Wednesday, February 23, 2011

LiberKey Freeware Package of Portable Applications for your USB Drive

With growing amount of the available software for different purposes, your computer becomes eventually overloaded with multiple programs, you use occasionally. Definitely, you can uninstall the programs you do not have to use at the moment, but some of them lack a clean un-installation process, leaving unneeded orphan files and drivers on your Hard Drive. Besides, by the Murphy Law, as soon as you remove the utility, you will need it right away. One of the solutions, you may like, is having a descent collection of the portable utilities stored on your Hard Disks or on your external USB drive. You can use the programs as you like, when you like and how you like, with no need to install them on your PC. In case of the USB storage, you can have your portable toolbox you can easily transfer between multiple computers at home, at work, or at Internet Café.

While the idea is attractive, you may find that gathering good collection of the useful programs will take significant amount of time and efforts. LiberKey developers are doing the hard work of the software hand-picking for you. LiberKey is a portable software package with user-friendly integrated start menu that includes hundreds portable applications in all areas of virtual life, covering the basic essential needs of the average computer user. The suite installation is completely automated, and you can choose from three different packages: Basic Package, containing 12 programs (131 MB on disk); Standard Package, containing 88 programs (517 MB on disk); and Ultimate Package, containing 163 programs (683 MB on disk). If you are looking for additional portable freeware application, which has not been included in one of the conventional packages, mentioned above, you may find it in more comprehensive catalog, and you may add it to the downloads, creating your own, unique, customized suite.

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Lifehacker points out, in its review, that all the applications are neatly divided into categories with sub-categories distinguishing their uses. If you've been hesitant to load up a flash drive with software for a friend because you're afraid they'll never figure out what half the programs do or even know where to look, the LiberKey menu system is an optimal solution. You'll find Firefox under Internet/Browser/Firefox, KeePass under Security/Password Manager/KeePass, and HD_Speed under System Utilities/Benchmark/Hard Disk/HD_Speed. They might still need to read a help file here and there but at least they'll know what the heck something does.

The good thing is, that you do not have to monitor all these problems for the new versions and updates. LiberKey is doing that for you as well, offering automatic online updates and fast synchronization of the software installed on your computer with online catalog, which contains at the moment 308 free software utilities on the list.

The package is highly recommended for all users.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Photo Magician: Fast Easy-to-Use Freeware Batch Image Converter

Authors advertise the Photo Magician as “possibly the fastest batch image converter in the World”. And, in this case, it is probably true. Photo Magician is a small and easy to use program that allows you to quickly scale and convert your images to many different graphical formats.

It is useful if you need to convert many photos to the particular file format or/and certain resolution. This operation is in high demand as you prepare your photo collection for uploading to the social sites or sharing with friends by other means.

This product is faster than all other alternative utilities like, for example, VSO Image Resizer, Fotosizer, or Infranview. The set of features include abilities to convert images using predefined profiles, creating custom profiles, resizing images by pixel size, or by percentage and including sub folders for image conversion.

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Main Feature

- Convert images using predefined profiles.
- Create custom profiles.
- Resize images by pixel size or by percentage.
- Include sub folders for image conversion.
- Ability to overwrite the original images.
- Turn off image previewing during the conversion.
- Exclude images under certain file size.
- Exclude images under certain pixel size.
- Convert all images to one image format.
- Quick Convert Mode allows you to drag images onto the hat to convert them quickly.
- Support for popular images formats and others including DDS, TARGA, RAW, PCX.
- Auto Updating.
- Command line parameters supported.
- Upload converted images to popular social sites or FTP.

Monday, February 7, 2011

RememberMe – Freeware password Manager

RememberMe is a free password manager that stores your passwords securely. It uses 128-bit AES encryption along with your personal profile information to ensure you are the only user that can access your passwords.    

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  • It’s completely free!!
  • All passwords are stored in an encrypted, password protected database.
  • Create multiple password protected profiles.
  • Create different categories for your passwords for easy of organization.
  • Easily add new categories and locations that are specific to only your profile.
  • Works with:  Windows 98/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7

If you do not like for any reason this utility, but you are looking for alternative password manager, check the collection of the 19 freeware tools to choose from, I have compiled at RateItAll. The provided collection will give brief description, links to the authors Web Sites, and rating.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

OutlookStatView – useful plugin for MS Outlook

The freeware portable utility, presented in this post, will be useful for users of the most popular on the market email client Microsoft Outlook. This plugin will help you to get better visibility on the email communication trends.

OutlookStatView scans your Outlook mailbox, and display a general statistics about the users that you communicate via emails. For each user/email, the following information is displayed: The number of outgoing messages that you sent to the user (separated by to/cc/bcc), the number of incoming message that the user sent to you, the total size of messages sent by the user, the email client software used by this user, and the time range that you send/received emails with the specified user.

The utility is developed by Nir Sofer, well-known software developer.  

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Using OutlookStatView

OutlookStatView doesn't require any installation process or additional dll files. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file - OutlookStatView.

If you have only one profile in your Outlook, and this profile doesn't require any password, you can run OutlookStatView even without starting Outlook, and it'll automatically scan the mailbox of your current Outlook profile. Otherwise, it's recommended to open Outlook in the right profile before starting OutlookStatView.

After running OutlookStatView, the 'MailBox Scan Options' window will be displayed. This window allows to choose to scan your mailbox only in specific dates range. For example, if you want to get the statistics only for January 2010, you should choose the dates range from 01/01/2010 and up to 02/01/2010 (the last day won't be included).

When you restrict the scan to short dates range, the scan process will be much faster than scanning the entire mailbox.
After choosing 'Ok' in the options window, OutlookStatView will start to scan your mailbox and then display the statistics about your email activity. Be aware that the scanning process may take from a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the size of your mailbox and your hardware.

Columns Description

  • Display Name: The display name of the user.
  • Email: The email address.
  • Total Incoming: Total number of emails that sent by this user to your mailbox.
  • Total Outgoing (To): Total number of emails that you sent to this user as 'To'.
  • Total Outgoing (CC): Total number of emails that you sent to this user as 'CC'.
  • Total Outgoing (BCC): Total number of emails that you sent to this user as 'BCC'.
  • Total Outgoing (All): Total number of emails that you sent to this user.
  • Total Incoming Messages Size: Total size of messages received from the specified user.
  • Total Outgoing Messages Size: Total size of messages sent to the specified user.
  • First Message On: The date/time of the first time that you sent or received a message to this user.
  • Last Message On: The date/time of the last time that you sent or received a message to this user.
  • First Software Name: The software name (Outlook, Thunderbird, and so on) that this user used in his first message sent to you. Be aware that for some kind of emails (For example: GMail accounts), this field will remain empty.
  • Last Software Name: The software name (Outlook, Thunderbird, and so on) that this user used in his last message sent to you. Be aware that for some kind of emails (For example: GMail accounts), this field will remain empty.
  • First/Last Computer Address: The computer address that this user used in his first/last message sent to you. Depending on mail server configuration, this column might contain the name/IP address of the computer that sent the email or the name/address of the mail server itself. The IP address displayed in this column might be the internal IP address (for example: or an external IP address that was used to send the email.

System Requirements

  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista/2003/2008/7.
  • Any version of Microsoft Outlook.

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