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Fastpreview: Preview Images from Context Menu with All Embedded Information

fast-preview-iconThese days almost everything gets documented with images. Digital cameras, mobile phones and even screen capture applications deliver images with lots of info (geo tag, resolution to more detailed EXIF info, meta data) included within the file. These information is necessary for many purposes like studying the conditions for taking a similar snap. However, Windows explorer manages to reveal some of them while failing for most. FastPreview comes to your rescue.

FastPreview is a free tool that you can use to see all the embedded information within an image. The tool once installed, adds:

1. FastPreview tab in the file properties dialog box. This can be used to view/copy the values for the embedded info. You can copy a single attribute or copy the entire information with just one click. Adobe eXtensible Metadata Language (XMP) information, EXIF Camera/Image information, IPTC Media information can be obtained from the FastPreview tab.

2.   A nice image preview functionality within the context menu.

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The tool also comes with an image viewer utility. Whenever you open an image using this viewer the image is opened in a mode to fit the screen. You can rotate your images from the viewer without losing the image quality.

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The tool is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7 32-bit and 64-bit versions. However, the 64-bit version needs SSE3 capable CPU.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

For all who really wants to learn a bit of Photography studying examples, this tool is a lifesaver. The information provided for any image as I studied them really gets down to the most simplest detail like whether or not the flash was fired during taking the picture. The context menu preview proves helpful only if you have your explorer thumbnails disabled or else it seems a little waste of screen space. As a whole this a useful shell integration to know more about images.

[Download FastPreview]

Bing Introduces Lasso Feature in iPad app

While one division at Microsoft aspires to rival Apple iPad in more ways than one, another division has always adopted the iOS platform progressively. The pragmatism of Bing team has had them release a slick Bing for iPhone app in the past, and a Bing for iPad app in April 2011 as the first official iPad app from Microsoft. The app has been very well received and in the first three months, it has had more than 5,000 ratings in the App Store and an average score of 4.7 stars (out of five stars).

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The Bing for iPad app goes beyond the traditional search experience and offers a unique and visually rich way to search the Web. It allows you to quickly browse news, movies, Bing homepage images, local business listings and much more. The v1.1 of the app introduces a new feature called Lasso. Designed for the touch-friendly iPad, Lasso is a new way to search and copy/paste with the touch of a finger. You can simply press the Lasso icon in the upper right of the app and circle any word or phrase. Lasso will then create a Bing search and return search results based on the word or phrase selected.

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Lasso moves Bing beyond the search box and streamlines the process of conducting online searches on the touch-screen device. It simplifies the painful process of copying and pasting pieces of text from a webpage while reading something to a search box to search the Web for that text string. Although this feature is only available in Bing for iPad at the moment, the Bing team could take it further to different devices or platforms.

Also, apart from several quality and performance improvements, the latest release also includes an improved movie experience that lets you view multiple showtime days and theatres, and gives you  the ability to swipe through the last six Bing homepage images.

You can view a video showing the Lasso tool in action and download the updated app in the App Store.

BlueGriffon: A Cross-Platform Open Source WYSIWYG HTML Editor [Review]

The issue that most people have with creating their own website is that they don’t know how to do it. They can figure out how to get a host, a domain, and even a .com if they want it. Where they run into trouble is the part of the process where you take a design and make it into HTML (the backbone of a lot of websites.) If that is what is holding you back, then fret no more. BlueGriffon, a free Open Source WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor based on the Firefox rendering engine, is here to help.

I don’t think that its important for me to take you through the steps of implementing a design using BlueGriffon. What I am going to do for this review is let you know what I think are the biggest strengths and short comings of the software. All screenshots will be from the Mac OS X version of the software, but there are clients available for Windows and Linux as well.

What BlueGriffon Does Right

I think its best to start with what BlueGriffon gets right. In my time playing with it and testing it out, I found myself loving the ability to manipulate my images and text and have code written for me. While I have some experience writing in HTML, I sometimes find parts of it cumbersome, like arranging images. This is one of the best things about BlueGriffon, and any WYSIWYG editor. You can move things around, and the code automatically updates to reflect the changes.

