iPad and iPhone Audio/Video Converter, Transfer and Backup Software

Recently I got myself a 16GB (Non-3G version) to fulfill my high internet and multimedia usage. The device has been downright impressive, but the only problem for me until now has been to find a good video converter software.

iPad Video Transfer

iTunes does what it is intended to do, but can only supports a limited number of video formats. This basically ruled out transferring videos to iPad, whose format iTunes did not support.

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While searching for a good video converter, I bumped across ImTOO iPad Mate. The software does everything I was looking for, plus offers some extra novelties as well. The video converter of the software works as it is supposed to do. It supports all the major video formats right out of the box. ImTOO iPad Mate not only supports iPad, but also iPhone and iPod Touch, and the various other generations of the iPod).

Users can connect and manage two or more iPad/iTouch devices simultaneously via the ImTOO iPad Mate. The software can also rip videos from a DVD and convert and transfer them to your iPad/iTouch. The software also allows users to convert ISO files to iPad-supported format.

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The time taken to convert videos will significantly vary depending on your system’s configuration, the settings you convert the movies, and ultimately the size of the movie itself. I managed to convert a 1.98GB Mkv format video file to iPad format (1280*720) in just under an hour on my 3.4GHz Core 2 Duo PC.

ImTOO iPad Mate also allows users to delete specific songs, pictures and videos from their iPad and other iDevices. Along with this, users can also transfer videos, pictures and music from their iPad/iTouch to their PC. This feature of the ImTOO iPad Mate makes your a iPad a media library backup device. The software also allows users to modify ID3 information of the songs already present on your iPad/iTouch.

The only problem, which I faced with the software, was that it required a proper working internet connection while transferring files to iPad, and few other selected iTouch devices. It remains a mystery to me why the software needs a proper working internet connectivity for transferring files to my iPad.

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You can learn more about the features and supported videos and more at the ImToo site.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The ImTOO iPad Mate is a must have software for every iPad owner. Heck, every iTouch owner should own it. The software combines the features of multiple software into one and offers them in a nice slick package.

ImTOO iPad mate is available for both Windows and Mac OS X. At 59.95$, the price of the software is a bit on the steep side though but it worth what you will spend. You can also download a free version of the software and use it before you purchase the software.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3.5/5

Downloads: Download  ImTOO for Windows | Download ImTOO for Mac

Comodo Offers Comodo Internet Security for Free to Those Who Can’t Afford It

Comodo-Internet-Security In the recent past, Comodo has been bashed left, right and center for a multitude of reasons (mainly its business practices). However, that doesn’t change the fact that Comodo Internet Security suite is one of the best premium malware protection suites available in the market.

The premium edition would normally set you back by $49.99 per year. However, Comodo is offering a free one year license of Comodo Internet Security to anyone who can’t afford to pay for it. All you have to do is sign up at the official forums and request a license key.

Here is the message posted by Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO of Comodo:

There are many out there who might be able to gather enough to buy a computer but not have enough to buy security or even have access to general help with computers.

I believe access and exposure to computers are vital to the future of human race. So anyone who can’t afford to have Security or a geek to help with stuff, pls PM me with your details, and we will be more than happy to provide 1 year worth of full CIS Complete and GeekBuddy at no cost!

but please only genuine requests.

Bill: Stop PMing me…you own bloody Microsoft, you can easily afford $69 a year!!!

PS: if you are a school that can’t afford security, or charity, or an organisation doing good work for the community, pls feel free to PM me or any one of our Moderators for this too.

thanks

Melih

Kentico: ASP.NET CMS Platform

Gone are those days, when you would manually create pages for your website, upload them in your web server and place hyperlinks here and there and then show your website to the rest of the world. If you are serious about your website, you must use a content management system to manage the pages, work flow and other aspects of your site.

A Content management system (CMS) lets you manage your website in a collaborative environment. There can be multiple users associated with your CMS and each one of them can create or update pages for your site. Furthermore, you can assign specific roles to specific users of your site so that they can carry out different operations on their own.

Kentico CMS is a brilliant content management system for anyone who need a website on the ASP.net platform. Kentico comes with an easy to use interface – you can build blogs, online stores, forums, websites for small business and much more. They also have an API which allows you to integrate your site with 3rd party software and other applications.

