Thumbnail Generator for Images

There are many times when you do not want to share original images you took from your trip, and instead just share smaller thumbnails so that no one copies and reuses your original images.

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Thumbnail creator is a application, which will allow you to create thumbnails from a single image, or create thumbnails of all the images in a folder. Once you download and install the software, you can create thumbnails by clicking on the load button.

You can specify the height and width of the thumbnail and also add a watermark to the image. To process multiple images in a folder, you will have to click on the Batch process button.

The thumbnail images can be saved as either Bitmap or JPEG files.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Thumbnail generator allows you to generate thumbnails from multiple images inside a folder. In addition to that, it also allows you to add watermarks to your images to protect it further.

The only problem with this application is that it adds the watermark to the middle of the image, it would be good if it allowed to change the location of the image. Another interesting feature would be to allow for images/logos to be used as watermarks.

Ratings: 2.5/5 (Good)

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Browse/Open Tar Files in Windows Explorer

Starting with , Microsoft added support for users to browse zip archives. However there are several different types of archives including .rar, .7z and so on. If you are a Linux user, you might also be aware of tar archives.

Tar archives are files usually created in Linux environments, if you have downloaded a file with .tar extensions, you can easily open it with several softwares.

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The Tar folder shell extension, makes is much easier to open and browse .tar files from within Windows explorer. Once you install the software, you can browse .tar files just like any other folder on your computer.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Tar folder shell extension allows you to open and view the content of files within a .tar file without having to extract them. This can come in pretty handy when you want to only copy a few files from the archive or want to browse the files before you decide to extract them.

The application is , once installed it will automatically integrate itself into the Windows explorer.

Ratings: 3/5 (Very Good)

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Create CD/DVD Disk Covers With Disk Label Designer

Most of the CD/DVD’s on sale are beautified with a disk cover, which may contain pictures of products, artists and even album art. With the advent of CD/DVD writers, it became much more easier to create and distribute CD/DVD. However, most of the CD/DVD’s created by personal users, do not have a disk cover or label.

If you are looking to create a personalized disk cover or label for your CD/DVD, the Disk Label designer will come in pretty handy. Disk Label designer allows you to create disk covers or labels and print it out. You can then use the printed labels to beautify your CD/DVD.

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You can add your own images and text to the CD cover. In addition to that, you can also add a background image or color to the CD cover. Once you have created your CD cover/label, you can save it or even print it.

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[2] Disk Label Designer is a dead simple , which allows you to create CD covers for regular CD/DVDs, mini disk, jewel cases and mini cases.

If you are planning to create and distribute CD/DVDs of your child’s birthday or your marriage anniversary, this tool will allow you to easily add a personalized touch to them. Disk Label Designer is practically a no-brainer. Creating that perfect CD cover/label could never get more easier.

And did we mention that Disk Label Designer is ? It also makes it to our list of .

Rating: 4.5/5 (Awesome)

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Monitor Resource Intensive Processes with Fileinspect Sidebar Gadget

If your system suddenly starts running slowly, it is probably because some process is eating up your entire RAM or consuming a lot of CPU resources. This may be due to malwares or simply due to poorly written applications.

Fileinspect Sidebar Gadget is a free gadget for Windows Vista and 7 from Auslogics which allows you to quickly spot potential troublemakers. Fileinspect automatically displays the most resource intensive processes (with respect to either CPU or Memory utilization). The basic purpose of this gadget is to reduce your dependency on the Task Manager. The main advantage of using this gadget is that, Fileinspect also displays comprehensive information about each process. This is a useful preliminary way to determine if a process is safe or not.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

Fileinspect sidebar gadget is simple yet aesthetically pleasing. Its process library is decent, but nothing exceptional. It failed to provide information about popular applications like TweetDeck and Woopra. However, unlike most sidebar gadgets Fileinspect actually serves some purpose. It’s worth installing if you use Sidebar gadgets.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2.5/5 (Average)

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Improve Your Typing Speed With Rapid Typing Tutor

An improved typing speed can go a long way towards boosting one’s productivity. The best thing is that you don’t need to join expensive classes to improve your typing speed. There are numerous free utilities which can help you. Rapid Typing Tutor is one such application.

