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  Friday, March 05, 2010 – Permalink –

Free Design Tools

Simple and free

Mauricio Duque has collected a list of 45 no cost design programs.
"Some of them are pretty decent alternatives, not only for those who are not willing to spend the big bucks, but also for those who need some specific tasks done, like resizing a batch of picture without needing to run the almighty Photoshop."

Snap2Objects.com




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  Thursday, February 25, 2010 – Permalink –

Convert Graphic Styles

Straight forward

Often you will have pictures in one format and want to explore using it in a different manner.
Built into Office 2003/7/10 is a mini app called Microsoft Office Picture Manager.

1. Go to Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office > Microsoft Office Tools > Microsoft Office Picture Manager
2. Browse to the images you want to convert and select them
3. Go to File > Export
4. Under Export with this file format, click the dropdown and select one of the formats (TIFF, PNG, JPG, BMP. . .)


Converting WMF's




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  Tuesday, July 07, 2009 – Permalink –

Photo Blog

Daily shots


I don't see it mentioned very often, but Webshots.com has been expanding its offerings. They have a free screensaver/desktop background application.

They also have a spot to upload your own pictures.

Recently they started a Blog with a new shot each day.


Blog.Webshots.com

"With 7.2 Million monthly visitors and more than 520 million photos to explore, Webshots is one of the largest photo- and video-sharing sites.

Webshots provides you with a variety of ways to enjoy photos and videos:

  • Free and premium memberships with tons of storage—you'll never run out!
    Webshots provides you with a variety of ways to enjoy photos and videos:
  • Share photos, videos and slideshows on Webshots and your personal website.
  • Download professional photos in Webshots Pro Shots.
  • Access Webshots on the go with Webshots Mobile.
  • Easily manage your online photos with the FREE Webshots Desktop.
  • Order prints and make custom photos gifts that anyone will love.
And more! "


Webshots! Over 20 MILLION FREE screen saver and wallpaper photos!





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  Wednesday, June 24, 2009 – Permalink –

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Up close and free!


Brian Friesen has created a web site called Freezerware.

One of the clever pieces of free programming on the site is named ZoomIn

ZoomIn is a screen magnification program allowing you to view any area of your screen under magnification. ZoomIn allows you to control the amount of zoom, view a pixels location and color, and save it as a bitmap.

ZoomIn is a very simple program to use. Place your mouse over the main window and click and hold the mouse button then drag the "zoom" window over the area of the screen to enlarge. The scrollbar controls the zoom amount.

As an alternative to using a mouse, you can use the arrow keys to scroll the "zoomed" view, and the plus and minus keys control the zoom. Once you have selected the area of the screen, release the mouse button.

By placing your cursor over the pixel in ZoomIn you can see the pixels coordinates as well as the color (in RGB format).



ZoomIn


Some of the other free programs on the site are:

Briscola

a very famous Italian card game. Play against the computer in this one-on-one card game. There is included help with the rules of the game, for those who have never played Briscola before.
Dropper

allows you to get the exact color of any pixel on the screen and converts it to commonly used representations.
Plus a number of others.
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  Sunday, June 21, 2009 – Permalink –

Clip Art at Home

Install more


Do you remember all of the clip art that was available locally with Office XP?

When you have an Internet connection, you have access to the Office Online collection, but if you would like more clip art installed on your machine:


A small amount of sample clip art images was included The 2007 Office systems and Office 2003 and is part of the "local collection" that is searched when you do not have Internet access to the Microsoft Office Online Clip Art and Media Web site. Office 2003 no longer included a media content CD with additional clip art. However, the Microsoft Office XP Media Content CD can still be installed locally or on a network share.

The Office XP Media Content CD contains approximately 35,000 clips that are a subset of the clips that are available on the Microsoft Office Online Clip Art and Media Web site. The Office XP Media Content CD was included with Microsoft Office XP Professional, Microsoft Office XP Standard, and Microsoft Publisher 2002 Deluxe Edition.

To install the contents of the Office XP Media Content CD on a computer, follow these steps:
  1. Exit all programs that are running

  2. Insert the Office XP Media Content CD into the CD drive or into the DVD drive
    (Hold down the SHIFT key to prevent the program from automatically starting. If Microsoft Windows Installer automatically starts, click Cancel)

  3. Click Start, click Run, type the following command, and then click OK:
    msiexec.exe /i CD_drive:\CAG.MSI ADDLOCAL=ALL /qb
(CD_drive is the letter of the drive that contains the Office XP Media Content CD)
Support.Microsoft.com
How to add clip art to Clip Organizer in a 2007 Office system and in Office 2003




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  Thursday, June 18, 2009 – Permalink –

Über Updater

Universal

To check on the latest version of a piece of software, you can poke around Tools, Tasks, About or some other menu.
To check out your whole machine including programs that weren't written by Microsoft, or Adobe, look at CleanSofts Update Notifier
What is Update Notifier?
The Update Notifier is a small utility that scans your computer for installed software and displays a list of updates. Also you can see the latest updates for applications from your Watch List.
It will show you updates for programs you forgot you ever installed.
It's a simple download app that is not "installed".

