Thursday, December 31, 2015

Get frustration-free, when your files locked – use DeadLock!

DeadLock is a free file and folder-unlocking utility brought to you by CodeDead. It can help you unlock files or folders that you are unable to delete, copy, rename or move.

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Main Features:
* Unlock files / folders
* Remove ‘undeletable’ files / folders
* Move ‘locked’ files / folders
* Copy ‘locked’ files / folders
* Command-line arguments
* Automatic updates
* Windows Explorer integration

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tabr – Free operation enhancement plugin for Chrome

If you use Chrome as your main browser, and prefer heavy multi-tab usage, you may have noticed the particular performance degradation after you open too many tabs due to the particular memory limitations.

The free extension for Chrome, Tabr, will allow you to use much higher number of tabs in the browser, while substantially reducing the memory usage. With Tabr, you can get a bird’s eye view of all of your Chrome tabs in all windows in a sleek interface, manage and open them with a single click.

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Main Features:
* View all your open Chrome tabs from all windows in one observer with big, beautiful thumbnails;
* Free up RAM, up to 85%;
* Park Chrome tabs and sessions and view them in archive for later access;
* Single Tab Suspension: park individual tabs instead of a whole browsing session;
* Auto-Parking for Tabs: set a custom duration for Tabr to automatically park idle Chrome tabs that take up precious RAM;
* Rearrange, rename, open and delete Chrome tabs directly from within Tabr.

The plugin is a new development and have very good potential to become “a must” for the professional Chrome users.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Capture2text – OCR on the Go

Capture2Text enables users to do the following operations:

1. Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
Allows the user to quickly snapshot a small portion of the screen, OCR it and (by default) save the result to the clipboard.

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2. Speech Recognition (experimental)
Using speech recognition the user can speak into their microphone and Capture2Text will convert the speech to text. If the speech recognition technology is not 100% sure, Capture2Text will present the user with a list of the most likely transcriptions. The selected result will (by default) be copied to the clipboard.

The application supports 50+ languages including Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. It is absolutely portable and does not require installation.

How to launch (no installation required):
* Unzip the contents of the zip file. Make sure that there are no Asian or other non-ASCII characters in the path where you unzipped it. Do not unzip it to the "Program Files" directory (this will avoid issues related to write privileges).
* Double-click on Capture2Text.exe. You should see the Capture2Text icon on the bottom-right of your screen (though it might be hidden in which case you will have to click on the "Show hidden icons" arrow).

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pale Moon – Hidden Gem among Browsers

When it comes to the browsers, the vast majority of the Internet users mention just few popular names, like Internet Explorer (IE), Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox. The market is almost completely occupied by few major players. However, it does not mean that the competition to the leaders does not exist. There are some products, which form several perspectives are even better, more features rich, and even more reliable. For example, if you are a fan of Firefox, I would encourage you to take a look on the Pale Moon browser, which is built on Mozilla platform, but claimed to be much better than the source.

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Pale Moon is a fast and stable Open Source alternative to the standard Firefox browser. It is an Open Source program, available for Microsoft Windows and Linux (with other operating systems in development).

Pale Moon offers you a browsing experience in a browser completely built from its own, independently developed source, that has been forked off from Firefox/Mozilla code, with carefully selected features and optimizations to maximize the browser's speed (up to 25% faster), stability and user experience, while offering a rich collection of extensions and themes (including compatibility with many Firefox extensions users have come to love and rely on).

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Pale Moon Features:
* Optimized for modern processors
* Safe: forked from Firefox and regularly updated.
* Supported by a friendly, active community of users
* Support for full themes: total freedom of any element's design
* Support for easily-created lightweight themes (skins)
* Smooth and speedy page drawing and script processing
* Increased stability: experience fewer browser crashes
* Support for many Firefox extensions (add-ons)
* Support for a growing number of Pale Moon exclusive extensions
* Extensive and growing support for HTML5 and CSS3
* Many customization and configuration options
* Pale Moon is able to import existing Firefox profiles with the migration tool
* Portable version is available

Friday, October 16, 2015

Store your Secrets in Open view with File Camouflage

Personal data is so valuable that losing it may cause you troubles, money, time, and even ruin your life. Play safe, do not engage in the private data transfer when you are not confident on the channel security. Well, sometimes, you have to. Sometimes, it is needed to transfer the “secret” data, or store it on the common portable device for backup, storage, or transition purposes. But what if data falls in the wrong hands?

