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Creative Labs makes ALchemy Audigy Edition available for $9.99

Creative Labs has officially released the Creative ALchemy Audigy Edition software package. The software package sells for $9.99 from the company’s online store. The Creative ALchemy Audigy Edition software package enables users of Sound Blaster Audigy sound cards to take advantage of hardware-accelerated DirectSound3D and EAX audio under Windows Vista operating systems.

Additionally, the ALchemy Audigy Edition enables sample rate conversion and hardware audio mixing. The software also features an update feature that downloads lists of the latest games supported by ALchemy. Creative Labs currently supports 104 legacy game titles with ALchemy. Supported titles include Command & Conquer 3, F.E.A.R., Far Cry, Guild Wars, Oblivion, World of Warcraft and others.

Creative Labs supports the following Audigy sound cards with ALchemy:
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 4
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS notebook
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 SE
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum Ex
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value
  • Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum Ex
  • Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum
  • Sound Blaster Audigy
Windows Vista Audigy users can purchase ALchemy Audigy Edition from the Creative Labs online store for Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit.

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RE: huh
By omnicronx on 7/4/2007 8:59:46 AM , Rating: 3
They evaluate how much people will still have those sound card and have or will have Windows Vista

do you know how many people own an audigy 2/4 series card? almost all creative card owners out there. I believe this is a total jip.. i know they were never vista supported cards.. but if they work they should have at least made a downloadable version of just the drivers without the software.
i am so glad i left creative a long time ago, and i will surely never go back now.

i see now why they released free audigy 1 and soundblaster 24 drivers and not audigy 2/4's.. damn you creative!!! and your EAX monopoly!!!

RE: huh
By tuteja1986 on 7/4/2007 10:31:02 AM , Rating: 5
this type of stuff only works with Apple users :)
* pay for enabling 802.11n wifi on their Airport adapters
* pay for Bootcamp final
Also other stuff

RE: huh
By akugami on 7/4/07, Rating: -1
RE: huh
By TomZ on 7/4/2007 5:38:28 PM , Rating: 5
Did Microsoft try to charge extra to dual-boot different operating systems? No.

RE: huh
By akugami on 7/4/2007 7:45:50 PM , Rating: 2
The other thing with buying a Macintosh is that you expect it to be a closed system. So paying for the ability to dual boot is not IMHO underhanded. It is on the price gouging side though.

As for your question, the response would be no. But MS did make it difficult to dual boot their own OS's. When you need a guide for a knowledgeable (not a techie but not a newbie either) user to even dual boot WinXP and Vista it's not exactly being helpful.

I'm not supporting Apple's price gouging, just saying other companies do it as well and have done so for years in the Windows world. I didn't say Microsoft btw as most probably are jumping to just such a conclusion.

The bottom line is to make money however you can in a legal fashion off of consumers. If a company can price gouge it's consumers, more power to them. It's a load of crud and I'm personally not going for it and will be wary of said company. After all, I'm an informed consumer and I will assume most reading DT are as well. However, I'll be lying to you if I said I didn't wish I had such customers. I help in a management level in my cousin's business and my father owns a couple of retail stores. We'd love some of Apple's customers. :)

I have not owned a Macintosh in well over 10 years. I do have an iPod and have no intention of getting an iPhone. No vested interest in Apple financially or fanboy wise.

RE: huh
By psychobriggsy on 7/4/2007 8:41:47 PM , Rating: 2
No. They simply overwrote that other operating system when you installed Windows, with no option to not do that if it was on the same disc. Hence for years you had to install Windows before Linux.

RE: huh
By Marcus Pollice on 7/5/2007 4:16:58 AM , Rating: 2
If you have more than one partition you can easily install Windows after any other OS without overwriting it. The only thing that might get overwritten this way is the boot loader.

On this particular notebook I installed OSes practically in the reverse order of what would be recommended (that is: Vista, XP, Linux). And guess what, some smart switching around of active partitions made it work perfectly (using GRUB I can boot all three of them).

RE: huh
By phusg on 7/5/2007 7:32:04 AM , Rating: 2
Hardly easy if you have to know which partition to install on and if you have to do some 'smart switching around' to avoid rendering the other OS unbootable by overwriting the boot loader!

No major problem for you or I, but not exactly grandma friendly, which is what I think they were getting at.

RE: huh
By Kenenniah on 7/5/2007 3:26:24 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't dual booting and installing operating systems period something you wouldn't expect "grandma" to do? Heck, even knowing what an operating system is and that there's more than one out there is something most non-techies don't even understand. My grandmother still believes the Internet is inside her computer.

RE: huh
By RMSe17 on 7/5/2007 12:06:51 AM , Rating: 2
I do not think you are correct as far as BootCamp. The only two things that BootCamp does are: 1. Burn you a CD with the Windows Drivers 2. Open partition manager so you can create another partition without losing your data. BootCamp does not enable any features... You don't need BootCamp to run Windows on a Mac, or Linux for that matter. You can use other tools for repartitioning, and get the drivers via other means.

RE: huh
By Zensen on 7/4/2007 1:33:39 PM , Rating: 4
this type of stuff only works with Apple users :)
* pay for enabling 802.11n wifi on their Airport adapters
* pay for Bootcamp final
Also other stuff

So true!

RE: huh
By psychobriggsy on 7/4/2007 8:40:25 PM , Rating: 2
Well Apple got caught out because they were selling "new functionality" for a product that they had already accounted for the sale of. It appears that this is illegal in the USA. It is also why Apple had to spread the revenues from the iPhone over a 24 month period - so they could add new features and account for the income from them without having to charge the customers extra.

Anyway what was it? $2?

Boot Camp has been free since release, and works just fine. How much are they charging for the final release?

$10 to enable functionality you paid for when you bought the product is an entirely different matter. I also feel the same way about nVidia's Purevideo system.

RE: huh
By nemrod on 7/4/2007 6:48:18 PM , Rating: 2
Somebody buy XP and an audigy with functional software

Then microsoft change their system with a lot of internal change and the creative soft doesn't work anymore. Who has made the change creative?

Somebody buy now Vista... So give a second time buck to microsoft... Why should creative pay developper for you and microsoft choice?

“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs
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