DivX is a wonderful and small program that is an all in one video software.
It has pretty much every type of codec that allows you to play videos in .avi, .mpeg, etc. All the common forms of videos are capable of being played on its own player included with the download and automatically loads the codecs in other media players like winamp and windows media player. The program is very easy to use with minimal space requirements and it is a quick download. All the features are easily modified and require little knowledge of video formats. Just download, install, and use. The installation will even notify you if there is a new version. Anyone that works with video files and needs a quick all in one codec download, then this is the software to download. Along with a player and a package of codecs, DivX comes with its own converter that makes converting and utilizing your video files a snap. The converter is greater for converting high quality videos into high quality but smaller size files like mpeg into avi or vice versa. Finally, the program is completely free – so don’t hesitate to use it if you need it.
Inkscape is a free, open source vector graphics editor in the same vein as Adobe Illustrator and Xara Xtreme.
It is capable of a very broad set of features, and has a simple interface that can be learned in minutes. In the help menu, you’ll find a set of tutorials which are themselves Inkscape documents. These contain examples of the concepts taught embedded right into the help document itself, allowing you to try out something new you’ve learned in the same environment. The ‘effects’ menu holds a set of customizable plug-ins, and more can be easily downloaded and installed. This gives a third-party developer boost to Inkscape, because it now has a small community of plug-in writers making little improvements and adding impressive features to the editor. This works similar to the third-party developer community around the Gimp and Firefox. Inkscape can export to a wide variety of file formats, including image files, PDFs, Adobe Illustrator .IA, encapsulated postscript, LaTeX, and many others.
Roboform is a wonderfully versatile program that helps you keep your sanity by remembering all the logins and passwords you are using online.
This software works with Internet Explorer, Netscape, and Mozilla. You get more than your money’s worth for the $30 it costs for the premier version. A freeware version lets you try it out and keeps track of a limited number of logins. This program remembers all the details for multiple users (you just create multiple identities). It lets you create a master password as additional security for all your data. The fill-in form pops up every time you launch a page requesting login information. The program will even generate new passwords for you. This program is every easy to use. I am delighted too, that they offer updates often, to keep up with browser changes, and the free upgrades are simple and quick to install. Roboform has a quick link so you can store all your login information in a file and another link to let you print a list of your data. I have used this program for several years. It is amazingly helpful and glitchfree. I highly recommend it to everyone.
These days we install several software applications for our use or just to try it. If we find that software to be unusable, we will uninstall it. Any software we install in our PC creates folders files and more importantly, the registry entries.
While uninstalling trough the wizard given in the software package or through Add or Remove Programs option, not all the used files and folders are cleared from the system. There will also be many leftover registry entries. Sometimes these files get cleared during the nest system restart and sometimes they will not. To accomplish all these tasks at one go, Revo Uninstaller, a freeware uninstall utility, can be used. This utility works much faster than Windows Add/Remove option. This utility has been designed with such a fast algorithm. While uninstalling an application through this uninstaller it scans the application before and after the uninstall process. Once the normal uninstall operation is done, this Revo Uninstaller shows a unique window which provides the user with options to remove the additional unnecessary files, folders and registry keys also. It is also capable of removing any broken installation. Besides featuring the Add or Remove option, the Revo uninstaller also has some other powerful tools such as advanced mode which enables the user to add program-specific registry key access to the context menu. There are also some tools available for PC optimization such as, the Auto run Manager which helps to manage the startup items, a Junk File finder which helps to remove all unwanted files from the system, and a Windows Tools access screen which groups up many important basic utilities under one roof. With all these features, this software seems to a much useful one for every PC users. It does not occupy much space for installation and more importantly it is a freeware. The updates for this software are available regularly and it can be done by clicking the update option in the application itself.
SquareUp is an awesome app/service that allows you to accept credit card payments directly through your iPhone or iPad. The fee is a modest 2.75% per swipe.
This could be a great solution for small vendors that don’t do a ton of transactions. There is no need for a merchant account, no monthly fees, and no setup costs. SquareUp will deposit your money directly into your account and they will even send you a free card reader. The card reader uses your audio jack and is about the size of a quarter. There is no limit to the number or amount of your transactions.
This is the most useful app/service for the “i” universe that I have found to date. It’s almost too easy.
Everyone knows that it takes forever to search for files on your hard drive. Well you may not have noticed it yet, but search is now much faster with Windows Vista.
If you go to your Start Menu on Windows Vista and search for a file, you’ll see that it appears right away. Try searching for “notepad” to see what I mean. So why is search faster with Windows Vista? The part of searching that takes so long on Windows XP and other operating systems is searching through the thousands of files on the hard drive, looking for the one you want. Windows Vista does this job ahead of time. Vista creates an index of these files, so that when you need something, Vista only needs to look at the index, instead of searching through your entire hard drive.