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  • Front end opinons please....

    Before you hate on the newb, i did seach! "best" is to common of a word and front end brings up a lot of topics... none of which realy hit what i wanted.

    In you opinions, what is the all around "best front end" ? whats the best to use with a touchscreen, and is the most user frendly as far as program integration like GPS and the like?

  • #2
    Before the flame go on. I gota stop you on this topic.
    Basically one thing best for you, could be the worst thing to others. Everybody has his/her own taste.
    By that I mean, just down load all of them and use them to see which one you like most and call it your best.
    All the front end available are the best cuz these guys put in count less number of hours to make it work the way it suppose to be. Also don't forget, the skinners who make the front end most appealing to the users.
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    • #3
      Let the flame begin...
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      • #4
        pretty much to add (or repeat really) to what MatrixPC said.

        damn near every product out there would best be "reviewed" by the consumer who actually wishes to purchase it. In other words, try before you buy is the best way to determine if you want something, instead of relying on other people's reviews.

        Of course sometimes this fails (technical specifications that some don't understand, long term reliability, etc), but for the most part, this is accurate. The problem is that "try before you buy" is hard to come by.. unless it's free.

        So try it all damnit. Some love frodoplayer, some love roadrunner, some love centrafuse, etc....

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Tim97rs
          Before you hate on the newb, i did seach! "best" is to common of a word and front end brings up a lot of topics... none of which realy hit what i wanted.
          I'm sure you got links to Best Buy as well. I'm going to put together a note on how to seach. It's obviously needed, apparently.
          REally, did you think to include some other keyword besides BEST?

          In you opinions, what is the all around "best front end" ? whats the best to use with a touchscreen, and is the most user frendly as far as program integration like GPS and the like?
          That's like asking us who the best football team is.
          Some will say The Cowboys. Some will say the Redskins. Some will say Auburn or USC. Some will even say Manchester United.

          You need to evaluate them all yourself and determine which one works best for YOU. We all have reasons why we prefer one front end or another. You need to form those reasons for yourself based on whatever subjective criteria you choose.
          Even if it's choosing Centrafuse over Frodoplayer because you think the idea of a smoking monkey is the most horrific image on the planet... That would be your reasoning for choosing one over the other. Run with it.
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          • #6
            What we need is a "review" of the different front ends to help people see what each has to offer and compare side by side. I am a frodo user myself, but not because other front ends are bad. In my case frodo used the least amount of processing power, which means everything to my slow and weak carputer. I tried the others and they just did not work for me because there was too much delay between the time I pushed the button until it actually did something. Frodo is fast so it gets my vote.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Zebelkhan
              What we need is a "review" of the different front ends to help people see what each has to offer and compare side by side.
              ^^^this is actualy more what i was meaning to convay even though thats not what came across. thank you all for your replies. I will evaluate them and choose for myself!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DarquePervert
                I'm sure you got links to Best Buy as well. I'm going to put together a note on how to seach. It's obviously needed, apparently.
                REally, did you think to include some other keyword besides BEST?


                That's like asking us who the best football team is.
                Some will say The Cowboys. Some will say the Redskins. Some will say Auburn or USC. Some will even say Manchester United.

                You need to evaluate them all yourself and determine which one works best for YOU. We all have reasons why we prefer one front end or another. You need to form those reasons for yourself based on whatever subjective criteria you choose.
                Even if it's choosing Centrafuse over Frodoplayer because you think the idea of a smoking monkey is the most horrific image on the planet... That would be your reasoning for choosing one over the other. Run with it.
                The patriots are the best football team

                BTW, seriously good idea about the search guide!!!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tim97rs
                  ^^^this is actualy more what i was meaning to convay even though thats not what came across. thank you all for your replies. I will evaluate them and choose for myself!

                  Well you are wrong again! Nobody could give you that answer, because different people have different computers with different power meaning that CF (random) can work very good for me BUT work very ****ty on someone with less computer power. Simple logic!
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                  • #10
                    I went to the Software->Front Ends forum section, downloaded several of the front ends there, and tried them out on my desktop PC. Give it about an hour and you'll find which ones work well for you and which ones don't. (If I couldn't figure out an important feature by just poking around the interface with a basic-looking skin, I crossed that frontend off my list...)
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                    • #11
                      This is not an easy task to say the least.

                      Just looking at front-ends will never give you a real feel for the functionality, compatibility, or features of any individual front-end. You also need to check out several of the different skins for each front-end. The skinners in these forums have created some amazingly diverse implementations of the front-ends' capabilities.

                      I think most noobs think the developers skin is going to be the best example of the front-end's capabilities, but it really depends on what you want to do and how. A great example is the Liquid Smoke skin for Frodo compared to the basic 800x600, or the Dena Old Style for Road Runner compared to the basic BrushedMetalBlue.

                      More often than not, you will never find a front-end/skin combination that perfectly suits your tastes. So you can create your own skin or modify one that's close. That's what is so great about this community, the sharing of knowledge, info, and talents.
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                      • #12
                        I personally like Neocar Media Center but thats cause i like the way it works.

                        I think Frodo has the most with features and Road runner a close second but frodoplayer isn't menucentric which i don't like and Road runner just feels to media car-ish.

                        But i can't comment there all good it's my personal preference
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                        • #13
                          This is always a tough issue because for people who have been around a while it is such an absurd question, however to noobs just showing up the number of options really is overwhelming. It's unlikely he'll even understand the features of most of the front ends and its almost impossible to evaluate them unless you know what you are looking for. In fact, most of the front ends work and work well. They all do the basic functions to satisfaction and none does anything significantly more revolutionary than another. Most are skinnable and customizable to the point where anything can be done with any one. In fact load up all the front ends running brushmetal and you probably wont even know which is which. And finally none are finished products. It's not a matter of which towers above which, they are all gonna have some flaw or some bug or be incapable of some very specific task and it really comes down to deciding which flaw is the least annoying. That said, the choice for me came down to how well maintained the software is. Mediacar is still a great program and still works as well as it used to but less and less people use it because knowing the project is dead is very disconcerting. Knowing that a certain bug will never be fixed or a certain feature you've been dying for will never be implemented makes it difficult for people to maintain loyal. Given all this its not surprising that my choice for front end is road runner because guino updates at least once a week. I know that if there is something thats not working I can count on him to have it figured out by the months end. Whereas while frodoplayer is a fantastic fe, there are always going to be changes I want made and chances are those changes wont get implemented in the lifetime of my current carputer setup. Centrafuse is also a great program but it is infrequently updated and turning to a pay model which I have a hard time supporting. It has no compelling feature to make it worth buying and unless I am garunteed bug free software with a live tech support hotline its not worth my dollar, especially not 60 of them. Well thats my rant/review. In summary, like any message board there is no easy way in. You cant expect to show up and know everything. You cant expect current memebers to want to waste times educating you. The only way to become versed in the hobby is to read. Everything you asked can be found throughout the forum. Sure you probably won't find a post telling you which is best, but youll certainly find enough complaints/praises in each subforum to make your own decision.

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