WinRAR archiver is a powerful tool which allows you to create, manage, and control archive files.
It supports RAR and ZIP 2.0 archives, special algorithms optimized for text, audio, graphics, 32-bit and 64-bit Intel executables compression. You can now handle archives directly from Windows Explorer due to the shell integration including drag-and-drop facility and cascaded context menus. WinRAR features wizards for beginners and command line interface for advanced users. It can handle non RAR archives (7-Zip, ACE, ARJ, BZ2, CAB, GZ, ISO, JAR, LZH, TAR, UUE, Z, GZip) management, solid archiving which can raise compression ratio by 10% - 50% over more common methods, particularly when packing a large number of small, similar files.
Using WinRAR you can create multivolume archives, self-extracting archives (also multivolume) using the default or optional SFX modules. You can use a lot of service functions, such as encryption, archive comments, error logging, etc. The program has an inbuilt viewer for viewing the content of text files within archives. You can create compression profiles in order to optimize your activity.
It has a very friendly user interface, so that the menus are customizable and offer access to important archive commands like extract, test, comment, protect, and lock, but also other important tools such as scan, convert, or benchmark and hardware test.
Pluses: There are several versions of RAR, for a number of operating environments: Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, DOS, OS/2, MacOS X. You can test, lock and repair/recover physically damaged archives or volumes allowing to reconstruct missing parts of multivolume archives. You can also take advantage of miscellaneous options such as Background archiving, turn PC off when done, compression estimation.
Among the new features we may mention: new buttons (options) such as: "Define volume sizes...", "Rename automatically", "Multithreading" option added to "Benchmark and hardware test" command, new command lines, increased compression speed (5 -15%) for some data types. The publisher states that they fixed some bugs in the multithreaded text compression algorithm.
The speed versus the rate of compression came out as medium compared to WinAce and WinZip: a directory containing multimedia and text files in total size of 104 Mb compressed at a normal rate by WinRAR resulted in a 64 Mb in 51 seconds compared to 76,2 Mb in 17 seconds for WinZip and 64,2 Mb in 1 minute and 11 seconds for WinAce.
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In conclusion: A good compression over a quite short archiving time sets WinRAR in a very good position among the well known archivers. The program is a very good and reliable archiving solution.
Minecraft is a game in which you use building blocks to construct the world around you. You begin the game on a desert island, then use the blocks to build a shed, a house, a palace – anything you can imagine.
The blocks don’t just appear to you though, you have to invest a little time in gathering them and digging them up.
The game can be played in two different modes – Survival and Creative. There are dangers lurking in Survival, such as monsters, lava and exploding cacti. A bad encounter with any of these will deplete your health bar. You also have a hunger bar, so you have to find food to eat to keep this at a good level.
If you’d rather get on with building your kingdom, you can play the game in the Creative mode. Here you are free to wander around the Minecraft world to your heart’s content – you won’t get too hungry and even though there are hostile creatures, they can not harm you.
Pros: Minecraft lets you create anything you like. You can choose to play in the Creative mode if the Survival one is not for you.
Cons: This game is very addictive and you may find it hard to tear yourself away from the computer until you’ve finished building your newest creation.
Conclusion: Minecraft is a basic but fun game that lets you create your own personalised adventures.
Edit nearly any and all video formatted files for use on your mobile device with this must have, free Windows utility.
Bringing your multimedia content to a point of usefulness isn't always easy. Changing or upgrading computing platforms and operating systems can be a challenge to content interoperability. Sometimes, content that plays on one computer won't on another, especially if you're moving content across OS platforms. This is one reason why I really like CUDA Video Converter. It’s a multimedia content converter for Windows.
CUDA Video Converter converts your videos into different audio and video formats. It has an easy to use interface; and figuring out how to do what you want or need to do is easy to determine. You get additional features, besides just the standard conversion codecs that the app is famous for.
CUDA Video Converter also includes the ability to Clip, Merge and Edit video as well. The features in Clip and Merge allow you to copy and paste scenes from different files into a single file and to edit out the unneeded/unwanted footage. Edit gives you access to special effects, including image flip and cropping.
App Pro’s: Free, supports over 300 different file formats
Conclusion: This software was easy to download and install. It also uninstalls well. The free version of the app is good, and is also upgradable to the paid version of the software, though the free version has a few buttons and options faded out. If you're looking for something that allows you to do format/ codec conversions, basic editing, and formatting, Free CUDA Video Converter is for you. The app is fairly easy to use, and offers a great deal for its price point (free).
An institution in first-person shooters, Counter Strike 1.6 is the most up to date version of the classic video game, with the Steam system providing bug fixes and updates. There are not many video games that support professional play, but Counter Strike has a multitude of professional online leagues and even televised championship games. The game was originally a mod of Half Life that was developed into a standalone game when Valve saw its potential.
While you can play Counter Strike on your own, the real draw comes from the multiplayer capabilities. You can choose from a variety of modes such as Death Match, Zombie Mode and more.
The game is fast, runs well on less than up-to-date systems, and importantly, has a huge, established player community ready and waiting for more players to join the action. You play over multiple maps, pledging your allegiance to a team of terrorists or counter-terrorists, with the goal being the annihilation of your opponents.
