Opera browser sings

Opera 9.61 maintains the program's tradition of striving for the fastest, smallest, and most full-featured browser available. Opera covers the basics with tabbed browsing, mouse-over previews, a customizable search bar, advanced bookmarking tools, and simple integration with e-mail and chat clients. Mouse-gesture support, keyboard shortcuts, and drag-and-drop functionality round out the essentials.

Opera's extras push it to the top of the class. Integrated theme support previews themes from within the interface, and the new version sports a default redo that's an attractive balance between "dark" and "light" themes. Opera's desktop widgets … Read more

Worm warfare

After the stability issues that plagued Worms: Forts, we approached Worms 4: Mayhem with trepidation. Fortunately, the demo installed and ran perfectly. The new weapons offer amusing twists, the graphics look great, and customization shows strong potential. The lack of a tutorial and unavailable features prevent the turn-based strategy demo from earning a top rating, but you can have significant fun if you're patient or already familiar with Worms gameplay.

The demo offers a quick-start game (featuring Scots vs. Police), a full multiplayer map, and one mission from the story mode. Gameplay allows up to four teams of worms … Read more

What's a "widget"?

A bevy of desktop bells and whistles awaits in Konfabulator, as long as your desires are modest and your system can spare the memory. The widgets on offer are slick but simple: battery indicators, clocks, stock tickers, and newsreaders, to name just a few. The ambitious and savvy can craft custom widgets with XML and JavaScript (and the ambitious and aspiring can download an extensive manual on the developer site). Note that these gewgaws will take up to 2MB of system memory when running. For finding those small, specific enhancements you simply must have, Konfabulator is your tool.

Take the drudgery out of creating icons

This Photoshop plug-in filter helps you construct icons for use with Mac OS X. You start by using Photoshop as an icon editor, then employ the plug-in as an assembly tool, which streamlines and organizes the building of icons. We found that with this process, IconBuilder Pro makes importing files and creating icons a breeze. One of the key features of OS X icons is their ability to scale smoothly at any size. We like that IconBuilder provides specific settings and tools that take the drudgery out of the process of applying scalability, transparency, and shadow features to newly created … Read more

Your digital media in one place

The program is designed to manage various types of media files. The quick installation can please your work activity along with the automatic launch. You can organize whatever media file you have, and the management of those files is a very strong point of the program. Talking about cataloguing you can add whatever comments you want to a file including event name, author, or keywords and later organize those files by location, file size, and any of those keywords. It may be very useful for digital photographers who have to handle thousands of pictures made in multiple categories for different … Read more

Everything you need in one place

A handy solution to the growing challenge of organizing media files, iView Media catalogs your images, songs, and videos with aplomb. The interface is comprehensive without being confusing. Just tell the program where to search, and it will catalog all files on a disk or in a folder. iView Media displays your library in a thumbnail or list view, and lets you see details about or play almost any type of media file. You can filter by file type, keyword, and date. Unfortunately, iView Media doesn't support custom categories. As you go through the file list, you can copy … Read more

Mathematical Snood

Of course fans of the Snood series of games will enjoy the latest entry, Snoodoku. However, by setting the game to use numbers instead of cartoon faces, even Snood haters can enjoy this solid game.

In sudoku, you fill a grid so each row, column, and 3x3 block contains the numbers 1 through 9. Snoodoku contains most of the functions you expect, such as the ability to click on a cell to tentatively mark it with possible numbers. Holding the Shift or Alt key and hitting a number will permanently place that number in the selected cell. You're allowed … Read more

Puck off

This fast-paced program puts a futuristic slant on the classic game of air hockey. When you fire up AirHockey 3D, you'll see a graphically rich air hockey table floating in outer space. The program offers several variations of air hockey depending on what kind of challenge you're looking for, although all three modes boast intense, lightning-quick play. Classic mode pits you in a one-on-one match with the computer. The Arcade option spices things up by adding multiple pucks that behave in different ways, while Tournament mode lets you keep competing until you lose. The demo version disables many … Read more

Master your menus

If you want to create DHTML menus for your Web sites, Xtreeme DHTML Menu Studio can help. On first launch, the program opens a step-by-step guide that explains DHTML menus, shows samples, and tells you how to create your own. You can create menus from the sample files that incorporate virtually any look. You also can make pop-up menus, top-level menus, and default target frames in your menu, previewing the menu under construction at any time you want. After you finish making your menu, you can upload it to an FTP server and make the program memorize connection details. Webmasters … Read more

Fine Web design

This program is an impressive tool for creating Web sites. SiteXpert Professional Edition automatically launches after installation, presenting options such as the ability to create a DHTML menu or site map. For any action you choose, the program has a tutorial explaining what each part means and how to make it. The software also includes an enormous load of samples and skins for menus and maps, which explains why the download and installation take so long. The program can create a menu automatically by copying the folder structure of your site or analyzing your page links. You then can edit … Read more