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Freeware Fridays | Top Tools Of the Week #5

FreewareIn 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.

Note: Some of these are from last week. I accidentally over-wrote an old post so they didn’t get published correctly last Friday. Sorry …


icofx-icon Create and Edit Icons with a Free Portable App IcoFX
This free portable utility can do nearly everything you’d need when you’re working with Windows and Mac icons,

texter-icon Automatic Spelling Correction and Text Expansion with Texter
Would you like to have most of your misspellings corrected automatically? You can have that, and much more, with a small portable utility named ‘Texter’.

everything-search-results Everything A Super Fast Portable File Search
A small freeware program named “Everything” can eliminate the slow Windows file searches that force you to take long coffee breaks.

paperbusPaperbus : Bypass Internet Censors And Access Blocked Sites
Paperbuss is free multi-platform utility to access blocked sites and bypass internet filters.

Opera-Mini-iPhoneComing Soon : Fizzik A Social Web Browser
Fizzik is a new web browser that is targeted to keep you updated with the  social media  as well as news and videos. The browser is built on the Microsoft technologies.

mediaspider-batch-download-images-googleBatch Download Images From Google Images, Deviant Art And 4Chan
Media spider is free portable tool that helps you batch download pictures from Google Images, Devian Art and 4Chan

DontSleepTemporarily Disable Windows Power Settings with Don’t Sleep
Don’t Sleep is a tiny portable application for Windows which temporarily suspends Windows power settings and prevents the system from logging off, restarting, hibernation or going to sleep mode

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Record Last.fm Songs with Last Recorder But is it Legal?

A freeware tool called Last Recorder will allow you to download MP3 songs from Last.FM. The question about the legality of doing this still remains unanswered.
blue-rule3 Animated Waterfall Screensavers You Will Love
Moving water and clear blue skies will cheer up your screen when the PC isn’t doing anything. Check out these fantastic animated waterfall screensavers.

pdf-icon Split and Merge PDF Files with GiosPSM
Unless you have the full version of Adobe Acrobat, making changes to existing PDF files is a problem. I’ve discovered a great free program that helps me deal with splitting and merging PDF files.

lockup-icon Lock Your Programs with Lockup
If you need to keep people from running specific applications on your PC, this little freeware app could be one of your favorite tools. It’s small, easy to use and it’s free.

Convert Almost Any Video Format with Any Video Converter
This free program allows you to convert between a large number of video formats such as AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, MPG, M2TS, MTS, RM, RMVB, QT, and WMV. It can also download and convert YouTube videos.


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.

Automatic Spelling Correction and Text Expansion with Texter

texter-icon [Windows Only] How often do you type the word “teh” instead of “the”? If it’s very often, you aren’t alone. “Teh” is so common that it’s become an accepted word on the internet.

Would you like to have most of your misspellings corrected automatically? You can have that, and much more, with a small portable freeware utility named ‘Texter’.

Texter is a text replacement tool from Adam Pash at Lifehacker. It includes a small library of common spelling errors, and it will constantly watch every word you type. When it recognizes a misspelled word, it can automatically change the letters to correct the error. However, the real power it gives you is the ability to create your own letter combinations and replacements. For example, I can set up Texter to automatically replace “imo” with “In my opinion”.

Watch this video if you’d like to see Texter in action:

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I use Texter for:
• phrases that I type often
• abbreviations that I like to expand
• addresses I type often
• passwords at websites
• long signatures at the end of letters
• famous quotes at the end of letters
• programming code snippets

Download from Texter Home Page:

If you liked this post, you should take a look at some free copy and paste enhancements and a clipboard manager named Ditto.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:
If you aren’t using a text replacement tool already, Texter is good place to start. It’s free, it’s portable and it’s easy to use. Like me, you may find that it’s a ‘must-have’ on your PC and on your portable flash drive. The only thing it’s missing is a local help file describing all of the features.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4.5/5 (almost perfect)

Lightworks: Academy And Emmy Award Winner Software Goes Open-source [Linux Software]

Academy ® and Emmy ® award-winning video editing software Lightworks has gone Open Source. The non-linear video editing software has been released as a platform and offers support for user-developed plugins. This also allows developers to sell the plugins they have created. Lightworks has a centralized marketplace to manage this.

Lightworks supports resolution and codec independent editing of videos. It also supports live video editing and has many effects to choose from.

