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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 12 January 2009
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AMD Fusion Media Explorer Freeware Tool
First Look: Fusion Media Explorer
Final Thoughts: AMD Fusion

AMD Fusion Media Explorer

Free software is quickly becoming the standard of measure for many tech-savvy consumers. Open Office does for users one thing that Microsoft Office does not: save hundreds of dollars. Linux distributions deliver a fully-functional Operating System to users, with better stability and security than the expensive Windows and Mac O/S counterparts. In this article, Benchmark Reviews introduces another very helpful software program which will soon improve the user experience without an attached price tag: meet the AMD Fusion Media Explorer.

By now, anyone who can browse their way to Benchmark Reviews is probably well-aware of the many social networking websites available on the World Wide Web. Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, My Space; these are all just a few of the sites casual computer users and connected mobile mavens visit. We've all seen at least one program that tries to tie you back into one of these websites, but none have been extremely successful. AMD even joined into the fray with their own attempt, offering the AMD Live Explorer for free, which was also met with little popularity.

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But what if you could combine the search-engine relevancy power of Google, the mural interface of Cooliris/PicLens, the music database of iTunes or Windows Media Player, and the familiar feel of Windows Explorer? What you would get is AMD's new project, named Fusion Media Explorer. It's more than just a tool for photo-active tweens or music collecting fans, it's a free software tool built for everyone and specialized for anyone.AMD_Fusion_Logo_300px.jpg

In the illustration above, which is an actual screen-shot of the Fusion Media Player opening layout, you can see that AMD has divided their focus into six key areas: Music, Photos, Videos, Web, TV, and Web Tasks. Although the software we tested at the 2009 International CES was an Alpha-level program, it was fully functional and left quite an impression. Read on to discover how something that's free can be so useful to the commercial world.

About Advanced Micro Devices

Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions at work, home, and play.

AMD Offers more information on fusion from the "Future is Fusion" microsite, where there's also a Fusion for gaming Utility Beta available.

EDITORS NOTE 01/29/2009: The AMD Fusion Media Explorer has entered a public beta phase of development today. This free multimedia library organizer is an excellent tool for anyone who keeps several websites, images, and video or music files on their computer. The AMD Fusion Media Explorer Beta 1 Version 0.9 can be download directly from AMD courtesy of Benchmark Reviews.



 

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