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AudioGrail 7.0.4.181

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Now here is a program that you might want to have on your system basically for a lot of possible reasons. It is not one of many MP3 file renammer programs that are limited to a couple of unimportant features as it tries to roll them all in a single package. AudioGrail gives you a lot of features to help you do a lot of things with your MP3 including renaming your files.

AudioGrail (Formerly K-MP3) is the Swiss army knife for everything that is related to audio files (MP3, MPC, OGG…). It can very easily rename and tag (tag: info such as artist name, album, track title) your files automatically. The program can also analyze quality, organize files on your system, find duplicated files as well as improve your everyday audio experience.

AudioGrail is an automatic MP3 files renammer and tagger that can automatically fetch tracks name from the internet thank to the power of the FreeDB online database. A couple of other features of the program are as follows; supports MP3, OGG, MPC, APE, AAC, FLAC, and WavPack, audio files to audio CD burning capabilities, tags normalizer, quality analyzer, playlist creator and analyzer, incomplete tag finder, etc.

Downside

Not enough features for the free version; and the fact that some other freeware programs offer better features is a little minus for this program. However, this doesn’t affect the other positive side to AudioGrail.

Want to check it out? Visit KCSoftwares.

Ashampoo UnInstaller 5.0.0

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

A lot of applications are hitting the internet these days; but did you know that some of them just make things absolutely easier for a lot of us? Uninstallers for instance are designed to help us get rid of certain programs that we no longer find useful on our PCs. However, did you know a program like Ashampoo UnInstaller could do even more than just helping you uninstall your unwanted programs? The program is built by a German company renowned for the very best in various quality programs.

Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 does more than merely record and remove software installations from your system. It is built with multiple functions to keep your system running smoothly such as removing orphaned files and cleaning your registry. It will even protect your privacy by removing Internet traces and permanently erasing files from your system.

Ashampoo Uninstallers 5 is a combination of traditional Windows uninstallation and intelligent system monitoring that extends time-tested procedures with advanced algorithms for unmatched cleaning results.

Normally, installation monitoring creates huge logfiles while noticeably impairing system performance in the process. Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 uses smart filter technologies to only record modifications that are actually related to installation routines. This creates smaller records and allows for more efficient uninstallations.

Downside

No major hassles.

A couple of fixes have already been made to this version, and it is more stable than previous version.

Want to check it out? Visit Ashampoo.

OCCT 4.3.2 Beta 2

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Here is a program that is available for free, but actually requires some kind of technical skills to use. You will find OCCT very interesting and helpful if you can find your way around its technical features.

OCCT is the short form for “OverClock Checking Tool”. The application boasts of so many useful features despite the fact that it is a freeware. Users who already know how OCCT works can easily find their ways around some of its key features that include the following; up to 16-core support, customizable tests, CPU and Motherboard detection, monitoring support through 3rd party application, can produce graphs showing temperature and voltages during the test, multilingual support; and a couple of others.

OCCT performs a lot of monitoring functions including; real time frequency monitoring for CPU, and GPU, translation in several languages, and many more. The fact that the program is a freeware gives users who have no technical knowledge to take their time to find out just how it works. OCCT has undergone lots of changes since it was first introduced; and that explains why it is a bit more stable than it used to be.

Downside

Couldn’t find any just yet, it’s a great freeware!

Want to check it out? Visit Ocbase.

F-Secure Internet Security 2013

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Nowadays, it has become absolutely essential that any computer connected to the internet has a good level of protection against viruses, malware, spyware, and other online threats such as phishing.

F-Secure is a company that has been around for many years, which is always a reassuring thing when dealing with choosing security products for your computer. This is a fully featured suite of security tools and comes with at least a 12 month license to use them all. The tools it comes with are an antivirus program, firewall tools, and also spam blocking,and anti-phishing.

It’s included parental controls ensure it’s also quite good for a family situation as well. Individual user accounts can be made for each member of the family for example. Each of these can have different levels of browser protection, web filters, as well as setting time limits on use. Standard users can be kept out of the settings, while parents for example, can be the only ones who can change settings.

