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Open PDF File Faster with Adobe PDF Lite

Posted by absnet on 24 February 2010

Nowadays, PDF Reader Application Program (program to read PDF Document), has become very important program in our computer, such as Office program. We often you Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is the most complete Free PDF Reader that support newest features.

Unfortunately, Adobe Reader getting crowded with added features / plugins which, sometimes we not need it, and in turn, it makes this application load longer.

These features (plugins), such as auto update, autorun, running in background, actually not so important for us, but consume our hard drive space, memory and our computer CPU, and of course load slower than it should.

Alternatively, we can use other PDF Reader available online, such as Foxit Reader or Sumatra PDF, which is lightweight and fast, but sometimes for complex document, they can render perfectly.

To overcome this problem, some people has make a Lite version of Adobe Reader, that they call it Adobe Reader Lite. They call it Lite, because in this version, they only include more important features, and remove any un-needed features without sacrifying it’s ability.

Adobe Reader Lite Feature
  • Remove dekstop shortcut  and autorun function
  • Shortcut in start menu converted without any ad
  • Some features commonly un-needed, was removed.
  • Remove Agreement license pop-up
  • Remove Auto Update feature
  • AcroRd32Info.exe was removed without log error message
  • Form Disertakan fitur Pengisian Form
  • Dialog ( button for online ) in toolbar was removed  (”help make Adobe Reader better” and Create PDF using Acrobat.com” )
  • Changing some interface (v9.1)

Installation file for Adobe Reader Lite 9.1.0.26 only about 18.29 MB, far more smaller compared to  Adobe Reader 9.1 which has size about  41.1 MB. Installation process is far more faster, besides disk space needed which is 60% less. Check the picture below for detail :

Adobe acrobat Reader Installation

Adobe acrobat Reader Lite Installation
Download

You can check newest version of Adobe Reader Lite from majorgeeks.com. Alternatively, you can download from  softpedia.com.

Download Adobe Reader Lite ( majorgeeks.com )
Download Adobe Reader Lite ( Softpedia.com )

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Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP Tweaking

Posted by absnet on 7 February 2010

PowerToys add fun and functionality to the Windows experience. What are they? PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released.

Note: We take great care to ensure that PowerToys work as they should, but they are not part of Windows and are not supported by Microsoft. For this reason, Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about PowerToys. PowerToys are for Windows XP only and will not work with Windows Vista.

Important

•If you installed PowerToys prior to April 23, 2002, you must uninstall your old PowerToys before installing the versions available here.

•PowerToys only work with U.S. English regional settings.

Current PowerToy options:

Color Control Panel Applet

Professional-level photographers and designers know that getting consistent, accurate color from file to screen to print and beyond is a requirement for great results. This new tool helps you manage Windows color settings in one place. Download or learn more.

SyncToy

With new sources of files coming from every direction (such as digital cameras, e-mail, cell phones, portable media players, camcorders, PDAs, and laptops), SyncToy can help you copy, move, and synchronize different directories. Download or learn more.

RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer

Are you a serious photographer? Now you can organize and work with digital RAW files in Windows Explorer (much as you can with JPEG images). This tool provides thumbnails, previews, printing, and metadata display for RAW images. Download or learn more.

ClearType Tuner

This PowerToy lets you use ClearType technology to make it easier to read text on your screen, and installs in the Control Panel for easy access.

HTML Slide Show Wizard

This wizard helps you create an HTML slide show of your digital pictures, ready to place on your Web site.

Open Command Window Here

This PowerToy adds an "Open Command Window Here" context menu option on file system folders, giving you a quick way to open a command window (cmd.exe) pointing at the selected folder.

Alt-Tab Replacement

With this PowerToy, in addition to seeing the icon of the application window you are switching to, you will also see a preview of the page. This helps particularly when multiple sessions of an application are open.

Tweak UI

This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more.

Version 2.10 requires Windows XP Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2003.

