Monthly Disk December 2009

Freeware

Anti Virus

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool - Ver: 3.0

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool checks your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove the infection if it is found.

Because computers can appear to function normally when infected, Microsoft advises you to run this tool even if your computer seems to be fine. In addition to using this tool, you should use an up-to-date antivirus product to help protect your computer from other malicious software.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2K / XP / 2003 / Vista

Microsoft Security Essentials

As reviewed by PC World

"Standalone antivirus product Microsoft Security Essentials has caused a stir, as might be expected when the words "Microsoft" and "free" are involved. In a post on the day of its launch, I referenced AV-Test performance results from a MSE beta. We now have new results from tests conducted against the final product, and overall MSE looks good:

Malware detection: MSE detected 98.44 percent of AV-Tests's collected zoo of 545,034 viruses, worms, backdoors, bots and Trojans, an entirely respectable showing. However, it didn't do nearly as well when it came to detecting adware and spyware, such as bank info stealers, and detected only 90.95 percent of the 14,222 samples.

As expected, MSE detected 100 percent of the samples in the Wildlist. Most reputable AV apps detect all the Wildlist samples.

Dynamic/behavioural detection: If a program includes behavioural detection, it can identify malware based solely on how it acts on a PC. It's a useful feature for detecting brand-new malware that doesn't yet have a signature.

AV-Test found that MSE doesn't include any effective behavioural detection. However, AV-Test's Andreas Marx noted that's typically the case for standalone antivirus programs, and that you'll generally need to buy a security suite to get the feature.

Or, you can pair your free or paid standalone AV program with PC Tools' free Threatfire, which adds an impressive layer of behavioural detection to your security arsenal.

Disinfection: MSE was able to clean up all of the active components from 25 different test infections, meaning the malware was effectively neutered. As is usually the case, the program often left behind some traces of the infection, such as registry entries or a turned-off Windows firewall.

Rootkit removal: MSE did well here. It identified and removed all 25 rootkits (stealth technology used to hide other malware) used in the tests.

Scan speed: When I compared the MSE beta to other free (and finished) AV apps over the summer, it came in last for scanning speed. In these latest tests, Marx says that MSE scan speed "is quite OK when compared with other AV products" - not the fastest, but not the slowest.

False alarms: Security Essentials didn't put up any false positives for any of 600,000 known clean files used by Windows, Office and other common apps. However, as Marx notes, most of those files come from Microsoft, so a false positive would have been surprising.

Overall, these results show that Security Essentials holds its own as a free standalone antivirus app. As with most other options in that category, it doesn't provide a firewall, behavioural detection, or other security extras. But since Vista and Windows 7 already include a two-way firewall, and you can add top-notch behavioural protection with another free app, MSE looks like a good budget choice for baseline antivirus protection."

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ 2003/ Vista

RegRun Reanimator - Ver: 6.5.6.55

Reanimator is a free of charge software for removing Trojans/Adware/Spyware and some of the rootkits.

Reanimator does not contains any adware/spyware modules.

Supported Windows ISTA.

Compatible with all known antiviral software.

Minimum requirements: Windows 9x/ Me/ NT4/ 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

Returnil Virtual System 2010 Home - Ver: 3.0.6180.4924

Returnil Virtual System 2010 uses a combination of antivirus and virtualisation technologies to protect your system against both malicious software and unwanted changes.

Returnil virtualisation technology clones your computer’s System Partition and boots the PC into a controlled virtual world rather than native Windows; allowing you to run your applications in a completely isolated and secure environment. All activity is then performed within the virtual environment, ensuring that the operating system itself cannot be compromised by viruses, other malicious software, bad installations, system crashes, or user error. A simple restart is all that is required to return the PC to its original state.

The addition of malware detection in the virtual environment, the all new RVS Virus Guard, works to ensure that your computing experience is free from known malicious content while working hand-in-hand with our virtual system technology to provide the most effective and seamless malicious content removal available.

How often have you been faced with the aftermath of an improper removal or false positive detection? By using Returnil’s native reboot-to-restore functionality, removal of malware becomes both trivial and completely safe, while ensuring that false positive detections do not result in unintended disaster! Whether you are working with files located on your computer or files located in the cloud, Returnil Virtual System 2010 will keep both your computer and data secure.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ 2003/ 08/ Vista/ 7

Audio

Accord CD Ripper Express - Ver: 6.1.5

Accord CD Ripper Express is application created to help you extract CD audio files to various audio formats.

Here are some key features of "Accord CD Ripper Express Free" :-

  • Rip audio CD tracks to WAV, MP3, WMA, OGG, APE, FLAC, RAW, GSM, VOX, PCM, ADPCM, G721, G723, FAP, PAF, SVX, 8SVX, IFF, NIST, IRCAM, SF, VOC, W64, MAT, MAT4, MAT5, PVF, XI, HTK, CAF, SDS, AVR, WAVEX, SD2 and user-customised formats etc.
  • Incredibly high ripping speed.
  • Fully optimised for SSE/Hyper thread technology and get extra speed boost on multiprocessor systems.
  • Allow the users to encode audio CDs to customised formats thru their own encoders. Theoretically, Accord CD Ripper can rip audio CD tracks to INFINITE audio formats.
  • Flexible output mode: rip audio CDs to divided files (one file per track) or to CD images (one file per disc with cue sheet or chapters).
  • Not only rip tracks, Accord CD Ripper is capable of ripping arbitrary sector range of an audio CD with 1/75 sec precision.
  • Accurate ripping. Five build-in advanced disc error correction strategies: PLAY, BURST, SYNCH, SECURE and PARANOID. Three choices of actions on reading or synching an error during ripping: STOP, SILENCE and CUT.
  • Retrieve album info from remote and local CDDB (Compact Disc Database) servers.
  • CDDB info can be edited/revised/saved/submitted.
  • On-the-fly ripping, no temporary file generated.
  • Volume normalisation of extracted audio to a given percentage
  • Fully visualise the ripping process and real time display the spectrum of audio data.
  • An elegant and intuitive user interface, very easy to use.
  • Automatically write metadata of the output audio files.
  • Build-in latest Lame MP3 encoder which is generally believed as the the best MP3 encoder in the world.
  • Supports three external AAC encoder: FAAC, Nero AAC and CT AAC+.
  • Plain audio CD Player.
  • All kinds of CD and DVD drives are supported (including IDE, SCSI, USB etc.).
  • Multiple disc media supported, including CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW ,DVD+RW.
  • Multisession (CD-Extra) supported.
  • All events are logged for future diagnosis.
  • ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) supported.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

Soundbase - Ver: 2009.10.21

Soundbase was created to fill a gap in the large amount of free and commercial MP3 players. We do not pretend to have the ultimate MP3 or audio solution, but it will most likely fit somewhere into your MP3 playing experience.

