AMD Offers Free Media Sharing Software

AMD has released a beta of a new 3D browser, which is designed to let users easily share multimedia files stored on their PCs with their social networks.

The browser, called Fusion Media Explorer, allows users to browse music and video albums stored on a PC, and to share those files with social networks, said Casey Gotcher, director of product marketing at AMD, in a blog entry.

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The software is available for download from AMD's Web site.

AMD has integrated social-networking sites like Facebook and YouTube into the software to simplify uploading and sharing multimedia files, Gotcher wrote. Users can select video or music files while browsing albums in a rotating 3D interface, and drag and drop them to upload them directly to Facebook or YouTube.

Similarly, users can dowload multimedia files from Facebook to a PC by dragging and dropping, Gotcher wrote.

An internal multimedia player can play back videos that are stored locally, and the built-in Web browser can perform mundane Web tasks such as supporting interaction with friends on social networks, or playing back video from YouTube. An internal search engine lets users search for multimedia files stored locally.

The browser is intended to showcase multimedia capabilities for PCs based on AMD's laptop and desktop platform, which includes processors and graphics cards, Gotcher wrote. Since it bought graphics card vendor ATI in 2007, AMD has been touting its efforts to build better graphics capabilities into its desktop and laptop chips, while criticizing Intel for providing poor integrated graphics capabilities with its processors.

In January, AMD launched a new mobile platform, called Yukon, which includes chips for small and affordable laptops that provide a full PC and multimedia experience without compromising on features. It also launched the Dragon platform, which includes Phenom II processors for desktops and ATI graphics cards.

By 2011, AMD hopes to have integrated graphics capabilities directly into the processor. This arrangement could help improve gaming on PCs, while reducing the need for a separate graphics card.

AMD has stated that the Fusion Media Explorer browser will work with Intel chips. A public beta of the software will be released in a few weeks, Gotcher wrote.

The software works with Microsoft's Windows Vista and with its upcoming Windows 7 operating system. It is not compatible with Windows XP or Linux, according to AMD.

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