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MiTeC Task Manager DeLuxe

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 04:28 PM PDT


In my previous post, I have presented very nice freeware tool - MiTec Windows File Analyzer. Today, I would like to offer you another freeware MiTeC product – task manager, which is designed to replace the standard device manager utility, embedded in Windows. MiTeC utility will help you to operate your tasks with better set of options, while not demanding from you being super computer geek.

Task Manager DeLuxe is a straightforward Task Manager alternative which provides more details about the processes running on your PC.

The program doesn't divide these up into Applications, Processes and "Processes from all users", for instance - just launch Task Manager DeLuxe and it'll include everything in a single Processes tab. It's able to display those processes in a list or tree form. And filters mean you can view, say, all the system processes, or all non-responding processes in a click or two, making it easy to find what you need.

Expand the Process Details tab and you're able to view useful information about any process at a glance (working set, number of threads, number of windows and so on). This can't compete with tools like Process Explorer or Process Hacker - there's no option to, say, view each thread in turn to see what it's doing, and critically not even a report on CPU usage - but the program still offers enough information to be useful.

The Services tab then details your installed services. There's a fraction more information here than you'd get with regular Task Manager - you get to see the service startup type and executable file name, for instance - and you're also able to filter the list by typing in your own keyword (type "print" to display only the Print Spool, say).

And elsewhere, a Sessions tab shows you network users connected to your PC, an Autoruns tab lists programs configured to launch when Windows starts, and a Performance tab graphs CPU and memory usage history, while also providing useful information that you won't find in the regular Task Manager (MAC and IP addresses, for instance).

Task Manager DeLuxe isn't particularly powerful, then. If you need total control over every thread then you still need something like Process Hacker. If you're looking for something simpler, though, less technical and intimidating, but still an improvement on what Windows has to offer, then Task Manager DeLuxe could be the ideal choice.

Verdict:

Task Manager DeLuxe is a handy intermediate-level tool, notably more powerful than Windows own task manager, but not as complex or intimidating as something like Process Hacker.

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Reviewed by: Download Crew

Developers' website: http://www.mitec.cz/tmx.html

License: Free to use for both private and commercial users.





Windows File Analyzer – Freeware tool for forensic file analysis

Posted: 09 Mar 2012 03:08 PM PST


Quality freeware in the category of forensic tools is quite rare. MiTec Windows File Analyzer is must have for the advanced Windows users. This application decodes and analyzes some special files used by Windows OS, making the commonly encrypted data available for assessment. Every analysis results can be printed in user-friendly form. It's designed in Multiple Document Interface.

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Here are described individual analyzers:


  • Windows XP Thumbnail Database Analyzer
    This analyzer reads Thumbs.db file and displays its content with stored data include image preview.
  • ACDSee Thumbnail Database Analyzer
    This analyzer reads ACDSee *.fpt file and displays its content with stored data include image preview.
  • Google Picasa Thumbnail Database Analyzer
    This analyzer reads Picasa *.db file and displays its content with stored data include image preview.
  • FastStone Viewer Thumbnail Database Analyzer
    This analyzer reads fsviewer.db file and displays its content with stored data include image preview.
  • HP Digital Imaging Thumbnail Database Analyzer
    This analyzer reads *.db or *.dat file and displays its content with stored data include image preview.
  • Prefetch Analyzer
    It reads files stored usually in Prefetch folder and diggs out stored informaton.
  • Shortcut Analyzer
    This tool reads all shortcut files in specified folder and displays data stored in them.
  • Index.DAT Analyzer
    This analyzer reads specified Index.Dat file and displays its content. Index.Dat files store usually data of Internet Explorer cookies, temporary files or history.
  • Recycle Bin Analyzer
    This analyzer decodes and displays Info2 files that hold recycle bin content information.

Developer's website: http://www.mitec.cz/wfa.html


Utility is portable and does not require installation on your Hard Drive. It is also free to use for both private and commercial users.




Create bootable USB drive an easy way with Rufus

Posted: 03 Mar 2012 03:58 AM PST


One of the memory cards for my mobile phone started to "show up". Intermittent data transfer errors and phone operation frequent interruptions forced me to replace the card.

After the replacement, I started investigation on the faulty unit. Roughly, there are two reasons for the card malfunction: hardware and software (formatting). If the hardware is impacted, there is not much we can do. If format is affected, the card can be easily reformatted.

However, Windows built-in formatting utility was not able to perform the formatting of my poor memory card. At this point I have searched for the suitable software. And here, Rufus came to the spotlight. Rufus is a small utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys, pen drives, memory sticks, etc.

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It can be especially useful for cases where:
* You need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, etc.)
* You need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installed.
* You need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS.
* You want to run a low-level utility.

Despite its small size, Rufus provides you with everything you need!

Developers' website: http://rufus.akeo.ie/

Two versions of Rufus to download are provided for your convenience: one with FreeDOS support and one without.

Software is absolutely portable. Once downloaded, the application is ready to use — no installation or other files are necessary.



Panda USB Vaccine - Antimalware for USB devices

Posted: 28 Feb 2012 02:10 PM PST


You carry your USB devices everywhere. You use them for running portable software, sharing the bid chunks of data, or for storing important sensitive information. But how can you be sure that one of the infected computers, you may deal in process, will not transfer its diseases to you through the device?

Here comes in the picture Panda USB Vaccine - free antimalware to block malware spreading through USB drives.

There is an increasing amount of malware which, like the dangerous Conficker worm, spreads via removable devices and drives such as memory sticks, MP3 players, digital cameras, etc. To do this, these malicious codes modify the AutoRun file on these devices.

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Panda USB Vaccine is a free solution designed to protect against this threat. It offers a double layer of preventive protection, allowing users to disable the AutoRun feature on computers as well as on USB drives and other devices:
* Vaccine for computers: This is a 'vaccine' for computers to prevent any AutoRun file from running, regardless of whether the device (memory stick, CD, etc.) is infected or not.
* Vaccine for USB devices: This is a 'vaccine' for removable USB devices, preventing the AutoRun file from becoming a source of infection. The tool disables this file so it cannot be read, modified or replaced by malicious code.

This is a very useful tool as there is no simple way of disabling the AutoRun feature in Windows. This provides users with a simple way of disabling this feature, offering a high degree of protection against infections from removable drives and devices.


Developers do not allow downloading the file from their site without filling your data. If you feel uncomfortable to fill your personal information, you can download the software from Softpedia: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/Panda-USB-Vaccine.shtml




How to Copy Copy-Protected DVD Movies and Audio CDs with DVD43?

Posted: 19 Feb 2012 04:10 PM PST


Strange program name DVD43 has deep meaning: it stands for "DVD for free". DVD43 developers made two variation of the utility. DVD43 and DVD43 Plug-in are both free DVD decrypters, but with different applicability:
* DVD43 runs in the background and decrypts DVDs on-the-fly.
* DVD43 Plug-in provides an interface that DVD copy programs can use to decrypt DVDs. Note that not all the DVD copy programs may support this plugin. Examples of the programs, which do support the plugin are: DVD2One, WinDVD, PowerDVD, etc.

Both are so easy to use, that anybody can do that immediately after installation. Very important that DVD43 supports on-the-fly decryption, letting you decrypt a DVD or CD without need of copying the data to your hard drive first. Simply insert a DVD or CD into your disc drive while DVD43 is running and duplicate the disc with CD- or DVD-burning software. Note that you have to use a burning program, supporting DVD-movie compression, if you want to copy a DVD9 movie to DVD5 media.

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From ethical perspectives, you understand that you may use this utility and a DVD-burning program to backup your own movie and audio collections, and not to duplicate illegally media you do not own.

Developers' site and downloading links: http://www.dvd43.com/



BurnAware Free – Easy to Use Disc Burning Tool

Posted: 08 Feb 2012 02:30 PM PST


BurnAware Free Edition may be is not the most advanced and comprehensive discs burning utility. However, if you are standard user with not much geeky ambitions, this utility will be a great answer to all your needs. It is free, fast, light on computer resources, easy to use with no need of extensive training, and it is packed with all features you may need in your daily computer operations.

The program burns all types of CD, DVD and Blu-Ray discs containing data, digital photos, music and video. With BurnAware Free, you will be able to create bootable or multisession CDs and DVDs, high-quality audio CDs, make and burn disc images, copy and backup discs.


The software supports all modern Windows versions, including NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 (32 and 64-bit) and does not require the .NET framework.

Data Compilations

* Burn, backup or copy your files to CD, DVD or Blu-ray Discs.
Supports recording from command-line and BAT scripts for automating routine actions.
Supports CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, BD-R/RE and DVD-RAM media, including high-capacity double-layer media.
Supports UDF (Universal Disc Format 1.02-2.60), Bridge and ISO9660 (Level 1-3, Romeo), including Joliet Unicode extensions.
* Create Bootable CD or DVD. Use it as a very big floppy boot disc for recovery purposes.
El Torito creation support with advanced options: emulation type, sectors, platform, load segment and boot message.
* Append or update Multisession discs.

Multimedia Compilations

* Create Audio CDs. Play a CD on your traditional CD player or car stereo.
Supports MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, M4A, AAC and FLAC audio formats and M3U playlists.
Supports title and track CD-Text, including Unicode.
* Create DVD-Video discs and MP3 CDs/DVDs.

Disc Images

* Make and burn standard or boot disc images.
Supports ISO and CUE/BIN image files.
Supports UDF (Universal Disc Format 1.02-2.60), Bridge and ISO9660 (Level 1-3, Romeo), including Joliet Unicode extensions.
* Copy disc to ISO image. This feature can be used for disc backup, as well as for disc copying.

Utilities

* Erase re-writable CD, DVD or Blu-ray discs.

Key Benefits

  • On-the-fly burning
  • Small installation size
  • Easiest-to-use, multilingual user interface
  • Lowest CPU usage while burning and copying
  • Supports all types of optical drives and discs
  • Uses the most fastest and stable burning engine
  • Supports all major audio and disc image formats
  • No banners, adware, spyware

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MysticThumbs – Image Thumbnail Manager

Posted: 27 Jan 2012 03:37 PM PST


MysticThumbs software allows generating easily thumbnails of many image formats not natively supported by Windows. It plugs into Windows Explorer so you don't have to run a separate application to preview your images, see them all in the native shell and Open/Save dialog boxes in all 32 and 64 bit applications!

MysticThumbs has a fully configurable control panel where you can adjust thumbnail generation options and icon overlays, with options like transparency, thumbnail borders, scaling, embedded thumbnail selection and more.

Compound file support for files such as HTML, Maya and EML that use external files to make a complete image.

Options are controlled on a file type / extension level or if required on a specific file basis through context menu control in Explorer.

Multiple files formats are supported: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Targa, TIFF, Camera RAW, PCX, Windows Metafile WMF/EMF, JPEG 2000, Maya, Google Sketchup, PaintShop Pro, HTML, HDR and many other formats as well as Postscript based images.