Soundbase is a player, a tag editor and an organiser. It will always give you a quick way of doing common tasks.

Soundbase uses the windows subsystem that compresses and uncompresses audio files, the Audio Compression Manager (ACM).

By using this windows subsystem the player does not require any additional dll's or drivers, and as such a basic install of soundbase will take less then 2mb (5mb if you install the 60 basic skins too).

Windows itself supports the most common formats (mp3, wav, wma). You might need to read the help section on installing more sophisticated formats (ape, flac, ogg) to enable playback for those files.

The help section provides you with links to free (ACM) codecs packs and will give you information on how to best install the different codec packs and the teams personal preferences on quality and performance of these codec packs.

Is there more?
Of course there is more, you can skin soundbase, organise your music to different locations, edit tag information, search, filter, create playlists.

Soundbase doesn't use any registry entries but stores all in one ini file, it is completely anonymous, it can run from any location with limited user access rights, and much more. And we of course never stop thinking of better ways and better functionality, so stay tuned for more free updates.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Backups

DriveImage XML - Ver: 2.12

DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives.

The program allows you to backup logical drives and partitions to image files, browse these images, view and extract files, restore these images to the same or a different drive, copy directly from drive to drive.

Image creation uses Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services (VSS), allowing you to create safe "hot images" even from drives currently in use. Images are stored in XML files, allowing you to process them with 3rd party tools, so you'll never again be stuck with a useless backup.

Restore images to drives without having to reboot. DriveImage XML also runs from a WinPE boot CD-ROM.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Synkron - Ver: 1.6.1

Synkron is a simple Qt application that allows you to sync folders, for example a flash disk with a folder on your hard disk.

Synkron is also created to be easy-to-use and reliable.

Here are some key features of "Synkron" :-

  • Tabs allow you to have more synchronisations running at once.
  • Periodical synchronisations automatically sync your folders in selected intervals.
  • Restore files, which were overwritten during the synchronisation.
  • Add files and folders to black list to make sure they won't be synchronised in the future.
  • Synkron is an open source application, available for free.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Burner

Astroburn Lite - Ver: 1.1.0

The best choice for those who want to have quick and easy-to-use home program with essential features to perform disc burning.

  1. A. Insert a disc into your drive;
  2. B. Select data or an image file;
  3. C. Start burn.

You can also personalize your Astroburn Lite — just select a skin for program interface you like the most.

Burning CD's, DVD's and Blu-rays was never that simple!

Key features :-

  • Burn CD/DVD/Blu-ray media.
  • Burn image files.
  • Burn custom files.
  • Select a burning speed.
  • Verify a burning process.
  • Erase discs quickly.
Select a language for program interface.

NOTE : The program will ask if you want to install a number of extra items, if you do not want them, please remove the ticks the relevant boxes.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista/ 2008/ 7

Desktop

Fences - Ver: 1.0

This is the software publisher's description.

"Fences is a one-of-a-kind program, allowing you to draw labeled shaded areas on your desktop, which become movable & resizable containers for your desktop icons.

These groups can help bring organisation and consistency to your computer's desktop, solving the "constant mess" problem that has plagued the desktop since its inception.

Fences also helps you finally appreciate the wallpaper you have hiding behind all that clutter.

In addition to its organizing features, Fences offers a patent-pending quick-hide feature. Double click your desktop, and all your icons will fade out. Double click again, and they'll return.

Fences allows you to create shaded areas on your desktop that you can place icons in. You can label them however you wish, and move/resize them anywhere on the desktop. Pre-included layouts help speed the process for new users.

Double click blank space on your desktop, and all your icons will fade out. Double click again, and they’ll return. We think this feature is so useful and unique, that we’ve applied for a patent on it. And with the upcoming Fences FeaturePack , included in the community preview, you can even pick icons and individual Fences to exclude."

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ .NET Framework 2.0 or later

Monitor Asset Manager - Ver: 2.41

Monitor Asset Manager is a Plug and Play monitor information utility that works under all 32-bit versions of Windows. It is fully multi-monitor-capable, and unlike similar reporting utilities queries the monitor directly rather than relying on potentially dubious information stored in the registry.

In addition to providing detailed information on monitor colour and timing characteristics, this compact utility (213kb) is the only program of its type to accomplish this under Windows NT 4.0, providing corporate IS managers with a simple tool to track monitor inventory by serial number.

Reports generated by Monitor Asset Manager also provide detailed technical information about the target display device and basic information about the system to which it is attached. Corporate licensed versions of this lightweight utility can be set to run periodically in the background where it can silently save reports in various formats - including SMS-compliant MIF file format - to designated locations at pre-specified intervals. An IS manager wishing to implement SMS-compliant asset management and inventory practices will find that Monitor Asset Manager is the perfect tool to compliment existing management capabilities.

Moreover, end users puzzled by the way Windows treats their monitors and high-definition display devices can gain insight into exactly what Plug-and-Play means: all the information provided by the display to the system is displayed in readable format, including DPMS and GTF support, colour chromaticity values, recommended resolutions and exact timing requirements, as well as device minimum requirements and maximum limits. The latest version also extracts and decodes EIA/CEA-861 extension data for consumer electronics devices like HDTV's.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Sim Aquarium - Ver: 2.71

Sim Aquarium is a free screensaver (one tank only in this version though) which will bring the most realistic coral reef aquarium to your computer screen.

Its stunning, photo-realistic graphics recreate the beauty of 3D fish swimming freely in a 3D environment, including a reef, with live clams and swaying sea life.

Sim Aquarium lets you choose among 41 species of fish, bringing you as close to a living, growing reef as you can get on your computer.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Digital Imaging

Digital Image Tool - Ver: 2.0

Batch process images quickly, applying flexible resizing methods such as rotation, cropping, scaling.

Quick and easy to use, great for photographers or multimedia developers.This program is portable and can be run from a usb device. Very fast.

Portable
This program is portable standalone software meaning that it does not require installation and can be run straight from a usb device.

Batch Cropping
Apply batch crop to images based on percentages. Automatically detect any images that may have been rotated and adjust crop accordingly.

Flexible Resizing
Simply set the new image size to 500 pixels and then set options such as FIT WIDTH, FIT HEIGHT or MAINTAIN ASPECT RATIO. This allows the images to be resized to conform to a specific width, height or both while maintaining original proportions .Resizing is calculated after cropping and/or rotation has been applied.

