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 ( 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:
3. After completed the form please check your e-mail for the license key. Sender address:

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
* Custom Styles: Use custom styles built into GDeskTunes to make it look beautiful, or stick with Google's original theme.


Monday, November 24, 2014

RaidCall – Free Communication Software for Large Groups

RaidCall makes communication with groups of people fast and easy. Using minimal CPU resources, this free software is the ideal group communication solution for all types of users, especially online gamers looking to utilize effective teamwork. RaidCall also offers unique features such as Hi-Fi voice chat for groups of up to 100,000 people, optional speaking modes, and flexible group management tools.

RaidCall is especially popular among gamers.

Main Features

1. Free and Light
* Setting up is fast and easy; with no need to rent or set up servers
* Low CPU usage and minimum memory footprint allows for smooth, uninterrupted communication

2. Professional Group Communication
* Hold up to 100,000 users at a time in a single RaidCall group
* Hi-Fi quality voice chat from anywhere in the world
* Flexible group management system
* Additional features like voice recorder, poll, announcements, activity log, and more

3. Instant Messaging
* File transferring and screenshot sharing
* Chat records
* Personalized themes and emoticons
4. Video Broadcast
* Share YouTube videos within RaidCall group
* Chat within group while watching embedded Twitch and own3D streams
5. Social features
* Discover new online communities based on similar interests, games, and activities
* Synchronize your RaidCall account with your Facebook and invite your friends to join your group

6. Fancy Features
* Special speaking modes fit for every occasion
* Optional reverbs for music effects
* Moderator system
* Process your voice with soundcard or software media players

Monday, November 17, 2014

Free Automatic Photo Collage Maker

Shape Collage is a free software, allowing you to make impressive professionally-looking picture collages very fast – actually, in less than a minute with just a few mouse clicks.

Main features:

* Automatic, fast, and easy operation.
* Photos are inserted automatically, using a very fast proprietary software algorithm.
* You can use as pictures from your computer as those located on the web to make collages.
* You can make collages in any imaginable shape: rectangle, heart, circle, letters, or even draw your own shape!
* You are in control. Adjust the collage size, size of the photos, number of photos, and spacing between photos. Change the background, the border color, and more.
* If you do not like the obtained result, you may easily edit it yourself and move the photos around, creating the intended logical sequence.
* Outcome can be saved in different formats: JPEG, PNG, or Photoshop PSD.
* The utility is free for personal use with no trial periods, ads, spyware, viruses, or Trojans.
* Works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux!
* Available in multiple languages: Dansk, Deutsch, English, Español, Français, Italiano, Magyar, Nederlands, Norsk, Polski, Português, Română, Suomi, Türkçe, Čeština, Ελληνικά, Русский, ภาษาไทย, 中文 (简体), 中文 (繁體), 日本語, 한국어, فارسی ,עברית


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Saturday, November 1, 2014

How to record Skype Video Calls for free with Callnote Premium?

Freeware utility Callnote with added word Premium in the title is not just any other Skype call recorder, nut much more. Judging on the features set, it gives you multiple additional capabilities, comparing with other programs, including commercial.

Callnote Premium automatically captures Skype video, shared screen and chats. It is an easy and convenient way to record Skype calls and manage historical records on your computer. So, Callnote Premium offers you not just to record Skype calls, but also to view recorded Skype videos and audio, edit recorded Skype chats and delete outdated Skype call recordings. You can save easily your Skype video and audio records to Evernote or Dropbox. post them to Facebook, Youtube, or email the entire call recordings including the chat and Skype Shared Screen recording to your friends in just a couple of clicks.

The software works on both Windows and Mac. You can record Skype calls made with either free or premium paid Skype account – when you record Skype Video Conference with multiple participants all participants are preserved on the recorded Skype Call Video.

Main Features

* Callnote Premium supports many languages: English, Spanish, German, Russian, French, and Japanese.
* Record Skype calls including audio, video, chat or shared screen data.
* Make instant video screen snapshots.
* Record entire Skype call video and audio session or start/stop whenever you want.
* View video, listen to audio, and browse snapshots right on your PC or Mac.
* Edit chat text and add your own notes after the call for keeping orderly records.
* Save your Skype recordings to any of your Evernote notebooks.
* Store your Skype recordings in Dropbox.
* Share all of your Skype memories on Facebook.
* Record Skype videos and post it to YouTube.
* Send Skype audio and video recordings via email.
* Manual or automatic synchronization with Evernote, Facebook, YouTube, and Dropbox.
* Record up to eight participants simultaneously.
* Save participant names, call time and duration for future reference with Free Callnote Premium Skype audio and video call recorder.

