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|Originally Published: Sunday, 9 April 2000||Author: Marius Aamodt Eriksen|
|Published to: enhance_articles_multimedia/Video Articles||Page: 1/1 - [Std View]|
kWinTV - Can It Beat XawTV?
When resizing kWinTV, the image goes out of proportion. This, however, is easy to fix by adjusting the 'Fix Aspect Ration' option from the menu. I found XawTV's solution to this a little more elegant as it only allows for the window to resize within the aspect ratio, a less tedious process than kWinTV's.
The 'screen snapshot' feature worked well, as was expected. I was, however, not able to record into a file as kWinTV crashed every time I tried to. The quality of the snapshots were comparative with the quality of XawTV's. As for the image quality itself, I could not find any differences with that of XawTV. Generally, I found XawTV to be 'cleaner' than kWinTV in that it doesn't leave parts of the picture on the screen when the window is moved or desktop changed.
One feature that I missed from XawTV was the ability to use a roller mouse to change the channels (by rolling up and down). A second feature that I couldn't find in kWinTV was the ability to run in non-overlay mode (grabscreen). Hence, kWinTV cannot be run remotely over a network.
In conclusion, kWinTV is an extremely well-done application with a very nice and clean interface. However, kWinTV does need some bug-cleaning and some feature additions if it is to ultimately surpass XawTV.