Friday, December 27, 2013

6 Free Utilities to Find Duplicate Photos on your Computer

1. Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder

Duplicate images can take up a lot of space on your hard drive, but identifying and deleting them can be a major hassle. Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder promises to make this process easier, and it does, to some extent.

Depending on the number of duplicates you have, this may or may not be the program for you.

The program's interface is attractive and intuitive. Users simply select the folders they want to scan for duplicates and then click the Start Search button. Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder scanned our hard drive quickly and then displayed the results as a list of file names, with duplicates listed side by side.

A preview pane let us visually compare each set of images, and a similarity rating let us know exactly how similar the program found the images to be. This part of the program worked great; it was fast, and the results were thorough and accurate. The problem came when it was time to start deleting images. There's no way to delete them in batches, and if you're working with a large number of duplicates, it can get quite tedious to delete them one at a time.

That said, those who don't mind deleting each duplicate individually will find little to complain about with Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder; the program works great otherwise. We also liked the fact that it supports JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP images. A Help file would have been nice, but it's not really necessary; anyone with basic computer literacy will be able to figure it out without problems.

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Main Features

* It has extremely simple user interface
* Finds similar or exact duplicate photos
* Search through the following image types: JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG, and TIFF
* Able to compare pictures that was resized or pictures with corrected colors (black and white photos etc.)
* Add multiple folders or drives for scanning
* Works with network drives and removable devices (USB etc.)
* Support moving and deleting of duplicate photos

Operating Systems: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

2. ShootShifter

ShootShifter presents photos in chronological order on a graphical timeline. Date changes can then be applied with several tools to individual photos or even complete folders of images. E.g. it’s possible to directly enter new dates, or to simply drag the images around on the timeline, etc.

One of the cameras was set to a wrong date? The time was off? No problem!

With the new full screen preview and 100% loupe it’s possible to get a great overview over the images and to already here get rid of the least successful ones. At the end the images can be renamed with standardized filenames using the user-configurable naming templates.

Operating System: Mac

3. VisiPics

VisiPics does more than just look for identical files, it goes beyond checksums to look for similar pictures and does it all with a simple user interface. First, you select the root folder or folders to find and catalogue all of your pictures. It then applies five image comparison filters in order to measure how close pairs of images on the hard drive are.

Visipic is a program that is considerably faster than any other commercial product and has an interface that let you do other things while Visipics automatically finds your duplicated images. It will detect two different resolution files of the same picture as a duplicate, or the same picture saved in different formats, or duplicates where only minor cosmetic changes have taken place.

All detected duplicates are shown side by side with pertinent information such as file name, type and size being displayed. Its auto-select mode let you choose if you want to keep the higher resolution picture, space-saving filetype, smaller filesize or all of the above. If you are insecure over what you really want to delete you can manually select the images you don't want to keep and delete them yourself.

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Main Features

*Faster than most commercial software
* Uses dualcore processors
* Highly efficient results with adjustable similarity levels
* Easy to use Interface, preview your duplicates easily and pick the ones to delete with a simple click
* Starts to display the results while scanning, you don't have to wait to delete your duplicates
* Smart Auto-Select mode, to save time while deleting pictures

4. Similar Image Finder

Find and remove duplicate images on your PC even if they are not exactly the same.

Main Features

* You can search for similar images in multiple folders.
* You can specify if the search will include sub-folders or not.
* You can specify the minimum similarity ratio.
* You can specify the speed of search.
* You can specify image file formats to search.
* You can choose the original file according to the file size, creation date or pixel size.
* You can use the application in the languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian.

5. Duplicate Photo Cleaner

Duplicate Photo Cleaner is a powerful tool that helps you find and remove duplicate photos from your PC. With this program you can easily organize your photo collection and remove duplicates or similar images.

Duplicate Photo Cleaner is completely safe to use.