With free software File Camouflage, which does not require installation at the HDD, you can hide and protect your personal files inside a jpeg image! The file will be encrypted using AES and hidden inside an image. If someone tries to open a camouflaged image, nothing will be revealed. The person will see a regular image, nothing but the image.

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The software can be used with the main interface or via the explorer "send to" context menu (the first time you only need to select a directory with some images).

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To get the data back you may use the same software.

All the operations are easy and straightforward. You may also secure the data opening with password as an additional layer of security.

One more possible useful application for the software is assistance in sending files as email attachments, when the files’ formats are prohibited for distribution through emails (like EXE, COM, or DLL) by almost all email providers and corporate networks.

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With Free File Camouflage you can send via email whatever you want!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

iFunBox – Easier File and Apps Management for iOS

IFunBox – the free File and App Management Tool for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch, available on Windows and Mac OSX.

Main Features:
* Install iOS Apps from customized or unsigned IPA package.
iFunbox allows you install IPA packages from in-house distribution, which is produced with Apple's Developer Enterprise Program. It also allows you install *.ipa files archived from an App under development or cracked by you.

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* Manage files in App sandbox for saved games, chat histories etc.
iOS apps store data in its sandbox for saving informations like user account, chat history, saved games, in-app purchase and etc. iFunbox provides an easy way to manipulate those data to clean the track of usage, backup messages of chats, cheat games.

* Import and export media files like songs, videos, photos and ringtones.
Managing video, music, photo and ringtone is never easier using iFunbox's Quick Toolbox. Multiple files can be imported in a batch by file browsing dialog, or drag & drop. All video and photo in the Camera Roll can be exported by just one click, as well as movies, music and ringtone.

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* Use iPhone as a USB flash drive with super high-speed file transfer.
In file browser view, the "General Storage" entry in the left-hand tree allows you store any kinds of file just like a handy USB flash drive. It operates like an USB flash drive but way faster for file transfer. Files named with international characters and sized larger than 2GB are all well supported.

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* Total control of the native iOS File System, being a hacker is never easier.

iFunbox helps you dig into the root file system of a jailbreak iOS device with quick browsing, instant file previewing and fast file searching. Customize springboard themes, modify carrier logo, clean junk files, configure system services and diagnose system issues ..., it is just the imagination limits what you can do with your iOS devices. Being a hacker of iOS device is never easier with iFunbox. iFunbox supports automatic conversion of bplist and mac png, makes file previewing much easier.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Clementine - free multiplatform music player

Clementine is a multiplatform music player. It is inspired by Small Amarok iconAmarok 1.4, focusing on a fast and easy-to-use interface for searching and playing your music.

Main Features:
* Search and play your local music library
* Listen to internet radio from Spotify, Grooveshark, SomaFM, Magnatune, Jamendo,, Digitally Imported,, Soundcloud, Icecast and Subsonic servers.
* Search and play songs you have uploaded to Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.
* Create smart playlists and dynamic playlists
* Tabbed playlists, import and export M3U, XSPF, PLS and ASX
* Visualizations from project
* Discover and download Podcasts.
* Lyrics and artist biographies and photos
* Transcode music into MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Speex, FLAC or AAC
* Edit tags on MP3 and OGG files, organize your music
* Fetch missing tags from MusicBrainz.
* Download missing album cover art from
* Native desktop notifications on Linux and Mac OS X
* Remote control using a Wii Remote, MPRIS or the command-line
* Copy music to your iPod, iPhone, MTP or mass-storage USB player
* Queue manager


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Friday, September 4, 2015

Free personal-safety mobile app allows virtual friends to guide you in unsafe neighborhood

The Companion app, created by five students from the University of Michigan, enables users to request a friend or family member to keep them company virtually and track their journey home via GPS on an online map.

