How to View All The fonts Installed in Windows with WinFontsView

WinFontsView is a nifty utility which can be used to view all the installed fonts in your Windows System. It is a portable application and thus require no installation. You can carry this small utility in a usb stick and use it on multiple computers.

We have earlier covered some font utilities for windows which includes viewing Windows fonts with Fonticate and some free font viewers for Windows. If you want to print a particular font, read our earlier post.

Here is how the fonts window looks in WinFontsView


The application shows up to 5 samples for each installed font in different sizes.You can view the fonts in bold, italics and underline styles. You can also export the list of fonts into an html file. To view the fonts in other languages, go to advanced options or press F8.


Also check out some interesting websites where you can find free fonts for Windows and Mac.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

WinFontsView is good if you are interested in just seeing the fonts installed in your computer. Does a good job but I would like to see more functions in the upcoming versions.(e.g exporting or importing fonts )

Techie-Buzz rating: 2/5 (Average).

The Complete Media ToolKit – MediaCope

We have introduced you people to many applications for converting, cutting and ripping audio/video. Today we have gotten hold of such and app that can substitute all those apps we had introduced before.

MediaCope is an application, or rather an application pack that helps you to do many tasks inside one single window.

Media Cope is a combined application of different applications that we use daily.

Some of its features are listed below.

  • Audio/Video Player.
  • Audio/Video Cutter.
  • Audio Converter.
  • Video Converter.
  • Photo Cutter.
  • Photo Resizer/Converter.
  • Slideshow.

Isn’t that a combination of many applications you use? Here is the in-depth explanation of these features.

All these tools are arranged in a tab like view and you have click on each tab to use them.

Audio/Video Player

This is a normal video player. It has features like setting aspect ratio, capturing screenshots while seeing a movie. With options to set subtitle delay, audio delay, subtitle position etc., this player stands out from many other normal audio/video players.  


Audio/Video Cutter

This is another excellent tool. It has almost everything that a cutter should have. Besides enabling you to change the aspect ration, it also helps you to save the cut video or audio in different formats. Some of the formats it has are mp4, 3gp, wmv, mpg/mpeg, avi, flv and many more.

Audio Converter

This audio converter is no less than any other individual converter. It enables its users to convert multiple files (audio) at a time, from one format to another easily. All you have to do is just add all the files that are to be converted and click “Convert”. It converts audio into almost all basic formats such as mp3, wav, aac, wma, flac, m4a and so on.

Video Converter

It is just like the audio converter. Even with this tool, you can convert multiple files at a time from one format to another. Some of the file formats that it converts are mp4, 3gp, wmv, vob, divx, avi and a lot more.

Photo Cutter

Again, this is an awesome tool. It helps you to cut images very easily. It has a browser on the side, wherein you can browse for the pictures you want to cut. You can set your own ratio for the final image. After your work with the respective picture is done, you can view the preview and save it onto your hard disk. It supports file formats such as jpg, bmp, tiff, png, wmf, emf.

Photo Resizer/Converter

You can convert your pictures as you resize them with this tool. You need to select one resolution out of the wide range of resolutions it has. After selecting the destination folder, click on “Resize” and your job is done! The image you added will be both converted and resized. Some of the image formats it supports are jpg, bmp, tiff, png, wmf, emf. Look in the below picture for the wide range of resolutions it offers.

Slideshow Maker

This is an addition to your normal media toolkit. This tool helps you to create a slideshow of select images with audio. It is just a typical slideshow maker wherein you can add the images, select audio and set the delay between the images. You are done!

Techie-Buzz Verdict

This is an awesome and “must use” tool if you work with lots of ¬†audio, video and images. Instead of downloading loads of individual applications, download this simple application pack. This is a alternative for all those individual apps put together. I am sure it takes no more than about 10% of the space that numerous other applications that you use take.

Techie-Buzz Rating : 4.5/5

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Gathera Manages All Your Social Networking In One Place


If you are anything like me, you may have accounts in several social networking sites like , , LinkedIN, and so on. Managing all those accounts can sometimes be a bit of a pain.

Gathera provides users with a handy and Internet Explorer add-on, which will allow you to manage all your social networking accounts from the browser sidebar. In addition to that, you can also access email from , , Windows Live Mail and AOL. It also adds a system tray notifier to constantly alert you about new updates.

