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Copy Files Between Your PC And Your iPhone or iPad 2 months 5 hours ago tacenator

I just tried the install. I did not connect a device after installation, but just clicked the dropdown box and hit register. I was told the registration key is invalid! A copy/paste from their txt file...

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CM Security AppLock AntiVirus 2 months 15 hours ago krb2709

it is not ads free

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The Word Processor With No Distractions 2 months 1 day ago Fairportfan

I use EditPad Lite for text entry and editing. If i want it to look pretty, i load it into Serif PagePlus.

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The Word Processor With No Distractions 2 months 1 day ago vandamme

Runs natively and installs easily on Linux.

I tried this years ago and now I see it's become more polished. It's more bloated than gedit or any other simple test editor, but has more capabilities, and simpler than LibreOffice ... but a few less capabilities. And some extras that might be a good fit for the journal writer. So, take your pick.

I haven't figured out how to zoom in, though, and on most themes I can't read the text. So I stick with the plain color.

It installs in a minute on Linux; I have Mint and just used the Ubuntu directions. Add the repository by opening a terminal and pasting this in:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gottcode/gcppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install focuswriter

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 1 day ago crombierob

bill_39
I have just written to them, suggesting they add TABS to their editor.
The moment they do that, I will check it out

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 1 day ago FrankB

Been using Nimbus Screen Shot, a browser addon that is very handy.

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Encrypt Your Files Before They Reach The Cloud 2 months 2 days ago ccfallout

This is a good point. Ransomware would simply encrypt your encrypted files, denying you access. Another good reason to backup everything and not to put all your eggs in one basket so to speak.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 2 days ago bili_39

While I use Snipping tool a lot, it's pain for marking and adding comments. Also quick sorting and saving of screenshots is not very practical...

I'm using Screenpresso for complex screenshots (great free tool).

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 2 days ago Kumar_Shah

For the life of me I can't think of one thing this does different/better than the Windows built in utility, Snipping Tool.

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Let The Badger Help Maintain Your Online Privacy 2 months 2 days ago kkanalz

I've been using Opera (in its many versions) for more than 15 years, and this extension works VERY WELL with Opera! Easy to install the extension, and the post-installation tutorial (sort of a slide show) is really useful and very easy to use. Lots of help available if you need it, too!
Thanks for telling us about this really neat software!

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 2 months 2 days ago Moltke

Hi ffsedd! Thanks for your comment! Foxit PDF is the one I use, and I think is the perfect choice for working with PDF files whether is reading, creating or simply printing any document. 

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Let The Badger Help Maintain Your Online Privacy 2 months 2 days ago zootsocket

I've tried all the well-known ad-blockers and HOSTS replacements and sooner or later they all seem to run into this problem. I don't want to waste time endlessly tweaking extensions. I've now turned all blockers off except Disconnect (Chrome/Opera). This is an anti-tracker plugin and is not promoted primarily as an ad-blocker: nevertheless it's the most effective blocker I've tried and causes minimal interference with sites. It is also zero-maintenance.

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Let The Badger Help Maintain Your Online Privacy 2 months 2 days ago AEngineer

I'm a NoScript user who fumes when I arrive at a site that requires me to try all sorts of temporary activations to determine which is the ONE (usually) that is blocking my desired content. What that says to me is:
1) Many sites are using far too many trackers - all the reason to keep using NS
2) NS and (presumably) Badger could develop whitelists, like adblocker+ that display the content without the unnecessary trackers

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The Word Processor With No Distractions 2 months 2 days ago MidnightCowboy

These are not malware infections. They are false positives generated heuristically by two of the most notorious programs for false detections. Why anyone would want to use either of these to "protect" their system beats me. MC - Site Manager. http://betanews.com/2015/10/19/nirsoft-rates-antivirus-engines-for-false...

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The Word Processor With No Distractions 2 months 2 days ago jhbriick

I just ran a scan of Focus Writer on Virus Total and it showed 2 malware infections!!!

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DuckCapture 2 months 2 days ago Anupam

You can download from here:

http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/duckcapture.html

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Capture/DuckLink...