Duplicate Photo Cleaner is very easy to use. It lets you find and delete duplicate photos or similar images in just a couple of mouse clicks. The program can compare pictures that were resized or edited because its algorithm works just like the human eye.

Duplicate Photo Cleaner supports all major image types, including JPG, BMP, GIF, and PNG.

6. Duplicate Images Finder

This application can search through your images collection and find duplicates not only by file name or size, but also by visual similarity. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Open Broadcaster Software – Professional Screencasting Utility

One of the biggest trends in gaming over the last few years has been screencasting—broadcasting your screen online in real-time as you play. Whether you're a pro or just getting started, it's a great way to get feedback. To get started with screencasting, try Open Broadcaster Software. It's got all the tools you'll need to stream anything, including full-screen games, windowed games, and even your desktop.

What is OBS?

Open Broadcaster Software is free and open source software for recording and live streaming. Source code is available to everyone to contribute and improve. Both 32 and 64 bit versions are available and it's absolutely free.

The application offers support for various streaming services, such as Twitch,, DailyMotion, CashPlay, YouTube, CyberGame and Hitbox. It can help you record videos from various sources; you can integrate image slideshows, texts, game captures and webcam streams in the output, as well as record a running application on your desktop.

You can easily change the order of the sources, adjust their position on the screen (center, align left or right etc.), remove or rename a source. The preview function enables you to take a look at the generated video before proceeding to actually broadcasting it online.

The application features video and audio encoding options, allowing you to set the quality balance, the maximum bitrate and customize the buffer size. Additionally, you can change the streaming resolution and choose the monitor to stream from, adjust the FPS rate and customize the streaming delay.

Other options are related to configuring the microphone settings (mute / unmute, auxiliary boost, time offset, push-to-talk and more), changing the audio-video options (modifying the keyframe interval, using custom x264 encoder settings, customizing the global audio time offset, using microphone QPC timestamp).

Settings profiles can be created and saved for later loading and the application can be instructed to automatically reconnect to the target server.


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Friday, December 20, 2013

DxO Optics Pro 6 Elite Edition for Free (time-limited offer)

Enhance your photos with DxO Optics Pro 6 Elite Edition: remove noise, optimize exposure and contrast, magnify colors, and boost details, regardless of shooting conditions.

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To get your free license of DxO Optics Pro 6 Elite Edition, please act on the promotional offer before end of the calendar year - before December, 31st 2013.

Regular cost: $199

Please make sure to enter valid contact information, because your activation code will be sent to this address.

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* Your license key can be simultaneously activated on 2 computers, Mac or PC.    

* Please note that your free license is not upgradeable.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Free Windows 8.1, Microsoft Office 2013, and VisualStudio for Students

OnTheHub Network offers student unprecedented freebies: Windows 8.1, Microsoft Office 2013 Professional, and Microsoft Visual Studio 2013, and some other valuable utilities.

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An DreamSpark Account is required to download. You need to sign up through your school. Note that not all colleges are supported for these freebies, but you may be lucky one.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Free iPhone Transfer from Xilisoft (time-limited offer)

Xilisoft iPhone Transfer is a smart tool for synchronizing your iPhone to your computer. It's the ideal iPhone manager to backup music and video to your computer, match your iPhone contents to iTunes and seamlessly copy files from computer to your iPhone. Read and export photos and videos shot by the device as well.

The iPhone Transfer tool now supports the latest iOS 7. Import and export your computer files to your iPhone for viewing and playing, you can also deal with your files via iTunes 11.0. Besides the music, video and file synchronization, you can even treat your iPhone as a portable hard disk when Xilisoft iPhone Transfer software is installed.

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Main Features:
* Fully support all iPad/iPhone/iPod, latest iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPad Air, iOS 7 and iTunes 11
* App transfer and App document management
* Backup iPhone contents to computer
* Back up messages to computer
* Export computer files to iPhone
* Synchronize iPhone music with iTunes library
* Treat iPhone as a portable hard disk
* Manage images by creating and editing photo albums
* Read and export photos and videos shot by the device
* Support several iOS devices simultaneously
* Provide multiple view modes for music, movies, photos, etc
* Transfer playlist to iTunes directly
* Support shortcut keys for operation


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Regular price: $29.95.