One of the biggest plusses for BlueGriffon is the range of HTML that it can support. Not only does it support the more basic HTML 4 version of the standard language, but it also supports HTML 5. HTML 5 has become very popular among developers, and is considered the gold standard at the moment. One major reason for this being such a big deal is Apple’s iOS, which supports HTML 5, but not Flash, which HTML 5 is sort of designed to replace.

BlueGriffon HTML EditorBlueGriffon has also found a great price point (FREE!) for an editor of this caliber. While the stock set of features is a little bare for my professional needs, which we will talk about later, it would be perfect for an amateur just looking to set up a simple webpage. On top of being great for amateurs, its one of the first free cross-platform editors of its kind. That has a special place in my heart because, while I write and work on a Mac, a large part of my development and web design is done on a Windows machine.

What BlueGriffon Gets Wrong

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As I said above, BlueGriffon doesn’t come with all the features I look for in a web development toolkit out of the box. These features are available, but they cost money. One of the things I really need is an advanced CSS editor, which BlueGriffon offers as an ‘add-on’ for around $15 USD, or 9.99 Euros. Another add-on that I wish came with the suite is the FTP uploader. While i understand the reasoning behind selling these more advanced features as add-ons, it is sad to see them not be made free like the main program.

Another issue that I have with BlueGriffon is its lack of support for other coding languages. While I championed its offering of HTML 5, I have to shame it by saying that all it really offers is HTML and CSS. Some of the things I need to write or implement are done in JavaScript or even PHP. Neither of these are natively supported by BlueGriffon.

Final Verdict On BlueGriffon

BlueGriffon presents its self as the “next-generation Web Editor.” While I agree that it has some fo the best potential and features of any free web editor I have come across, it doesn’t exactly live up to its name. If you need to do simple HTML work, or if you are looking to write in HTML 5, then I would check out BlueGriffon. However, if you are an advanced user, then you will probably need to buy some add-ons.

It is important to note that, even with all the add-ons, BlueGriffon is one of the most affordable web editing suites around. If you are int he market for a web editor, I recommend you check out BlueGriffon. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and the download itself is Free.

Final Rating: 4/5, for a freemium model for HTML  editors.

Evernote Introduces Note Links, Copy Notes; Now Link Your Notes from Other Notes

evernote_logoOne of my favorite all-device software Evernote has released a really awesome update. This update allows users to interlink notes inside other notes or software; copy link for multiple notes and also copy notes and paste it wherever you like.

The new Note Link feature will allow you to create a link for a particular note and then add it to any other software including Evernote itself. This new feature will dramatically improve how you create and maintain notes in future.

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Take for example, you are doing a research for a party and want to create a list of recipes you want to cook. Now, you can create each recipe individually and then include it in your party planning note through note links. This will keep your party planning list clean and allow you to quickly access those recipes with the click of a link.  You can also use this feature to create a index of similar notes which want to refer to as part of your research. Note links can be accessed on Windows, Mac OS X, and .

Also Read: Encrypt and Password Protect Notes in Evernote

Another important new feature in the updated Evernote is the ability to copy notes and place them wherever you like. You can copy notes and create a new note or paste it another notebook and so on.

Evernote has also added several new features in this update which include:

  • Snippet View – Allows you to view notes as snippets and provide useful information without opening the notes
  • Note Browsing History – They have added back and forward buttons for easy navigation of recently browser notes
  • New Note Menu – Now has all the new note options
  • New exporting options for windows (windows only)
  • Drag and drop text and images inside a note to desktop or other notes (windows only)
  • Disable PDF Preview (windows only)

Overall these additional new features to Evernote makes the note-taking software a really useful one. You can download the latest version from the Evernote site or go to Help -> Check for updates to update to the latest version of Evernote.

For complete information and changes in this version, visit the Evernote blog.

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GeeMail v1.0: An Adobe AIR Desktop Alternative for GMail

geemasil-logoMany a time just opening a browser for the sake of checking your emails isn’t a great option. Specially if you have a browser starting which means losing out on your memory resource. GeeMail is a desktop client for GMail distributed by Sourcebits. This small application helps you to check your email right from the desktop. It allows you to perform elementary email tasks too.

Some of the best features of GeeMail are as follows :

1. No configuration is required to allow communication with your GMail.When you are online just run the application and login as you will from a browser. It will automatically fetch your mails from Google.

