A first look at Stardock's SoundPackager tool for Windows
Stardock launched SoundPackager, a new commercial program for Microsoft Windows devices designed to change the default sound scheme of the operating system.
Windows comes with its own set of sounds that are enabled by default when it is installed. Some users prefer to mute the operating system as they find sounds distracting, others like sounds as they provide feedback on certain actions or inform the user about certain activities.
Stardock SoundPackager is available as a free 30-day trial, as a standalone program for â‚¬5.99, and as part of Stardock's Object Desktop suite of applications. Users interested in the trial need to supply a valid email address and verify it before they may use the application.
SoundPackager first list
SoundPackager displays the active and available sound packs on start. Most Windows users will see the "default sounds" package enabled by default. Good news is that it takes a few clicks to activate one of the local sound packs the program comes with.
You may hover over a sound pack to get a short description; a click displays options to play a sound of the package and to make it the new sound pack on Windows. Once you have found the perfect package you may make it the new default on Windows or use the edit sound pack option to customize it.
Sounds are divided by application which you need to expand to see all available options. If you select Windows, you get a lot of options ranging from "default beep" to sounds for closing programs, selecting, maximizing, or when devices connect.
SoundPackager uses icon to highlight if a sound is mapped to a certain activity. A click on any of the actions plays the currently assigned sound if available.
You may play it at any time or use the "pick sound file" browser to assign a different sound to the activity. SoundPackager accepts WAV files and comes with a wide range of them by default. Nothing is preventing you from selecting custom WAV files from the local system though.
New sounds may be saved as new sound packs; there is also a reset option to reset all sounds to the default and an option to share sound packs with others.
Apart from selecting local sound packs, functionality to download sound packs from the Internet is also available. Switch to the online tab and select one of the available options, e.g. search or "featured".
A core difference between local and online sound packs is that you don't get to preview online sound packs. You need to download them first to add them to the local list. There it is then possible to preview the sound pack, edit it, or make it the default.
Hundreds of sound packs are available online including Windows XP and 7, Portal, Fallout, The Simpsons, Nintendo Wii, or Team Fortress 2 packs.
Stardock SoundPackager offers two advantages over the built-in Windows Control Panel applet. First, that it makes edits a lot easier, and second, that it comes with a huge selection of sound packs that you can install directly.
Only some users will find the application interesting but those who do, may want to take it for a test drive to see if it is useful enough to warrant a purchase.
The program complements Stardock's other standalone programs for Windows: Groupy, which adds tabs to windows, Multiplicity, to control multiple computers with a single mouse/keyboard, Start10, a start menu replacement for Windows 10, and Fences, a program to create folders on the desktop for better manageability.
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