It’s been well over a year since Cyberlink released a new version of its venerable PowerDVD software, but now version 13 has arrived sporting a shiny new look, 4K support and a fresh media upconverting trick. Among the UI highlights are: a dedicated movie library, the addition of cover art for movies and music, a mini music player and the ability to customize hotkeys and mouse controls. Oh, and the app is built to auto-scale the interface to play nice with hi-res Retina displays, too.
As with the prior version, PowerDVD 13 uses Cyberlink’s TrueTheater video technology to enhance picture quality but now it can apply that black magic to 1080p and Blu-ray video as well. Rounding out the enhancements is a BD-Live bypass feature that lets users avoid the interminable load times that normally accompany so equipped Blu-ray discs. It works on Windows 7 and 8 and will set you back $99 for the full-fledged Ultra version. The best news? Forking over that hundred bucks also gets you the PowerDVD Mobile and Remote apps for iOS and Android for free.
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