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NirLauncher 1.18.43

Friday, January 31st, 2014

There are some very good or highly rated freeware programs that are available for download these days; and most of them are also very easy to use. It is not about hype actually; but the fact that users get exactly what they want from using such programs. One of such freeware programs is called NirLauncher.

What’s the big deal about NirLauncher?

NirLauncher is a package of more than 100 portable freeware utilities for Windows, all of them developed for NirSoft Web site during the last few years. It combines a lot of wonderful features that continue to make it one of the best freeware programs that can be downloaded.

It is compatible with any version of Windows including Windows 2000 and 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. Some of its quality features include the following: 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; can be used from USB flash drive without need of any installation; and many more.

Any downside?

Apart from one or two false positives, NirLauncher is a nice program.

Want to check it out? Visit Nirsoft.net.

TransMac 11.0

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Are you looking for any application that will enable you to format any disk to be later accessed from Mac OS X, but also burn images in various formats, including DMG, IMG and ISO? Then you should read more about TransMac since it contains a lot of useful features.

What is TransMac?

TransMac is a program that will read, write, and format Macintosh high density diskettes, CDROMs, hard drives, and most removable drives (Iomega, Zip, Jaz, Clik, SyQuest, optical, etc.).

It has a very clean and easy to navigate interface, and is designed to allow users transfer files to and from HFS (Mac OS Standard) and HFS+/HFSX (Mac OS Extended and case sensitive) disks. TransMac application automatically detects the Macintosh disks, regardless if they are regular hard drives, CDs, DVDs or removable drives. Of course, it allows users perform a number of actions, including reading and writing data, but also copy, rename and delete files and folder just like on a regular disk.

The application also comes with comes with dedicated features to help users format any disk to be later accessed from Mac OS X, but also burn images in various formats, including DMG, IMG and ISO.

Want to check it out? Visit AcuteSystems.

LameXP 4.09 Build 1524

Friday, January 31st, 2014

If what you are looking for is a program that is able to convert various file formats; then LameXP might just be what you want. LameXP supports a lot of files formats including the ones you will find out in this review as you continue to read.

What’s the big deal about LameXP?

LameXP is a graphical front-end for the LAME MP3, Ogg Vorbis and Nero AAC audio encoders. Supported input types are Wave, MP3, MP2, OGG/Vorbis, FLAC, MP4/AAC, AC3, DTS, WavPack, Musepack, TTA, Speex, Monkey’s Audio, Shorten, ALAC and WMA. It also reads M3U, PLS and ASX playlists as well as Cuesheets. The easy-to-use interface supports multiple languages, including English, German, Spanish and Italian. Batch processing is implemented and multi-threading will be used, if several processors/cores are available. The Nero AAC encoder is not included, but it’s available from the Nero website as free download.

Advanced users can also adjust the LAME algorithm quality from poor quality (very fast) to best quality (very slow), enable bitrate management for LAME and OggEnc2, select sampling rate and MP3 channel mode, and much more. Users can also select rate control method (quality-based, average bitrate, constant bitrate), and adjust the quality/bitrate ratio (from level 0 to 9).

Want to check it out? Visit MulderSoft.com

Avira AntiVir Rescue System 2.1.0.16

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Have you lost hope or tried accessing your computer with little or no success recently? Has your system been totally overtaken by virus and other potentially dangerous programs that make it very difficult to access? Then you need a rescue CD to help you recover access to your system. Have you tried or ever heard of a program called Avira AntiVir Rescue System? Read more about it in the review below.

What is the big deal about this program?

Avira AntiVir Rescue System is a Linux-based application that allows accessing computers that cannot be booted anymore. Thus it is possible to: repair a damaged system, rescue data, and scan the system for virus infections. Just double-click on the rescue system package to burn it to a CD/DVD. You can then use this CD/DVD to boot your computer. The Avira AntiVir Rescue System is updated several times a day so that the most recent security updates are always available. The fact that it is updated regularly everyday makes it even more attractive.

Any downside?

Avira AntiVir Rescue System is one of the programs you will love to have, but it is also important to learn how to use it.

Want to check it out? Visit Avira.com.

Emerge Desktop 6.2.0.1328 Beta

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Emerge Desktop is a replacement windows “shell” (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer) for Windows 2000 and above. In order to replace Windows Explorer as a shell, it provides a system tray (the area that collects the icons collected at the lower right corner in Explorer), called emergeTray. It will also provide access to the users programs (normally accessed with the windows “start” button) via a right-click on the desktop, via emergeCore.

Emerge Desktop is implemented with MinGW-w64, an Open Source implementation of the GNU C compiler and utilities. Up to this point, closed source commercial projects have mainly been used (Microsoft Visual C++, Borland Delphi) to develop alternate shells as they use proprietary Microsoft API features. With Microsoft releasing more detailed information about these API calls, the MinGW win32api can be described quite complete. The program has an open API, which allows for applets to be coded with compilers other than MinGW if someone wishes to do so.

Any downside?

This program is designed for experienced users.

Want to check it out? Visit EmergeDesktop.org.

Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit 1.07.0.1009 Beta

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Technology has provided us with more ways than one to protect our precious files from potentially dangerous programs. These days we have several kinds of software that can help us keep some of those dangerous programs at bay; and one of them is Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit.