Without much ado, let’s see what Kentico has to offer:

Main Features of Kentico CMS

Easy to use editing with WYSIWYG editor

When you login to the backend of your website, you are shown a complete website tree in the left hand while a WYSIWYG editor on the right, as shown below:

Kentico WYSIWYG Editor

From the left panel, select the page which you want to edit and it opens in the right panel for editing. You can then add textual content, images, links, videos etc in your page and save the document. Once saved, the changes can be previewed before publishing.

The content editors of your site do not need special training or knowledge of HTML for managing the pages of your site. The editors can work as if they are using a word editor. The WYSWYIG editor is capable of basic and advanced formatting, inserting images or flash movies and linking to internal as well as external pages on the web.

Custom document types and fields, content/design separation

With Kentico CMS, you can create structured documents so that they can be reused on other parts of your website. Should you invoke a newer design, these structured documents can be reused or incorporated on other websites or designs quite seamlessly.

For example: You can create a new document type as "phones" and then include the different parameters such as model number, price, memory, company name etc.

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Now the editors or authors of your site can fill in the form and the page can be displayed anywhere in your site. There is nothing easier than this – you don’t have to know what codes are required to bring a particular module.

SEO Friendly Website with Widgets, Blogs, Message Boards and Forums

Kentico CMS is very SEO friendly and you can use tags and categories to organize your content and the different pages of your website. The URL structure of your site adheres to the latest SEO standards and you can create widgets to show dynamic content.

This can mean newsletters, forms, an array of latest news or may be a subscription box.

SEO Friendly Websites

You can create new pages simply by using the custom layout and the widget sections and don’t have to wait for the developer to create a new page template. You can place the widgets in active widget zones defined by the developer. These widgets can be completely customized – you decide which widgets are available for particular user roles and so on.

Rapid development of your website

Basically, there are two development models:

1. Flexible portal engine: You can use the browser based interface to develop your website. This is ideal for webmasters who don’t have any knowledge of programming or coding.

2. Using ASPX page templates: If you are an ASP.NET developer and know the codes required to build a website, you can use the Kentico CMS server controls in Microsoft Visual Studio and build standard web forms. More information is available in this page.

For a full list of features, please refer to the documentation and the complete feature list here

How to Evaluate Kentico CMS

There are three ways to evaluate the Kentico content management system:

Download the trial version, working for 30 days: The trial version lets you test all the details of Kentico CMS on your computer. You also get 10 Free support tickets by email. You can download the Kentico CMS trial here

Download the Free edition of Kentico CMS: The free edition gives you a lifetime use of the CMS, with some minor limitations. You can have only one administrator, one editor and a maximum of 1000 pages in your website. In addition to that, you have to keep the Kentico branding in the footer of your website. You can download the free edition of Kentico here
The advantage of using the free edition is that it never expires and can be used even for commercial purposes.

Try the Virtual lab of Kentico CMS online: The virtual Lab of Kentico lets you try this amazing CMS online, you don’t have to install anything on your computer or in your web server. You will have 4 test websites setup for free and can evaluate all the features of Kentico online.
You can sign up for a free Virtual lab account here

Here is a brief comparison of the various packages that are available with Kentico:

Kentico Package Comparison

What’s new in Kentico CMS ver 5.5

The latest release of Kentico CMS is ver 5.5 and it has several new features worth exploring.

  • The latest version, which can be download from this page supports Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 with .NET 4.0.
  • You can seamlessly integrate Facebook connect and use Open ID in your web application
  • Using web parts, creating RSS feeds is as easy as child’s play
  • New revamped admin interface with improved functionalities e.g pagination support, global admins may be denied access to the site manager and more.
  • Easy integration and support with Third party map services e.g Bing and Yahoo maps
  • Integration with MetaWeblogAPI which lets you create pages and blog posts from blogging editors like Windows Live writer, Microsoft Word etc

Complete list of features can be found in this page. The changelog and bugfixes can be found here.

This review has been guest posted.

