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FileOptimizer: Optimize File Size Losslessly Including Images, Audio, Video And Exe Files

FileOptimizer is a lossless file size optimizer supporting AIR, APK, APNG APPX, BMP, CBZ, CHM, DOCX, DIB, DLL, EPUB, EXE, FAX, GIF, GZ, ICO, JAR, JPEG, LIB, MNG, MP3, MPP, OBJ, PNG, PPTX, ODT, OGG, OGV, PDF, PUB, SCR, SWF, TIF, VSD, WEBP, XAP, XLSX, and ZIP file formats among others.

It keeps the behavior of the file untouched, but with its size reduced thanks to several recompression and optimization techniques.

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The cool thing about File Optimizer is that it can easily reduce the size of exe files and mp3 files without losing any functionality of quality of the file. The program interface is also very simple and easy to use. The user automatically gets adapted to the GUI.

This tool can be useful especially for developers and designers who have to deliver their files with size restrictions. You can also use this tool to free up some space in the hard drive.

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Racking Your Brains What To Present? Here’s a Great Idea!

clip_image002Yesterday was an absolutely special day for all my family. We got together for a big party to celebrate my grandfather’s 70th jubilee. People arrived from all over the world to honor our grandfather and have a great time together and give nice presents.

Before going for a long time I couldn’t decide what to give as a present… Yeah, it was quite difficult to surprise the one who has got everything. I know it was a dilemma for many, not only me. Apart from a usual present I wanted to give something unusual, something really valuable, may be a bit sentimental and moving. Something to revive the memories and relive the happiest moments of our family life.

The idea came unexpectedly when I was browsing one of the social networks sites and came across a slideshow movie made by one of the users on their own. Well, I immediately got interested since I had absolutely terrific photos at home! Okay, but how to make a film out of them?

As you may guess, I goggled and learned that using special software out of photos you can make a musical slideshow with text comments. So, I started creating my first musical film using free software Bolide Slideshow Creator.

The experience was really fantastic. First, I had to select photos for my short movie, then I was supposed to find the right music which would appeal to all family members, and, certainly, invent comments which would make everyone laugh. It’s a challenging task I must say! But from the very beginning I believed my movie was going to be a success, J that’s why making it was really good!

The program I used was helpful and easy-to-use. My task was only to load photos and put them in the right order, add music and text comments. Bolide Slideshow Creator did all rest. The program automatically added transitional effects, though any moment I could change any transition.

In the end I only chose the file format and saved it to the hard drive. All-in-all it took about half an hour – I mean choosing, adding, editing, etc. I saved it in full HD format and we could easily watch it on a big screen.

So, having spent just 30 minutes I made a full-scale movie with me and my family members starring, our favorite music and my commentaries which helped to look back at the events, emotions and feelings at that time. It turned out to be a super-present not only for my grandfather but for all the family! Everybody was delighted and thankful.

So, I had a good time making this musical slideshow myself and even greater pleasure presenting it to all my relatives at the party who were very thankful! And I’m also thankful to Bolide Slideshow Creator – it helped me make the party unforgettable!

Best Printers And Ink Cartridges for Photography Printing

Your digital camera may take high resolution photos, but unless you have a good printer and the best ink cartridges, your treasured memories could be nothing more than streaky blur on the page. Photo printing depends as much on the printer as it does the ink and paper. You need to choose your printer according to the ink cartridges and ink type. An inkjet photo printer is always going to be the best but how do you know what basic specs to look for?

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Canon PIXMA iP 6700 D Photo Printer

Canon is at the forefront of digital photography so it makes sense that they have produced a photo printer that matches up. The significance of the Canon PIXMA is the print head technology and the use of six ink tanks for high-resolution printing. You can print directly from your PC, camera, a compatible memory card and your camera phone. It has a 3.5-inch LCD screen that lets you edit and enhance your photo right before printing. You can print a 4 x 6 inch glossy photo in 47 seconds and an 8.x 10 in photo in 76 seconds, which make it fast without compromising on quality.

Ink Cartridges: The Canon uses a ChromaLife100 ink system that delivers the ink through 3,072 nozzles that allow for extremely crisp glossy photos at a high resolution. With two high intensity photo ink cartridges and 4 conventional ink cartridges, (CLI-8 photo cyan and CLI-8 photo magenta, CLI-8 black, CLI-8 cyan, CLI-8 magenta, CLI-8 yellow,) you get the highest quality photo shop prints.

