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Showing posts with label Software. Show all posts

XnView - Lightweight Photo Editor


XnView - The Lightweight Photo Editor


XnView is lightweight photo editor by which you can view, edit and convert your photos and images. Though very small in size, XnView is a powerful image editor and supports over 500 image formats! It's really a handy tool for those users who are not comfortable with Adobe Photoshop.


You know Adobe Photoshop is the universally accepted tool for working with photos and images. But most of the users are not comfortable with Photoshop as it's somewhat complicated. As there are numerous image editing options available on Photoshop, it's really difficult to work on it without proper guidance. 


If you are not capable of working in Photoshop, there are many other tools which you can use to process your images. If you just need to re-size or convert your images, you can use Free Image Converter


In this post, I would like to talk about XnView which is a very powerful image processor. This is a very handy tool for working with images. Have a look at the features below:
  • Photo Viewer & Browser
  • Converter
  • Editor
  • Supports Over 500 Image Formats
  • Filter Effects
  • Screen Capture
  • Scanner
  • All Other Basic Tools

I will share the portable version of XnView with you. So you just need to download and install it once. And save the installation file in a safe location. Then you will never need to install it again!


Download & Installation
  1. Download XnView Portable. It's a zipped folder and only 4.45 MB in size.
  2. Unzip the folder and double click on XnView Portable 2.25.exe to begin setup.
  3. Choose a location to install the software. Don't use C:/ drive. Because you can use it always even when you re-install your Windows.
  4. Complete the setup procedure. 
  5. Open your installation folder and make a shortcut of XnViewPortable.exe on your desktop or taskbar for quick access. 


Instructions

This is a very simple photo editing tool. If you begin using XnView, you will learn the basics within few minutes. I am just gonna show how to begin - 
  • Run XnView from your PC and you will get the list of your folders at the left.
  • Click on those folders and XnView will automatically detect images from there.
  • You will have both Menu and Toolbar to work with.
  • Choose an image to start working.
  • You will notice a change in the Menus after choosing the image. You will have Image and Filter menu after selecting an image.
  • On Filter Menu, you will get some amazing effects same as Adobe Photoshop.
  • From the Image menu, you can adjust your image (Brightness, Contrast, Color Level), resize, rotate, convert etc. 
  • Also try the toolbar icons. There you will get many handy tools i.e red eye removal tool, scan, print, save, rotate, flip, zoom etc. 
  • You can save your picture in lots of formats some of which are not available even on Photoshop. 


Take a look at the XnView below:

XnView Photo Editor


In only 4.5 MB, you get a lot of things. I hope you will like the tool. Just give it a try . . . 


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Write Blog Posts by Windows Live Writer


Windows Live Writer Icon

Though I’m engaged in blogging for two years, I never tried to write posts using any third party tool. Only a few days ago, I've come to know that Windows Live Writer allows to prepare draft post. And after completing the draft, you can publish it on your site!


Why Windows Live Writer?

It’s a good question to start with. Both Blogger and WordPress (or any other blogging platform) have a nice typing interface. You can easily write and publish a post using the default options. So, you may ask – is there any necessity to use Live Writer?
My answer is – YES! Just consider the following points:
  • Live Writer provides an interface that almost looks like MS Word.
  • It allows you to create table without using HTML (Exclusive Feature)!!
  • You can work offline even without connecting to the Internet.
  • You can count words, check spelling and so on . . . 
Live Writer is fully integrated with WordPress. But it also supports all major blogging platforms like Blogger, TypePad, SharePoint etc. After installing the Writer on your PC and adding your blog account, it downloads the theme of your site including font size, style, layout, categories etc.


So, when you’re writing a post offline, you will feel like writing in your own blog platform. Most importantly, you can also preview the post without net connection! But when you’re writing a post using Blogger or WordPress, it’s impossible!



Where do you get this?

