August 22nd, 2007 by Keith

YouTubeDesktop – Beta

Posted in Audio, Beta, Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Video, Web Apps, Windows


Most users would have already known about YouTube, one of the richest online video archive, powered by Google. Though it is rather easy to browse and search for videos in YouTube directly from its website, it is undoubtedly easier with YouTubeDesktop, an impressive dynamic web application, coupled with modern design for search, watching and even downloading videos from the web!

As according to the developer, YouTubeDesktop is designed based on the key idea; that is, to bring normal desktop experience to the browser. Within the web application itself, windows can be dragged, resized and minimized into a tray. It is even possible to drag-and-drop videos between players and result, all within a single web application, hence making it one of the richest, if not the best web application for viewing and managing video content. The incredible flexibility of the design is encompassed by the user-friend interface and functionality.


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August 16th, 2007 by Keith

Skype 2.7 for Mac Beta is Released

Posted in Audio, Beta, Business Software, Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Video, Web Apps, Windows

Skype for Mac

According to the report by Villu Arak, Skype 2.7 for Mac Beta is now out for the public. There are several new features in this beta release – so do check them out!

  1. * Group contacts – organize your contacts into as many groups as you need.
  2. * See your Apple Address Book contacts in Skype – easily call or SMS anyone who has a phone number in their address-book profile.
  3. * Create and manage public chats by clicking on Chats in the menu bar and choosing Start Public Chat.
  4. * Auto Redial for busy or unconnected calls. When your call hits the busy signal, Skype will give you the option of automatic redial every two minutes until the call goes through.
  5. * Easy sound-level controls – when you need to tweak the sound level during a call, use a simple slider in the call window
  6. * Overhauled file transfer – wearing a more fashionable jacket, file-transfer now looks elegant and acts even nicer, especially when receiving many files at once.

Indeed, this version is worthwhile trying out. However, it is vital to note that this release is still labelled as “beta“, hence it is advised not to install this on production machines.

Download today from here.

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August 14th, 2007 by Keith

Skype 3.5 for Windows

Posted in Audio, Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Utilities, Video, Web Apps, Windows

Skype Logo

Without a doubt, Skype has released its latest version of Skype for Windows just a few days ago. I was completely taken aback by this new release as it contains several enhancement and improvements, integrated with new newly designed security features.


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August 3rd, 2007 by Keith

Skype Updates for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux

Posted in Audio, Beta, Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Utilities, Video, Web Apps, Windows

Skype Logo

There have been several updates with Skype during the last couple of weeks, when I was not around. So, it might perhaps be a good idea to cluster all the distributed platforms into this one single post. As of now, the latest releases of Skype are:

  1. version for Windows
  2. version for Linux (still beta)
  3. version for Mac OS X

Download (or upgrade) to the latest version now. It contains security fixes and bug fixes.

Download links
Skype for Windows
Skype for Linux
Skype for Mac OS X

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August 2nd, 2007 by Keith

Joost – Now For Friends – 0.11.0

Posted in Beta, Fun Stuff, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Video, Web Apps, Windows

Joost Overlay

Joost has released the latest version – 0.11.0 – also called Joost – Now For Friends. The edition is still currently under beta development but has shown to work pretty well with vast improvement over the last couple of releases.

Users may realise that previous versions can no longer work, and that is because of the programmed code to ensure users constantly upgrade to the latest Joost version, to ensure it maintained bug-free. Some of these updates can be found on the release note.


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June 16th, 2007 by Keith

AddMovie 1.2.1

Posted in Audio, Fun Stuff, Mac OS, Utilities, Video


With AddMovie, several movie files can be concatenated into a single piece of movie. This application supprots various input formats, including Quicktime movies.

Since the output format is also configurable, it also supports format conversion from MPEG-4 to 3GP, which can be displayed and playback on Bluetooth phone.

The software is supported on Mac OS X 10.4 and above. To use the application, simply drag-and-drop the files into the main window, re-order them and click on Generate to create the single movie file.

Download Application
AddMovie 1.2.1

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June 15th, 2007 by Keith

Skype Beta for Linux

Posted in Audio, Beta, Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Video, Web Apps, Windows

Skype for Linux

Just released only, Linux users can only be happy to receive the news that they are not forgotten by the Skype developers. Skype Beta for Linux has just been released.

In order to run this version on your computer system, the following hardware requirement is necessary:

  • * 400 Mhz processor or faster.
  • * 256 MB RAM.
  • * 20 MB free disk space on your hard drive.
  • * Microphone and speakers or headset.
  • * Internet connection (broadband is best, GPRS is not supported for voice calls, and results may vary on a satellite connection).

In addition, the software requirement for this application is:

  • * Qt 4.2.1+
  • * D-Bus 1.0.0
  • * libsigc++ 2.0.2
  • * libasound2 1.0.12

Binaries for various distributions, e.g. SuSE, Ubuntu, Debian, etc.., are available for download from this site.

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June 7th, 2007 by Keith

Democracy Player 0.9.6 Now Available

Posted in Fun Stuff, Mac OS, Site News, Video, Web Apps, Windows

Democracy Player

Democracy Player seems to be capturing a lot of attention from the public. My last post on Democracy Player was probably a few months ago, but the latest version of Democracy Player 0.9.6 is already released.

Nicholas Reville claimed that this version contains huge update, with a lot of new features, bug fixes and improvement. In addition, it will also be the last version ever of Democracy Player, as the next release will be under the new name, Miro.


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June 5th, 2007 by Keith

SMPlayer 0.5.2

Posted in Audio, Linux, Site News, Utilities, Video, Windows


The last time I discussed about SMPlayer is probably one and a half month ago. SMPlayer is a very used multimedia (video) player in Linux. To compliment the use of this utility, SMPlayer is developed as a complete front-end for MPlayer. Now, the latest version of SMPlayer 0.5.2 is released.

This application uses MPlayer as the engine, and has the capability to play the most known video and audio formats without the need of external or third-party codec. It has some of the basic features, such as playing DVDs and VCDs, to advanced features such as MPlayer filters.

With SMPlayer, it has the ability to remember the settings of all the files you have played. Therefore, you will resume the movie from where you have stopped, and there is no need to worry about having to open that movie and configure the settings, e.g. audio track, subtitles and volume, etc.

Download Link
SMPlayer 0.5.2 (Windows)
SMPlayer 0.5.2 (Linux)

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May 27th, 2007 by Keith

AVI Resize Tool 1.0

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

AVI Resize Tool

Downsizing or resizing a video file, e.g. AVI file, is almost as easy as resizing an image file. The Avi Resize Tool, as discussed by Softpedia, is a software application that simply resize an AVI file.

The batch process is relatively easy;

  1. simply upload the file you want to resize
  2. and then choose the output dimension.

Information, such as frame rate and resolution, is available for users so that users know what to change. Output formats, e.g. VCD, SVCD and DVD, are available.

Download File
AVI Resize Tool 1.0

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