Freemake Video Converter: stylish, user friendly video and DVD conversion, burning, and editing program

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Freeware Genius reviews Freemake Video Converter and pronounces it a “stylish, user friendly video and DVD conversion, burning, and editing program”.

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Cameyo Creates a Portable Version of Just About Any Program

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , |

Lifehacker recommends Cameyo which Creates a Portable Version of Just About Any Program.

Want to take a program (or several) with you, set up the way you like it?  Try using this to create a version that will run from your flash drive.

Note: this may or may not work for any given program, but it might be worth a try.

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EPUB ebooks to Kindle conversion guide

Posted on May 24, 2010. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, books, File conversion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Adobe Digital Editions has a InDesign to Kindle conversion guide – Digital Editions.

That means the .epub books you bought someplace other than Amazon can be converted for use on your Kindle.

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Video Tutorial: Best Media Compressor

Posted on February 1, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

Gizmo has a Video Tutorial: Best Media Compressor to show how to compress large media files with a freeware program which converts to flash.

Gizmo’s site is a good source of clear information.

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Go2Convert: Universal Image Conversion Tool

Posted on October 24, 2009. Filed under: Files, Graphics, Online Software | Tags: , , , , , , |

Go2Convert: Universal Image Conversion Tool is a post on MakeUseOf for changing the format (and the size, if you like) of a photo or image.

Features:

  • Universal image converter.
  • Convert an image into more than 100 different image formats including DPX, EXR, GIF, JPEG,  PDF, PhotoCD, PNG, Postscript, SVG and others.
  • Convert images up to 5 MB in size.
  • Resize the output image for use as an avatar, as a thumbnail, for messages boards or other bigger sizes.
  • Free, no need to sign up or enter your email.
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Web2PDF: ‘Save as PDF’ Button

Posted on March 13, 2009. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, PDF, Web site creation, Widgets | Tags: , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on Web2PDF which creates a Java widget for a ‘Save as PDF’ Button for Your Blog.

Web2PDF is free HTML to PDF conversion service for your website. Enable your website/blog readers to instantly print desired articles to PDF files. It also includes a monitoring service that lets publishers keep track of which and how many times articles were printed to PDF.”

Web2PDF ‘HowTo’:

  • 1. Sign up and start with setting the Conversion Options for your “Save page as PDF” button.
  • 2. Choose paper orientation for the printed PDF: Portrait or Landscape.
  • 3. Specify paper margins: in inches (Top, Bottom, Left, Right)
  • 4. Get JavaScript code: Generate JavaScript code and copy & paste it to the place where you want “Save page as PDF” button to appear. Code should be placed within the … tags of the template page.
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How to convert PowerPoint to DVD for free

Posted on February 7, 2009. Filed under: File conversion, Microsoft PowerPoint, Tutorials, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Freewaregenius has a post on How to convert PowerPoint to DVD for free.

There is not a single free application that will accomplish this; however there are three “routes” illustrated below that you could take to achieve PowerPoint to DVD conversion using all free apps.

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ToyCon ICO converter to create icons

Posted on December 6, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, Graphics, icons | Tags: , , , , , , , |

ToyCon: drag and drop image to ICO converter

freewaregenius has a post on ToyCon which “is a free drag and drop image to icon converter that converts JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP and TGA images to ICO as well as ICO to PNG. It supports the creation of a full range of icon size formats within the ICO file including the new Vista .ICO format which supports 256×256 resolution icons in PNG compression.”

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DVDx freeware from labDV lets you convert DVDs for your computer

Posted on October 13, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Video | Tags: , , , , , |

DVDx freeware from labDV lets you convert DVDs for use on your computer.

This is freeware, but donations are accepted.  Please use this ONLY for your own DVDs and convenience, and respect copyright law.

DVDx copies DVD movie to VCD, SVCD, DivX, AVI or WMV in one step.

DVDx has been designed as a simple and intuitive program especially for unexperimented users.

DVDx produces high quality MPEG and AVI movies and advanced features provides smart settings for experimented users.

DVDx Ultra Edition can copy protected movies while standard version can’t. If you’re allowed to copy commercial or protected movies, we strongly recommend you the Ultra Edition.

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FormatFactory media file converter

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

FormatFactory “is a multifunctional media converter that supports video conversion from/to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF and audio formats MP3/WMA/MMF/AMR/OGG/M4A/WAV, JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO. MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP/BlackBerry format.Version 1.48 adds “all to MP2” method, “5.1 Stereo” conversion option, “Source Audio Channel Select” conversion option…”

For Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista.

