Time-slider control is there and works well enough. There is a new
trend in DVD software players: Who can make the smallest and hardest to
click TIME-SLIDER?!?! VaroDVD is right there with PowerDVD and WinDVD
for this questionable title! It works well enough, a slight pause to it,
but very useable. One of these days someone will actually update a player
and make the slider BIGGER and EASIER to grab? Ah well, it's not like I haven't
mentioned this before. :)
One of the best parts of the VaroDVD interface is the RIGHT-CLICK menu
for extended playback controls. It really is a work of art for layout
and simplicity. They even labeled all the keyboard shortcuts for the
controls on the RIGHT-CLICK menu! Very nice!
I can't leave out the ZOOM control on the interface. It works GREAT!
Similar in design to the WinDVD user-definable zooming, it allows you
to select any portion of the playback window and zoom it to full screen.
What makes it better than WinDVD is that it works with ASPECT RATIO on
OR off, and it actually WORKS on the test system! (For some reason the
WinDVD zoom never has worked on my system.) VaroDVD zoom is sharp, easy
to use, and works! One thing they should fix is the cursor control for
PAN & SCAN. When zoomed, the screen goes into a PAN & SCAN mode, you can
see what's off-screen by moving the whole picture with the mouse. However
the mouse control is VERY touchy, and hard to work with.
The VaroDVD interface really is a nice piece of work. It is feature
laden, takes few clicks to use most features, and it is easy to use
and get comfortable with quickly. It even has SKIN support, though
limited to color changes so far. Some cleanup on the display readout,
a larger time-slider, and smoothing out the mouse for PAN & SCAN would
help. Still, this interface stands with PowerDVD as one of the best.