Software

Paraben's Text Searcher

This utility lets you find documents by keyword far more quickly than the Windows' built-in search tool. Paraben's Text Searcher works its magic by indexing documents, much in the same manner Web search engines do. The program supports a variety of popular file formats, including those for text, graphics, and images and lets you filter results by words or phrases. The tabbed interface is easy enough to navigate, despite its dull appearance. We retested the program to see if the stability problems had been addressed, but when we tried to index our C: drive, the app still crashed. We … Read more

Headline Viewer

While this program helps bring some order to the mess that is mass media, a few more features would improve its capabilities significantly. This freeware RSS reader comes with more than 800 preset news feeds and a built-in browser that allows you to read articles without quitting the program. To add feeds, simply drag and drop a link into the Headline Viewer list. The interface, however, isn't the most friendly. To remove feeds, you've got to dig around in the Settings menu, as there's no simple delete function. What's more, we couldn't find a way … Read more

Subway Scramble

The game is a tricky and addictive one mainly aimed to train your fast pressing on mouse keys than your logic and knowledge. The Subway Scramble installation is majorly troubled by additional downloads from the Internet. However, when the game starts you immediately get caught up in the action. The main aim is to deliver passengers from one station to another controlling railways tracks and, on upper levels, rides of several trains in different directions to avoid collisions. Graphics of the game are far from perfect and there is nothing you can configure but screen size, music, and sound volume. … Read more

Easy RM to MP3 Converter

We were feeling pretty good about Easy RM to MP3 Converter until we heard what it did to our test file. Starting a conversion from RealMedia to MP3 could hardly be easier. The straightforward, though unattractive, drag-and-drop application window offers only three options: Load, Batch, and Convert. For some reason, the Batch window contains all the options for MP3 conversion, including variable-bit-rate recording, stereo settings, and a quality slider. The conversion itself went quickly, but somewhere along the way our half-minute RealMedia file got trimmed to 10 seconds. Possibly this is a limitation of the trial version, but we found … Read more

Fire Captain: Bay Area Inferno

While we were impressed with this game's great graphics, issues with stability and missing in-game tutorials forced us to throw a bit of cold water on this firefighter adventure. As Fire Captain, you command a brigade of fire fighters, medics, and vehicles to contain fires and protect the city. We were impressed with the game's many features and game scenarios. There's quite an assortment of fires you'll face, from electrical fires to overwhelming infernos. Break doors, save victims: there are plenty of challenges for even the most seasoned adventure fan. Yet don't expect to download … Read more

AudioAlchemy WMA Edition

This narrowly focused audio-conversion utility handles its single job without incident, but does nothing else. As you're likely to guess, AudioAlchemy WMA Edition simply transforms song files into the format found in its name. This utility can convert files from a wide variety of popular audio types, but its real problem is it only supports one output format, especially considering many of its competitors are much more versatile. The nonresizable interface has a rather bland design, but we do appreciate the ability to simply drag tracks into the main window. Audio Alchemy WMA Edition does let you select the … Read more

AudioAlchemy OGG Edition

This narrowly focused audio-conversion utility handles its single job without incident but does nothing else. As you're likely to guess, AudioAlchemy OGG Edition simply transforms song files into the format found in its name. This utility can convert files from a wide variety of popular audio types, but its real problem is it only supports one output format, especially considering many of its competitors are much more versatile. The nonresizable interface has a rather bland design, but we do appreciate the ability to simply drag tracks into the main window. AudioAlchemy OGG Edition does let you select the bit … Read more

AudioCommander

This simple application's solid performance and support for several exotic audio codecs make it worth a look. AudioCommander can convert large batches of audio files among standard formats, such as MP3, WAV, and OGG, as well as lesser-known codecs, such as VOX and A/U-LAW. You can specify the quality of your new tunes, but if you want to encode files using variable bit rate (VBR), you'll have to choose the WMA option. The interface isn't likely to confuse even new users, as it has clearly labeled icons for choosing codecs and adding files or folders full … Read more

French LiP

Sure, you can read a menu in a French restaurant. But how s your parlez-vous? French LiP can give your conversational skills a boost with drills on the French alphabet and common verbs and phrases. Its teaching style is strictly old-school. You listen to French LiP speak, then take a quiz on what you ve heard. And forget grade inflation. You won t advance to the next level until you get an A. For that matter, you can t even skip to the next exercise until you ace the one you re on. Though the exercises became monotonous, we found … Read more

DivineRecipes Toolbar

Though it doesn't help you manage recipes, DivineRecipes Toolbar lets you browse and print tons of online recipes for free. This browser add-on attaches a simple toolbar to your Internet browser that lets you search for ingredients or recipes or go directly to DivineRecipes.com and search by category. The 10,000-recipe database includes free food and drink recipes in more than 30 categories like Vegetarian and Low Carb. You'll also find recipes for items such as bath salts, paper mache, and Playdoh in the Arts and Crafts category. You can print or e-mail recipes directly from DivineRecipes' … Read more