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PDFCreator lets you make your own PDF files

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Files, Freeware/Shareware, PDF | Tags: , , , , , , , |

pdfforge.org has PDFCreator, an open source freeware program to create PDF format files from almost any Windows application.

Key Features:

  • Create PDFs from any program that is able to print
  • Security: Encrypt PDFs and protect them from being opened, printed etc.
  • Send generated files via eMail
  • Create more than just PDFs: PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, PS, EPS
  • AutoSave files to folders and filenames based on Tags like Username, Computername, Date, Time etc.
  • Merge multiple files into one PDF
  • Easy Install: Just say what you want and everything is installed
  • Terminal Server: PDFCreator also runs on Terminal Servers without problems
  • And the best: PDFCreator is free, even for commercial use! It is Open Source and released under the Terms of the GNU General Public License.
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Picture2icon converts pictures to tiny icons

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Picture2icon “is a wonderful tool for converting images or digital photos in to Windows icons. Easy Picture2Icon make it possible to use any graphical editor to produce icons. Because Easy Picture2Icon has the ability to convert digital pictures in the formats BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPG and PNG to Windows icons (ICO). Easy Picture2Icon has support for making transparent icons and the user can choose which color to make transparent. With this picture to icon converter it is possible to make icon files that contain multiple icons of different sizes in the right timing.”

Images formats that can be converted to Windows icons (.ico files) are:
BMP, Bitmap
GIF, Graphics Interchange Format
JPEG, JPG, Joint Photographic Experts Group
PNG, Portable Network Graphics

For Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista.

Convert your avatar or logo into an icon!

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DVD Flick creates your own DVDs

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

DVD Flick is freeware which “aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation.”

Features

  • Burn near any video file to DVD
  • Support for over 45 file formats
  • Support for over 60 video codecs
  • Support for over 40 audio codecs
  • Easily add a menu
  • Add your own subtitles
  • Easy to use interface
  • Burn your project to disc after encoding
  • Completely free without any adware, spyware or limitations
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MakeInstantPlayer Converts Videos to Executables

Posted on September 9, 2008. Filed under: compatibility, File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, Video, viewers | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Featured Windows Download: MakeInstantPlayer Converts Videos to Executables.

Lifehacker reviews MakeInstantPlayer, which converts any video file into an executable file along with the player and codecs to play it (that last part about the player and codecs is really important!).

It is intended to solve the problem of people who just don’t have the right software or whatever to play something you want to show them.

Freeware.  Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista.

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MediaCoder converts media files

Posted on July 28, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

MediaCoder is a “free universal batch media transcoder, which nicely integrates most popular audio/video codecs and tools into an all-in-one solution. With a flexible and extendable architecture, new codecs and tools are added in constantly as well as supports for new devices. MediaCoder intends to be the swiss army knife for media transcoding in all time and at this moment, it already has millions of users from 170+ countries all over the planet.”

In other words, you can convert all sorts of media from one type of file to another: wav files to MP3, etc. It also might be able to save a corrupted file.

  • Improving compression / reducing size for audio/video files
  • Converting for audio/video playback devices (digital audio player, MP4 player, mobile phone, PDA, PSP, VCD/DVD player etc.)
  • Extracting audio tracks from video files
  • Ripping audio/video discs
  • Reparing corrupted or partial downloaded video files


Supported Fomats

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HandBrake for converting DVDs

Posted on April 22, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Music, Sound, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Need to convert a DVD to a computer format?

HandBrake can convert video from a number of sources, including a DVD and a DVD image, and audio too, including MPEG audio tracks. It can convert to a digital file in a variety of formats, including MPEG-4, AVI, OGM for video, or AAC, MP3, and Ogg Vorbis for audio.

You can select individual DVD chapters, get subtitles, and have plenty of control over your recording, including selecting the bit rate, maximum file size for video, and bit rate and sample rate for audio.