Though Windows Live Writer is completely free, it’s not a default program of Windows. You've to download it from Microsoft and then install on your PC. Actually it contains multiple apps including - 

  • Messenger
  • Mail
  • Photo Gallery
  • Movie Maker
  • Toolbar
  • Writer
  • Family Safety
  • Silverlight

Get Windows Live Installer from Microsoft. It's 1.1 MB in size. Now install it on your system:

Windows Live Essentials Apps


First, you've to choose the programs you would like to install from Windows Live. For me, Writer is the only app that I find useful from here. If you need any other app, just tick it. Now press the Install button. 


When the installation is complete, you will be asked to set your homepage and search provider. If you don't need to change anything, just unmark the options and hit on the Continue button. 


Now you will get the Live Writer in your Start menu. After running the program, you will get the following interface:


Windows Live Writer


Look at the bottom. While writing a post, you will be in the Edit Tab. If you would like to get a preview, then hit on the Preview button. 


Adding Blog Account

Look at the Menus. There is a Blog menu. To add your blog account, go to the Blog menu and choose Add blog account . . . 


Add a Blog in Writer

Now choose your desired blog service. Maybe you've to select other blog service option. Press Next button and enter the information as below:


Enter Blog Account Information



Wait few minutes and let the Writer set up your blog. Writer will download the theme of your blog including categories, font style, text size and other information. 


Live Writer is Setting up Blog


After successfully adding the account, you will see your blog at the top right corner of the Windows Writer. 



Using the Writer

Using the Live Writer is very simple. Just after running application, you will be able to start blogging. You can save the post as draft and directly publish it on your site when it's complete. 

  • You can add anything from the right sidebar or from toolbar at the top. 
  • You can choose a label or category from the bottom.
  • To add or remove a blog account, use the Accounts option from the Tools menu.
  • To edit blog settings, go to Blogs menu > Edit blog settings.
  • To create a table, go to Table menu > Insert Table > Enter # of Rows and Columns > Choose Pixels > OK.


Though writer is a very handy tool for blogging but naturally you might face some difficulties. As you can't control your site directly from Writer, you must use your blogging platform ultimately. Writer can only help you to create the draft . . . 



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Google Talk is Gonna be Shut Down!!


Google Talk Logo


Few days ago, I just signed in to Google Talk and got the following message - 

Google Talk app for Windows is no longer supported. It is being replaced by the new Hangouts Chrome app. Install the Hangouts app from http://goo.gl/yglfk6. 


It's my post number 400! I'm really sorry to publish a bad news in this post. But I promise, in post number 500, I will try to write something exceptional. I've already got the idea for that post!


I was really surprised and shocked after getting this message. To chat with my friends and blog visitors, most of the time Google Talk is my first choice. I don't like chatting in Gmail because it's heavy and slower. 


Google is trying to promote its Hangout app for Android, Mac and Windows operating system. They are also trying to move the Internet world to Google Chrome. That's why Windows users can't use Hangout without Chrome. Hangout is installed as a Chrome extension which is really bothering. 


But I think Google Talk was a really smart tool to communicate with people. Google could develop the app instead of shutting it down. And some of the Google Talk features are not available in Hangout. In slower connection, you may need to fight to connect to the Hangout. It's really frustrating. 


Last year Google announced that - Google Talk app for Windows is being retired. And from this month, Google Talk users are getting the following message from gmail.com:

Google Talk Chat Box





Now Google is offering the Hangout app. It's a cross-platform application. You can get this tool from:

Google Hangout PNG Logo



Hangout looks smart but I think some changes are necessary. Think about file sharing. Google Talk users can share files but this feature is not available on Hangout. Of course you can share images through Hangout. And it also allows you to draw something in chat window.


Google Hangout Screenshot


You can still use Google Talk. But time is very short - maybe two months at best. And then Google Talk will be turned off forever! :(



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Free Download doPDF 7 (Only 4 MB) !!!


doPDF 7 Free Download



If you work with PDF documents then you must be familiar with the most reliable PDF creator - doPDF. Currently doPDF is offering version 8 and its size is 40 MB! Where doPDF 7 was only 4 MB and version 6 was only 1.2 MB! And I know it will be very difficult for you to find doPDF 6 or 7. 