2. You compose your mails offline and click send. When GeeMail detects an internet connection it will send your mails automatically.

3. The user interface looks exactly like GMail . So you don’t have to spend time getting used to it.

Installation:

1. Download GeeMail. The tiny app runs on Adobe AIR platform. Hence you need to have it (Adobe AIR) installed on your PC before you could try GeeMail. In case you don’t have Adobe AIR already, download it here.

2. Run the geemail.air file to install GeeMail in your computer.

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3. You need to confirm the installation to start it. Click Install.

4. Installation preferences are already checked for you. Change them if you need to and click Continue.

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5. Once the installation is complete, the GeeMail window will open up asking for your username and password. You will to need provide that in order to log in to Gmail just as you do while using a browser. Following is a look at your Gmail account using Geemail.

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7. Click Sign outwhen you are done and it will sign you out of your Gmail Account.

During my brief experience with it, it performed a bit slower than the regular Gmail web interface. However, the interface is brilliant and put together in a clean manner unlike other heavy-duty Gmail desktop clients. GeeMail is compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac.

Nice, isn’t it? Though it is not offering the extra edge as of now, don’t be surprised if it does so in future. So from this point on, you need Gmail, u won’t need a browser.

Freeware Fridays | Top Tools of the Week #32

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In case you haven’t seen them, here are the most recent posts in our Freeware category. We hope you enjoy reading about these freebies, and maybe you’ll find a keeper in the mix.


Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Heals Virus Infected Systems

by Pallab De | Tuesday, 31st May 2011 | Comment | Share

WINDOWS Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper is a system rescue disk creator that can be used for removing nasty virus and other malware infections by running an offline scan. Read More »


OpenPetra: Administer Your Organization With Open Source Advantage

by Soumen Halder | Tuesday, 31st May 2011 | Comment | Share

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OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE Often non-profit organizations have to buy costly administrative software packages to run their organization. It is a heavy cost burden for organizations with low budgets. OpenPetra is an outcome of an effort keeping in mind such organizations. Read More »


DVDvideosoft Free Video to Flash Converter Review

by Guest Posts | Thursday, 26th May 2011 | 1 Comment | Share

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SOFTWARE Do you need to embed a video into your website or blog? Do you want to present your products or services but don’t know how? The free program will help. Read More »


Less Chrome HD [Firefox Addon]

by Guest Posts | Tuesday, 24th May 2011 | Comment | Share

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SOFTWARE Had you heard that you can autohide the location toolbar in the newest versions of Google Chrome? Now you can do this in Firefox. Read More »


Have Better Control Over Windows Networks With Checklan Basic 1.2.2

by Soumen Halder | Monday, 23rd May 2011 | Comment | Share

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SOFTWARE Checklan Basic 1.2.2 is an agentless network monitoring tool used for asset management both locally and remotely. It helps to create in a simple and effective way , an inventory of all computers in the network. Read More »


New National Flag with Clock Screensavers [Freeware]

by Clif Sipe | Sunday, 22nd May 2011 | Comment | Share

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SOFTWARE NewFreeScreensavers has released several new national flag clock screensavers. The most recent are USA Digital Clock, Poland Digital Clock, Poland Analog Clock, Ukraine Digital Clock , Ukraine Analog Clock, Nigeria Digital Clock and Nigeria Analog Clock. Read More »


What is MAFIAAfire? Is Mozilla a Terrorist Organization?

by Clif Sipe | Saturday, 21st May 2011 | Comment | Share

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DISCUSSIONS Why is Mozilla now the target of a take-down notice from U.S. Homeland Security and what the heck is MAFIAAfire? Read More »


Fly On Desktop Great Joke or Great Pet?

by Clif Sipe | Tuesday, 17th May 2011 | Comment | Share

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SOFTWARE Have you ever had a fly land on your monitor or notebook screen? Now you can get a free pet fly whenever you want one. Read More »


Best 3 Firefox Addons to Protect Your Privacy

by Guest Posts | Monday, 16th May 2011 | 2 Comments | Share

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ONLINE SECURITY Firefox offers many addons and today’s users are more concerned than ever before about their privacy and security. These top 3 addons will help you protect and manage your privacy on the web. Read More »


Send Large Files Easily with WeTransfer

by Clif Sipe | Sunday, 15th May 2011 | 5 Comments | Share

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ONLINE STORAGE Need to send large files to someone? You could use any one of several online file storage sites, or set up your own FTP server. These all take time and require setup. There are easier ways. Read More »


Be sure to let us know if you have a favorite freebie you’d like to see posted here. Our comments (below) are always open to you.