System Requirements

* Internet connection – broadband is best (GPRS is not supported for voice calls).
* Speakers and microphone – built-in or separate.
* Skype 5.6 or higher recommended.
* Mac version 10.7, 10.8.


To start using Free Skype Call Recorder Callnote Premium click on the button on the right to register and install the app. It is FREE! Make sure that you enter the correct Skype name, otherwise the app will not work. After installing the app, when prompted, click “Allow” when Skype asks you to authorize the app.

Other Versions

For more advanced capabilities, including Hangouts, Facebook and Viber video call recording, check out Callnote Pro.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Krita: Open Source Professional Software for Digital Painting

Krita is a 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.

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 useless 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, polygon 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, Law, YCbCr, XYZ in 8 bits integer, 16 bits integer, 16 bits floating point, 32 bits floating point. Krita always uses color management.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

FileBot – Ultimate Renamer and Organizer for Movies’ Fans

FileBot is the ultimate tool for organizing and renaming your movies, TV shows or anime, and music well as downloading subtitles and artwork. It's smart and just works.

Main Features

Some Features

* A simple user-interface tuned for drag-n-drop (no need to bother with file dialogs).
* Platform-independent and straight-forward application deployment.
* Powerful and full-featured cmdline interface and scripting interface for any kind of automation
* Episode naming scheme
* Rename files
* Rename and move hundreds of media files in a matter of seconds
* Fetch episode info from TheTVDB, AniDB or TVRage
* Accurate and robust and simply awesome file / episode matching logic
* Series / Anime / Movie name auto-detection
* Powerful and highly customizable episode naming scheme
* Supports language preferences for series and episode titles
* Supports movie identification and renaming via TheMovieDB
* Reverse rename files using internal history or the original torrent file
* Download subtitles
* Download subtitles from OpenSubtitles
* Advanced logic for matching files to most suitable subtitles
* Find exact subtitles on OpenSubtitles
* Upload subtitles with movie hash to OpenSubtitles
* Integrated subtitle viewer for srt, ass and sub files
* Transcode any subtitle as UTF-8 encoded srt
* Verify SFV files
* Easily create and verify sfv, md5, sha1 and sha256 files
* Aware of checksums that are embedded in the filename
* Directly compare two or more directory trees
* Auto-lookup of any existing file verification
* And more…

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Monday, September 29, 2014

How to Run Android Apps on your Windows PC?

BlueStacks App Player lets you run your favorite mobile apps fast and fullscreen in your browser and on PC.

I like Windows OS for my Desktop and Android OS for my mobile devices. Sometimes, in order to test the Android apps experience, I use the special player to run them on my desktop. You also can do that simple and straightforward way with BlueStacks App Player, brining thousands of Android applications and games straight to your Desktop.

The biggest advantage of BlueStacks is in its ability to run Android OS and apps on Windows PCs with instant switch between two operating systems - Android and Windows – with no reboot required. Android apps can appear either as icons on the Windows desktop, or within a full-blown Android environment.

The seamless user experience, simultaneous use of Android and Windows apps, and multi-touch enablement are built on ground breaking virtualization technology, which requires zero configuration and is transparent to the end consumer.

The BlueStacks App Player includes the KitKat release of Android. This release is generally available (GA) for public downloads through BlueStacks’ website.

Windows 8.1, 8, 7 Installation Requirements

If you run the latest Windows Operating Systems, you can install the BlueStacks App Player on Window as long as the following requirements are fulfilled:
* You must be an Administrator on your PC.
* Your PC must have 2GB of RAM/main memory. Note that having 2GB or more disk space is not a substitute for RAM.
* Your PC must have 9GB of disk space available for storing Android apps / games and their data.
* The drivers for your PC's graphics drivers should be updated for compatibility.
* The App Player is nominally installed in the same drive where Windows is installed, usually C:\. However, during installation, you may choose to have all of the apps/data located on another drive.

It is not recommend installing the BlueStacks App Player if you have a virtual machine, e.g., Microsoft Virtual PC, VMWare Workstation, or Oracle Virtualbox, installed on the same PC.

Please note that BlueStacks is incompatible with BitDefender, you can install anyone but not both of them on the same PC.

Free Version Limitations

Free version of the player occasionally downloads sponsored apps and offers you to install and try them. That takes the bandwidth and may occasionally slow down the system operation.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

How to use Excel spreadsheets on your Android smartphone?