How to get it free?

For limited time, Xilisoft offers iPhone Transfer utility for free for their fans. Simply share the giveaway page to your Facebook, then you can get free iPhone Transfer immediately.

Offer expires: December 31, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Free Capture One 6 Express – Professional Software for Pictures Editing (time-limited offer)

Capture One Express has the essential, easy-to-use photo editing tools in one powerful package and gives you the power to achieve the ultimate image quality from your raw files.

The software is offered for free for all subscribers of Photography for Beginners and Digital Camera Magazine. This voucher will give you a 100% discount on Capture One Express 6. You will get confirmation mail where you can find information on the license key and link for downloading.

Please do not abuse the system by claiming multiple copies of the software.

Main Features:

* Superior image quality
* Extensive camera support
* High performance editing
* Complete photography workflow
* Batch processing


Capture One supports raw formats from more than 250 cameras and digital backs. Capture One’s tailor-made camera profiles are renowned for providing ultimate image quality for top cameras from Nikon, Canon, Sony, Leica, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung, Pentax, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, Fujifilm, and Epson as well as digital backs from Mamiya, Leaf and Phase One.


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Regular cost: $99

Voucher Code: PFB2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Free BlazeVideo Video Converter Pro for Mac (time-limited offer)

While most of the 2013 holidays freebies are for Windows users, Mac fans may also benefit from the promotional giveaways. I would like to present a Christmas giveaway with BlazeVideo Video Converter Pro for Mac. As a leading video converter for Mac, it is capable of converting most videos to popular formats like MKV, MPEG, ASF, AVI, Divx, MOV, FLV, MP4, WMV, WebM, Xvid and more. This Christmas gift is good at converting and enhancing nearly all HD/SD videos on Mac screen to make them playable on iPhone 5S/5C, iPad Air, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 10.1, HTC One, Google new Nexus 7, etc. for playback on iPhone, iPad, iPod, PSP, Android/Windows cell phone, etc.

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Main Features:
A fast video conversion utility that enables you to edit and convert videos and movies
* Convert 10X faster than other competing Mac video converters.
* Convert nearly all HD/SD videos on Mac Operating System.
* Converted videos supported by iPhone, iPad, iPod, PSP, Android/Windows phone, etc.
* Clip/merge/crop videos, insert watermarks/subtitles in videos, etc.
* Add subtitle to videos.
* Watermark videos with text or picture/logo

Regular price: $39.95

License Key: LVLPCERWU67

Friday, December 13, 2013

Free Amigabit Disk Defrag Holidays Giveaway (time-limited offer)

Amigabit Disk Defrag is professional high-quality utility to defragment your Hard Drive for the best computer performance. It is especially important for the older PCs with more outdated Operating Systems.

The utility will thoroughly scan your hard disk with 1-click defrag option, analyze, defrag and optimize your hard disk automatically. It will also help you to detect and remove large unneeded files to free up valuable disk space

You may schedule Disk Defragmentation on your own timeline, when you are not using your computer.

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Main Features:

* Quick and Optimized Disk Defragmentation
You may follow up with simple and straightforward 1-click option for your hard disk or multiple disks, when you are in a hurry or do not have much time, or you do not consider yourself a computer expert. By this operation, you will be able to merge scattered pieces of free space into a contiguous block, avoiding fragmentation of newly created files.

* Single or Multiple Disk Defragmentation
You can defragment multiple disks or select individual disk for defragmentation, or preset to skip some huge files during the disk defragmentation. Those features will offer you an effective way to save your time instead of defragmenting the all disks on whole computer every time.