Input
GIF TIF JPG BMP PSD PNG TGA

Output
JPG TIF BMP PNG

Minimum requirements: Windows all

SView5 - Ver: 1.50

SView5 is an image display, conversion and processing tool based on a rich C/C++ SDK with various capabilities, originally developed on Amiga computers and later ported to Windows, Linux and Embedded Systems.

The Windows frontend is both, a demonstration of the capabilities of the rich SDK and a standalone tool - based on VC++ 9 and .NET 3.5.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

CrystalDiskInfo - Ver: 3.0.3

This application was designed to help you view details about your hard disk drive.

Here are some key features of CrystalDiskInfo :-

  • Show S.M.A.R.T. Information
  • Show HDD Information
  • Change dialog design
  • Internationalisation (i18n)

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher

HD Speed - Ver: 1.5.4.76

Measures both sustained and burst data transfer rates of your hard disks, CD/DVD-Rom's and floppies..

Real time graphical display.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

HDClone Free Edition - Ver: 3.8.2

HDClone copies the content of hard disks on a physical level from one disk to another hard disk. Depending on the sizes of the hard disks, a complete or abridged image of the source disk will be created.

The Free Edition of HDClone offers all necessary abilities to copy a complete hard disk onto another, larger hard disk. This can be utilised to migrate an existing installation to a new hard disk as well as for data rescue. The Free Edition is real freeware without obligation to buy and is intended for the short-term usage at no cost. But in case of more frequent usage, we recommend using one of the higher editions since they offer higher performance in the first line but also support a wider range of hardware as well as additional options which are optimised for regular or professional usage.

HDClone Free Edition supports IDE/ATA and SATA/eSATA hard disks and is able to copy up to 300 MB/min.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ 2003/ 2008/ Vista/ 7

Xinorbis - Ver: 4.2.1

Xinorbis is a simple but powerful hard disk analyser. Using a sophisticated mix of graphs, tables and tree displays, it gives the user a complete overview of the contents of a hard disk, folder, removable or network drive.

It makes it easy to see the contents, structure and file distribution and file composition of a whole hard disk, directory, or mapped network drive. Includes full report creation.

Xinorbis is available for download with an installer, the recommended option, or as a ZIP archive for expert users who want more control; installing Xinorbis on to a USB flash drive.

Several additions have been made to Xinorbis to make it operate more efficiently as a "portable application", for more information see the help pages.

Features :-

  • Analyse a single drive, folder or merge several together in one report.
  • View the results by file type, attributes, size, user (owner) and date.
  • The Folder History feature allows you to compare the contents of a folder or drive at times and dates.
  • In-bullt powerful search engine (+ save results to a file or clipboard).
  • Find duplicate files (by name and size).
  • Complex report generation (with many user customisations) with export to HTML, ASCII, CSV or XML.
  • Save reports and tables for later comparison or for inclusion in other documents.
  • Dhell support, scan a directory through Windows Explorer.
  • Updated regularly.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Email

Gmail Notifier - Ver: 1.0.25

Reviewed by CNet Staff :-
"This simple, free tool alerts you when you've got mail in your Gmail account. The novice-friendly Gmail Notifier is easy to install and set up, requiring only your username and password.

A small white envelope is placed in your system tray. It's easy to see when new e-mail arrives, and a pop-up window provides information on the sender, subject, and time the e-mail was sent. If you miss the alert the first time, a handy option, Tell Me Again, will show the pop-up again. Gmail Notifier won't take you directly to a specific e-mail, but a double-click quickly takes you to your in-box.

Although the program automatically scans for new items every couple of minutes, you can right-click the system tray icon to check your in-box at any time. One note to potential users: we found that the promised audio alerts can't be set up from within Gmail Notifier. Instead, the publisher directs you to your computer's Control Panel.

No help file comes with the program, but Gmail users won't have any problems setting up and using this simple tool. Despite the extra steps to set up the audio notifications, any Gmail user will appreciate the desktop notifications when new e-mail arrives."

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP

Games

Nineball Solitaire - Ver: 1.0

Nineball Solitaire is a solitaire game that is a more strategic version of solitaire with a billiards theme.

You must think ahead in order to not get stuck and clear each 'rack' of cards. How many racks can you run? That will depend on a little luck and a good dose of strategic thinking.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Home/Office

Diagram Designer - Ver: 1.22

You're doing a PowerPoint presentation and you need to show a flowchart or other simple vector graphics-based design. Or, you want to show a line graph using a math formula quickly and easily. Enter Diagram Designer, which, through a simple drag-and-drop interface, allows you to create simple charts to your heart's content.

Diagram Designer's obvious use is in flowcharting, creating a simple diagram-based chart that lets the presentation's audience know how a process works in a visual way. Without Diagram Designer, flowcharts would need to be created by hand or with technically difficult software like Adobe's Illustrator. With Diagram Designer, it just takes a few drag-and-drops.

The nice thing about Diagram Designer's vector-based approach is that the elements of your flowchart can be any size and without losing image quality. The flowchart will be crystal-clear, especially if you save it in a lossless format such as .GIF or .PNG.

Diagram Designer also includes an equation solver and advanced graphic calculator, for those giving math or science-based presentations. Someone showing a proof in math class might get a few extra points out of it if they use Diagram Designer; the results look very professional.

NOTE : This program is donationware. It is free to try, but the author accepts and encourages donations towards further development.

Minimum requirements: Windows 98/ 2000/ Me/ XP/ Vista/ 7

Efficient Diary - Ver: 1.76 Build 65

The Efficient Diary application was designed to be a completely free while still beautiful, easy-to-use and powerful electronic diary software package.

With its unique and powerful flash full-text search technique, you can simply enter a word in the diary to quickly find the corresponding entries! The product has a strong edit function similar to that of Microsoft Word. You can insert various items such as tables, pictures, emotions, URL's or even attachments. You can set the background colour, background picture of each diary entry separately so your diary can be rich and colourful.

The login password is encrypted by the irreversible algorithm of SHA; besides, the content of the file itself is encrypted so that your private information is fully protected.

Except for managing diary entries by date, you can also manage it by hierarchical grouping. There is a Recycle Bin in the software so you do not need to worry that you may delete a diary entry by mistake. It also provides various unique features such as you can specify a weather icon and an emotion icon for each diary entry, can specify importance for diary entries, and can copy and paste diary entries, etc.

Time marches on, while with Efficient Diary, we can record our perceptions and experiences along the way. Spend some time with Efficient Diary each day - looking into today's feelings, recalling the memories of the past, and expecting the happiness in the future. A happy life can't be without Efficient Diary!

Minimum requirements: Windows all

GnuCash - Ver: 2.3.3

As Reviewed by CNet.com

"Although users with a solid grasp of financial management basics will get the most from this freeware program, GnuCash proved to be a capable tool for personal and small business accounting.

