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tweak\'e
02-07-2002, 09:16 PM
Axialis has released what could be the worlds first Windows XP Icons Editor called IconWorkshop 5.0. This version is a big upgrade from version 4.5 which lets you Create, Extract, Convert, Manage and Redistribute Windows XP Icons. It has a fully integrated workspace that permits you to work efficiently and create professional icons in minutes. IconWorkshop has the following features:
• The program is fully integrated in one workspace
• All the features are accessible at any time
• Includes a built-in explorer with thumbnail preview to browse your disks, find images and files containing icons
• A built-in Librarian helps you to work more efficiently with your icons and libraries
• An image loader/viewer to create icons from pictures in one click!
• Full Drag & Drop support in all workspace
• Built-in search engines: Computer, Librarian & Web
• Compilation Wizard which helps you create redistributable installation packages of your icon libraries
• Custom interface compatible with new XP themes
• Built-in free online upgrade system to keep to software up to date!
• Supports all icon formats: Windows® and Windows XP® with Alpha Channel
• Reads Macintosh® icons from 16x16 mono to OS-X 128x128 alpha channel thumbnail format
• Supports ICL Icon Libraries Create/Load/Save
• Imports/Exports Adobe® Photoshop® PSD images with layers
• Imports/Exports PNG and BMP with smooth transparency alpha channel
• Automatically creates a multi-format icon from an image in one click!
• Contains several icon image filters (blur, smooth, sharpen, details, contour, emboss...)
• Contains several icon image adjustments (Hue, Saturation, Brightness, Contrast...)
• Contains several icon image tools (Resize, Rotation at any angle, flip...)
• Built-in drop shadow effect to create Windows XP compliant icons
• Enhanced color swatch/palette system compatible with Adobe® and Jasc® color files.
Head on over to Axialis (http://www.axialis.com) to have a better look at the program and then download it here (http://www.axialis.com/download/index.html).

Still with Axialis and I noticed while perusing their site that they also have a pretty damn good CD player for download. The player features this extensive list of features:
* Freedb.org Internet CD database support
* HTTP Submission
* Absolute/relative sprite coordinate specification
* Search in tracks fixed
* Next/Previous Track under 2000/XP fixed
* Menu borders under 2000/XP (if fade animation) fixed
* Volume not forced at startup (keep Windows settings)
* No more CONTINUOUS mode, renamed "DISC" (once)
* Dialog box title bars under XP fixed
* Few bugs fixed

Other Features
* Realistic look and feel
* 100% Freedb.org compatible (query and submit) to automatically display disc and track titles
* 3 display sizes: Normal, reduced and full screen
* Display can be customized using any color
* Multi players (up to 4 drives)
* Local Disc Database to store disc information (title, artist, track titles...)
* Built-in Disc Database Manager with import/export
* New Online Registration system using CGI. See Help Menu (launched at startup too).
* New Online Update (that's our new Lifetime license upgrade system)
* Database Report/Print feature, Many options
* Disc Search feature
* Enhanced CSV Export feature (fully customizable)
* Export database to CDPLAYER.INI format (useful for redistribution)
* Batch Freedb Query feature. Very useful to insert discs offline and Query them later at once (dramatically reduces connection time and saves your money!!)
* Buttons are colored within dialog boxes
* Import discs from DiscPlay® database DPC files
* Now supports Enhanced CDs
* Tooltips on front panel buttons. See preferences
* Mouse cursors can be "Windows Standard" or "AX-CDPlayer Internal". See preferences
* Smart Shuffle play mode (no more 2 times the same song!!)
* Now Supports Proxy with Authentication
* Texts Scroll in Front Panel display if too large (see preferences)
* Disc database Import/Export
* Permits you to choose your favorite Freedb server (with built-in test procedure)
* 5 playback modes: disc, repeat track, repeat all, intro scan and shuffle
* Many time display modes (elapsed, remain, total, disc, track..)
* Custom Play Lists (saved with disc information)
* All play modes are applicable to Custom Play Lists
* Many Hotkeys and contextual menus
* Proxy support
* Export from disc database to CSV (text - comma delimited)
* Option to remove Icon from the Taskbar
* Option to add/remove an icon and a related menu in the Tray
* Option 'Always On Top'
* Command to Hide/Show the player from Tray Icon
* Advanced features in the Database Manager (right-click in artist and disc lists).
* Uninstall procedure (100% Windows compatible)
The CD Player can be downloaded here (http://www.axialis.com/download/index.html) and you can read more about it here (http://www.axialis.com/axcdplayer/index.html).


Audiotools version 4.10 Final is out. Audiotools is described like this:
Audiotools is a direct-to-disk recording tool with the facility to automatically split a recording into tracks to the hard disk without having to use much memory. This allows the recording of much longer samples than can usually fit in RAM (32Mb of RAM can only hold 3 minutes of audio and many programs cannot even record this much).
Grab it here (http://www.unrelatedinventions.com/Audiotools/Files.htm).

