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Magical Glass – Free screen magnifier tool

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Ever feel like it’s becoming more and more difficult to see all the information packed onto your computer screen? This is especially true if you’re producing (or editing) images, and really need to adjust or edit it on a pixel-by-pixel level.

This really necessitates being able to increase the size of the images that you’re working with. What would be truly useful in this scenario is an on-screen version of a trusty old magnifying glass. Magical Glass might be the answer you’re seeking.

Comparable with your typical magnifying glass, this “virtual” magnifying glass allows you zoom in on just the area of the screen that you need to be able to see in greater detail for photo or graphics editing, etc, but without completely losing the view of the surrounding screen area as is usually the case with regular “zoom” functions. It has its other uses too, such as using it to blow up the “fine print” at the end of the certain websites, as well as just drilling down to the exact pixels you have to adjust in your images.

It stays out of the way in your system tray until you need to use it, when it can be called up with a hotkey.

Here’s the Magical Glass homepage.

GreenPrint – a greener way to print

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Many full filing cabinets and full wastepaper baskets later, and it looks like an entirely “paperless” office is not as easy as it seems.

I’m sure you’ve probably had the experience of printing things out and ending up having to throw unnecessary pages in the trash immediately. Usually this is due to your mindless printer insisting on printing ever page you don’t need along with the single one you do need, these are usually the ones filled with legal smallprint, etc.

GreenPrint World is an interesting (and free) program that can help you reduce some of the wasted paper in your business or home. It views what you’re printing out and tries to work out if there’s a way to print less.

It’ll show you what’s about to be printed, with the choice of not printing those useless pages, saving you from wasting paper and trees! Get rid of images if all you really need is the text, or vice versa.

A cool feature is how it keeps track of how much paper and ink you’ve saved! Alternatively, it gives you the choice to simply PDF the output, and save all the paper that would have been needed!

You can download this freeware for both pc and mac by visiting the Greenprint website.

Process Lasso – Tame those wild processes!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

At times, computer use tends to involve doing a lot of things at the same time. Browse the internet, check e-mail, calculate a spread sheet, use instant messengers when the boss isn’t looking! etc.etc. Some of the times, as you’ve probably experienced, this makes your computer creep along like a tortoise.

Generally whenever this occurs, it’s because of a program—a process— taking up a good deal more than its fair share of the processor—the computer’s brainpower. Downloading a large file, for instance, can make all else seem to come to a sudden stop. Who would have thought that one task could force all else to have to sit there and wait it out, along with you!

Here is a potential answer to this issue.

Process Lasso is a program for monitoring your computer and what it’s up to. It keeps tabs on what programs are utilizing your CPU’s time, and when it catches one that’s hogging the CPU, it automatically lowers its priority, getting it to be more considerate of the other things that are also running. You are able to manually set it as well, to lower the priority on things you run in the background. Now you will be able to get the things you’re working on done, while background tasks chill out and take their time!

Wanna try it out? Check out the homepage.

PDFCreator – Free PDF document creator

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Although they may not be the best thing in the entire universe, PDF files are surely allowed to be included in amongst some of the most practical things ever in the computer universe. They are a neat cross-platform file type for letting you have all-in-one text and image files.

As you’re probably aware of by now if you’ve spent any time at a computer, this comes in very useful for many different document types such as ebooks, instruction manuals, etc. Alas, producing those files can be somewhat bothersome, particularly in terms of how costly it can work out.

The full version of Adobe’s PDF creation software will cost you a pretty penny, and in reality you might not require all the features and functions that you’re purchasing with such a pricey package. So how about if you were capable of creating PDFs for a much more attractive price—nothing!

PDFCreator is a freeware program that permits you to produce PDF files on your own pc. It installs as a “virtual printer”, if your able to print a file, you will be able to make a PDF document. One feature is that you’re able to encrypt your files and then when you share them, they can be read, for instance, but no one will be able to copy the content from them or print them. The ability to mix multiple PDFs into one file lets it become simpler to keep track of your info. Additionally, PDFCreator is also able to convert your document files into a few other image formats.

Basically, this is handy and free program for creating PDF files, without all the unncessasary bells and whistles of the costly Adobe alternative. Check out the PDFCreator Homepage.

VSO Image Resizer 2.1.3.5

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

If you are a digital picture nut, you will want to take a very close look at what VSO Image Resizer can do for you.  It may be a free piece of software, but this free piece of software is one very powerful package.  The latest version, released on November 22nd, is the most powerful package yet in the series and the things that it can do for you across multiple Windows platforms are quite remarkable indeed.

One side of the coin that this software package brings to the table is the basic graphic operations that ever imaging program can do.  These include the resizing of images to a proper resolution as well as the configuration of different compression ratios for different purposes.  The more advanced options that most image programs have such as the ability to switch back and forth between different image formats are also available on this piece of software.

However, when you add to that the fact that this program can integrate directly with windows, can convert batch numbers and can be run in a mode that allows for fast processing, you begin to see just how powerful this program is.  More information can only be found through direct exploration and is available from http://www.vso-software.fr/products/image_resizer/.