* Schedule Disk Defragmentation
It's never so easier to defrag disks timely. Schedule your computer to defrag disk at night, early in the morning, or any time when you are not at PC. Just tell your computer when you need defrag disks (once, every day, or every week), get a faster computer even in your sleep.

* Shut down Computer after Disk Defragmentation
Enable your computer to shut itself down automatically when the defragmentation process is complete. Free up your hand when you want to keep the disk defragmentation while you're going away.

* Find out Large Files on Hard Disks
Scan & find out the larger files than your expect (the top 10, 50, 100, 200 or 1000 biggest files) on hard disks. You will be able to handle those files manually without risk of losing valuable data due to the automatic maintenance operations. You may view files details, check access to destination folder, delete from computer to Recycle Bin, or move to other locations.

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Amigabit Disk Defrag License Code: 6A3GM46SQJ98

Regular price: $29.95

* No free upgrades
* Activate before Dec. 20.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

MP3 Toolkit Christmas Giveaway (time-limited offer)

MP3 Toolkit is a powerful Windows app includes MP3 converter, CD ripper, tag editor, MP3 cutter, MP3 merger and MP3 recorder for users who want to handle MP3 files easier.

Besides standard MP3 format, MP3 Toolkit supports most of popular audio & video formats like WMA, WMV, MP4, WAV, OGG, FLV, MOV, M4P, M4A and more, also supports high quality audio like FLAC and APE. With MP3 Toolkit, you are able to convert, cut, merge, rip and record MP3.

You can use MP3 Toolkit to convert audio for mobile devices, make ringtones, fix tag information, rip Audio CD, record sound or merge audio pieces to a complete MP3 file.

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Main Features:

* MP3 Converter
You can convert audio file formats between standard MP3 audio and WMA, WAV, OGG, AAC and more. It can also extract the audio stream from popular video formats like MP4, FLV, AVI, etc.

* CD to MP3 Ripper
The audio CD contains audio tracks (.cda) files which cannot be copied to use directly. CD to MP3 Ripper will help you to rip the audio from CD to MP3, WMA, APE or WAV for common players.

* MP3 Tag Editor
With this program you will be able to edit MP3 tag information in batch mode. It supports all ID3v1 and ID3v2 versions. Also, the editor will allow you to edit album photos and lyrics.

* MP3 Merger
Got some cool audio parts to combine? MP3 Merger can merge & combine your several FLAC, MP3, OGG and WAV audio files to a complete single audio file.

*MP3 Cutter
Using MP3 Cutter to make ringtones is a good choice. It can cut a specific time audio piece from a song. It also has the ability to cut a part of music from a video file, or a movie.

* MP3 Recorder
It allows you to record any sound from your microphone directly to standard MP3 format, and no length limitation. If your sound card supports analog, you can record the stream audio also.

Original Price: $29.95.

Giveaway Serial Key: MP3T201288692759 

Giveaway expiration date: December 25, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Aomei Partition Assistant Pro For Free (time-limited offer)

Christmas and New Year time is a traditional season for exchanging gifts. Therefore, I will post more professional software giveaways in coming days. For those, who despise using illegally cracked software, but still reluctant to spend money on the professional utilities, here is the best chance to grab legally full-featured professional software copies for FREE.

Aomei Partition Assistant Pro is stable, professionally designed, and full-featured partition management software, which can handle all operations on partitions. If you are fixing the problems that system disk is out of space, the original partition is not proper, migrate OS to Solid State Drive, or create more partition or resize the original partition, Aomei Partition Assistant Pro is a very good choice for you.

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Main Features:

* Resize/Move Partition
* Merge Partitions
* Split Partition
* Allocate Free Space
* Create/Delete/Format Partition
* Copy Disk/Partition
* Windows to go Creator
* Align Partition
* Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic
* Built-in a Dynamic Disk Manager, support for resizing dynamic volume etc.