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MediaCoder to convert audio and video files

Posted on April 22, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Files, Sound, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MediaCoder is a free universal batch media transcoder, which nicely integrates most popular audio/video codecs and tools into an all-in-one solution. With a flexible and extendable architecture, new codecs and tools are added in constantly as well as supports for new devices. MediaCoder intends to be the swiss army knife for media transcoding in all time…”

Features In Brief

  • Convert to and from many audio and video compression formats and re-multiplex into various container formats in batches
  • Full control over transcoding parameters, you can learn about audio/video encoding and play with various codecs
  • Strong decoding capability for partial or corrupted contents
  • Simplified UI for popular mobile devices (e.g. PSP, iPhone/iPod)
  • Fully standalone, no dependance on system codecs/splitters
  • Extension (scripting language) infrastructure to expand user interfaces and improve user experience


Typical Applications

  • Improving compression / reducing size for audio/video files
  • Converting for audio/video playback devices (digital audio player, MP4 player, mobile phone, PDA, PSP, VCD/DVD player etc.)
  • Extracting audio tracks from video files
  • Ripping audio/video discs
  • Reparing corrupted or partial downloaded video files
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beFunky animates your photos, videos

Posted on April 22, 2008. Filed under: Avatars, File conversion, Fun, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Anybody see the movie “A Scanner Darkly”? Where everybody was turned into a realistic animated version of themselves (well, except during the hallucinations…)?

Try it yourself with beFunky and ‘cartoonize’ your photo or video.

  • Turn your photos into digital paintings and comic style animated cartoons.
  • Convert videos into cartoons.
  • Create and enhance cartoonized avatars: Choose between different background scenes, clothes and accessories, hairstyles, etc.
  • Warp tool: push and pull any area of an image (enlarge lips, reduce nose size, etc.).
  • Get a black and white pencil drawing of any photo.
  • Embed your beFunky stuff on your blog or profile pages.

Recommended by MakeUseOf.

WARNING: read the user agreement.  Using this site gives them the right to use your image and information for their own purposes (promotion of their service, for example).  If you are not comfortable with that, don’t use it.

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vixy.net to convert FLV videos to MPEG4

Posted on April 22, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Convert the online FLV file videos to MPEG4 format using vixy.net and the free online converter.

“This service allows you convert a Flash Video / FLV file (YouTube’s videos,etc) to MPEG4 (AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP) file online. It is using a compressed domain transcoder technology (outline in Japanese). It converts FLV to MPEG4 faster and less lossy than a typical transcoder.

When you submit a URL, it will download and convert to the video format, and then you can download the converted file.”

Note that doing this to YouTube and some other sites may be treated as a violation of copyright.  Please respect the rights of the owners of the files.

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Adobe Acrobat alternatives for creating & using PDFs

Posted on January 29, 2008. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Everything, PDF | Tags: , , , , , |

[this post last updated 2010.7.9]

Adobe Acrobat has allowed other software to create and modify the PDF format.

Sumatra PDF Viewer is very small, and only allows viewing.

Nitro PDF Reader allows you to “Create PDF files, comment and review, save PDF forms, extract text and images, type text directly onto the page, and more.”

PrimoPDF PDF creation software is freeware.

PDFTextOnline allows you to get text and other content out of your PDF documents.

PDF-XChange Viewer In addition to all the standard features here are some of the features available in the PDF-XChange FREE Viewer

  • Add Comments and Annotations to any PDF file (subject to security settings) – unlike the Adobe Viewer which requires the PDF creation tool to be ‘certified’ by Adobe !
  • Mark-up pages with text and objects
  • Type directly on any PDF page, not just Adobe enabled forms documents – in Typewriter mode.
  • Export PDF pages or entire files to any one of the supported Image formats including BMP, JPEG, TIFF, PNG and many more …
  • Extract text from a PDF page/File
  • Make your navigation of large or complex PDF files both simple and enjoyable with the extended functionality of our ‘Loupe’ and the ‘Pan’ Window tools
  • Fill and Save Adobe Forms to disk, email or ‘post’ !
  • Full Javascript Engine included
  • Updated JPEG2000 Compression support – improving speed.
  • Plug-Ins for both MS IE or Firefox Browser’s included
  • Integrate seamlessly with your favourite translation software to translate text on the ‘fly’ – including : ABBYY Lingvo 12, Translate It!, Lingoes.
  • Includes comprehensive Help file and PDF Manual – no extra downloads required to add features etc.
  • Portable version also available – can be run from any suitable device such as a Memory stick/CD/DVD etc – simply unzip and use – no installation required – just 4MB download !

And many more features such as Rotate and ‘Save’, Email files etc ….. Recommended by ClifNotes Newsletter.

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