Google Sheets, part of Small Google Drive, is an online spreadsheet app that lets you create and format spreadsheets and simultaneously work with other people.

Multi-platform service allows you to create, edit, and collaborate with others on spreadsheets from your Android phone or tablet with the free Google Sheets app.

With Google Sheets you can:
- Create new spreadsheets or edit any that were created on the web or on another device.
- Share spreadsheets and work together with others in the same spreadsheet at the same time.
- Open, edit, and save Microsoft Excel files.
- Get stuff done anytime -- even without an internet connection.
- Format cells, enter/sort data, view charts, insert formulas, use find/replace, and more.
- Never worry about losing your work -- everything is automatically saved as you type.

The Android app has great rating 4.2 out of 5, based on more than 110K reviews.


Cost: Free

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Image and Animation Viewer with screen capturing function

Main Features

- View and save image/animation files with very fast speed
- Support for numerous image/animation file formats:
- Extract single/all frames from animation files
- Show detailed information of image/animation files
- Show Exif/IPTC information
- Show or hide transparency
- Support for digital camera raw image file formats:
- Support for numerous archive file formats:
- Support for high dynamic range image file formats:
HDR, EXR, SXR, MXR, etc.
- 64-bit version available
- Unicode version available
- Multilingual support:
English, German, Spanish, Russian, Danish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, etc.
- Thumbnail browser
- Batch conversion
- Slide show
- Batch rename
- Capture screen
- Tiled view (check textures for seamless tiling, very useful for game developers/modders)
- Create animations
- Create multiple page images
- Manipulate and edit images:
Flip vertical and horizontal
Rotate left, right and free
Change color depth (1, 4, 8, 16, 24 and 32 bit)
Swap colors
Resize per pixel, percentage or standard dimensions.
Several resample filters available.
Effect filters, including a handy Preview browser
Import, export and edit palettes
Set and remove transparency
and more...
- Customizable shortcuts for Keyboard and Mouse
- Command line parameter support
- Shell extension support
- Add-on plugin support
- Total Commander lister and packer plugin
- No write unnecessary registry (ini-based configuration)
- Fully optimized binaries (tiny, pure, fast, neat)

Note: Don't forget about Imagine format plugins for: Digital Camera Raw, Archive Format Plugin, JPEG 2000, Microsoft HD Photo, JBIG, Google WebP, OpenEXR, RAR Archive, 7Z Archive, ALZ(ALZip) Archive, HV3(HoneyView3) Archive. You can download them from here - access "Imagine" forum section, choose “Stable version..." and scroll down until you reach (Plugin) section.

Installing Imagine (if you choose the standard version) for the first time is something easy and it will require just a few seconds: the setup wizard will ask for system shortcuts, destination folder, font type, file associations (which files should be opened by default using this application) and that's it. As soon as you start Imagine, you will notice the simplicity of his interface which uses an Explorer layout. Besides of the traditional "File" - "Open" operation you can also use the well-known "drag-and-drop" method. Just drag one image or more of them directly in his interface (right-side).

Once you added the image start using his powerful features: rename, resize, rotate, flip, adjust colors, view file properties, EXIF info, change file format and color depth, apply filters (a lot of them available) etc. Go to "Tools" tab and you have several other cool features: batch conversion, slide show, batch rename, capture screen, animation editor, JPEG lossless transformation and create multiple page image. Each main feature also comes with a subclass of other settings so you have a large suite of options.

System requirements

- CPU: Pentium compatible
- Memory: 32MB or higher
- OS: Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/NT 4.0/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
- Display: 256 color or higher

Author: Chun Sejin (Korea)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pictomio – Cool Freeware 3-D Photo Manager with Set of Professional Features

Pictomio is freeware and raises the bar when it comes to displaying your 3D-accelerated photo and video collections and comes with great geo tagging features.

Main Features:

* Image Management
Pictomio easily manages thousands of media intensive images and video archives and groups your media according to orientation, time, type, size, rating, etc.

* Video Management
Finally a tool to directly manage your videos. Along with viewing Thumbnails you can also rotate and zoom video.

* Library
With the Library you can display photos by the date taken and EXIF values (e.g. type of camera) as well as sorted by category and album.

* EXIF Editor
With the integrated EXIF editor (Exchangeable image file format) you can see, edit and save the meta data of JPEG files.

* 3D folder
The 3D folder symbol previews the folder's contents. You can also display all your pictures in fast-forward.

