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Directory List & Print

March 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Sometimes, the best software is often software that does a task well enough without cumbersome obstructions and hassles. Directory List & Print is a simple program that does one thing: print off directories. In case you were confused, directories are the of folders and places that show up when navigating through your computer. Occasionally, you might find it beneficial to have a record of what’s within certain directories on a sheet of paper, and this is where the program comes in. Simply locate a directory, get a preview of what’s in it through the built-in preview panel, and off you go to printing a list of the names and basic info of the corresponding files or sub-directory.

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Scribus

January 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Scribus is an open-source desktop publishing program that can be used for a variety of purposes. Common products designed with the software include but are not limited to fliers, brochures, posters and newspapers. In utilizing WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) forms of page composition and layout, Scribus aims to compete with the likes of Adobe InDesign and QuaekXPress, both of which are its main commercial competitors. Support for the CMYK color model and Scalable Vector Graphics also help to establish its presence as a well-suited alternative to said programs for those on a tight budget. Though, for better or worse, it lacks support for proprietary file formats used by its competitors; users should still be content knowing that this is free software and, after all, it’s the final product that matters, and Scribus delivers on that with ability to export to PDF and various other print-ready formats used by the industry at large.

Virtual Ambience

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Here’s a neat little gadget courtesy of Transonix Studios that will have you immersed in the sounds of nature. It’s aptly named Virtual Ambience (yes, I know it’s typo, perhaps for dramatic effect) and packs an impressive selection of natural sounds and presets that you can play from the comfort of your own PC. While this wouldn’t spare you the trouble of going to the Amazon jungle–it’s still not the real deal–the fact that the program output sound in ways as to simulate distance and location makes for at least an believable experience. It’ll produce a perfect background listening session while you jot about your daily routine, for it is is sure to calm to spirits with its surreal and nigh-accurate presentation of the tranquility of nature.

Blender

October 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Blender, an open-source 3D graphics program, constitutes a viable alternative to the likes of 3D Max and Maya. The fact that it’s free only extend its appeal to amateurs as well. In short, it is more than capable of filling in the basic roles that proprietary software accomplish, which spans from 3D modeling, texturing, simulation to that of CG effects creation and animation. But it doesn’t stop there, you may also use Blender to create 3D games or whole films from scratch if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. While it may not have the most intuitive user interface around (none does, really), by virtue of price and a relatively powerful feature-set, Blender easily trumps the competition in accessibility and general-purpose use. Though, before you do go experimenting in the dark, be warned that Blender is not (yet) suitable for professional use for its lack of adherence to proprietary and industry-standard formats, and the fact that it would take weeks or sometimes months before you can nail down the basics.

Ninite

March 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Ninite is a service that automates software installation by bundling pre-selected programs of the user’s choice into one large installer. Currently you are only able to select from a list well-known software such as Firefox, Skype, Openoffice.org and the like to download. Except for the most technical or diversified users, the service should be of use by saving you the hassle of downloading things like virus programs or image editors individually.

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gMote

January 7, 2010 Leave a comment

As far as moue gestures go, most of us are only aware of such things in touchpads or not at all. Luckily with gMote, anyone can now create mouse gestures which movements initiated by moving you mouse and then corresponding to a command. Such features aren’t new in this day and age of high-tech gadgets, as it is first implemented by Apple as well as the Opera browser. Now what truly distinguish this from other gesture software is its pure simplicity over complication. Simply drag the mouse in any direction or freedraw shapes to your desire, save what you’ve just done as a command , automatically prompting the application to recognize it the next time you initiate the same mouse movements. With some carefully orchestrated commands, even the most computer illiterate can make good use of intuitive interactions with their PC.

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Gizmo’s Freeware

December 2, 2009 1 comment

OBTV strives to provide its viewers with the best selection of free software since its humble beginnings, but even the best of me would say that Gizmo’s freeware is a much more comprehensive and in-depth view than what is currently offered here. For those of you who want free software to do advanced tasks the likes of ripping DVDs, tuning up your PC and the such, look for the lists over at Gizmo’s and you won’t be disappointed. Lineups include utility programs, security software, and generally things that i would never touch upon here in a blog targetted at casual audiences. Nonetheless, it’s a major plus to have such a wiki-based site to be there as a reassurance for times where you’d normally be out of luck.

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