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WinFF – GUI for FFmpeg video file conversion.

Monday, June 30th, 2008

WinFF is a graphical user interface for the popular command line video converter FFmpeg.

This effectively is just a front-end interface to make working with FFmpeg for converting video formats a lot easier than typing in a bunch of command line information. It runs FFmpeg for you. So, you just select your files, and, it takes care of the rest.

WinFF doesn’t actually convert any video files. It just runs FFmpeg. So this means that it will convert any video file that FFmpeg is able to convert. Therefore, if FFmpeg won’t convert the file, then WinFF won’t either. But its likely that you’ll be able to convert your format with these tools unless its a rare format.

You simply choose your file and select the settings you want it to be converted into such as file format, bitrate, framerate etc. No external codecs are needed and it comes with a variety of presets to make things even easier. It even supports multithreading for dual processors.

A nice feature is the ability to work with multiple files, for example, to convert multiple files of various formats into the same format, all at once.

So if you need a free way to convert video files this is well worth checking out! Homepage here.

FSL Launcher – Unclutter your desktop

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Is your desktop becoming chaotic with assorted shortcuts and other icons? Wishing you could organize them? if only there was something you could get to help you with your troubles…

Keep reading…you may have found it!

FSL Launcher is a system tray utility that lets you organize your shortcuts in a tabbed user interface.

It actually produces all of the shortcuts in a folder structure under your user profile in the FSL Launcher folder – then it accesses these shortcuts and shows them in the tabs. This is a very simple but practical feature. Since FSL Launcher’s configuration is kept in your profile, anybody else who logs onto the computer won’t see your icon set.

Adding shortcuts to the tab groups is merely a drag ‘n drop matter. Word of advice though: you can just keep shortcuts in the tabs, so if you’ve got a shortcut in the launcher pointing to a document or spreadsheet, make certain you don’t delete the source file – just similar to regular Windows shortcuts, the related icon won’t work if you do this!

Two versions of FSL Launcher are available: A Standard and a ‘Privileged User’ version which has a few added features (like hotkey support, icons for your groups, password protection, various other features) The “Priveleged User” version requires a donation but the Standard version is also very capable.

You are able to activate the Launcher by moving your mouse to the upper left-hand corner of your screen, alternatively, just click the system tray icon. When you click on an application outside of the FSL Launcher window, it’ll automatically hide itself.

You are able to backup or restore icon/tab groups into a zip file, making it simple to restore your configuration if you should need to at a later time.
It features a few built-in skins , and you can customize what the system tray icon looks like.

Surely a convenient tool for those of us who need to clean up a lot of clutter from the desktop!

Click for more details at the homepage here.

SWFMenu 3.5

Monday, June 30th, 2008

While creating a website, web developers need to put lot of efforts on website navigation to make it easy for the users to surf through. The navigation menus of the websites are often made in manner to make visitors browse website content. These days highly customized flash menus are often preferred by website owners. If you are also looking for some assistance to create eye-catching and attractive flash menus, then you can try using SWFMenu 3.5. It helps in the creation of menus with different size, customized with animations effects, icons and text. It provides a series of templates that you can utilize to generate menus after suitable customization.

SWFMenu 3.5 is an easy to use utility to generate flash menus for your website without facing any hassles. To start with the program you are required to choose one of the templates from the provided list. When you have selected one then you need to make the modifications to the items of the menu so that they become suitable for your website. Finally you need to save and upload the menu on the website. Coming to the customization part where you would decide the appearance of the website menus. Concerning the text on the menu buttons you can change the text, font size, color and style. For the Buttons you can change the background color, select an image for it, customize the sound, border style, pop-up effects, etc and even decide whether you want the menu to be expanding or collapsing. You can even change spacing setting for the menu and different other properties. Finally publish the menu with .SWF or HTML format.

To use the SWFMenu 3.5 you would not need any advanced technical skill to generate captivating menu that would ease users to search and even persuade them to surf through other pages.

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VirtualBox

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Open source software generally comes with quality downgrades, because in a Capitalist society the biggest correlation that you will find is between money and quality. However, there are always exceptions to the rule and VirtualBox is definitely one of those exceptions. It is a general purpose software that you can use for full virtualization for hardware that is x86 in nature. It can be used in servers, desktops and embedded technologies.

The latest version of the software was released on recently and contains over a dozen fixes to problems that were reported with the previous versions. In addition to these fixes, improvements to the graphical user interface were created along with the addition of compatibility with systems that were not previously compatible to be used with this particular piece of software.

Overall, the VirtualBox software concept is one that has risen to the point where the virtualization potential of the software really has it on par with many of the proprietary and professional software packages on sale that do the same thing. The difference, of course, is that this software is free, open source and will remain so for a very long time.

More information on it can be found at http://www.virtualbox.org/.

LC ISO Creator – Free ISO creation tool

Friday, June 27th, 2008

LC ISO Creator is a freeware tool for creating ISO disk images.

First of all, if you need an explanation of what an ISO image is, well it could be described as something like a zipped archive file that contains all that you have on a CD or DVD, so it’s can come in handy for backing up your CD/DVD media. You can find a more detailed explanation here.