* Albums and Categories
Albums and categories are virtual folders which you can use to arrange your pictures regardless of their location on the hard drive. Example album: "My best vacation pictures"

* 3D Image Carousel
Browse through your pictures with the visually engaging 3D picture Carousel. The direction of motion can be controlled by the mouse.

* Slide Show
Pictomio simplifies the production of slide shows for you by using a drag-and-drop interface. By using the capabilities of 3D graphics cards you can also integrate elaborate page transitions.

* Tools
Web designers will find the color pipette and the measuring tool helpful in determining color values from pixels and measuring a section of an image.

* Image Rating
Using dynamic controls you have access to comprehensive rating and filter functions.

* Liquid-Zoom
Smooth High quality zooming using Mip levels for the reduction of aliasing lets you easily zoom in on your images. The bilineare filtering can be deactivated in order to see exact image details down to the pixel.

* Languages
Pictomio already supports an extensive list of languages. If your native language is not included, we would be glad to have your assistance with the translation.

* GeoTagging with pictoGEO
Use pictoGEO to link your digital photos to location information. This allows you to view the location where you took the picture on a map. pictoGEO works with any digital camera and even allows you to import .nmea and .gpx files! Free pictoGEO license key: WNXKRX-YRKAH4-VLUUWH-F4GD9G-NXLLNA

* Import Wizard
Pictomio’s easy-to-use import dialog box guides you through the application step-by-step.

* 3D Trips
pictoGEO not only manages your images but your trips as well. These are displayed in 3D including information on altitude and distance.

* Map View
Trips and images including GPS information are shown on maps and can be edited afterwards.

Photo communities
Share your favorite photos with the rest of the world: Pictomio offers support for picasa, flickr, ImageShack, facebook, and photobucket.

Manual geotagging
With Pictomio getting a GPS fix for your images is a snap. The coordinates are stored as EXIF information if requested.

Trip view
Highlight: whether you are traveling on a plane, in your car, on your bicycle or on foot, pictGEO will not only show you the exact location where you pictures were taken but also the distance you have covered on your journey. Archive every meter you cover on your next vacation so that you will be able to track exactly where you went many years from now.

Trip management
You can integrate the routes you recorded into one or several virtual trips. You have the option of showing or hiding specific routes (e.g. only your flight) and view routes in more detail.

Video Presentation

Computer requirements:

* Intel or AMD x86 CPU with >1 GHz
* Shader Model 2.0 graphics card with 128 MB of Video RAM
* 500 MB of available hard drive space (depending on number of managed photos)
* Operating system Windows XP, Vista, or 7.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BonAView – Advanced Freeware Photo Manager

BonAView is an outstanding free photo managing and organizing utility, which may become one of your favorite programs when you need to deal with your collection of images.

Main Features
* 3D Image Preview. BonAView can generate high-quality thumbnails of your images and display them like interactive pictures in 3D space.

It offers intuitive, convenient, and easy way to view images in 3D with ability to rotate, flip, and move between them.

* Working with Categories. Categories is a special feature of the software, offering the easiest way to organize and manage your photo collection, which can be any size – from a few hundred to a few million photos.
- UNLIMITED number of categories.
- Creating the hierarchy of categories.
- UNLIMITED level of the hierarchy of categories .
- Adding images to the category in an easy way. To add an image, just drag-and-drop any image into the category you need.
- UNLIMITED number of images in categories.

* Searching Images. A powerful BonAView image searching tool, which will help you find exactly what you want through flexible and easy image search and the widest choice of the search criteria: You can search your photos by file name, size, type, image dimensions, rating etc.

* Filtering Images. With an image filtering tool you can reject the waste browsing or searching results.
You can filter images in current folder, category, or search results, enhancing operations productivity.
* Editing Images. BonAView includes a powerful, easy-to-use image editor with a set of useful tools to help reduce red-eye in digital images, remove an unwanted color cast, apply special effects, and much more.
- Automatic image quality improvement.
- Removing "red eyes" effect.
- Supporting common image filters.
- Adjusting color balance or brightness/contrast to your photos.
- Cropping, resampling your images.
- Sharpening or blurring your photos.
- And many others…

* Image Info.
- Easy access to the main image info.
- Easy manipulating the image database properties such as rating, category, or caption.
- Supporting EXIF data of your photos.
* Image Annotations. An annotation tool lets you easily add vector objects, such as lines, rectangles or captions to your photos.
- Easy creation of captions for your images.
- Measurement of distances and angles in the photos.
- Adding watermarks.
- Adding vector objects, such as lines, rectangles, ellipses.
- Detailed settings of vector objects.