This freeware program's interface is bland but functional, and presents itself in a way that will be familiar to users who do their banking online. Various holdings (anything from checking accounts, to CDs, stocks and any other form of investment) are listed in a tree along the left side. Selecting an entry displays further details in a larger pane. At the top of the screen are various commands for actions, reports and tools. We found it a simple process to view spending reports, reconcile checking accounts, and other tasks.

Despite the overall simplicity of using the program, the sheer number of terms and actions may require a dictionary for some people. Fortunately, GnuCash has an excellent tutorial that outlines not only the program, but also financial terminology as well. And novice users will appreciate the wizard that walks you through the setup process.

GnuCash is an ongoing project and this isn't the latest release, but the developers warn that the 2.3 series is not stable and is for testing only, so stick with this earlier version. If you're overwhelmed by the number of personal accounts you're trying to manage, or you're trying to keep your small business on track financially, GnuCash is freeware you should try."

Minimum requirements: Windows 98/ Me/ 2000/ XP

Keyboard Explorer - Ver: 1.2.8

Keyboard Explorer will train any novice user to use all the common keys on the computer keyboard. It is ideal for computer training centres and workshops.

In about 60 minutes time, a novice computer user can become acquainted with the computer keyboard, without the intervention of a supervisor.

Please note that Keyboard Explorer is NOT a typing tutor, it just explains the use of all the keys on the keyboard.

A layout creation manual is provided so that creative users can design other layouts and make them available on the Producer's site if they choose.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

OxygenOffice Professional - Ver: 3.1.1.25

OxygenOffice Professional is a free and open source enhancement of official OpenOffice.org. The OxygenOffice Professional Team has modified the source of OpenOffice.org and bundled lot of extras with it.

Here are just a few of the extras you get with OxygenOffice Professional:

More than 3,400 graphics are included, both clip art and photos. These pictures are integrated into the gallery and can easily be placed into any OxygenOffice document. Several templates and sample documents are included, as well as over 90 fonts.

The extras are integrated by default in the installation of OxygenOffice Professional, but they are optional, so the user can decide what parts to include and what parts to leave out. These extra templates, fonts, and graphics are free for both personal and professional use.

Additional tools like OOoWikipedia, which can search the free on-line encyclopedia Wikipedia, are also included.

Minimum requirements: Windows NT/ 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

SAS Planet 2009 - Ver: 90923

SAS Planet is a program for viewing and downloading high-resolution satellite imagery and conventional maps.

You can use such services as Google Maps, DigitalGlobe, Yahoo! Maps, VirtualEarth, Gurtam, OpenStreetMap, iPhone maps, etc. SAS Planet can download and cache these maps so that you can view them at any time without being connected to the Internet.

In addition to satellite-based maps, SAS Planet can work with political landscape mapping, combined maps, and maps of the Moon and Mars. You can define the area of the map that you want to download (not necessarily rectangular) and the movement on the map. The maps are frequently updated – the program will only download the newest view.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista

Spryka Desktop Budget Lite - Ver: 2.1.0.57

Desktop Budget Lite lets you take control of your budget, and lets you manage all your finances including your checking, your credit cards, loans, savings accounts, and any debts you might have, all with easy to use, self explanatory windows and applications. Desktop Budget Lite will tell you when your bills need to be paid. You can create forms and transactions that are recurring, like those that need to be collected or even paid every month. Desktop Budget Lite can be used to manage your personal finances as well as for financial management of a business. It is a financial management software that is renowned to deliver all essential features covering almost all day-to-day financial activities.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista/ 2008/ 7

Sweet Home 3D - Ver: 2.1

As reviewed by CNet Staff -
"Sweet Home 3D offers users a chance to see a remodeled room or a brand new home before a single nail has been driven. With a fairly simple premise and impressive results, this slightly flawed program is certainly something to get the imagination going.

The program's interface is very easy to use. The left side of the screen contains a file tree for every room in the house, and clicking on each room presents a list of all appropriate furniture you can drag into the adjacent box. The area is a grid with measurements corresponding to room size. Below the file tree is a space for each item in the room and its approximate size. At the bottom of the screen is a small box that provides the 3D view. Designing a room is very simple. By dragging furniture into the grid and positioning it as you envision your redesigned room, a clear picture appears below, providing an impression of space that two-dimensional sketches cannot. In addition, there is an exciting Virtual Visit option that lets you walk through your home and its rooms.

While the results of Sweet Home 3D were impressive, we were slightly disappointed with its control. Placing items in the room will take some patience, as it feels rather clunky. However, with a little practice, we are certain users will be able to use this free program to design something impressive."

Minimum requirements: Windows 98/ NT/ Me/ 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

Internet

Advanced IP Scanner - Ver: 1.5

Need a quick and no-fuss way to list every device on your network, including the IP address and other information about each? Then give this small, free, simple-to-use utility a try.

It performs a lightning-fast scan of all IP addresses on your network, or of all devices in an IP range you specify. It then tells you what devices are at what address, and lets you know whether the devices is currently live or idle. It also provides the device's status, machine name, NetBIOS information, ping information, and MAC address of every machine.

Advanced IP Scanner includes a few other nice tools as well, including the ability to shut down PC's remotely. There's also a "Wake-on-LAN" feature that can wake PCs that have network cards that supports that capability.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Gladinet Cloud Desktop - Ver: 1.3.206.5560

You may have files stored online. You may have files scattered on multiple PC's. Gladinet software brings all your files together to your Windows Desktop and your online desktop, allowing you to organise and better manage your documents. Your files are following you wherever you go!

Gladinet connects all your PC's together. You can access folders on multiple PC's from any one of them. You can also use remote access solutions such as RDP or VNC among them. Your PC's are always connected even when you are on the road

Use online office to open local spread sheets. Use Paint Brush to open online images. Use online storages as if they were local folders. Gladinet software delivers web applications and online storages to your desktop.

Sharing Files and Folders is as easy as sending an e-mail or an instant message. Your friends can view your shared files instantly and securely without any Gladinet software pre-installed. You can share both local and online files.

Here are some key features of "Gladinet Cloud Desktop" :-

  • Easy Access To Files
  • Remote Access To Multiple PCs
  • Use Web Applications Locally
  • On Demand Sharing With Friends
  • Access From Web Browser

Minimum requirements: Windows all

P2P Rocket - Ver: 1.5

P2P Rocket is a highly reliable file-sharing program, a truly technological triumph that you can employ to download anything you want from movies and music to games, applications and books.

The installation is as quick and easy as it should be. This program supports Gnutella and eDonkey networks. P2P Rocket helps you locate some files that you can't find with other clients. It's built to do the job, and yet, powerful and efficient.

