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There are 20 different categories, such as sports, news, entertainment, and TV shows, and each one contains plenty of channels from around the world. The sources vary; some TV shows, for example, are from Hulu, while there are also live streams from actual television stations. Much of the content comes from, and these channels didn't always work, but there were plenty that did. Nitgen Hamster Driver states that it removes nonfunctional links as they are reported, and on the whole we found the player to contain better content than similar programs we've seen. We found ourselves somewhat mesmerized by the ability to switch between a man chanting in Iran to a Japanese newscast to Russian disco to the weather in Philadelphia. We found a channel showing nothing but Westerns, an episode of Bugs Bunny, and student-produced movies. The content is diverse, and not all of it is great, but it is great fun to explore. The program is easy to use--users simply click on the channel they want to watch--but there's no Help file. A nice extra feature is the ability for users to post what they're watching to Twitter, Facebook, or MySpace. The interface is a bit cluttered and can be overwhelming at first, with lots of menus and buttons everywhere. Although it's possible to create an organizational chart just by fooling around with the program, beginners should really start with the Help file, a 282-page PDF that contains plenty of detailed tutorials and screenshots. Within 15 minutes you'll be creating attractive 3D charts and learning about the program's features at the same time. We very much enjoyed the fact that so much of the chart creation process simply involves dragging and dropping various components; although there are many advanced features, the program's interface makes it quite simple to perform the basics. OrgChart Professional delivers everything you'd expect from such a program in terms of features. Users can easily customize the appearance of both the chart components and background. A variety of shapes, components, and alignment options make it possible to create charts representative of any organization, no matter how complex. The program allows users to import and export data in a variety of formats; we especially liked that the program could create interactive Flash versions of the charts. Overall, we were quite impressed with the program's capabilities. The program's interface is plain and somewhat dated-looking. Users can perform four types of searches: all words, any words, phrases, or Boolean. Users can set the program to eliminate duplicate results from multiple search engines. Users then enter the word or phrase they want to search for. The program returns a list of results, which users can sort by rank or search engine, or alphabetically by title or URL. Although there is a Help button, this only takes users to the publisher's Web site, where there's not actually a Help file. There are several drawbacks to this program. First, we're of the opinion that the program isn't really any more beneficial than using a single good search engine. You may get more results, but that doesn't guarantee quality. Most users are already faithful to one particular search engine because they feel it's most effective, so adding results from others is unlikely to improve anything. Additionally, a lot of the results that were returned by the search engines within the program were blatantly irrelevant to what we were searching for. Finally, there are meta search engines on the Web that users can access for free. Although there's nothing functionally wrong with this program, weren't very impressed with it. The program's interface is sleek and attractive. Users select a gender and name for their characters and then customize his or her appearance. As the game began, our character had just had her 20th birthday and was ready to make something of her life. We moved through each virtual day with our character, making decisions about how she'd get to work, who she would socialize with, how she'd manage her money, and what she'd do to advance her career. Players must manage a variety of character metrics, from health to loneliness, IQ to cleanliness. Each decision a user makes affects the character's well-being. The game is fairly self-explanatory, but it includes a tutorial for those who need help getting started. Although the game is well-designed, with high-quality graphics, it's important to note that there's not a lot of action; characters don't wander around to different locations or perform activities in a viewable way. Rather, users interact with their characters by reading their diary and clicking on menus, whether they're going bowling with friends, taking a relaxing bath, or deciding to enroll in night classes. The game isn't about watching characters do things, but about managing character activities to help them reach their goals. The program's interface is clean and well-organized, with thumbnails of each slide arranged in a grid. Large graphical buttons across the top give people access to the program's major features. Double-clicking each slide opens menus that allow users to customize the slide's appearance and content. Users who have never used a similar program before will likely need some instruction, but that's where the program's well-done Help file and tutorial come in. (Although we do have to mention that the sexy teacher graphic with the skimpy clothes and giant breasts at the beginning of the tutorial is both unprofessional and offensive.) Both the tutorial and Help file contain step-by-step instructions that walk users through each of the program's features. As for features, the program contains the basics, including support for animated text and GIFs. As with similar programs, Nitgen Hamster Driver makes dynamic slides in which elements appear independently of one another. However, users should note that the slideshows are fully automated; unlike with other programs, Nitgen Hamster Driver presentations do not appear to allow users to click through them at their leisure. This may be a significant drawback for presentations that will involve audience participation. The program's interface is sleek and fairly intuitive, although we did find it slightly annoying that the program's viewer, controls, and