Gathera currently supports YouTube, Digg, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Hi5, Linked In, FlickR, Delicious, Windows Live, Gmail, Yahoo and AOL.

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Disable Mouse Touchpad While Typing

Many laptops and netbooks do not come with a disable touchpad button. There is no other easy way to disable the touchpad while you are typing or using an external mouse. This can cause wayward mouse movements while typing as the touchpad is pretty sensitive and sudden mouse movements can cause wayward typing.

Enter Touch Freeze, a useful and   which will automatically disable the mouse touchpad while you are typing on the keyboard. The touchpad will automatically be reactivated when you stop typing.

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Create Collages Of Your Desired Photos Online With Shape Collage

Creating collages of favorite photos is great fun! It’s also a nice way of collecting some of your memorable photos. To help you with this collage creating, here is an online tool, Shape Collage.

Shape Collage is an excellent and simple online tool that helps you to create collages of your favorite photos across the web. All you need to do is, enter the URL of the photos out of which you want to create a collage and click on "Create" button. You will get your collage prepared from the photos the provided link had.

This tool has some pre-defined shapes out of which you can choose your collage. You can see that in the picture below. If you don’t want to use those shapes, you have an option to use letters. For example, if you want a set of photos to be shown in the form of a letter, say "H",  then you need to type the same letter in the "Text box".

Apart from the online tool, there is also a desktop software. You can find out more about this here: Create Photo Collages With Shape Collage

Shape Collage

Here are few examples of what these collages look like:

Techie-Buzz Verdict

This is an awesome and simple tool. It’s fast too! Just set the shape, insert the URL click "Create". Your job is done! It also provides you an option to post to and share the collage with your friends. So, no fuss of opening another window for that. Overall, a really handy tool.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Cool!)

Clippable: Wipe Out Clutter From WebPages for Easier Reading

Formerly known as readability2, Clippable is a useful browser bookmarklet that reduces all the clutter from a webpage and makes it more easier to read. If you often find websites with a large number of advertisements, banners or useless elements, then use this browser bookmarklet to get rid of the cluttered stuff.

Watch the following screen cast to understand how Clippable works:

As you can see, the bookmarklet removes everything from advertisements, widgets, buttons and all the unnecessary elements, thus giving you a distraction free reading environment.

To use Clippable, browse to this page and drag and drop the bookmarklet in your browser’s bookmarks toolbar.

Also check out Momentum writer – a distraction free writing tool.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Clippable does exactly what is says. However, in some sites it does not exclude the retweet button if placed at the end of the post. Otherwise it removes the advertisements, banners, widgets and presents a distracting free reading environment.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5 (very good)

Download Photos From Flickr Using Flickr AutoDownloadr

There are gazillions of Flickr apps out there. We have covered several of them in the past. Today we will take a look at another promising Flickr application – Flickr AutoDownloadr.

Flickr AutoDownloadr is a simple Windows utility developed using the Flickr API and AutoIt. It is a really powerful Flickr downloader which allows you to download pretty much any collection of photos. You can download any user’s favourite photos, photos from his sets, photos from his groups and even photos uploaded by his contacts. If you wish you can also download photographs uploaded by the entire Flickr community. AutoDownloadr provides a number of filters including tags, title, description and date. Other features include slideshow support and a special Tag Walk mode, which allows you to take a random journey through Flickr.


Techie Buzz Verdict

There are dozens of utilities for downloading Flickr photos. However, Flickr AutoDownloadr successfully manages to distinguish itself from the crowd thanks to its flexibility. The best thing about AutoDownloadr is that it allows you to get into any ones shoes and enjoy their photo stream. The software has some performance issues and the UI tends to become unresponsive while downloading photos. In spite of these issues, if you enjoy surfing Flickr, you are probably going to love Flickr AutoDownloadr.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

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How To Convert Flickr Metadata to Lightroom And Photoshop Presets

When you click a photo in this digital age, a lot of information gets saved, it’s not only the light that you have captured. Almost all digital cameras these days save extra information with your pictures. This extra information gives details about the type of camera used, exposure provided, focal length, white balance, shutter speed, aperture and several other tidbits about the picture taken. This information is called EXIF data which stands for Exchangeable Image File Format.

flickr-logo The EXIF data also contains the RAW conversion settings, stored when a photographers digitally process their pictures. These RAW conversion settings can contain details such as brightness, contrast, vignettes, white balance, temperature and several other options that can totally transform the images. So, if you copy this data from one picture to another, you can actually, in some way, give the second picture a similar look’ like the first one.