Because doPDF doesn't store the previous version of this tool. And every third party software download site has already upgraded to the latest version of doPDF. That's why I'd like to share doPDF 7.2 with you.



Features & Advantages
  • Fast, Simple & Reliable (Consume minimum resources)
  • Same installer supports both 32 and 64 bit OS
  • Works with any printable documents (400+ documents supported)
  • Supports 33 languages
  • Customizable (Page Size, Output Quality, Save Location, Embed Fonts etc.)


How to Download & Install?
  1. Download doPDF 7.2 (It's 100% safe and ad free). It's a zip folder and 3.7 MB in size.
  2. Unzip the folder and double click on dopdf-7.exe to start installing.
  3. Complete the installation normally - Choose your language > Next > Agree > Choose Destination > You can set as default or not > Install. 
  4. After completing the installation, you may get a shortcut on your desktop or start menu. And the doPDF printer plugin (virtual printer) will be found in the print option of every program. 

How Does doPDF Work?

Actually doPDF works as a virtual printer. With this tool, you can simply print your document virtually. After printing a file, it will be converted into a PDF document and saved in your hard disk. 

Look at the doPDF printer in MS Word Print option - 


doPDF Printer on MS Word Printing Option


Like MS Word, you will get the doPDF printer in the print option of other programs. 



How to Use doPDF?

Most of you know, how to work with doPDF. But I would like to write something for the beginners - 
  1. Make sure doPDF is installed on your system.
  2. Now open any printable document (ie. MS Word, Notepad or even a Webpage).
  3. Press Ctrl+P to open Print option.
  4. Select your Printer - doPDF.
  5. Go to printer properties or preferences to customize your settings if necessary.
  6. Now hit on the Print button > Choose File Name, Destination, Quality etc. > Hit OK to print your document. 
  7. Now you can view your document through any PDF viewer. 

Hopefully, everything is clear about doPDF. Still if you have any confusion, please share with us . . . 



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EASEUS Data Recovery Pro Free Download !!!




EASEUS Data Recovery Software



EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard is the most powerful as well as successful data recovery tool. With this tool, you can recover almost any lost data whether intentional or caused by virus. And Marks PC Solution is gonna share this tool for the visitors without any charge! It's 100% Free! No serial key or crack is needed to activate!



System Requirements:

Data recovery wizard is capable of working with almost all running versions of Windows OS starting from Win 2000 to Win 8. 

And you don't need heavy configuration to run this software. Hopefully, you will have no trouble to use this lovely tool. 


Cautions!

  • Don't install Data Recovery Wizard to the Bad Device.
  • Don't change anything on your bad device.
  • Make sure you've enough space on your good device.
  • While running the operation, close all other applications to improve the performance.


Supported File Systems

Data Recovery Wizard supports the following file systems:
  • FAT12/ FAT16/ FAT32
  • NTFS
  • EXT2/ EXT3

Supported Storage Devices
  • HDD (IDE/ USB/ SATA/ Fire Wire)
  • Floppy Disk
  • Flash Disk

EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Screenshot



How to Use?
  1. Download Data Recovery Wizard V5.5.1 (It's a zip folder). It's only 4.2 MB. 
  2. Now unzip the folder and double click on EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard.
  3. After completing the installation, run the application from Start menu or Desktop.
  4. Now you'll have three options - Deleted File Recovery, Complete Recovery & Partition Recovery.
  5. Hit a mode to start depending on situation. 
  6. Now choose what type of file you would like to recover and press Next.
  7. Choose a volume from which you wanna recover your data and press Next. 
  8. Within few moments, the lost files will be shown. 
  9. Select the files/ folders you would like to get back and press Next.
  10. Choose a path (file location) where you wanna save the recovered data and press Next.
  11. Now find and locate your recovered data on your selected drive! It could be saved in a folder. 