Game Pros: - Runs well on most systems - Easy to get started but challenging throughout play - Variety of modes and extras.
Game Cons: - The graphics show its origins in the last millennium. - High likelihood of being pwned when you start off.
Conclusion: Let's face it, a game that first came out in 1999 isn't going to necessarily be at the cutting edge, but Counter Strike's enduring popularity comes from its innate playability and sense of fun.
Counter Strike Publisher's Description
Steam v1.0 Client including Counter Strike v1.6
Counter-Strike 1.6 is a MOD for Half-Life that is set in a teamplay mode.
Steam is Valve's new way of getting games into your hands ASAP. Games like Half-Life, Counter-Strike, and Counter-Strike Condition Zero are all being made available through Steam.
Steam games are automatically
· Play the latest Valve games (like Counter-Strike 1.6 )
· Get automatic updates (no more patching!)
· Chat with friends, even while you play
· Find the best servers & find your friends' games
If you’re tired of always losing at a certain computer game, then this is the program for you. Cheat Engine makes single-player games easier to play so you always win. On the other hand, if you fancy a challenge, you can use it to make games harder too.
Cheat Engine comes with a disassembler and assembler, a debugger and a memory scanner, which finds variables within a game and lets you alter them.
Beginners can master Cheat Engine by running through the handy tutorial, which is downloaded to your programs list when you install the package.
This program is an open-source tool, so any computer user is able to contribute to its development.
Pros: Cheat Engine allows you to modify games to make them less or more difficult. The included tutorial makes it easy to learn.
Cons: Some computers identify Cheat Engine Files as being a virus, so you may need to alter your settings when you download it. Be sure to make your settings secure again afterwards though.
Conclusion: Cheat Engine is a great program that allows you to modify games and get more fun out of them. By making games easier, you can now get to the end of ones you found impossible and by making games harder, you can get some more mileage out of one that has become too easy for you. This is handy if you want a challenging game to play, but can’t afford a new one just yet.
What's New in Version 6.3 of Cheat Engine
- Fixed the first plugin from not getting activated at restart - Custom types can now do an unknown initial value scan - Fixed the auto assembler highlighter from hiding some text while typing - Fixed the auto assembler highlighter from not showing hexadecimal values as hex starting with A to F - Fixed global debug from crashing in 64-bit (with dbvm)
- Fixed dbvm from not working on several systems (freeze) - Fixed notification when closing and you had some changes - Fixed the rescan of the structure spider not working at all - Fixed several disassembler and assembler instructions - Fixed several plugin-system related bugs - Fixed aobscan for 64-bit - Fixed displaying the registers in 64-bit when using "find what xxx this address" - Fixed the stackview when single stepping through the code - Fixed several lua function, including createhotkey - Fixed the assembler not dealing well with names with a - in it. (like the tutorial)
Additions and changes:
- Auto assembler scripts can now use the LuaCall(luafunction()) method to call a lua function before the script gets executed - Added a profiler so you can find function entry points and see how often they are called (Ultimap. Requires dbvm. Even in 32-bit) - Deleting a plugin now calls FreeLibrary on it - Ctrl+enter in the luaengine form now automatically executes the command - Added direct 3d hook functions (can be used to show trainers and menu's inside games) - d3dhook related: Cheat Engine can now bind the mouse inside the gamewindow for those games that do not support multiple displays, so no more losing focus when moving the mouse - Plugins settings between the 32 and 64-bit executable are now seperated - Recalculate addresses with only one selection now only updates the siblings and children. Doesn't touch the parent node - Addresslist entries can have the notation +xxx and -xxx, which will calculate the address based on the parent address (If the parent address changes, these change automatically - The structure dissect has been rewritten from scratch, and the functions have been exposed to lua as well - Added a new step to the tutorial (step9) showing how to deal with shared code - Made the tutorial translatable as well - Added a new trainer type which generates trainer that are a lot smaller in size (tiny) - Added a groupscan type which you can use to scan for different things in the same block - If you boot up with dbvm you do not need to sign the driver in 64-bit to load it - Custom types now support handling as a floating point value - Added debug register states to the threadview and made the threadview window capable of changing registers - Added remote scanning with ce for different systems. The server just needs to be running, and a 1GBPs network connection or faster is recommended - Also added an android server as a proof of concept, but getting a fast enough connection on those connections can be a challange - Changed the add/change address window to be more compact and make dealing with offsets easier - Lots of new lua functions - Post release fixes (max 7 days after initial release): - 21 May 2012: Handle the "Invalid Instruction" exception better, fix the memoryview window from disapearing, and fix the BSOD when loading the driver on Pentium 4 and earlier - 22 May 2012: Fix a deadlock when clicking stop in the pointerscanner. (And a minor assembler fix) - 23 May 2012: Fix form_showModal from not returning a result. Made the installer create the autorun folder. Minor gui fix for groups - 25 May 2012: Fixed the android server being replaced by the x64 linux server - 26 May 2012: Fixed api hooking in 64-bit (speedhack in java fix for win64 users) - 30 May 2012: Removed the linux server binaries from the installer, they are separate downloads now