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Main 1st Publisher Clip Art (.art)
3ds Max (.max)
AVS X (.avs)
Adobe Illustrator (.ai)
Adobe InDesign (.indd)
Adobe Photoshop Document (.psb, .psd)
Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf)
Apple Macintosh Quickdraw (.pct, .pict)
Archive (.rar, .zip)
Cals Raster Group (.cal, .cals)
Camera RAW (.arw, .cr2, .crw, .dcr, .dng, .erf, .k25, .kdc, .mef, .mrw, .nef, .orf, .pef, .raf, .rw2, .sr2, .srf, .x3f)
Comic Book (.cbr, .cbz)
Corel Draw (.cdr)
DICOM Image (.dcm)
Digital Moving Picture (.dpx)
DirectDraw Surface (.dds)
Dune (.aai)
Email Stationary (.eml)
Embroidery (.pes)
Flexible Image Transport System (.fits, .fts)
GIF (.gif)
Google Sketchup (.skb, .skp)
Google Sketchup Material (.layout, .skm)
Group 3 Fax (.fax, .g3)
HTML (.htm, .html, .mht, .xhtml)
IPL Image Sequence (.ipl)
Irix RGB (.rgb, .sgi)
JBIG (.bie, .jbg, .jbig)
JPEG (.jpeg, .jpg)
JPEG-2000 (.jp2, .jpc, .jpf, .jpx, .pgx)
Kodak Cineon (.cin)
Kubotek (.ckd, .ckt)
MacPaint (.mac)
Maya (.ma, .mb)
Maya Image (.iff)
OpenEXR (.exr)
PBMPlus Portable Anymap (.pam, .pbm, .pfm, .pgm, .pnm, .ppm)
Paint Shop Pro (.msk, .pfr, .psp, .pspbrush, .pspframe, .pspimage, .pspmask, .pspselection, .pspshape, .psptube, .tub)
Paintbrush (.dcx, .pcx)
Photo CD (.pcd, .ph)
Portable Network Graphics (.png)
PostScript (.eps, .ps)
Radiance HDR (.hdr, .hdri, .pic, .rgbe, .xyze)
Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg, .svgz) ** Requires Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9 for full support **
Slow Scan TeleVision (.hrz)
SmartCAMcnc (.pm5)
TIFF (.ptif, .tif, .tiff, .tiff64)
Text (.txt)
Thumbnail (.thm)
Truevision Targa (.tga)
Windows Bitmap (.bmp)
Windows DIB (.dib)
Windows Media Photo (JPEG XR) (.jxr, .wdp, .wmp)
Windows Metafile (.emf, .emz, .wmf, .wmz)
Wireless Bitmap (.wbmp)
XML (.xml)
eBook (.epub)
Features

  • Photoshop, RAW Photography images, DirectX game textures and all sorts of other images never looked so good in Explorer!
  • All supported file types are all fully configurable
  • Transparency support - opaque, transparent, checkerboard
  • Image viewer to inspect all supported file types via context menu
  • Individual image customization via context menu
  • Plugin support so you can add your own formats
  • Enhanced support for native Windows supported images, PNG, TIFF, BMP etc.
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish.


Latest software release is shareware. Single User (Home) License - $25 licensed to a named person to be used for non-professional purposes. You can download it here: http://mysticcoder.net/MysticThumbs266.exe

The latest freeware software release 1.98 is still available for download from the following links:



DRM Removal Freeware for Mac – FairGame

Posted: 19 Jan 2012 03:04 PM PST


If you need to share your music and video even if it is DRM protected you need special software, DRM Removal, a program that can convert your music and video files and unprotect them, so you can share them with no problem. We assume that you, the visitor of this site, have all legitimate reasons for needing DRM removal software for your protected files.

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FairGame allows users to convert audio files you have bought on the iTunes Store to an unprotected format while keeping original metadata, lyrics and artwork. It doesn't do lossless DRM Stripping. Please note that FairGame remove drm protection through re-encoding protected AAC files purchased in iTMS into unprotected AAC files with Apple iMovie Software.

It takes 2 min. 42 sec. to convert a 4 min. song to AAC on a MacBook Pro 2.16GHz.

What you MUST DO (only once) to get FairGame to work:
  • Enable "Access for assistive devices" in the "Universal Access" system preference.
  • Select "Place clip in Movie Timeline" in the "Import" preference of iMovie HD.

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Then you can simply:
  • select some songs in iTunes
  • click on the "Process songs" button
  • then don't touch anything and wait until it's done...(FairGame is scripting iMovie's interface to process the songs, don't interfere)


NOTE: FairGame is available for Mac only, and does NOT support Windows.







Create Professional DVDs from your Video Clips

Posted: 09 Jan 2012 02:26 PM PST


DVDStyler is a cross-platform free DVD authoring application for the creation of professional-looking DVDs. It allows not only burning of video files on DVD that can be played practically on any standalone DVD player, but also creation of individually designed DVD menus, similar to those found on most commercial DVDs. It is Open Source Software and is completely free.

Main Features:

* Create and burn DVD video with interactive menus.
* Design your own DVD menu or select one from the list of ready to use menu templates.
* Create photo slideshow.
* Add multiple subtitle and audio tracks.
* Support of AVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG, OGG, WMV and other video file formats.
* Support of MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid, MP2, MP3, AC-3 and other audio and video formats.
* Support of multi-core processor.
* Use MPEG and VOB files without re-encoding.
* Put files with different audio/video format on one DVD (support of titleset).
* User-friendly interface with support of drag & drop.
* Flexible menu creation on the basis of scalable vector graphic.
* Import of image file for background.
* Place buttons, text, images and other graphic objects anywhere on the menu screen.
* Change the font/color and other parameters of buttons and graphic objects.
* Scale any button or graphic object.
* Copy any menu object or whole menu.
* Customize navigation using DVD scripting.


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Developers' Website: http://www.dvdstyler.org/en/







Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012

Posted: 03 Jan 2012 02:02 PM PST


Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is a free office suite that offers a number of features for creating, viewing and editing personal and business documents. Kingsoft Office Free 2012 includes Kingsoft Writer, Kingsoft Presentation and Kingsoft spreadsheets. These three reliable and versatile programs are perfect for both personal use at home and for professional businesses. They offer outstanding value at their listed cost compared to competing office programs.

Kingsoft free office software suite is compatible with all of the latest Microsoft Office file formats. It can easily open, read and write documents created with Microsoft Office as well as a wide variety of other formats. Microsoft Office can also open Kingsoft Office files without having Kingsoft Office installed on the same computer. It is fully compatible with Windows 7 (32bit,64bit).

Main features

Office Files Viewer and Editor
* Open, view and edit Word (97/2000/2003/2007/2010) .doc, .docx, .wps and .wpt formats; output to (97/2000/2003) .doc, .wps and .wpt format.
* Open and view Excel (97/2000/2003/2007/2010) .xls, .xlsx, .et and .ett formats; edit and save (97/2000/2003) .xls, .et and .ett format.
* Open and view PowerPoint (97/2000/2003/2007/2010) .ppt, .pptx, .dps and .dpt formats; edit and save (97/2000/2003) .ppt, .dps and .dpt format.

Note: While you can open and edit all office files, they may not be saved in the newer MS Office formats as docx, xlsx, and pptx.

Built -in PDF Converter
* Save files including Writer, spreadsheets, Presentation as PDF format.
* Convert Kingsoft Writer, spreadsheets, Presentation to PDF files.
* Open and convert Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Excel (.xls, .xlsx), PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx) to PDF files.

Automatic spell check
* Provide a built-in spell checker you can use to proofread your document.
* Mark the incorrect words in red underlines when typing.
* Provide some recommended words to help in improving your document.

Multiple document tabs
* Avoid the hassles caused by switching between multiple document windows.
* The tab bar that appears above the editable area allows you to switch between documents quickly and conveniently.
* The tab bar that appears above the editable area allows you to switch between documents quickly and conveniently.

Small data package
* The install package is just 70MB, which is only one-tenth the size of other office software.
* The software installs within just one minute.
* Although it is really small, it includes Writer, spreadsheets and Presentation to meet your daily needs in office work and document processing.

Document encryption
* Provide a document encryption function which can set a password to files.
* Set a password to open and edit documents.
* Enter an open password to only browse the document but not modify it. Enter an edit password to both browse and modify the document.
* Protect privacy to prevent others seeing or changing the files.

Humanized table operation
* Quickly select and move tables by clicking the shortcut operations on the table.
* Add additional rows and volumes by clicking shortcut operations on the table.

Share files via email
* View and edit email attachments by Kingsoft Office.
* The built-in emailling function makes it easy to share documents.

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Minimum System Requirements

* Operating System: Windows 2000 / Windows XP / Windows Vista (32bit, 64bit) / Windows 7 (32bit, 64bit).
* Basic Configurations: CPU: Pentium II 266 MHz or higher.
* Memory: at least 128 MB
* Hardware: at least 200 MB available space on Hard Drive.





WinX DVD Ripper

Posted: 25 Dec 2011 08:57 AM PST


Digiarty Software, one of the best known multimedia software developers claims that its WinX DVD Ripper is the very Best Fastest Free DVD Ripper to Convert and Rip DVD to MP4 AVI WMV MPEG MOV FLV.

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WinX DVD Ripper is indeed considered high quality, totally free, DVD ripping software that can be useful for multiple purposes for all computer users. It can help you to backup DVD to hard drive for better protection and longer storage or convert to one of the multimedia formats, playable on portable devices, or compressed to save space on your Hard Drive, USB, or DVD.

This free DVD ripper is able to free rip DVD to MP4, WMV, AVI, FLV, MOV, MPEG, H.264 formats, and easily convert DVD to iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, Android phone, PSP, etc. with customized profile settings.

In support of all regular DVDs, this DVD ripper freeware can also convert and rip copy protected DVDs, so you can copy virtually any DVD, which is supposed to prevent from performing this operation for copyright purposes. It can remove DVD CSS, UOP, RCE, region code and even Sony ARccOS.

With only a few clicks, WinX Free DVD ripper delivers you excellent video/audio quality at super-fast speed through Hyper-threading and Super Encode Engine based on MMX- SSE & 3DNow. This free DVD ripping software contains no malware, adware, spyware or virus at all.


My personal experience is pretty positive with this utility. I am using its Platinum version, which has been given away for free couple of months ago, and now costs $35.95, but all the features I really need are those which are included in the free version, presented above. Developers noticed that the free version does not support the latest DVD protection from Disney X-project DRM adopted by Disney, Paramount and Warner, but I had no case, when I needed to break this lock for backup purposes.

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Please use the software responsibly, and do not apply the tool to copy illegally the data, which is not allowed to be copied by the authors. However, I am not a computer police, so use your common sense and your own ethical framework.