Companion lets you reach out to family, friends or your campus police and have them keep an eye on you as you travel late at night. Wherever you go, get there safely with a Companion!

All you have to do is enter your destination and select some contacts to be your Companion. They do not even need the app to be installed on their phones or computers. The user can send out several requests to different phone contacts in case people are not available to be a companion or not with their phones at the time. Those contacted then receive an SMS text message with a hyperlink in it that sends them to a web page with an interactive map showing the user walking to their destination, from Point A to Point B.

In the particular worrisome conditions, like If you start running, do not make it to your destination on time, have your headphones yanked out or your phone falls to the ground, you will be instantly checked in to make sure everything is okay. If the user is fine, they press a button on the app to confirm within 15 seconds. If they do not press the button, or a real emergency is occurring, the Companion app transforms the user's phone into a personal alarm system that projects loud noises to scare criminals from the scene, and gives you the option to call the police. You can call 9-1-1 from this app with just two taps. You will be connected to the closest dispatcher, who gets your location automatically.

You can also report areas on your campus that make you uneasy. Simply tap the "I Feel Nervous" button and this information will be passed to your campus police department. Do not worry, all the reports are strictly anonymous. Campus police will check the spot at the observed conditions and will assure that this area will become safer, and perceived safer in the future.

As the app was originally designed to aid students in walking home at night across university campuses. If the user calls 911, the app will also alert the person's relevant university campus safety department within the US, but this feature is only applicable to universities that have signed up to work with Companion.

At the same time, the app will send an alert to the contact who is keeping you company, and that person can choose to call the police and give them your location, as well as call you to find out if you are OK.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Free PhotoPad Photo Editing Software

PhotoPad picture editing software is an easy digital photo editor.

Main Features:
* Crop, rotate, resize and flip pictures
* Touch up photos to remove red-eye and blemishes
* Apply photo effects, including oil paint, cartoon, vignette, sepia and many more
* Improve photo quality and focus with blur, sharpening and noise reduction tools
* Adjust image color/hue, saturation, brightness and contrast
* Create collages and photo mosaics with your photographs
* Convert your photo to cross-stitch patterns, paint by numbers or add an oil painting effect
* Photo stitching to make your own panorama images
* Load jpg, gif, png and other popular image formats
* Add text and captions to photos
* Insert clipart from the included clipart library
* Add frames and borders around your photographs
* Change the aspect ratio of an image without distorting key features using the liquid resize effect
* Non-destructive editing allows easy modifications of individual photo effects on the layers list
* Upload edited pictures directly to Facebook or Flickr.

System Requirements:
Works on Windows 10, XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1
Works on 64 bit Windows
Works on Mac Intel OS X 10.4.4 and above
Android version runs on 2.3.3 or higher

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How to Make your Desktop a Useful Workplace?

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

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

Maine Features

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 22, 2015

Free Video Flip and Rotate

Rotate video or flip video with one mouse click.

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Krita as an Open Source Adobe Photoshop Alternative

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

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

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

Main features:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, May 22, 2015

VSDC Free Video Editor

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WonderFox DVD Video Converter Senior Version Giveaway for Freeware4Review Blog Readers

Want to enjoy a complete movie night with your family instead of waiting for a long time for conversion? WonderFox DVD Video Converter is your best choice. It provides one-stop total solution to rip DVDs (released by Disney, Paramount, Sony, etc), convert video, download online video, edit and play movies/video with excellent performance.

It supports the newest NVIDIA CUDA, Intel Quick Sync, multi-core CPUs, batch mode and unique encode technology, which makes the conversion speed 30-50X faster. What’s more, it adopts Variable Bite rate (VBR) which offers better quality in a smaller file size.

