Software Reviews by HonestJohn

The reviews and opinions below are posted by SnapFiles visitors. They do not necessarily reflect our opinion, and they are solely based upon the experience of individual users.

Everything Everything

New version, august 2014 is terrible 3 stars
I used to recommended Everything to everyone. But the new version, update August 2014, is terrible. I was using "Everything-" for years. Worked very well, once in awhile a minor problem or need to restart, but overall it was great. If they reverted, I'd "5 stars" it again. But the new version is buggy, near impossible for use on a multi-user system, and a big step backwards. I'm sure the authors were trying to do well, but it didn't turn out so good. This used to be one of my favorite, "most used daily" programs. Thankfully I had a copy of the old install, and reverted back. The old version is working great (again). Price: Free
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WinAlarm WinAlarm

No go - frooze after setting 3 alarms 1 stars
I can't recall disliking and uninstalling a program this fast. I note that in the pop up after the install, it advertises for another, new version, but I would not try it after this flop. In short, I set 3 alarms and the program froze. I had to kill it in the task manager. I tried again with similar results, and setting alarms or events is not easy or repeatable as I expected. This is like having to set your bedside alarm clock every night. There is no "Close program" or exit - you have to kill it from the task manager. I can't recall giving a program such quick judgement, but it is a single focus program - I want to set reminder alarms and it did not work for me. I also found the interface awkward and ill thought out. There are tabs for different settings, but you have to press another key within a tab to see other functions. I am kind of astounded there are no better alternates for this. I usually have sympathy for software authors but I don't' have much here. Price: Free
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Image Composite Editor Image Composite Editor

Easiest photo sticher, ever 5 stars
This is THE easiest program I've ever used (and I'm shocked this came from Microsoft, but there you have it). Not just easiest photo stitcher, but easiest of any, ever. You look for photos, preferably ones you shot with stitching in mind, drag them in, and the program takes over and outputs a stitched image; quite fast too. After that you can further crop and manipulate in the program, then output the results and also save the project. It is totally automatic and was very robust, but I could get bad results if the back ground changed a lot or I was sloppy in taking the pictures. Hint: pan and tilt only, don't move position at all, and a tripod is your tool to make this work like a champ every time. Overall a perfect product, and it has changed the way I shoot nature and other back grounds now. It even extracts panoramas from video! The only issue (very minor) is if I had poor fits between images, I could not blend or alter it. A very minor complaint. If everything worked like this it'd be a whole different world. Price: Free
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InfraRecorder InfraRecorder

Too simple, didn't do dvd dl 2 stars
This is really simple, perhaps limited is a better word, in terms of interface and functions. That by itself is neither praise nor complaint. Just a note that it may not have the features and obvious usage users will be used to; it did not for me. I'm all in favor of simplicity, but I prefer more direct familiar abilities. I could get it to burn a DL (dual-layer) DVD, so I can't recommend it. I like several other burners on Snapfiles and suggest you look at other top rated software. Price: Free
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Audacity Audacity

Best audio editor, does audio from video too 5 stars
Amazingly powerful audio file editor. Supports input/output of nearly all audio formats such as WAV, Ogg, FLAC, MP3, MP2, AC3, and dozen others. I have yet to encounter an audio format it would not read. PLUS you can drag-drop video files and it will extract the audio (without any further steps in to the sound editor! Marvelous! Allows writing audio tags with each file as you save it. Excellent built in filters, and (free) expanded filter packs are available from the Audacity home page separately. Very powerful, easy-to-use, supports virtually unlimited number of tracks. Best, easiest audio editor I've seen! Price: Free
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dBpowerAMP Music Converter dBpowerAMP Music Converter

Perfect for the job! modest price vs features 5 stars
Review of V 13.4R reference/pro version for $36, NOT $24. Extremely powerful audio file manipulation software and CD ripper. Batch convert function uses ALL CPU cores = extremely fast. Huge, comprehensive choice of audio codecs. Modestly priced and amazingly bug free. I am an audiophile + power user. This is the best. Using the $36 ver with (free) add-on utility codecs and tools, I converted over 2000 CDs already on my hard drive to FLAC format, and wrote ID tags into each file based on file/folder set up; all in one gigantic, fully automatic batch operation. Totally flawless. Installation is a bit clumsy. You need to download, then install each codec separately, but you pick only those you want. Similarly, the interface require some learning. The home website has lots of help and a forum. Once set up and once you understand it, it's better than any other audio conversion software I've seen for any price. No audio editor. Get Audacity for that. Price: Free Trial ($39.00)
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