It’s basically a single file that is an exact copy of your disc. This can be kept as a backup of the disc. It can also be mounted and ran as a virtual disc using programs such as one I previously reviewed here.

LC ISO Creator downloads as an exe file, and it requires no installation. You just run the file, and it scans your computer for optical drives. Then insert the disc you wish to make an image of, choose the appropriate drive, and choose ‘create iso’. You’ll be asked to choose an output file location to create the newly created ISO. It’s as simple as that really, does one thing simply and does it well!

Think this could be useful for you? You can download it here.

Supermarket Mania- Run Your Competition Out Of Town

Friday, June 27th, 2008

If you are a sucker for games with business twists, then you are going to love this one, it is called supermarket mania.

Supermarket Mania gives you an opportunity to show your big business rivals what you can do as you turn five small time grocery stores into huge successes. Talk about making something out of nothing!

This is the catch, in order to run your competition out of town, you must beat 50 stock-until-you-drop levels, reloading shelves faster than customers can clear them and upgrading your stores between stages. The challenges come fast in this lovely time management game.

The only twist in this tale is the price, $19.95 but not to worry you can enjoy the free version for like an hour or so.

Really worth checking out! Check http://www.alawar.com/games/supermarket-mania

AllMedia Grabber- serach and extract multimedia files easily

Friday, June 27th, 2008

If you need an efficient tool to extract media files, then you might want to consider AllMedia Grabber.

AllMedia Grabber searches in files (executables, libraries, custom controls, data files e.t.c.) and extracts multimedia files. With this cool tool you can extract thousand of Pictures, Videos, Music, Sounds hidden inside programs / files on your computer. Sounds cool doesn’t it? The latest version, AllMedia Grabber 2.2 has just been released recently with these changes made in the features…

  • Bug with Saved Files Counter is Fixed
  • Bug with Unicode Filenames and Shortcuts is Fixed
  • Improved MP3 detection function
  • Improved JPG detection function
  • New Languages: Russian, Italian

Works well with Windows 2000/XP/2003/VISTA

Want to check it out? http://www.fotissoftware.com/multimedia.htm

Mozilla Firefox for Windows – Latest Version is Out!

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Well, the news that everyone has been waiting for with baited breath is finally here! The new version of Mozilla Firefox was released on July 1 and it clearly shows that Mozilla is continuing to amaze with all of the freeware that they release for public consumption.

Firefox was originally a redesign of an older browser component that Mozilla had been using and ever since it was introduced it had really taken off to the point where a significant number of people are now using Mozilla instead of Internet Explorer, a piece of software that remains the majority choice in the overall marketplace. Mozilla is written using XUL language and has all of the modern browser amenities such as functionality in areas of dealing with popup advertisements and download facilitation. In addition to that, it also allows you to browse with tabs in a single browser window and search with higher accuracy.

All of these things combine to make an overall internet browsing experience that is hard to beat and this is why Firefox continues to gain in popularity as time goes by. The latest version of Firefox addresses a number of known issues while at the same time including a few new things, but overall the same Firefox look and feel that people have come to love is still present.

More information is available at http://www.mozilla.org/firefox

Bomberman Online World 4.3.2 – Bomb Or Be Bombed

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

If you are a fan of the classic bomberman, you are going to love this new version which was just released yesterday-Bomberman Online World 4.3.2

Bomberman is an action packed bomb game where the object of the game is to bomb your opponents and be the champion bomber. It’s a bomb or be bombed thing! This game gives you an opportunity to experience intense 6 player battles against people all over the world. And that is what makes it quite interesting, the competitive nature of the game. So if you are a bomberman fan or just someone who like competing against others, this is your chance to strut your stuff and show what you are made of.

If you are someone who likes complex games, you won’t like this one as it might just be a tad too simple for you but all in all it’s worth checking out.

Want to try it out? Check http://bmoworld.com/

Screamer Radio – Free internet radio program

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Screamer Radio is a Windows application that allows you listen to online radio stations right from your desktop. You’ll be able to listen to stations ranging from talk and comedy to various music genres. Its got has more than 4000 radio stations included in its radio directory so you’re sure to find something you like.

A cool feature is that it doesn’t just let you listen to radio, as additionally, it gives you the option of recording what you’re listening to.

Screamer Radio has support for the following radio streams:

  • Shoutcast and Icecast MP3 Streaming
  • Icecast OGG Vorbis Streaming
  • WMA Streaming
  • AAC Streaming

The Recording features are:

  • Recording buffer: For example: begin recording in the middle of a song and you can still save the whole song!
  • Direct MP3 Audio stream saving, without loss of quality!
  • Direct OGG Vorbis stream saving, without loss of quality!
  • Or encode OGG Vorbis as MP3 using Lame
  • Encode WMA or AAC to MP3 using Lame

When you record a stream using Screamer Radio it’s able to name the files after the song that’s played, however this does require the radio station to transmit this sort of information.

There’s also a portable version available

Full details and download from the homepage.

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