Apparently, Editshare did not create Lightworks but just acquired it.  EditShare writes on the open-sourcing at its official blog saying,

EditShare ®, the technology leader in cross-platform collaborative editing and shared media storage, unveiled plans for the newly acquired Lightworks solution at the NAB 2010 exhibition on opening day. The company has transformed the time-honored editing solution into Lightworks Open Source, the industry’s first open-source development initiative for a large-scale, non-linear editing (NLE) platform. A departure from standard 3rd-party developer programs that limit access, the Lightworks Open Source platform offers an unprecedented gateway into the NLE’s core engine, enabling a wide-range of creative developers to implement forward-thinking features and workflows.

The  announcement  has just been made and it will be another two to three months before the software is available for free download.

Freeware Fridays | Top Tools Of the Week #4

FreewareIn 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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Record Last.fm Songs with Last Recorder But is it Legal?

A freeware tool called Last Recorder will allow you to download MP3 songs from Last.FM. The question about the legality of doing this still remains unanswered.
blue-rule3 Animated Waterfall Screensavers You Will Love
Moving water and clear blue skies will cheer up your screen when the PC isn’t doing anything. Check out these fantastic animated waterfall screensavers.

pdf-icon
Split and Merge PDF Files with GiosPSM
Unless you have the full version of Adobe Acrobat, making changes to existing PDF files is a problem. I’ve discovered a great free program that helps me deal with splitting and merging PDF files.

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Lock Your Programs with Lockup
If you need to keep people from running specific applications on your PC, this little freeware app could be one of your favorite tools. It’s small, easy to use and it’s free.


Convert Almost Any Video Format with Any Video Converter
This free program allows you to convert between a large number of video formats such as AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, MPG, M2TS, MTS, RM, RMVB, QT, and WMV. It can also download and convert YouTube videos.


I’ve picked a few freebies from the SnapFiles Freeware directory for you to check out.

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NEW – AutoSizer v1.71

AutoSizer is a small program that runs in the system tray and can automatically resize and reposition any program or folder window. You can choose to maximize or minimize a specific window, define cu….

NEW – uPrompt v1.0

uPrompt is a simple teleprompter software, designed for personal webcam production and audio annotations for instructional desktop videos. The teleprompter windows can be docked to the top or bottom ….

NEW – File Blender v0.18

File Blender is a customizable file conversion and processing tool with a minimalist interface that automatically presents you with available conversion options when you drag and drop a file onto the….

NEW – Calibre v0.6.46

Calibre is an open source e-book library management application that enables you to manage your e-book collection, convert e-books between different formats, synchronize with popular e-book reader de….

Update – Pencil v0.4.4b

Pencil is a traditional 2D animation software that enables you to create pencil sketches and animated them to create hand-drawn cartoon animations using both bitmap and vector graphics. The program p….


Do you have any suggestions for us? Do you have any requests for free software? Be sure to comment below.

Record Last.fm Songs with Last Recorder – But is it Legal?

icon-last-fm [Windows Only] The other day, I ran into a new listing for a freeware application named Last Recorder. Here’s what the author says about this little tool.

Last Recorder is a small program that can save tracks from Last.fm audio streams into separate tagged mp3 files.

While I can’t confirm that I actually used this program to download music, I can confirm that this program does work. It does download full length mp3 songs from Last.fm while preserving the song titles. Here’s what Last Recorder looks like:

lastrecorder-interface

Last Recorder is a single executable file and no installation is needed. When it first launches, it will prompt you to enter your user ID and password. Then you can select a choice of radio stations by using the drop down on the left and these are the options:

Tag
Artist
My Tag
My Radio
My Loved Tracks
My Neighbors
My Recommendations
Custom URL

You will also have to select a download location on the right side drop down box.

Given the fact that this download tool seems to work, the question that many people will have is, Is this legal?. I did find an FAQ on the site regarding this question and the answer was I don’t know for sure.In my opinion, downloading these songs is about the same as recording music from the radio stations or television. Do I think it’s legal? It may be legal to download the information (music), but you are definitely breaking your agreement with Last.fm’s Terms of Use. Whether or not that agreement is actually binding on you may depend on where you live and which way the courts are swinging that day.

So, I’ll leave it up to you.

Last Recorder Home Page

Techie Buzz Verdict:

This application does what it says and it also portable. While those are both good features, the question of it’s legality leaves me doubting that I will use it.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2.5/5 (Average)

Split and Merge PDF Files with GiosPSM

pdf-icon I deal with PDF files almost every day at work. Unless you have the full version of Adobe Acrobat, making changes to existing PDF files is sometimes a problem. I’ve discovered one program that helps me deal with splitting and merging PDF files. It’s name is Gios PDF Splitter and Merger‘ (GiosPSM).