* EXIF/IPTC Editor. With EXIF/IPTC editor you can edit/add/delete almost any IPTC or EXIF information, that is embedded into your photos.
 - Edit/Add/Delete EXIF information.
- Edit/Add/Delete IPTC information.

* ImageBoard Tool
- Replacement of the standard Windows Clipboard tool for manipulating your photos.
- Simultaneous work with lots of pictures (copying, pasting, assigning to category).
* Built-in Scanning Tool. This is a full-featured scanning tool, which helps you to get images from your scanner, rotate them, adjust colors, borders etc.
- Scan your photos without interrupting your work with BonAView!
- Preview using setting scanning borders.
- Adjust contrast, brightness, saturation to your scanned photos.
- Rotate scanned images.
- Import Tool

* Import Tool. Import tool lets you get your photos from ALL your devices.
- Import photos from camera.
- Import photos from your scanner.
- Get images from your card reader and other removable devices.
- Import your photos from other TWAIN or WIA compatible devices.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Listen and Record Pandora Music with Free Software

Pandora is one of the best streaming services nowadays, and having the appropriate desktop client will significantly enhance your experience, removing the advertising, characteristic for the free service option and provide the nice operational interface.

In one of the previous posts, I have presented several freeware desktop clients to you, where the best option is, probably, Elpis, which I actively use myself on a daily basis. However, if you will decide to record your favorite tracks, you will need other piece of software for such purposes.

Saver 2 Bundle is the only package you need to play music, and it instantly get it recorded locally to your Hard Drive. Installation is fast and straightforward, and operation is nice and simple. The software supports Pandora (coming with individual custom client), Grooveshark, Slacker, and a few other services.

As soon as you point out at the folder you want to save the tracks, they will be recorded automatically as the software is active. The different artists are posted in the automatically created separate folders for convenience, images are downloaded along with music tracks, and the playlists are created.

While you get a convenient opportunity to record the music, you still have the same functionality as any other Pandora player – you may like or dislike the tracks, pause, or skip them.

Works great! Recommended!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to locate similar images in your collection?

imgSeek is a free open source software for searching a collection of images using visual similarity, and locating matching images.

Main features:
* You simply draw a rough sketch of what you want to find and imgSeek displays for you a thumbnail view of the best matches.
* Query images similar to one in your collection by double-clicking on its thumbnail.
* Group your photos by similarity for easy browsing. You may also have them clustered automatically by color, date (group events automatically using an adaptive clustering algorithm for time differences), filename or image features.
* Edit metadata (description, camera, lens, etc) for every image, and use them on the HTML albums generated or for searching photos. You can also use custom metadata fields.
* EXIF and IPTC data found on JPEG/TIFF files are automatically imported. (Read-only support)
* Advanced command-line utility to scan for new files, query for similar images and show image metadata. (You may use it on your cron system for example)
* Transform images or batches automatically: Place text captions, change brightness, contrast, blur, etc. Apply lossless rotations automatically if jpegtran is available.
* Generate HTML albums for the entire collection, a given directory or similarity group
* Advanced keyword searching for metadata.
* Find all duplicate images on your collection with the parameters you specify (dimensions, filesize, filename, similarity, average luminance).
* Organize and browse pictures in groups with an easy drag & drop interface. You can also perform advanced queries on groups (e.g.: show me all images that belong to group A and B but not group C).
* Support for multiple volumes of pictures. You may assign all images on a CD to a given Volume.
* Automatic thumbnail generation and caching. Using this standard, which is also used by Gimp, Nautilus/Gnome, Rox Desktop, gThumb and others.
* Supported file formats are jpg, gif, bmp, png, xbm, and pnm. If you have ImageMagick installed, imgSeek will also support over 87 image formats.
* Remember the way images should be displayed: If you rotate an image 270 degrees, imgSeek will remember it and do the same the next time you view this image.
* Export/Import metadata to/from CSV files and export a batch or your collection to XML files, which can be later parsed by some other tool to generate whatever you want.
* Rename a file or batch of files automatically: Replace strings, convert to upper/lowercase, append a string, create numbered series, etc.
* Add images to the database from a directory recursively.
* User friendly interface that remembers typed queries and drawn sketches for later usage.
* Slideshow for a given directory, whole collection or for a chosen group of similar images. You can also delete and organize images in groups with hotkeys.
* Browse images by thumbnail and view them on a preview window.
* Browse your system files for images, and bookmark your favorite directories. While browsing, you may query for similar images on your collection.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Zotero – Free Personal Online Research Assistant

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use, tool helping you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.
The software is available for multiple operating systems: Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Zotero is one of the best free resources for online data collection and research, which automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click.