Separate ink tanks mean that you save money on printing costs because you can just replace the ones that you need. The Canon range of printers has a permanent ink head instead of the ink head integrated into the cartridge.

Epson Stylus Photo R380 Inkjet Printer

Promising professional quality photos form a home printer, this inkjet printer deliver with 8 specialized inkjet cartridges. You can also print onto CD and DVD covers for extra multimedia capability. The ink cartridges for the Epson Stylus deliver on speed and resolution and the printer comes with built in software that is compatible with both PC and Mac operating systems. The Matte Black and gloss ink optimizers within the ink cartridges make sure that your photo last linger and have less banding than others.

Ink Cartridges: The ink droplet size is less than 4 picoliters allowing for extra fine detail and print quality.

Epson ink technology utilizes Durabrite ultra ink cartridges that are a pigment-based ink. This stops ‘bleeding’ on your page and dries faster because it does not have to be water-soluble. The only drawback to the Epson ink cartridges and printer is that to achieve the best results, you must use original Epson paper.

HP B3850 Photosmart Pro Photo Printer

With an extra black ink cartridge for laser quality documents, this printer is a versatile addition to your home. The HP Vivera ink cartridge technology uses six individual cartridges with extra fine nozzle technology for the best-printed glossy photo that will last for over 25 years in your photo album. HP will let you print a 4 x 6 inch glossy border-less photo in just 26 seconds.

Ink Cartridges: HP has developed an ink cartridge that uses a dye instead of pigment-based inks. This offer superb quality if you need to print high gloss photos. The HP ink cartridge does not dilute the ink to achieve lighter colors, which can affect the durability of glossy photos. The system starts with the lightest shades and slowly darkens as required.

Guest post by Oliver from PrinterInks, online stockists of Canon, Epson and HP ink cartridges, as well as toner and ink cartridges from many other leading brands.

Watermark Any Image With TSR Watermarker Image Software

Publisher: TSR Watermarker 
Operating System: Windows XP, Windows server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows server 2008, Windows 7
License: Free for personal use
Pre-requisites: .NET Framework
Download: Download TSR Watermark  Image

Publisher’s description:

TSR Watermark Image software, is a free program for personal use that can add digital watermarks to all your images, photos and pictures with the transparency you decide. The program can also resize the images before the digital watermark is added.

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If you want to protect your valuable images, the only way is to watermark it with a text or logo of your choice so that no one else cannot claim it as him own. TSR Watermark image is a free program that lets you easily watermark any image with the text or image or your choice. You can make the watermark normal, embossed, chiseled or bordered.

It can be a very good choice for designers and webmasters who want to watermark a lot of images. You can load a pre-configured profile through command line and run it on your desired images.

Free Video Converter To Convert Videos To Different Video Formats

Publisher: AVC
Operating System: Windows XP, Windows 7, Mac
License: Freeware
Download: Download Any Video Converter

Publisher’s description:

Any Video Converter Freeware- the Free Video Converter – is the most renowned free video converter for converting video files between various formats, including AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, MPEG, FLV, 3GP , DVD, WebM , MP3, etc for iPad 2, iPod, iPhone, Android, PSP, Samsung Galaxy S II, Amazon Kindle Fire. Burn videos to DVD disc with fast speed and excellent quality.

If you want to convert different videos to different formats, Any Video Converter is the perfect tool to do this. Any Video Converter is especially great at converting videos in different device formats. So you can convert videos to compatible with any device including iPhone, iPad, Android etc.

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Any Video Converter also includes a Youtube Video downloader so you can easily download the videos from Youtube and convert them into a format compatible with any device.

Download Win7Codecs Codec Pack

Windows Media Player comes with a default set of codecs which donot play all the media formats. Some media formats are especially more popular these days due to high usage of the Internet. For example, the FLV format is used everywhere in streaming video content including in Youtube videos. Windows Media Player does not by default provide any way to play the flv format and other commonly used formats.

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Win7Codecs is a codec pack which includes most important and most used media codecs. Upon installing Win7Codecs codec pack Windows Media Player will be able to play all the most commonly used audio and video formats. The formats include the following:

amr | mpc | ofr | divx | mka | ape | flac | evo | flv | m4b | mkv | ogg | ogv | ogm | rmvb | xvid

The advantage of Win7Codecs over other codec packs is that it does not install any additional software other than the codecs. All the codecs will play in Windows Media Player. One drawback of Win7Codecs is that it does not associate the filetypes with Windows Media Player automatically. So you will have to do the work yourself.