NOTE: The program will try and install it's own toolbar. If you do not want this to happen, please remove the tick from the relevant box.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

YouTube Downloader - Ver: 2.5.3

This simple freeware application works pretty well, given how basic the interface is. It has two main features: to download FLV files from YouTube, and to convert them to most major formats.

If there's a YouTube URL in your clipboard, it will automatically paste it for you when you click on the dialog box. From there, just hit OK and the downloading will commence. One more left-click is all it takes to load the file in the converter, which supports iPhone, iPod, PSP, cell phone, AVI, MP3, WMV, and Xvid. Surprisingly, there's also a basic video editor for cropping videos by time stamp. You can also cut out the sound when converting.

This is one of the lightest editors around, but the simplistic interface belies its functionality and it performs exactly as advertised.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

Multi Media

doubleTwist - Ver: 2.3.0.1529

DoubleTwist offers a universal interface to manage photos, music and videos for most popular phones, gadgets and devices and we continuously work on adding new ones.

Sync iTunes playlists or podcasts to your BlackBerry, Sony PSP, Android G1, LG phones such as the Viewty and Shine, Sansa players. DoubleTwist automatically recognizes your device and will perform any necessary video conversions to the native formats supported by your device. Sync video, photos, music and podcasts to your BlackBerry, PSP, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG, Windows Mobile, Archos, Android, Sansa and many other devices.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Kantaris Media Player - Ver: 0.6.0

Kantaris can play almost anything you can throw at it - AVI, MPEG, MGEG-AVC, WMV, MOV, MKV, quicktime, matroska, divx, xvid, H264, MP3, WMA, OGG files and more.

Kantaris enables you to also play DVD's and audio CD's. The player also displays some of the most beautiful music visualisations ever seen. All this is completely free.

Kantaris is an all new media player based on code from Videolan client (VLC) and Bass audio library. Kantaris has a graphical user interface similar to that of Windows Media Player.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

P.D.F.

Sorax Reader - Ver: 2.0.2274.32

You can use Sorax Reader to display PDF files or to view your favourite eBooks.

Here are some key features of "Sorax Reader" :-

  • Small and starts immediately
  • Displaying, printing PDF files
  • Zooming in and out
  • Rotating the pages displayed
  • Displaying document bookmarks
  • Searching in the document

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Registry

Registry Life - Ver: 1.0

Registry Life is a free utility for speeding up the system by fixing registry errors, defragmentation and compression of the registry.

Unlike other programs, the software performs registry optimisation on system startup. Optimisation can also be scheduled. The Registry Life application was designed to be a small tool that will help you correct errors in the registry and optimise it, increasing the working speed and stability of your system.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

Wise Registry Cleaner - Ver: 4.84

Wise Registry Cleaner is a free and one of the safest Registry cleaning tools available in the market today. Its scanning engine is thorough, safe and fast.

Wise Registry Cleaner scans the Windows registry and finds incorrect or obsolete information in the registry. By fixing these obsolete information in Windows registry, your system will can work better and more quickly.

After Wise Registry Cleaner analyses your system for problems, you can individually view each of the problems found and call up a detailed description. If you wish, you can also have all problems corrected automatically.

All changes to your system are monitored by Wise Registry Cleaner and can be undone with a few mouse clicks.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Security

Active@ KillDisk - Ver: 5.1

Active@ KillDisk - Hard Drive Eraser is powerful and compact software that allows you to destroy all data on hard and floppy drives completely, excluding any possibility of future recovery of deleted files and folders. It's a hard drive and partition eraser utility.

If you use FDISK, FORMAT utilities, or DELETE standard operating system command for data removal, there is always a chance to recover deleted files (using undelete utility or some data recovery software) and use against the owner's will. We highly recommend you to run this FREE utility for the hard and floppy drives you want to dispose of, recycle, re-use, sell or donate to somebody.

Active@ KillDisk conforms to US Department of Defense clearing and sanitizing standard DoD 5220.22-M. The most secure Gutmann's data destruction method is also implemented.
Both WIPE and KILL functions support 17 security standards from various countries such as USA, Canada, Germany and others. You can be sure that once you clean up with Active@ KillDisk, sensitive information is purged out forever.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Advanced Privacy Cleaner - Ver: 1.1

Every move you make on your computer leaves tracks behind. These tracks contain information about which web sites you visited, which programs you used, which files you opened and much more.

Cleaning all of these tracks can be done manually but is a tedious task. An automatic solution is the best method.

Advanced Privacy Cleaner allows you to regain your computer's privacy with ease. This simple tool cleans your tracks with a single click. The program deletes only the types of tracks you select. After your tracks are clear, your privacy will be more secure and your browser will run much faster.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Atrise HTMLock - Ver: 2.2.0

Atrise HTMLock will allow you to create password protected HTML pages and hide the source of your pages. With this software you can encrypt HTML pages and place them on web site, local network, intranet, CD, DVD, or hard drive.

Atrise HTMLock can password protect HTML and text files. No special browser extension software is required to show the locked files.

Atrise HTMLock is based on JavaScript technology, so it works virtually anywhere. The user-friendly wizard helps you to encrypt HTML and text files in just a few clicks. As a result you get a single HTML file that contains both encrypted text and JavaScript to enable the text to be displayed after the right password is entered.

You can place the logon form on any web page and call the locked page as easily as a CGI script. The product comes with a variety of templates that are sure to fit your design specifications. Using the cookies template you can protect as many web pages as you need, so the user can submit the password once and have access to different locked pages.

Here are some key features of "Atrise HTMLock" :-

  • Page source code protection, anti spam protection and password protection;
  • Templates-based protection engine;
  • Password logon form can be placed on any web page;
  • Encrypts HTML and text files. As a result you get a single html page;
  • Unlimited key length protection, based on the password length;
  • Easy of use wizard-style interface with command line batch operations for power users.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Dariks Boot and Nuke (DBAN) - Ver: 2.0.0

Automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk. Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disc that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.

DBAN is a means of ensuring due diligence in computer recycling, a way of preventing identity theft if you want to sell a computer, and a good way to totally clean a Microsoft Windows installation of viruses and spyware. Furthermore, this application can prevent or thoroughly hinder any known method of HDD forensic analysis.

Here are some key features of "Dariks Boot and Nuke (DBAN)" :

  • Fast. Rapid deployment in emergency situations.
  • Easy. Start the computer with DBAN and press the ENTER key.
  • Safe. Irrecoverable data destruction.
  • Prevents most forensic data recovery techniques.
NOTE : The link below, Dariks Boot and Nuke, is an ISO file. This must be extracted, using the appropriate program, to a CD. You can then put this CD into your computer, boot from it, run the program and all your Hard Disks WILL be wiped.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Password Safe - Ver: 3.17

Web browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox are pretty good at remembering and entering your login name and password at sites you visit often. But they don't always work with every Web login page, and not every login happens in a Web page.

