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Sub Station Alpha

NEW VERSION 4.08 exe / 4.08 msi

Sub Station Alpha is a SSA subtitle editor.

Version:4.08 exe / 4.08 msi
File size:5.4MB
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4.08 exe / 4.08 msi (June 27, 2000)

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If the main SSInstall.exe wont work then try the mirror Sub Station Alpha.msi installation, it should work in most windows systems like 64bit, etc.

The MSVBVM50.DLL might be required also, put it in the substation folder.

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After install I tried to launch it, but it seems it was missing Msvbvm50.dll. After getting the file from the internet, program opens into fullscreen mode, the exit fullscreen button is grayed out. The only way to get out of fullscreen is by dragging the window bar, whereupon it resizes to a barely usable window, with adjustable border function completely missing. This is the problem, UI wise.

Function wise, I tried to open an SSA file. Immediately I get "4 lines were not recognised, and were discarded", with no full stop. Click OK, I get "This is a Sub Station Alpha v4.00 script. To play it correctly, please visit:xxx ... and upgrade to the latest version." (Here we have the full stop.) Don't bother. It's a dead site. Click OK. The Chinese sub comes up as gibberish.

Posted July 26, 2010 by windows 7 user. Tool version 4.08 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 3 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10

The KING of subtitling freewares!

We have some nice new programs, like Aegisub (mainly for Karaoke works), Medusa Subtitling (no more developed), Sabbu (idem), WinSubMux, DivXLand Media Subtitler and VisualSubSync, among some few others, that can handle Audio bar + video bar for timing purposes.

But, FOR ME, SSA is still the right choice for subtitling projects and timing needs.

The weak point from it is that SSA can't handle Video Bar like VisualSubSync does and there wasn't any development in these program since his/her author quit the SSA's project.

Despite of that, it's a very nice program!

Posted January 27, 2007 by devilcoelhodog. Tool version 4.08 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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