Java Development Kit (32-bit) review

The Java Development Kit is a collection of tools that developers use to deploy applications written in Java. It's not for writing apps but rather for compiling, debugging, and deploying Java apps in a variety of applications and platforms, such as Windows and Android. We looked at JDK Version 8 for 32-bit Windows. The latest update includes various bug and security fixes.


Toolset: Java Developer Kit offers a vast selection of "goodies" including javac (compiler), jar (archiver), and jdb (debugger).

Up to date: The JDK packs a lot for a free toolkit, but it's also … Read more

Vegas Pro (32-bit) review

Vegas Pro is Sony Creative Software's professional HD video editing and production suite. It's pro-class in capabilities and it isn't cheap. But it's hardly the most expensive, making Vegas Pro a viable option for sophisticated amateurs, too. Vegas Pro 11 (Build 7) adds GPU acceleration for OpenCL-supported devices and some bug fixes. Vegas Pro comes in separate versions for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows; we tried the 32-bit version.


For pros: From its busy but efficient interface to features like stereoscopic 3D, integrated audio management, scripting, and multicamera support, Vegas Pro is squarely aimed at production … Read more

Baka MPlayer (32-bit) review

Baka MPlayer (32-bit) sets itself apart from other similar programs with extensive built-in support for most video and audio extensions, freeing you from the annoying process of finding the right codecs to download before you can play your media.


Extensive codec support: Baka MPlayer plays all the popular video and audio formats without any problems.

Ingenious voice recognition feature: The app features a voice recognition feature that accepts basic commands like "pause" and "decrease volume" when spoken into your microphone, which is an intriguing addition for a basic media player.

Seamless subtitles integration: If a … Read more

Multi Commander review

With its useful features and accessible interface, Multi Commander offers a viable alternative to Windows Explorer. In most areas this app is an improvement over the default PC file explorer, though being forced to use it alongside the latter is annoying.


Feature-packed: Multi Commander offers many more features than Windows Explorer, including tabbed browsing and a dual panel display that add more functionality and increase the ease of use of your file manager. One particularly helpful feature is the ability to assign hot keys for operations, speeding up routine file management tasks. Another useful feature allows you to copy … Read more

Review: Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 12 (32 bit) lets you edit all types of videos

Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 12 is a Windows app for editing all types of videos, whether shot on your phone or a high-quality camcorder. The tools available in this app let you adjust all aspects of the video and audio, insert a video overlay, add text, and introduce new sound effects. There are also many tools included to help you take full advantage of all that the program has to offer.

You will have to register Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 12 before you can use it. Once you've done that, you can jump right in and start importing videos … Read more

Fix 32-bit application crashes in OS X with a Safe Boot

A rare but potentially frustrating issue you might run into after upgrading to OS X 10.8 or after applying an update such as the most recent 10.8.2 release is that a number of applications in the system may start crashing when launched. This does not happen to all programs, and those affected may appear to be a bit random; however, it is likely they share common ground in all being 32-bit programs.

If this happens to you, a potentially quick way to manage it is to reboot the system into Safe Mode by holding the Shift key … Read more

Help! My program is truncating my numbers!

If you use popular computational programs such as spreadsheet workhorses Microsoft Excel and Apple Numbers, you might run into an issue in which, when using large number values, the system will appear to truncate the values of numbers entered.

For instance, if you open Excel and enter the value "12345678901234567890" into a cell, the program will change this to "12345678901234500000," where every value past the 15th character is set to zero. This happens in Apple's Numbers spreadsheet and other programs as well.

While the significance of the last numbers is perhaps questionable, it does limit … Read more

OS X Mountain Lion can run on unsupported Intel Mac Pros

A new procedure has surfaced that may allow owners of the older and unsupported Mac Pro 1,1 and 2,1 machines to run Mountain Lion natively on their systems.

When Apple initially released OS X Mountain Lion developer previews to testers and its development community, word spread that the OS would leave out some of Apple's earlier Intel-based Macs, including the first Mac Pro systems that still pack a decent amount of computing power. Apple made these requirements official more recently on its OS X up-to-date Web page for Mountain Lion.

The reason for these limitations revolved around … Read more

Defrag your hard drive with UltraDefrag (32-bit)

Most Windows users are familiar with the Disk Defragmenter utility -- or, at least, they should be. Defragmenting your hard drive can improve your computer's performance by making sure that files are all stored in one spot on the disk. There are plenty of alternatives to the built-in Windows defragmenter, including UltraDefrag (32-bit). This program comes with a defragmenter and other optimization tools that can ensure that your computer is performing as it should.

UltraDefrag has a simple interface that will look familiar to anyone who's used this kind of software before. We clicked the Analyze button, and … Read more

Safari 5.1.5 update improves 32-bit stability

Following closely after the release of Safari 5.1.4, Apple today released version 5.1.5 of its Web browser to address difficulties a number of users have had opening the program in 32-bit mode.

Apple's latest hardware and software support has been for 64-bit code, but in order to support older plug-ins and for other compatibility reasons Apple includes a 32-bit binary for its Safari Web browser. To load the software in 32-bit mode, you just need to get information on the application in the Finder and check the "Open in 32-bit" box.

Apparently a … Read more