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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ableton Live Suite 9

Create, produce and perform. Create ideas, make changes without stopping, and capture everything as you work. If you've used music software before, you're already familiar with one half of ABLETON LIVE. Live's Arrangement View is a familiar working space: time moves from left to right, while tracks are stacked vertically.

But LIVE also features the revolutionary Session View: a uniquesketchpad for improvising, playing and performing with musical ideas, without the constraints of the timeline. Freely and independently start and stop any number of audio or MIDI loops - everything stays in sync. Almost everything in Live works in real-time - add, reorder or remove devices, play with Live's flexible track routing and more all without interrupting your creative flow.

In Session View, automation can now be recorded in real time directly within clips. Automation can move together with clips between Arrangement and Session View

Live's new browser puts all instruments, effects, samples, and plug-ins in one easy-to-navigate view. Drag and drop folders from anywhere on your computer, search as you type and navigate from the keyboard to find everything quickly

Live comes with a large selection (3,500 in the Suite edition) of production-ready sounds, which were carefully crafted with the help of over 40 artists, sound designers and engineers. All sounds feature Macro controls for fast access to their most meaningful, musical parameters

Live's studio effects have all been reworked for even better sound and usability. The Glue Compressor is a new effect - an authentic model of a legendary 1980s console bus compressor. EQ Eight has an audition mode for isolating frequencies and an expandable spectrum display. The Gate and Compressor effects feature a Gain Reduction view which shows changes in signal level over time

Live's new Harmony, Melody and Drums To Midi tools extract natural-feeling MIDI directly from the favourite parts of your music collection. You can also sing, tap a rhythm, play any solo instrument, then use Melody or Drums to MIDI to turn your recordings into MIDI clips that you can edit and reuse with any sound

Transpose, reverse and stretch MIDI notes or warp clip automation and add curves to automation envelopes. New tools and an improved workflow allow fast and flexible editing of musical ideas

The Suite edition of Live 9 comes with Max for Live and its many unique instruments, effects and tools. Max for Live itself includes 24 new devices such as a convolution reverb, new drum synthesizer instruments, MIDI echo as well as reworked versions of classics such as Step Sequencer and Buffer Shuffler 2.

WHAT'S NEW (v9.1.0)
  • Added dual monitor support
  • When exporting audio, sample-rate conversion is now done using the high-quality SoX Resampler Library, resulting in higher quality exports when rendering to a lower sample rate
  • Live now uses multiple CPU cores when exporting audio and the normalisation process is faster than before
  • When exporting audio files from Live with the option "Create Analysis File" enabled, Live will now save warp markers with the .asd file, so that information about the original tempo and tempo changes are correctly reused when re-importing the audio file into Live later on
  • The 'Export Audio / Video' export dialog has been improved
    • It shows the same options whether launched from Session or Arrangement View
    • Some of the export settings have been regrouped to provide a better overview
    • -"All Tracks" has been renamed to "Individual Tracks" in the "Rendered Track" chooser
    • The export dialog now shows information about the source and target sample rate
  • The "Open Recent Sets" menu now has a "Clear List" and "Remove Unavailable Sets" option.
  • The menu item "Close Live Set" has been renamed to "Close Window". It will now close any secondary window that is open. If no secondary window is open, it does nothing
  • The audio buffer size is now restricted to power-of-two values. Windows users should note that not all ASIO drivers support this and may still allow to use non power-of-two values. This can lead to a higher CPU load and higher latencies. Ableton recommends to always use power-of-two buffer sizes, i.e. 64, 128, 256, 512,... samples
  • Optimised default presets for Auto Filter, EQ Eight, Saturator, Tension, Simpler, Sampler, Analog, Operator, Electric.
  • Added 10 new Simpler presets to the Core Library
  • Updated manuals, lessons, info texts and translations
  • Minor improvements for usage data reporting
  • When creating a new track by dragging an instrument to the clip/device drop area, Live would keep the last selected clip stand-by-selected. Now it moves the selection to the clip slot that matches the Session View's crosshair

*Win XP, Win Vista, Win 7, or Win 8
*Mac version available
*Multicore processor
*1024x768 display
*3GB free disk space

x86 [706.01 MB] or x64 [685.7 MB]

667.68 MB

Posted By fralyx 5/31/2014

Stardock Start8

Ever missed the classic start menu from earlier Windows (Windows 7, Vista, XP, ...) ?
Which isn't developed by the Microsoft anymore?