How to Copy Clipboard Data Between Multiple Computers

If you use multiple computers at your workplace, you know how frustrating it is to copy Windows clipboard data across two computers. If both the computers are connected in a local area network, you can share the data by simply pasting the clipboard content in a simple text document. Then put the text file in the shared folder and copy the file from another computer.

But this is not the case if both the computers are not connected in a local area network. Consider a scenario: you have a desktop computer and a laptop in separate rooms – it’s not possible to get a big LAN cable and connect them in a home network. How do you share clipboard content in such circumstances ?

Enter Cl1P.net – a nice web service which lets you copy and paste plain as well as rich text data across multiple computers. Works quite simple – just go to the home page and append any random string e.g http://clip.net/huihui.

You will see a simple text box where you can paste the clipboard data or type whatever you want

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The content is auto saved so you can simply browse to that URL from another computer and copy the data. Sweet!

The site also allows you to password protected the URL, just use the options button from the left sidebar and add   a password to the content, as shown below

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This is very useful, you can share this data with anyone. There is nothing to install or download and you don’t have to email all the time, just to share some piece of code or clipboard data. Think CL1P as an online whiteboard where you can write anything and access it from any computer – just remember the URL. Thanks to Himanshu for the hat tip.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The service looks impressive, no registration nags or obstrusive advertisements. They also provide a handy bookmarklet, just clip the data, grab the URL and open it anywhere to access it. Nothing earth shaking, but these simple tools makes computing far more fun and easy to use.

Freeware Fridays | Top Tools Of the Week #10

freeware-signIn 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.

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Great Windows Search Replacement Agent Ransack

If you’d like a good, light weight replacement for the slow Windows file search, you won’t find many tools better than Agent Ransack

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Find Free Wifi Hotspots with WeFi

If you are out in the world with your laptop, netbook or mobile devices, you might want an easy way to find free wifi hotspots. WeFi is an application and web service that may be just what you need.

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Record Shoutcast Music Stations with MP3 VCR

These days, computers have made it much easier to record music. There are many methods to record the streaming music at internet radio stations and I’ve discovered that the MP3 VCR is one of the easiest.

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Download Thunderbird 3.1 Release Candidate

Mozilla has released Thunderbird 3.1 RC1 for downloads. Users can download Thunderbird 3.1 RC1 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux in 44 languages.

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Remove Stubborn Toolbars with New IObit Uninstaller

Uninstall stubborn toolbars with the new IObit Uninstaller software. IObit Uninstaller willuninstall toolbars from IE, Firefox and other web browsers

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Free Nitro PDF Reader Is A Decent Foxit Reader Alternative

Nitro PDF Reader is a excellent Foxit Reader alternative which packs in several interesting features such as form filling, PDF reading and more. Download the Free PDF Reader today.

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Clementine Music Player Amarok for Windows and Mac

Have you ever heard of Amarok, the music player and organizer for Linux? Now there’s a version of it for Windows and Mac. It’s called Clementine.

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Clouds and Sky Make Great Screensavers

The folks at NewFreeScreensavers posted a letter to me the other day. They’ve released a few new screensavers that I thought you might like to see.

Megaupload Downloader

Megaupload Downloader Downloads Files From Popular File Hosting Sites

Megaupload Downloader allows users to download files from Megaupload, Rapidshare, Sendspace, Depositfiles, 4Shared, Mediafire, ZShare, Easy-share, Uploaded.to. Megaupload Downloader can also download videos from YouTube and Veoh.

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.

Professional DVD Creator for Mac OS X [Free Giveaways]

[Mac Only] Need to create a DVD containing some homemade videos with some awesome effects? Need to make a small slideshow consisting of video and audio? Well, Daniusoft DVD Creator for Mac comes to the rescue then!

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The key features of the Daniusoft DVD creator are:

  • Burn movies stored in your hard disk to a DVD disc.
  • Supports a wide range of DVD discs like DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL, DVD-RAM, DVD5 and DVD9.
  • Create highly customizable DVD menu.
  • Supports a wide variety of video formats like AVI, MP4, MPG, MPEG, 3GP, WMV, ASF, RM, RMVB, DAT, MOV, FLV, and MKV.