QuickAudio - Free audio editing software for Windows

Posted: 09 Dec 2011 12:23 PM PST


QuickAudio is freeware, full-featured audio editing software which lets you edit, play and record digital audio as well as convert between various popular audio formats. It has standard audio editing features, multiple undo, audio spectrum analysis as well as support for up to 24 VST different plugins. Zoom out to edit your whole waveform at once or zoom in to edit individual samples. Cut and paste between as many files as you like.

The software was developed by Canadian Sion Software, one of the software development leaders for the music related utilities.

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Formats supported include: 
  • Wave
  • MP3
  • Ogg Vorbis
  • AIFF
  • CDR

Editing operations include:
  • Cut, Copy and Paste
  • Change sample rate, bits per sample and channels
  • Insert Space
  • Amplify
  • Silence
  • Fade In
  • Fade Out
  • Normalize
  • Compress
  • Reverb
  • Filters - Lift/Attenuate Musical Presence, Vocal Presence, Bass, Midrange, Treble
  • Remove Noise
  • Change Duration (without changing pitch)
  • Change Pitch (without changing duration)
  • Add up to 24 VST plugins for your own custom editing


Download the installation file from the Download tab on the top of the page.



3 Freeware utilities for Kindle users

Posted: 01 Dec 2011 01:39 PM PST


If you are representing the new crowd of Ebook gadgets' users, you might already face the necessity to convert the text format of the found texts to the particular format that will be accepted by your device properly. While each gadget has the list of the supported formats, not all of them are convenient to use on your device. For example, Kindle is reading PDF, but if the file is not prepared properly, you might find it unacceptable.

So, if you own Kindle, you need software to convert text file formats in the formats, supported by this device, preferably to the branded Kindle format – MOBI. In this post, we will present several freeware utilities to help you.

1. Calibre

Calibre is considered by many users as the only best software for Calibre, for some it is even the only software needed. Supporting major operation systems as Windows, Mac, and Linux, this features-reach, ambitious eBook management suite includes eBook format conversion, an eBook reader for any format, and online tagging and local organizing of eBook files. It also supports direct synchronization with Android, iOS, and most all eBook reading devices, including the Kindle.

For Kindle owners, Calibre is the easiest and most reliable way to convert almost any document format into a Kindle friendly format (such as .MOBI). It is also a great tool for tagging/downloading metadata to your eBook files as well as syncing them with the Kindle. It is especially great tool for those who mostly use external, non-Amazon sources to fill the gadget library.

Calibre supports the conversion of many input formats to many output formats. It can convert every input format in the following list, to every output format.

* Input Formats: CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, DJVU, EPUB, FB2, HTML, HTMLZ, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ

* Output Formats: EPUB, FB2, OEB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, HTMLZ, PDB, PML, RB, PDF, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ

The conversion engine has lots of powerful features. It can rescale all font sizes, ensuring the output e-book is readable no matter what font sizes the input document uses. It can automatically detect/create book structure, like chapters and Table of Contents. It can insert the book metadata into a "Book Jacket" at the start of the book.

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Direct Download Page: http://calibre-ebook.com/download


2. Hamster

This freeware Hamster software also can convert pretty much any eBook and document format into a Kindle friendly format such as .MOBI. It does not try to cover all the features, which Calibre offers, but the conversion part is done by this utility with high speed and quality.

The software is very user-friendly and can perform a job for multiple files on the go, applying drag-and-drop approach. Format selection can be done directly, or you can just chose your device type, and select the preferred output format for your operation.  

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Note that once run, the installer will download installation data from the internet (approx 45 MB of data). The installer will ask if you also want to install Hamster Free Zip Archiver by default, so make sure to UNCHECK that if you do not want it.

3. Auto Kindle eBook Converter

The Auto Kindle eBook Converter is free open source utility, developed for the same purpose as the software, offered above, however, it covers much smaller list of the applicable formats, while doing that well. The input file formats supported are: PDF, Lit, and HTML files, while the output is a Kindle-friendly .MOBI format.

The software has almost no interface, it will ask you to point to the input files and will generate MOBI output files pretty fast.






Virtual Desktops Manager from Windows Sysinternals

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 03:06 PM PST


Computers development is moving fast in different directions. Your monitors become bigger and the screen resolution – better. At the same time, the amount of applications, shortcuts, widgets, and other useful elements you would like to keep handy, may grow faster, than the ability to place on your desktop. The common solution available is offered by multiple virtual desktops. You can define them by users, if multiple users utilize the same computer, or by functions, for example – one desktop for business, another – for leisure, or keeping in mind some other objectives.

There are multiple software programs, both freeware and commercial versions, addressing these needs, and we are going to present today the tiny 60-KB utility from Windows Sysinternals (owned by Microsoft) is a simple way to set up four virtual desktops on your system.

Desktops utility allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops. Read email on one, browse the web on the second, and do work in your productivity software on the third, without the clutter of the windows you're not using. After you configure hotkeys for switching desktops, you can create and switch desktops either by clicking on the tray icon to open a desktop preview and switching window, or by using the hotkeys.

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Unlike other virtual desktop utilities that implement their desktops by showing the windows that are active on a desktop and hiding the rest, Sysinternals Desktops uses a Windows desktop object for each desktop. Application windows are bound to a desktop object when they are created, so Windows maintains the connection between windows and desktops and knows which ones to show when you switch a desktop. That making Sysinternals Desktops very lightweight and free from bugs that the other approach is prone to where their view of active windows becomes inconsistent with the visible windows.

Desktops reliance on Windows desktop objects means that it cannot provide some of the functionality of other virtual desktop utilities, however. For example, Windows doesn't provide a way to move a window from one desktop object to another, and because a separate Explorer process must run on each desktop to provide a taskbar and start menu, most tray applications are only visible on the first desktop. Further, there is no way to delete a desktop object, so Desktops does not provide a way to close a desktop, because that would result in orphaned windows and processes. The recommended way to exit Desktops is therefore to logoff.

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Alternative program we observed earlier - Dexpot. Feel free to check it, if you like the idea, but need to explore more features-rich utility.




How to Enhance Context Menu of Windows Explorer?

Posted: 15 Nov 2011 01:08 PM PST


If you still use Windows Explorer as your default files and folders manager, you may find this free utility extremely useful. Without changing your working style, you can add multiples additional useful options to the built-in capabilities.

FileMenu Tools allows you to customize the context menu of Windows Explorer. And it lets you:
  • Add some built-in utilities that perform operations on files and folders.
  • Add customized commands which run external applications, copy/move to a specific folder or delete specific file types.
  • Configure the "Send to..." submenu.
  • Enable/disable commands which are added by other applications to the context menu.

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The built-in utilities are the following:

·         Synchronize Folders: Synchronizes two folders. It is possible configure the synchronization type (unidirectional, bidirectional, etc.) and the file types which must be synchronized.
·         Extended Delete: Deletes recursively specific file types from a folder. The file types are specified with wildcards, for example: *.txt, *.t??, etc.
·         Find And Replace: Finds and replaces a text in all selected files. It is possible to use regular expressions.
·         Advanced Renamer: Renames all the selected elements by using some patterns.

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·         Delete Locked File: Deletes files which are locked by any application and cannot be deleted normally.
·         Delete Permanently: Deletes the selected elements WITHOUT moving them to the Recycle Bin.
·         Change Icon: Changes the icon assigned to the selected folder.
·         Run with Arguments: Run a program with parameters typed through a dialog box. 
·         Command Line From Here: Open a command line window and go to selected folder.
·         Split File: Splits the selected file in various parts.
·         Join File: Joins the parts of a file which were previously splitted.
·         Copy to...: Copies the selected elements to other folder.
·         Move to...: Moves the selected elements to other folder.
·         Copy Name: Copies to the clipboard the name of the all selected elements.
·         Copy Path: Copies to the clipboard the path of the all selected elements.
·         Copy UNC Path: Copies to the clipboard the path of the all selected elements in UNC format (\\machine\SharedResource\Path).
·         Copy Internet Path: Copies to the clipboard the path of the all selected elements in Internet format (file://Path).
·         Copy Content: Copies to the clipboard the content of the selected element. If a folder is selected, all element names that the folder contains will be copied.
·         Paste Clipboard: Appends the clipboard contents into the selected elements. If a folder is selected, then will be created a file in that folder with the clipboard contents.
·         Attributes: Displays a submenu which lets change the attributes of the selected elements. If a folder is selected, it is possible change the attributes recursively.
·         Change Time: Changes the creation time, the last access time and/or the last write time of the selected elements. If a folder is selected, it is possible change the time recursively.
·         Register DLL: Registers a DLL in Windows.
·         Unregister DLL: Unregisters a DLL.
·         Create New Folder: Creates a new folder into the selected folder.
·         Size of Folders: Displays the size of the folders.
·         Shred Files: Lets you shred the selected files definitely so it is impossible to recovery the files with recovering tools.
·         Send to mail recipient: Sends an e-mail with the selected elements as attachments.
·         Pack to Folder: Creates a new subfolder in the current folder and moves all the selected elements to this subfolder.
·         Duplicate Files: Creates a new copy of the selected elements in the current folder.
·         Select: Selects the elements in the Windows Explorer by its type.
NOTE: this utility does not work on Windows 7.
·         Create Symbolic Link: Creates a symbolic link which is referenced to the selected element. It only works on Windows Vista or later.
·         Calculate and Verify Checksum: Calculates and verifies checksums of the selected elements. By calculating the checksum of a file you can verify if the file has been modified.







Jaangle Free Portable Music Player and Organizer

Posted: 06 Nov 2011 01:24 PM PST


Jaangle (formerly Teen Spirit) is open source, free, music player and organizer software. It categorizes your mp3, ogg, wma, avi etc collection and displays it in easy to browse, user interface. It has a quality audio - video player and also an integrated tag editor.

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Description

Jaangle has an intuitive and user-friendly interface for playing music, an excellent library for music managing, and very interesting download capabilities of artist photos/bios, song lyrics, etc.

You start by adding a folder which contains your music files (mp3, wma, avi, mpg etc). Jaangle scans and reads the available tag info. The artists appear in the tree like control. Each time you click on an artist all his tracks can be seen in the list pane, artist biography and image are automatically downloaded from the internet and displayed in the information pane. By double clicking a track in the list you hear the music playing. More info may appear (if available) in the info pane like lyrics or comments.

Jaangle is a Microsoft © Windows software application and it is tested in Windows XP/2003, Vista. It is certified by softpedia as 100% free of malware, including adware, spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors.

License: Open source (GPL) free software (Freeware).