 

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DuckCapture 2 months 2 days ago footpatrol

This screen capture tool does not seem to be able to be downloadable anymore. Last update was Nov. 2011.
Why is this tool still so highly rated on Gizmo reviews. Need alternative.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 2 days ago footpatrol

A MAJOR shortcoming in Greenshot is that it cannot capture screens that require scrolling; please post// review programs that do this. Many times I wish to capture an image on the screen for which I need to scroll down a bit to capture the region, yet many tools do not allow this type of capture to be done. For most things I've just used the "Snipping Tool" in Windows accessories.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 2 days ago pvilan

lunchbeast:
Yes, clicking on PrtSc.
In Greenshot tthis key is "Capture region"

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 3 days ago crombierob

I am the only person in the world that loves accumulating screen shots in Tabs ?
PicPick effortlessly opens each grab in individual Tabs in PicPick's editor.
You can go to it a wee bit later, and annotate (etc), and then choose to save them with whatever names you choose.
I can never go back to programs that lack that feature

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 3 days ago RichardN

Another vote here for PicPic! I find it invaluable as I often want to add something to the item that I've captured or compare alternative versions before saving the one I want.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 3 days ago lunchbeast

Can Greenshot capture the Start menu, application menus, context bubbles, etc? Most screen capture utilities miss those when they disappear after you click back on the utility....

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 3 days ago HisSon

I have the Microsoft "Snipping Tool" pinned to my Task Bar.

Appreciate your suggestion Rob. These always lead to additionally interesting comments and suggestions.

Merry Christmas to all!

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 3 days ago FJL

Screenshot Captor from Donationcoder has served me well over the years on many Windows computers. Small footprint for the features.

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Best Free iPhone Apps 2 months 3 days ago andrews

Looking through your list here are a few of my go-to that I don't see in your list.

Best free Keyboard replacement - Wordflow from Microsoft - has either standard or one handed arc keyboard with great predictive text, emoji and GIF search built in.

Best free Clip Manager - CLIPS - allows multiple clips and saved clips with access from a custom keyboard or from today view.

Best Free Money Manager - MINT - lets you track daily spending, link to your credit card and back accounts and now even pay your bills.

Best free Credit Card spending monitor - Prosper Daily - easily review all your credit card spending flag suspicious charges. Keeps track of familiar vendors and changes in recurring bills ...

Scan to PDF - I really like microsoft lens in addition to saving to PDF integrates with one note.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 3 days ago pecarroll

I'll give your suggestion a try, but might find it hard to beat FastStone Capture, which has the following modes: Scrolling Window, Freehand, Rectangle, Full Screen, Active Window. .

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Best Free iPhone Apps 2 months 3 days ago andrews

Now lastpass allows mobile access with the free version you might want to consider them for best password manager.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 3 days ago andrews

I will keep Greenshot when I need to do more robust image editing. Another great free options for windows is the "Snip" form Microsoft Windows Garage https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/garage/project-details.aspx?project=snip Its a big improvement over the windows default snipping tool, no need to bookmark as it can be summoned with key. It also has a desktop popup window hides in the margins and expands with mouseover.

About the only thing it does not do is capture content that requires scrolling and I really like that it saves copies of all the Snips in a ibrary and has basic markup capability. The delayed capture is awkward to find and use but its there. One tip is if you want the entire screen just click in the screen or hit enter you want to capture once. to grab a region use the mouse to select it.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 3 days ago astral_cyborg

I use it through ShareX and I totally agree with the article.

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Create An Animated Video Or Christmas Card For Free 2 months 3 days ago tommyzulu

I don't know what is happening to Techsupportalert but there seems to be a trend towards recommending software which offers free trials rather than is free!
And as you see (below) there's also a lot which goes unanswered now, too.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 3 days ago yogi22

I like the browser addon FireShot.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 3 days ago Mark S.

My good old standby for screen capture is Irfanview (which I use as an image viewer as well). It's quick, simple, effective, and does everything I need, and more.

It has plenty of options for capturing, including full desktop, foreground window, client area of foreground window, custom rectangle, etc., and plenty of options for what to do with the image(s) after capture. But normally it just takes a couple of key presses, and it's done.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 3 days ago willrun4fun

Same. Simple and it's already there.

