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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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Virtual Desktop Manager to Improve your Productivity


VirtuaWin is an application for the Windows user community that misses the wonderful multiple desktop functionality often used on Unix systems. It is simple, reliable and highly configurable, supporting up to 20 virtual desktops.

A virtual desktop manager lets you organize applications over several virtual desktops (also called ‘workspaces’). Virtual desktops are very common in Unix/Linux, and once you get accustomed to using them, they become an essential part of a productive workflow.


Main Features:

* Multiple virtual desktops for Windows
* Supports dual monitor, Unicode & 64 bit on Win9x/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7
* Portable app version - no installation required
* Navigate using mouse, hotkeys, menus or visual pagers
* Customizable system tray icons & several visual pagers
* Module interface for limitless extensibility
* Very active support forum
* Over a million downloads

VirtuaWin is designed to be simple and elegant to use yet still be highly configurable and extensible.



Cost: Free Open Source


Download the program (portable version is available): http://sourceforge.net/projects/virtuawin/files/VirtuaWin/4.4/

Download additional modules: http://virtuawin.sourceforge.net/?page_id=50


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Bitdefender Total Security 2015 Free 12 Months Activation Key


Bitdefender is regarded as one of the best technical Windows internet security suites, and Total Security 2015 lives up to that rep.

The 2015 version aims to make life even easier for customers by introducing Profiles, which adapt the software for particular tasks, like playing games, watching movies or general office work.

After installation, you are presented with a very Windows 8-looking tiled interface. Rather than having a lot of tiles slide awkwardly through the Bitdefender window, as in the 2014 version, here there are three large tiles and four subsidiary ones, giving quick and easy access to all the program’s key functions.

The modules provided by Bitdefender Total Security 2015 cover AV, anti-malware and anti-spam, tune-up, online banking protection, a 2-way firewall, parental control, online backup and anti-theft provision.

Online backup, which Bitdefender Total Security 2015 refers to as Safebox, is handled from the My Bitdefender online site, which is unusual – it is usually set up and managed locally. 

It works by synchronizing the files and folders you select with off-site storage and offers 2 GB of space. System optimization looks at three different areas that might need attention: disk, Windows Registry and privacy. 

After we had adjusted the default settings to leave browser caches and history alone, Bitdefender Total Security 2015 still managed to recover 8.7 GB from our test system, which is worth having back. You can run the optimizer with a single click.

The anti-theft features include locating, locking down and wiping a stolen laptop, although still no facility to take a photo of the person using it. While testing on a desktop PC, we tried the locate facility, which repeatedly reported we were in a suburb of Doncaster, a place we have never knowingly visited (although we are sure it is very nice). Since this writer is based in Devon that is not very encouraging.

The Profiles, apart from the Standard one applied by default, are for work, games and videos. They postpone protection and maintenance tasks, which impair performance and put off automatic Windows updates. Like many tasks in Bitdefender Total Security 2015, you can leave selection of the correct profile to AutoPilot, which automatically manages the IS suite when engaged.

Our tests showed a fairly low scan rate of 54.5 files per second, but good file fingerprinting, dropping the number of files scanned from 79,145 to 14,703 on a second scan.

We measured very little resource hit, too, with just a 10 percent impact on our copy test, when also running a background scan with Bitdefender Total Security 2015.

The German test site AV-Test (www.av-test.org) has awarded Bitdefender Total Security 2015 top marks in its test groups for the last three years, which is a notable achievement. Also see: How to beat the Hollywood Hacker: Protect your data, photos and more. 

Most recently, using the 2014 product, the product managed an overall score of 17.5/18.0, which breaks down into a perfect 6.0/6.0 for Protection, the same for Usability and 5.5/6.0 for Performance.

Performance looks at how much the software affects the overall speed of the system its run on, and here it gave just a 1-second knock-back, against 5 sec for the group Bitdefender Total Security 2015 was tested in, as a whole. A very good result.

The price of this program is $69.95 per year for one computer, or $89.95 for three licenses. Well, for limited time, you can get it for free as a special offer from CHIP. You may install this software on different Windows OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1.



2. Get one-year license key free: http://www.bitdefender.de/media/html/chip2015/
3. After completed the form please check your e-mail for the license key. Sender address: noreply@bitdefender.com.



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

GDeskTunes – New Desktop Player for Google Play Music

Google Play Music is one of the great free goodies you get from Google. This free service allows you to carry your audio tracks anywhere without wasting storage space on your mobile devices. However, occasionally, you may want to enjoy your collection while you are at your desk, in the office, or on your laptop. Here, you can use the new multi-platform desktop player for Google Play Music that integrates beautifully in your OS and enhances your operational abilities.

Main Features:

* Media Keys: Control your music without having to switch applications. Player responds to the media keys built in your computer, allowing you to control easily the playback of your music no matter what you are doing.
* Mini Player: Switch to the mini player so you can continue your work while viewing the song that is playing.
* Last.Fm Integration: Update your Now Playing status and scrobble tracks to Last.fm.
* Custom Styles: Use custom styles built into GDeskTunes to make it look beautiful, or stick with Google's original theme.

Screen:



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