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3 Free & Easy To Use Screencast Recording Tools

I have started to use screencasts for showing someone how to do something in a computer remotely than trying to guide them over the phone without looking their screen. As you know, it can get really frustrating. Here are a few free solutions I have tried so far:

FreeScreenCast.com

FreeScreenCast.com (beta) offers a free screencast recorder software which requires you to have Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 & Windows Media Encoder installed. The recorder itself is plain with no bells and whistles but very easy to use by even technically challenged folks who want to do something like this.

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ZiePod – A Cool Podcast Player

I have recently taken up to listening to podcasts while working. I know I am very late to the game but with a less than 15 minute commute to work, I haven’t had the urge/need to download podcasts to my iPod and listen to them. But, recently with my day job getting hectic and finding little time at home to keep up with the tech news, I am resorting to listening to podcasts, while working, on variety of topics to keep myself informed.

I tried a few different podcast players and now have settled to using a very cool one from the makers of Newzie and it’s called Ziepod. ZiePod Logo

ZiePod is a very cool podcast receiver and is free to use and it’s paid counterpart ZiePod+ has few more features like support for video.

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FontEXPRO: Free Font Viewer For Windows

This is a guest post written by Brown Baron. He blogs at BrownBaron.com where he writes about Technology, gaming news and reviews, gadgets and more. If you want to receive regular updates, then you can subscribe to his blog.

How many of you can remember what all your installed fonts look like? If you’re like me, you’ve got tons of cool fonts installed but can’t remember what they are or what they look like. If you’re going to use any text on your graphics, wouldn’t it be nice to have an easy way of previewing your fonts?

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Witty – A Twitter client for Windows Vista

This is a guest post written by Madhur Kapoor. He blogs at Whoismadhur.com where he writes about Technology, Blogging, Tutorials and Gaming. If you want to receive regular updates, then subscribe to his blog. He is also the author of a Soccer blog called TheSoccerPitch.com

If you are a fan of twitter and want to use twitter some way other than web based, then there are several options available. However, if you are looking for something which is similar to Yahoo Messenger for Vista, then Witty is the right client for you.

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PuTTY Connection Manager – Get Tabbed PuTTY Interface

I asked a couple of months earlier if PuTTY can get any Snazzier? I am going to have to take that back and admit that it just did. And more.

PuTTY is one of the most loved tool for anyone connecting to a Linux or Unix server from Windows. It helps to easily save connection information and its properties in an easy to use interface. But, it has stayed with that basic functionality for years.

Earlier, we looked at how PuTTY Tray enhanced its usability a little by being able to minimize it to the system tray as well as give it a nice icon to identify. The only gripe I had with it was the lack of a tabbed interface in an otherwise awesome tool.

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Jarte – Free portable word processor based on MS WordPad

If you read the title and sighed because you’re sick of hearing about word processors, do try to read this one because even though you could use MS Word, WordPad, or Notepad for your word processing needs, there’s another cool and free utility that is better than all of those for most people!

Word processors started out as replacement for typewriters and provided a great benefit in those times. However, as the software progressed, Word processors turned into giant bloated applications designed with hordes of features that only corporate users would ever need. Unfortunately, there is no Microsoft Word Lite edition without all of the useless features that make it run slow or crash your computer!

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Never Spell a Word Wrong Again with Enso Words

I reviewed Enso Launcher last week here. After a week of using it, I am totally impressed by its simplicity yet how easy it is to get used to.

If you haven’t read my last post, Enso Launcher is for Windows what QuickSilver is to Mac but different in its construction and in the way you can teach it to learn your own bookmarks, shortcuts and applications. (you can see the Enso Launcher command cheatsheet here)

Humanized is the company that brings Enso line of products and another one worth mentioning is Enso Words. As the name implies, Enso Words is a Universal Spellchecker and brings English dictionary to your fingertips.

Enso Spell Checker

Enso Words

Enso Words is free to use and works the same way as Enso Launcher. You hold the Caps Lock (or the key you define in preferences) and type ‘spe(llcheck)’, after selecting the text you want to do spell checking for, and then release the key. Enso Words brings up a overlay screen where it highlights words that are misspelt or those that aren’t in Enso’s dictionary.

You can correct the highlighted words and Enso would auto-complete just after typing a few letters. Very helpful if you are not sure of the correct spelling. Or you can just press the mouse button on the misspelt word and Enso shows you alternate spelling. If the spelt word is like a name you use often and you know is right, there is an option ‘Learn this word’ so next time around Enso would know it. When you are finished with your corrections, you can type ‘done’ to finish. Very nifty.

Enso Words

Enso Dictionary

Enso Dictionary puts the English language at your fingertips. With the ‘define’ command, you can select any word or type any word to get its meaning in an overlay screen. You could also browse through previous meanings you looked up in this screen. Enso also offers ‘thesaurus’ command to look up similar words.

Enso Words

For me, when I tried the define command it takes me to Answers.com for a meaning and I couldn’t get the overlay as shown in their demo. If you find out how to get that, please let me know in the comments below.

Count Words & Characters

I use ScribeFire as my brain dump to just quickly create notes for blog topics and write the things on my mind as a draft. I love this because it’s always there in my browser thoughout the day and I don’t have run a separate application. With Enso Words, I can do some cool things like ‘character count’ and ‘word count’. I have typed 412 words so far and I never had this kind of information at my fingertips before.Download Enso Words

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My 2 Cents

I usually try to see the positive in everything and talk more the pros than cons. But, Enso has become an important tool in my productivity arsenal and I think that reflects the way I talk about it in this post. Don’t be put off by the thought of typing all these commands. Enso autocompletes every one of them after you type a few letters and it gets completely natural.

One thing that would make Enso 200% perfect for me is if it highlighted commonly misspelt words like ‘hear – here’, ‘there -their’ and such. It’s not that I don’t know the difference to use in a context but it is so easy to type the wrong one when you are concentrating on the writing something useful bit. May be I have to work on my proof reading.

Thanks for tuning in and see you next week! Have a great weekend everyone.

SmartClose: Close and Restore All Running Programs With One Click

There are many a times when you have to shut down or restart your system, while doing this you will have to save all your work and close all your applications. If you have been through the automatic update nightmare where you are regularly prompted to  restart your system at regular intervals this program we are going to discuss would be a definite life saver.

SmartClose is a free software that will allow you to close all the running programs with one click and store it as a system snapshot. Once you have created the system snapshot with SmartClose you can easily shutdown or restart your system and restore the snapshot and you will have all your running programs back without having to go through the pain of opening each application.

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Convert Document Files To PDF Format By Sending A Email To Koolwire

Ever felt lazy to convert your files to PDF even though there are real good tools to do this online. Koolwire makes it easy and lazy by allowing you to send emails attachments to them which will then be converted to PDF format and send back to you.

The only thing you have to do is send a email to a robot email and it will send you back your documents which are converted into PDF format.

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Top Free Utilities To Rename Multiple Files

Renaming multiple files is quite a pain and many a times you waste a lot of time on it. You may have taken tons of pictures with your digital camera and want to rename all the files for a collection, think how much time it would take to rename the 100 pictures you have taken.

To save you time and efforts there are tons of Multiple / Batch File Renaming Utilities. Here are few of the best file renaming utilities which are free to use.

Den4b Renamer

ReNamer is a very powerful and flexible file renaming tool, which offers all the standard renaming procedures, including prefixes, suffixes, replacements, case changes, as well as removing contents of brackets, adding number sequences, changing file extensions, etc.

File Size: 1217 Kb

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