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TubeWiz 1.5 – a fun way to fix videos

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Now here is a cool tool that is fun to use. Tube Wiz functions as a good video editor that can correct picture shape, rotate the picture if it was filmed upside-down or sideways by mistake, and reduce or remove camera shake for many types of shot.

The really nice feature I love about this software is that it has Dface blurring built-in. It lets you hide objects for privacy, such as faces, signs and licence plates, or you can even replace them with images. Ain’t that cool?

In the latest version which just hit the software market- Tube Wiz 1.5, a couple of changes have been made to make the tool even better.

The changes include:

  • Easy in-video editing and trimming
  • Full support for YouTube widescreen & HD fomats
  • Export directly to Flash video format (also AVI & MKV)
  • More international fonts in captions, subtitles, etc

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Aurora Password Manager

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Here is a tool really worth checking out. Aurora Password Manager is a handy piece of software for storing and editing diverse confidential data, such as your credit card number, cellular phone pin-code, code to a cipher lock, website access code, e-mail box password and the like.

How Does It Work?

The utility locks all stored information with a strong 256-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) password and ensures its safety.

The cool thing is this tool is developed with simplicity and ease of use in mind. Even if you can’t make up a password on your own that is difficult to guess, the program can do it for you.  With a built-in advanced password generator, that randomly chooses a case-sensitive combination of characters, this cool tool is really something.

The latest version released not too long ago is Vista compatible. The only con to this tool is the price, $29. But then the money may save you a lot of headaches and protection from identity thieves.

Want to check it out? Go for the trial version first and see if this meets your need…


BurnAware Home

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

If you have been less than satisfied with previous burning software you’ve been coming across, you may want to give this a shot. This tool is called BurnAware. BurnAware allows you to easily perform the most common disc burning tasks: write to all CD/DVD media types, including Blue-Ray; write Audio CDs and DVD-Video files; create and burn disc images; write multi-session discs and much more.

I love the fact that it includes additional burning tools which help you to copy your CDs and DVDs with digital photos, documents, games, movies and music easily. One other thing worth mentioning  is the fact that with BurnAware Home you can compile and burn bootable discs and disc images.

For almost $30, the price thing kicks in again. In my personal opinion it’s just too expensive. I mean there are free tools all over the internet that does stuff similar to this. The tool is a good one but I think it would fare better if it was a freeware that accept donations instead of the $30 price tag. But then that is just me. The truth is it does what it says it does, which is something in its favour. So go check it out and see if it is money worth spending for you.

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SmartFolio 3

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

SmartFolio is state-of-the-art asset management software for investment professionals and private investors. It contains advanced portfolio optimization and risk management algorithms, based on the latest achievements in portfolio theory.

Pros: SmartFolio is an advanced, easy to use analytical tool for portfolio analysis and management of investment portfolios according to the investor’s risk profile. Investment professionals and private investors can use the software to make meaningful investments decisions. SmartFolio is a state-of-the-art asset allocation software for investment professionals and private investors. SmartFolio contains advanced asset allocation, portfolio optimization and risk management techniques. These techniques are based on advancements of portfolio theory. These mathematical techniques are from the developments in the last few years.

Techniques lead to practical indicators that help in advanced portfolio optimization, asset performance ranking, risk-reward Analysis and efficient frontier, portfolio risk analysis (VaR and CVaR), target shortfall probabilities analysis, minimization of transaction costs etc. The application has been upgraded to include the functionalities of Black-Litterman model, walk-forward optimization, import from Bloomberg Professional, import from an Excel table, batch import, and automatic update from all data sources. It supports multi-period investment paradigm and supports portfolios that feature assets with non-Gaussian distribution of returns or non-linear inter-dependencies such as options and hedge funds. Other major functionalities are portfolio construction, estimation of parameters, portfolio optimization, historical simulations and data management. The application is supported on Vista also.

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MileCharter 2.9

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Calculate Mileage Charts and Tables with MS MapPoint. You can calculate tables for customers and suppliers including “closest only”, or to create “road atlas” tables. You can distances, travel times and/or estimated costs to Excel.

