Subtitle Edit – Powerful Subtitle Editing And Syncing Tool

Subtitle Edit is a free opensource and portable tool for Windows that allows a user to edit any movie subtitle instantly. Apart from editing, you can quickly sync the subtitles with the video too.

Just run this tool and load the subtitle file, you will see the complete subtitle in list view. Here you can select any mistake in the subtitle and correct it. You can also Split/Merge any subtitle text and Auto Break/UnBreak them.

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Disk Image – Create Image Of Your Hard Drive And Recover Single Drives

O&O Disk Image is a tool for Windows Operating System that lets you create an image of your entire computer for backup purpose. This image file can be used later to recover/restore any crashed drive. When running this tool for the first time it will install a system file, restart your computer and run this tool again. Now click Create An Image and select the destination where you would like to save the Image file.
Note: Do not save the Image file in the local drive, it is recommended to save the Image file in the USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive.
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GIF Resizer – Resize Animated GIF Image Files

Tools like IrfanView, Gimp, etc are great for editing and resizing the images, but they lack one important feature: ability to resize animated gif images. Some image editors do support the resizing of static gif image files, but they cannot resize animated gif images.

GIF Resizer is a free portable tool for Windows OS that lets you resize animated GIF images instantly without any loss in quality. Just run the tool and select the GIF animated image file that you want to resize. It will automatically detect the size and frames, now enter the new destination where you would like to save the file. Enter the new Width and Height and click Resize, make sure you have checked the ‘Good Quality’ checkbox.

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Draw Interactive Network Diagrams With Network Notepad

Network Notepad is a free utility for drawing interactive network diagrams and flowcharts. It includes user definable management features such as point and click telnet, FTP, HTTP and Ping which makes drawing more fun and easy.

It has a drop and drag interface which makes it further easy to draw. Just select the objects, drag them to the blank space and connect them together to create a diagram.

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How To Check For Signs Of Editing In An Image

Someone sends you an image of an Alien and says it’s an original shot. How will you know whether the image is original or fake? Photo Editors such as Photoshop, Gimp, etc have become so advanced that you can hardly distinguish between a real and fake photo.

JPEGSnoop is a free portable tool that lets you know whether the image is fake or not. Apart from it, it also displays the complete details of an image such as which camera and settings were used.

Just load the image and it will display the result instantly in a text editor like interface. To check whether an image is fake or not, go all the way to the bottom and you will find it there.

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Mix And Synthesize Your Favorite Music To Create A New Song

2710 DJ is a free application for Windows which allows you to mix and synthesize your favorite music. It is a complex application that contains advanced features for music junkies. It has far more options to create professional music when compared with Microsoft Songsmith, and is totally free.

You can record your own voice with the help of microphone and mix it with your favorite music. It has a build-in intelligent track suggesting feature. You can create up-to 10 small mini-players and unlimited number of music playlist. It can record to different file formats such as, MP3, WMA, OGG, or WAV format.

Below is an example of how to play music in a Sample Player.

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Find And Replace Text Inside Multiple Files Using TexFinderX

TexFinderX is a free tool for Mac OS X and Windows that lets you search and replace any text inside entire folders. It can find and replace text inside JS(JavaScript), CSS, HTML, PHP, XML, TXT, etc. You can also use Replacement Tables to replace multiple strings of characters in one pass. It allows you to create your own Replacement Tables in order to fit your needs.
Editor’s Notes: To test this tool I created a simple txt file and tried to replace the word Nakodari with AddictiveTips.
To begin, you can either add an entire folder or a single file. By adding an entire folder, it will find and replace the text found inside multiple files, which is great for batch replacing text. Another advantage of adding the entire folder is when you have forgotten which file includes the text, in this way you can find both the text and the file. Once you have added the files, click Search & Replace button. Now enter the text under both Search For and Replace By and click Search. Read More

Save And Restore The Position Of Desktop Icons In Windows

If you change the screen resolution a lot, you must have noticed that the icons get mixed up and you have to manually rearrange them all over again. While playing a game at lower resolution or connecting you laptop to an external display, the icons change their position according to the resolution.

Take my example for instance, most of the time my laptop is connected to an external display whose resolution is 1680 x 1050, whenever I disconnect the external display all my icons get mixed up which is very frustrating. I have found two tools that can help solve this problem DesktopOK and DeskSave.

DesktopOK

DesktopOK is a free portable tool for Windows that lets you restore different icon layouts for different resolutions. Since it supports different icon layouts for different resolutions, you can also set different desktop icon layouts for same resolution.

Arrange your desktop icons and run this tool. Click Save and it will save your current desktop icon layout for this resolution.

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Battery Bar – Get Detailed Information Of Your Laptop Battery

Battery Bar is a free tool for Windows that sits on your taskbar and monitors your laptop battery in real time using a unique algorithm. Many battery monitoring tools are not accurate, but what makes Battery bar different is that it takes a whole new approach. It constantly monitors your laptop battery and keeps it’s historical data. Using this historical data, it can provide you with a very accurate estimate of how much time is remaining on your battery.

Once you have installed this tool, right-click your taskbar, select Toolbars and select Battery Bar from the list.

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Monitor Any Changes Made In Your Folder With Directory Monitor

Directory Monitor is a free app for Windows that lets you monitor any folder or directory easily. It is like a surveillance tool that keeps check on your directories for any file changes, modifications, deletions and new files. You can also monitor hidden directories and folders.