Normally $36, this handy utility includes a "Windows to go" feature for creating a bootable Windows flash drive. Under conditions of the exclusive Giveaway for CNET Marketplace Blog, it is free for a limited time.

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License Code: AOPR-Q2H81-71FN2-78XYL

Regular price: $36.

Offer is valid by December 15th, 2013.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Free Video Rotator Xmas Giveaway (time-limited offer)

Here is one more Christmas gift for you.

Video Rotator is a Windows application for rotating video clips 90 degree clockwise, anticlockwise, horizontal mirror or upside-down. The program supports more than 15 popular video input formats includes AVI, MPG, FLV, MP4, WMV, MOV and 3GP etc. The program supports batch mode so that users are able to rotate & flip videos in bulk. 

Simply drag'n drop your video(s) onto the application and you're ready to go.

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Giveaway Serial Key: VR8374D12CB

Giveaway is active till December 25th, 2013. Regular price: $30.

Monday, December 9, 2013

O&O DiskImage 7 Professional for Free (time-limited offer)

O&O DiskImage 7 Professional is well-performing, easy-to-operate utility, contained in a single, small control panel. You have four options on the start page, offering full and incremental system image copies, file backup, and restoration of an image.

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O&O DiskImage 7 also images single partitions and drives as well as files and directories. A simple scheduler is included for your backup jobs, which enables automatic daily or weekly copying at specified times. Backups can be full, incremental or differential.

O&O DiskImage 7 also allows you to take what’s known as a “forensic” drive image. This ensures all data – including previously deleted or even corrupt data – is preserved in the drive image, allowing you to run data recovery tools on the disk image instead of the original drive. Set up these options via the Edit > Imaging Options screen.

One of the biggest advantages of O&O DiskImage 7 is in its ability not only to reconstruct lost data but also to restore a system image onto entirely different computer hardware in the event of a system crash. This is done by way of a boot medium (CD or USB Stick) based on Windows PE, which brings back the normal work environment after a disaster fast and easily.

The standard cost of the software is about $50, however, developer is giving away licenses free of charge for limited time of the Holidays Season.

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Following these simple steps, you will get totally legal, fully functional software copy:

1. Download the installation file (choose 32-bit or 64-bit version as per your Windows OS):

2. Visit the software giveaway promotion page:

The page is in German only, so if you browser will not translate it for you, here is the proper translation: Register here for your free full version of O & O DiskImage Professional Edition 7! Once we have received the registration, the registration code and the download of O & O DiskImage Professional Edition 7 to the specified e-mail addresses will be sent.

Enter your email address, where the registration data will be received. It is always recommended not to use your primary email address for such purposes, since you may be getting a promotional email once awhile in exchange for your gift. Use secondary or even time-limited temporary email addresses instead.

3. Check email and record software registration data:
* Name: (your email address)
* Company: (your email address)
* Serial number:

4. Install the software and unlock with the data obtained from developer. And don’t worry, the software you will install, will be in English interface.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Freeware Resume Builder

Just today, I posted 10 Free Online Services to create professional resume on my Web Freebies Blog, so I decided to continue the topic from freeware viewpoint. If you despise the online services and consider them not totally safe, you may download freeware resume builder software to your computer and start here.

Free Resume Builder makes it easy to organize and create resumes in seven, easy-to-follow steps. The resume it gives you is well formatted and will include all the necessary details you need. It is OK, if you do not need customization, since the software does not give you opportunities to tweak formatting details out of the standard proposed approach.

Free Resume Builder gives you a step-by-step guide to completing your resume, which is really easy to follow and navigate. It won't let you advance until you've inserted enough information in each category. It has all the expected categories like experience, school history and even a slot for an objective.

Once you're done filling out your information, you can export it as a PDF or a DOC file. The software offers a basic quick solution for creating a functional professionally looking resume.

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WARNING: The download comes with a custom installer and a few optional extra programs and toolbars. It is recommended to proceed thoughtfully through the installation and declined all the optional toolbars and software.  

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