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Let The Badger Help Maintain Your Online Privacy 2 months 3 days ago budchekov

At risk of starting WW3.... that's exactly why I dumped NoScript years ago ..a total PITA :)

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Let The Badger Help Maintain Your Online Privacy 2 months 3 days ago VelvetElvis

Ran this for a couple of years, and finally removed it yesterday. While it's great at finding all sorts of trackers, I got to the point where I had just too many sites that just wouldn't work right. Missing content, videos that wouldn't play, etc., that worked fine after disabling Privacy Badger. Great effort by the EFF in creating this, but just be aware that if you have issues with a site, disabling the app for that site or page should be among the first things you should try.

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Encrypt Your Files Before They Reach The Cloud 2 months 3 days ago pauloz

Also available for Linux 64-bit according to the website.

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Encrypt Your Files Before They Reach The Cloud 2 months 3 days ago howiem

Not sure of the reason for mentioning ransomware. Wouldn't ransomware just re-encrypt the files?

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Best Free PC Games 2 months 4 days ago Panzer "... Code Hunt is an educational coding game ...": https://www.codehunt.com/ view
Copy Files Between Your PC And Your iPhone or iPad 2 months 4 days ago dsr

Thanks, dscape. Weird, but it works!

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Encrypt Your Files Before They Reach The Cloud 2 months 4 days ago ManUFanatic

This program is also available for Macs.

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Best Free File Encryption Utility 2 months 4 days ago AJNorth

Thank you, Philip.

The question of file encryption originally came up for me when a client asked the best way to encrypt some files / folders on his Win 7 Pro (x64) laptop (Core i7 3820 QM, with 16 GB DDR3 and two Samsung 850 Pro SSDs; one for the OS, the other for data).

I had come to this page via a web search for "file encryption utilities," which also returned the nearly two year old article "Five Best File Encryption Tools," from LifeHacker (http://lifehacker.com/five-best-file-encryption-tools-5677725), which in turn mentioned VeraCrypt (though your page, "Best Free Encrypted Virtual Drive Utility," was not included).

Though I haven't the time to fully explore this at present, it appears that VC could be a solution -- either by encrypting just the data drive, only a partition on it to hold sensitive data or both drives (which would obviously provide the greatest protection, but perhaps be less convenient). On the other hand, something as simple as the Pismo File Mount Audit Package, or even 7-Zip or PeaZip, might do (except neither of the latter two encrypt file names -- and then there are still those various traces).

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Best Free Drive Encryption Utility 2 months 4 days ago AJNorth

VeraCrypt has been updated to version 1.19 (2016.10.17); see https://threatpost.com/veracrypt-patches-critical-vulnerabilities-uncovered-in-audit/121342/ for a discussion.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 4 days ago Geekomatic

In Linux Mint, I use Shutter. It does this & more.

Since leaving MS Windows in 2009, I have never looked back. So many better open-source programs out there. And, I contribute to each of them directly.

Rob-- you are an amazing person to do all that you do. Thank you & cheers from AU!

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 4 days ago tommyzulu

I use Snipping Tool which is built into Windows. I've put a shortcut on my taskbar so it is always available. I'm not sure what Greenshot offers that this doesn't but mine does everything I've ever wanted...

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Download A Youtube Video As An Audio MP3 File 2 months 4 days ago Sope

Personally I like this this website - http://convert2mp3.net

Alternatively I use this Firefox Add-on - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/addon/download-youtube/ to download the whole video so that I can choose to extract the audio in the format/compression I prefer using my preferred software.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 4 days ago Australia

Hi Rob
Your work in testing freeware should be applauded, you are a wonderful source of information

Greenshot has a lot of options, when all I need is to copy a screenshot to the clipboard, not to edit it nor to save it to the hard drive

For my uses, I needed to deactivate a lot of options to do the simple task of copying a screenshot to the clipboard (using Quick Preferences)

If I may suggest, two shortcomings in your review:
1)Not mentioning the software requires a lot of system resources (59MB memory on my Windows 7 system)
The alternative screenshot software I use, only requires 5MB of memory

2)Not mentioning there is a portable version of Greenshot available
The Greenshot webpage link you provide also does not indicate that a portable version exists

Whenever you recommend software, I enter it in a Google search with the word "portable"
I found a portable version on another reputable website

Good software, but the system resources use makes it less desirable than some other software alternatives, for the simple uses I require

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 4 days ago pvilan

Thanks Rob.
I completely agree with you when you write about Greenshot. I am using it (almost every day) since you recommended this tool (may be two years ago).
Previously, I have tested many others. But now, it is the only one I have in my laptop.
Regards
Peter

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 months 4 days ago PhilR_SoT

I've been using LightShot - which is also free - this program seems pretty similar. For information, there's also a LightShot extension for the Forefox browser.