Main Features

* Media Player. Jaangle is using minimal resources (memory, CPU) for playing audio files based on the excellent bass engine. It plays video files using the DirectShow filters. By default it crossfades between tracks.
* Supported Audio Formats: mp3, mp2, wma, cda, ogg, mp1, aiff, xm, it, s3m, mod, mtm, umx, mo3, mpc, flac, mid, midi, ac3, mp4, ape, m4a and more based on directshow filters installed.
* Supported Video Formats: mpg, avi, mpeg, wmv, mp4 and more based on directshow filters installed.
* Music file tag editor (mp3, mpc, wma ...). You can tag files easily by right clicking in each track and click "properties". Alternatively you can drag-drop a track over a different artist/album/genre/year in the tree control. There are more ways to mass-tag your tracks by changing Artist / Album properties or by multiple select many tracks.
* Management. You can view your collection in various ways like Artists / Album, Year / Albums and more. Sorting is also available for every item type.
* Information downloading. By default, Jaangle, automatically downloads information from various sources in web. It is able to download information from Amazon (Album covers / Album reviews), LastFm (Artist Bio / Artist photo / Album covers), and Google (Track lyrics).
* History Logging. Jaangle automatically keeps log of the music you play. Note that it logs it only if you fully listen the track. You can see the full log of all the tracks that you have played and also track / artist statistics like top 10 per year/month etc.
* Info Display. Detailed information is displayed is the bottom right panel. It shows the artist (picture / bio) or the album (cover / review). By clicking the config button (the second icon in the title bar) you can choose to display visualizations/video or a web browser.
* Advanced Searching
* Visualization. Jaangle uses the excellent WinAmp's avs for displaying visualizations. You can add more visualization by adding visualizations scripts in the avs subdirectory.

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* Game. Jaangle feature some variations of a music quiz game (it is inspired from my iPod) and the interface reminds "who wants the millionaire" TV game.The general idea is to select as quickly as possible the correct track that you listen. The games feature a total available time, a bonus in a correct answer, and a penalty in a mistaken one.
* And more…

Developers Website: http://www.jaangle.com

Direct Downloading Link (portable version): http://www.jaangle.com/files/jfiles.zip




Foolproof File Unlocker - LockHunter

Posted: 28 Oct 2011 01:44 PM PDT


LockHunter is a free tool to delete files blocked by something you do not know. It is useful for fighting against malware, and other programs that are blocking files without a reason. Unlike other similar tools it deletes files into the recycle bin so you may restore them if deleted by mistake.

Freeware is developed by Russian software development team Crystal Rich Ltd.

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Key Features
* Shows processes locking a file or folder.
* Allows unlocking, deleting, copying or renaming a locked file.
* Allows killing locking process.
* Allows removing locking processes from hard drive.
* Integrates in to Explorer menu.
* It deletes files into the recycle bin, so you may restore them if deleted by mistake.
* Supports both 32 and 64bit Windows.




DVD Shrink - Free Software for Compression and Decryption of Copy-Protected DVD

Posted: 19 Oct 2011 04:01 PM PDT


There are several issues you may surface when you try to backup your DVDs. First of all, some disks are copy-protected, and embedded code will not allow you to copy it through common ways to prevent illegal distribution of the recorded media. But, if the DVD is yours, and you just want to preserve its copy in case the original media is damaged, you are stuck. DVDShrink – free software utility – will help you to remove the annoying protection. The second problem is related to the DVD size. You may just not be able to fit it to your blank DVD because there is not enough space. Definitely, compressing the disk may cause the certain quality losses, but in most cases, it cannot be even noticed. DVDShrink will assist you to perform the DVD compression as well to the certain degree.

If you have have the latest version of the DVD burning software from Nero, DVDShrink will also burn your backup DVD right away. If you already possess alternative burning software and prefer to stick with it, then you can still use DVD Shrink. The output from DVDShrink can be saved as files on your hard drive, which you can then burn with software of your choice.

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As it was noticed already, most commercial DVD titles are encrypted, which prevents you from either copying them to your hard drive, or if you manage to do so, being able to play the resulting files. DVDShrink overcomes this problem with built-in decryption algorithms.

DVDShrink also allows you to re-author your DVD. You can make your own compilation from one or more source DVDs, or select only the parts of a DVD which you intend to view, thus preserving more space on your backup for the highest quality viewing.


Detailed guides on how to install and use the software:
  • Doom9 has written an excellent DVDShrink Guide which covers pretty much everything you can do with DVDShrink.
  • Check out ddlooping's interactive guides at dvdshrink.info.
  • mrbass has written an excellent guide with lots of screenshots at mrbass.org.


Direct downloading link (ver. 3.2.0.15): http://www.fileserve.com/file/h3HDR2a/dvdshrink32setup.zip





145 Free Portable Computer Monitoring and Maintenance Utilities in One Package

Posted: 05 Oct 2011 04:15 PM PDT


Whenever possible, as you may noticed, I am trying to use portable software utilities. Stored on the portable USB thumb disk, they can be shared among multiple computers, and serve as mobile computer monitoring, troubleshooting, and repair toolkit, which is always with you.

In this post, I would like to present All-In-One package NirLauncher, consisting of more than 100 small, but useful utilities, compiled by Nir Sofer (Israel), one of the most respected young programmers in the World of the portable freeware design. All the programs in the package were developed for NirSoft Web site during the last few years, and have been updated in the last 1000 days.

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NirLauncher Features

  • NirLauncher can be used from USB flash drive without need of any installation.
  • NirLauncher and all the utilities in the package are completely freeware, without any Spyware/Adware/Malware.
  • NirLauncher package includes variety of tools that you may need for your daily computer use, including utilities to recover lost passwords, to monitor your network, to view and extract cookies, cache, and other information stored by your Web browser, to search files in your system, and more...
  • For every utility in the package, you can easily run it, view the help file, or jump to the Web page of the utility.
  • When using it from USB flash drive, the configuration of every utility is saved into .cfg file on the flash drive.
  • On x64 systems, NirLauncher automatically run the x64 version of the utility, when there is a separated x64 version.
  • NirLauncher also allows adding more software packages in additional to the main NirSoft package.

System Requirements
NirLauncher works on any version of Windows, starting from Windows 2000 and up to Windows 7. NirLauncher also works on x64 systems. Some the NirSoft utilities have a separated version for x64, and NirLauncher automatically run them when you're in x64 system.

Using NirLauncher

In order to start using NirLauncher, simply extract all files in the package into your flash drive, or any other disk you want. You must extract the package with full folder names, so all NirSoft utilities will be add into NirSoft Subfolder. After you extracted the package, simply run the executable file - NirLauncher.exe

Note

Due to the character of some utilities in the package, you may experience certain False Positive issues – your Antivirus program may display false alerts, saying that the utilities are infected with Trojan/Virus/Malware. Based on my personal experience, and the experts reviews, there is no danger in any of the parts of the software, and you can simply disregard warnings if appear.

