Sunday, March 1, 2015

How to Try New Operating System Risk-free?


With Windows 10 just around the corner, Microsoft are releasing 'Technical Previews' of the operating system to give people a glimpse of how it will function. Installing it comes with risks attached – it is unfinished software, after all – so if you want to try out Windows 10 before its general release, you will need emulation software like VirtualBox.

What this neat little program does is enable you to run a second operating system alongside the one already installed on your computer (provided you have paid for both, of course). That makes VirtualBox perfect for trying out different operating systems – if you want to run a Mac-only program on your Windows PC, for example.

Unlike some rivals, VirtualBox is completely free, so you get access to the full feature set for an unlimited period of time, all without paying a cent. Available features include snapshots (which allow you to 'save' the virtual OS in its current state, to be returned to later), folders that can be shared between OSes, plus you can even remotely access your virtual OS from another computer.


Pros

Range of supported systems: VirtualBox is available on all the major operating systems. This allows you to take advantage of open-source virtualization whether your platform is Mac, Windows, Linux, or Solaris. You can then run most versions of Windows, DOS, Linux, or Solaris as a virtual system.

Lots of info: One of the typical advantages of open-source software is that the user community creates a wide range of help and technical documents to assist people in the software's operation. VirtualBox is no exception, and there is ample documentation available to anyone who needs help with their VirtualBox setup.

Cons

Operating system integration: The paid virtualization solutions have much better integration between the host system and the guest operating system. For instance, using VMWare or Parallels, you can drag and drop files from one system to the other. You cannot do that with VirtualBox.

Lack of active support: Virtualization software is complicated and can easily have things go wrong with it. When this happens with a product that you are paying for, you have access to a lot of hands-on technical support. That does not exist with open-source products. If you run into a conflict, you will be stuck trying to sort it out on your own.


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Freeware Powerful All-in-One Media Player - ROX Player


ROX Player - innovative media player for all types of video files, IPTV, DHT and P2P protocols. It was designed with usability and simplicity in mind for everyday usage. In spite of the straightforward user interface, ROX Player has an enormous potential playing all modern media formats.

You may forget the standard error for some alternative players complaining on "outdated codec", because this video player can play all your local media files. Automatic update will download all necessary video/audio codec if your computer has no such.

Main Features:
* Integrated network modules allow ROX Player to play files from any place in the Internet.
* This media player supports almost all common audio extensions, such as MP3, OGG, WAV, MKA, APE and MID, as well as video files (3GP, MPG, MP4, AVI, FLV, MOV, WEBM etc.), web pages, torrent files and URLs and magnet links.
* Developed to start downloading streamable torrents from the beginning, instead of random pieces, making them available for review almost instantly.
* High Definition Video in High Quality Player.
* Configurable options include possibility to create playlists, force the main window to always stay on top of other launched apps, and enable a full screen mode.
* ROX Player is absolutely free. No payment or credit card required!
* Currently, ROX Player is available for Windows users only, Mac OS and *nix support will be added in the nearest future.
* Languages: English, Deutsch, Русский.


Downloading page: http://roxplayer.com/download/


Monday, February 2, 2015

Free multifunctional desktop calendar and convenient day planner


Interactive Calendar is a fusion of a beautiful multi-functional desktop calendar and a convenient day planner.

Main Features

* Interactive desktop calendar - you will see your entries in the calendar directly on your desktop wallpaper! This calendar responds to mouse clicks!

* Well-thought, user-friendly interface. Interactive Calendar has a clean and extremely intuitive interface. You will not spend your time trying to understand how it works.

* Multiple Interface styles and color schemes. You can customize Interactive Calendar interface, as you need. It supports 3 interface styles and 11 color schemes.

* Fully customizable layout - you can customize everything: from the program toolbars to information, you would like to see.

* Multiple languages support - the program is available in most popular languages!

* Powerful print-out function - any data can be printed in various layouts using print templates. Moreover, you can edit reports before printing!

* Wallpaper Changer - Interactive Calendar can change your desktop background at selected time interval using a built-in wallpaper changer.

* Powerful search engine - you will not lose any information because you can search the entire database in a matter of seconds.

* Import and Export - Interactive Calendar has all necessary data import and export capabilities. It supports TXT, CSV, XML, CDB, IDB, HTML and RTF formats.

* Backup and Restore - you will not lose your data due to computer crash etc. by using the built-in Backup and Restore features.

* Dual monitors support - you can select on which monitor you would like to put your calendar. Monitors can have any resolution, size, position and orientation.

* Fast rendering - Interactive Calendar renders cells 400%-1000% faster than its closest competitors, which makes it the fastest calendar software of this type on the market.
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* Advanced sorting capabilities - your data in the main window is organized your way. You can sort your appointments by multiple parameters.

* Extended text editor - each entry has a description area, which supports rich text formatting, images, hyperlinks, tables’ insertion, and much more.

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Platform: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8.x (32 or 64 bit)






Saturday, January 24, 2015

Free Optimizer to Prepare Images for the Web


Radical Image Optimization Tool (RIOT for short) is a free image optimizer that will let you to adjust visually compression parameters while keeping minimum file size, which is essential for the web placement.

It uses with a side by side (dual view) or single view interface to compare the original with the optimized image in real time and instantly see the resulting file size.

It is lightweight, fast and simple to use, yet powerful for advanced users. You will be able to control compression, number of colors, metadata settings and much more, and select image format (JPG, GIF or PNG) for your output file.

RIOT can be integrated as plug-in in well-known programs like The GIMP, IrfanView and XnView.


Main features:
* Open many image types including rare/scientific types.
* Save and optimize JPEG, GIF and PNG with a simple, clean user interface.
* Automatic optimization selects the most suitable format and parameters.
* Works in dual view: (original – optimized image) or single view (optimized image).
* Automatic preview of resulting image.
* In-place compare function (alternatively display the original image over the optimized image to notice small pixel changes).
* Compress files to desired file size threshold.
* Fast processing (all is done in memory).
* See instant results including resulting file size.
* Batch support (process multiple files at once).
* Transparency handling options.
* Decide if you want to keep metadata (comments, IPTC, Adobe XMP, EXIF profiles, ICC profiles).
* Unsupported metadata is removed.
* Transfer metadata between image formats (destination format must support them).
* Common tools: pan and zoom, rotate, flip.
* Basic image adjustments: brightness, contrast, gamma, invert.
* Visually reduce number of unique colors for PNG and GIF images in order to reduce file size
(two quantization methods are available: Xiaolin Wu and NeuQuant neural net).
* Resize image by using well known resample filters (ex: Lanczos3, Catmull Rom, Bicubic, and others)
out-of-the-box support for external PNG optimizers (optipng, pngout, etc).
* The compression and the results are comparable to those of commercial products, even higher.
Adaptive logarithmic tone mapping algorithm (Drago) used for HDR images.

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