Well there is a solution for you, and it's called Start8 from Stardock

Stardock Startlets you return the Start Button to Windows 8 & 8.1 (It's already Win8.1 Compatible!). This operating system of Microsoft is shipped without the “Start” menu. Start8 brings back Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements. Also you can view and launch installed applications (including Modern apps), All Programs menu. Start8 includes support for “jump lists”/recent documents for recently accessed programs (Devices, Documents, Music, Videos, Photos, Computer, and more). Pin favorite desktop and Metro apps shortcuts directly to the start menu for easy access. Stardock Start8 adds searchable Windows 8-style (Modern UI) Start menu options for Windows desktop applications, Modern applications, and documents. It allows automatically load directly to your Windows desktop on login (vs the start screen).


*Search for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) apps
*Pin desktop and Metro apps to the start menu
*Jump List support
*Unified Search for apps, settings and files
*Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop
*One click access to shut down, devices, music, documents, and videos

◄Win8 Startscreen accessible from the Start8's Start Menu

Clean, streamlined UI enhances Start8's usability ►


*Optionally disable the desktop Windows 8 "hot spots"
*Supports WindowFX 5.1 start menu animations
*Includes .ADMX template (in GroupPolicy folder)

It matches the color of the Taskbar

WHAT'S NEW (v 1.31)
* Added some additional strings to bundled language files for Windows 8.1
* DisplayFusion fixes
* Hid the advanced option to go to desktop when closing a metro app on Win8.1
* Disabled the option for the user picture to hide the user picture when using a WB skin
* Fixed an issue with custom themes and non English languages where the shutdown button would clip text


Posted By fralyx 5/31/2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tropico 5