List of Utilities with brief description

The following utilities are included in NirLauncher package. This list is automatically updated when a new NirLauncher package is released.
1.       AlternateStreamView - Find all hidden alternate streams stored in the file system.
2.       AltStreamDump - Dumps the list of NTFS alternate streams.
3.       AppCrashView - Displays the details of all application crashes occurred in your system.
4.       Asterisk Logger - Reveals the passwords stored behind the asterisks ('***') boxes.
5.       AdapterWatch - Displays useful information about your network adapters.
6.       ActiveXHelper - View essential information about ActiveX components installed on your computer.
7.       BatteryInfoView  - Displays battery information on laptops and netbooks.
8.       BlueScreenView - Show information about blue screen crashes occurred in your system.
9.       BluetoothCL  - Show bluetooth devices list.
10.   BluetoothView - Monitors the activity of Bluetooth devices around you.
11.   BulkFileChanger - Change date/time/attributes of multiple files.
12.   BulletsPassView - Reveals the passwords stored behind the bullets.
13.   ChromeCacheView - Chrome Browser Cache Viewer.
14.   ChromeCookiesView - Alternative to the standard internal cookies viewer of Google Chrome.
15.   ChromeHistoryView - View the browsing history of Chrome Web browser.
16.   ChromePass - Password recovery tool for Google Chrome Web browser.
17.   CleanAfterMe - Clean files and Registry values in your system.
18.   Clipboardic - Small and simple clipboard manager.
19.   CurrPorts - Displays the list of all currently opened TCP/UDP ports on your computer.
20.   CurrProcess - Displays the list of all processes currently running on your system.
21.   CSVFileView - CSV/Tab-delimited file viewer and converter.
22.   CustomizeIE - Add/delete toolbar buttons and menu items in Internet Explorer.
23.   CustomExplorerToolbar - Add Copy/Cut/Paste buttons to the Explorer toolbar of Windows 7.
24.   DeviceIOView - Watch the data transfer between a software or service and a device driver.
25.   DevManView - Alternative to the standard Device Manager of Windows.
26.   Dialupass - Recovers Dial-Up passwords in all versions of Windows.
27.   DiskCountersView - Show disk drive read/write counters.
28.   DiskSmartView - Retrieves S.M.A.R.T information from IDE/SATA disks.
29.   DLL Export Viewer - Lists DLL exported functions and their memory addresses - for debugging.
30.   DNSDataView - Retrieve the DNS records (MX, NS, A, SOA) of the specified domains.
31.   DomainHostingView - Displays extensive information about a domain.
32.   DotNetResourcesExtract - Extract embedded resources from .NET applications.
33.   DownTester - Test your Internet download speed.
34.   DriveLetterView - View and change drive letter assignments.
35.   DriverView - Displays the list of all device drivers currently loaded on your system.
36.   FastResolver - Resolves multiple host names into IP addresses/MAC Addresses and vice versa.
37.   FavoritesView - Displays the list of all your Favorites/bookmarks in a single page.
38.   FileTypesMan - Alternative to the 'File Types' manager of Windows.
39.   FirefoxDownloadsView                     - Displayed the list of downloaded files in Firefox.
40.   FlashCookiesView - View Flash cookies stored in your computer.
41.   GDIView - Displays the list of GDI handles opened by every process.
42.   HashMyFiles - Calculate the MD5/SHA1 hashes of your files.
43.   HeapMemView - View the content of all memory blocks allocated in the heap.
44.   HTMLAsText - Converts HTML documents to simple text files.
45.   HtmlDocEdit - Simple HTML designer/editor.
46.   IconsExtract - Extract icons and cursors from executbale files (EXE, DLL, OCX, CPL, etc.)
47.   IECacheView - List all files currently stored in the cache of Internet Explorer.
48.   IECookiesView - Displays the cookies that Internet Explorer stores on your computer.
49.   IEHistoryView - Displays the list of Web sites that you visited with IE Web browser.
50.   IE PassView - Recover passwords stored by Internet Explorer (Versions 4.0 - 8.0).
51.   InsideClipboard - Displays the content of all formats stored in the clipboard.
52.   InstalledCodec - List Codec drivers and DirectShow filters installed on your system.
53.   IPInfoOffline - View country information about IP addresses.
54.   IPNetInfo - Easily find all available information about IP address.
55.   LiveContactsView - View the details of all contacts in your Windows Live Messenger.
56.   LSASecretsDump - Dump the LSA secrets from the Registry.
57.   LSASecretsView - Displays the list of all LSA secrets stored in the Registry on your computer.
58.   MACAddressView  - MAC address lookup tool.
59.   Mail PassView - Recovers email passwords.
60.   MonitorInfoView - Displays essential information about your monitor.
61.   MozillaCacheView - List all files currently stored in the cache of Firefox/Mozilla browser.
62.   MozillaHistoryView - Displays the list of visited Web sites in Firefox/Mozilla/Netscape Web browsers.
63.   MessenPass - Recovers the passwords of instant messenger programs.
64.   MUICacheView - Edit/delete MUICache items in your system.
65.   MetarWeather - Decode METAR weather reports, and display them in a weather report table.
66.   MyEventViewer - MyEventViewer is an alternative to the standard event viewer of Windows.
67.   MyLastSearch - View your latest searches with Google, Yahoo, and MSN.
68.   MyUninstaller - Alternative utility to the standard Add/Remove applet of Windows.
69.   MozillaCookiesView - Alternative to the 'Cookie Manager' provided by Netscape and Mozilla.
70.   Network Password Recovery - Recover network passwords on Windows XP/2003/Vista.
71.   NetResView - Displays the list of all network resources on your LAN.
72.   NetRouteView - GUI alternative to the standard route utility of Windows.
73.   NetworkTrafficView - Displays network traffic statistics on your network adapter.
74.   NirCmd - Do many useful tasks from command-line.
75.   NK2Edit - Full NK2 (AutoComplete) editor for Microsoft Outlook.
76.   NTFSLinksView - View the list of NTFS symbolic links/junctions in selected folder.
77.   OfficeIns - Displays the details of all installed Microsoft Office add-ins on your computer.
78.   OpenedFilesView - Displays the list of all opened files on your system.
79.   OpenWithView - Disable/enable items in the 'Open With' dialog-box of Windows.
80.   OperaCacheView - Cache viewer for Opera Web browser.
81.   OperaPassView - Password recovery tool for Opera Web browser.
82.   OutlookAttachView - Extract multiple attachments from Outlook.
83.   OutlookStatView - Display a general statistics of your Outlook emails.
84.   PasswordFox - View passwords stored in Firefox Web browser.
85.   PCAnywhere PassView                     - View passwords for PCAnywhere. 
86.   PingInfoView - Ping multiple host names and IP addresses.
87.   ProcessActivityView - Show the file activity for selected process.
88.   ProcessThreadsView - Displays information about all threads of the process that you choose.
89.   ProduKey - Displays the CD-Keys of MS-Office/Windows installed on your computer.
90.   PstPassword - Recover lost password of Outlook PST file.
91.   Remote Desktop PassView - Reveals the password stored by Microsoft Remote Desktop utility.
92.   RecentFilesView - Display the list of recently opened files.
93.   RegDllView - RegDllView is a small utility that displays the list of all registered files.
94.   RegFileExport - Export offline Registry file to .reg file.
95.   RegFromApp - Creates .reg file according to Registry changes made by application.
96.   RegScanner - Scan and find values in the Registry.
97.   ResourcesExtract - Extract resources from dll/ocx/exe files.
98.   RouterPassView - Recover passwords from router config file.
99.   RunAsDate - Run a program with the specified date.
100.      RunFromProcess - Run a program from another process that you choose.
101.      SearchFilterView - View the search filters installed on your system.
102.      SearchMyFiles - Alternative to the "Search For Files And Folders" module of Windows.
103.      SeqDownload - Download sequence of images from the Web, and create animation.
104.      ServiWin - Displays the list of installed drivers and services on your system.
105.      ShellBagsView - Displays the list of all folder settings saved by Windows.
106.      ShellMenuNew - Disable/Enable items in the New submenu of Explorer.
107.      ShellExView - Displays the details of shell extensions installed on your computer.
108.      ShortcutsMan - Lists all shortcuts on your desktop/start menu.
109.      ShellMenuView - Disable/enable static menu items in context menu of Explorer.
110.      SiteShoter - Save a screenshot of any Web page into a file.
111.      SkypeLogView - View log files created by Skype.
112.      SmartSniff - Captures TCP/IP packets, view the captured data as sequence of conversations.
113.      SniffPass - Capture the passwords that pass through your network adapter.
114.      SocketSniff - Watch the Windows Sockets (WinSock) activity of the selected process.
115.      SpecialFoldersView - Easily jump to special folders in your system.
116.      SysExporter - Grab the data stored in list-views, tree-views, list boxes, and combo boxes.
117.      TableTextCompare - Compare tab-delimited or comma-delimited (csv) files.
118.      URLProtocolView - View/disable/enable the URL protocols installed on your system.
119.      URLStringGrabber - Grab URL strings of Web sites from Internet Explorer.
120.      USBDeview - Lists all installed USB devices that you previously used.
121.      UserAssistView - This utility decrypts and displays the list of all UserAssist entries.
122.      UserProfilesView - View user profiles information on your system.
123.      VideoCacheView - Extract Web site video files from the cache of your Web browser.
124.      VNCPassView - Recover the passwords stored by the VNC tool.
125.      Volumouse - Adjust the volume of your speaker with the wheel of your mouse.
126.      WakeMeOnLan -Turn on computers remotely by sending Wake-on-LAN (WOL) packet.
127.      WebBrowserPassView - Recover lost passwords from your Web browser.
128.      WebCookiesSniffer - Captures Web site cookies and displays them in a simple table
129.      WebSiteSniffer - Capture Web site files and save them on your hard drive.
130.      WebVideoCap - Capture Flash Video files and RTSP streams, watching them in a Web browser.
131.      WhatInStartup - Disable/enable/delete programs that are loaded at Windows startup.
132.      WhatIsHang - Get information about Windows software that hangs.
133.      WhoisCL - Get WHOIS information about a registered domain from command-line.
134.      WhoisThisDomain - Get information about a registered domain from WHOIS server.
135.      WhosIP - Find all available information about an IP address from command-line.
136.      WinCrashReport - Displays a report about crashed Windows application.
137.      WinFontsView - Display sample of all fonts installed on your system.
138.      WinLister - This utility displays the list of opened windows on your system.
139.      WinPrefetchView - View the Prefetch files (.pf) stored in your system.
140.      WirelessKeyDump - Dumps the list of all wireless keys stored by Windows.
141.      WirelessKeyView - Recovers lost wireless network keys (WEP/WPA) stored in your computer.
142.      WirelessNetConsole - View wireless networks information (console application).
143.      WirelessNetView - Monitor the activity of wireless networks around you.
144.      Wireless Network Watcher - Shows who is connected to your wireless network.
145.      WinUpdatesList - Displays the list of all Windows updates (Service Packs and Hotfixes).

Developer's website: http://launcher.nirsoft.net/


Compressed package is only 11 MB!!! Highly recommended for advanced users and simply recommended for all others!



Convert video files to DVD with DVD Flick

Posted: 25 Sep 2011 07:00 AM PDT


DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation.

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Main Features
  • Burn near any video file to DVD
  • Support for over 45 file formats
  • Support for over 60 video codecs
  • Support for over 40 audio codecs
  • Easily add a menu
  • Add your own subtitles
  • Easy to use interface
  • Burn your project to disc after encoding
  • Completely free without any adware, spyware or limitations.

The respectable freeware review site Freeware Genius has rated the utility 5 out of 5. Here is excerpt from their review:

This program will let you (a) combine a single file or multiple files into a playable DVD, (b) add subtitles, and (c) add secondary audio tracks. It has a number of definite strengths, as follows:
  • Simple, straightforward interface design. It is remarkable how simple and intuitive this UI is, especially for a DVD authoring tool. This alone is reason enough for me to switch to this program.
  • Will convert almost any video file, which means that you are extremely likely to be able to put any video that you may have on your hard drive on DVD. This is not to be taken for granted, as I recently tried to convert a video file to DVD using another favorite program of mine, AVI2DVD, only to find that it was not able to handle the audio.
  • A partial list of supported formats are as follows: AVI, MPG, MOV, WMV, ASF, FLV, Matroska and MP4. Supported codecs are amongst others, MPEG-124 (Xvid, DivX, etc.), Windows Media AudioVideo. MP3, OGG Vorbis, H264, and On2 VP56.
  • You can convert to ISO image on hard disk if you do need want to burn to DVD or there's not one handy.

One thing that this program does not have is the option to create a title menu with custom backgrounds and/or music. My guess (from looking at the program's feedback page) is that this will be coming in a future version. In any case if you must have this use AVI2DVD.

System requirements:
  • Processor: A Pentium MMX or compatible AMD processor, or better. A Pentium IV or later is recommended, the faster the better. Multithreading is supported.
  • Memory: At least 256 MB of free physical RAM, 512 MB or more is recommended. When using Windows Vista, at least 512 MB is required.
  • Operating system: Windows 2000 Professional, or any edition of Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.


Developers Website: http://www.dvdflick.net/





100 million free mp3 files for download – absolutely legal

Posted: 15 Sep 2011 03:57 PM PDT


Everyone likes music. Everyone likes the favorite music to be downloaded for free on their Hard Drives. With numerous software and portable multimedia devices, you can create unlimited audio library of the songs you like, without spending a cent. The only concern, many users have, is legality of these actions. May be you have heard scary stories, spread around, about poor kids, sued for millions dollars for downloading several tracks. These stories are mostly represent urban legends and are far of being true, but this post will not deal with these myths. Instead, we will show you the way how to download the music for free with no risk for any unpleasant legal consequences.

music2pc is a free program, which is designed to find and download MP3 songs from the Internet. You can search music among more than 100 million tracks and enjoy free mp3 downloads.

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Built on a very fast and safe non-bittorrent and non-peer-to-peer method of getting MP3s, the program gives you the ultimate access to our multimillion database of quality mp3 songs. There are large numbers of Free Legal Music Sources on the Internet, and the software allows you to dig this database to locate whatever you need.

The operation is simple and straightforward.  Just enter the artist name or song name and click search! The downloaded mp3 files are in standard mp3 format, and they are compatible with any portable device, like mp3 Player, iPod, iPhone, PSP, PDA, cell phone, iPad etc. The files will be stored on your devices, and not on the online database, so you can listen to them anytime whether or not you're logged on to the Internet.

music2pc is an ultimate freeware: No ads, no spyware, no charges, no time or feature limits. It is completely free for you to install, use, and enjoy.

Software accepts searches for the foreign languages as well. I tried Russian titles and got multiple results for them.

System Requirements

Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 2003, 2008 Server;
Pentium-compatible PC (Pentium II, Athlon or more-recent);
128 Mb RAM (256 Mb RAM recommended);
Minimum 15 Mb available hard disk space;
1024x768 resolution, with at least 256 colors;
Broadband Internet connection.