You can even use the DVD and video converter to easily download online video from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Liveleak, Metacafe and other popular video websites. Furthermore, a DVD video player is built-in, which can be used for playing almost all kinds of audio and video files, even DVDs and HD video.

And now you can enjoy the special release of this extremely useful, professionally crafted utility, absolutely for free through so called WonderFox DVD Video Converter "Senior Version". An official giveaway has been extended to all moms (and, hopefully, to all their relatives).

Check the promotional informational video on the software use:

What is the difference between Giveaway Version and Full Version?

1. Giveaway Version works the same as Full Version; you can enjoy all features and functions without any limitation. However, it does not support future update and technical support.
2. You can use Giveaway Version as long as you like. However, your registered license code will be invalid if you miss expiry date for activation OR reinstall your PC.
3. Only when you purchase the Full Version can you enjoy lifetime free upgrade, VIP Technical Support and free retrieve license code.

The promotion is valid to the end of May, so you still have time to install the software, but do not delay to the last moment…

The full version promotional cost is $35 now, so if you do like the software and decide later to purchase the full release, go for it!

Special thanks to Ember  Brown from WonderFox for offering this promotion to the F4R blog readers!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Freeware Video Logo Remover

There are two approaches to the software utilities, you may want to install on your computer. One – is using the multi-functional software packages, which can be described as all-in-one. However, in many cases, getting the complicated and features rich package you finally end up using just a minor portion of it. So, the second approach is using utilities, dedicated for particular technical tasks, but doing them easy, fast, and efficient. The freeware utility, we are presenting now, can do just one function, but it can do it right way.

Video Logo Remover can successfully remove logo, signatures or subtitle from a video completely and enables you to improve the image in a video file. The entire process is pretty easy. This tool can be used to remove transparent or blended logos as well. The logo can be text based, or image based. The software allows you to clear the image, in order to enjoy watching the movie without being distracted by the logo on the screen.

Video Logo Remover is small, lightweight and user-friendly. All you need to do is load the video file into the program, then select the area where the logo is placed.

Monday, April 27, 2015

URL Gather – Freeware Advanced Bookmarks Organizer

URL Gather is a professional tool helping you to preserve and to manage easily your internet bookmarks (URLs).
You can easily organize your sites URLs according to different folders, as you want!

On internet, you may find many favorite web sites, and you will visit them frequently, how do you save and manage these URLs? Using browser's function (such as IE favorites or Firefox bookmarks) is not convenient when there are too many sites. Then let URL Gather come to help you! It will greatly simplifies the collection and management of your sites!

Key Feature include:
* Configure multiple browsers to open your URLs.
* Support password protection for startup.
* Easy maintenance of your URLs, support Drag and Drop actions.
* Import bookmarks from IE or Firefox or common bookmarks html file.
* Search and find a specific URL you saved rapidly.
* Search duplicated URLs to remove redundant items.
* Portable version is available.

100% Freeware, No Spyware, No Adware, No Viruses!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Strong Passwords – Free Password Generator

StrongPasswords Ultimate - portable passwords generator of varying difficulty, as well as the Password Keeper. Registering accounts in social networks, e-mail clients and other services, each user is faced with the necessity of inventing a new password. All experts claim that you should not use the same password for all your accounts, and that it is important to make your password difficult to guess and even crack using the specialized software utilities. At the same time, you need this password to be hand ready for you to use at any given moment in the future.

More you spend time online, more you use different sites, services, and online applications, the list of the user names and associated passwords also grows up. In order to resolve seemingly unresolvable issue, you may start using so-called password manager, such as the StrongPasswords Ultimate, presented in this post. Using the software, you can choose one of the 8 modes for password generation and configure it in a special way, that is difficult to crack, but still easy to remember for you.