Using this idea, photographer and web developer Joe Smalley created an easy to use tool that will allow you to give a particular look’ to a picture, sourcing the EXIF data from a Flickr photograph. This is how he explains the process:

After quickly getting tired of copying settings across manually, I developed a tool which will output a Lightroom or Photoshop preset file based on the metadata found for that Flickr photo. Simply enter the full URL of the photo into the tool below and you’re away!

It is limited to photos which have metadata publicly available. Also custom point tone curve information isn’t converted- as the Flickr metadata page unfortunately doesn’t show all it.

The tool can be used to create dramatic transformations of pictures. If the look of the downloaded preset doesn’t suit the picture well, you can always tweak each individual setting manually.

Note: If the preset downloads as plain text or in a txt file, simply change its extension/save it as .LRtemplate (for Lightroom) or .ACR (for photoshop)

Convert Flickr Metadata to Lightroom/Photoshop presets

Avoid Repetitive Strain Injuries With Workrave

Most of us are probably aware of the fact that using the computer continuously for prolonged periods of time may lead to multiple health related complexities including Repetitive Strain Injuries. In spite of that most of us pay little attention to our body until it’s too late. Workrave is a free and open source utility for Windows and Unix (Linux/Solaris/BSD), which helps you avoid RSI by forcing you to take breaks at regular intervals.

Workrave-Break-Timer-Interface Workrave interface consists of three tiny progress bars. Each of these progress bars represent the different kinds of breaks Workrave implements. They are as follows:

  • Micro-Break: Workrave enforces a short 30 second break every 3 minutes. It prompts you once the progress bar fills up and enters break mode as soon as you stop using your keyboard or mouse. You can chose to ignore the prompt, however in that case Workrave will prompt you again after two and a half minutes.
  • Workrave-Break-Timer-Break-Mode

  • Rest Break: Rest Breaks are of longer duration (10 minutes) and by default Workrave prompts you to take a rest break once in every 45 minutes. If you chose to ignore, it will prompt you once again after 3 minutes. You are also encouraged to perform short exercises in the rest break. Workrave includes instructions for some easy stress relieving exercises. All of the included exercises can be performed anywhere – even in your office.
  • Workrave-Break-Timer-Exercises

  • Daily Limit: Workrave also keeps track of total time you have spent working on your computer. Once it reaches 4 hours, Workrave will prompt you to turn off your computer.

Workrave allows users complete freedom in choosing how often they wish to be reminded. The interval and durations for all the breaks can be changed. You also have the option of simply skipping your breaks, in which case Workrave will completely forget about it. The other nice thing about Workrave is that, it keeps track of your computer usage. If you stop using the mouse and keyboard, the timers will automatically be paused and break meters will start filling up.


Techie Buzz Verdict

Workrave-Techie-Buzz-ReccomendedIf you work in an IT company or spend long hours in front of your computer, Workrave is a must have. It provides more features than other freeware break timers and annoys you just enough so that you take your breaks.

Ratings: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

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App Garden: Hundreds Of Free Flickr Apps To Download

If you are big on Flickr, you must be using a number of Flickr apps to browse, search, upload and download photos from Flickr. All these apps are great but where do you go when you are looking for a new or special-purpose app? The answer is “The App Garden’.

App Garden is a free service by Flickr that indexes a collection of popular Flickr apps. These are all apps developed by Flickr members using the Flickr API and most of them are available for free. You can browse through the App Garden to find a desired app or search for it using tags.

Each app listing includes screen-shots and user comments. You cannot, however, download the app directly from the app garden. Rather, you would have to go to the application website to download it.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

App Garden is a much needed platform for Flickr apps that will help a user immensely in finding useful apps. The ability to download directly from the App Garden would have been a much appreciated feature, though.