CleanSofts.org




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  Monday, January 12, 2009 – Permalink –

Calculator Plus

Add, subtract, convert

Another free prize offered by Microsoft to reward users of legitimate Windows, is a neat calculator.

Besides all of the features of the built in calculator, both basic and scientific, this tool converts measurements and currency.


Microsoft Calculator Plus download.






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  Sunday, August 31, 2008 – Permalink –

Paint.Net

Cougar Gold



Washington State University was thought of as a primarily agricultural institution in the past. Now they have burst into today's IT scene with an improvement on an old product.

"Paint.NET originated as a Computer Science senior design project during the Spring 2004 semester at Washington State University.

Paint.NET v3+ is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows. Paint.NET is jointly developed at Washington State University with additional help from Microsoft, and is meant to be a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with all Windows operating systems. The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with GDI+ extensions.

It has been compared to other digital photo editing software packages such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP."


Paint.NET free download



Tutorials



To order Cougar Gold Cheddar Cheese see:
The Creamery



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  Friday, July 04, 2008 – Permalink –

Windows Media Encoder

Screen capture plus


You can capture motion and sound or compress existing video files for use on the web/pod or screen.

PC Magazine:
Show and Tell

" Windows Media Encoder can capture the screen as you perform a task such as editing a photo; in fact, almost anything you can do on the screen can be recorded as a video. You can even narrate the demo as you record the steps you're performing. It's surprisingly easy to achieve good results in minutes. Probably the only reason the program isn't more widely used is that few people know it exists."



Microsoft Windows Media:
Windows Media Encoder 9 Series

Microsoft Support:
Support for Windows Media Encoder

Microsoft Media Knowledge Center:
Getting Started with Screen Capture Using Windows Media Encoder.



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  Friday, November 23, 2007 – Permalink –

Product Key Finder

Search machine


You have a legal copy. You installed it and activated the application.

Now your machine blew up and you have to install it again. Where's the Product key? Probably gone sometime in the past 10 years.


"The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a freeware utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install windows from your registry.

It has the options to copy the key to clipboard, save it to a text file, or print it for safekeeping.

It works on Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Windows Vista, Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007.


Keyfinder



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  Friday, August 31, 2007 – Permalink –

Task Manager Big Boy Style

In depth system examination



Here's a free gadget from Microsoft:


"Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work. "



"Process Explorer works on Windows 9x/Me, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Server 2003, and 64-bit versions of Windows for x64 and IA64 processors, and Windows Vista."


Process Explorer



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  Monday, July 30, 2007 – Permalink –

Screen Capture Gear

Better than PrtScn


You can add graphics to instructions using the built in PrtScn button, but there's not much versatility.

WritersUA by WinWriters, Inc has a discussion on some available apps that can help.



"Almost all of us need to include screen captures in our user assistance from time to time.

Of course, it's possible to do almost all of this by pressing + to copy the active window to the clipboard, and then pasting it into your favorite image-editing application.

However, for each screen capture this requires you to go through the same set of actions in order to crop, set the color depth, add borders or edge effects, and finally save it.

If you only take the occasional screen capture, then this is fine. But it can become extremely tedious and time-consuming if you have a large number of screens to capture."



Capture Tools


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  Thursday, June 28, 2007 – Permalink –

Scanner, No Insertions

2007 is lacking




You can still scan images into Microsoft Publisher and a few other programs, but not the big three.

"Yes, unfortunately, the Insert from Scanner and Camera feature was removed in Office 2007.
This was a difficult call, but I think for the best of the product overall. The feature supported a limited number of scanners and the camera support had not been updated for some time.
We came to the conclusion that most users would be better off using the software that came with their camera, scanner or even built into Windows, to get their images from their device, to the file system, and then use the Insert Picture command to get them into Office.
The downside, is that for some users, this feature did work and so will be missed."

Mark Jaremko, Senior Program Manager

"The From Scanner or Camera option for adding pictures to a presentation, photo album, or workbook is not available in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 or Microsoft Office Excel 2007.

Instead, you can add pictures from your camera or scanner by downloading the pictures to your computer first, and then copying them from your computer into PowerPoint or Excel."


Support.Microsoft.com
How to insert scanned images in Office 2007


You could also use the Microsoft Document Imaging/Scanning application.
About Microsoft Office Document Imaging

BTW, when the article calls for clicking on the Scan button, it's actually the picture of a scanner.





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  Wednesday, June 20, 2007 – Permalink –

Attention Grabber

For Print Screen or lost spectacles


Those Apple type people have a gadget called "Mouseposé". You might have seen it in videos demonstrating applications. It darkens the screen and puts a spotlight on the point of interest.

Those of us who use real machines have a similar add-in.


It's not from Boinx, It's the magnifier or "Dragnifier" from Ed Halley.

Try Vizdesk.com



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Hi Doug,
I found a nice mousepose alternative for Windows users. Its called MouseLight (www.vizides.com). It almost mimicks the functionalaty.

# posted by Fret : 9/14/2007

 
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