FLV Player 2.0.25

April 5, 2009

Most people don’t need anything more than a Web browser and a Macromedia plug-in to watch Flash videos. However, if you want a hair’s breadth more control over your viewing, this open-source freeware program will do the trick.
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Download Accelerator Plus 9.1.1.1

April 4, 2009

fvl0rrThis download manager brings much more to the table than fast file transfers, but it definitely delivers those, too. Increased download speeds are Download Accelerator Plus’s bread and butter, speeding up downloads by almost 200 percent in most cases and occasionally as high as 400 percent.

Besides splitting files into smaller pieces, it thrives on automatically seeking faster mirrors. It also can get a file simultaneously from several sites, which is useful if a particular site limits the download speed; it can resume downloads; and it can preview some media files while downloading. There’s also a blacklist for sites that you never want to accept downloads from, and categorized folders and filters to keep your downloads organized. DAP rolls in a media buffer, too, that allegedly will prevent streaming-video hiccups. Ensuring that you’re running the latest version of the Adobe Flash player won’t hurt, either.
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Sepia Cyanotype And Other Digital Filters For Toning Photos

April 4, 2009

How to tone photos sepia, cyanotype, platinum, silver gelatin, etc. With this exceptional photo software and photoshop plugin you can tone any photo sepia, cyanotype, silver gelatin, platinum, kallitype, van dyck, palladium or silver. You can add colored lens filters, correct contrast and even create your own tones and save them for later use. Power Retouche Photoshop plugins are also for Paint Shop Pro, Corel Draw, Illustrator, Fireworks and other graphic software or photo software for photo editing, retouching and restoration

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Photo Shop Elements FAQ

April 4, 2009

f you’re already a subscriber of Adobe Photoshop Elements Techniques, you’ve probably made regular visits to our accompanying website that’s packed with tutorials, tips, and a very active user-to-user forum. If you haven’t checked these out, you’re missing out on a major benefit of your subscription. If this is your first time seeing our newsletter, Read the rest of this entry »


Ad-Aware Anniversary Edition 8.0

April 2, 2009

One of the first applications built to find and remove adware and spyware, Ad-Aware’s excellent reputation is well-justified. The Anniversary Edition continues the publisher’s tradition of adroitly addressing user concerns, but is still not quite perfect.

Without a doubt, though, this version of Ad-Aware improves greatly on what has come before. It loads faster during your boot cycle. Scans take less time than before, too–the Quick Scan completed in less than 10 minutes. Although we did notice a major false positive crop up for another program’s uninstaller, there were no other flaws in the scan. New users should notice that the app performs faster than integrated antivirus and antimalware programs, because only the paid version of Ad-Aware comes with an antivirus engine. Read the rest of this entry »


IrfanView 4.23

April 2, 2009

This image viewer and editor is a longtime favorite among our staff, and with good reason. IrfanView is simple, fast, and free for individual use. Upon installation, the app attempts to install two Google programs, but you can opt out.

The program lets you open and edit images, as well as multiple media formats. You can cut and crop images, apply batch conversions, add, sharpen, or blur effects, create panoramas, and change color modes easily. The program continues to add support for an array of file formats and has plug-in support for most image, video, and sound formats, including MP3, AVI, audio CD, and WMA. The interface is far from fancy but should be easy enough for most users to figure out. An IrfanView Thumbnails

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WinRAR 3.80

April 2, 2009

There are plenty of solid compression utilities to choose from, but this shareware powerhouse offers the features and ease of use that place it at the top of the compression category. WinRAR is easy to use, lightweight, and flexible.

An intuitive interface lets you mouse over icons to see their functions, and if you don’t like their candy-coated appearance, you can always choose from several themes at the developer’s site. The Folder Tree Panel makes sifting through your directories to find files easier than ever. But once you see the size savings of a RAR archive, with a compression ratio of 8 percent to 15 percent better than the ZIP format, you’ll understand why so many users and developers are making the switch from other apps. With virus scans now integrated and minor interface tweaks for Vista, only the slightly slower decompression speed holds the app back. Read the rest of this entry »