GiosPSM is the result of an open source set of tools for manipulating PDF files. It is a stand-alone program and it’s all contained in a single executable file about 145kb in size. The program is small, mainly because it relies on the .NET Framework v2.0 libraries. Here’s what the main interface looks like:

GiosPSM-interface

The feature I like best about GioPSM is the fact that you can drag and drop PDF files into it’s list when you are using it. This is a big time saver when you are merging dozens of PDF files. So far, I haven’t found any other PDF split/merge tools that allowed drag and drop without some other limitations.

GiosPSM also allows you to set page ranges when you are splitting and merging so that you can specify exactly what you need to work with. There is also a command line version of GiosPSM for those who need to automate splitting and merging operations.

The one thing I don’t like about GiosPSM is the fact that it’s a little fussy and will occasionally crash on you. When it happens, no permanent harm is done and it’s only a minor problem.

Download: Gios Home Page (requires .NET Framework 2.0)

Techie Buzz Verdict:

techiebuzzrecommendedsoftware1 GiosPSM is easy to use, it’s small and it’s portable. This is a great free product that is actively being developed. The additional command line version is a real bonus for those needing to automate PDF operations.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Lock Your Programs with Lockup

lockup-icon [Windows Only] Do you manage or share user accounts on a PC? Are there certain programs that you don’t want someone to use? A tiny stand-alone freeware application named Lockup‘ will let you lock programs so they won’t run at all.

Lockup is very easy to use, but you should be very careful with it. If you make one wrong move, you can accidentally lock an entire user account so that it’s difficult to return to a usable state.

How to use Lockup:

Here’s a screenshot of one of the two modes of operation, Only the listmode.

lockup-block-internet-explorer

In the screenshot above, you can see that I’ve added Internet Explorer to the list of executable files that will not run. To add more executables to the list, click the Browsebutton to select an EXE file, then click the little green check-mark icon at the bottom of the Lockup window. After you reboot or log off the PC and log back in, you’ll find that the EXEs you’ve listed will bring up a message telling you that the program is restricted.

Below, you can see a screenshot of Lockup in the All except the listmode.

lockup-block-everything

This is a fairly risky mode since all executable files will be blocked from running, except those you add to the list. Make sure you don’t remove Lockup from the list or you may have a little trouble getting back access to it. I tried this mode briefly and it works great. All of my autorun (startup) applications failed to load when I logged in, even my antivirus application was blocked. This mode would be perfect for a PC that was used in a public place such as a library, school or cafe.

How does it work?

Occasionally, I run into a little program like this and I have to figure out what it’s doing. I learn lots of neat tricks this way. I suspected that Lockup was only making some changes to the Windows Registry and I was correct. I used an installation monitor to find out what changes it made in the second mode I showed you above.

lockup-block-registry-settings

As you can see in the image above, Lockup made changes to the Current_User policy to achieve the blocking it does. Anyone with the knowledge of these registry keys can do the same thing using the Windows Registry Editor (regedit.exe). Here’s a link to more information on the DisallowRun and RestrictRun registry keys.

Final Tips:

If you do get blocked from using programs or a specific program, you can still launch them using the Windows Run menu (Press Windows key + R) or from the command console (Press Windows key + R / type CMD’ without quotes / press Enter). For example, if I wanted to run Notepad, I could type notepad’ into the Run menu.

You can run Lockup from a USB flash drive if you want to make sure that nobody using the PC has access to the Lockup program. This could also be used for a practical joke if you are feeling mean (not recommended).

Also … here’s how to:

* Password Protect Programs and Files
* Lock and Hide Files and Folders
* Hide Your Secret Files in Zip Folders

Download: Home page for Lockup (requires .NET Framework 3.5)

Techie Buzz Verdict:

If you need to keep people from running specific applications on your PC, this little freeware app could be one of your favorite tools. It’s small, easy to use and it’s free.  The only thing missing from this application is a password protection feature.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Center TaskBar Icons in Windows 7 With TaskDock [Windows]

I used to be a big fan of programs like ObjectDock and RocketDock. However, I stopped using them after I upgraded to Windows 7. Windows 7’s taskbar (affectionately called the superbar) acts as a pretty good application launcher and makes these dock applications almost redundant.

