If you are a power-user you definitely need a tool like "Free Opener" on your computer, Just imagine the time and effort you require to download and install individual software utilities to view those common file-formats like Microsoft® Office, Adobe® PDF, music, video, images, code-files, archives and many other files.
"Free Opener" is a smart choice making all these hassles go away by offering a single solution to open more than 75+ file-extensions including common ones like DOC/DOCX, XLS/XLSX, CSV, PDF, RAR, ZIP, .PSD Photoshop files and many-many more. It's a win-win solution for everybody, you not only save-up time installing all these applications but also save disk-space and system resources giving away all the bloat of those individual applications.
Thanks to Google Docs Viewer users can now view 12 new file-formats apart from existing PDF, Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations - the new supported formats are Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX, Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX), Apple Pages (.PAGES), Adobe Illustrator (.AI), Adobe Photoshop (.PSD), Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF), Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG), PostScript (.EPS, .PS), TrueType (.TTF)and XML Paper Specification (.XPS).
"Sean Carving" is one of the coolest digital imaging trick you would have ever seen, the new content aware image-resizing method is used to resize images non-uniformly, removing only less important pixels. Developed by two Israeli professors, Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir the algorithm makes it possible to select important areas of an image that needs to be preserved and change the aspect ratio of an image without effecting the main content look. It's better to see the video presentation below to see what exactly this method can achieve.
IntuImage - is one of its kind free software to make use of this amazing technique on your desktop, this easy to use tool utilizes “seam carving” or “liquid rescaling” allowing significant change in image size and proportion while leaving the important image elements intact.
After Web 2.0 its time for Desktop 2.0, 360desktop is a new service currently in BETA allows you to grab all your favorite web apps and content like web widgets, RSS feeds, AJAX start pages, or a web page and make them available any time, in an expanded photo-panoramic desktop.
360desktop extends your Windows® desktop as a user generated, photo-panoramic space and delivers a personalized web, free of the browser, into a virtually unlimited desktop. You can import images from Flickr, MySpace, Photobucket and more, to create 360's online and embed any web content for multimedia 360mashups.
IsoPuzzle is a small (91 KB's!) and fast software to recover data from scratched and damaged CD's or DVD's, We have earlier discussed about recovering data from scratched disks using products like toothpaste and metal polish, IsoPuzzle comes handy when scratches can't be removed and data recovery is required.
The goal of this program is to recover as much as possible data of damaged, bad burned or scratched CDs or DVDs.
Please note as of now Audio CD, VCD and SVCD are not supported, All recovered data is stored in an "ISO" image file which can be read by mounted on various software such as "Daemon Tools", Every successfully read sector is stored in the image file (*.ISO) and will be marked "good" in the corresponding "flag" file (*.FLG).
If a read error is encountered a dummy sector will be written which will remain marked "bad". In this case a random number of sectors are skipped for faster progress.
Reaching the end of the disk a retry loop will be entered until all sectors have been read or a selectable "Give Up Time" has been reached.
After selecting the "Source" drive and the "Destination" folder the copy process can be started by pressing "Start".
The suggested filenames are taken from the DVDs volume label.
The copy process can be interrupted at any time by pressing the "Pause" button and can be continued by pressing "Start" again.
This way You can try to complete Your image file even on different machines with different CD drives - often one drive can read some sectors which are unreadable for an other one.
For using different drives You can share the image file *.ISO (together with the flag file *.FLG) on a network drive or put it on a portable disk (USB).
SparkleXP is a free and open-source utility to tweak Windows XP and improve its performance, SparkleXP helps freeing up computer resources resulting in a faster and responsive computer.
SparkleXP tweaks your XP settings in a fully automated and safe way to achieve maximum performance, this fantastic little tool creates a additional Hardware Profile and a correlative new User on your Windows XP system to get a lightweight desktop, you can choose to boot into your regular or lightweight desktop configuration at startup.
AppGet is a free version control utility to keep track of software updates, third-party software vulnerability is one of the biggest security risk to your computer making your operating system prone to attacks. Appget periodically checks for updates to software's installed on your system and provide direct links to update downloads.
DriveImage XML is a HDD backup and restoration software similar to Norton Ghost but FREE, the software enables you create a complete backup image of any drive or partition, You can restore later restore the image to same or another partition, you can also clone a drive to another. The program also includes an image explorer similar to Norton Ghost Image Explorer that lets you explore previously created backup images and extract individual files.
"DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives.
The program allows you to:
# Backup logical drives and partitions to image files
# Browse these images, view and extract files
# Restore these images to the same or a different drive
# Copy directly from drive to drive
# Schedule automatic backups with your Task Scheduler
Image creation uses Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services (VSS), allowing you to create safe "hot images" even from drives currently in use.
Images are stored in XML files, allowing you to process them with 3rd party tools. Never again be stuck with a useless backup!
Restore images to drives without having to reboot.
DriveImage XML runs under Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista only. The program will backup, image and restore drives formatted with FAT 12, 16, 32 and NTFS."
Microsoft released the much awaited animated desktop add-on "DreamScene" for windows vista under there "Ultimate Extras" program, With DreamScene the desktop background comes to life with videos, many high resolution desktop videos are already available and Microsoft has also tied up with StarDock to release several more desktops for DreamScene. Windows DreamScene supports .mpeg and .wmv video file formats.
Published by Acclaim Games in collaboration with Nexon from South Korea, 9Dragons is a relatively new free martial arts fantasy MMORPG game, depicted in the historic times of the Ming Dynasty of China, the game immerses players into the world of ruthless clans, epic battles for the survival of China.
The game features cutting-edge 3D graphics, it includes real Chinese historical and geographical features and facts like the famous Great Wall of China and the Shao-Lin Temple.
A player may join clans in 9Dragons which are based upon several schools of Kung Fu which are separated into two major factions, The Black Clan and The White Clan. The White Clans include: Shaolin (male disciples only), Wu-Tang Clan, and The League of Beggars. The Black Clans include: Sacred Flower (female disciples only), The Brotherhood of Thieves, and Heavenly Demon Clan. Each Clan has its own separate but very similar requirements for admission.
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