Aura

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 13 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.7.5c.181
  • Total Downloads:
    25,966
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 03, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    99.22MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    7
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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We love the sounds of nature, whether we're hiking in the woods or just listening from our kitchen window. Aura is a simple program that can bring nature sounds to wherever you are, whether that's your urban apartment or a windowless cube farm.

The program appears as an icon in the system tray, and right-clicking on it gives people access to the program's control board. This is where users can customize the sounds that Aura produces. We were quite impressed with the array of options that Aura offers; there are two profiles, the woods during the day and at night, and each one offers unique sounds. During the day, users can select woodpeckers, rooks and crows, grasshoppers, cuckoos, the near flight of both birds and insects, brooks, rain, storms, and wind. At night, users can choose from a bonfire, bitterns and owls, beasts (scary!), nightingales, and some of the other daytime sounds. The music option can play guitar, flute, and/or accordion. For most of these sounds, users can select how frequently they want to hear them, letting users create soundscapes that are uniquely theirs. Users can have Aura switch between day and night sounds automatically at particular times, or they can select day or night manually at any time. The program can also be used as an alarm clock, as long as you have enough faith in nature sounds to get you out of bed. The program doesn't have a Help file per se, but it does have a list of facts that more or less explains its features. Overall, we thought that Aura was a nice addition to our desktop, and nature lovers should check it out.

Aura comes as a ZIP file. It installs and uninstalls without issues.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"like ambient sound outdrs pers.'s white noise gen"

October 15, 2008  |  By papajohn313

 |  Version: Aura 2.6.5.113

Pros

ease of use clean appearance and setup a no brainer

Cons

can't do it ..... i like it

Summary

my one line says it and my pro bit explains it ........ a keeper

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1 stars

"Had Heur (?) virus attached to file"

September 24, 2008  |  By cajuch3

 |  Version: Aura 2.6.5.113

Pros

None quickly began to malfunction had to shred it and run virus/disk utilities to scrub it.

Cons

AVG alerted that file was infected and was unable to contain. Unable to stop program. Shredded with Glary, ran AVG and various utilities to scrub it.

Summary

How does an infected file get on CNET?

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1 stars

"Beware, stopped my PC sound working. Had to contact my PC manufacturer to restore it. No response from developer support. "

May 12, 2008  |  By josebaretta

 |  Version: Aura 2.6.2.111

Cons

Stopped my PC sound working. No support given from developer.

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5 stars

"Wonderful"

August 30, 2007  |  By PigeonCat

 |  Version: Aura 2.5.4.93

Pros

Another Vista compatible program! Yay!! I turn Aura on every day for my budgie - he loves it.

Cons

Sometimes, the musical instruments come in quite loudly; maybe if all the music was at an even volume.

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4 stars

"Great! I love the sounds."

August 21, 2007  |  By pp4056

 |  Version: Aura 2.5.4.93

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5 stars

"Great."

August 17, 2007  |  By cjcogswell

 |  Version: Aura 2.5.4.93

Pros

Great.

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5 stars

"Very realistic"

February 17, 2007  |  By AlexGoro

 |  Version: Aura 2.5.2

Pros

It's very native, sounds are realistics and I can say that I didn't meet any other soft like this.

Cons

it doesn't matter!

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5 stars

"Very cool!"

August 18, 2006  |  By bpgisme

 |  Version: Aura 2.3.1

Pros

I love the customization and the birds are great!

Cons

The only thing that I wish it could do is play music files with the sounds.

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5 stars

"Absolutely beautiful"

March 08, 2006  |  By PigeonCat

 |  Version: Aura 2.3.1

Pros

This program adds a calming effect to one's computer. With an icon in the bottom task-bar, it is easy (one click) to turn this feature on or off. A very nice enhancement!

Cons

Haven't run into any.

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5 stars

"This is an Excellent additon to Windows XP's ambiance"

September 24, 2005  |  By dxs34805

 |  Version: Aura 2.3.1

Pros

Once you install and run the autoupdates (which is a very nice touch in itself), the application runs very smoothly. Sounds are extremely crisp and customizable - The guitar by the Bonfire is a clever touch, especially Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" intro. The interface is simple to use. No Spyware installed with it that I could detect. I would highly recommend this app to anyone looking to add a bit of soothing ambiance to an otherwise stressful environment - great for the office (if you're allowed to install it).

As freeware goes.. it's a no-brainer. Kudos to A's Software.

Cons

Utilizes a bit of resources (about 6MB or so of RAM) because of the sounds, but this has to be expected for an application of this tyoe. The user interface uses color schemes that are not so pleasant to the eye. It might be nicer if the OS defaults were used for the interface (making it look more at home as part of the OS).

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher A's Software
Publisher web site http://www.umopit.ru
Release Date September 03, 2013
Date Added September 03, 2013
Version 2.7.5c.181
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 99.22MB
File Name Aura.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 25,966
Downloads Last Week 7
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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