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Best Free PC Games 2 months 4 days ago Panzer "... Armed to the Gears is a 3D/isometric game that combines Real-time Strategy, Capture-the-Flag and Tower Defense genres, all into a simple concept. Set in a dystopic, totalitarian future where the government, under the flag of the Ministry, is using robots to enslave the whole population ...": http://gamejolt.com/games/armed-to-the-gears/216084#close view
Copy Files Between Your PC And Your iPhone or iPad 2 months 5 days ago bazzer55

if you still have to use that pesky iTunes, which I already have, what's the point?

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Copy Files Between Your PC And Your iPhone or iPad 2 months 5 days ago dscape

FYI - I just installed the software and received the same message upon registering. After I quit and restarted the app the message read "iOS 10.2 Supported". It opens and I transferred photos from my phone. Maybe it will work?

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Copy Files Between Your PC And Your iPhone or iPad 2 months 5 days ago wlinden

I got to "plug in iPhone/iPad". Nothing happens

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Copy Files Between Your PC And Your iPhone or iPad 2 months 5 days ago dsr

Installed. Told software does not support iOS 10.2 and that I need to upgrade. Helpful!

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Best Free File Encryption Utility 2 months 5 days ago philip

VeraCrypt is reviewed in this category: Best Free Encrypted Virtual Drive Utility.

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Copy Files Between Your PC And Your iPhone or iPad 2 months 5 days ago Reest

I always use Send Anywhere; it works perfect (also on Android), and it's totally free! See https://send-anywhere.com.

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Copy Files Between Your PC And Your iPhone or iPad 2 months 5 days ago astral_cyborg

Agreed.

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Best Free File Encryption Utility 2 months 5 days ago AJNorth

Have you any thoughts on VeraCrypt (a fork of, and a successor to, TrueCrypt) that is under active development (last updated 2016.10.17) - https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/ ?

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Ever Used Yahoo? Time To Change Some Passwords. 2 months 5 days ago MidnightCowboy

The relevant article is here. Sometimes it is necessary to include a URL when searching. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/220-million-hacked-accounts-your...

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Ever Used Yahoo? Time To Change Some Passwords. 2 months 5 days ago fred64

Since Yahoo provides free services, its essentially freeware. I don't see that much creep.

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Ever Used Yahoo? Time To Change Some Passwords. 2 months 5 days ago howiem

I recommend looking at https://haveibeenpwned.com/ and signing up for alerts when sites you are signed up for are compromised. I was notified long ago about the initial Yahoo compromise. I searched for mention of haveIbeenpwned on this site but got no results.

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Organise Your Brain With This Online Tool 2 months 6 days ago Tony_Farutine

Good idea, but I prefer to use www.goalton.com - for me it has much more functionality.

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Wunderlist - To-Do List & Tasks 2 months 6 days ago Tony_Farutine

I like wunderlist, but http://www.goalton.com much more convenient for me

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Ever Used Yahoo? Time To Change Some Passwords. 2 months 6 days ago MidnightCowboy If you read the content of our About section it states: "Our primary function is to help you select the best freeware product for your particular needs". Notice the use of the word "primary" as opposed to say "sole". In addition to that we have also introduced a small amount of commercial content and material covering other topics all of which have been requested by our members. We always appreciate it when someone takes the trouble to create a brand new identity to post negative comments but what would be more helpful is if you could volunteer to help us create more freeware reviews and articles as this appears to be your primary concern and we do need additional editors. MC - Site Manager. view
Ever Used Yahoo? Time To Change Some Passwords. 2 months 6 days ago Gray haired Unix

Still looking for the freeware in the last couple of posts about Yahoo! in this "Community Site for Reviewing and Rating the Best Free Software". Don't let mission creep ruin your site.

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 2 months 6 days ago ffsedd

I have tried many PDF printers. The best image quality and small PDF size offers Foxit PDF, you can choose JPEG2000 image format in options!