If you have any confusion regarding any option, you can use the help option. Help option  will be available at the top right corner. And don't forget to leave a comment . . . 



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HDDB - Real Time Search Tool for your PC!!



Search Icon PNG



Do you ever rely on Windows Search to find files/ folders. To be honest - I don't! The search capacity of Windows XP is poor. Windows 7 users might have a better experience. But it's really difficult to find something on Windows 8. Because your drives are not automatically indexed by Windows 8! 



More than 2 years ago (March 27, 2012), I discussed about Everything Search - a third party search tool for Windows. This tool is awesome to find something on your PC. 


Next year (February 15, 2013), I wrote about how to index drives to search files faster in Windows 8


And today (Ocrober 7, 2014), I'm gonna share another search tool with you. It's HDDB - Hard Disk DataBase. It's almost similar to Everything Search except few changes. 


HDDB Logo with Magnifying Glass

Features
  • HDDB is 100% Freeware!
  • It's Portable - you never need to install!
  • Small in size - you have to download only 272 KB
  • Simple User Interface
  • Quick indexing, searching and startup



Instruction
  1. Download HDDB. It's 100% safe and ad free link.
  2. Unzip the downloaded file.
  3. Double click on HDDB 1.4 to run it.
  4. It will ask you to build database. Hit on the Yes button.
  5. Within few seconds, all files of your hard disk will be indexed.
  6. Now type anything to search. You will get this as soon as you type!

Hard Disk Database Window




Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Press Ctrl + W to close the window
  • Press Esc to clear search topic, press Esc again to close the window
  • Press Tab to move to the search results
  • Press F7 to build database
  • Press Shift + F7 to rebuild all



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How to Install Windows from USB Disk?



Install Windows from USB device



Today I'm gonna share a very useful tip with you. In this post, you will learn - how to create a bootable USB disk (pen drive) for Windows/ Linux. And this is the easiest way to install Windows from USB disk. Earlier, I wrote about creating bootable Windows disk


If your PC doesn't have a DVD drive, or if your DVD drive is not functioning properly, you can use your pen drive to install Windows. And notebooks don't have DVD drive usually. To install Windows there, you must require a bootable pen drive. 



This post applies to:
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1

I haven't tested this technique for Windows XP. Maybe this will also work there. But I'm not 100% sure about XP. 


In order to install Windows from USB Flash Drive, you need the following tools:
  • A USB Flash Drive/ Pen Drive (8 GB Recommended)
  • Rufus - to create bootable USB disk

Step 1 - Get Windows ISO Image

Hopefully, all of you got an 8 GB pen drive. Now your task is to get an ISO image of your Windows. If you have a Windows Installation disk, you can prepare the ISO file using ISO Creator or by Infra Recorder


Step 2 - Create Bootable Disk

Now you've to create a bootable flash drive by Rufus. And then you're ready to install Windows from pen drive! Download Rufus from this link. It's just 616 KB. 

  1. Insert your pen drive. Back up the necessary files  of it (if any). And perform a quick format. 
  2. Run Rufus from your PC just by double click. 
  3. Device - Your pen drive, Partition Scheme - for BIOS and UEFI, File System - NTFS, Cluster Size - Default, Type your Windows Name in Volume > Choose Quick Format > Create a Bootable Disk using ISO Image > Hit on the CD icon and locate your ISO file > Select Extended Labels and Icon Files > Hit on the Start button to launch the operation.
  4. This may take a few minutes. Then you will get a confirmation message. Done! 

You can follow the image below:


Rufust - Creates bootable usb disk



Step 3 - Boot from USB Flash Drive

Restart your system. To access BIOS settings, you need to press F1 in case of Intel Mainboard. Gigabyte users will press Del key. And most other mainboards use F1 key to access to the BIOS utility. 

