WinX company is very popular for its DVD and blu-ray ripping software. Every program that they created are made to be as easy to use as possible without installing any other third party codecs or software. All you need to do is install their software, insert the disc that you want to rip, select what format that you want to rip to and click the Start button.
WinX has recently released a new ripping software targeted for iPad users. It is specially designed for iPad users, is a professional DVD to iPad ripping software to rip and convert DVD movies to all iPad video formats, like, iPad MPEG4, iPad H.264. With it, you can put DVD to iPad and enjoy your favorite DVD movies at anytime, anywhere. Other than that, as an additional bonus, it can also convert to iPod, iPhone, Apple TV and music formats.
The full version of WinX DVD to iPad Ripper cost $29.95 and they are having a limited time giveaway license code for free to anyone who installs and activates the program now. All you need to do is download the special installer winx-dvd-to-ipad.exe, install it and use the license key listed below to activate the program.
1. Download WinX DVD to iPad Ripper and install.
2. Enter this license code WINXD2-IPAD-64280-15975 and click Activate button.
Good painters are able to use a pencil to sketch a person’s face or even a scenery to a drawing pad but even a person who can’t paint or draw can now provide a sketch based on a digital photo. This can be done instantly and automatically using a free software called Instant Photo Sketch.
Instant Photo Sketch can support many major image formats such as PNG, JPG, BMP, JPEG, TIFF, TIF and GIF. All you need to do is load the image to the program and drag the slider to adjust the level of detail. Moving the slider to the left for more detail and darker sketch and to the right for less detail and brighter sketch. The result looks exactly the same as the original photo except it is in pencil sketch. Clicking the Save button allows you to save the converted photo into either JPG or PNG format. It also has a zoom button for you to zoom the sketch
Everything works as expected but the Edit menu seems to be incomplete as it doesn’t contain any function. Instant Photo Sketch is free to use and is able to run on Windows.
When we said Windows 7 has many improvements, this is very true because even the most basic utility calculator has added a few useful conversion and calculation. In Windows XP, you can only do very basic calculation and the most changing the view to a scientific calculator. If you are looking to convert units or calculating dates, then you will need to search in Google for a website that provides an online unit conversion service for free.
As for Windows 7 calculator, other than the normal Standard and Scientific view, there is an extra Programmer and Statistics view. From the View menubar, you can also set to use Basic calculator, unit conversion, date calculation or Worksheets. The unit conversion allows you to perform conversions for different units of measure such as Angle, Area, Energy, Length, Power, Pressure, Temperature, Time, Velocity, Volume and Weight/Mass. As for Date calculation, you can calculate the difference between two dates or to add or subtract days from a specified date.
The final Worksheets menu lets you calculate your fuel economy, lease payments and mortgage payments. With so many different calculations and conversions supported in Windows 7 calculator, I highly doubt that anyone would use the online calculation anymore. The calculation of bits and bytes are not included in the unit conversion though…
The good old DOS commands are never obsolete because it enables a user to run multiple commands and actions by putting all of them into one batch file. Batch programming can get very advanced if you know a little programming. Perhaps you might have created a very useful and advanced batch script and want to release it to public but doesn’t want people to look at your code. Editing a batch file is very easy as no decompiling is involved and all you need to do is load it in your Notepad.
One way to protect your batch codings from being leaked is by converting the BAT to EXE file. An executed file can be reverse engineered to get to code but it is not easy. Hence this is a very good method in protecting your batch script in the first place. Advanced BAT to EXE Converter offers a very easy and simple way to convert your batch scripts to .EXE files. Even the most complex batch files can be converted to executables!
All you need to do is paste the batch commands to the dialog box and then click on the File menu and select Build EXE. You then specify the location to save the EXE file to and then you get to change the icon and set the version info. There are 2 versions of Advanced BAT to EXE Converter which is the free and the PRO version. The free version allows you to run the compiled exe file on other computers except it has an advertisement splash screen before the real batch commands are executed. The PRO version removes the advertisement screen at the beginning before processing the batch commands.
We have tested building an advanced Stars Batch Example from the menu and ran the compiled EXE on Windows 7. It worked flawlessly.
You can create your own newspaper company or simply to save them as your personal tips and tricks by creating PDF or FB2 format from RSS Feeds. RSS Feeds is the best way to get the contents of an article posted on the Internet. Creating a PDF directly from the webpage or RSS Feeds might include a lot of junk which are probably not needed. One of the easiest way to convert an RSS Feeds to a PDF is by using YourOwnNewsMaker.
YourOwnNewsMaker is a simple application was written on Qt4/C++ licensed on GPLv3 that allows you to grab rss and atom feeds and just simple web-pages and covert them to pdf or fb2 files. You will probably need this software if you want to reed news offline using your e-book reader or just from the paper or if you want to create a nice book from several html pages you have to convert your content to some readable and printable format. Most e-book readers supports pdf, and pdf format allows to print the content on the paper easily. Also there are lot’s of applications for mobile devices which supports fb2 format.
To use it, all you need to do is install, and add the RSS feeds link to the software. You can choose a print template so that it creates a PDF according to the style that you want and it is also possible to parse rules for web pages using a simple GUI wizard without regular expression knowledge. Your Own News Maker software is free and supports Windows and Linux.
There are many video downloaders and all they do is just download the FLV videos from the video sites such as YouTube, Blip, Dailomotion and etc… There might also some with the ability to convert the FLV format to other more compatible video formats such as AVI and WMV. Normally the software would have to download the video first saving it to the local hard drive first then only starts to convert once the download has been completed.
This new video downloader and encoder called DamnVid which we have just discovered is really impressive. It is not just another video downloader and convertor because it is able to do one thing which other video downloads can’t which is the ability to download videos from many different video sites and convert them while it is being downloaded. Video conversion normally takes a while to complete but with this technology of doing it simultaneously, the video would probably finished converting when the download finishes.
All you need to do to start downloading the video is by adding the URL of the video site. Currently it supports blip.tv, break.com, canal+, clubic, collegehumor, crunchyroll, dailymotion, devianart, the escapist, flickr, gametrailers, game videos, google video, ign video, itunes, jeuxvideos, livevideo, megavideo, metacafe, myspace, newsground, onion news network, revver, tm-tube, veoh, vimeo, wat.tv, wegame, youku and youtube. It even monitors clipboard for video URLs so once you’ve copied, the video starts downloading immediately.
DamnVid is free and runs on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
Graphics designer would know that the format to use for animating an image is GIF. GIF has always been the standard format for animated pictures which can be opened and viewed at any browser or image viewer software. However a gif format also makes the file size pretty big if there are many frames. PNG files are widely being used as screenshot compared to other format because it is known to create an image file size that is smaller than other formats. In the year 2004, Stuart Parmenter and Vladimir Vukicevic from the company that creates the famous Mozilla Firefox web browser, developed a new image format called APNG.
The Animated Portable Network Graphics (APNG) file format is an extension to the Portable Network Graphics (PNG) specification. It allows for animated PNG files that work similarly to animated GIF files, while retaining backward compatibility with non-animated PNG files and adding support for 8-bit transparency and 24-bit images.
Since PNG files are supposed to be smaller, converting an animated GIF image to animated PNG (apng) should make the file smaller saving user’s bandwidth and also makes the image loads faster. If you already have a bunch of animated GIFs, you can easily convert gif to apng using gif2apng. This is a command line application but the command is easy. For example, you want to convert animated.gif to animated.png:
gif2apng.exe animated.gif animated.png
Currently only a few software that can support viewing of animated PNG. Firefox 3 and Opera 9.5 supports apng. Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome does not.