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 2 months 6 days ago bjruiter3

CM Security sucks ?
I installed CM Security on my Android device. I never had any security probs but installed it just in case.
Now I am harassed with regular adds. Really annoying. AND IT IS COMING FROM CM SECURITY ITSELF ! !

What is this for crazy program. Suggesting to protect you and then harassing you themselves! Like the police starting to steal from you !
Perhaps the program needs some reevaluating and the readers of your great site warned for the double standards of this company ! !

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Ever Used Yahoo? Time To Change Some Passwords. 2 months 6 days ago Packard40

Should also recommend setting up two step verification, in every account that offers it, including Yahoo.

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Download A Youtube Video As An Audio MP3 File 2 months 6 days ago baja463

Another vote for Simple YouTube to MP3/MP4 Converter and Downloader -- fast, lots of options, and secure

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Download A Youtube Video As An Audio MP3 File 2 months 1 week ago Kumar_Shah

Two alternatives I've used and loved.

Simple YouTube Converter is a great extension that works with Firefox. Adds a "Download" button to every YouTube page. Clicking on it takes you to another page, and another click downloads the audio in MP3.

Peggo (http://peggo.tv/) is similar; you paste in the URL of the video you want to download as audio. Very fast too.

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VirtualDub 2 months 1 week ago alexxx46

Win7: 64bit download only.

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Download A Youtube Video As An Audio MP3 File 2 months 1 week ago willrun4fun

YouTube-dl is the only way to go. Runs on everything and reliable.
https://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/

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Download A Youtube Video As An Audio MP3 File 2 months 1 week ago emphyrio

I also like the similar service Keepvid.com. It allows you to download the video as well as the audio. Whichever format and quality you prefer.

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Best Free PC Games 2 months 1 week ago Panzer Samurai Lantern: https://adventurebit.itch.io/samurailantern Meow: https://tak.itch.io/meow Pllug: https://carpetbones.itch.io/pllug Skelemania: https://benal.itch.io/skelemania Try harder: https://noodlecake.itch.io/try-harder view
Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 1 week ago Panzer Remarkable - markdown editor: https://remarkableapp.github.io/ view
Copy Files Between Your PC And Your iPhone or iPad 2 months 1 week ago Geekomatic

I really dislike it when "free give-aways" force you to install by a certain date. If it's free, don't make it "strings-attached". Imho.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 2 months 1 week ago Bruce_Fraser

DannyJr,
Thanks for the excellent review. That's exactly the kind of information which is useful.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 2 months 1 week ago DannyJr

Since I've tried most of the video editors listed therein, I can say it's a standard NLE. It doesn't have the color capabilities of Da Vinci Recode. It is easy to use compared to most NLE but not as easy or as powerful as Hitfilm 4.

It's a middle-of-the-road editor. If you don't need a professional-grade editor like the two programs I said above, then it's no worse than any of the rest.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 2 months 1 week ago DannyJr

The editor looks decent enough. Simple controls, RibbonUI, straightforward NLE design. It uses only 100MB of harddrive space so that is a major plus. It launches very slowly though. It seems to load a lot of stuff during launch. It also starts with a splash screen nagging to upgrade to the pro version.

When exporting, it will again nag you to purchase the pro version because "hardware acceleration" is a pro feature. You can click continue to disregard the nag screen, or just go to options > acceleration options > uncheck use hardware acceleration for encoding video to remove the export nag screen. It does "feel" a tad slow to encode.

VSDC likes to crash when you change the video resize mode to supersampling or lanczos interpolation from linear interpolation, especially when you've already encoded a video from the latter.

When you install this editor, it also comes with a video capture app and a screen recorder app.

Overall, it seems okay for moderate editing and touch-ups, but it is not as "professional" looking or as powerful as say Hitfilm4 or Da Vinci Recode. But it is definitely a capable nonlinear video editor.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 2 months 1 week ago DrBongo

DaVinci Resolve is the Editor's Choice with 5 stats. This one only got 4.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 2 months 1 week ago Mark S.

I usually use Avidemux, which is free and open source. It's easier to use than many video editors, but it also has many powerful features, and handles all normal video formats.