Now depending on your BIOS version, there could be different interface styles. But the basic option you need to find is - The Boot Priority or The Boot Order

To install the Windows from a USB disk, you need to select - Boot from USB Drive. Now Save and Exit from BIOS. Restart your PC. Now you will see the following message - 


Press any key to boot from USB...


Now press enter to start installing Windows from USB disk! If you face any problem, please leave a comment . . .




Wait a Minute!


When your PC copies files from the disk and restarts, the installation process may start again. If this happens to you, simply remove your pen drive and continue the installation process.




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Download Portable ISO Creator - 256 KB Only!


Free ISO Creator


Most of you are familiar with ISO file. It's a digital image of an optical disk. An ISO file can be burnt through Nero, Infra Recorder or other image burning tools. You can back up your Windows disk as an ISO image and later you can burn it to a CD or DVD. 


Suppose you have a notebook or tiny laptop which have no DVD drive. Or you desktop PC may not include a DVD drive. Or your DVD drive may not by functioning now. But you or your friend have a Windows disk. You can back up this disk image as ISO. And later you can install Windows from this ISO disk trhough burning it to a USB or DVD disk. 


There are different tools for creating ISO files. Earlier I discussed about Infra Recorder which is capable of creating .iso file and burning it to a disk. But today I would like to share a Portable ISO Creator which is just capable of creating .iso file only. 



Features

With this ISO Creator, you can create iso image of any Windows Disk, files or folders.
  • ISO Creator is fast, simple, and portable
  • Lightweight - 256 KB Only!
  • 100% Free + Open Source
  • Easy and Simple Interface



Procedure:
  1. First, Download the Portable ISO Creator - it's a 100% free link. 
  2. Now unzip and store it in your desired location.
  3. Open the folder and double click on IsoCreator.exe to run the software.
  4. Select your ISO File path - It's your ISO file destination. i.e. Windows 8.iso
  5. Type Volume Name - i.e. Windows 8
  6. Select Folder Path - your source drive/ DVD drive
  7. Launch the operation by hitting the Start button.
  8. Within few minutes your task will be finished and you will get a confirmation message!

You can also follow the image below:

Free ISO Creator


If you face any problem while creating ISO image of any disk, please knock me . . . 




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SPlayer - The Smartest One!




SPlayer - Shooter Player



SPlayer is a really fast and smart media player for any format. Starting from 3GP to MKV, SPlayer is my first choice. It can play any video or audio file. It's start up time is super fast. And the control is very easy. You can operate this better than any other media player. 


My visitors often ask me for a good media player. They ask which one is best, or which is capable of running with minimum configuration. And my answer is always same - SPlayer! 


Important Features/ Advantages

  • 100% Free + Open Source (No Ads)
  • Low Resource Consumption - Fast Start up, Low CPU Consumption
  • Easy Interface - Ease of use, easy controls
  • Auto Matching Subtitle
  • Portable Version Available


Let's this this out - 
  1. Download SPlayer 3.7 from this link. It's less than 8 MB. You can also try the Portable Version.
  2. Now install SPlayer on your system. It takes less than 20 MB hard disk space. And it's compatible with any running version of Windows.
  3. After completing the installation, you will get the icon on Desktop or Start Menu.


Manual

It's really easy to operate. There is no confusing control.
  • To play a video, Run SPlayer > then click on Open File > Locate and select your desired file.
  • You can also play a video by directly clicking on it. But if that file format is not selected by SPlayer by default, then you must right click on file and choose SPlayer as default media player for that format.

SPlayer Top Control Bar


SPlyaer Bottom Bar


  • You have two bars in the screen. One is at the top which allows you to control screen size, brightness & contrast etc. And the other is at the bottom which allows you to play/ pause, open files, show play list, control volume etc. You can get these bars simply by moving your mouse pointer. 
  • You can download subtitle by right click on the player. Right click on it > Choose Subtitle > Select your subtitle if any > If not available then choose Smart Subtitle Matching > Select Smart Subtitle Finder > Subtitles will be downloaded automatically if available. 


