Application of the Day?: SUPER

SUPER: © Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer. In other words an application that lets you convert videos from 1 format to another. After being mentioned on DL.TV episode 177 I did some searching on it and found a complaint saying that it is in violation of the GPL and LGPL. Despite an odd complaint of this software installs spyware and doesn’t cleanly uninstall. Initially I was wary of the program but after seeing it on Softpedia with the 100% free award which states the following:

Softpedia guarantees that SUPER 2007 build 22 is 100% FREE, which means it is a freeware product (both for personal and commercial use) that does not contain any form of malware, including but not limited to: spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors.

So that calmed me until now. I should do some testing on the software, I will try do so if I have the time and if I’m using Windows. But despite the controversy I have to say that it does work flawlessly. Simple drag and drop, select output format, click encode (leaving the defaults on) and it starts encoding the file.
Use with caution


3 thoughts on “Application of the Day?: SUPER

  1. But you have to agree that the website looks very buggy. It’s almost impossible to find the place to download SUPER.

    Why cant they make it simple?

  2. Yeah the website is kind of pathetic in terms of accessing the download. It’s not buggy, it’s just the way the webmaster designed it. For what reason that may be who knows? But if it is malware wouldn’t they make it easier to download? Or are they just trying to ‘hide’ their violating activities. Whatever the motive may be it could just be down to the fact that people have their quirks, and this could be one of the author’s…

  3. The GNU GPL is a FREE SOFTWARE license. Free Software is a matter of liberty, not price. In other words, the GNU GPL gives its users four essential freedoms:
    Freedom 0: The freedom to run the program, for any purpose
    Freedom 1: The freedom to modify the program
    Freedom 2: The freedom to distribute the program (gratis or for money)
    Freedom 3: The freedom to distribute a modified version

    Because SUPER uses GPL’d software (mencoder, mplayer, libx264, etc.) it violates the GPL by being non-GPL and only respecting Freedom 0.

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