Have Better Control Over Windows Networks With Checklan Basic 1.2.2

Checklan Basic 1.2.2 is an agentless network monitoring tool used for asset management both locally and remotely. It helps to create in a simple and effective way , an inventory of all computers in the network and can be categorized by operating system, BIOS, software , disks, memory, configuration of machines as IP address as well as enumerate local users and groups on each and every server or workstation.This version also allows machine specific inventory and it operates in real time mode.

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All Windows processes are managed by server. It can display detailed report lists in Internet Explorer, as well as create and terminate processes remotely or locally.

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Features:

1. Checklan Basic can start, stop, and change mode of Windows Services .

2. All Windows services are checked by server including Microsoft UNIX Services.

3. It can also do shut downs , restarts and logoffs.

4. Sockets to UNIX / Windows /AIX servers for internet or intranet are managed and detailed report lists are displayed in Internet Explorer.

5. Using the tool, shares can be managed in real time. Both remote and local share creation and deletion can be accomplished as well as detailed reports are displayed in Internet Explorer.

6. All Windows printers are managed in real time. It can locally and remotely pause, resume, obtain printer error and printing status as well as manage printer properties.

7. All Windows Performance counters are checked in real time and at counter level details .

Even if you are just starting out as a network manager for your team, all necessary documents for installation, Microsoft SQL databases deployment, SSRS & ASP.net reports are provided by the Checklan team for free.

Checklan Basic 1.2.2 is free to use and the the download file size is approximately 6.29 Mb. Checklan Admin Basic 1.2.2 is currently compatible with Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows XP Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows NT 4.x.

[Download Checklan Basic]

New National Flag with Clock Screensavers [Freeware]

[Windows Only]

It’s ok to be a little crazy about the country you live in. In fact, if you’re crazy enough, you may want to grab a cool flag and clock screensaver. Take a look for yourself. Don’t be afraid to grab one or two. The screensavers there are always safe to install.

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Here’s a video showing what these look like in motion.

Warning!

There are plenty of free screensavers and wallpapers on the net, but you have to be careful to visit only safe websites when you are looking for them. As many of you have learned by now, not all free screensavers are created equal. Many times, free means that you have to install stupid toolbars, adware and other unwanted junk along with the screensaver. That’s not true of the ones at NewFreeScreensavers.

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W i n d o w s 7 t h e m e s?

flag-themeIf you have Windows 7, be sure to check out this national flag desktop theme. If you don’t have Windows 7, you can still snag the wallpapers by using this trick.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I’ve downloaded and installed several of the screensavers at this site and never had a problem with any of them. These screensavers are safe, totally free, and there are dozens more to check out once you visit.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Fly On Desktop – Great Joke or Great Pet?

flyHave you ever had a fly land on your computer monitor or notebook screen? Yes, and you are tempted to swat the little beastie, but you sure don’t want to break the screen, do you? Now you can bring this dilemma to life with a simple program that puts life-like flies all over your desktop.

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FlyOnDesktop is a 673kb download and installs on WinXP, Vista and 7. Once installed it can be set to run automatically when Windows starts. You’ll find a fly icon in the system tray and right clicking on it lets you set the number of flies spawned at startup.

I found the best setting was one fly. When you see one of these flies on the screen, they look very real. They even walk around the same way real flies do.

Tip: Double-clicking a fly will remove it from the desktop.

Be sure to check out some of the jokes and pranks we’ve written about over the last few years.

Disclaimer: No real flies were harmed during the production of this post.

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This software is highly recommended and safe for all ages.

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Comodo Program Manager – Maximum Control of Your Programs

[Windows Only]

Many years ago, I ran into some software from Comodo and I was impressed with its quality. To this day, Comodo continues to offer free system and security software that competes quite well with software you’d have to pay for. Recently, I saw something called Comodo Program Managerand I decided to give it a try.