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QWave

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We like the idea of QWave in theory; it's an extremely lightweight media player that lets users instantly play audio files instead of waiting for a program like Windows Media Player or iTunes to load. Unfortunately, the program's lack of documentation and virtually nonexistent interface make it confusing to use.

We installed the program and then attempted to launch it. This produced a dialogue that asked if we wanted to "Add QPlay to menu." We weren't sure exactly what menu it meant, but we clicked yes. Because the publisher's description mentions an icon in the System Tray we looked for it there, but didn't see it. We checked the included Readme file, but it contained only one sentence, which was about the program's installation. It finally occurred to us to right-click on an audio file, and sure enough, QPlay was an option. We selected it, and the track started playing immediately. As promised, this is a much faster way to play an audio track than waiting for a full-featured media player to load. We weren't sure if the program offered any other functionality--allowing us to pause and unpause songs, for example--so we attempted to click on the icon in the System Tray. It turns out that merely mousing over the icon causes the program to shut down, and we're not sure if this is by design or not. Overall, although QWave worked, we felt puzzled by its mysterious operation.

QWave is free. It comes as a ZIP file and installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program with reservations; it works, but it's not necessarily easy to use.

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    "Perfect ! Thanks!"

    June 14, 2010  |   By chatterboxer

    Version: QWave 1.6

    Pros

    Does exactly what is designed to.

    After install type
    file:///C:/Program%20Files/QWave/ReadMe.htm
    in browser address 4 instructions.

    Or check install folder for ReadMe.htm


    It executes almost any audio quickly

    Wave, MIDI, MP3, MPEG and AVI

    Cons

    Doesn't open a player for pausing only tray icon to enable stopping... yes it's by design (see ReadMe.htm after install :

    file:///C:/Program%20Files/QWave/ReadMe.htm

    or in Installation folder.

    Simple yet effective.

    Summary

    I don't like waiting for 10 seconds for a player that takes up screen space and shows graphical designs like stars...

    I just wanted something that would play simply audio sounds with as little system resources as possible.

    This really does it all and takes up less space than the smallest of files on your computer. Entire Install takes 16kb (10kb for read me and 6kb for .exe file).

    I don't think you can go too wrong with this as an additional audio player.

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