The installation of SilentNight is non-existent yep that's
right. If you just download it and then click on that file it starts the
program. So the obvious thing to do is to make a folder in an appropriate place
for you, then make a shortcut to it. Actually if you go to the "Show" dropdown
commands in the SilentNight program, there is an option there that will create a
Desktop Icon for you.
The next thing that you have to contend with is that there really isn't a Help file. Now take a look at this screenshot.
You see the files on the right hand side? Well I never did see anything there. Perhaps I missed something in the settings.
So I figured out that the column in the center were where I located the files that I wanted to burn. I got that part right. However when I had my mouse tip "hoover" over any particular one it said to drag it to the right to burn it. I couldn't drag anything to the right. Then I tried dragging to the left and that worked.
My next problem was that at any given time I couldn't see the total amount of the files I had dragged over to the burn list. When I pushed the Burn button though, it would show me the total and offer to burn that amount, even if it exceeded what I knew the capacity to be. So I would subtract files, then push the burn amount again and again until I got to an amount that I knew was smaller the size of the DVD I was burning.
The next thing I tried was telling it to burn a folder almost double the size of a DVD. What happened was after about 20 minutes I got a Burning Finished message. And a empty DVD..
In conclusion SilentNight definitely needs some work done on it. However that said there are some definite advantages one that you probably haven't thought of is that it is portable. What I mean is that it will not only fit on and can be run on your thumb drive, but it will fit on a floppy. The price is also a real advantage, but it isn't actually freeware. They want you to register it, though I don't think that there are any time limits on your use. The registration is $19. But it burns any kind of media, erases RW's and once you get used to it works well.
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