Password Safe stores your login data in a password-protected, encrypted file you unlock whenever you need access to your stored login information. At the very least, Password Safe lets you manually cut and paste user names and passwords from its database into Web pages and applications, and is a great place to store any sensitive information.

But you can use the Password Safe's Auto Type feature to log you in to programs and sites automatically, and customise Auto Type to work around non-standard screens where default automatic logins fail.

NOTE : This program is donationware. It is free to try, but the author accepts and encourages donations towards further development.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

SafeHouse Explorer - Ver: 3.0

The great thing about today's nearly universal connectivity is how easy it is to share information, pictures and other material with your business associates, friends and family.

The bad thing about it is how easy it is for strangers to get access to your data. This is especially true when we carry so much on our USB flash drives, DVD's, laptops and other portable media. SafeHouse Explorer can secure your data on all media, protecting it from unwanted prying eyes.

SafeHouse installs its own Explorer on any drive or media you indicate. The SafeHouse Explorer uses Windows Explorer's familiar branching tree structure and drag-and-drop functionality. However, the folders (a.k.a. volumes) you create in SafeHouse Explorer are password-protected and use 256-bit Twofish encryption. (For stronger 448-bit encryption, you'll need to purchase the $60 Professional Edition.)

When creating a new volume, you have the option of having it filled with random data to make it harder to break into. However, that isn't recommended if you intend to e-mail it, because that will make it more difficult to compress the volume to a smaller size. Then, you copy or move your files to the volume, which can be as large as 2,000 gigabytes and is seen as a separate drive letter on both Windows and SafeHouse Explorer. The option of a Secure Move completely destroys the original data (after copying it to the SafeHouse volume), by overwriting it with random data, before deleting. In that way, you have access to the secured information, but hackers can't use any of the various recover schemes to extract your data from its original location on your drive.

When SafeHouse Explorer is installed on portable media, such as a USB flash drive, the data can be accessed on any computer into which the media are plugged, without SafeHouse having to be installed on the PC. But it doesn't leave any trail of that data on the hosting computer. What's more, you can easily email secured volumes, and the recipient will be able to open the files - after you supply the password - without installing any software on their systems. While the basics of SafeHouse Explorer are familiar and straightforward, the support is better than many pricey, much more complicated programs. On installation, you are given the option to go directly to a series of helpful online videos on how the program works.

SafeHouse also comes in a Personal Edition ($30) or the abovementioned Professional Edition, both of which add more functions and features, for greater protection and more convenience. However, the free version provides good basic security on its own for most average users.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

Under Lock and Key - Ver: 1.3

Under Lock and Key is a password and discreet information manager, it can be used to store passwords, account information, or anything else that you would like to keep secured in an encrypted file.

Multiple Keys and Accounts can be deleted or added to favourites. Inactive Accounts or Keys show up as grayed out. Default Key Action is set to ‘Edit’ So, if you double-click a Key, it will open in Edit mode. Other options include adding to Favourites., or copying data to the clipboard.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ .NET

Utilities

Blaze - Ver: 0.4.8

Blaze helps you start programs more quickly, and a whole lot more. When the "techie" tool recognizes that you're doing something with a repetitive pattern - such as typing a sequence of numbers or moving files that all have the same word in the filename - it offers to automate the task for you.

You can also teach it to perform a multi-step task, such as clearing your recent Firefox history, by typing one command.

Blaze sits in the system tray until you hit its hotkey (Ctrl-Alt-Space by default). Typing a program name into its pop-up launches that program, and you can type part of a program name and then use the arrow keys to cycle through a list of apps that match. It can also perform some built-in commands, such as starting an e-mail to a certain person using a block of selected text.

You can also easily teach Blaze macros, or sequences of scripted events, such as opening particular programs and selecting specific commands. You start by typing the 'record macro' command into the Blaze popup, and then manually doing what you want it to learn. Afterwards you can type in the name of your macro and Blaze will automatically go through the same steps.

Macros are both powerful and relatively easy to set up, but the Blaze Assistant that attempts to help with automated tasks is a bit more complicated, and probably best used by techie types and programmers. It may significantly speed up certain tasks, but tuning it requires being comfortable with things like process names. The online user manual will help a good deal in learning how to use the Assistant and other features.

Blaze could really light things up for a power user willing to dig in and teach it a few tricks, and its ability to create macros in particular is nice and smooth. Less technical users might prefer Enso Launcher, which uses simple natural language commands, but can't learn multi-step macros like Blaze.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ Microsoft .NET 3.5 Framework

Commands in Demand - Ver: 9.10

Commands in Demand provides non-technical users with easy access to more than 80 Windows commands and features that can be hard to find or time consuming to get to.

The program includes shortcuts to terminate non-responsive applications, restart Windows Explorer, view/clear the clipboard, open a command prompt in a selected folder, access system folders, view TCP/IP configuration settings, etc.
- It has a selections menu (sections) according to were its commands are related. If a command is related with more than one section and in order to be less confused, you may find the same command buttons more than one times.

Here are some of the commands that are available in your demand :-
  • Applications' Shortcuts creator to minimize apps in the SysTray
  • Clipboard real-time Editing
  • Colour Sample Picker
  • Command Prompt starter in any folder of the System
  • Desktop Icons Refreshing
  • Desktop Shortcuts Copy to a desirable folder
  • Device Manager with Hidden Devices
  • Hide / Show Desktop Icons
  • Icons Extraction from files
  • Images Conversion of known formats
  • Internet Searching with Two Engines simultaneously
  • List Alphabetised Application
  • Memory and CPU Info
  • Memory Instantly Cleaning
  • Non-Responding Applications Killing
  • Running Processes Killing
  • Safely Removal of USB Drives
  • Screenshots of whatever is visible
  • System Drives Quick Cleaning
  • System instant General Refresh
  • System's Clock Hiding
  • System's Volume Mute
  • Taskbar Hiding
  • Transparency Level to the Active window
  • Transparency Level to the Taskbar
  • URL Shortcuts creation
  • User's and Common System Folders browsing
  • Windows commonly used and hidden applications starter
  • WinLogoKey shortcuts simulator...

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista

Crimson Editor - Ver: 3.72 r259

Crimson Editor is a professional source editor for Windows.