playlist display in three different modules. We tried viewing both SWF and FLV files with this application, and both file types worked just fine. We liked that the program lets users create playlists of videos, and for the most part we found the program's features easy to use. Users should note, however, that some of the program's more interesting features, including the ability to convert SWF files to an image series and capture SWF screenshots, are disabled in the free version of the program. SWF & FLV Player also lets users save SWF files from Web sites, but although users can preview this feature by entering a Web address and having the program locate and play the SWF files, actually saving the files requires the paid version of the program. Users hoping to download Nitgen Hamster Driver videos should look for a different program; as far as we can tell, even the paid version of the program only downloads SWF files, and Nitgen Hamster Driver files are in the FLV format. The program's Help file is adequate. Overall, we found the free version of SWF & FLV Player to be functional but somewhat limited in terms of features. The program's interface is attractive but simple. There are no fancy graphics to be found here; users see the frets with the notes coming at them, and that's about it. A brief tutorial explains how the game is played and gives a few practice exercises. The game supports the use of guitar-style controllers, but we just used our keyboard. The default controls are arranged in such a way that users can hold the keyboard upside down like a guitar, which is fun, but the game can also be played using the keyboard in the standard position (good news for laptop users). We suspect that the thing about Frets on Fire that users are most likely to be disappointed in is the song selection. The game only comes with three songs, and while they're good, it didn't take long before we wanted others. The game allows users to import Guitar Hero songs, which is great if you already have that game, and users with an adventurous, do-it-yourself streak won't mind digging through the various Frets on Fire message boards to find additional songs. The game also includes a song editor for those who want to create their own. But users who just want to sit down and play a variety of songs are going to find Frets on Fire more trouble than they bargained for. The program's interface is quite plain, but is easy enough to figure out. Its major features, the CD Ripper, Audio Splitter, and Nitgen Hamster Driver Processor are separated into tabs. The program rips audio files from CDs and saves them as WAV files; although the publisher's description promises that files can be converted to the MP3 format as they're being ripped, we didn't find any way to do this. Otherwise, that feature worked well enough, although the program does not have any way of securing album or track information. Next we tried the audio splitter, which also worked well; we were able to record sounds both from within our computer (a Nitgen Hamster Driver video playing) and with our computer's built-in microphone. The program's batch processor audio converter, however, did not work as advertised. Every time we tried to convert our ripped WAV files to MP3s, we got an error message. A visit to the program's built-in Help file revealed that it doesn't actually come with an MP3 encoder, and that users must seek out and download one on their own. Why bother, when there are so many other audio programs that easily convert between MP3 and other audio formats? Although Audio Companion isn't awful, overall, we felt it was more trouble than it was worth. Its interface, while simple to operate, provides no onscreen navigation and was not particularly intuitive. Its Help file was equally sparse and actually left the program's main functionality undefined. Nitgen Hamster Driver Nitgen Hamster Driverker's interface only features a START and STOP button and a speed slider bar. After some experimenting, we realized this program imitates a user constantly clicking a mouse so that whatever the cursor is over is automatically clicked. Since clicking your mouse isn't really that difficult, it seems the program is designed for use when ordinary mousing isn't possible, such as when disabilities are involved. However, it's too hard for anyone to use. The worst part was when we turned the speed up, it imitated rapid, incessant mouse clicking. It was going so fast we were unable to turn it off and accidentally opened up dozens of programs, documents, and links as our mouse scurried across the screen. We had to manually shut down the computer because Nitgen Hamster Driver Nitgen Hamster Driverker's runaway mouse-clicks rendered it essentially inoperable. The program offers no special features, though a tutorial might have identified some practical uses for this program. Unfortunately, Nitgen Hamster Driver Nitgen Hamster Driverker was one horrific disappointment after another. The program's interface is pleasantly uncluttered, so we were optimistic. The first major drawback that we encountered is that the program does not allow users to import transactions from their bank's Web site. We acknowledge that there may be some users who don't use online banking, but we suspect that most people will want to import the data and not spend hours entering transactions manually. For users who do want to enter transactions this way, more annoyance is just around the corner. It's easy enough to establish different accounts and start entering transactions--the interface is fairly intuitive--but some of the features make no sense at all. For example, when entering a transaction, users are forced to create a subcategory for each one. Subcategories are a great option to have, but they needn't be mandatory. Even more bizarre and frustrating, users must select a quantity and unit of measurement for each transaction. If you go shopping, Home Bookkeeping Lite will want to know that you bought two pairs of pants. This is idiotic, and as far as we can tell, there's no way to turn it off. The program doesn't seem to have any particularly interesting features or redeeming qualities. The built-in Help file is basic. The program's interface is not particularly intuitive, although the Help file explains most of its features. The fact that users have to right