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. Read More
is a free online service that lets you easily create a voice from any text. All you have to do is to enter the text and click Play button, and it will start reading the text line by line automatically. There is no limit on the number of words you can enter. If you are a webmaster or a blogger, you can use it to give your visitors a choice to listen to your posts.
You can select the voice which you want to use in the speech, there are currently five different voices available: Jennifer(USA), Eric(USA), Jacek(Polish), Ewa(Polish), Carmen(Romanian). I prefer Eric since his voice is louder and clearer.
One of our reader asked a simple question, “Do you have any idea how to reinstall trial software?
(after trial period)?” A simple Google search shows that most people are looking for it’s solution. I have two methods which you can try, one of them should definitely work.
Method 1: Backing Up Registry
Most trial software add a key in your system registry by tweaking it. When you uninstall a software after it’s trial period has expired, all files are deleted except the keys in the registry. Therefore when you try installing it again, it detects the key and gives you a message like for e.g, “Your trial period has expired”.
So the best way is to make a backup of the registry before installing any trial software. And when finally your trial has expired, you can uninstall the software, restore backup and try installing the software again. I have written a post explaining the steps of making a backup of your registry
Do you like the default Command Prompt screen in Windows? If not, then you can customize it to your needs by changing the layout, font, and color. There are many reasons why users customize their command prompt, some increase the width because they have to write long codes, some change the size of their fonts to look bigger, etc. The default command prompt style is too common these days, to make mine different I changed the background so that it can match the Windows 7 wallpaper on the desktop. Read More
If a virus attacks your system, the first thing you will do is to remove the virus with an anti-virus software. But what then? Your system will still likely to remain corrupted. This is because some types of viruses usually tweak the system registry and file systems. If you remove the virus, your system registry and file systems will still remain corrupted. Virus Effect Remover is a free opensource tool which helps you to remove the effect of viruses from the Windows Registry and File System easily. Also it can detect the registry error caused by a virus.
You must have noticed that some viruses disable task manger, registry editor, folder options, etc, you can use this tool to enable them back instantly. Read More
Image Resizer 2.0
is a clone of an original Image Resizer Powertoy build for Windows XP. This clone has been created to extend the support to non-XP and 64-bit versions of Windows (including Windows Vista and Windows 7). What are Powertoys? They are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released. This tool adds Image Resizer in the Windows right-click context menu
making it easier to resize an image with a click of a button.
Microsoft’s free Zune software is a great place for managing your music collection, for $15 a month you can have access to unlimited music downloads and 10 DRM free downloads every month.You can download and manage your music playlists, but these playlists are not compatible with Windows Media Center. ZplToWpl is a free opensource tool that converts Microsoft Zune playlist to Windows Media Player/Windows Media Center compatible playlist.
My Advise To Microsoft: Making Zune playlist compatible with Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center gives users a choice to listen to their music anywhere they want. Wonder why nobody is buying Zune? One reason among many is that it’s not compatible with other Windows Media software, so for God’s sake fix this issue fast.
You cannot use your webcam with more than one application at a time and there is no such option in Windows to make it possible. If you want to collaborate between multiple people who are in multiple IMs, then you will need to split your webcam. SplitCam is a free virtual video clone tool that connects multiple applications to a single video capture source. At maximum you can connect 64 clients to a single video source. In other words, it splits the video stream coming from the video source and tunnels it to numerous other client applications such as ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, Skype Video, Camfrog, AOL AIM, Pal Talk, etc.
Just install and run this tool, click Video, and select your webcam from the list of available devices as shown in the screenshot below. Read More
F.lux is a free cross-platform tool that adjusts your computer’s display with time of the day. You will have notice that a computer’s display usually looks better during the day,t he problem arises at night when the screen is too bright. The developer sums up the problem in a simple sentence,
During the day, computer screens look good—they're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun.
Once installed, it will automatically start in the system tray and your display will change according to the time of the day. Just tell this program the type of lightning you have and the place where you live, then forget about everything. It will do the rest automatically. Read More
Flickr .Net Screensaver is a free opensource tool for windows that let you view your flickr photos as screensaver. Apart from your own photos, you have the ability to display photos of your contacts, your favorites or a from a group or global tag. The feature that makes this tool worth is it’s ability to display photos that are private, but needs authentication. This tool is still under development but is very stable and requires .NET Framework 2.0 to run.
Just install this tool and it will open Screen Saver Settings with Flickr being the default screensaver. Read More
What if your Digital Camera memory card gets accidently formatted? Or worse an important office file from your hard disk or USB drive gets deleted. Fret not, since these deleted files are still recoverable. DiskDigger is a free portable app that lets you recover all lost files of any type(image, document, video, data, etc).
Run the executable file and you will see the list of drives detected(both internal and external). Read More
What’s the point of locking keyboard keys or mouse buttons? It’s the first question that comes to mind. If you are using a wheel mouse like me, you will know that there is a middle button. I have pressed this button thousand of times by mistake while scrolling down webpages, so I need to disable it in some way. Kid-Key-Lock is a simple free program that lets you lock keyboard and mouse functions easily.
Once you run this tool, it will sit silently on the system tray. Double-click this program icon and a Setup window will open. Read More
I covered a post on extracting colors from websites. But what if you want to extract colors from an image? CSS Drive's Image to Colors Palette Generator is a free online service that lets you generate colors pallete instantly. You can either upload the image from your computer or enter an image link. Only png, .gif, .jpg and .jpeg images are supported and they must not be bigger than 1MB in size.
I uploaded a very unique multicolored art image, the end results were astonishing. Read More
Did you just download a song from YouTube or any other online video site? Now suppose you want to listen to this song on your iPod or any other mp3 device, or maybe you want to add it to your music playlist. The best way to do this would be to convert this music video in flash format (flv) into mp3 format. There is a nifty little free tool called Hash FLV to MP3 Converter
that can do this job.
Run the program, click Add files button or press Ctrl+A to add flash music videos to the list.
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 Instant Messaging banned in your office or school? TinyChat is a free online service that lets you create chat rooms instantly. You can create a temporary chat room and invite your friends to join it with one simple link. There is no restriction on the number of people who can join your chat room. And the best thing is, no registration is required while creating or joining the chat room.
Sounds unbelievable, right? Here is how you can create your own chat room within seconds. Click on create a free chat room button, and it will begin creating a chat room for you. Every chat room has its own link.
There are many image hosting sites that calm to be the fastest when it comes to uploading and sharing pictures. But nothing comes close to Pict, with a single click you can upload a picture(or multiple pictures) and with another click you can share your pictures instantly. You also have an option to share the whole album, all these options are given in the main page. No registration is required and there are no restrictions on the number of pictures you can upload.
Just click on any empty window and select the image(s) that you want to upload. Once uploaded, you will see the thumbnail of the the image. Read More
Everyone knows that iTunes can’t be controlled with keyboard. There are many apps that add keyboard control functionality but they suffer from poor interface. iControl is a free, simple, and easy-to-use remote control for Apple’s iTunes that uses Global keyboard shortcuts to control it. It is still under development and the version available for download is Beta.
Surprisingly it worked very well on my system running Windows Vista. Just run iControl.exe and it will load iTunes instantly. Once iTunes is loaded, press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F12 to bring iControl settings window. Read More
To update your facebook status message from Gmail, you will have to first install Xoopit plugin. It is a plugin I cannot live without, read the post I wrote about it here. Once you have installed this plugin you will find a Facebook Connect message on the top-right side of the screen.
Clicking Connect will bring a pop-up window asking to connect Xoopit with Facebook. Read More