Main Features:
* Convenient password keeper
* File mode in the password
* May be up to 50 characters in a password.
* May use uppercase and lowercase English letters, or uppercase and lowercase Cyrillic letter, special characters - <*, +, /, etc.
* 8 available special modes of password generation.
* Create a password template for permanent use.
* You will immediately see the complexity of the generated password and approximate time for his hacking.
* Ability to encrypt individual files that will protect you from unauthorized access to important information. Feature of the algorithm of this function is that the encrypted file does not contain the original information to restore the keyword.
* Password keeper to store your passwords and logins.
* Portable utility, does not require installation, and can be run out of the portable thumb drive.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Free Aoao Video to Picture Converter Giveaway for Freeware4Review Blog Readers

We are proud to present a Free Aoao Video to Picture Converter Giveaway for our blog readers. The shareware, normally purchased for $20 is released for you at no costs, given you activate the license before April 20, 2015. The provided software has no limitations, it is fully functional, and ready for your use.

What is Aoao Video to Picture Converter?

A simple and professional program for converting video to seriate pictures.
* Convert a video to seriate pictures
* Convert a video to animated GIF
* Add special effects during conversion process
* Customize resolution of converted picture
* Support all of popular video and photo formats
* Control the frame rate

What is GIF?

Gif file is widely used on the Web for various purposes. The animated GIF is a rather strange form of expression, completely devoid of sound, repeating in an endless loop. Yet there is something really appealing about endless animated pic.

What are the benefits? A gif file is neater than a video, it saves your disk space, and you can easily upload on your website. You can also use this software to recapitulate your movie, or save your family’s moment from a video file as a funny animation gif.

Creative process of conversion of your video to animated GIF can be a lot of fun by itself. One of the most popular uses is making website avatars.

Conversion Process

The conversion process is simple as ABC, letting you to do the job in just need 3 easy steps:
1. Load video.
2. Select the output period
3. Run

Input and Output Formats

By using Aoao Video to Picture Converter, you always have no need to worry about the incompatible problems since it supports many input and output format conversions.

In the terms of input video formats, it supports almost all popular video formats: AVI, MPG, MPEG, ASF, WMV, WM, RM, RMVB, VOB, MOV, 3GP, M1V, VOB, DVD, etc.

In terms of output picture formats, it can support saving your assigned pictures into nearly all prevailed picture formats: JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, PNG, TGA, ICO, PCX, PDF, JPEG2000, WBMP and PSD, etc.

Special Effects

Varieties of special effects can be added to retouch your GIF during conversion process. Just need one click and no extended time.

The special effects including:
* Black and white,
* Gray scale,
* Emboss,
* Invert,
* Blue,
* Sharpen,
* Noise,
* Brighten, etc.

License Key


This free license for the visitors of the F4R (Freeware 4 Review) blog should be activated before April 20, 2015.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Solway’s Audio Recorder

Solway’s Audio Recorder is a freeware utility, with simple and easy to operate GUI, but high quality of the results, allowing recording any sound played through your sound card.

Main Features:

* Record any sound that is played through your sound card or from other sources like a microphone, CD/DVD, VCR, or line-in.
* Capture the audio from videos or music that you are playing in a media player or which you are streaming from the web. Record streaming radio programs.
* You can record audio directly to MP3, WMA, or OGG format, using real-time conversion.
* Record in "low", "high" or "excellent" quality, depending on your needs.
* Small and light. Easy to use.
* Totally free. No pop-ups, and no complications.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pandorian – the Better Client for Pandora

Pandorian is a clutter free, lightweight and easy to use desktop client for Pandora. It enables listening from unsupported countries with the use of a proxy. Pandora's song skipping limits are honored in order to avoid possible account flagging. Pandorian is intended for Pandora listeners who do not like to have a web browser open all the time and/or find it a hassle to setup a system-wide proxy or having to dial a VPN connection every time they would like to listen to Pandora. Alternatively, if your country is supported, simply change a setting to not use a proxy and enjoy listening.