Rapid Typing Tutor includes a large collection of typing lessons which will help you in getting accustomed to your keyboard. There are separate lessons focusing on specific character combinations, syllables, upper case letters, special symbols and words. During typing lessons you will be assisted by a virtual pair of hands. This is a neat feature and lets novice typists learn how to place their fingers on the keyboard. Rapid Typing Tutor includes fairly in-depth statistics and allows you to track your progress. You can even submit your score online and compare with other users.

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The biggest problem with Rapid Typing Tutor is its interface. It is confusing and ugly. To make matters worse, each of the available skins is equally poor. The other problem is that during typing lessons Rapid Tutor only displays few words at a time. While this is fine for novices, it’s a huge distraction for advanced typists. It prevents them from seeing in advance which words are coming up next. If you type too fast, your eyes will get strained as the text will fly across your screen. The other big problem is that, Rapid Typing Tutor doesn’t put enough emphasis on accuracy. If you mistype nothing happens. Ideally you should have to go back and correct all the errors.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

Rapid Tutor is a nice tool for beginners. The virtual keyboard and broad range of typing exercises allow novice typists to get familiarized with the keyboard. However, good typists who are looking to further polish their typing skills will only end up getting frustrated.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5(Good)

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Perform Actions When Copying Text to Clipboard

Most of the times when we copy a URL, we want to open it in a web browser. When we copy an email address, we want to send a email to someone. When we copy a explorer path, we want to open and browse the folder.

As you can see, some actions are done to perform another one. Wouldn’t it be awesome, if we had a intelligent software that could sense what we want to do, and automatically allows us perform those tasks, based on what we copy? You guessed right, we found something that will do that for you.

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Clip Monitor is a awesome software, which will automatically detect what you are copying and offer you to perform the default actions based on the text that has been copied. For example, if you copy a URL, it will offer you an option to open a web browser that points to that URL. If you copy a email address, it will offer to open the default email client and open a compose email window. If you copy a explorer location, it will offer to open the explorer window and browse to that location.

In addition to that, if you copy images to clipboard, it will offer you to open your default image editor. If you want to exit the software, just copy the text exitand the software will automatically close itself.

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[1] ClipMon is a awesome software and could turn you into a productive powerhouse, if it comes with more customization and options.

Even in its current state it is a really useful software, however, greedy as we are, it would be good if the software allowed users to define custom actions based on clipboard text. For example, say I want to open Microsoft word, i just copy word, and it gives me an option to open Microsoft Word. Having an option to predefine actions and keywords would be something that we want the developer to add to this software.

Rest assured, this is a , without doubt. Go ahead and make yourself more productive.

Techie Buzz Rating: 5/5 (Awesome)

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Waver – an Adobe AIR based Google Wave client

Not so long ago, Google sent the Google Wave invites to a very small and select bunch of people. Soon the Twitterverse was (and still is) abuzz with the people clamoring for invites. Techie-Buzz in its own time also gave away invites and very soon we were hooked to Google Wave. Now, Jash Sayani has developed an app for Google Wave and by the looks of it, Waver is very usable!

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Waver is based on the iPhone version of Google Wave and comes with a disclaimer right on the Adobe page itself:

This is an iPhone version of wave and running it on a computer might not load elements like buttons and other UI elements, however, you can click on the text and still use wave. Wave for iPhone is still under development and as it becomes more stable, this application will automatically work better.

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However, this app is not all that bad when used. You can do the same things as the normal version of Google Wave minus the three columns. The same options are available on top of the app, and yes you can view embedded video and images! You will notice the same wave used for my first impressions post of Google Wave here.

The only thing missing from the experience is the spell checker. Spelly is notably missing, and I am guessing Google has not been implemented it for the iPhone version. Apart from that, my display picture is not being displayed. Since that sort of craziness keeps happening now and then, I blame that on Google’s beta-woes more than some inherent problem with the app itself.

However, it is a memory hog. The app takes ~82MB of the memory while Raptr which is an IM client based on AIR takes about half of that to run. This should be rectified in later versions.      waverblip

Techie Buzz Verdict

In all Sayani’s app is well worth a look, especially if you are one of those who like to tweet via Google Wave. Once Google Wave has been completely released to the public, perhaps this app will prove to be more useful than what it seems to be now!