Pros: You can use the application for calculating mileage charts for locations of interest. These can be customer locations, supplier location and so on. If you are already using Microsoft MapPoint, you know how much trouble it is to calculate various distances and travel times to reach your customers in time. Use MileCharter to take the pain out of these calculations. Process hundreds of source and destination locations accurately in minutes with a few mouse clicks. If you need, create “road atlas” tables. These mileage charts and tables are created using MS MapPoint maps as the basis. You can output route distances, travel times, estimated costs etc can be output to Excel sheet. These can be very large spread sheets and thus no real limitation as to how many points you use to calculate the tables. The options available in MapPoint of finding routes based on fastest route, straight line routes, road speeds, road preferences etc available in MapPoint. It uses 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 versions of both the European and American editions. The application can calculate very large batches of thousands of routes quite easily. Windows 2000, XP or the Vista is the platform on which this application works.

“Closest only” option lets you sort and find the closest destination easily. If you need to find the closet service location for a specific customer this will be the approach. For deriving a cost table you could assign a per mile cost or a fixed cost for a distance interval. Pause/restart function allows very large processing runs to be stopped and restarted. So calculating a cost schedule for hundreds or even thousands of your customers is not a problem at all. It works as a plug-in and MapPoint MileCharter has a simple, easy-to-use interface allowing easy selection of start and finish locations, as well as formatting and other options.

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Rohos Welcome 1.1

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Rohos Welcome 1.1 is a dynamic Login Screen that could replace your default Windows 2000/XPLogin dialog box. The password that you set for logging into your PC can be easily hacked, and thus the safety of your data and computer may get compromised. But the application offers a competent protection measure, by allowing you to use a hardware key as a replacement of Windows password. It supports storing the username and password info on USB drive for using it to access your Windows. Further, it also consists of configurations that support locking your workstation by removing the USB drive. Using the application you would not require remembering the login and password details, as they get safely stored with the flash drive. Moreover, the application by replacing the default security panel, helps preventing unwanted access to network users to your PC data.

Rohos Welcome 1.1 is rather easy to use and its interface comprises of small window with uncomplicated features. At the top of the program window is displayed the info relating to Admin’s USB key configurations. With the first option, Setup USB Key, you can configure a USB device as Windows accessing key. Connecting to the USB device, enter Windows password and click ‘Setup USB Key’. Also a ‘Setup Emergency Logon’ can be set by entering few questions and answers, and you can easily disable/enable key as desired. If you want to set a new password for Windows, then the ‘Change Password’ option is provided to you. With this option, enter the current and then new password, confirm the new one, and type the password tip if you wish to. You can even restrict the usage time for specific users through ‘Setup users’ feature. Using ‘Options’ you can select Windows logon model, USB key device type, and the action to be performed when you remove the USB key, from the option’s dropdown menu. Further, you can customize the images and text of the Logon screen. Finally apply the settings and enjoy working with effective protection applied to your Windows.

The Rohos Welcome 1.1 offers users the flexibility to configure various attributes relating the protection applied to Windows with the help of a hardware key device.

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Moonfall Land of Dreams Land of Dreams

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Moonfall, a legendary village, is renowned for its totally dark seasons of eleven months. The people of Moonfall live with dreams as their reality, but now the land of beautiful dreams has turned out to be the place of nightmares and utmost fear. It’s because of Malus, a demon, who wants Moonfall to be a dark place where no one would ever awake. The twist comes in when a young farmer having control over his dreams comes forward to fight Malus. But on his journey to find and confront Malus, he needs your help to guide through different levels of ‘Moonfall Land of Dreams Demo’ game. During this journey, you would have to pass 11 distinct chapters with increasing difficulty.

After installing the Moonfall Land of Dreams Demo, you can immediately begin playing the game. With the Setup feature you can modify Input, Audio, and Video relating settings. Input helps you to change the game controls like jump, fly, attack, run, etc. Beginning to play the game, you would meet Pixie, a fairy, who would guide you throughout the journey. You have to find the four pieces of sunstone that are scattered across the Moonfall’s land to restore the peace. While moving on you would have to jump over the platforms and other hurdles, deal with various vile creatures, collect the weapons, and fight your enemies. The game includes hero health bar, inventory box, number of lives, stars, golden star, brain, keys, potions, gauntlet, lantern, boots, wings, hidden traps, and weapons like mace, magic-shot, cannon, etc. These are set for different purposes to help to further progress with the game.

Moonfall Land of Dreams Demo is an exciting game that presents a catchy graphical work, sound effects, and various challenges offered with each level.

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rss2html 3.13

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

A free PHP script, converts RSS feeds to HTML. Users can create web pages that will always display the most current information from the RSS feed, and because the resulting page is pure HTML, it will be in a format friendly to search engine robots.