If you just want to cut and paste, or link a few clips together with simple transitions, or convert from one format or size to another, or use filters to sharpen or brighten a clip, or get the sound in sync, etc., it's quick and simple to do.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 2 months 1 week ago Danny54

Dharma Ransomware is a new variant of CrySiS Ransomware. Any files that are encrypted with Dharma will have an .[].dharma, .[].wallet or ..zzzzz extension appended to the end of the encrypted data filename. The .zzzzz variant is a spoof of Locky Ransomware but the original filename is not renamed like the real Locky...see here.

Unfortunately, there is no known way at this time to decrypt files encrypted by .Dharma variants without paying the ransom. Our crypto malware experts who analyze these infections suspect another cyber criminal forked the code and generated their own keys which were not part of the leaked master decryption keys for the original CrySiS variants. [url]https://removevirusfromwindows.com/[url]

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Having Internet Problems On Windows 8/10? Read This. 2 months 1 week ago Geekomatic

Sometimes, even if "some" devices can connect, it's still the router at fault. Reset it via pinhole (if you have one) using this guide:

https://www.lifewire.com/hard-reset-rule-for-routers-3971318

I find that one more power-cycle (unplug power & let power back on) is required at the end of this.

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Audacity - Still The Best Free Audio Editor 2 months 1 week ago pstein

Audacity is very bad. It lacks some important features e.g.
- No volume change by % (only in db)
- No 'Fit-to-selection'
- vertical and horizontal sliders not auto-hideable
- No support for AC3
- No zoom in to original level after a some zoom outs
- 'Save changes before closing' at exit cannot be (optional) suppressed (=auto-answered by NO)
... many more

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Having Internet Problems On Windows 8/10? Read This. 2 months 1 week ago vwq47

I've been having the same problem on a Windows 7 machine (Wired) (as well as on a Windows 10 laptop, wireless). MOST infuriating since it means I cannot actually use a machine to access the internet and chase down possible solutions.
On the WIn 7 desktop machine I can occasionally and intermittently get on but after a minute or two lose connection and get a DNS message. Router seems AOK as I can use wireless internet connection through my router with Android devices.
Grrrrrr.

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How to Get a Report of the Health of Your Windows 7 PC 2 months 1 week ago Paxmilitaris

You are right, i will ask in the forum.
https://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/16565-windows-7-performance-monitor-error.html#post119729
I do have Small icons in control panel, so that's why.

" Click Data Collector Sets in the left pane
Click System in the right pane
Right-click System Diagnostics in the right pane and select Start."
I get the same error.
I watched the video and i checked both folder paths and they are all there.

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Norton Family 2 months 1 week ago tommyzulu

If there was a free version there doesn't seem to be now!

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Having Internet Problems On Windows 8/10? Read This. 2 months 1 week ago Fairportfan

I've been using Windows since Windows 2.

I have NEVER had any of the horrible problems MS patches and updates seem to cause others.

I must be the Anti-Murphy or something.

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How to Get a Report of the Health of Your Windows 7 PC 2 months 1 week ago Remah

You should ask in the forum because this could require many comments to sort it out.

I don't remember any functional difference between the Control Panels in the various Windows 7 editions that might affect the instructions in this article. Maybe you cannot follow steps 2 and 3 because the defaults have been changed so the "System" icon (step 3) will be visible at step 2:

  • You have changed the Control Panel sort from the default of "Category" to either "Large Icons" or "Small Icons".
  • You have enabled the Ultimate Control Panel or God Mode as it is also called.

If it is neither of these reasons then what exactly does your control panel display? Again, you should respond by creating a topic in the forum.

Edit: I've just realised that you might mean the second set of numbered instructions. If you try to run the perfmon.exe program and it produces an error report saying "An error occured while attempting to generate this report" then either:

  • the file path for storing the log files is missing
  • the file path for storing the log files cannot be accessed

You can fix the first problem by creating the correct folders for the file path. On my Windows 10 system the correct path is "%systemdrive%\PerfLogs\System\Diagnostics" which is "C:\PerfLogs\System\Diagnostics" if "C:" is the system drive.