I am not the man you want running your country. Over the course of my extended presidency I've smuggled rum into a prohibition America, sided with Axis powers during both World Wars, systematically stripped away the liberty of my citizens, and assassinated a grandma for opposing my regime. I'm not proud of these things, but I'm glad that I felt the need to do them. For all Tropico 5 adds to the city-building series—and all the ways it doesn't advance the formula enough—its greatest success is in pushing you towards the murkier aspects of dictatorial rule.
Rather than inhabit the genre's favoured role as the floating god-mayor of urban planning, in Tropico 5 you play as a banana republic's ruling dynasty. You still use a top-down view to place buildings and trade goods, but must also navigate the island's politics—surviving both the international machinations of world superpowers, and your populace's desire for democracy and happiness.
Where Haemimont's previous two Tropico games took place around the Cold War, this time the action spans across multiple eras. It changes the pace and shape of a sandbox campaign, offering a longer period of island management that encourages a broader range of industry and development. More importantly, it restricts your early-game options, making for a harder fought battle to stay in power.
After declaring independence from the crown in the Colonial Era, my people asked for elections. Foolishly, I agreed, having been conditioned by previous games to expect an easy win. Only, without access to the advanced industry that would normally bulk up my war chest, I wasn't able to effectively address the needs of the populace. Instead of securing power through the creation of a paradise, I did it via the more realistic tools of intimidation and election fraud.
Throughout your rule, optional objectives appear over your palace, offering bonuses for filling desired criteria. Usually it's in the form of constructing specific buildings to appease one of the political factions, but occasionally something more interesting and wide-ranging appears. My brief bootlegging period was a direct result of one of these missions, and its promised reward of more favourable trade prices. The downside was twofold: my island became a haven for crime lords, and America became very angry. Luckily, when a country invades you, they never pose a serious threat; instead choosing to stomp around like angry toddlers, destroying bits of the city.
The missions help to add a dynamic element to the sandbox mode, but their limitations are clear. Instead of reacting to the specific choices you've made, they're pulled seemingly at random from a pool of possibilities. Throughout I was offered objectives that I'd already fulfilled, and instantly credited with success upon accepting them. Better implemented are the requests that come from agreeing to negotiate with protesters, which are, at least, offered in direct response to your island's failings.
More significant are the potential rewards these missions offer. That's because, unlike in previous games, your Swiss bank account finally has a purpose. This time there's a persistent element to proceedings—your dynasty expanding across every game, be it sandbox, multiplayer or campaign scenario. You can switch between family members each election, and they all offer a different global bonus. It's these bonuses that can be upgraded with embezzled funds. Now when a faction offers you a choice between extra trade routes, additional finance or your own private bank account, it feels like a more meaningful decision.
For all its improvements, Tropico 5 is still iterating on the template set by its predecessors. In many ways, that's a good thing—it's a formula that, behind the overt political caricatures, is deceptively clever. The key is in the way it simulates every citizen, letting you select, follow and harass them individually. The scale is well measured, too. Islands don't feel small, but their population is low enough that there's no abstraction of data. That has a dramatic effect on how you construct your cities, because the way you identify problems feels natural. An icon may tell you that a factory isn't receiving its required raw materials, but you can manually track the production and transportation of those goods to identify and address the bottleneck.
The problem is that, with every successive release, Haemimont are essentially making a more refined version of Tropico 3. Even when spread across a longer timeline, Tropico 5 fails to meaningfully move the series forward. It still has the same cheerful vibrance, the same salsa-infused soundtrack, and the same selection of infrastructure, industry and tourism.
If you're new to Tropico, don't be put off: this is the version deserving of your vote. But as a returning ruler, I was hoping for more of a revolution.


PCGAMER: 78/100

2.05 GB

Posted By fralyx 5/28/2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Iolo System Mechanic PRO


Instead of buying a whole new computer, fixing up the one you already have with a PC system utilities program can be much more cost-effective. With System Mechanic from iolo, you can fix minor or major problems with your PC and speed up its performance. System Mechanic is among the best utility software because it can deliver fast results, prevent problems before they start and generate informative reports. By using this system utilities software, you'll be saving hundreds of dollars by avoiding a trip to a computer technician. You can even install System Mechanic on three different computers to save even more money and time.


*Patented performance technology
*Fixes frustrating errors, crashes and freezes
*Restores maximum speed, power and stability
Boosts system responsiveness through real-time calibration of CPU, RAM and Drive
Guided Recommendations
Taps into the System Mechanic community to help you gain even more
PC speed
Stability Guard
Intercepts stability threats to keep Windows fast and problem-free
Speeds up internet, videos, downloads and games
Uses set-and-forget patented technology to maintain your PC automatically
Total Registry Revitalizer
Resolves registry problems and stabilizes Windows
Real time technology optimizes file write speeds
PC Cleanup
Cleans up over 50 types of junk files
Program Accelerator
Re-aligns disjointed program files
Puts your PC in overdrive for max performance
Memory Mechanic
Reclaims wasted RAM in real time.
CRUDD Remover
Locates and removes unused extra programs
Startup Optimizer
Automatically accelerates PC startup 22 ways
Privacy Cleaner
Permanently wipes internet and chat history, clutter and cache

“You’ll notice a difference just by running the software”
USA Today, 2012

“A must have for reviving well-used computers.”
– PC Magazine, 2012

"Having a program explain, in simple English, what it was doing was not only a nice feature but it also taught me something.” – WIRED, 2010

[MAGNET LINK - 34.38 MB]


Posted By fralyx 5/24/2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

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