Most of Connected Internet’s readers are PC users. PC users don’t have too much of a problem finding an application for a specific task. Usually a quick Google will turn up a solution to a pressing problem. The only drawback to Windows’ prevalence is that there is an exponentially greater amount of commercial software, so PC users may have to dig a little to find a freeware solution to the task at hand.

Mac users enjoy a healthy commercial software community, but also free software is quite prevalent. Maybe it’s the unix influence, you know, free software and all that. I’m not complaining. As a Mac user I have a choice between a commercial solution, scouring the vast freeware available, or falling back to a unix solution when all else fails.

Following are ten applications for working with video, graphics and audio files that I have found to be indispensable. I see enough posts of the variety “What Mac app should I use for…” on various Mac web forums that I hope someone will find these recommendations useful. More »

Vista Codec Package for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 freeware has been updated to version 4.3.8 and available for free download. Beside, Vista Codec x64 Components has also been updated to version 1.1.8.

Note: If you just want to play DVD, there is no need for any additional package in all editions of Windows Vista (except ‘N’ edition). DVD will play well in Windows Media Player (WMP) or Media Player Classic (MPC) in Windows Vista with Windows Aero glass effects enabled.

Vista Codec Package is a all-in-one (AIO) setup for all necessary codecs to play DVD and almost any types and formats of video, movie or music files in Windows operating system with any media player and support streaming video in popular web browser. With the codec pack installed, users no longer need to search for individual codec or install third party application to have the codec installed, such as Quicktime mov, XviD, DivX, 3gp, RealMedia rm, AAC, AC3 and etc. More »

With Vista Codec Package installed, you won’t need to install any other codec or filter. Many user suggested default settings are implemented. It does not contain a media player. It does not associates filetypes. With this package installed you will be able to use any media player (limited only by the players capabilities) to play DVD’s, movies and video clips of any format. Streaming video (real and quicktime) is supported in web browsers. Visit the homepage to get a 64bitAddon which enables xvid, divx and DVD playback in Vista’s MediaCenter.

Codecs have always been a pain in the butt. This package takes from the best, all the big name creators, several small guys too, and compiles all this into a single pack. All possible conflicts are already dealt with, many user suggested default settings are implemented. More »