Direct downloading link (portable version, no need to be installed on your Hard Drive): http://www.ziddu.com/download/16401338/music2pc.exe.html




Improve Productivity - Quickly Process Files and Folders with Predefined Actions

Posted: 05 Sep 2011 02:48 PM PDT


DropiIt is an open source tiny freeware utility to automate sorting and filing data-files and folders. No, it probably, will not perform any operations with your data, that you cannot do already with tools, built in your Operating System. But, using DropIt, you may significantly improve your productivity and complete some daily routine operations smarter and faster.

When you need to organize files, DropIt can eliminate much of the drudgery of searching and manually opening folders and moving files around.

You can configure DropIt to do 9 different predefined actions to be performed with your files and folders (Move, Copy, Compress, Extract, Rename, Open With, List, Delete and Ignore), filtering files by name, extension, location, size and/or date. You can even save sets of patterns in profiles and associate a profile to each desired folder, to scan monitored folders at a defined time interval.

You might need to review the background basic rules to perform the actions, and configure the utility for your convenience. And then the operation is simple and straightforward. Just drag and drop file or a group of assorted files and/or folders on the floating DropIt image and program will sort them automatically to defined destination folders, eventually compress or extract them, open them with associated programs or do other desired defined actions. As result, you save time on this routine operation, and the consistency of your data following the rules, improve.

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Main Features

* Process files and folders manually with Drag-and-Drop
* Process files and folders automatically with Folder Monitoring
* Filter files and folders by name, extension, location, size and/or date
* Move, Copy, Compress, Extract, Rename, Open With, List, Delete, Ignore actions
* Collect patterns in different profiles and assign an image to each one
* Support also Context-Menu, Send-To and Command-Line
* Support automatic software update
* Support encryption to protect your profiles with a password
* Support internal, system and custom environment variables
* Support log file creation to verify sorting operations
* Support for Unicode encoding
* Available with Multi-language interface
* Available in both installer and portable versions
* Automatic updates function is available






Portable Universal Virus Sniffer

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 04:11 PM PDT


Universal Virus Sniffer is a powerful antivirus removal tool designed to ease the process of detecting and eliminating unknown viruses, rootkits, and bootkits. It is especially recommended for experienced users. 

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Main Features

* The three basic modes: work with active, inactive and remote systems through the network without installing additional software.
* The fourth mode of operation: work simulation on the virtual system, based on its image.
* Working with the registry in three modes: remove links to viruses, troubleshooting after treatment of antivirus.
* A unique set of filters and a built-in analyzer for the rapid detection of unknown malware.
* Maintaining user base of viruses, automatic extraction of signatures from executable files (including protected).
* Automatic detection of active file viruses and removing their signatures.
* Rapid detection and easy removal of any file rootkits [file matching + provrka figures. signatures on a clean system]
* Ability to use catalog external digital signatures (CatRoot) inactive system (including in the WinPE 2.x-3.x).
* Ability to discover hidden DLL in the address space of the process.
* Starting in the mode of pure desktop (elimination of Winlock).
* Special immunization module cleaning system before starting uVS.
* Detection of latent infection MBR, Boot sector and downloaders Windows.
* Convenient restoration of damaged / missing files from distribution Windows (only for Win2k/XP/2k3).
* Backup Registry with its defragmentation and recovery.
* Registry Editor including in x64 and WinPE.
*Registry visualization.

Notes

* UVS is not a substitute for a real-time antivirus utility on your computer. It should be used for the emergency cases, when your antivirus program fails to treat the virus-related issues.
* Currently, the following antivirus programs as Avast, AVG, Gdata and Sophos may flag this utility as infected. Note, that is normal for virus scanner, and the shown threat is a false positive.

Author: Dmitriy Kuznetzoff
License: Freeware
Requires: Win 2000/03/08/XP/Vista/7



Fantastic shooting gallery style game for iProducts

Posted: 17 Aug 2011 01:34 PM PDT


Most of the happy iPhone/iPod/iPad owners are constantly searching for the good and free applications. In this post, I would like to present Rage HD – free game, created specifically for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. HD version provides higher resolution textures that are optimally viewed on a 4th generation device or the iPad.

RAGE comes to your mobile device with the hit of the wastelands, Mutant Bash TV! This intense first-person rail shooter casts you in the starring role of a post-apocalyptic game show where you'll be stalked by hungry mutants while you scour pulse-pounding levels for ammo and cash pick-ups. Make a deal with J.K Stiles, the show's menacing host, and see if you have what it takes to survive this carnage-filled carnival of death!

Experience high resolution graphics, including an exclusive HD version for the newest generation of iPhone*, iPod Touch and iPad, coupled with dynamic music and sound effects.

iTunes Rating is 4.5 for the latest version and average rating 4 for all application releases.

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Burn CD and DVD with freeware Nero competitor

Posted: 21 Jul 2011 01:36 PM PDT


If you make a software inventory on your computer, most likely you can find a program which is able to burn audio CD, as part of the default package. Most software media players like iTunes, Winamp, or Windows Media Player are equipped with a module allowing you to burn music to your CDs. However, you may find the set of available features is basic and lack any advanced capabilities.

Using a dedicated burning program gives you the flexibility to burn music, video, and other types of files to CD, DVD, and even Blu-ray, giving you more possibilities on the way you use and store your digital media.  There are several well-known and respected packages, like Nero, that may give you what you want, by for price, and the price might be quite high. Therefore, we would like to present in this post one of the best freeware utilities for CD and DVD burning, which is mostly competitive with Nero, and can be recommended as free replacement for the users.

CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multi-language interface. The software is free for any type of use, even for commercial purposes. It does not include adware, spyware, or any other hidden malicious components. The portable version of the software, not requiring installation on the Hard Disk, is available.

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List of Features

Create Data-CDs/DVDs
  • Burn any Data on CD-R/CD-RW/DVD+R/DVD-R/DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM/BD/HD-DVD, including double layer mediums.
  • Burn mp3-CDs to store many audio files on one single disc.
  • Create bootable discs.
  • Disc spanning: Spread data on multiple discs.
  • Verify written Data automatically after burning process.
  • Use either the internal browser to add your files or the intuitive Drop-Box to drag and drop files directly from any Windows Explorer window.
  • Save your compilations for creation of backups
  • Burn on-the-fly and with buffer-underrun protections.
  • Import previous (ISO 9660) sessions and edit existing file structure on CD/DVD.
  • Quick- and full-erase disc.
  • Copy data discs (possible copy-protection is not bypassed).
  • Retrieve recorder and disc information.

Create Audio-CDs
  • Create Audio-CDs from the following formats: MP3, WAV, OGG, FLAC, WMA, APE, MPC, WV (WavPack).
  • Add single or multiple tracks from existing audio-CDs directly to your new compilation without ripping tracks before (add cda-files).
  • Play audio-files with integrated audio player.
  • Gapless audio-CDs supported (disc-at-once-mode).
  • Import M3U or WPL playlists or Nero audio compilations (NRA).
  • Support for ReplayGain.
  • Import CUE sheets.
  • Export audio compilations as M3U playlist and Cue sheet.
  • Create mixed-mode discs.

ISO features
  • Burn ISO files to CD.
  • Create your own ISO files.
  • Convert bin- and nrg-files to ISO.
  • Save CDs/DVDs as ISO file to disc.

Other features
  • Simple cover printing feature for data- and audio-discs.
  • LightScribe integration.
  • Command line version.
  • Supports most IDE, USB, Firewire and SCSI drives.
  • Integrated option to enable access to drive for restricted users.
  • Multi-language interface.
  • Online update.

If you are going to use the WMA format and don't have Windows Media Player 9 or higher installed, you also need to download and install the Microsoft Windows Media Player.

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Developers' website: http://cdburnerxp.se/en/home





The KMPlayer 3.2.0.13

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 02:53 PM PDT

The KMPlayer is a versatile media player which can cover various types of container formats such as VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg Theora, OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, and QuickTime among others. It handles a wide range of subtitles and allows you to capture audio, video, and screenshots in many ways.

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Calibre 0.8.44

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 02:53 PM PDT

Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books.

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YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer) 0.0.5.1

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 02:53 PM PDT

YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer), is the successor to MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more. Contrary to MultiBootISO's which used grub to boot ISO files directly from USB, YUMI uses syslinux to boot extracted distributions stored on the USB device, and reverts to using grub to Boot Multiple ISO files from USB, if necessary.

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ComicRack 0.9.153

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 02:53 PM PDT

ComicRack is an all in one solution to read your eComics and also manage your library. You can think of it as a kind of ITunes for eComics with lots of the same functionality. As a reader it supports all the state of the art features you can expect: different display modes, full screen, information overlays, magnifier, color adjustments, automatic backcolor matching and a multi tab interface to quickly switch between eComics. As a manager you can browse and search your eComics in the library, create folders and lists to organize them. You can customize the lists to show just the information you need and use advanced tools to tag and edit the information for your eComics. Or create Smart lists to display dynamic lists based on eComic info (never read, author, series etc.)

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ChrisPC Free Anonymous Proxy 2.10

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 02:52 PM PDT

ChrisPC Free Anonymous Proxy is a powerfull software application with a friendly and ergonomic user interface that allows you to surf anonymously online and enjoy watching free TV and on-demand television when living abroad, travelling, on business or holiday. Home users looking for greater security and privacy can use ChrisPC Free Anonymous Proxy to ensure privacy from their internet surfing.

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Image for Windows 2.70

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 02:05 PM PDT

Image is a backup and restore utility that creates a snapshot of an entire partition or volume to a set of files or directly to most DVD+RW or CD-R/RW drives. If something should ever happen to that partition or volume, you'll be able to simply restore the snapshot image.

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AutoHotkey 1.1.07.02

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 02:05 PM PDT

Customize your keyboard, joystick and mouse with an open source automation and hotkey utility that is backward compatible with AutoIt. It includes a quick-start tutorial, an automatic script writer that records and plays back your keystrokes and mouse clicks, and a comprehensive help file. The program can remap keys and buttons, and make almost any key, joystick button, mouse button, or combination into a hotkey. It also allows you to define abbreviations that expand as you type them (auto-replace); create custom GUI windows and menu bars; retrieve or change the volume, mute, and other settings of any soundcard; hide/close/resize any window; use a joystick as a mouse; retrieve and change the clipboard's contents; display dialog boxes, tooltips, balloon tips, and popup menus; and create your own stand-alone EXE files that can be run on any computer.

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jv16 PowerTools 2012 2.1.0.1119 RC1

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 02:05 PM PDT

jv16 PowerTools is a full set of tools to keep your computer up and running. Until now your computer might have been the one who is in charge, but with it you can take the control. It contains all the tools needed for monitoring and cleaning the Registry and the file system. In addition to that, you can control all the computers in your LAN.