TaskDock is a free portable utility, which enhances the taskbar’s dock-like feel by automatically centering all your icons. There is very little else to say about this app. It is tiny download and does just what it is supposed to do. As soon as you launch it, it will center all the icons present in your taskbar. TaskDock does not have any interface and operates silently from the system tray. It continuously monitors applications as they are opened and closed and re-aligns the taskbar buttons accordingly.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

TaskDock does not serve any real purpose other than making the taskbar a bit more pleasing to the eyes. However, folks who like to dress up their system with fancy themes and icons will appreciate this subtle taskbar enhancement. TaskDock can be a bit jumpy but worked well enough for me to give it a thumbs up.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2.5/5 (Good)

[ Download TaskDock for Windows 7 ]

Freeware Fridays | Top Tools Of the Week #3

no-cost-freewareIn 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 hopefully you’ll find a keeper in the mix.

Display Multiple Time Zones in the XP System Tray

Windows Vista and Windows 7 allow you to quickly see the time for cities all over the world. I will show you how to add the same feature to Windows XP.

Download Hulu Videos Using Stream Transport

Download Hulu Videos: You can download videos from Hulu, with Stream Transport a Hulu Video Downloader. You can also download videos from YouTube, Google Video, MySpace, Yahoo! Video, CBS, MTV, Megavideo, Photobucket, Dailymotion, Veoh and Demand Five

100,000 People Are Now Using Immunet Protect AntiVirus

This afternoon when I booted up my netbook, I noticed that Immunet Protect now has over 100,000 users. Is that a big deal?

Recover Gigabytes of Lost Space With DiskMax

Are you running out of space? Try DiskMax – a freeware disk cleaner, which effortlessly recovers gigabytes of lost storage space.

Windows Live Wave 4 Leaked, Reviews

Download Windows Live Wave 4 leaked version on the internet for downloads. You can download Wave 4 thorugh torrent sites and other websites. Live Wave 4 downloads contains Windows Live Mail, Live Writer, Live Photo Gallery, Live Movie Maker and more.

How to Flip and Rotate Videos Which are Shot at a Wrong Angle

You can flip and rotate videos which are shot at a wrong angle using this free utility. The videos can be rotated to 90, 180 and 270 degrees and can be flipped both horizontally and vertically.

New Free Virus Removal Tool from McAfee Fake Alert Stinger

There are two versions of McAfee Stinger now. Both are very good, there’s no reason not to use both of them when you need to clean up an infected PC

Tiny but Full Featured MP3 Player STP

STP is a small but full featured mp3 player for Windows. There are no fancy skins or visualizations, but this is a player that you can take with you anywhere.

Do you have any suggestions for us? Do you have any requests for free software? Be sure to comment below.

Recover Gigabytes of Lost Space With DiskMax

There are plenty of disk cleanup tools in the market; in fact, almost every system maintenance suite includes one. Yet, believe me when I say, very few can claim to be as comprehensive as DiskMax.

DiskMax-Scan-Profile

I first used DiskMax more than a year back and was wowed by it instantly. DiskMax had managed to effortlessly reclaim fifteen gigabytes of precious space. Since, then it has only improved by leaps and bounds.

DiskMax-Scan-Prompts

DiskMax’s interface is unique because rather than asking you to select the items you want to scan beforehand, it keeps prompting as it progresses. It supports four scan profiles, which offer varying degrees of optimization. As I mentioned earlier, what sets DiskMax apart from the crowd is its thoroughness. Among other things, it cleans Microsoft Office Installer Cache, performance logs, unused hibernation and page files, icon cache, user registry entries, Windows memory dumps, Windows logs, Windows Update backups, Windows event logs and browser data (Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Internet Explorer).

DiskMax-Scan-Progress

Techie Buzz Verdict

DiskMax-Highly-ReccomendedI have been using DiskMax for more than year and have never encountered any problems. In the past year, I have used it on numerous occasions, on various systems, and the results were always astounding. However, once should be careful while using the Deep Scan option. In fact, I would recommend not using it, if you do not know what you are doing. Nevertheless, even without Deep Scan, it managed to delete more than ten-gigabyte of junk on my cousin’s computer.

DiskMax is a fabulous utility, which works marvelously. The unique interface actually works rather well and allows you to customize the scan profiles according to your needs. The only annoyance is that it insists on forcing users to check for updates. The installer is also rather rude, and doesn’t support any interaction with the user. However, do not let these niggles stop you from using an excellent utility.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

[ Download DiskMax ]