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Orb

CNET Editors' review

This is not a flashback to the chart-defying tricks of ambient house music progenitors The Orb, although if you have their music you can use this Orb to play it anywhere. No, this Orb melds module-based personal portals with your hard drive's media content and lets you stream it to almost any Internet-connected handheld device.

The setup will probably be challenging to users who aren't familiar with how to open ports, but, fortunately, there's plenty of help in Orb's user forums. Once you're good to go, the program launches in your browser and you can choose whether you want your video module to be front and center, how wide your music module should be, and if you really need yet another weather widget.

Uploading your media files is a time-consuming and tedious process that could be greatly improved upon. After that, you can "MyCast" them. MyCasting is what Orb's publisher calls Webcasting when done with its program. If your home PC has coaxial access, you can stream television, as well as photos, video files, and music.

By circumventing the need to reload media files on a second machine and having the handheld connection, Orb seems pretty nifty. The system requirements, though, are stringent, and the upload process is slow-going, making this a useful product with room for improvement.

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    3.4 stars

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 8
  • Current version:

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    • 4 star: 1
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Useless software"

    November 23, 2008  |   By joestr

    Version: Orb 2.00.1014

    Pros

    non I know of

    Cons

    will not install on PC

    Summary

    Kind of difficult to give it even 1 star when the program fails to install over and over and over and over and over... I attempted at least 10 installs on 2 different computers (one runnng XP the other running Vista) and each attempte ended in a failure to install.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Orb is a great program"

    July 23, 2008  |   By technomanbrain

    Version: Orb 2.00.1014

    Pros

    I've used Orb for over a year now and have nothing but good experiences with it. It all a matter of using the program to it's full potential. I've made videos of parties for my friends, which they were able to download without have to reduce the file sizes. I've put music from my hard on various social network sites and listen to my music while at work. I've made numerous playlists for friends, sending them the links so they can listen to music from my hard drive. By making the links with their names, all I have to do is place more music into the playlist without ever having to send it to them again.

    Cons

    I wish there was a way to determine the number of people who are listening to the mycasts.

    That's about it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't use if you have a moderatly large library"

    May 28, 2008  |   By scottvdo

    Version: Orb 2.00.1014

    Pros

    not much.

    Cons

    the random mode doesn't work and the only help from the support staff is to reduce the number of files for it to access. It suffers from random crashes and I have to remote into my desktop to restart it. I have uninstalled it and reinstalle it several times with no help. I have even rebuilt my computer and reinstalled to no avail.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Orb login"

    January 21, 2008  |   By spy_1

    Version: Orb 2.00.1014

    Pros

    I conldnt even get into it lol

    Cons

    Maybe its just me lol but it wouldnt let me use My E-mail addy to creat a "log in " , so i cant really say if its any good , but the fact that it wouldnt let me log in ill give it a thumbs down :(

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