Here are some key features of "Crimson Editor" :-

  • Edit multiple documents
  • Switch between documents using file selection tab pressing Ctrl+Tab brings the last accessed document to top:
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Configurable via custom syntax files
    preconfigured for HTML, CSS, C/C++, Perl, Java, Delphi, Python, Matlab, LaTeX,Euphoria, PL/SQL, ASP, JSP, PHP, EDIF, VHDL, Verilog-HDL, HLA, Winbatch, OCaml, GNU-style x86 Assembly, JScript, PeopleSoft SQR, Ada 83, MIPS, and BAAN:
  • Multi-level undo / redo
  • All editing actions are recorded from the opening of a file
  • Unlimited undo and redo buffers:
  • Natural word wrapping
  • Aord wrapping does not affect syntax highlighting
  • Configurable wrapping indentation (easer to understand the syntax):
  • Spell checker
  • Around 40000 words were added in the dictionary
  • Users can register new words in their own dictionary (InstallDir/user.dic):
  • User tools and macros
  • Execute external programs with proper arguments
  • Compile, execute and test your code
  • Ease your fingers with key stroke recording (record & replay):
  • Directory tree view window
  • Click to open documents
  • Filter to display only selected file class:
  • Edit remote files directly using built-in FTP client
  • Open, edit, and save documents in remote FTP servers
  • Save account information (encoded) for automatic logon:
  • Find & Replace
  • Replace specified text one by one, or as a whole:
  • Print & Print preview
  • Configurable page header and footer
  • Print with line numbers
  • Pprint with syntax highlighting (used in colour printer)
  • True type font selection for printer:
Other useful features :-
  • Ability to detect changed files, single instance/multiple instances, bookmark & go to, highlight active line, highlight matching pairs, multi-byte support with integrated IME (for eastern languages), auto indent, wheel mouse support, copy & paste, line numbers, configurable line spacing, option to save files in Unix format, option to set working directory.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

ESET SysInspector - Ver: 1.2.021.0

Provides important information about your system and its processes, services, registry, drivers and other critical files.

ESET SysInspector divides various types of information into several basic sections called nodes. If available you may find additional details by expanding each node into its subnodes.

To open or collapse a node just double-click the name of the node or alternatively click or next to the name of the node. As you browse through tree structure of nodes and subnodes in Navigation Window you may find various details for each node shown in the Description Window.

If users will navigate through different items in the Description Window additional details for each item will be displayed in the Details Window.

Following are descriptions for the main nodes in the Navigation Window and related information in the Description and Details Windows :-

Running Processes

  • This node contains information about applications and processes running at the time of generating the report. In Description Window you may find additional details for each process like dynamic libraries used by the process and its location in the system, name of the vendor, risk level of the file etc.

    The Detail Window contains additional information for item selected in the Description Window like size of the file or its hash.

Network Connections

  • The Description Window contains list of processes and applications communicating over the network using protocol selected in Navigation window (TCP or UDP) along with remote address where the application is connected to. You can check DNS assigning IP addresses.

    Detail Window contains additional information for each process selected in the Description Window like size of the file or its hash.

Important Registry Entries

  • Contains list of selected registry entries which are often related to various problems with your system like those specifying programs running after start of the computer or browser helper objects (BHO) etc.

    In the Description Window you may find which files are related to a specific registry entry. You may see further details for such files in the Details Window.

Services

  • The Description Window contains a list of files registered as Windows Services. You may check the way the service is set to start along with specific details for the file in Details Window.

Drivers

  • Displays a list of drivers installed on the system.

Critical files

  • The Description window displays content of critical files related to the operating system.

System information

  • Contains detailed information about hardware and software along with information about set environmental variables and user rights.

File details

  • List of important system files and files in the Program Files folder. Additional information specific for the file can be found in Description and Details Windows.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Fix IE Utility - Ver: 1.0

This freeware portable utility re-registers all the concerned dll & ocx files required for the smooth operation of Internet Explorer.

Simply extract the contents of the .zip file and run the utility.

If you face any problems while running IE, maybe after recovering from a malware attack, run this tool to re-register around 89 dll & ocx files, which are required for the smooth running of Internet Explorer.

NOTE : Before running the utility, make sure that all your Internet Explorer windows are closed.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

FreeFileSync - Ver: 3.1

FreeFileSync is an easy to use open-source folder synchronisation and comparison software. It is used for fast and easy configurable sync operations between two folders without restricted or overloaded UI interfaces.

Here are some key features of "FreeFileSync" :-

  • Compare files (bytewise or by date) and synchronise them.
  • No limitations: An arbitrary number of files can be synchronised.
  • Subfolders are also synchronised, including empty folders.
  • Network support.
  • Lean & easy accessible UI: Highly optimised for speed and huge sets of data.
  • Algorithms coded in C++ completely.
  • Focus on usability: Only necessary functionality on UI: no overloaded menus or icon jungle / Select folders via drag & drop / Last configuration and screen settings are saved automatically / Maintain and load different configurations by drag&drop, load-button or command line / Double-click to show file in explorer / Copy & paste support to export file-lists / Delete superfluous/temporary files directly on main grid / Right-click context menu / Progress indicators, status information and error reporting / Sort file-lists by name, size or date / Display statistical data: total file sizes, amount of bytes that will be transferred with the current settings.
  • Easy configurable command line mode for automated synchronisation.
  • Support for file sizes > 4 GB.
  • Option to move files to Recycle Bin instead of deleting/overwriting them.
  • Automatically ignore directories "RECYCLER" and "System Volume Information" when comparing and syncing.
  • Delete before copy: Avoid disc space shortages with large sync-operations.
  • Based on waxwing framework => Portable to many operating systems.
  • Filter functionality to include/exclude files from synchronisation (without re-compare!).
  • Include/exclude specific files from synchronisation manually.
  • Create sync jobs via GUI to synchronize automatically (can be scheduled or executed directly).

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

MemTest - Ver: 4.0

MemTest is a RAM reliability tester. It evaluates the ability of your computer's memory to store and retrieve data accurately. A correctly functioning computer should be able to do both these tasks with 100% accuracy day in and day out.

A computer that fails these tests, perhaps because of old hardware, damaged hardware, or poorly configured hardware, will be less stable and crash more often. Even worse, it will become even less stable over time as corrupted data is written to your hard disk.

By running MemTest you can ensure that your computer's RAM is correctly functioning. It is wise to test this when you buy a new computer, install new RAM, or change the configuration of your machine (for instance, to overclock it). If you are the sort of user who likes to push the performance of your machine to the edge, relying upon whether your machine will boot after your new BIOS tweaks is a poor way to determine the safety of your new settings. Use MemTest as a true test of stability.

