Friday, May 27, 2016

Dopamine - cool media player for Windows

Dopamine is a chemical in the human body, which plays an important role in defining human behavior. It is a chemical released by the brain when we experience pleasure. And it is also released by our beloved brain when we enjoy music.

There are tones audio players, competing for the space on the market, there are hundreds of them free to the public. However, through this variety of the provided features and interface design attributes, there are software utilities, which are unique, cool, and attractive. Dopamine is one of the few players, having a special space in this group.

Dopamine’s main goal is make organizing and listening to music as simple and pretty as possible. It has no intention to replace existing full-featured audio players. Dopamine is for those that seek simplicity and functional eye-candy. It supports wav, mp3, ogg vorbis, flac, wma and m4a/aac.

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System requirements

Windows 7, 8.x, 10
.NET Framework 4.5.1 or higher


Dopamine is a lightweight piece of software that allows you to play music from your local disk drive and find albums, artists or track that you want to listen to seamlessly.

The utility comes with an appealing interface that displays a list of songs, albums, genres, artists and playlists in alphabetical order. Therefore, if you want to listen to a song you have in your head, but you can only remember the name or artist vaguely, you can find the track by searching the lists at the corresponding letter.

While most of the UI is dedicated to music organization, the player is located in the lower section of the screen and comes with the basic play, forward, backward, pause, loop and stop options. It is necessary to mention that you can minimize the interface so that you can only view the track that is currently playing.

The highlight of the application stems from the multiple methods it displays the data. In fact, it includes a separate tab for all metadata information, a feature that can come in handy when you are searching for a particular artist or song.

On the other hand, the application could use a few editing options that would permit you to equalize the sound, CD ripping for the basic video formats or have plugin support. In addition, it would be nice if the program permitted you to synchronize your music with your mobile device, let you subscribe to podcasts or find and download new artists, albums and music.





Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Video Cache View – One More Useful Freeware Utility from NirSoft

Video Cache View is a freeware, tiny, but very efficient portable utility, weighting just 222k and helping you to save cached videos from your browsers.

When you may need it? After watching a video in a Web site, you may want to save the video file into your local disk for playing it offline in the future. If the video file is stored in your browser's cache, this utility can help you to extract the video file from the cache and save it for watching it in the future.


It automatically scans the entire cache of Internet Explorer, Mozilla-based Web browsers (Including Firefox), Opera, and Chrome, and then finds all video files that are currently stored in it. It allows you to easily copy the cached video files into another folder for playing/watching them in the future. If you have a movie player that is configured to play FLV files, it also allows you to play the video directly from your browser's cache.

Notice for users of Internet Explorer 10.0 and 11.0: In order to get videos from these versions of IE, you have to press F6 (Advanced Options) and choose the 'Internet Explorer 10 Cache' option in the 'Load video files...' section.

Installer and portable versions are available for downloading from the developer’s website.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

DarkWave Studio - Free Music Creation Software for Windows

DarkWave Studio is a free Digital Audio Workstation for Windows. Featuring a modular Virtual Studio, Pattern Editor, Sequence Editor and Multitrack Hard Disk Recorder. It has support for VST/VSTi instrument and effect plugins.

The virtual studio has a modular design allowing machines to be connected in an ad-hoc fashion. The pattern editor enables the quick creation and modification of patterns by clicking to add or delete notes and dragging notes to move or resize them. The sequence editor allows you to queue patterns to play for each control track in any arrangement, enabling reuse of patterns and quickly remixing projects.

The Multitrack Hard Disk Recorder allows you to record the output of any machine and record it to 16-bit Integer or 32-bit Floating Point PCM encoded .WAV files for full-quality post-production editing or for conversion to MP3/FLAC/etc.

Main Features:
ü  Native x64 and x86 Windows Platform Support.
ü  VST PlugIn Support - Limitlessly Expandable With Instrument and Effects PlugIns.
ü  Multi Core / Multi CPU Support.
ü  Full 64-bit Double Precision Floating Point Audio Processing.
ü  Low Latency ASIO And DirectSound Audio Output Support.
ü  DirectSound Full Duplex Support For Low Latency Input And Output.

Bundled PlugIns:
ü  ES Audio Input - Allows For Input From Sound Card.
ü  ES Arpeggiator - For Easily Playing Complicated Arpeggios With A MIDI Keyboard.
ü  ES ControlChange Mapper - Map Control Change Events From One Index To Another.
ü  ES MIDI Input - Play Instruments From A Music Keyboard.
ü  ES MIDI Output - Sequence External MIDI Synthesizers.
ü  ES Mixer - 8 Track Stereo Mixer With 2 Auxilary Tracks.
ü  ES DGenR8 - Synthesize Drum Beats With Roland TR-909 Flavour.
ü  ES BassHead - Top Notch Virtual Analog Subtractive Synthesizer.
ü  ES SpatialVerb - Realistic Reverb Effects With The Smoothest Sound.
ü  ES Stomp - Synthesize That Classic Techno Thumping Kick Drum.
ü  ES AntiAlias - 32x Digital Oversampling Filter.
ü  ES QuadDelay - For Trippy Echo Effects.
ü  ES Distort - Basic Overdrive Distortion Effect.
ü  ES Crunch - Limit Bits Per Sample Anywhere From 16 To 1 Bits.
ü  ES StereoSplitter - Split An Input Stereo Signal Into Left And Right Output Mono Signals.
ü  ES StereoJoiner - Combine Left And Right Input Mono Signals Into A Single Output Stereo Signal.
ü  ES Scope - View Generated Waveforms In Realtime.
ü  ES Control Monitor - View Control Messages.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Nik Collection by Google - FREE for everyone!

Nik Collection team posted the following announcement today:

Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we have decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities -- from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.

If you know, and already used this set of plugins, you know what is all about. If you never used it before, now you can try it for free with no limitations. These plug-ins can be used for Adobe Photoshop, Elements, and Lightroom, as well as Apple Aperture.

Google acquired Nik Software and its popular Snapseed photo-editing app back in September 2012. Although Google killed off Snapseed for Desktop in March 2013, it was still big news when Google started selling the entire Nik suite (originally valued at around $500) for the “low price” of $150 later that month. And now it is free for all.

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System requirements:

Mac:
* Mac® OS X 10.7.5 through 10.10
* Adobe Photoshop CS4 (CS5 for HDR Efex Pro 2) through CC 2015
* Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 through 13 (apart from HDR Efex Pro 2, which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements)
* Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 through 6/CC
* Apple® Aperture® 3.1 or later

Windows:
* Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Windows 8
* Adobe Photoshop CS4 through CC 2015
* Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 through 13 (apart from HDR Efex Pro 2, which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements)
* Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 through 6/CC

GPU Compatibility:
NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series, GeForce 9 Series, GeForce 100 Series, GeForce 200 Series, GeForce 300 Series, GeForce 400 Series, GeForce 500 Series, ATI Radeon HD2000 Series, Radeon HD3000 Series, Radeon HD4000 Series, Radeon HD5000 Series, Radeon HD6000 Series.

If no compatible card is available, GPU acceleration will be disabled and the CPU will be used.

Some photo enthusiasts express their worries that making the package free might be a sign that Google might considering eventually dropping support and updates for this suite. Addressing their concern, Google noted that their long-term investment is on building photo-editing tools like Snapseed and Google Photos for mobile. However, it is unclear yet if the Nik Collection will continue to be updated with major features in the future. On the topic of mobile, Snapseed’s most recent update added new automatic features and last year added support for editing RAW photos.

You can download the package from the direct link: https://www.google.com/nikcollection/

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