The following video shows a different path and how to fix it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7UqAo3uCU4

Another option is to run "perfmon.msc" instead of "perfmon /report":

  • Open a Run window (Windows Logo key+R)
  • Type "perfmon" and press Enter.
  • Click Data Collector Sets in the left pane
  • Click System in the right pane
  • Right-click System Diagnostics in the right pane and select Start.
  • When the diagnostic has finished, click on Reports in the left pane
  • Click on System in the right pane
  • Click on System Diagnostics in the left pane
  • Click on the name of your computer and the data will be collected.
  • Scroll down in the main pane and expand the Hardware Configuration drop down
  • Expand Desktop Rating drop down
  • Expand the + sign below Query
  • Finally expand the + sign below Returned Objects to display your WEI score.

If anyone is interested then this Microsoft support topic has more information e.g. for Windows 8. 

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How to Get a Report of the Health of Your Windows 7 PC 2 months 1 week ago Paxmilitaris

The first 2 and 3 are not the same for me on Windows 7 Ultimate and i can't get a report because i get an error saying "The system cannot find the path specified."
I've looked for a solution, but i can't find one, so if anyone has a solution, please tell me.

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 2 months 1 week ago RobF228

Thank you so much! It would take me a long time to find this information on my own.

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 2 months 1 week ago seahound88

For over a decade, the Calvinist in me saw the use of free word processing software. They all drove me nuts, every single one falling over - frequently, across an array of top-end laptops. I moved excitedly from one different brand of word processing software to another to another.

In the finish I gave my money to Microsoft for their Office Suite. What heaven. Rock solid Word and XL. Worth every cent. And the amount of Google help for Word and XL is vast; plus a million macros. Heaven.

I have been a devoted supporter of Gizmo Richards since the days I excitedly looked forward to his monthly newsletter. He has kept me at the leading edge of software for at least a decade. The biggest of thanks and a Merry Xmas Gizmo.

And to Gizmo's helpers like Rob Schifreen, also the biggest thanks. Your guidance is invaluable.

Seahound, Melbourne, Australia

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 2 months 1 week ago Remah

Libre Office has macros for Calc and Writer but they are not fully compatible with Microsoft Office. Apparently, LO macros are more likely to translate to MSO than the other way around:

https://help.libreoffice.org/Common/Recording_a_Macro

SoftMaker Office and KingSoft WPS Office have macros but their free versions FreeOffice and WPS Office Free do not.

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 2 months 1 week ago RobF228

I would like to use an open source office suite, but I have been unable to find one that has macro compatibility with MS Office. That is usually not mentioned. Does LO or Softmaker Office support macros? I would be willing to recode my old macros.

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Having Internet Problems On Windows 8/10? Read This. 2 months 1 week ago Geekomatic

Nearly every time I get a call about a MS computer suddenly not connecting, I find a pile of devices listed under "network adapters". I uninstall ALL adapters (leave their software) & then restart the PC. Works most of the time.

FYI

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 2 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy Rob often doesn't get the time to respond to comments on his huge stack of articles so on his behalf, Psyphilo, I thank you and send reciprocal wishes for Christmas and the New Year. :) MC - Site Manager. view
Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 2 months 1 week ago DannyJr

I agree with Joe A.TT. If you collaborate with users of MSO or have thousands of legacy MSO formatted files, Softmaker is better than LO/OOo. I've been using Softmaker Office since their 2006 version. Even though I could settle for Softmaker's free office suite,I have bought licenses from them because I support their efforts and hope that they can add features in future versions (such as support for .ODS).

LO is a fine office suite but it just doesn't work for my use-case.

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 2 months 1 week ago Geekomatic

Well, LO Draw can actually interact with Publisher-- that's pretty amazing. It's missing in FO, or I don't see it in my Linux install.

I'd like to know if FO word processor can open a MSO Word document with wrap-around text (around an image) better than LO.

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 2 months 1 week ago Psyphilo

Rob,
Since years, I follow your proposals and sometimes download your recommendations.
I just want to congratulate you for your work and also for your patience answering all.
From France, let me wish you my "Best wishes" for the new year, hoping that I should continue to read you during years...
Best regards

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 2 months 1 week ago Tiesenhausen

What would be useful is a careful comparison of LibreOffice, Open Office (which I use, when WordPerfect is not applicable) and now, it seems, FreeOffice.

Why do we need three free emulators of Microsoft Word?

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 2 months 1 week ago Joe A.TT

I agree with MidnightCowboy. Something is wrong with your system. The language selection option is the first phase of the installer but it should continue from there. FreeOffice works fine for me.

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