Archive for February, 2007

February 20th, 2007 by Keith

Text2Speech 1.2.0.5

Posted in Audio, Fun Stuff, Site News, Utilities, Windows

Text2Speech

Text2Speech 1.2.0.5 is a small and simple application which allows conversion of text messages into voice or speech. It is a relatively easy-to-use software, which is written in C# and uses the .NET Framework for its speech capabilities.

Developed by David Futcher, he was 13 years old when he first started the Text2Speech project, in 2005.

Features

  • *Extremely Simple and Easy to use interface
  • *Written in C# for optimum speed
  • *New feature to load a text file into the text box to be converted to speech
  • *It is compatible with the high quality Lernaut and Hauspie TTS voices as well as Microsoft Sam

The application is open source and is maintained at Sourceforge. The link for download is available below.

Download Link
Text2Speech 1.2.0.5

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February 20th, 2007 by Keith

ActivIcons 4.0 – Icon Package Tool

Posted in Fun Stuff, Graphics, Site News, Utilities, Windows

ActivIcons

Tired of the Windows XP default icons? Try something new. ActivIcons 4.0 is a package that makes it easy and simple for users to change properties for various icons on the Windows desktop and Windows Explorer, with additional attributes for many other desktop settings as well.

With this application, users can save and restore the desktop layout, repair corrupted icons, increase the size of the Windows icon cache to prevent future problems, etc. Animated icons can be displayed using this software. In addition, icon text labels may be made transparent too.

Last but not least, ActivIcons is available free for charge.

Download Link
ActivIcons 4.0

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February 19th, 2007 by Keith

Free IP Scanner 1.0

Posted in Fun Stuff, Site News, Utilities, Web Apps, Windows

Free IP Scanner

Use this Free IP Scanner 1.0 to scan IP addresses and ports. The application is a very fast scanner, which is intended to be used by both system administrators and general users to monitor and manage networks.

The utility is powered with multi-thread scan technology that is capable of scanning hundreds of computers per second. It simply pings each IP address to check if the particularly IP within the network is alive or not. If so, it may optionally resolve its hostname and even scan ports.

Free IP Scanner is also able to display NetBIOS information, such as

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February 19th, 2007 by Keith

Blender 2.4.3 Released with a Brand New Front Page

Posted in Fun Stuff, Graphics, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Utilities, Windows

Blender 3D

Since the last post on the release candidate of Blender, the final version of Blender 2.4.3 is now released. In addition, this open source software has a brand new look on its home page.

The application is meant for 3D modelling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback, Blender 2.4.3 RC2 is one that has got what it takes. The software is available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.

The key features of this application are shown below.

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February 18th, 2007 by Keith

CB Model Pro – Free 3D Modelling Tool

Posted in Beta, Fun Stuff, Graphics, Site News, Software Companies, Utilities, Windows

CB Model Pro

CB Model Pro is a professional 3D modelling tool. The application is an easy utility to use, and catered for all creative professionals, providing users with cutting-edge freeform surface technology.

Features

  • - Clean, clear, intuitive interface
  • - Simple, precise tools enabling direct surface manipulation
  • - Create realistic models and characters quickly and easily
  • - Export output compatible with most programs

CB Model Pro enables rapid 3D organic modeling. Although applications for it are only limited by imagination, it is particularly useful for conceptual design, industrial design, high resolution character design, and creating models to be used as normal maps.

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February 18th, 2007 by Keith

Firefox 2 Vista Black Beta 1.0 – Theme for Firefox

Posted in Beta, Fun Stuff, Graphics, Linux, Mac OS, Plugins, Windows

Firefox2 Vista Black Theme

This is another Firefox theme that resembles the look of Windows Vista, with a black background polish. The Firefox 2 Vista Black Beta consists of a Vista glass sidebar meter.

The theme is almost quite closely related to the previous Vista theme which I have posted here. Check out the installation instruction below.

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February 18th, 2007 by Keith

ScreenCaptureX 1.3 – Capture your Screen Shot

Posted in Fun Stuff, Graphics, Mac OS, Site News, Utilities

ScreenCaptureX

Although there are several ways to capture screen shots via some hotkeys commands and then pasting those captured image onto a compatible image editing program, but that is not quite efficient. ScreenCaptureX 1.3 is an all-in-one package that allows users to capture screen shots and directly reproduce the image file in JPEG format.

There are basically 3 options, thus making it really user friendly.

  1. Capture the image of Windows
  2. Capture the image of a section of the screen
  3. Capture the image of the entire screen

To capture the desired image, user simply click on the Capture Screen button, and the application will save it as a JPEG format on to the Desktop. The filename is labelled sequentially. Furthermore, there is a Add captions button that allows users to include menus on the full screen capture shots. Other image formats are also supported, i.e. PNG and PICT.

The application is available as a freeware, for Macintosh users.

Download Link
ScreenCaptureX 1.3

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February 17th, 2007 by Keith

Simple Convert 0.2

Posted in Fun Stuff, Mac OS, Software Companies, Utilities, Video

Simple Convert

Converting video contents for Mac OS X is now easier with Simple Convert 0.2. This application is probably the easiest iTunes video converter.

There is only a one-step encoding process to convert all the video and import them into iTunes. Therefore, there is very little hassle in trying to configure any options.

Upon conversion, users can simply tune in to the video using iTunes. The utility requires the machine to be running Mac OS X. It is available as a freeware, and is downloadable from the link below.

Download Link
Simple Convert 0.2

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February 17th, 2007 by Keith

Super Webcam Recorder 3.35

Posted in Fun Stuff, Site News, Software Companies, Utilities, Video, Web Apps, Windows

Super Webcam Recorder

Recording video from webcam is now easier with Super Webcam Recorder. This application is a simple, yet powerful, fully-featured software utility designed to help users capture streaming video and snapshots.

Users have full control over the output file format, and not just limited to .avi files. In addition the following formats can be configured:

  • - file format,
  • - codec,
  • - video size,
  • - audio source,
  • - sample rate,
  • - channel,
  • - resolution,
  • - bitrate.

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