Beyond3D has posted up a Anisotropic filtering Comparison between drivers for GeForce 4 Ti's. The article discusses nVidia's anisotropic filtering implementation in 2 different driver versions 27.51 vs. 29.42. Have a look at this small grab:
I used a VisionTek GeForce4 Ti4600 for this article. The only drivers I have that are prior to the two previous official drivers (28.32 and 29.42) are the 27.51s which is what I used for this article, comparing it to the latest official 29.42s. Medal Of Honor Allied Assault was used, with com_maxfps set to 500 and everything else set to maximum with the exception of shadow quality set to Simple. Although the built-in framerate counter was enabled, screenshots taken (using the F11 key) do not show the framerate readout. I have provided my own framerate readout, which is what the framerate counter read the minute I hit the F11 key.
You can filter out the rest here (http://www.beyond3d.com/reverend/gf4aniso/index.php).

AutoDivX5 version 1.09 is out. AutoDivX5 is a tool that automatically generates a script file for VirtualDub encoding using DivX Pro 5's VBR 2-pass mode. It generates a script file for seperate encoding of the "Credits" portion of movies at lower bitrate and allows the automatic adjustment of bitrate for the "Main" part of the movie. You can download it here (http://mpegx.com/video.asp?dcat=VideoEncoder&detail=1315).

Gainward has released updated BIOS files for all their GeForce 4 cards which are listed below:
GeForce 4 MX 420
GeForce 4 MX 440
GeForce 4 MX 460
GeForce 4 Ti 4200
GeForce 4 Ti 4400
GeForce 4 Ti 4600
Download em here (http://x-bios.3dgames.ru/modules.php?name=X_BIOS_FileArchive&lang=english&dir=files/gainward&fdes=Gainward).

Nvchips-fr (http://www.nvchips-fr.com) have posted some ultra cool screenshots from Unreal 2. Go here (http://www.nvchips-fr.com/News/news.php?date=2002-06-29&newsnumber=3) to check em out and prepare to be impressed

Visiontek has made a bit of a boo boo with some of their GeForce 4 4600 video cards. It seems that on some cards they put a DVi-D input connection instead of the advertised DVi-I connection. Allcards that have been reviewed have had the DVi-I connection so this could be put down to a supply shortage or just a mistake at the factory. You can read more over at Modfactor (http://www.modfactor.com).

If you have downloaded the latest DirectX 8.1b file for Windows 2000 and you also have a Windows XP machine that you desperately want to install the new update on then read below on the method needed to do just that:
Load up the command prompt and go to the directory where you have downloaded the NT version of Direct X8.1b. When in that directory, type this command - dx81nteng.exe/c - in which will bring up where do you want to extract the files to. So make a folder put them in there. Then look for all the inf files, right click then install. This will by-pass the normal automatic install program, and setup Direct X on your computer.
Matt also informed me when he ran the Direct X tests, via the dxdiag tool, it passed all tests sucessfully.
If you would like to run you own test using this tool, press the start button, select Run and type - dxdiag. The rest should be straight forward ;-) Anyway, this concludes my personal findings, but if you have anymore, please feel free to send them in.
So now you can update to your hearts content.

Tweakers Asylum has updated their Windows 9x/ME nVidia Detonator Driver Performance Database. the database now includes data from the 28.90, 29.20, 29.41, 29.42, and 29.80 version Detonators. here is a small explanation of what the database does:
The NVIDIA Detonator Driver Database contains performance data on most of the current NVIDIA Detonator Drivers. We currently have a total of 147 Detonators included in the database! For each set of NVIDIA Detonator Drivers added to our database we have included performance data from SEVERAL different benchmarks, not just a few.
Go check it out here (http://www.tweakersasylum.com/htmltonuke.php?filnavn=Detonators/Win9x/detonator9x.html).

A playable demo of Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project has been released for download. The demo is 50.3MB and contains the entire first episode called Rooftop Rebellion, complete with 3 sections, 4 powerful weapons, enemies such as PigCops, FemMechs and HoverMechs, 30 hidden nukes, 3 hot babes waiting to be rescued and one enormous boss fight high over the streets of New York City. You can download the demo from the official Manhatten Project site (http://www.dukenukemmp.com/downloads.htm) and 3D Realms (http://www.3drealms.com/index.shtml).

Want to see something real cool, then take a gander at this. A Dual-Screen laptop AMD 1.3Ghz laptop with a 30Gb HDD and all the audio and ports you could need. Its the Xentex Flip-pad Voyager that features a completely foldable chassis, and two flippable and rotating monitors that can run dual applications or one application across a 20 inch screen, much like a dual monitor set up on a PC.
You can check it all out at the companies website here (http://www.xentex.com/voyager/index.html).

MSNBC (http://www.msnbc.com/news/774751.asp?cp1=1) has revealed that Microsoft has plans to make a modified XBox using the code name Freon. The modified Xbox will do the following:
WHAT FREON STANDS FOR is a souped-up successor to the Xbox console — capable of playing games but also offering television capabilities, such as pausing live TV and recording shows onto a computer hard drive, say people familiar with the effort. Though it is unclear whether such a product will ever be built, its core concept appears to have the backing of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, who wrote in an internal memorandum in January that he was a “big fan” of a machine that would combine video services with gaming.

