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Mini-reviews on the forum
This page collects various reviews that have been posted by users on our forum. To browse a more complete and up-to-date collection of mini-reviews, check out the mini-review section of our forum here.
Trout is an audio player that DC member Skwire started writing as an entry to our NANY (New Apps for the New Year) Challenge on DonationCoder. For those of us who aren't into fancy skins and prefer a more compact, clean, standard listview user interface, Trout is a breath of fresh air.
Trout has tons of features that one might expect in a serious audio player (lyrics, album art, etc.). But truthfully I don't care about or use such features. What I wanted to write about was how uniquely useful Trout is for listening to Audiobooks.
Why is Trout good for listening to Audiobooks?
Trout makes it really simple to load up a directory of tracks and sort by filename or track name, and makes it really easily to save and load playlists. Ok nothing special there -- but it's done well and no weirdness like the Microsoft Media Player where its hard to work with the song list or sort by different fields.
It has an option that will announce, using text-to-speech (or a simple tone), the audio file tracks as they are played. This can be incredibly useful in two situations when listening to audio books. First, it helps you remember which tracks you were last listening to when you went to sleep. And second, it helps you navigate tracks using the keyboard (media keys are supported) even when the monitor is off.
It has a very nice big track progress display that you can click on to easily jump around.
While these may seem like minor features -- they do make Trout the best audio player for audio books that i have found.
First of all let me warn you that this is a tool for programmers, and probably only a small subset of those will ever need a tool like this.
Objconv is a command line tool that can convert object and library files between a number of formats, and also perform certain changes in the process.
Objconv at the moment supports COFF, ELF, OMF and MACHO formats, with both 32-bit and 64-bit support where possible.
It can be used as a simple library manager because it supports adding and extracting members.
Objconv also includes a disassembler supporting the SSE4, AVX, FMA and XOP instruction sets.
The author, Agner Fog, is well known for his work on documenting low level optimization techniques, and the pdf files available from his homepage are a great resource.
Many on this forum swear by the powerful email program known as The Bat!. It can keep track of literally tens of thousands of emails with nary a slow-down in performance while sorting and displaying your messages in almost any way possible. One may argue, though, that its true glaring weakness in email management is its utter lack of any practical way to deal with spam out of the box. Fortunately, there are many different choices for spam management available both as stand-alone programs and more specialized applications that make use of The Bat!'s plugin system. This review is is an analysis of one tool that can help stem the tide of useless crap into one's inbox.
Today I am going to be reviewing one of those specialized plugins called AntispamSniper for The Bat! by Good Vein Software. The author also offers versions of AntispamSniper for Outlook, Outlook Express, and Windows Mail, but this review will be focused on the version for The Bat! The flavor of AntispamSniper written for The Bat! differs from the versions for the other email clients in that it is the only one to offer both commercial and free versions of the plugin. The other email clients only have commercial versions.
While this review is going to be discussing the commercial version of the plugin most features discussed are available in the free version. I'll outline the differences later.