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Classic Shell 3.9 Beta

The best alternative Start Menu just got better

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 26 July 2013
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Developer: Ivo Beltchev
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Classic Shell 3.9 Beta
The best alternative Start Menu just got better

Classic Shell is best known for its ability to bring the Start button and menu back to Windows 8. You can also add the same menu to Windows 7, though (maybe useful as it's extremely configurable), and the program also includes a toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer, and a caption and status bar for Internet Explorer.

This new beta has an enhanced and far more realistic Windows 7 menu style. Programs can be accessed in a tree from the main menu; you can search for files as well as programs, with the results showing inside the main menu; and there's a dedicated shutdown button, as well as the usual menu where you can choose from multiple options (Lock, Restart and so on).

Newly installed programs are now automatically highlighted in the menu, and it can also display the most frequently used programs, all helping you locate the shortcuts you need.

Programs can be pinned directly from Explorer. Classic Shell should launch more reliably on Windows 8, and there's improved compatibility with Windows 8.1, too.

The only wrinkle: Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 are no longer supported.

Verdict:

An excellent set of improvements to an already very good program

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 (v11.0.6)

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 is a compact, simple, but surprisingly feature-packed disc burning suite.

The program makes it easy to create simple data discs and audio CDs, for instance: just drag and drop your files onto the list area and you'll be burning the finished disc in a couple of clicks.

That's just the start, though. Burning Studio 2013 can also create data discs with customised, interactive multi-page menus, perfect if you'd like a more professional way to share and present the disc contents.

A built-in backup tool allows you to create backups which may be encrypted, compressed, and span several CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays.

And there are modules to create VCD or SVCD video projects; burn video DVDs or Blu-ray discs from prepared folders; create, browse or burn disc images (ISO, CUE/ BIN and Ashdisc formats are supported); copy discs, erase them, design and print disc covers, labels and booklets, and more.

The focus throughout is on ease of use, though, and so Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 remains very straightforward, whatever you're doing. Most disc projects are created via the same simple interface, and for the most part all you have to do is drag and drop the necessary files. But experts will find more advanced options are only a click away, and if you need to then you can set ISO and UDF version, enable Joliet, make a disc bootable and more.

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