Norton 360 Version 6.0 Premier Edition

Norton’s 360 line of protection products are designed to go well above and beyond standard antivirus software. Created to provide users with a comprehensive suite of tools they need to safeguard their machines, files and identities, this line is considered one of the company’s best.

While the standard Norton 360 version is designed for just about anyone, the Premier Edition was created for home users with slightly larger needs. Overall, Norton 360 Version 6.0 Premier is very much the same as the basic package with a noted difference – it offers beefier online backup space for a slightly higher price.

When the key technologies and features of the Premier edition are explored, it becomes clear that this version of Norton 360 is a solid protection purchase for anyone who has a lot of data to protect and a desire to do so comprehensively.

About The Key Technologies

Like the standard Norton 360 Version 6.0, the Premier Edition pulls in several crucial technologies that safeguard computers from viral attacks, performance issues and even vanilla hard drive crashes. Some of the technologies that make this programming standout with buyers includes:
  • PC tuneup
  • Local and online backup abilities
  • Antivirus, antispam, rootkit, worm and bot protections
  • A smart firewall
  • Online identity protection
  • Parental controls management
  • Pulse updates

The key technologies combine to make Norton 360 one of the most comprehensive protection packages available. This product was carefully designed to offer users a single piece of programming that could cover a number of critical bases at once.

The Features That Matter

The Norton 360 Version 6.0 Premier Edition is technically the same version of the standard package. This software offers several key features that make it stand out as an all-around good product for protecting a personal computer from a number of potential hazards.

This software is able to :
  • Help PC users tune up their machines – Keeping a PC running properly and quickly isn’t easy for the average owner. This software package makes it simpler by helping users remove files that are clogging up the works. It also assists with speeding up the boot up process.
  • Provide comprehensive, updated malware protections – The Norton 360 family of products includes very powerful antiviral protections for users. This software detects and removes viruses, spyware, bots, rootkits, worms and other potential threats.
  • Provide a backup ability – Making sure data is safe even in the event of a crash is a very important function of Norton 360. Both versions provide users with a convenient way to store files on discs, USB drives and even online on Norton’s own secured services. This is where the Premier edition, however, really shines. Rather than just offer 2GB of online storage as the standard version does, Premier Edition users can safely stow away up to 25 GB of information. This is great for a family with multiple PCs or those with a lot of memory intensive files on their hard drives, such as photographs. The online backup also provides an easy way for users to recover in the event of a crash. Even if a computer is a lost cause, the files can be safely recovered. The Norton 360 program provides for automatic backups, too, which is great for those who want new files immediately secured.
  • Make an online experience more secure – Both versions of Norton 360 are designed to help users safeguard their personal information from prying eyes. They also help make use of social media websites more secured by checking for potential threats and bad links. In regard to personal information protection, Norton 360 protects against phishing, stores passwords and user names for greater protection and more.
  • Safeguards families – Courtesy of the parental controls management features, Norton 360 users can better track online activity, lock out the use of certain websites and more.
Like the standard version of Norton 360, the Premier Edition offers users a comprehensive way to protect their machines, their information and even their family members. Premier Edition simply does so on a grander scales.

Why Buy 360 Version 6.0 Premier?
When a comprehensive, home-use protection package is desired for a computer, the Norton 360 family of products delivers the features buyers need. By helping users improve their PCs’ performance, safeguarding identity and protecting a machine from attacks, it offers just about everything a computer user might need to enjoy peace of mind. Add to this the fact it provides for an easy way to back up important files and it’s clear why Norton 360 is a popular choice.

The Premier Edition might be a more practical option for many considering the amount of automated online backup provided. Since a family photo album stored online can rapidly eat up 2GB of storage, the generous 25 GB offered with Norton 360 Premier Edition just makes more sense for the money. This product is also offered at a fairly low price for a full year of protection on up to three machines.

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Cyberlink PowerDVD 12

PowerDVD has come a long way since its origins, when you needed such software to play DVDs on a Windows PC. These days it's Blu-ray playback that doesn't come as standard, and so PowerBlu-ray may be a better, if somewhat clunky title.

Even that moniker wouldn't describe what you get from PowerDVD today. The simple disc-spinning software has grown into a media playback suite with wide support for video, photo and music files. This latest version has extensive file format support, including popular container formats such a MKV, and had no problem playing any file we threw at it.