Usability: 5/5

Features: 4/5

Speed: 3/5

Overall: 3.5/5 (Decent) [Not an average]

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Handy Bulk Software Installation Suite for PCs

If you recently bought a copy of , you now have the task of installing software on it. This list may include a web browser, anti-spyware, anti malware, antivirus among other things.

But why waste time installing each and every app, when you can do it all at once? Ninite is a Easy PC setup Software installation suite, which allows users to create a software installation bundle involving web browsers, instant messaging, media tools, , document viewer and editors, free antivirus, software runtime suites like Flash and Java, P2P and file sharing software, , file compression tools and developer tools

Also Read: 10 things to do After Installing a new OS

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The process of creating the software installation bundle is pretty simple, head to the Ninite site and choose from the available software options in different categories, you can also select multiple options in a single category.

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Once you have selected all the software that you want to install on your PC, click on the Get installer button, this should direct you to a download page. Save the executable and run it. Ninite will start downloading and installing all the software using default settings.

It may take sometime to install all the software as Ninite will first download the software and then install it on your PC.

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[1] The beauty of Ninite is that once it starts the installation you do not have to sit and face the computer, to keep clicking on the next buttons, which is a common occurrence while installing software.

Once you start the installation Ninite will automatically download all the software, agree to the terms of use and install it to your PC. It will also automatically reject software from installing toolbars and other un-required add-ons.

Ninite is definitely a gem of a software and we highly recommend this to anyone who wants to save some time while installing software on their new PC, and, did we tell you that this software installation suite is FREE (as in beer).

Techie Buzz Rating: 5/5 (Awesome)

Remove Fake Antivirus from Your System

There are several gullible ads, which prompt users and alert them that their system is infected with virus. Many users fall for the trap, in the process downloading an actual malware software which further affect their systems.

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Power users are well aware of these tricks and drift away from them, however many users are not so tech savvy and end up installing fake antivirus software on their PCs.

Fake Antivirus remover is a useful and security software, which will allow you to uninstall and remove all the fake antivirus software from your PC, with a single click.

Fake Antivirus remover tracks and removes the following Fake antivirus software: Cyber Security, Alpha Antivirus, Braviax, Windows Police Pro, Antivirus Pro 2010, PC Antispyware 2010, FraudTool.MalwareProtector.d, Winshield2009.com, Green AV, Windows Protection Suite, Total Security 2009, Windows System Suite, Antivirus BEST, System Security, Personal Antivirus, System Security 2009, Malware Doctor, Antivirus System Pro, WinPC Defender, Anti-Virus-1, Spyware Guard 2008, System Guard 2009, Antivirus 2009, Antivirus 2010, Antivirus Pro 2009, Antivirus 360 and MS Antispyware 2009

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[1] Considering the amount of fake antivirus software that people mistake for real ones, this software is a definite download.

The process of removing fake antivirus software is hassle free and simple, which means that even non tech-savvy users can easily get rid of stupid malware. We recommend all our users to download and install this software, even if they are pro users as it just requires one click to get rid of scumbag software.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3.5/5 (Very Good)

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Convert Your Images To Text Online Using Free OCR

Free OCR is a tool that helps you to convert scanned images to text online. You can convert printed text to editable text online with this utility.

How is this useful?

These types of tools are useful in many ways:

  • Free OCR comes in handy when you have pages of text that you’ve scanned or captured with a camera.
  • You will need one less program on your computer since OCR can be done online without any installation.

So, after knowing the importance of the tool, let’s proceed to explore its features.

Features:

  • Free OCR accepts almost all common image formats such as JPG, GIF, TIFF and BMP.
  • It also accepts PDF documents. So, it can also act as PDF to Word Converter.
  • There is no hassle of registering. Just upload your image and convert it to text.
  • No Email-ID required. So, no fear of SPAMS.

But, there are some limitations that you should know in this utility.

  • You cannot upload files larger than 2MB.
  • You cannot upload images bigger than 5000 pixels.

However, keeping in mind its good features, those limitations doesn’t matter much. Go ahead and convert your images into text here.