- Change stations
- Like/ Dislike songs
- Block a song for a month (Tired of song)
- Play/ Pause current song
- Skip songs
- Large album art display
- Song/ Artist/ Album info
- BPM detection of playing song (Click on album cover to display)
- User configurable global Hot-Keys for main functions (Right-click on album cover to access)
- Global menu for quick actions and song info (ALT+M)
- Password protected Lock-Screen with album art and song info (ALT+X)
- Sleep Timer (Right-click on album cover)
- Minimize to tray
- Volume normalizing with ReplayGain info
- Volume control with hotkeys & slider (Click on song progress bar to show slider)
- Choose streaming audio quality
- Honors Pandora song skipping rules to avoid account being flagged
- Supports Pandora One accounts for higher audio quality
- Highly optimized communication with Pandora servers
- Save/reuse session & station playlists across app restarts
- Built-in proxy enabled browser to log in to Pandora website
- All connections go through proxy server
- Supports usage without a proxy if your country is supported
- See what the app is doing behind the scenes by pressing CTRL+ALT+L

- MS Windows
- MS DotNet Framework 2.0
- Proxy server account (only if your country is not supported)
- Pandora account (either free or Pandora one)


Cost: Free

Thursday, March 12, 2015

DocuFreezer – Free Professional Conversion to PDF and Image Formats

DocuFreezer is designed to convert Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HTML, XPS and plain text documents to PDF saving internal and external links, page layouts and fonts.

Users of DocuFreezer will benefit from numerous conversion options – the software will convert documents and PDF files to JPG, TIFF or PNG formats “freezing” the look of the original documents and protecting them from any amendments. No matter which device the document will be displayed on, it will look exactly the same.

Main Features

* Convert documents to PDF. Drag and drop your files to DocuFreezer, select PDF as the output file format and click Start. DocuFreezer will convert any number of text documents, presentations and spreadsheets to PDF automatically!

* Document imaging. DocuFreezer will release you from printing documents on paper and then scanning them to make a digital copy. The quality of output PDF or an image file will be significantly higher than the ones scanned!

* Data exchange. Same documents may have a different look depending on the operating system you use: Windows XP, Windows 8, Mac, etc. To make them platform independent convert the documents to PDF or JPEG formats.

* Convert to JPG, TIFF or PNG. DocuFreezer can convert text documents, presentations or spreadsheets to JPG, TIFF or PNG formats making the process smooth for any number of documents. df-archive-refr

* Archiving Documents. In case you need to archive documents, you should be able to open them several years after and likely on a new computer. This will be possible if you convert documents to PDF before uploading them on the backup storage.

* Publishing documents to the web. Before publishing documents and presentations on the website, convert them all to PDF or JPG – these formats are standard for data publishing and will make the documents look the same on any devices and Internet browsers.

How DocuFreezer works

In fact, all the programs, such as Microsoft Office Word, OpenOffice, Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio (versions of 2007 or later), make it possible to export documents to the PDF format without the necessity to install any side applications. This is convenient, when there are just a few documents to process. Still, when there are dozens of them to be converted, the task becomes pretty tedious: you will need to handle each document individually opening it, saving it as a PDF file, close the document, open the next one, etc.

DocuFreezer is developed specifically for processing a large number of documents that need to be converted to other formats.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

How to Try New Operating System Risk-free?

With Windows 10 just around the corner, Microsoft are releasing 'Technical Previews' of the operating system to give people a glimpse of how it will function. Installing it comes with risks attached – it is unfinished software, after all – so if you want to try out Windows 10 before its general release, you will need emulation software like VirtualBox.

What this neat little program does is enable you to run a second operating system alongside the one already installed on your computer (provided you have paid for both, of course). That makes VirtualBox perfect for trying out different operating systems – if you want to run a Mac-only program on your Windows PC, for example.

Unlike some rivals, VirtualBox is completely free, so you get access to the full feature set for an unlimited period of time, all without paying a cent. Available features include snapshots (which allow you to 'save' the virtual OS in its current state, to be returned to later), folders that can be shared between OSes, plus you can even remotely access your virtual OS from another computer.