As is usual with these types of suites, there are several settings you can change and set-up to your own personal taste and needs. You do have to go through quite a few questions upon initial installation though. It’s worth taking the time to configure everything correctly to avoid any minor issues at a later date. Having done that, this program is pretty much a set-it-and-forget-it type of thing,until it’s time to renew your subscription again.

So if you are seeking Advanced real-time cloud-based technology against viruses, spyware and other malicious attacks, as well as a user-friendly firewall to prevent hacker attacks, along with such bonus extras as parental control and personalized settings per user, it is well worth checking out F-Secure Internet Security 2013.

It supports Windows 7, Vista and all XP versions.

For full details, visit the homepage at F-secure.

FinePrint

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Everyone is looking for programs that will simplify their day to day tasks online and offline. The good news is a lot of people also go to work everyday trying to provide access to various applications that will make that dream a reality; and that exactly one of the reasons behind FinePrint. The program now has something extra to offer its numerous users unlike in recent past where a couple of features were unavailable.

FinePrint is a Windows printer driver that provides advanced printing capability. The program gives you the edge when it comes to creating booklets, printing double sided on any printer, printing on your electronic letterhead, as well as creating new documents by combining print jobs together. FinePrint also allows you to add gutters for binding all with complete assurance that the printed output will match the preview on screen.

One quality of a great program is when its publishers continue to add changes just to improve on last or previous releases; and that is why FinePrint is worth a try. The program has been updated to include a few changes such as; you can now move pasted signatures and initials when in Text Note mode, rearranging your printed content using Snapshot notes no longer results in overly large FP files (Pro only), and a couple of others.

Want to check it out? Visit Fineprint.

Freemake Music Box

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Freemake Music Box is a small program which downloads and installs quickly. The aim of this program is to find you free, legal, music online for you to listen to, sure, there is plenty of ways to download copyrighted music online at the moment, but this program focuses on finding legal music only. Because of this legal issue, it offers streaming music only.

Upon initially launching the program, you’ll notice its minimalist but functional interface, you get a search box on one side and a playlist with playback functions on the other side of the window. It’s simple but effective.

When you begin searching for your chosen music, Freemake goes to work searching online, it seems that the bulk of its results come from YouTube, with the associated video then appearing in the left window too. Unfortunately, you are not able to save the files to your hard drive though! Although that isn’t too much of a shock when you consider that one of the aims of this software is to keep everything legal (at least developer promises that “you won’t get into trouble”).

But before you stop reading, there are still things it does let you do. The main one is that you can create a playlist of your found songs, without you having to gather and download all the music together in the first place. It’s here where Freemake becomes a free alternative to several such streaming music subscription services online.

It’s easy to add a song to a playlist as all you have to do is click the plus sign that appears alongside each song in the results, or you can simple press play to hear it. The homepage also says that iPad, Android and sync to mobile versions are on the way soon.

Although it is a very simple bare-bones alternative to paying for a subscription service, it may be just a little too simple and limited for some people, but it might be worth a try, as being free, you have nothing to lose.

Check out the homepage for the download and further info at Freemake.

pdfFactory Pro 4.70

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Tired of using a PDF application that gives you a lot of headaches each time you want to make use of it? Perhaps you should try something that enables you even as a none-experienced user to handle; and that is what pdfFactory offers.

What’s The Big Deal?

pdfFactory is one of the first PDF creation applications that experienced and non-expert users can handle. The program is designed with lots of easy features that virtually anyone can create PDF documents that can be published on Web sites, emailed, or archived. PDF files are used to represent printed material electronically. When viewed and printed, they contain all the fonts, graphical information, layout and formatting of an original printed document. PDF file created with this application can be viewed on any operating system including MacOS, and all Unix variants including Linux.

A lot of programs exist out there with so much crap and so much hype with nothing much to offer users. This program does have all it takes to be slightly different in terms of its quality and easy to use features. A couple of changes have also being made by the publishers to include; support for custom URLs for online help, fine FinePrint window now always comes to the foreground, you can now replace printed text by selecting it and typing it over, and a couple of others.