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Google Chrome (v18) 18.0.1025.137 Beta

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 01:43 PM PDT

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. It has one box for everything: Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages. Will give you thumbnails of your top sites; Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

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Google Chrome for Windows 17.0.963.83

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 01:43 PM PDT

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. It has one box for everything: Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages. Will give you thumbnails of your top sites; Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

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Google Chrome for Mac OS X 17.0.963.83

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 01:43 PM PDT

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. It has one box for everything: Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages. Will give you thumbnails of your top sites; Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

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Google Chrome for Linux 17.0.963.83

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 01:43 PM PDT

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. It has one box for everything: Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages. Will give you thumbnails of your top sites; Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

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Ad Muncher 4.93 Beta Build 33116

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 01:39 PM PDT

Ad Muncher is a system-wide ad blocker, dealing with annoyances like banner ads and popups along with new rich media ads like video ads, interstitials and floating ads. Many types of spyware and adware installers are also blocked, as well as third-party tracking systems. It works out of the box, without the need to choose what you want blocked or configure third-party filter lists, and works with all browsers and many advert-displaying programs such as ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Yahoo Music Jukebox, SopCast, iMesh, BearShare, Pando, PalTalk, etc.

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FlashGet 3.7.0.1203

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 01:38 PM PDT

FlashGet is specifically designed to address two of the biggest problems when downloading files: Speed and management of downloaded files. If you've ever waited forever for your files to download from a slow connection, or been cut off mid-way through a download or just can't keep track of your ever-growing downloads then it is for you. It can split downloaded files into sections, downloading each section simultaneously, for an increase in downloading speed from 100% to 500%. This, coupled with its powerful and easy-to-use management features, helps you take control of your downloads like never before.

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Growl for Windows 2.0.9

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 01:38 PM PDT

Growl lets you know when things happen. Files finished downloading, friends came online, new email has arrived - Growl can let you know when any event occurs with a subtle notification. The rest of the time, Growl stays out of your way.

Along with letting you know when things happen, Growl also gives you full control over how you are notified and what action (if any) you want to take in response to the notification. You can choose to be alerted with a visual indicator or an audible alert, both, or neither. You can choose the type of display that is shown, whether the display remains on the screen, the importance of the notification, and even if the notification should be forwarded to another computer. You can have notifications that trigger an email, run a script, launch a program, or are read out loud.

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EverNote 4.5.4.6487

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 01:38 PM PDT

EverNote is a free note-taking application designed for users of all desktops, laptops and tablets. Quickly create, organize and find any type of notes on an endless, digital roll of paper.

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Picasa for Windows 3.9 Build 135.89

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 01:37 PM PDT

Picasa automatically finds and organizes all of your pictures including: jpeg, tiff, bmp, psd, and standard camera movie files. Sending pictures with e-mail used to mean five steps just to get it right. Picasa lets you pick the size and then automatically attaches your pictures. Browse through all your pictures and view slideshows of your albums with the click of a button. Enhance, fix red-eye, and even crop without losing data or permanently changing your original picture.

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ChrisTV Online! Premium 7.10

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 12:42 PM PDT

ChrisTV Online! lets you watch and record live TV Channels and listen online radio stations from the Internet. Gain access to more than 1800 TV channels and 600 radio stations from all over the globe (more than 100 countries). Get connected to one of the largest channels database and receive updates periodically. Starting with version 3.00, you won't miss a thing on TV, because we have added a new major feature: RECORD online TV and Radio streams. Add your own channels to ChrisTV Online! channels database.

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ChrisTV Online! Free 7.10

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 12:41 PM PDT

ChrisTV Online! lets you watch and record live TV Channels and listen online radio stations from the Internet. Gain access to more than 1800 TV channels and 600 radio stations from all over the globe (more than 100 countries). Get connected to one of the largest channels database and receive updates periodically. Starting with version 3.00, you won't miss a thing on TV, because we have added a new major feature: RECORD online TV and Radio streams. Add your own channels to ChrisTV Online! channels database.

Freeware Software for Non-Commercial Use

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K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 8.6.0

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 11:10 AM PDT

K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of components needed for audio and video playback in DirectShow players such as Windows Media Player, Media Center, and Media Player Classic. It contains everything you need to play all common audio and video file formats. It also provides additional functionality such a thumbnail generation in Explorer. The pack has a very advanced installer which is highly flexible and has unique problem solving capabilities.

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K-Lite Codec Pack Full 8.6.0

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 11:10 AM PDT

K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of components needed for audio and video playback in DirectShow players such as Windows Media Player, Media Center, and Media Player Classic. It contains everything you need to play all common audio and video file formats. It also provides additional functionality such a thumbnail generation in Explorer. The pack has a very advanced installer which is highly flexible and has unique problem solving capabilities.

Full contains everything you need to play all the common audio and video file formats.

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K-Lite Codec Pack Standard 8.6.0

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 11:09 AM PDT

K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of components needed for audio and video playback in DirectShow players such as Windows Media Player, Media Center, and Media Player Classic. It contains everything you need to play all common audio and video file formats. It also provides additional functionality such a thumbnail generation in Explorer. The pack has a very advanced installer which is highly flexible and has unique problem solving capabilities.

Standard contains everything you need to play all the common video file formats.

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K-Lite Codec Pack Basic 8.6.0

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 11:09 AM PDT

K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of components needed for audio and video playback in DirectShow players such as Windows Media Player, Media Center, and Media Player Classic. It contains everything you need to play all common audio and video file formats. It also provides additional functionality such a thumbnail generation in Explorer. The pack has a very advanced installer which is highly flexible and has unique problem solving capabilities.

Basic is a small but powerful pack that contains only the most essential things. It allows you to play all common video file formats in your favorite player.

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K-Lite Codec Pack 64-bit 6.1.0

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 11:08 AM PDT

K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of components needed for audio and video playback in DirectShow players such as Windows Media Player, Media Center, and Media Player Classic. It contains everything you need to play all common audio and video file formats. It also provides additional functionality such a thumbnail generation in Explorer. The pack has a very advanced installer which is highly flexible and has unique problem solving capabilities.

A bundle of 64-bit DirectShow filters for use with 64-bit players.

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K-Lite Codec Tweak Tool 5.3.0

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 11:08 AM PDT

The K-Lite Codec Tweak Tool can detect and remove broken codecs and DirectShow filters. It can also generate detailed lists of all installed codecs and filters on your computers. It allows you to easily enable and disable many commonly used codecs and DirectShow filters.

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MediaInfo Lite 0.7.54

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 11:08 AM PDT

MediaInfo Lite is a tool to analyze media files. It can give you information about the audio and video format, video resolution, duration, etc. It optionally includes a shell extension for Windows Explorer. When installed, it will show you information when you move your mouse pointer over the media file.

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Win7DSFilterTweaker 5.2

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 11:07 AM PDT

Win7DSFilterTweaker tool allows you to configure your preferred DirectShow filters with just a few mouse clicks. It is quick, easy, and changes can always be undone. Windows 7 uses its own DirectShow filters for decoding several audio and video formats. Using third party filters instead of the native filters is not possible without making changes to the Windows Registry. If you for example prefer to use ffdshow or CoreAVC for decoding H.264 video then you can do so by using this tool. This tool is particularly useful for the Microsoft players, such as Windows Media Player and Media Center. Certain advanced third party players, such as Media Player Classic, are already capable of using third party filters without using this tool.

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Sandboxie 3.66

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 10:33 AM PDT

Sandboxie allows you to run your browser, or any other program, so that all changes that result from the usage are kept in a sandbox environment, which can then be deleted later. This allows you to remove traces of your Internet or PC activities, as well as reverse any changes to your Favorites, home page, registry and more. Even files that were downloaded during a sandbox session will be wiped after the sandbox is cleared. The program runs in the system tray and if you want to start a sandboxed session, simply launch your browser, or any other program via the tray icon, rather than the regular way.

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Mozilla Firefox (v12) for Windows 12.0 Beta 2

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 10:33 AM PDT

Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source Web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite and managed by Mozilla Corporation. Firefox is the second most widely used browser.

To display web pages, Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine, which implements most current web standards in addition to several features that are intended to anticipate likely additions to the standards.

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Adobe Photoshop for Windows CS6 Beta

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 10:33 AM PDT

Adobe Photoshop introduces the next generation of image editing with powerful new features that offer something for every user. Delivering the broadest and most productive toolset available, Photoshop helps you explore your creativity, work at peak efficiency, and achieve the highest quality results across all media.

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Adobe Photoshop for Mac OS X CS6 Beta

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 10:32 AM PDT

Adobe Photoshop introduces the next generation of image editing with powerful new features that offer something for every user. Delivering the broadest and most productive toolset available, Photoshop helps you explore your creativity, work at peak efficiency, and achieve the highest quality results across all media.

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Maxthon (v3) 3.3.6.2000

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 10:32 AM PDT

Maxthon is a powerful web browser based on dual display engine (Webkit and Trident) so as to be extremely fast as well as compatible. With a powerful set of easy-to-use and efficient built-in features, you can do much more things on the web instead of just viewing it, such as Mouse Gestures, Online Video/Image downloader, Sync Account. Highlight/Blur Highlight, Reader Mode, New Session, URL Alias, Quick Access, etc.

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Mozilla Thunderbird (v12) 12.0 Beta 2

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 10:32 AM PDT

Mozilla Thunderbird is a redesign of the Mozilla mail component. The goal is to produce a cross platform stand alone mail application using the XUL user interface language. The intended customer is someone who uses Mozilla Firefox (or another stand alone browser) as their primary browser and wants a mail client based on mozilla that "plays nice" with the browser.

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TweetDeck 1.3.0

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 10:32 AM PDT

TweetDeck is your personal real-time browser, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Google Buzz and more.

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HTTrack Website Copier for Windows 3.45-3

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 10:32 AM PDT

HTTrack is an offline browser utility that allows you to download a website from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting html, images, and other files from the server to your computer. It arranges the original site's relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the "mirrored" website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. It can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. It is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.

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Dropbox 1.3.26 Experimental

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 10:32 AM PDT

Dropbox is the easiest way to store, sync, and, share files online. There's no complicated interface to learn. Dropbox works seamlessly with your operating system and automatically makes sure your files are up-to-date. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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Pale Moon 11.0

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 10:32 AM PDT

Pale Moon is the work of a single individual, using contributed Open Source code to create a full-featured, speed optimized version of the popular Firefox browser. Having seen the advantages on other systems (e.g. Linux) with regards to programs being compiled specifically for the capabilities of the machine it is installed on, it became obviously clear that Windows users were at a disadvantage: Mozilla only releases windows executables with maximum compatibility in mind, meaning that Firefox is made to run on as many different systems as possible, sacrificing efficiency and speed in the process to be compatible with, by current standards, absolutely ancient hardware.