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Host And Stream Videos And Music From Your Computer

If we want to share a multimedia clip (video or audio), we’ll need to upload them to services like Youtube or Facebook. But what if you have a really large video which you would like your friend to view it remotely from your computer without uploading it on any of the hosting sites? Remote Potato is the answer for you!

Remote Potato

Remote Potato is a software which enables you to host and stream videos and music from your own computer. Some features of Remote Potato include streaming pictures, audio and video from your own computer without uploading anywhere and remote access to Windows Media Center. Remote Potato is completely free and can be used without paying anything. Just download the software, install and start using it. It supports running on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Remote Potato is very easy to use. Just download the Remote Potato server and start using it. If you are running the server, you can watch your hosted multimedia files including pictures, audio and video on any browser. It even supports iPhone. Here are a couple of videos which explain how Remote Potato works:

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Stream music, pictures and videos from your own computer
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Access Windows 7 Media Center using Remote Potato

Download Remote Potato Server

Download Remote Potato iPhone app

Download Streaming Pack 32-bit to stream recordings using AC3 audio

Download Streaming Pack 64-bit to stream recordings using AC3 audio

Dual Monitor Tools For Multiple Monitors

 

If you’re using multiple monitors then you would need to do different tasks like moving windows from one screen to another, wallpapers selection across the different screens, disabling a particular monitor when running a specific application like a game running in full screen mode, locking the cursor to one screen only for the ease of use etc.

Dual Monitor Tools

All these tasks are tedious and difficult if you’re only using built-in Windows tools. Dual Monitor Tools is a free and open source collection of tools that can help you do all the above work without any problems. There are five tools in total which perform different tasks. Dual Monitor Tools need not be installed. All the tools have a separate executable file which runs on its own making it a portable app. Let’s take a look at the five tools available in Dual Monitor Tools:

DisMon can be used to disable a specific monitor when you don’t need it like I gave the example of running games that are not compatible with multiple monitors setup.

Dual Launcher is a great tool which can be used to configure each application to open on a specific position on a specific monitor. This is particularly useful for the people who run many applications on different monitors at the same time. You close the app and then open it again, it will open on its defined position.

DualSnap can be used to take a snapshot of your primary screen and then display it on another.

Dual Wallpaper, as its name implies, gives the option to whether stretch a single image onto multiple screens or use a different wallpaper for each screen.

Swap Screen can be used to move different applications and windows to different monitors by using keyboard shortcuts or by using the icon in the system tray.

Overall, it is a fine collection of tools and a must have for people using multiple monitors for their work.

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VDownloader – Download Videos From The Internet

There are a lot of ways to download videos from the internet. I always love to download my favorite videos from the internet so that I don’t have to stream every time I have to watch the video. That’s why I’m always on a hunt to find new ways to download streaming videos from the internet. My favorite used to be Grab++ from Orbit Downloader but then Real Player gave me an option to download videos but giving a download button on every streaming video.

VDownloader is another video downloading desktop application which can also search videos for you. Here are some of the features of VDownloader:

  • Save your videos as AVI, MKV, MP4, MPG, 3GP, VCD, SVCD, DVD, FLV or MP3 (audio only) and export your videos to your iPod/iPhone, PSP, Nokia or any other mobile device.
  • Conserve disk space by adjusting the resolution and/or framerate of the output video on-the-fly.
  • Search through videos from multiple video hosting websites with just one click. The integrated search engine will aggregate and sort the results for you.
  • Use the integrated browser to find your favorite videos even faster. There’s no need to waste any precious tabs when you’re using VDownloader.
  • Schedule video downloads at a specified time and/or when your PC is idle in order to conserve bandwidth and CPU power when you need them the most.
  • Use the built-in proxy to access videos even if access is blocked in your country.
  • Copy/paste a list of URL’s to download and convert several videos at once.
  • Share your favorite videos or parts of them by posting them to your any major social network.

vdownloader - download videos from the internet

There are two versions of VDownloader available, Free and Plus. While Free version can download videos from majority of the video sites, the Plus version can convert the videos from one format to another. There are a lot of formats that are supported. VDownloader can be downloaded from VDownloader site.