The two big new features for Blu-ray playback are support for DTS-HD 7.1 soundtracks and the ability to apply 3D upscaling to Blu-ray discs. We've seen the latter applied to DVDs and other video files before, and can't say we've been terribly impressed. Sometimes it works quite well, but it's inconsistent and this makes it very tiring to watch as your eyes struggle to make sense of what is often nonsensical. If you like to watch pick-and-mix favourite scenes from movies, something that PowerDVD encourages with its bookmarking and sharing features, then there's fun to be had here - but we doubt many will get through a whole movie using it.

The Technology Operations Centre that will control all the technology during the games

Truetheatre make its return too, providing easy to use image processing tools - at least compared to more enthusiast decoding and post-processing software such as ffdshow. There's an automatic mode that sharpens things up a little and reduces the appearance of more obvious compression artefacts. You can also tweak the settings to your own preferences, though again not to the same degree as the level of control in ffdshow. We found the default results to be pleasingly sharper and brighter in the main, though you'll barely notice it on high-quality content such as Blu-rays.

We could try and justify this by talking about Trutheatre image processing, or the pseudo 3D mode - but it's really here simply because we love Indy

The interface is straightforward enough, with locations for your content listed on the left and a big browsing and playback pane in the centre. It will pull in content from local storage, attached devices, UPnP and DLNA servers, and popular online site such as Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. You can quickly browse through media files from all these sources, download files en masse from online. It's not as powerful as a dedicated music or photo app, so there's no way to sort albums by year of release, or to tag faces in photos, for example.

It's a small point, but we were surprised to find that the PowerDVD window didn't respond to all the usual Windows 7 shortcuts for moving and maxiximsing the window - such as drag to top of screen, or Windows key and cursors to snap to screen edges. It also insisted on opening by default on the BD/DVD movie page, which is full of links to movie trailers and info, or 'Featured Celebs'. We'd much rather it defaulted to the last open folder than popped up a page of promotional content to movies we don't own.

Mainstream movie buffs may like it, but we'd rather not be presented with a load of promotional content upon opening the program

Where it shines is in dealing with video and mobile devices. You can sync any non-DRM protected file to a connected device - such as an Android phone or tablet. PowerDVD does all the hard work, recognising your device, from a database of thousands, and picking a resolution and codecs that will work best with it. In our case we took some Blu-ray quality content and it squeezed it down to 720x480 (which fitted nicely on the native 854x480 display) at 2Mbit/s using AVC video compression. The results were pretty impressive for single pass encoding, and we were more than pleased with the whole process.

Speaking of mobile devices, this Ultra version of the software comes with two bundled apps - which are then free to download from the Android Market or App store. PowerDVD remote simply lets you control your PC, and therefore PowerDVD itself, using controls on the handheld's screen. These include both media shortcuts (play, pause etc.) as well as a virtual touchpad so you can control Windows itself. Nothing very radical about the latter but having both in one app is certainly handy.

The other app is PowerDVD mobile. This is primarily a media playback app, so you can browse photos and play music, and watch video files. This all works well, though there's nothing to get excited about again. Where it really comes into its own is in pulling and pushing media to and from other devices. Using the app alone you can pretty much play any file on any device, anywhere you like. Want to play a video from your phone on your DLNA TV, then just hold down the file thumbnail and a menu appears with media players you can push the file to. Similarly you can grab files from elsewhere (such as our Blu-ray quality video test file) and stream them to your handheld device, with your PC re-encoding them in real-time.

Here's the app searching for playback devices on our network

Again none of this is revolutionary - your PC can already do this to a degree using the right-click Play to command. However, the slickness with which you can select and play files across an Android handset, Apple iPad, Windows PC and media streaming device -such as a WD TV Live - is impressive none-the-less.

PowerDVD 2012 then doesn't do anything particularly ground-breaking. However, its integration of PC software and mobile apps, along with wide file format and decent post-processing technology, makes it a one-stop-shop for media playback across your home network. However, to justify the price, you'll still have to want to play Blu-ray discs on a home PC or laptop.

If you do, then this is a good buy, though we're still amazed that such software costs more than a basic standalone Blu-ray player. We'd be interested to see how much CyberLink would charge for a fully-featured version of the software but without the Blu-ray and DVD playback parts and their ensuing license costs.

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