Zotero collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you're looking for with just a few keystrokes.

The free version provides free 100 MB free online storage.

With groups’ capability, you may share your work, or sources you have discovered, with others who are working in related areas. Collaborate with colleagues, publicly or privately, on ongoing research. Discover other people with similar interests and the sources they are citing.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fast Reliable Data Copy - Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier

Data copy functionality represents the built-in Window option which you constantly use. Why do you need additional software to perform the function, which you can do without it? Simply, Unstoppable Copier can do it better, and can do it faster. Never again, you leave to copy huge amounts of data overnight just to find out that operation can be performed, because some file is corrupted and cannot be read properly.

Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier also recovers files from disks with physical damage. It allows you to copy files from disks with problems such as bad sectors, scratches or that just give errors when reading data. The program will attempt to recover every readable piece of a file and put the pieces together. Using this method most types of files can be made useable even if some parts of the file were not recoverable in the end.

The program can be used as a daily backup system using its batch mode functions. A list of transfers can be saved to a file and then run from the command line to perform the same batch of transfers on a regular basis without having to use the GUI interface. The program supports command line parameters which allow the application to be run from schedulers or scripts so it can be fully integrated into daily server tasks.

You can select Operating System type and installer or portable (stand-alone) software version, when you download the program.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

RightToClick – Popular Right Click Enhancement for FireFox

If you use Firefox as your browser, you may find useful the free plugin, nicely and properly designed and features-rich, enhancing the right click performance capabilities.

Firstly, it stops javascript annoyances such as forbidden right click, forbidden text selection, or cascading dialog boxes. How any times, you were cursing the lack of capability to copy and paste the portion of the text? That might not be the case anymore. The plugin enables right-click, text selection, context-menu, drag&drop and much more where it is disabled by Javascript.

RightToClick protects from annoying alert pop-ups, can remove many timer actions and is able to suppress (unusual) click behavior. The highly sophisticated engine also offers options for fine tuning. Finally it's helpful with image downloads (also disabling CSS might be useful here).

How to use:

This add-on adds an icon to your add-on-bar which can restore Javascript-disabled features if clicked - or it does other actions according to your configuration. The RightToClick add-on-bar icon offers an enhanced mode on icon right-click (options). There is also a tool-bar button available.

IMPORTANT: Before using RightToClick you need to check the RightToClick options: Choose what specific page Javascript features should be disabled if RightToClick is started.

If you find that RightToClick removed some useful page functionality, un-tick more check-boxes in the options panel.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

ClipCube – Freeware, enhancing clipboard performance

The clipboard is a set of functions and messages that enable applications to transfer data. Because all applications have access to the clipboard, data can be easily transferred between applications or within an application.

The standard clip board manager, integrated in Windows, lacks the functionality and flexibility of operations, opening the market for the third-party developers.

ClipCube is a compact notetaking application with integrated clipboard history. It keeps all text fragments at your fingertips, which can be organized and searched.

ClipCube strives to make life easier for those who deal with lots of text.

It has an intuitive interface, and fits in a pocket: a self-contained program that does not need installation.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

6 Free Tarot Reading Utilities

I got inquiry from one of the blog readers of what is the best Tarot Reading free utility for Windows operating system.

For those who are unfamiliar with Tarot, here is a brief presentation:

What is Tarot?

To people unfamiliar with divination, it may seem that someone who reads Tarot cards is “predicting the future.” However, most Tarot card readers will tell you that the cards offer a guideline, and the reader is simply interpreting the probable outcome based upon the forces presently at work.

Anyone can learn to read Tarot cards, but it does take some practice. It’s a highly intuitive process, so while books and charts come in handy, the best way to actually learn what your cards mean is to handle them, hold them, and feel what they are telling you.

Tarot Decks

There are hundreds of different Tarot decks available. Some are based upon famous artwork, movies, books, legends, mythology, and even movies. Choose a deck that feels right for you.

If you’re not sure which deck is the best one for you, and you’re a beginning Tarot reader, pick up the Rider Waite deck. It is the one used most often as illustration in Tarot instruction books, and it’s a fairly easy system to learn. Later on, you can always add new decks to your collection.

About The Cards

A Tarot deck consists of 78 cards. The first 22 cards are the Major Arcana. These cards have symbolic meanings focused on the material world, the intuitive mind, and the realm of change. The remaining 56 cards are the Minor Arcana, and are divided into four groups or suits: Swords, Pentacles (or Coins), Wands and Cups.