What is Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit?

Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit is a comprehensive and reliable application whose main purpose is to protect your files and computer against rootkit attacks and repair the damage caused by the presence of these malicious viruses. Rootkits are designed to hide the presence of certain processes and programs so that your computer performance might get lower as the day go bye. Also, taking into consideration that cyber attacks become more sophisticated each day, your system will be more vulnerable if you do not ensure complete security.

What Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit does is to minimize your exposure to data theft and hacking, maximize network uptime and protect your system. The program comes with a proactive scanning engine and with reliable malware detection and removal options, the application stops malicious processes before they even start.

The good thing about Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit is that it doesn’t interfere with other installed software on your system.

Any downside?

The scanning process is a bit slow.

Want to check it out? Visit MalwareBytes.

CrystalDiskInfo 6.1.0

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Are you looking for an application that will enable you to view information on your hard drive and some external drives? Well, you might as well want to try out CrystalDiskInfo since it is primarily designed to supply internal information on your computer.

What is CrystalDiskInfo?

CrystalDiskInfo is a HDD health monitoring utility that is able to displays basic HDD information, monitors S.M.A.R.T. values and disk temperature. Once the program is initiated, it automatically displays a list of details on your hard drive. The user interface of CrystalDiskInfo is standard, but inexperienced users would probably have a hard time understanding the information displayed here.

As a user, you can view the health status and temperature of the drive, as well as S.M.A.R.T. information (e.g. “Read Error Rate”, “Spin-Up Time”, “Start/Stop Count”, “Seek Error Rate”, “End-to-End Error”), such as current, worst, threshold and raw values. Also, you can access “Disk Management” to create a simple partition (basic, spanned or stripped), configure disk conversion options, as well as extend and shrink partitions. You can also open the Windows Device Manager, set CrystalDiskInfo to run at startup, enable advanced disk search, select your preferred language, change the font, and many more.

Any downside?

CrystalDiskInfo offers to download or install software or components that the program does not require to fully function.

Want to check it out? Visit CrystalMark.info.

CameraBag for Windows 2.5.0

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

camerabagHave you always thought how things would be different if you could just save a lot of hours of looking for tutorials trying to achieve a certain stylized look? Some of us also spend hours going round and round in Photoshop; but did you know you can put an end to that just by using a simple program like CameraBag?

What’s the big deal about CameraBag?

CameraBag handles all photo tasks, from basic adjustments and cropping to powerful high-end controls, and it features the modern and vintage styles we’re known for. But it’s also more than that: we’ve rethought what modern photo editing should be. The result is something completely new.

With CameraBag, you can find the following features: 150+ built-in high-quality adjustable filters; full suite of 30+ photographic tools, including advanced curve editors; build your own entirely new filters from scratch or from existing filters; elegant, modern interface; innovative tools not found anywhere else, such as CameraBag’s curve-based colour corrector; fast image processing via the revolutionary analogue Engine; 32-bits-per-component colour depth; Watermarking and custom image-based borders; Quicklooks and previews for fast visual decision-making; large, precise controls – works great on a laptop; and many more.

Want to check it out? Visit NeverCenter.com.

Tagaini Jisho for Windows 1.0.1

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Japanese may not be as popular as say English or French for example; but it is no doubt one of those languages people also love to learn. The good news for all those who may wish to improve or learn this language, Tagaini Jisho offers them an excellent opportunity to do so. Let’s find out more about what Tagaini Jisho is all about, and what you can benefit from it.

What is the big deal about Tagaini Jisho?

Tagaini Jisho is a free, open-source Japanese dictionary and kanji lookup tool that aims at becoming your Japanese study assistant. It allows you to quickly search for entries and mark those that you wish to study, along with tags and personal notes. It also let you train entries you are studying and follows your progression in remembering them. Finally, it makes it easy to review entries you did not remember by listing them on screen or printing them on a small booklet.

Version 1.0.1 of Tagaini Jisho, which is the version in review, now has two new updates that include: an option to copy the main writing or reading of an entry to the clipboard directly from its right-click contextual menu; and ability to search for untagged entry.

Want to check it out? Tagaini.net.

PowerGREP 4.6.0

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Searching your computer for information may be a bit difficult without certain tools to carry it out. However, the good thing is that there are several tools to make that very easy these days. This review offers you an opportunity to read about a program called PowerGREP. What is this tool all about, and what kinds of features does it offer you? Find out by reading the review below.

What is PowerGREP?

PowerGREP is a powerful GREP tool for quickly searching for a piece of information through files and folders on your computer, such as software source code, letters and correspondence, server or system logs, reference texts, historic archives, etc. Even if you do not know in advance exactly what you are looking for. In that situation, its rich Perl-compatible regular expression support allows you to search for virtually anything by specifying the form of what you want, and let it find the actual text matching that form.

PowerGREP gives you excellent opportunities to achieve or do the following: extensive encoding support Windows and DOS code pages, Unicode, ISO-8859, ECBDIC, KOI8, etc; split files into records before searching; collect information and statistics from log files or archives; easily search or find files anywhere on your computer or network; etc.

Any downside?

PowerGREP is a very useful tool; but the price is incredibly high.

Want to check it out? Visit PowerGrep.

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