Range of supported systems: VirtualBox is available on all the major operating systems. This allows you to take advantage of open-source virtualization whether your platform is Mac, Windows, Linux, or Solaris. You can then run most versions of Windows, DOS, Linux, or Solaris as a virtual system.

Lots of info: One of the typical advantages of open-source software is that the user community creates a wide range of help and technical documents to assist people in the software's operation. VirtualBox is no exception, and there is ample documentation available to anyone who needs help with their VirtualBox setup.


Operating system integration: The paid virtualization solutions have much better integration between the host system and the guest operating system. For instance, using VMWare or Parallels, you can drag and drop files from one system to the other. You cannot do that with VirtualBox.

Lack of active support: Virtualization software is complicated and can easily have things go wrong with it. When this happens with a product that you are paying for, you have access to a lot of hands-on technical support. That does not exist with open-source products. If you run into a conflict, you will be stuck trying to sort it out on your own.


Sources and Additional Information:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Freeware Powerful All-in-One Media Player - ROX Player

ROX Player - innovative media player for all types of video files, IPTV, DHT and P2P protocols. It was designed with usability and simplicity in mind for everyday usage. In spite of the straightforward user interface, ROX Player has an enormous potential playing all modern media formats.

You may forget the standard error for some alternative players complaining on "outdated codec", because this video player can play all your local media files. Automatic update will download all necessary video/audio codec if your computer has no such.

Main Features:
* Integrated network modules allow ROX Player to play files from any place in the Internet.
* This media player supports almost all common audio extensions, such as MP3, OGG, WAV, MKA, APE and MID, as well as video files (3GP, MPG, MP4, AVI, FLV, MOV, WEBM etc.), web pages, torrent files and URLs and magnet links.
* Developed to start downloading streamable torrents from the beginning, instead of random pieces, making them available for review almost instantly.
* High Definition Video in High Quality Player.
* Configurable options include possibility to create playlists, force the main window to always stay on top of other launched apps, and enable a full screen mode.
* ROX Player is absolutely free. No payment or credit card required!
* Currently, ROX Player is available for Windows users only, Mac OS and *nix support will be added in the nearest future.
* Languages: English, Deutsch, Русский.

Downloading page:

Monday, February 2, 2015

Free multifunctional desktop calendar and convenient day planner

Interactive Calendar is a fusion of a beautiful multi-functional desktop calendar and a convenient day planner.

Main Features

* Interactive desktop calendar - you will see your entries in the calendar directly on your desktop wallpaper! This calendar responds to mouse clicks!

* Well-thought, user-friendly interface. Interactive Calendar has a clean and extremely intuitive interface. You will not spend your time trying to understand how it works.

* Multiple Interface styles and color schemes. You can customize Interactive Calendar interface, as you need. It supports 3 interface styles and 11 color schemes.

* Fully customizable layout - you can customize everything: from the program toolbars to information, you would like to see.

* Multiple languages support - the program is available in most popular languages!

* Powerful print-out function - any data can be printed in various layouts using print templates. Moreover, you can edit reports before printing!

* Wallpaper Changer - Interactive Calendar can change your desktop background at selected time interval using a built-in wallpaper changer.

* Powerful search engine - you will not lose any information because you can search the entire database in a matter of seconds.

* Import and Export - Interactive Calendar has all necessary data import and export capabilities. It supports TXT, CSV, XML, CDB, IDB, HTML and RTF formats.

* Backup and Restore - you will not lose your data due to computer crash etc. by using the built-in Backup and Restore features.

* Dual monitors support - you can select on which monitor you would like to put your calendar. Monitors can have any resolution, size, position and orientation.

* Fast rendering - Interactive Calendar renders cells 400%-1000% faster than its closest competitors, which makes it the fastest calendar software of this type on the market.

* Advanced sorting capabilities - your data in the main window is organized your way. You can sort your appointments by multiple parameters.

* Extended text editor - each entry has a description area, which supports rich text formatting, images, hyperlinks, tables’ insertion, and much more.


Platform: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8.x (32 or 64 bit)

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.


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):

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