Just add the directories you want to monitor and it will automatically begin tracking them. Apart from your local directory, you can also add directory over the network.

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JMC Photo Gallery – Alternative To Windows Live Gallery And Picasa

Picasa and Windows Live Gallery are two famous Photo Galleries where you can save and organize your photos. Most people you come across would either be using Picasa or Windows Live Gallery. There are tons of other small software that lets you organize your photos, but do not include complete functionalities. But this doesn’t mean that the innovation is over. JMC Photo Gallery is a free Photo Gallery for Windows that can organize both photos and videos easily. It is both portable and opensource. You can view your photos with build-in slideshow and screensaver. It supports various image and video formats, such as bmp, gif, jpg, jpe, jpeg, jfif, png, tif, tiff, avi, wmv, mpeg, mpg, mp4, mov. Just extract the zip file and click JMC Photo Gallery.exe to start When launching for the first time it will automatically add ‘My Pictures’ folder to your gallery, you can add more folders later by going to Preferences window. Read More

BackUp/Restore Windows Live Writer Settings, Posts, And Plugins

All posts that are published on this blog are done with Windows Live Writer(WLW). It is one complete tool for bloggers who want to publish articles frequently. You can add plugins, save drafts, and customize any settings easily. But it lacks one important feature: ability to back up your data. Windows Live Writer Backup is a free tool to create a backup of all your WLW posts, settings and plugins with a click of a button. If you want to transfer complete WLW data(settings, posts, and plugins) to another computer, you can do it with this tool. Just make a backup on one computer and restore it on another. Backing Up To backup, just launch the program, select the Settings, Posts, and Plugins that you want to backup and click Backup button. Read More

How To Extract Frames From GIF Animation Image

How many times do we come across some awesome gif animation and wish that we could extract some frames? GIF Frame Extractor(direct download link here) is a free tool for Windows that lets you extract frames from any animated GIF and save them to JPG or PNG image formats instantly. You can use the extracted frame image as your profile picture or just share them with your friends and co-workers.

Run the tool, click Open and select the GIF animation whose frames you want to extract. You will see the number of frames on the left sidebar.

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How To Create A Free Self Extracting File In Windows

BananaShrink is a free portable self-extractor for Windows that lets you create self-extracting compressed file instantly. Unlike other self-extractors, it keeps your sub-directories structure intact. This is a better solution since it avoids the use of any specific file compression format.

Just run BananaShrink(no installation required), select the folder which you want to compress, and click Create self-extracting.exe button to create a self-extracting file. To view the contents of the folder, click List all files.

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How To Lock A Program Or Windows Application With AppLocker

AppLocker is a free tool for Windows that lets you lock any program or application instantly. If you are an administrator and don’t want other users to access certain programs, then you can lock them using this tool. You can lock multiple applications at once.

Just run this tool and you will be shown a list of common applications installed on your computer. To lock any an application, just check it and click Save.

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Set Different Wallpaper/Background For Each Monitor In Multi-Monitor Setup

If you have a multi-monitor setup, then you know how hard it is to change wallpapers or background colors for each desktop. Windows will automatically extend the wallpaper in the first monitor to other monitors as well. If you want to keep different wallpapers for each monitor and change them frequently then it is almost impossible to do it from within Windows.

Wallmaster is a free opensource tool which allows you to set different wallpapers and background color for each monitor in a multi-monitor setup. If you have two monitors with different resolutions, it will automatically resize the wallpaper for each one of them. It can be used as a complete replacement for Windows Desktop Background option, even if you don’t have a multi-monitor setup.

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How To Remove Obsolete Or Unwanted Items From Windows Registry

Sometimes when you uninstall a program and the uninstaller turns out be be corrupt, you have to manually remove the program from your computer by deleting the folders and shortcuts. But how will you remove registry items? Some of these registry items are left due to program errors, misapplied registry hacks, etc. Problems also arise when users transfer or delete programs without realizing that many registry entries are aiming to the old location. When such unwanted registry keys are left untouched, it can directly effect your computer’s stability and performance.

There are many registry cleaners out there like CCCleaner, etc, but one tool has recently garnered my attention. Little Registry Cleaner is a free opensource utility for cleaning obsolete or unwanted items from Windows Registry.

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Dexpot – Free Virtual Desktop Manager For Windows

Do you have tons of work and want to manage them easily? When you open multiple programs, the desktop gets cluttered which effects the workflow. This is where Dexpot comes in, it is a free virtual desktop manager that lets you create up to 20 different virtual desktops. For example, by default there are four virtual desktops, you can use one for browsing, one for presentation, one for chatting, and one for some important office work. You can switch between these desktops easily with a simple hotkey.

Below is an example of four different virtual desktops running on my computer.

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How To Zoom And Draw During Presentation With ZoomIt

Giving a demo of a software/service or giving a presentation is very common these days, but to understand them properly is not easy. ZoomIt is a free tool that lets you zoom and draw while giving presentation or a demo, in other words it enlightens your presentation so that it can be easily understandable.

It sits on the system tray and can be activated by using custom hotkeys. Press Ctrl+1 to activate zoom and start zooming in/out using the arrows keys or mouse wheel, to finish zoom mode press Esc.

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