When somebody eventually becomes a computer user, he or she will use at first only most evident software: office suits, drawing tools, communication programs (email and messenger). But as the human being becomes familiar with the desktop, its best and worst characteristics, he tries to make life better and work easier with small utilities, special software and other non-standard tricks. One of the most useful «tricks» is replacing some standard Windows features or controls with improved ones, which are easier to use and prettier to see. When you see things like Audio Control 4, you definitely know: its just Better than you had before.
Audio Controls task is to provide full replacemement of Windows volume control, you know, those boring window with a handful of huge ugly «sliders»: it looks so outdated, it seems the man who programmed it had hated it! Audio Control seems like author had loved this small brilliant: small accurate window with evident green-to-red volume controls, which you can change with mouse wheel, with clicks onto «up» and «down» buttons, with keyboard arrows or just enter from keyboard. With the same ease you can mute sound channels or change their balance. The volume control can easily be customized, you can limit it to exact features you use; and, if you really need to, this small window can be left on top of others in its minimal and still pretty usable state.
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