The Shareware Review People


zingLogo.gif (1952 bytes)

Type of Program:Push-Channel Browser Plug-In
Supported Platform: Windows 95/98/NT
Company Name: Zing Network, Inc.
Version: 1.03
Price: Free
Installed size: 1.5M (up to 17M with all channels selected)


Anyone who hates waiting for slow web pages to load up will appreciate a little online entertainment from Zing. Sort of like reading the milk carton as you eat breakfast. This fun little multi-channel, multimedia player plugs in to your browser (including Netscape, Internet Explorer, and Internet Explorer for AOL). It's like instant push channels, and the player automatically delivers content, without bogging down your system or Internet connection. Get whatever you choose: music, photography, jokes, French and Spanish lessons, movie clips, art, cars and more, all while waiting for those dang slow web pages to load.

Once the web page you've navigated to is loaded (either partially or fully, your choice), Zing jumps out of the way. User options allows you to have Zing minimize to a sticky-note sized window when your web page is loaded, or you can have the viewer just vanish. Zing can be disabled any time too, whenever you wish to bypass it while surfing the net All Zing controls and options are easily accessed from the little Chili Pepper icon it places in the system tray. And, just right-click the tray icon and select Update Now to refresh your channel content anytime.

Zing is a very nice diversion, very well supported, and a truly pleasing piece of eye-candy, especially since it doesn't cost you a thing in either money or system resources. I also find that it works quite compatibly with my browser (IE4.01), which is not true for all the browser plug-ins I've tried that claim to be unobtrusive. Zing works. You can get more information and download the player at the Zing Network web site.

User Friendly:
Cost: (free)
Ease of Installation:
Reviewed by Bobbie Crowell
ICQ # 9407183

Return to - The Shareware Reviewers