Mouse & Keyboard Controls
  • Press Enter to play Full Screen or Exit Full Screen (You can also use double click for this purpose)
  • Press Space to play or pause the song/ movie. Or simply click by mouse. 
  • Press Ctrl+T to keep the player on top. Press again to exit on top mode. 
  • Press Up/Down Arrow to increase or decrease volume. You can also use Mouse Scroll Button to control the volume. 
  • Press Left/Right Arrow to move forward or backward. But if you need to move more, then use Ctrl + Left Arrow/ Right Arrow. You can also use the progress bar and use your mouse to navigate. 
  • Press C to adjust the video size. 

These are the basic controls for SPlayer. And you can find more just by right click on the player and then get the shortcuts with each option. Such as - 

  • Open File - Ctrl+Q
  • Play video from URL - Ctrl + U
  • Capture Image - Alt + I
  • Capture Snapshot - Ctrl + C

There are many other shortcuts. But these are not essential for a basic user. I'm not gonna discourage you to explore more from SPlayer. Hope you will enjoy this player. 




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IDM 6.21 Portable!!


Free Download IDM 6.21 Portable


Today I'm gonna share IDM 6.21 (Portable). You don't need any serial key or crack to run it. It's only 6.24 MB. Even you don't need to install it. All you need is just to download and unzip the folder. And your IDM is ready to serve you! 

Couple of weeks ago, I shared IDM 7.2 Portable. But it has some features disabled. But this IDM 6.21 has all features enabled. And it's pre activated! 

As I always said, IDM is a very easy to use download manager. It's the most trusted downloader all over the world. Follow the instruction below:
  1. Download IDM 6.21. (It's completely free of spam, virus or ads)
  2. It's a zipped folder - unzip it first.
  3. Now open the folder and double click on IDMan.exe to run IDM. 
  4. Now start downloading!
Note: If you copy any download link, IDM will automatically take the URL from clipboard.


This version also contains a tutorial. If you need any tips, directly go to the Help menu and choose tutorial to view tips. 


IDM 6.21 Start Screen


Customizing the Settings

If you need to adjust the settings, simply hit on the options button. From here you can customize the IDM settings. 
  • General - Browser/ System Integration
  • Save to - Set save location
  • Download - Default download settings
  • Connection - Set connection type

There is nothing more to say about IDM. If you face any problem, please inform me . . .




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IDM 7.2 Portable Free Download!!



Free Download Portable IDM


There is nothing new to tell about Internet Download Manager (IDM). Most of you are familiar with this amazing download accelerator. But still people look for the cracked version of IDM. Version changes over time. And people try to get the new activated version. Today I'm gonna share IDM 7.2 (Portable) with you! 

Before I begin, I should declare that this is not a registered version of IDM actually. But the settings of this IDM are modified. You don't need to upgrade or register this version. After 30 days, you will not get the notifications to upgrade. And you will enjoy all the advantages just like a registered version. 

But there is nothing to worry about. You can download this portable version of IDM without hesitation. It's just 4.7 MB. You don't need to install it. This version will never demand serial from you. And the download link is 100% free from ads, spams or malware.


  1. Downlaod IDM 7.2 Portable either from Link 1 or Link 2
  2. Unzip the folder and move it to your desired location in hard disk.
  3. Open the folder and double click on IDMan.exe.
  4. Now IDM will run on your PC. If you're asked to fix the network settings then do it.
  5. You're ready to download the web resources! 

IDM is a handy tool. So there is nothing to say about how to use IDM. But if you need any help, simply go to Help menu of IDM. And then choose Tutorials. You will get necessary tips there. 


Free Portable IDM 7.2


After running IDM, hit on the Options button. You will get a great way to customize your IDM. Such as - browser integration, download location, network settings etc. Change the settings which you're familiar with. Otherwise don't damage the default settings. 


Guys, you can also try IDM 6.21 (Portable)!


Note: This version will not notify you either for upgrade or update. If any notification appears regarding update, simply avoid it. 





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