Do you take a lot of screenshots on Mac and primarily use the built-in screenshot utility to do so? The default utility may not be feature rich, but it gets the job done and lets you capture the entire screen, a window or just an area. The slight problem or inconvenience with it is that it saves those screenshots to your desktop, and that can add up to a lot of icons in a very short span of time. Here are two tips for changing the default location for saving the screenshots and the default format. Both are simple terminal commands that can be executed with little or no technical knowledge.
Finding the right tool from so many audio editors in the market that exactly matches your needs is a difficult job. There are a lot of tools out there that can perform simple editing tasks, such as converting audio files into different formats, splitting them, or just cutting a part out of the complete song or recorded audio. However, if you want to perform advanced audio editing, most people have to use paid software. Audacity is a widely popular open source free audio editing and recording program that matches in functionality to a lot of paid audio editing applications. Recently, the developers of Audacity have released an update, Audacity 2.0
. In this article, we will have a look at the major changes in the application.
You will find numerous Mac apps that let you batch rename files; what most of these apps do is to let you enter a renaming syntax for multiple files and increment each file with a number based on the syntax you’ve provided. There are relatively few apps that allow you to rename only a part of the file name and retain the rest. FreshBatch
is a free Mac app that gives you two amazing features; it allows you to rename any part of a file name, and is much like the Find and Replace
option in Microsoft Office. It is also a format converter. Read past the jump for details.
With the huge number of video-supported devices in the market right now, video converters are considered rather important tools, since almost each device only supports its own, particular video format. Although, newer devices are being incorporated with as much media support as possible, still you come to a point when you find to need to have a media converter at your disposal. To make this job easier on you, we have covered some of the very good video converters from time to time, such as Hamster Free Video Converter
and Oxelon Media Converter
, that are highly customizable, and support a huge list of media format support. From the developers of MediaHuman Audio Converter
, MediaHuman Video Converter
is yet another new entry to the media converters jargon. The application lets you convert videos to a number of formats, and provides you with a lost list of presets to choose from. The application contains presets for different quality videos for multiple devices and services, such as Apple iPhone, PS3, XBOX, Wii, YouTube Video, Creative Zune, Windows Media Video, Xvid etc.
With the huge number of music files with different extensions available on the internet, the issue of compatibly often arises. With so many different types of devices and applications available out there, it is a problem that we all have faced at one point or another. While almost all mobile platforms including Android and iOS, support every kind of audio format, but some formats are still left unsupported, for proprietary reasons. There are a lot of audio converters available that can convert audio file from one format to the other, but the process involve in changing the extension of music files is usually very complicated, especially for newbies. MediaHuman Audio Converter
is here to resolve the issue. It is an audio converter that makes the process of converting your music from one format to another very lucid and easy. It allows you to convert your music in WMA, MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, OCG, AIFF and Apple Lossless format in just three simple steps. The intuitive interface is both user-friendly and good-looking. Complete review of the application after the jump.
It happens so often that Windows is not able to format your external hard drive or USB drive if it gets corrupted. In most cases you will get an error saying “Windows cannot complete the format”. To fix this issue you can head over to Disk Management, delete the drive partition and then create a new format. Or you can use Any Drive Formatter
, which is a new tool developed especially for this purpose.
Nero has been a favorite and a pain at the same time when it comes to optical drive burning/management suites. Offering one of the most comprehensive solutions out there at a rather high-price with huge file sizes and memory issues, Nero has often prompted users to go for alternates that are free. Nevertheless, it does possess some very useful tools that keep loyal users from straying away. and those are free!
is a free offering from Nero that allows a user to format and erase optical discs (CD, DVD and Blu-Ray) with a single click, letting these discs be used as removable media or diskettes instead of the traditional usage.
Do you want to change the file extensions without changing the actual file format? This question sounds a bit confusing at first, but I will clear it up. Suppose you want to convert a .JPEG file to .JPG, this changes the file extension but does not change the file format, another example is when you want to convert .log to .txt. There are many other examples, but for the sake of convenience I have included only two. Now once you know what this all is about, let’s move ahead.
AnalogX Extension Changer
is a free tool for Windows that can batch change file extensions in one go. It also has a build-in integration with Windows Explorer which is enabled by default. Just drag&drop the files and folders and it will list them all with their respective extensions.
DjVu is a format developed internally at AT&T that is both smaller and better in quality than PDF format. According to Wikipedia, this format has been designed primarily to store scanned documents, especially those containing a combination of text, line drawings, and photographs.
Pdf To Djvu GUI is a free opensource tool for both Windows and Linux that can quickly convert Pdf files to Djvu format in one go. In short, it is a Pdf To Djvu Document converter. Just load the PDF files, select the resolution and few general settings and click Generate DJVU.
Editor’s Note: We have covered three posts so far on the topic of partition, you can find the latest one here. It is not an easy topic, one wrong critical action can lead to your data being lost. Before beginning, I would recommend that you make a backup of your important files, just in case something goes wrong. If you don’t have any space to make backup on your hard disk, you can backup online for free using Mozy, they provide 2Gb of free space which is enough for an ordinary user.
Partition Manager(Home Edition) is a free utility for Windows that lets you create, delete, format, resize, and move partition instantly. It works on 32-bit version of Windows only, 64-bit is not supported in free version. It supports up to 1.5TB of Hard Disk.
Resizing/Moving partition using this tool is a piece of cake, just right-click the drive and select Resize/Move from the list of options. If you have multiple hard disks, they will be labeled as Disk1, Disk2, and so on. Read More
Google Book Search
has thousands of books, magazines, and documents available for free for the public. You can read them online, but what if you want to read them offline? Google should have a build-in feature to download books since most people are not always connected to the internet. What if I want to read a book while traveling and there is no internet connectivity? Google Book Downloader
(link seems to be down, grab it directly here
) a handy tool which you can use to download books directly from Google and save them directly in PDF format.
Update: Try out the new tools to download Google Books. For Windows, go here. For Mac, go here.
Here is how it works, you have to provide the book code in order to download it. But where exactly is the book code? It is given in the URL, the screenshot below will make it more clear to you.
is a free tool that gives you complete information of multimedia files. All you have to do is select the file and it will display the full details. You can also select a folder and it will read all multimedia files inside that folder, choose the file from the list to get complete details of that file. You can view the information in different methods, such as: text, sheet, tree, HTML, and Basic viewing.
The default video format for recording a video in Windows Media Center in Vista is .wtv only if you have TV Pack installed, also keep in mind that Microsoft has shifted from the old dvr-ms format to the new wtv format. In Windows 7 beta the default recording format is also wtv. There are many commercial software that support converting of wtv to other video format, but unfortunately such feature is not present in any free video converters.
So the best way to convert wtv to other video formats is to first convert it into dvr-ms and from there convert it to other video formats such as mpeg, avi, etc. This is a little tricky but an easy way to do it.
Note: You can also convert wtv files using MC-TVConverter.
All latest USB drives already come optimized, so you can easily format them in NTFS. But some USB drives and Memory sticks don’t come optimized therefore you can’t format them into NTFS, but there is this trick that will allow you to do it, no matter what. USB drives that are not optimized only display FAT and FAT32 while formatting, this trick will enable bringing the options of NTFS too. Read More
Do you want to convert Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or Excel into PDF document
? You can do it now with Bullzip PDF Printer
. It creates a printer which allows you to print any MS document into PDF file
People who use Windows may have noticed that the clock in the system tray displays time in the 24 hour format by default. I always prefer 12 hour format
, if you want to know how to change it or if you simply want to get rid of AM and PM to save the space to stick in one more taskbar icon! Well, here is the solution.