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While testing the software, I was blown away by the clean, simple and awesome interface of the application. For first time users, the application even has a very nice tutorial with in-depth details on how to create a nice custom DVD. Users can drag-and-drop images from iPhoto as well. When a user adds a photo, or a video he is presented an edit option where he can add some nice custom effects to the picture or video.

The main program window has two main options – Media and Menu. The Menu tab consists of some mind-blowing awesome DVD menu templates. Without a doubt, these are the best templates I have ever seen in any DVD making software irrespective of the platform. The default templates are even categorized under 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio. If by any chance, the default templates do not satisfy you, you can click on the “More Templates” option that will take you to the Daniusoft website where you can find some more awesome templates. If a user selects a static template, he has the option to select any kind of “frame” in a default template, along with the “play” button. The Advanced Setting option allows users to set a custom thumbnail to a video or a picture, and even a custom image as the background of the DVD menu.

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Users can edit a video/picture and add special effects to it, or watermark it, or even trim and rotate it. The application has a small bar at the bottom, which shows how much space has been consumed on the DVD. The software has 3 burning mode – Best Performance, High Quality and Standard. When I was burning a 1.72GB AVI video file under the Best Performance mode, the video file size reached a whooping 9037MB. Even though there was a noticeable difference in the video quality at the time of playback, I would have preferred the size to be a bit  less. One useful feature about this software is that it allows users to burn – rather save – their project in ISO format or in a DVD folder. The “Extras” option in the menu bar features an option to burn an ISO file and/or an AVI file to a DVD. When I tried the “Burn AVI To DVD” option, I was redirected to a tutorial on Daniusoft website on how to burn AVI files. Sadly, when I tried the “Burn ISO To DVD” option I was redirected to a “Page Not Found” page on the Daniusoft website.

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One nifty feature of the application is that if your project exceeds the space present on the DVD by a few megabytes, users are given an option to compress the project to fit it onto a single DVD. The amount of time taken to encode and burn a project on a DVD will vary according to the configuration of your Mac.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

I found Daniusoft DVD creator to be a must have software. Except for the “Burn ISO To DVD” option not working, the software worked like a charm. The smooth animations, and the simple UI of the application make it much more user friendly. The price of the software is a bit steep at $49.99 though. Luckily, for our readers we have 15 licenses of Daniusoft DVD Creator for giveaway.

Download Link: http://www.daniusoft.com/

Giveaway Details

We have 15 licenses of Daniusoft DVD creator as a giveaway for our readers. If you want to win a copy of this DVD creator which is worth $49.99, just leave a comment and tell us why you would want to win the Daniusoft DVD creator license.

We will randomly choose 15 winners from the entries we get and send them a license each of the software.

Auto Backup for MySQL Database

If you have a blog or a regular website which makes use of a database to store information, there could be times when the database crashes or for that matter your hosting provider does. In such cases, having backups of your MySQL database is really very very important.

Of course there are several ways to backup your MySQL data, however, most of those require manual intervention and can be easily forgotten.

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Auto Backup for MySQL is a MySQL Backup Solution which allows users to schedule the backing up and restoring of your remote and local MySQL Database. Auto Backup for MySQL allows you to create different tasks to backup or restore MySQL database. You can choose to automatically backup MySQL database to SQL files or also choose to upload them another server or to another database altogether.

In addition to the above tasks you can also export the MySQL tables to CSV, XML, HTML or Text files and execute regular MySQL queries on the database.

Once you choose a task, the software will walk you through a wizard which will create the steps required to perform the task. For detailed instruction on creating a task using Auto Backup for MySQL you can visit this post.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Considering that the database is the most important part of any website or blog, Auto Backup for MySQL is definitely a useful software. Using the software you can schedule backups to occur at regular intervals, thus ensuring that you have backups in case your database or host crashes.

However, the only problem I saw with the software is that it expects that the host allows connection from external IP address, whereas many servers come with installations which restrict database access to only local machine. It would be good if the software could allow for SSH tunneling through which it could backup the database too.

Auto Backup for MySQL is available as a free trial for 15 days, after which you can buy different editions of the software starting at $59.95.

Download  Link: http://www.swordsky.com/

Pro Link: http://www.swordsky.com/pro_edition.html

This is a sponsored review of the software, all views in the post are unbiased and true.

