It’s time for my picks of the week.
Since I am feeling a little generous, I have two picks for you.
My first pick has to go to Wolfenstein 3D in the browser. Yes, those awesome people at Bethesda have made a version of the classic first-person shooter which can be played inside of a web browser. This is no demo version of the game or a one-level challenge, this is the full game. The only restrictions are that you can’t change the mappings on the keyboard and you can’t save your game.
I have been playing with this for about a week now and this is one of those games that I wish I was able to play way back when it originally came out in the mid to late 1990s. It’s always fun to look back at the games of the past and see how cool they were. Needless-to-say, it is a faithful representation of what Wolfenstein 3D was. If you ever get a couple of minutes of free time, then I would highly recommend checking this game out. So what do you need in order to play this? Well, you need the latest version of any web browser and you should be ready to go. Of course, this version of Wolfenstein 3D is free. You must also be at least 12 years of age or older in order to play it, but it’s brilliant.
For my second pick, I have chosen Smart Converter for the Mac. Essentially, it’s a media file converter for your audio and video files, so you can convert them for transferring to your smartphone or tablet. Now, there are similar applications out there such as Handbrake or FFMpegX. But what this does is makes the whole process of converting your media files really simple. You just drag your media file (audio or video) into smart converter, choose what type of mobile device you have. Once it’s done, it will send the converted file to iTunes if you have chosen an iOS device such or an Apple TV.
Now this is what I like to see. I consider myself to be a power user. However, I don’t want to have to do much work to convert an audio or video file. Of course, there are other tools, which are more powerful. They are good for when you may need to grab the video files from a DVD movie (that you have legitimately bought from a store such as Amazon or other reputable source) to transfer them to a mobile device). That being said, if you need to get a conversion done quickly, then this might be something that you might want to check out.
* Batch processing – queue up and convert as many files as you like in one go
* Movie and TV Show info – automatically add key info about your movies
* Folder monitoring – convert anything that hits your monitored folders
* Subtitles – include subtitles, add external subtitles and even load subtitles from the web!
* Audio tracks – include any or all of the audio tracks in your movies
* Set destination – you decide where you converted files go
* Decide whether to send converted files to iTunes
* AC3 and DTS surround sound passthrough and conversion
* Notifications on completion
Both of these versions are available from the Mac App Store. You will need to have OSX Snow Leopard (10.6) or higher.