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aTube Catcher

DsNet’s aTube Catcher provides a simple tool for watching video from the Internet and converting existing video to another format. While this would be more than adequate for most uses, it also provides a neat feature.

The program’s interface was a treat, breaking both its primary functions into a few simple, intuitive command icons. At no point did we feel the urge to go to the Help file for clarification. All you need to do is give aTube Catcher the URL of any online video, and the program will converted it into the file type of your choice. While this is a simple process, the conversion nevertheless took longer than we expected, several minutes for a relatively short four-minute video. Once converted, the video played flawlessly, and it retained all its original material. The program also takes existing video and converts it to another file type. This function was much faster, and it also retained all the specifications of the original. The program is relatively light on features, though it does provide templates for conversion so that, for example, iPod users don’t have to know exactly what file type they need to watch a video. The program automatically chooses the proper configuration. We enjoyed aTube Catcher’s simplicity and its excellent results.

Download videos from web sites like YouTube, and YouTube (HD), Xtube, Dailymotion, Megavideo, Google, Yahoo!, Metacafe, Spike, Megarotic , Pornotube, Yahoo!, MTV, Comedycentral, Globo, RTVE. Download Videos from thousands of Web Sites like YouTube. YouTube HighDefinition 1080p, 720p, and 480p support. Download and Merge videos. Turbo Mode, upto 600% faster than other YouTube Downloaders. Integrated Audio and Video Converter. DVD, VCD and Audio CD Burning support. Audio Recorder mode, to capture Audio from any input to MP3, WAV, WMA. Profiles Editor, to create and share custom encoding output profiles. IE Cache Browser, search FLV’s and SWF’s on Internet Explorer’s cache. Video Search Tool, thousands of videos in just seconds (adult content sources supported). Stream Catcher Mode, to capture any video directly from the network interface. MP3 Downloader, to search more than 150,000,000 millions of mp3’s from social sites. URL Monitor helps to you monitor your web browser windows to get the links.

Create GIF’s with your downloaded videos. Clip board monitor, helps to keep a history of links from your clipboard. Batch download support. Downloads List, to manage and download multiple videos at the same time. Create playable home DVD’s with your downloaded videos in just a single click. YouTube/Megavideo Login support to download private and original files. Screen Recording support, capture any area of your screen, so you can capture video presentations, video conferences from messenger, games. Video Joiner to merge your existent files. Create high quality Audio CD’s capable with any player, just drag your video/audio files to aTube. Burn DVD/CD ISO/MDS images previously created with aTube or with any software. Create Ring Tones for your mobile phone. Multi-Language Interface. Optimized for multicore processors and low memory usage. Formats supported WMV, MP4, MPG1, MPG2, 3GP, 3G2, AVI, DIVX, XVID, MP3, MOV, FLV, WAV, WMA, GIF, IPOD, IPOD TOUCH, PSP, FLAC, OGG, MP2, VOB.

This free program installs desktop icons without permission. While it could have downloaded faster, this slight negative was outweighed by its simple operation and impressive results. We recommend this program. 

License: Free

Limitations: No limitations

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Smart Defrag

There are plenty of downloadable defrag utilities to choose from, but it’s hard to beat the ease of use and helpful extras in IOBit’s Smart Defrag.

With this utility you can quickly analyze your hard drive to check the level of defragmentation before committing to a scan. The interface shows you different colored blocks representing fragmented files, frequently used files, and more, with a helpful key to show what each colored block represents.

When you’re ready to pull the trigger, you can choose from a straight defragmentation (fastest), or have Smart Defrag perform either a fast or “deep” optimization after defragmentation. Our test machine has a rather full hard drive, so even using the fast optimization took close to 40 minutes. Depending on your hard drive and level of defragmentation, your mileage may vary.

In addition to the solid defragmentation tools, you can have Smart Defrag automatically defrag the files you use the most without significantly slowing down your system. Even while performing a full defragmention and optimization run, the program barely uses as much as 25MB of RAM, and with just the auto-defrag running continually, it uses about half that amount.

Smart Defrag offers a few extras, including a scheduler so you can set it up to only defrag during downtime on your computer. You can set it to run scans on bootup or even have the app shut down your computer when it’s done defragging selected hard drives or partitions.

It’s important to note that Smart Defrag is not as essential for those running Windows 7 because the OS defrags continually on it’s own. But if you run external drives connected to a Windows 7 computer, this utility will still come in handy for keeping them running smoothly.

Overall, if you want a quick and solid defrag utility to make your computer run more smoothly, with added options for scheduling and other extras, you should definitely download this program. Both beginner and advanced users will have no trouble operating this solid utility.

Disk fragmentation is generally main cause of slow and unstable computer performance. Smart Defrag helps defragment your hard drive efficiently. Smart Defrag not only defragments computer deeply but optimizes disk performance. With ‘install it and forget it’ feature, Smart Defrag works automatically and quietly in the background on your PC, keeping your hard disk running at its speediest. Smart Defrag is completely free for home, organization, and business.

License: Free

Limitations: No limitations

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