Pale Moon is a middle road, cutting away support for ancient systems to achieve a significant speed and efficiency increase, but not trying to squeeze the last few percent more out of it by limiting the range of systems it will run on even more. It aims to not waste computer resources and power on inefficient programs, while at the same time serving a wide range of systems that are currently in use around the world.

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Clever Internet Suite 7.5

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:48 AM PDT

Clever Internet Suite is the native Delphi VCL for Borland Delphi / C++Builder with no external dependencies. The suite of the Clever Internet components presents the most efficient and convenient way of accessing the Internet resources from your applications. The suite includes more than 30 components for Internet development and its code is constantly being refined and improved.

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NatrualNotes FolderMonitor 1.1.0.0

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:47 AM PDT

NatrualNotes Folder Monitor is a fast, effective and easy-to-use disk change monitoring solution allowing one to monitor one or more disks or directories and to detect file creations, file modification, file attribute changes and file delete operations in real-time.

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Freemake Video Downloader 3.0.1.1

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:46 AM PDT

Freemake Video Downloader is a handy, easy-to-use free video downloader which you can use to download videos from video sharing websites like Youtube, Veoh, Dailymotion, etc. The program supports many video portals including Facebook, Google Video, MetaCafe, Vimeo, etc.

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Freemake Video Converter 3.0.2.3

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:46 AM PDT

Freemake Video Converter is a handy, easy-to-use free video converter that enables you to import videos from different sources, photos, music, DVD and convert them to AVI, MP4, WMV, DVD, 3GP, MP3, YouTube. Convert videos to devices: iPod, iPhone, iPad, PSP, Blackberry, Xbox, Apple TV, smartphones. Rip and burn DVD. Create photo slideshows and music visualizations. Extract MP3. Cut, join, flip, rotate video. Upload videos, photos, music to YouTube directly without having to access the website.

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Freemake Audio Converter 1.1.0.33

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:45 AM PDT

Freemake Audio Converter is a new free tool that converts audio files between all key audio formats and prepares music for MP3 players, mobile phones and Apple gadgets. It accepts over 40 audio file formats (MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, AAC, M4A, OGG, AMR, AC3, AIFF, M4R) that makes it available to transfer and listen to almost any audio in media players like iPod, Zune, Coby, SanDisc and many others.

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RationalPlan Project Viewer 3.26.3

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:44 AM PDT

RationalPlan Project Viewer by Stand By Soft is a free project management software viewer, the perfect solution for anyone (from project stakeholders to team workers) to view your projects in detail. Usually project managers plan and control the projects from start to end and make the necessary changes. However, there are some other people (like stakeholders) that have to check and overview the projects evolution into their smallest detail.

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Capture .NET Professional 11.6.4462

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:44 AM PDT

Capture .NET is an integrated, multi-functional, powerful and general-purpose System, Design, File, Desktop and Develop utility. Includes many helpful tools: Capture screen, Capture color, Screen ruler, Font Manager, Windows Spy, Privacy eraser, System Tweak, Converter, BackupExpert, Device Manager, Alarm Clock, Post It, Screen Calender, Screen Reminder, Screen Pencil, File Manager(Split/Merge/Rename/Duplicate Finder), World Clock, Notifier, Memory Manager, Timer, and much more. A standalone tool that does not require installation.

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Capture .NET Free 11.6.4462

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:43 AM PDT

Capture .NET is an integrated, multi-functional, powerful and general-purpose System, Design, File, Desktop and Develop utility. Includes many helpful tools: Capture screen, Capture color, Screen ruler, Font Manager, Windows Spy, Privacy eraser, System Tweak, Converter, BackupExpert, Device Manager, Alarm Clock, Post It, Screen Calender, Screen Reminder, Screen Pencil, File Manager(Split/Merge/Rename/Duplicate Finder), World Clock, Notifier, Memory Manager, Timer, and much more. A standalone tool that does not require installation.

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Database .NET v4 6.2.4465

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:43 AM PDT

Database .NET is a simple, uniform and intuitive database management tool for multiple databases. It makes Local and Remote database administration easier without installing anything. With it you can Create databases, Design tables, Edit data, Export data, Generate scripts and run SQL queries.

An innovative, powerful and intuitive multiple database management tool, based on .NET Framework 4.0.

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Dictionary .NET 4.7.4465

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:42 AM PDT

Dictionary .NET is a tiny, easy and smart multilingual dictionary translating from/to 60 languages using Google's services. Integrates Google Dictionary, Translate, Search, Suggest 4-in-1 without installing them. Auto-detect any languages; Dictionary; Translate; Search with just One-Click or a Hotkey. A standalone tool that does not require installation.

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System Explorer 3.8.6

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:41 AM PDT

System Explorer gives you detailed informations about Processes, Startups, Explorer, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files. Action History for monitoring processes activities. Making of Registry & Files snapshots for easy comparing of system changes. Result of comparation is displayed in tree view and text list. Can be used for analysation of product installers/uninstallers (like Total Uninstall). Performance graphs for monitoring usage of system resources in time. Easy check of suspicious files via VirusTotal. Easy search details about file/process via online databases. Easy access to System Utilities.

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System Explorer Portable 3.8.6

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:41 AM PDT

System Explorer gives you detailed informations about Processes, Startups, Explorer, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files. Action History for monitoring processes activities. Making of Registry & Files snapshots for easy comparing of system changes. Result of comparation is displayed in tree view and text list. Can be used for analysation of product installers/uninstallers (like Total Uninstall). Performance graphs for monitoring usage of system resources in time. Easy check of suspicious files via VirusTotal. Easy search details about file/process via online databases. Easy access to System Utilities.

Portable version of System Explorer.

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DOSShell 1.9

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:40 AM PDT

DOSShell is an x86 applications launcher that works in tandem with the outstanding DOSBox emulator. Plus, it is also a convenient Explorer-like entries manager, where you can store inks for all of your often-used DOS programs. Forget about typing-in boring commands at the DOS-Prompt: All that you need to do is to add a record into DOSShell's database, and then you can enjoy the simplicity and speed of running your favorite old-games and software!

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ModusDoc 4.6.135

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:39 AM PDT

ModusDoc is intended to organize your documents, files, links, programs, folders, and notes, in the form of a database for quick and easy access to them. Database ModusDoc consists of a table and the table entries. The Group presented two tabs Index and wood, and Wood is generated automatically.

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WinX iPad Video Converter 4.0.3

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:38 AM PDT

WinX iPad Video Converter, the best iPad converter, can convert various video to iPad, iPad 2. It converts AVI, FLV, MPEG, WMV, M2TS, AVCHD, MPEG-TS, RM and MKV to iPad/iPad 2, convert MKV to iPone, iPod, Apple TV (HD). Meanwhile, the iPad converter converts audio from video to MP3 and extracts pictures as BMP, JPEG. It provides you simple and clean interface, fast and stable converting progress.

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Bolide Slideshow Creator 1.3 Build 1009

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:35 AM PDT

Bolide Slideshow Creator is the smart software which saves a lot of your time and makes it super easy for you to create just amazing slideshow videos. This program helps you avoid uploading hundreds of photos from your summer holiday or birthday party or your friends' wedding or some other celebration - instead you make only one stunning slideshow video which includes all your photos and even more.

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MTPuTTY 1.5 Beta

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:34 AM PDT

MTPuTTY (Multi-tabbed PuTTY) helps you to manage different PuTTY connections in one tabbed GUI interface. Every PuTTY connection runs in a separate tab and you can switch between PuTTYs as easy as you switch between opened pages in web browsers. When you need, you can detach PuTTY window from tab and convert it back into normal PuTTY application.

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Xleaner 4.05.520

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:33 AM PDT

Xleaner is a free privacy and clean-up utility that allows you to get rid of junk files with ease. With Xleaner you can eliminate all these tracks that result from browsing the web on your computer, such as internet history, cookies, cache, autocomplete memory etc. of your browser, and window's temp folders, run history, search history, open/save history, recent documents and more.

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fTalk 3.0

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:32 AM PDT

fTalk is a free Instant Messenger that lets you chat with all of your Facebook friends right from your desktop. The friends list displays friends that are online on Facebook at any given moment, and a tray notification is displayed whenever a friend comes online.

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AllWebMenus PRO 5.3.888

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:31 AM PDT

AllWebMenus is a web menu builder that requires absolutely no DHTML or Javascript experience from you. It creates cross-browser navigation menus that work alike in all browsers supporting DHTML. A DHTML menu / JavaScript menu can be designed with a simple, tree-like approach. You can then fully customize it by applying a vast available number of features through the Properties Pane or by choosing a predefined appearance from the Theme Gallery.

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PostgresDAC 2.8.0

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:30 AM PDT

PostgresDAC is a PostgreSQL BDE replacement for Delphi 4-6 and BCB 5. It allows to create Delphi/BCB5 applications with direct access to PostgreSQL DB without BDE and ODBC. This components set was developed for easy migration of existing projects from BDE/ODBC scheme to the native one. Interface is BDE-like and TDataSet compatible. TDBImageEx component for JPEG images in BLOBs support included in package for free (with sources).

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Aml Pages 9.33 Build 2278

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:29 AM PDT

Aml Pages is notes organizer\outliner for Windows. It keeps all your notes, information, web pages, passwords, emails and URLs in tree form, where you can quickly find what you need. Aml Pages save fragments of web pages from Web browsers and word processors and offers a sticky notes for quick viewing.

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StampCAT 10.13

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:28 AM PDT

StampCAT is a powerful database program that helps you maintain an inventory of your stamp collection. It will help you monitor what you have, where it is, and the total value of your collection.

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Active File Recovery 9.0.3

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:28 AM PDT

Active File Recovery is a file recovery software. It recovers deleted files as a result of having been accidentally deleted, formatted or otherwise lost, and includes a Partition Recovery tool. Full installation package of Active@ File Recovery now includes a bootable disk image. The Enterprise package of Active@ File Recovery can be launched from the bootable CD to work with a crashed or failing computer system.

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DBF Converter 3.15

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:26 AM PDT

DBF Converter is a versatile yet easy-to-use conversion program. It has a familiar Wizard-like interface but can also be used as a command-line utility for batch file processing. It supports all the modern data interchange formats, such as XML, CSV, TXT, HTML, RTF, PRG and others. You can even convert your DBF table into a set of SQL queries that can be imported into any SQL database.

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5DFly Photo Design 4.0.18

Posted: 23 Mar 2012 09:26 AM PDT

5DFly Photo Design is an intelligent photo editing software, which enables you to create photo books, calendars, collage, scrapbook, greeting cards, baby announcements and many other artworks from your digital photos. It offers a variety of template designs to get you started, and you can also create your own templates from scratch. The program offers a WYSIWYG photo editing interface with support for image layers and drag & drop positioning. If you want additional control over your pictures, you can also apply image adjustments, frames, drop shadows, color conversions and other effects. The result can be saved as high-resolution images for printing or exported as Flash slideshow or PowerPoint presentation.

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