Pros: This really is a PHP script. A script that allows conversion of RSS feeds to HTML. Normally a RSS feed is available at any website for a visitor to subscribe to and read via his RSS reader. What a webmaster can do with this script package is to offer content from the RSS feed to be displayed. With this script you could arrange things so that the content is updated as the RSS feed contents that you are using changes. Usually search engines love frequently updated content. The spiders also like the fact that the content is in HTML via the visitor’s browser. A free PHP script, converts RSS feeds to HTML. The rss2html.php script allows webmasters to display RSS feeds on their website. RSS or Really Simple Syndication, as it is commonly known, is a technology that gives webmasters the ability to easily distribute and publish syndicated content on the Internet. Most webmasters understand the potential benefits of making RSS feeds available for viewing in a web browser. When used, this script will allow you to create web pages that will always display the most current information from your RSS feed.

Using rss2html.php webmasters can customize the format and look of the web page created from the feed. Customizing the look and feel of the pages would be easy. The necessary information gets parsed and then the page is created in HTML using the information items thus parsed. The script package will run on any server that can run PHP and supports RSS versions 1.0, 92, 93 and 2.0. There are several ways to achieve this. One would be to run the script on the web server and pass the feed URL and webpage template file. Alternatively run the script on the web server and edit its feed and template variables. You can also pass the feed to RSS2HTML server which will display your feed in HTML format.

Cons: This is strictly for the programmers, developers and webmasters.

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Store Manager for Zen Cart

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Store Manager for Zen Cart is a Windows application to quickly and effectively manage your Zen Cart online store. Manage Zen Cart products, Zen Cart product attributes, categories, manufacturers, orders and other things.

Pros: Store Manager for Zen Cart is a Windows application that lets you manage a Zen Cart online store. You can do that very effectively with the manager. Zen Cart is one of the most popular shopping carts available. Unlimited categories, products and product-options, registered and unregistered shopping cart, customizable tax options, multiple shipping and payment modules, special prices, banner management are some of the major features available with the shopping cart implementation. It is licensed as open-source. Manage Zen Cart products, Zen Cart product attributes, categories, manufacturers, orders and lot of other things. Suppliers can provide you the data and then it is an easy up load to the Zen Cart.

Product attributes can be uploaded in a batch. Edit of the attributes are easy too. Data upload can also be through clipboard copy & paste. Category data can be dragged & dropped into the category tree and the tree reorganized in a few mouse clicks. Some other top level features are export of Zen Cart products into Excel file, edit it and then import products into Zen Cart store and fast batch updates, import products into Zen Cart from your supplier – Zen Cart product import is one of the prominent features, import from Excel/CSV into Zen Cart in seconds , manage Orders and Customers. Additionally the applications also allows you to use SalesMaker module to manage flexible and easy discount/specials sales management, Product Types are used to control unique data, specific to a given product and management of media products via Media Management to manage music genre, media manager, media types, record artists, record companies. Quick search and effective reporting features round off the features. Order management supports the business end of the whole process.

Cons: Choice of the shopping cart would determine if this module makes sense and that’s a decision of specialists. One ought to seek out feedback from actual users.

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Advanced Audio Recorder 2009

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Advanced Audio Recorder can record any sound passing through any line of your sound card. For example, you can record sound being played back by an external program, sound from a microphone, an external LP, cassette, CD/DVD player, AM/FM. etc.

Pros: Advanced Audio Recorder records any audio passing through the sound card of the system. That includes not only the line-in inputs such microphone or external CD player/music system but any program/games on the computer that plays audio through the sound card. So if you have a stack of vinyl records, old/new CDs that needs to be ripped or a DVD movie whose soundtrack you absolutely love. Cassettes or whatever that needs to be converted to MP3 or some other digital format is fodder for this program.

WAV, MP3, OGG or WMA are the formats it can handle easily. Recording is always with the CD quality default. Settings are available for changing sampling frequency and sample size in bits to have a more compressed file size if you need to. Obviously the quality would not be as good. Automatic start, stop, pause and restart are possible. You are able to set up hot key based controls and schedule recording that can be stopped automatically and the machine shut down. This enables completely un attended sessions. Cut, copy, paste and trim are the editing features that you can use to get a finished product you want. Audio waveform displays help you do these easily visually. High pass. Low pass and notch filtering can help you clean up any noise in the track. Overall the user interface is simple and easy to use too. A built in CD burner lets you create music discs with your own selection of music.

Cons: One should be aware of the copyright issue. One needs to understand that creating copies for own use from material that (CD etc) that you already own is the only situation that is legal.

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