Each of the four suits focuses on a theme. Sword cards generally indicate conflict or moral issues, while Cups reflect matters of emotion and relationships. Coins focus on the material aspects of life, such as security and finance, while Wands represent things like jobs, ambition, and activity.

How Do Tarot Cards Work?

Any experienced Tarot reader will tell you that reading cards is an intuitive process. Like any other form of divination, the cards become a focal point for your own psychic abilities. There is any number of different spreads, or layouts, which can be used in a Tarot reading. Some readers use elaborate layouts, while others may just pull out three to five cards and see what they need to see.

One of the most popular layouts is the Celtic Cross method. Other well-known spreads include the Tree of Life layout, the Romany spread, and the Zodiac method. You can also create your own layout, like the Pentagram Spread.


After the brief online investigation, I can offer the following software utilities which can be downloaded:

1. Oracle

Oracle is a freeware program for all kinds of oracles. This is a program for Itjing, Tarot cards or other spread methods. You can define or 'plug in' your own deck of cards as well as your own spread methods, the program is highly configurable.

Spreads are automatically saved; at startup the last spread is always displayed. When more than 50 spreads are saved, the oldest ones are deleted.

Quick start:  To do a spread with cards, first select a deck in the Deck menu. When you first install Oracle, the Aquatic deck is active. You can see the number of cards in the deck, for a tarot deck this is always 78. Then choose a spread in the Spread menu. The first card is shown and the program waits for a key press or a mouse click, and then the subsequent cards are drawn. Cards can be moved around with the mouse. A double click on a card in a spread will show that card full size. Press F4 or escape to go back to the spread.

Mostly text fields and the like can be sized with the mouse. If the toolbar is visible (see Settings - Show Toolbar) you will see two edit boxes with arrows. The left one changes the size of cards, the right one changes the width of cards.

2. Edinamarry Free Tarot Software

Edinamarry brings to you an open Tarot Scribe Kit by which you can create your own Tarot Deck, design and configure Tarot Spread Projects, and you can write your own readings and afterwards share your Tarot Deck and Spreads on Internet. Read Tarot through your own custom designed Tarot Spreads, and choose Cards from your own custom designed Tarot Deck!

Reversed Cards feature, Client and Customer Profiles features have been added in the latest software release. You can find answers to your questions with Tarot through Divinity, and Edinamarry is just built for this purpose. Edinamarry comes with a default Tarot Database. Tarot Decks are editable. Tarot Spreads too are editable. I am sure that you would be satisfied with the brief knowledgeable content of Edinamarry. You can print the reading results, and you can store the result as a file on your PC.

There is a built-in integrated specialized Writepad in Edinamarry in which you can type your thoughts, and you can save your typed content which includes readings on chance, into Windows Write Format files .rtf. Similarly, there's automatic Software Update Tool which can be used to automatically Update Edinamarry to the latest Version. Tarot Spreads can be easily designed in Tarot Spreads Designer Tool. Tarot Decks are edited in Tarot Deck Builder/Editor Tool. A Tarot Deck can contain multiple Tarot Spreads. The reading for any specific Tarot Spread is prepared through a Wizard. New Spreads and Decks are prepared through the Wizards. Tarot Readings and all other Text can be printed through Word Editor Tool. The readings are stored in Database based on User Account and the Client Profile. These readings can be previewed later. A single instance of Edinamarry works within any specific User Account. There's much more.

3. MB Free Tarot Reading Software 

MB Free Tarot Reading Software gives you all the necessary tools for you to investigate the full and detailed meaning of the Tarot cards from your computer screen.

MB Free Tarot Reading Software allows you to introduce any kind of question or concern through your keyboard. In just a few seconds, the virtual "tarotist" processes your entry and gives you an answer.
The result is not random, but it depends on the cards and the deck that you have chosen by chance. After making your reading, the application gives you a complete report of what you got.

MB Free Tarot Reading Software is an interesting alternative for you to take the Tarot to your PC.

4. Varot – VirtualTarot

Varot includes nine sets of Tarot: Bird, Birthday, Career, Celtic Cross, Dark Moon, Horseshoe, Calender, Three Card, and Triskele. It allows you to edit the divinatory meanings of the cards and record comments in a database that you can consult as you want. The deck is based on the Colmon-Smith tarot deck. You may save your readings into a mini database.