Microsoft has posted a guide on How to Install the Support Tools from the Windows XP CD-ROM (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q306794). The ses tools are handy as they the same ones used by Microsoft support personnel and experienced users to assist in diagnosing and resolving computer problems. Go check the guide out and you may uncover some interesting apps.

An audio update version 1.0 has been posted for for Grand Theft Auto III. The audio update adds improvements to the MILES Sound System employed in the game. Download the update from the links below:
- Grand Theft Auto III audio update 1.0 US version (ftp://ftp.gamesdomain.com/pub/patches/pc/general-patches/g/gta3audio10.zip)
- Grand Theft Auto III audio update 1.0 UK version (ftp://ftp.gamesdomain.co.uk/pub/patches/pc/general-patches/g/gta3audio10.zip)

FlashFXP 2.0 RC2 has been released. Changes to this version of the popular FTP and FXP Client are as follows:
Added SOCKS4A support. You will need to re-set your proxy type. (your proxy type may be off by 1)
Fixed bug that caused ftp:// urls to login anonymously, ignoring any supplied l/p [reported by Sagittarius]
Fixed bug where right-click selecting a folder in the TreeView didn't actually select the folder, if you selected an action from the right-click menu it was performed on the last folder that was left clicked.
Fixed bug in "tools/calculate ftp space used" where the starting path was counted twice. [reported by evering]
Improved support for AS/400 FTP Servers.
When transferring multiple consecutive files from the same host, Now FlashFXP only checks to see if the site exists in the Site Manager for the first file. If the site is removed during the file transfer it will continue to transfer the remaining files using the information stored in memory.
Fixed bug where while a file transfer is in progress if you attempted a drag/drop move operation in the Remote ListView or TreeView it was allowed, When in reality this operation is not possible in the current state.
When the option "send noop during transfer" is enabled FlashFXP no longer conceals the replies. This resulted in other important replies to also be concealed.
Fixed bug where adding a new site and then renaming it via the Site Name area and then clicking Apply neglected to update the site name in the Site List. [reported by Tom Sommer]
Fixed bug in the Site Manager where "copy" was enabled on the right-click menu for Quick Connect sites. This option doesn't apply. [reported by Ethanol]
Fixed several minor bugs in the FTP File Search.
Pressing the Abort button in the main window now aborts a DELETE/CHMOD executed via the FTP File Search.
Go grab it here (http://www.flashfxp.ws/zip/rc/FlashFXP_2_rc2_setup.exe).

The Inquirer (http://www.theinquirer.net/01070218.htm) has posted that the ATI's new R300 Radeon due for release sometime this month is going to be called the Radeon 9700, with the 9 standing for DirectX 9 support and the 700 memory speed. They also suggest that the Radeon 10000 name that has been thrown around will be the label for the next R300, due out sometime around November and which will be produced using 0.13 micron technology. Go to the link above for more details.

Infineon Technologies have announced a new 128 Mbit Double Data Rate (DDR) Graphics RAM component for 3D Graphics applications in portable and desktop computers. The new RAM is designed to operate at clock speeds up to 450 MHz, and handle data bandwidths up to 3.6 Gigabytes per second. Here is some more detail on the RAM:
The new Graphics RAM has a 1.8V interface, which contributes to significant power savings compared to typical 2.5V interface. By implementing chip design features developed for its specialty memory and future generation mainstream DRAM products, Infineon achieves low power dissipation while maintaining high clock rate operation. This helps system engineers achieve low heat and battery-friendly design of 3D graphics cards, with no sacrifice in the clocked performance of the device.
Read more on the memory at Infineon (http://www.infineon.com).

AnandTech has posted a special Unreal Tournament 2003 build GPU Shootout using the Unreal Performance Test tool to see how today's cards will fair and compare with the new game. Here's a slice from the pie:
We tested at five resolutions, each under two different detail settings. We chose the highest detail setting offered by the game, with everything set to the maximum level to provide the best possible image quality. We also chose a medium detail setting, which turned off detailed textures, turned on 16-bit color, lowered the texture detail and turned off deco layers. The reason for the medium detail setting was to compare those cards that weren't playable at the higher settings.
To conduct the test the following cards were used:
ATI Radeon 7500 (64MB)
ATI Radeon 8500 (128MB)
ATI Radeon 8500 (64MB)
ATI Radeon 8500LE (128MB)
Matrox Parhelia (128MB)
NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 200 (32MB)
NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400 (32MB)
NVIDIA GeForce2 Pro (64MB)
NVIDIA GeForce2 Ultra (64MB)
NVIDIA GeForce3 (64MB)
NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200 (64MB)
NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 500 (64MB)
NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 (64MB)
NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 460 (64MB)
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 (128MB),
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 (64MB)
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4400 (128MB)
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600 (128MB)
ST Micro Kyro II (64MB)
I would strongly urge you go and check this one out here (http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=1647).