.
Windows 7 is scheduled for release in October and has been gaining in popularity as many are still leery of Windows Vista.