Downsides?

pdfFactory is no doubt a nice program; but the price is way too high considering the fact that there are other similarly great app out there that comes for free or costs less.

Want to check it out? Visit FinePrint.

EF StartUp Manager 5.10

Friday, September 21st, 2012

When starting your Windows, some other programs are also started. While some of these programs are necessary, some of these programs use up systems resources unnecessarily and some even spy on your computer. EF StartUp Manager is a shareware that allows you to manage and control the applications which starts when you start up your computer.

So what’s the real deal about EF StartUp Manager?

With the aid of this program, you can easily insert, temporarily disable or delete new programs. You could also control the starting mode such that you can determine the order you want the programs to start each time you start your windows. You could also define a delay period in between.

To operate optimally, the following system requirements are needed: a Pentium computer, Microsoft Windows 32/64-Bit and a 2 MB free space on your hard disk.  It offers support for the following languages: English, German, Arabic, Catalan, Dutch, French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwan, and Ukrainian.

Any downsides?

It is very good software for what it does. But compared to other similar freeware, it is quite pricey. I mean why pay for a program when you could get a similar program with same or even better function for free?

To learn more about this program, please visit EFSoftware.

aiClipboard 64-bit 1.2.0 Beta

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Everyday we experience new applications or programs that continue to make the use of the internet or computer easier. Today, it is about a program called aiClipboard; a program that remembers everything that have been copied to the clipboard.

aiClipboard, which stands for “ai stands for Artificial Intelligence” is a freeware application that will remember everything you copied to your clipboard: files, folders, graphics, texts, URLs, emails. The program is designed to remember all your clipboard items, forever, with an easy way to copy them back to the clipboard.  aiClipboard is designed to make virtually everything you do easier by simply turning your clipboard into a sidekick that will help you organize and remember.

aiClipboard is one small executable file that runs from anywhere, relies on nothing but itself and is fully portable; so there is no need for installation. The program has undergone a couple of changes that include; addition of manual text items to the clipboard, now protects items from accidental deletion, addition of new properties to each item, and a few others.

Downside

The program tends to crash when one clicks on a file to select copy; however, a couple of changes can still be made to it before it is finally released. It is not actually a bad program; after all, it is a freeware.

Want to check it out? Visit aiClipboard.

Panda Cloud Antivirus PRO

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Having a good antivirus program is an absolute necessity nowadays, but even that alone isn’t enough.

This version of Panda Antivirus doubles up as a good quality small scale security suite as well, as they have included a firewall, antiphishing, and some other features too. The same small program which installs Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition will also install the Pro Edition as well, you also have the option to upgrade from free to pro edition at any time should you choose to do so. The antivirus component is the same for both the free and pro edition.

A lot of the independent antivirus labs include Panda Antivirus among there tested antivirus programs and it gets good marks overall, although it’s not among the top level scorers. Panda’s anti-phishing component includes a URL filter that prevents you from accidentally clicking through to malicious or fraudulent web pages, along with this, the antivirus will tell you if it detects any threats that are known on any webpages you visit.

Another useful feature is the ability to block programs from running if they get detected connecting to any questionable websites. This moves it to Panda’s recycle bin where it can’t run anymore. The firewall component of the software is called a “Community Firewall”. This uses data from all installations to form a central database which automatically configures network and internet permissions for most programs. Sometimes the firewall will pop up to ask you if it’s OK for a program to connect.

Another ability a good firewall should always have is being able to stealth all ports, most firewalls, including windows firewall , will do this, but Panda left some significant ports merely closed, visible to an attacker.

This program is definitely a lot better than nothing at all, but i would suggest supplementing it with other, more reliable programs and merely using it as a second opinion. The pros would be that it is small and lightweight, as it uses cloud storage for its antivirus signatures and also the firewall doesn’t constantly ask you to deal with popups.

Check out full info at CloudAntivirus.

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