Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How to Make your Desktop a Useful Workplace?

You use your computer for multiple task, carry numerous pieces of data in multiple locations, and use various computer programs on your PC. How to make the operation easier, faster, more convenient, and free of frustration? How to get all the frequently used items handy, and remember location for the items, which are not accessed for long time?

Check Nimi Places – free desktop organizer, and you may love it.


Maine Features

Desktop related:
* Customizable visibility. Containers can be set either individually to be always visible or to be visible only when desktop is focused.
* Align containers to grid. When positioning or resizing container by holding shift its size and position snaps to grid.
* Resolution changes support. Containers position is saved and dynamically restored per display (e.g.: projector) and its resolution.
* Local shortcuts. Some shortcuts can be displayed as local e.g.: preview able elements, directories while still keeping their binding.

Container customization:
* Smooth scrolling. Containers can be smooth scrolled either by mouse dragging, or by keyboard or mouse wheel.
* Customizable appearance. Containers can be individually customized by using themes.
* Customizable item size. Items size for each container can be set individually from large to tiny.
* View modes (in Places). Places type containers can display items using one of two available layouts — either as icon grid or as multi-column list.


Organize files and folders:
* Labels. Labels can be used to organize files & folders, by highlighting those with one of available colorful labels.
* Sorting. Files and folders can be sorted by name, extension, type, label, sub items count, times clicked, size, creation or last modification date.
* Container name label. Place type container can show customizable name label either on top or bottom of the container to help distinguish from each other.
* Files and folders rules. Rules can be used to duplicate, move or create link to changed file or folder matching chosen condition (pattern, current place or hour) under observed directory.
* Quick search. When typing in focused container it will be automatically scrolled to first query matching element by its name.
* Customizable elements order. Elements can be individually arranged and their order will be preserved.
* Display properties. Containers can be set to be displayed only at given location, hourly schedule or condition (e.g.: specific foreground window title).
* Sorting by content. Files and folders can be sorted by their content and grouped into sets of matching similar: images, audio files, documents and other files.

Files and folders productivity features:
* Video thumbnails. It generates own video thumbnails for possible formats to provide easy identification of video files.
* Image thumbnails. It generates own image thumbnails for crisp, high quality image thumbnails.
* Fast note taking. Pasted bitmap, text or html are automatically saved as quick note files of their type with name responding to actual data.
* Media preview. Video and audio files can be previewed directly from container using inbuilt media player front-end.
* Image viewer. Images can be viewed directly from container using inbuilt image viewer.
* Open Documents thumbnails. It has support for displaying thumbnails of some of Open Documents formats like text documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
* Image cropping. Images viewed in inbuilt viewer can be circle or custom shape cropped and copied to clipboard by mouse selection with key modifiers.
* PSD thumbnails. It has support for displaying PSD image format embedded thumbnails.
* Internet shortcut thumbnails. It can generate own thumbnail for internet shortcut files.
* Directory thumbnails. It generates own directory thumbnails either as files grid or cover image if present.
* PDF thumbnails. Is capable of rendering thumbnails for supported PDF files.




Monday, June 22, 2015

Free Video Flip and Rotate

Rotate video or flip video with one mouse click.


Operations are very fast and easy. You have seven available options:
* rotate video 90° CCW;
* rotate video 180°;
* rotate video 90° CW;
* flip video vertically;
* flip video horizontally;
* flip video vertically and rotate 90° CCW;
* flip video vertically and rotate 90° CW.

Free Video Flip and Rotate contains no spyware or adware. It is clearly free and safe to install and run.

DVDVideoSoft's products are freeware. In order to maintain product development and provide you with high-quality software, DVDVideoSoft may bundle links to other websites and third party apps installations including toolbars in its products. Every time DVDVideoSoft products are installed, you have an obvious option to accept or opt-out of such installations.

It is highly recommended to decline the bundled utilities installation, so be careful, advancing through the installation process, so do not be in hurry to click ENTER automatically on each installation step.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Krita as an Open Source Adobe Photoshop Alternative

Well, may be, there is no open source or freeware Photoshop alternatives, since the software is filled with complicated and sophisticated build-in features and external plugins. But, may be you do not need all these gimmicks, requiring long and detailed training and learning curve? May be, the simpler substitute will work fine, based on your exact needs and applications.