Clouds and Sky Make Great Screensavers

[Windows Only] The folks at NewFreeScreensavers posted a letter to me the other day. They’ve released a few new screensavers that I thought you might like to see. Here’s what the letter said:

Hello
Today Newfreescreensavers.com offer you ten more new free screensavers. Now there are more Nature free screensavers (waterfalls, sky, clouds) on our website. Some waterfall free screensavers are designed for HD monitors and from my point of view look fabulous. All new nature free screensavers will create a relaxing atmosphere and will decorate your monitor when it is idle. For those who prefer life in a city Newfreescreensavers.com has released a screensaver called Night. Download Night screensaver and enjoy the lights of a night city life.

Unlike the screensavers at a few other free sites, I’ve always found these to be completely free from ads and other junk that you don’t want. Below are screenshots of my favorite two screensavers from this latest batch.

NFS Clouds This one has a rapidly changing scene with clouds and sunlight rolling across a pastoral setting.

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NFS Sky This one makes you feel like you are riding on the nose of a jet as the clouds fly by you.

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Here is a screenshot of the web page showing some of the most recent screensavers available.

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Download:

Use this link to see the latest screensavers.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

Although the screensavers at this site may be simple, they are almost always beautiful and unique. You won’t have any trouble installing or using them.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Megaupload Downloader Downloads Files From Popular File Hosting Sites

[Windows only] There is no dearth of websites which allow you to upload files and share them with others. In addition to that, users also have an option to upload videos to sites like and Veoh.

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However, while downloading those files users have to go through a barrage of wait times and ads, if you hate those, you can now download the files without having to wait and also batch download several files at once from multiple sites.

The Megaupload Downloader allows you to download files from popular sites like Megaupload, Rapidshare, Sendspace, Depositfiles, 4Shared, Mediafire, ZShare, Easy-share, Uploaded.to and more. In addition to that it also has support for video sites like YouTube and Veoh.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Overall Megaupload Downloader does the job very well, however, new users might get a bit confused with the interface because of the default use of the Italian language. You will have to change the language settings to English manually the first time.

The download interface is pretty neat with tooltips for the icons the app has. You can also easily add downloads and queue and pause them with the software. And to top it this is a Freeware and Open Source Software.

Overall it is a pretty good software if you are looking to download files from the sites listed above and more which have bells and whistles attached.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

Download Megaupload Downloader

Freeware Fridays | Top Tools Of the Week #9

freeware-signIn 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.

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Royale Remixed Is it the Best Microsoft Theme for XP?

The Royale theme for Windows XP is a very nice theme, but I found out that someone has taken the Royale theme and tweaked it to make it even better.

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Super Photo Slideshow Screensaver JPEGSaver

Most Windows systems already come with a nice built in screensaver for viewing the pictures you’ve stored on your hard drive. In Windows XP it’s called My Pictures Slideshow but here’s a free program that offers more options.


Since that’s I have posted this week, here are a few new freebies from Snapfiles for you to look over.

NEW – Yadis! Backup v1.9.10

Yadis! Backup is an easy-to-use backup program that can perform automatic backups of your important files. The program will continuously monitor your selected folders and backup any files in real-tim….

NEW – Tab Utilities v0.9.9.3

Tab Utilities provides you with complete control over your Firefox browser tabs. You can fully customize the opening behavior of new tabs based on the link type (URL, Favorite, History, Search) and d….

NEW – LAlarm v5.7

LAlarm is a clever anti-theft alarm software for your laptop that provides different security features to prevent your laptop from being stolen, as well as data recovery and destruction options to pr….

NEW – RBTray v4.1

RBTray enables you to minimize any window or program to the system tray (instead of the task bar) by simply right-clicking on the standard Windows minimize button. Standalone software, no installatio….

NEW – WinSplit Revolution v9.02

WinSplit Revolution enables you to quickly position and size active desktop windows with the help of keyboard shortcuts, saving you from having to manually drag and size a window. The default configu….

NEW – iReboot v1.1.1

iReboot enables people that use dual-boot systems to quickly switch operating systems without the need to wait for the O/S selection screen. Simply select the operation system you want to boot into f….

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.