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Too Many Chat Programs?

Instant messaging programs have been one of the most popular modes of communication around for several years now. MSN, AIM, Yahoo, ICQ, IRC, there are dozens of these programs that let people across the world communicate. Chat programs are great, but the problem with having so many different programs is that, a lot of the time, while you are on one program your friend is on another. If your friend is on Yahoo and you are on AIM then you have no way to communicate. You could run both AIM and Yahoo at the same time, but that seems a little silly, doesn’t it?

Wouldn’t it be easier, wouldn’t it be faster, if there was one instant messaging client that you could use to talk to everyone?

There is. Miranda manages your IM clients and allows you to connect to different chat programs without running multiple messengers. MSN, AIM, Yahoo, ICQ, IRC—even jabber and gadu-gadu—Miranda connects to them all and allows you to connect to each messenger at the same time and talk to your friends on different messengers.

That’s great. It’s so much easier than keeping seven different instant messengers on at one time.

Check out Miranda now and see if you can make your life a little simpler.

Forums, Forums, Forums!

Great news for all of our UberDownloaders out there. We’ve just instituted a forums page on UberDownloads. You can find it here or click on the Forums tab on the Uberdownloads navigation bar above.

Judging by the popularity of our comments section, UberDownloads users have been craving a place to discuss our programs and compare results and, as usual at UberDownloads, what our users want is what they get!

Check out our new forums section and start discussing with other UberDownloads users now!

The Final Frontier

With the recent anniversary of the Moon Landing, at UberDownloads we thought we would celebrate by bringing space and the moon to you. We have two great products for people interested in the stars:Stellarium, a virtual planetarium, and Virtual Moon Atlas, a virtual map of the moon. Both of these great products are designed to be informative and entertaining at the same time.

Outer space and the stars truly are the final frontier and we are happy to bring them down to Earth for you.

Stellarium

Stellarium is a planetarium simulator for your computer. Moons, planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, Stellarium has everything and it shows it to you in a great, beautiful panoramic view.

You select where on the world you want to view the sky from and Stellarium will take you there. If you live in Boston, LA, Beijing, London or Podunkville, Ohio, you can see your sky because Stellarium doesn’t just connect you to the closest large city but lets you choose any vantage in the world.

Stellarium is incredibly informative with data on planets and stars just a click away. Mostly it’s just fun though. Set up your location and time and let the program run with planets and stars whirling over head, or see where the stars will be tomorrow night, or where they were on your birthday!

Use Stellarium’s constellation features to display the constellations as line drawings or as full images. And Stellarium doesn’t just have Western constellations. Choose from Chinese, Korean, Lakota or even Ancient Egyptian skies, among many more.

If you have any interest in the night sky then you will greatly enjoy Stellarium.

Virtual Moon Atlas

“Boom, right to the Moon!”

Well, Virtual Moon Atlas won’t take you to the moon, but it will do the next best thing by bringing the moon to you. Virtual Moon Atlas opens an interactive map of the moon right on your computer. The entire moon is right there before you, every crater and every sea.

Built very exactly by and for selenographers (moon watchers), Virtual Moon Atlas is extremely detailed and informative. A simple mouse over or click will make the program display information on interesting features of the Moon, even such tiny features as the locations of the Lunar Landers. Virtual Moon Atlas is designed to be used while gazing at the moon and to help find interesting features and land marks.

Anyone who is interested in the moon will be interested in Virtual Moon Atlas for its ability to show the most interesting points on the Lunar surface year round and help amateur moon gazers find interesting points.

Stellarium and Virtual Moon Atlas are each one of the best programs we offer on UberDownloads and we think that both can help you see the universe.

The stars and the moon right on your desktop. Can it get any better?

Tux Suite Part 4: Tux Paint


TuxPaint is the Tux team’s attempt to create a program to foster creativity, art and computer skills in young children—and it is a successful attempt.

The creators of Tux Paint have made the interface of TuxPaint easy to use and simple to navigate—the phrase, “so easy a child could do it,” comes to mind. They have made the colors bright, the brushes easy to use and the special “magic” effects easy to find and play with. TuxPaint also comes with a preloaded set of “starters” which are coloring book like pictures that children can color over and the ability to load new starters.
Possibly the best part of the program is the parental controls. These controls let the parent do things like lock the mouse to the program so that the child does not have access to the rest of the computer and lock the number of open versions of the program so that the child does not go “click crazy” and damage the computer by opening too many copies. The parental controls even allow for parents to change the appearance and function of TuxPaint for younger or older children with abilities, for example by making icons smaller or larger and turning off special effects.

Our children are going to grow up using computers and TuxPaint is not just a great way to get children interested in art, it is a great way to get children used to using computers. Parents and schools around the world are already using TuxPaint to teach children computers and art.

The Tux creators believe that children can benefit from every one of these products and we agree. Math, reading, typing or art, Tux the Penguin can help your children learn in a fun, effective way.
Have fun learning!

Tux Suite Part 3: TuxMath

The editorial department actually had a lot of fun testing TuxMath. Your children will learn math by helping Tux the Penguin defend his city from asteroids and meteors. The range of usefulness of this educational software is such that everyone from young children learning basic addition to adults like the editorial staff can both have fun and find a challenging difficulty level.

The game works like this: at lower difficulties numbers appear on the screen inside of meteorites and the player types the number they see to fire a laser and shoot down the meteor, thus saving Tux’s friends. This teaches young children the recognition of numbers as they begin to learn numbers. The levels get progressively harder teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and, finally, algebra. Because of the wide expanse of skills taught by this one program, TuxMath can help children of all ages hone their math skills. There is even an extra game where Tux must shoot asteroids and the asteroids split into fractions and factorials.

There is nothing in the world that is more fun than shooting lasers at asteroids. There just isn’t. The creators of TuxMath were aware of that and have turned that fun into a way to teach your children math. The editorial staff recommends it. In fact some of them are still playing it.

Tux Suite Part 2: TuxTyping

Which is better, having a computerized voice sass you every time you press the wrong key or saving the city from a meteor shower? Which one do you think your kids would rather do?