Limitations: The Pro version is also a Windows native program, and similar to the normal version. It is tuned, however, to the needs of users who diagnose the quality of RAM often, or on multiple machines. It offers options like a nice mode which allows you to test RAM in the background, during normal use of the machine, as well as more detailed reporting of errors. It also does not pause every time an error is found, so it can be used to determine the overall reliability of RAM that is prone to errors, rather than just as a tool that determines if there are any errors at all.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Virtual Drive Creator - Ver: 3.0.1

Create Virtual Drives or Virtual CD-ROM's. Long paths become single letters. Create Virtual Drives from long paths, it's easy! Type the full path or (even easier) browse to the path via the Drive and Folder Lists. Turn long paths into letters with Virtual Drive Creator.

Choose a drive letter from the "Available Virtual Drive Letters" list and Click [Add Virtual Drive] to create the Virtual Drive, or Double Click the letter to create the Virtual Drive.

It's just as easy to remove a Virtual Drive, Double Click the letter you want removed as a Virtual Drive or Click the letter and then Click [Remove Virtual Drive].

Make CD-ROM's obsolete: Copy the contents of a CD-ROM to a folder, not the root directory, on your Hard Drive. Make that folder a Virtual Drive (see paragraph above), then install the Virtual CD from the Virtual Drive letter.

Click Start, Run and in the space provided type L:setup or L:install (substitute your Virtual Drive letter for L and see the documentation that came with your CD-ROM for the proper installation command).

Now every time you need to access the CD you can use the Virtual CD from your hard drive. Be sure to make note of the Virtual Drive letter you used to create the Virtual CD, when you reboot your computer you will need to re-create the Virtual Drive using the same letter. (With the Pro Version of Virtual Drive Creator you can make your Virtual Drives Permanent!)

Virtual Drive Creator (VDC) performs the DOS SUBST command from within Windows. This allows you to use a drive letter to specify a complete directory path (d:foldersub1sub2etc).

Minimum requirements: Windows all

WebcamXP - Ver: 5 5.3.4.342 Build 3144

This application will enable you to broadcast your webcam images on the internet or upload them in a FTP server.

WebcamXP 5 (aka project wLite) is a brand new project. It's the successor of webcamXP 2008 which is light weight and powerful for streaming any kind of video sources over internet. It offers most of the features of webcamXP 2008 with a simplified interface.

NOTE : This freeware version can only be used for private use only and supports only one video source. More powerful versions of this program can be obtained from the Producer.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 2008/ DirectX 9/ Windows Media Player

Windows Access Panel for Windows 7 & Vista - Ver: 1.0

While you can use Control Panel to change settings which control nearly everything about how Windows looks and works, in some cases to access these very controls , or the in-built Windows programs, requires you to engage in multiple clicks or know their names.

Windows Access Panel is meant to minimise your trouble in accessing such programs. It has been tested on Windows 7 & Windows Vista. It can simply be downloaded and used as a portable application. Place it in your Programs Files and Pin its shortcut to your Start menu and you are all set to a faster way of accessing the “hidden” Windows utilities.

For instance, WAP will save you a couple of clicks if you want to open any program, like maybe the Disk Defragmentation utility. Or maybe you don’t know that to open the Backup or Restore Usernames & Passwords Wizard you need to type credwiz in the start search and hit Enter! 48 such programs have been included in WAP.

Minimum requirements: Windows Vista/ 7

Video

Applian FLV Player - Ver: 2.0.25

This PC-based player lets you play all FLV files downloaded from YouTube, Google Video, Metacafe, and thousands of other video sites.

Easy to use. Just double-click a FLV file to play, or open it from within the program.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

Cut Assistant - Ver: 0.9.13.16

This program helps cutting video files. It does not do the cutting itself but is a windows GUI for external video cut applications.

Cut Assistant also features an integrated video player.

The cuts can be saved in cutlists. Cutlists can be exchanged with other users over a cutlist server.

Requirements :-

  • Asfbin (wmv, asf)
  • VirtualDub (avi)
  • AviDemux (avi)
  • MP4Box (mp4)

Minimum requirements: Windows all

DivXLand Media Subtitler - Ver: 2.0.7

This program allows you to subtitle AVI, MPG, WMV and all type of videos fast and easily, as well as fix and edit existing subtitle files.

The subtitle creation process consists in using a plain text file containing the dialog lines in sequential order and apply these lines as subtitles into the opened media file during the video playback.

DivXLand Media Subtitler also includes cutting-edge features to improve and edit existing subtitle files as well. DivXLand Media Subtitler has support for at least 30 subtitle formats.

Here are some key features of "DivXLand Media Subtitler" :-

  • Create subtitle files from plain text files
  • Preview subtitled video immediately without saving file
  • Save partially edited files to resume subtitling process later
  • Automatic caption timing features
  • Multiple subtitling modes available
  • Support for basic text formatting
  • Support for at least 30 subtitle formats (open and save)
  • Keyboard shortcuts available to control subtitle process
  • Spell check using the Ms Word component
  • Check for product updates directly from Help menu
  • Full product documentation in several languages included as PDF and online
Minimum requirements: Windows all/ Windows Media Player 9 or later/· Microsoft Visual Basic 6 SP5 runtime libraries

VideoSlurp YouTube Downloader - Ver: 1.33

Reviewed by CNet.com :-

"YouTube seems to have become a way of life for many Internet users. The worldwide video-sharing network is among the most popular sites anywhere.

VideoSlurp YouTube Downloader promises to let users save their favourite films to their hard drive and view them whenever they want.

This free program isn't much to look, but its performance makes up for that. A simple start-up screen explains the program and how to operate it in about four short paragraphs. From there, the tool is very intuitive. A row of icons along the top of the screen allows users to navigate the Internet and download. However, the most important area is the search box where users type in any topic, which lets VideoSlurp to automatically search YouTube for content. Once a video is located, simply click on the download icon at the top of the screen. A small status area at the bottom of the screen tells you what percentage of your video has been downloaded.

Once complete, videos are saved in the obscure FLV format. Most computers will not support this and won't let you watch your videos. It is a minor inconvenience to download the necessary tools to watch your content, but luckily VideoSlurp walks you through either downloading a converter to
change FLV files or to get an FLV viewer for your movies. Overall, this is a neat download that YouTube lovers will get a lot of use from."

NOTE : There is a FLV viewer on this disc - it is called Applian FLV Player.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

WinX DVD Ripper - Ver: 4.1.3

WinX DVD Ripper is a free software program that facilitates ripping the content of a DVD to computer hard disk drive and converting to popular video formats.

It offers powerful but easy to use functions, excellent video/audio quality, fast ripping speed, small size makes it fast to launch.This Free DVD ripper includes additional features, such as the ability to decrypt DVD's, remove copy preventions, making disks unrestricted and region-free.

Minimum requirements: Windows all