Archive for August, 2005

See What’s Filling Your Hard Drive

Saturday, August 20th, 2005


Every Windows users is familiar with Windows Explorer, the system's standard file viewer. It's useful for some things, but isn't a great tool for cleaning up your overfull hard drive. So try SequoiaView. The designers came up with an ingenious way to view the contents of your drive: "cushion treemaps" create a colorful, graphical representation of your files and directories. So you can quickly find the largest MP3 and image files, or figure out which directories are draining your hard drive space so you free it up. SequoiaView puts you back in control of your files.

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New Angle on a Classic Brick Busting Game

Friday, August 19th, 2005


Do you remember playing Breakout on your Atari or Arkanoid in the arcade? LBreakout 2 is an open-source version of those classics, revved up with a huge array of levels and features. The game seems simple: bounce a ball off of your paddle to break rows of colorful bricks. There are fifty levels to choose from, and the option to create your own levels, too. Every level is full of surprises: watch out for growing bricks and explosive balls, among others. Best of all, you can download level sets and themes designed by other fans of the game, so it never gets old. Windows, Mac and Linux users can enjoy this addictive game: so pull up a chair and prepare to get hooked.

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A Better Way to Compress Your Files

Thursday, August 18th, 2005


Zipping files for archive or transport can often be a hit or miss affair. Sometimes you save a great deal of space, and sometimes very little. 7-Zip has set out to improve the way that zip files operate and even to create a better compression format. This self extracting zipper supports a plethora of compression and archiving formats, including ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, LZH, GZIP, BZIP2, Z, TAR, as well as its own 7Z format. Depending on the data, 7-Zip can compress your data 2-10% smaller than Winzip or PKZip can. If you choose to use the 7Z format, expect to see a compression rate 30-70% better than the standard zip format. Available for Windows and Linux platforms, this is a great way to archive your files and save a little space in the process.

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Free Fax Cover Sheets

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005


Spice up your office communications with a great-looking fax cover page. Today's featured download isn't a single program, but an entire site where you can download and print more than 100 fax cover pages. All of the cover sheets are available in .doc format (for Microsoft Word and compatible word processors): you can customize these before printing them, if desired. In addition, dozens of cover pages are ready-to-go: just download and print the PDF version for instant gratification. Cover sheets are available in 10 categories, including nature, job-related, funny, and color.

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Take Screenshots Free & Easy

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005


Screenshots can be essential for creating software manuals, PowerPoint presentations, and other publications. Sure, you can use the Print Screen key to get a screenshot, but a professional quality screenshot application can do so much more. Whether you are looking to capture one screen, a section of a screen, or multi-layered screens (like in XP) you can do it all. HoverSnap was designed to help you make the most out of your screenshots, saving them in popular formats like jpeg, bmp, gif, and png. The application even allows you to send screen shots directly to an FTP server. The auto-naming function is very intuitive and even date-stamps your shots for easy reference. HoverSnap is a great option for individuals looking for a free screenshot application.

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Free Password Management Software

Monday, August 15th, 2005


How many passwords do you have to remember? Chances are you have one for your computer login, one for your email address, another for your web host, and maybe a kabillion more for various websites. Keepass was designed to help you keep track of all of your passwords in a secure environment. This open-source application uses the latest and greatest encryption techniques, including AES and Twofish, to keep your passwords availble to you, but away from prying eyes. Best of all, you'll only need to remember one password: the one for Keepass itself. This easy-to-use program is a great alternative to putting all of your passwords on a bunch of sticky notes … or worse. It's available for Windows and PocketPC.

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Free Desktop Publishing App

Saturday, August 13th, 2005


In the world of desktop publishing, there are many leaders and followers. Scribus is an open-source solution that leads the pack. It's a comprehensive desktop publishing application that allows you to go beyond the basics. With innovative templates, clip art, CMYK color separation, and PDF creation capabilities, you'll be amazed at all it can do. Plus, there's open vector drawing and OpenType font support. So whether you are looking to create a simple newsletter or a high-end marketing piece, you can do it with Scribus.

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Clean Up Your Windows Registry

Friday, August 12th, 2005


Ever wonder what shape your Windows registry is in? After various downloads and software installations, your registry can quickly get out of hand, leading to system crashes, software slowdowns, and generally bad karma. RegSeeker is a powerful registry cleaner complete with search functions that you'd find in high-priced applications. You can search through histories, startup files, applications and much more. The best feature is perhaps the “Tweaks” function, which allows you to improve the performance of your system with just a few clicks. If you are looking for a full-featured application that can help you clean out those registry files and make Windows run better, look no further than RegSeeker.

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An Instant WiFi Network

Thursday, August 11th, 2005


If you're looking for an easy way to set up a WiFi network, perhaps for your business, check out this open-source application. WiFi networks are the hottest thing around, and you may be wondering how to set up your own. The PublicIP ZoneCD takes the guesswork out of setting up a network. You provide the necessary equipment: WiFi router, old PC, and broadband Internet connection — and the software takes care of the rest. All you have to do is put a CD in the CD-ROM drive. The software turns that PC into a WiFi gateway for home or business use. Best of all, the software, which runs from the CD, doesn’t use up any hard drive space. PublicIP is built on Linux, so it's stable and secure.

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A Free OCR application

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005


Wish there was an easy way to get that magazine article, contract, or other paper document into an electronic format? SimpleOCR was designed with you in mind. This application uses any scanner with a Twain driver to turn printed pages into editable text documents, with a 99% accuracy rate. The application is easy to use and has a wealth of features to make your job even easier. If your document isn’t very clear, you can “despeckle” it for better character recognition. You can capture graphics, sections of text, and batches of documents with a few clicks. Oui monsieur, SimpleOCR supports French as well as English.

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