If you are looking for that, look at Krita – free creative sketching and painting application based on Calligra technology. Whether you want to create art paintings, cartoons, concept art or textures, Krita supports most graphics tablets out of the box. Krita’s vision statement is: Krita is a KDE program for sketching and painting, offering an end–to–end solution for creating digital painting files from scratch by masters.

Fields of painting that Krita explicitly supports are concept art, creation of comics and textures for rendering. Modelled on existing real-world painting materials and workflows, Krita supports creative working by getting out of the way and with snappy response.

Main features:

Interface and Workspace
Krita has a user-friendly interface. In the settings menu, you can choose the color theme, which toolbars and dockers you want to use, and edit keyboard shortcuts. Save a given set of dockers as a workspace and switch between them. The canvas can be easily rotated and mirrored. The OpenGL canvas supports high-bit depth monitors. There is a large set of options available to create a no-distractions canvas-only painting mode.


Wrap-Around Mode
It is easy to create seamless textures and patterns now. Press the ‘W’ key while painting to toggle wrap-around mode. The image will make references of itself along the x and y axis. Continue painting and watch all of the references update instantly. No more clunky offsetting to see how your image repeats itself. You can even paint off the edge and it will automatically start painting on the top.


Multiple Brush Engines and Blending Modes
A brush engine is more than just a typical brush pattern with settings changed. Each brush engine has its own logic and behavior. The included engines are pixel, smudge, duplicate, filter, hairy, hatching, texture, chalk, color smudge, curve, deform, dyna, experiment (Alchemy), grid, particle, sketch, and spray brushes. Brush settings can be saved as presets and shared. There are a staggering amount of blending modes available. The blending modes are arranged by category and have your favorites stored at the top of the list.


Advanced Selection and Masking Tools
Krita comes with many methods of selecting parts of your canvas in order to edit them. You can select with shapes such as rectangles and circle, paint your selection, polgon selection, select by color, select by Bezier. You can add, remove, or intersect to your selection. You can also make selection by layer contents by context clicking the layer and clicking “select opaque”. You can create a transparency layer by itself, or add one to an existing layer. This is great tool for non-destructive changes.


Symmetry Tools and Drawing Aids
Symmetry tools that go much further than basic mirroring. Take full control by being able to determine how many axis you need. Modify the origin center, angle, and smoothing parameters. Easy to toggle x and y mirror buttons in the top toolbar. Drawing aids such as perspective grids and shapes that have magnetic settings.


Filters and Effects
Filters can be used directly on a layer, or as filter masks or layers. The effect of a filter is previewed on the image itself. There are special effects like wave, oil paint, and emboss. Adjustments such as levels, brightness/contrast, and HSV are also included. Additional tools that can be useful for making selections like color to alpha and color transfer.


Layer and Color Management
Krita has raster, vector, filter, programmatic, group, and file-backed layers. Each layer has settings for visibility, edit lock, transparency lock, and alpha locking. Layers can be dragged and dropped to and from other applications. Vector layers support text, vector shapes and filters on vector shapes. Krita supports the following color models for creating and editing images: RGBA, Gray, CMYKA, Lab, YCbCr, XYZ in 8 bits integer, 16 bits integer, 16 bits floating point, 32 bits floating point. Krita always uses color management.



Download page (choose your OS): https://krita.org/download/krita-desktop/


Friday, May 22, 2015

VSDC Free Video Editor


The program allows you to edit video files and create videos of all types. It supports the most popular video/audio formats and codecs, including DVD and HD videos. Preconfigured profiles make the creation of videos for various multimedia and mobile devices a snap. Apart from this, the program comes with a disk-burning tool that enables you to burn the files you created to CD or DVD disks.


The video editor offers a number of useful features, such as audio, video and image filters, color correction and scene transition effects. You can also transform objects in your videos.

It is also worth mentioning that our video editor is a non-linear video editor. It means that video files and images do not necessarily have to follow a specific sequence – they can be in various places at any point of time. Besides, all objects can change their properties, shape and position in time.

You may download Free Video Editor and use it completely free without restrictions (no trial period, watermarks, or ads).

Support of virtually all popular codecs and video formats, such as AVI, MP4, MKV, MPG, WMV, 3GP, FLV and others; audio files: MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC, PCM, OGG, AAC, M4A, AMR and others; as well as image files: BMP, JPG, PNG, PSD, ICO, TIFF, etc.




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