Budget4All 1.4.7

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Everyone in the world knows exactly what a monthly budget is. In the developed countries of the world, people tend to live their lives out through the process of developing a budget for their monthly purposes. If you have done this before then you know that developing a budget takes a lot of time and consideration towards the items that appear in your expenses and inflows. It is hard to do this alone and by hand but lucky for you there are programs like Budget4All that have the ability to really help you out in situations like this.

The latest version of this software program was released on November 23rd and it is easily the best version of the software to date. You can not only create simple budgetary flow charts that show how things are going to happen this month, but you can also create future forecasts that will allow you to guess at how the situation might look a few months down the road. In fact, you can graph the trends out and use those graphs to visually implant in your mind an image of what your current budgetary health looks like. There are even advanced models that you can take into account for elements like inflation that will give you an even greater accuracy in determining exactly what goes on.

More information is available at http://www.budget4all.net/

CrystalDiskInfo 2.0.1

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Hard drives are perhaps not as important as they used to be in terms of the overall hardware configuration of your computer, however they still represent an important aspect that you want to take care of as best as you can. There are many utilities that you can use to help you in this task but one that has always been good from the freeware point of view is CrystalDiskInfo. The latest 2.0.1 version of this software was released on November 23rd and represents the latest bit of excellence in a long line of high quality software versions to be released for this package.

The basic premise of CrystalDiskInfo is giving you as much information as possible regarding your hard drive without straining your system resources to the max in the process. You can easily get information regarding the temp information, size, modes of transfer and every other basic quantifiable measure of a hard drive you can think of. When you take this fact and add to it a high level of user friendliness and compatibility with the SMART method of doing things, you have a very special software package indeed.

More information is available at Crystal Dew World.

QuickStart 2.5.1

Monday, November 24th, 2008

QuickStart is the ideal program for people that are always forgetting where they put things. Whether you are a person that just doesn’t have the intuition for navigating through your documents folder or whether you are a person that has a highly specialized directory structure that sometimes makes locations of certain files ambiguous, QuickStart is a software utility that can help you get through it all and make some sense of it in the process. Version 2.5.1 is the latest version released on November 23rd and it features a better overall design than the previous version of this software package.

The basic premise of this program is that you can use specific keywords to denote specific applications. It is not just limited to applications however as you can tie keywords to any file type that you want and open that file type in the process when you type in the keyword. Rather than searching through folders to find what you are looking for, QuickStart allows you to launch it in a second just by typing the corresponding keyword and then pressing enter. It is an absolute godsend for someone with too much on their hard drive and not enough in their brain’s memory to remember where everything is.

More information on this freeware program can be found at http://www.digiarch.org/.

LangOver 5.0.0.10

Monday, November 24th, 2008

LangOver is a software program that is perhaps not as useful to the wide range of internet users as some other programs might be, but the people that find it useful find it extremely useful and for that reason it deserves to be featured here. The latest version of the program, released on November 21st, contains support for more languages as well as a more intuitive setup.

The modern internet world is a world of many languages and for this reason the traditional English keyboard just does not cut it anymore. Some people need to be able to type in multiple languages for their business or personal lives. The LangOver software package allows you to do this and switch back and forth between the languages at will, effectively fixing a keyboarding problem that has plagued non-English users of keyboards for years.

All you have to do is select a specific alphabet to the keyboard that you want to imprint on the keys and press F10 to see the end results. In this way you can change your keyboard keys to correspond to the actual letters for your language and this in turn makes it a lot easier to type things out as they come in. For anyone that speaks a language other than English, this utility is an absolute must have. The fact that it is free just makes it better.

More information is available from http://www.langover.com/

MAGIX Music Maker 14

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Simply create music with it. MAGIX Music Maker 14 is the perfect solution for stunning songs, experimental beats and exciting soundtracks. Produce music with MAGIX Music Maker 14, Record, edit and mix.

Pros: The application is a sophisticated tool for creating music. High quality premium sounds, virtual instruments and integrated mixing console and exclusive effects are all available for this purpose. Combine the facilities to create songs, experimental beats or a entirely new and exciting sound track. An available sound archive of 1500+ pieces of rock, pop, dance, hip-hop, disco house, techno, and chill-out as well as ambient material can be the basis of your experiments.

The tempo adjusts itself automatically making sure you’ll never be out of sync with the rhythm. Instruments available create realistic sound by combining synthesized instrument sound mixed with typical play behavior of real musicians making the sound more natural. Sound library has a wide spectrum of instruments. The MIDI editor included lets you write exact melody ideas. You’ll also receive more exciting synthesizers like LiViD, your own personal virtual drummer.

Studio quality effects and a large set of templates lets you make professional production of sound that you composed. Produce a perfect harmony and mix, mix the instruments at the right volume, adjust bass or the drum; they are all at your command. Of course, you can also mix your own recordings into your songs, too. Add your own recordings to the archive for future use. These can be direct recordings, imported MP3s, instrument records, songs from CDs or whatever. Cut, mix, remix, edit and add effects to get just the right results you are looking for. Direct loading to online portals eases publishing of your work. Access to Catooh, one such content library portal is integrated into the application.

Cons: You need to be aware of how exactly the steps in composing music work to make optimal use of the application.

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