Media Cope: Multimedia management suite

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Playing your favourite multimedia files, cutting and joining them, converting them and all of the various things that you can do with them usually requires you to have separate applications for each task. With Media Cope, however, you will find all of the processes in a single package.

Installation & Requirements

Installing the program should not be too difficult as it provides all the usual options you would expect, like creating shortcuts and choosing an installation path. However, the installer will try to force some third party software during the setup. You will just have to decline them when they pop up to continue with the installation. The supported operating systems are Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.

Interface

The main interface of the program looks like what you would expect from a conventional media playback application. However, you will quickly notice some differences that set it apart from the rest. First of all, the top side of the program is occupied by all of the various tools that are divided into tabs. The bottom of the interface is reserved for the specific options and settings of each utility. When you move to different tabs it almost feels like an entirely different application. Although it takes some getting used to, it actually becomes very convenient once you become familiar with it.

The tools themselves are very straightforward and easy to use. One of the things that the program is sorely missing is a drag and drop feature although that is more of a mild inconvenience than anything else. The interface makes it easy to find the files you are looking for so that is not something you should worry about. The good thing is that Media Cope does not use technical terms. Everything should be clear even to the most inexperienced of users. Navigating between the various tools feels very sleek and never confusing. It is fast, precise and does the job you want it to do.

This is the program’s biggest upside and downside simultaneously. Although it offers a myriad of tools, most of them are quite basic. Power users will probably not appreciate the lack of options but the application is not aimed at them. It is aimed at the ore casual crowd that wants to have everything under one roof and it is superb at that. Even though you might not find the extensive options of standalone applications, it is still extremely convenient.

Finally, the general settings of the program can be accessed from the “Internet Tools/Settings” tab. You might have noticed that after the setup was done, the installer asks if you want to run the Media Cope Settings. This is because it is actually a separate file found in the program’s installation folder and it opens in a separate window. You can create a separate shortcut for it because it is not created automatically, although you will rarely have to use it. The options are very general and only need to be configured once, like associating the program with media files or adding an option to the context menu.

Pros

-Neat interface design
-Seamless integration of the various utilities
-A ton of tools bundled in one package
-Casual users will love the simplicity of it

Cons

-Bloatware during the installation
-Basic options for each utility

Conclusion

If you want to have one application to handle all of your multimedia needs, then definitely give Media Cope a try. It is absolutely free and it has so many features that you will be hard pressed to find something that is missing.