5. Free Tarot

Small program for personal Tarot readings. Hold your query in mind while clicking 5 cards, then the Tarot reading will display. The readings are under five headings; 1) What you have to do, 2) What plays against you, 3) Who will judge, 4) The sentence will be, and 5) Summarizing. I personally found these unusual headings to be surprisingly definitive of the query I had in mind.  A No-Install program, unzip the download and double click on the FreeTarot.exe file.

6. Tarot

The utility is based on the Rider deck (78) with 7 Spreads. Card interpretations and spreads can be modified. Spreads can be saved and reloaded. Utility provides multiple other settings, which can be modified. I Ching included. Utility is characterized with nice interface, and is very user-friendly.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

4 free utilities to convert PDF documents into editable Word format

Converting PDF might be an easy task, and might be a challenging task. It largely depends on the way the PDF file was created, and the level of complexity (multiple fonts, tables, etc.). The following programs will help you to convert the PDF file into the DOCX, for example, which you will be able to alter or rework.


As a 100% FREE all-in-one PDF converter software, UniPDF is designed to make it extremely easier for you to convert PDF files not only to word documents, but also to images, HTML, or plain text files. UniPDF supports produce high quality word documents out of PDF files in batch mode. Conversion only takes seconds to complete!

UniPDF is a free PDF to Word converter (PDF to DOC) that's easy to use, does not require from the user to read manuals, quick to download, and skips the confusing options you may found in other competitive programs.

You can also convert from PDF to number of additional file formats, like BMP, DOC, GIF, HTML, JPG, PCX, PNG, RTF, TGA, TIF, and TXT.

UniPDF is super simple to use. You can drag and drop PDFs into the program in a snap and then quickly select any of the preset output formats to being converting.

Key Features

* Support converting from PDF to Word (*.rtf/*.doc)
* Support converting from PDF to Image (*.jpg/ *.png/ *.bmp/ *.tif/ *.gif/ *.pcx/ *.tga)
* Support converting from PDF to Text (*.txt)
* Support converting from PDF to HTML (*.html)
* Support converting from PDF files in batch mode
* Support converting selected page range (for Word and Image)
* Support settings for image resolution and color bits (for Image)
* Support languages including: Englihs, 简体中文, 繁体中文, Español, Português, Italiano, Deutsch, Français,日本語

System Requirements

Runs on Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000. Including both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.


Most experts consider this utility as the best free PDF to Word convertor utility on the market.

Highly recommended!


PDFMate PDF Converter is a simple and free application to convert PDF to plain text files, EPUB eBooks, images, HTML, SWF, Word and PDF files.

With this all-in-one Free PDF Converter, you will no longer need to worry about problems in copying or editing PDF files. You can now convert PDF to your own files easily within clicks, for further editing or other usage.

Key Features

* Convert PDF to Word/Text/EPUB/Image/HTML/SWF/PDF
* Convert scanned PDFs to editable files with OCR (3-page limit)
* Merge PDF files in simple steps; advanced customization for output files
* Batch conversion; fast and accurately; multi-languages supported.

Weenysoft PDF to Word Converter

Free PDF to Word Converter is a free and easy-to-use PDF converter software to batch convert PDF document to Word files (*.RTF; *.DOC; *.DOCX). Just add PDF files to the list, select output format and directory, and click "Convert Now!" button to start converting.

Free PDF to Word Converter can convert to Word document from encrypted PDF document. It will try to remove passwords and restrictions from encrypted PDF file first before converting. It's recommended to choose output format "Rich Text Format (*.rtf)" which has better conversion result.

Free PDF to Word Converter doesn't require Adobe Acrobat Reader or Microsoft Office installed. Free PDF to Word Converter doesn't depend on any print driver so it will not install any print driver on your computer.

Free PDF to Word Converter works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Main Features

* Easy to use - A couple of clicks to finish PDF converting.
* Choose pages - Choose only the pages in PDF files that you want to convert.
* Standalone application - Capable to effectively perform without any third party program.


FM-PDF free PDF to Word converter is state of the art FREE software for converting PDF documents into editable Microsoft Word Document (.doc) format, using artificial intelligence. It uses our proprietary conversion engine to detect content in PDF files. This freeware conversion utility can handle images in PDF documents and also supports UTF-encoded text content. The created Word document is fully formatted and easily editable. It is a standalone desktop application, that is it doesn't require any third-party software to be installed on your computer.

The free PDF to Word converter is simple, user-friendly, and fast!

Key Features

* Password protected PDF files
* Very fast conversion method
* Fully editable Microsoft Word documents
* Support Unicode text
* Image handling
* Page range function for input PDF
* Easy-to-use & User-friendly graphical interface

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