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Nedron commented on 26 Dec 2007
Many people were familiar with Volume Logic for iTunes, a product which provided a sophisticated audio level normalization function.

There was a key difference between VL and iTunes' built-in normalizer (Sound Check). SC simply found the peak level in each song and increased/decreased the volume of every song so that those peaks were approximately the same when played back. This basically prevented any song from having a particularly loud peak event (at least no louder than any other.) It did nothing to help make quiet parts closer to louder parts.

VL, on the other hand, normalized constantly as a song was playing, so that the level of quiet parts would be massaged upward, while louder parts were lowered, generally resulting in a consistent volume level across an entire song.

Yes, VL users know that this is actually dramatically changing how a song is mixed, since high and low volumes are reflective of the characteristics of both the instruments being played and the choices of the mixer. However, when riding in a car or working in a loud office, etc., it is handy being able to set your volume once and not have to ride the gain to hear quiet parts while also not blowing out your eardrums after forgetting to lower the gain as the song gets louder.

I touch on this because I've seen a number of people recommend iWOW from SRS labs as a replacement for the now defunct VL. iWOW is NOT the same type of product as VL, and, in fact, does not provide any normalization features at all. At least not that I have found in prior usage or in the current product data sheet. It does do your typical audio "enhancement" (bass drive, wide stereo, etc.) but nothing at all along the capability of VL.

-David

P.S. If anyone ever actually was able to download VL 1.3.2L, please contact me. Plantronics has shut down the VL website completely, and it looks as though they did it almost immediately after posting the notification re: 1.3.2L, which means very few people actually got hold of it. I have yet to find a 1.3.2L installer. I've contacted Plantronics and they will not provide a download of 1.3.2L.
[Version 1.3.2L]



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Nedron commented on 26 Dec 2007
Whither 1.3.2L

Has anyone actually been able to get 1.3.2L? If so, does the version show as 1.3.2L in the interface, or does it still say 1.3.2?

If not in the interface, what is the "CFBundleGetInfoString" value in the info.plist?

I ask because, while I've found several downloads around the 'net claiming to be 1.3.2L, none of them indicate 1.3.2L anywhere by in the name of the disk image.

-David
[Version 1.3.2L]



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Nedron reviewed on 09 Dec 2006
Reading electronic versions of magazines is often similar to reading web-based newspapers. Often, the web layout of a newspaper attempts to emulate that of the printed version. This often results in three-columnb articles on the web that require scrolling up and down and left to right.

And that brings us to the Zinio experience. I originally looked at Zinio when I sent a giant mound of magazines to the recycler. I reasoned that electronic versions might be better, simply from a resource standpoint.

When subscribing to a magazine via Zinio, there are no discounts that I've seen over simply purchasing the physical item. The primary benefit is waste reduction, similar to why one would by a hybrid car.

The magazines are presented exactly as they are in the printed version, which can lead to some frustration when articles trail across columns and ads, etc. However, page navigation in Zinio Reader makes this relatively easy and the zoom features are very useful.

The Zinio Delivery Manager has come some way in terms of stability since the 1.x days. Back then, it regularly crashed. The ZDM that ships with the current Reader is very stable.

In short, Zinio Reader is a reasonable platform for electronic subscriptions to magazines that you would otherwise purchase or physically subscribe to. The electronic versions have the benefits of zero physical clutter and storability.

I give this a 4 only because the fit and finish of the Reader is sometimes less than stellar, particularly when Zinio forgets something as simple as updating the splash screen for a new release.
[Version 2.2.6496]



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Nedron reviewed on 28 Mar 2006
This is exactly what I need.

I needed to simulate the effect of an FM car radio as it passes under bridges, into and out of skyscraper shadows, etc.

By simply tracking the FM preset through Soundtrack Pro and manipulating the intensity setting, I was able to get exactly the effect I needed.

I would hope that the author is willing to provide a Universal Binary version.
[Version 1.2]



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Nedron reviewed on 13 Jan 2006
This is arguably the best XML editor I've used for a number of reasons.

I had previously used Emacs (via psgml) for most of my needs, but occasionally tried GUI editors as they became available.

The first requirement is that it run on each platform I use (OS X, Linux, Solaris). Because it is Java-based, will run on any platform that has a native Java interpreter.

Additionally, the built-in templates for various schemas make it incredibly easy to create new documents, etc. Particularly of interest to me, since much of what I do is documentation, is 's DocBook integration.

Also of note is the new inline checking, etc.

The price seems high to some, but given that the license includes the right for me to run it on any Java-enabled platform, the price is very good.

I've rarely purchased an app where I had no regrets about some portion of the product I purchased. is one such app which I can recommend wholeheartedly.
[Version 7.0]



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Nedron had trouble on 26 Dec 2007
Found a working fix for 1.3.2 that allows VL to run under Leopard...

http://veerle.duoh.com/blog/comments/no_more_volume_logic_update/
[Version 1.3.2L]



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