[Ed: I have been in touch with the teams for a long while but never got chance to blog about their work. I was very surprised when I heard that they were actually based in Beijing (although both teams are quite international), and impressed by the features their software provides.]
IE7Pro – When Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) first came out early this year and Apple released its Windows version Safari 3, people said that the Browser War version 2 was coming. According to the browser statistics from w3schools, Microsoft has done a great job pushing IE7 to its IE6 users, and Firefox is still building a very loyal user community competing with IE. Well, the stats are more or less for EU/US market only, in China the IE is still dominating the market (need to mention that we have the Maxthon taking 30% Chinese browser market) but Firefox has already waken up. IE7 is a great upgrade from IE6, it also introduced add-on feature in order to fight against Firefox’s thousands of add-ons/plugins but it is still far way behind. Maxthon is really a good alternative as it is built on Microsoft browser kernel and has pre-installed many nice add-ons, but IE7Pro is very special, it is a All-in-One add-on for IE7 which adds a lot of features and extras which make the browsing faster,more Responsive and sleek.
Seriously, if you are IE fans and do not bother to try another browser, or find Firefox is a bit too geeky, I suggest you give IE7Pro a go. IE7Pro includes a lot of features and tweaks to make your IE7 more friendly, secure and customizable. It gives you Spell Check, Inline Search, Super Drag Drop, Crash Recovery, Proxy Switcher, Mouse Gesture, Web Accelerator, User Agent Switcher, Webpage Capturer, AD Blocker, even GreaseMonkey-like User Scripts platform, User Plug-ins and many more power packed features. You can visit its blog and wiki for more details.
Orbit Downloader – the leader of download manager revolution, is devoted to the web2.0 downloading. It can be used to download video/music/streaming media from Myspace, YouTube, Imeem, Pandora, Rapidshare, supports RTMP (Real Time Messaging Protocol) and it also makes general downloading easier and faster.
OK. I know what you are thinking now: Hmm, Chinese is always good at downloading stuff, no matter it is FTP (Flashget) or P2P (Thunder), and people there also care less about the copyright. Let’s leave this conversation out of this post, and I am not here to suggest everyone to grab the music from Pandora which is also my favourite music site. From technical point of view, Orbit Downloader is indeed a good software which can bring everyone some values from web2.0. There are many similar software doing this job, such as KeepVid and new RealPlayer , but Orbit Download probably is the only one supporting so many protocols and it is very international too.