Power Calculator

With this PowerToy you can graph and evaluate functions as well as perform many different types of conversions.

Image Resizer

This PowerToy enables you to resize one or many image files with a right-click.

CD Slide Show Generator

With this PowerToy you can view images burned to a CD as a slide show. The Generator works downlevel on Windows 9x machines as well.

Virtual Desktop Manager

Manage up to four desktops from the Windows taskbar with this PowerToy.

Taskbar Magnifier

Use this PowerToy to magnify part of the screen from the taskbar.

Webcam Timershot

This PowerToy lets you take pictures at specified time intervals from a Webcam connected to your computer and save them to a location that you designate.

Note : Goto http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx for more information

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Converting Audio – Video Files to 3GP or 3G2 for Cell Phone

Posted by absnet on 19 January 2010

For those who are accustomed to terms of audio-video conversion, perhaps audio-video conversion to be executed on Mobile Phone is no problems at all. For those who have not, the following tips is written for easy conversion that can be played at Mobile Phone. Usually it use 3GP or 3G2 format.

Conversion using a free program called SUPER, because its features are abundant and supports many audio-video formats.

In early 2010, Super 2010 version has been released. This new version includes some additional features and improvements than v2009.build.36 (June 10, 2009). For those who do not have SUPER program, it can be downloaded from FileHippo SUPER v2010 build 37 ( 27.57 MB). Download and then install in your computer.

After you install SUPER, then you’re ready to convert you audio – video files. Run SUPER by clicking shortcut available, then follow this steps :

  1. Enter audio – video files to be converted, you can use Ctrl+A or right click and choose  Add Multimedia File(s) menu, or you can drag and drop files from windows explorer to SUPER program. 
  2. Choose 3GP format, and choose your Mobile Phone type( usually 3GP format is for  GSM network, and 3G2 for CDMA). If your Mobile Phone type is not available, you can try any type that work for your Cell phone.
  3. To get the best result, try to activate “DirectShow Decode”, optionally you can  give  watermark in video result. To open this menu, after  DirectShow Decode menu checked, click small icon beside it.

    You should remember, that not all PC can support directShow, depend on whether DirectShow codex installed or not. If DirectShow is not success, remove this option.
  4. Video format can be arrange as our need. If you choose Disable Video, then the result will only consist of sound. For  Video Scale size, set with our Mobile Phone screen size.  Frame/sec can be arranged too, for relatively good result, it’s about 25 fps (PAL). If you choose higher, output size is higher too.
  5. For  AUDIO option, you can leave the default value. Or if you want to increase or decrease the quality (sampling Freq and Bitrate). Channel 1, means mono and 2 means Stereo.
  6. Choose output setting by right clicking  SUPER and choose  Output File Saving Management menu, with Red Disc icon.
  7. After everything set, process the conversion by clicking  Encode (Active files).

    Maybe you should try another option to get the best result you want. With experiences, you can have a reference of the best output result

SUPER support many input format, audio and video. For complete SUPER features, please visit erigSoft

Download SUPER v2010 build 37 ( 27.57 MB)
Reference : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3GP

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Small Free Converter: Switch

Posted by absnet on 13 January 2010

Today with many devices (gadget) exist such as : Mobile phone, MP3/MP4 player, Ipod and many others, sometimes we need the audio conversion software. As we already know, there are many software exists, both commercial and freeware. But if we can get the freeware with many features, and it’s enough for our needs why still looking for commercial and expensive software?. One of them is Switch, even there is the commercial version with enhanced features, but I think the free is enough.

Switch audio file conversion software is a sound file format converter for Windows or Mac. It can convert audio files from many different file formats into mp3, wav or wma files including wav to mp3, mp3 to wav, wma to mp3 and much more (see the supported formats list below).

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Supported File Formats
Converts a variety of audio file formats to mp3 or wav such as:

  • wav, mp3, mp2, mpga,
  • m4a, ogg, avi, mid
  • flac, aac, wma, dct,
  • au, aiff, ogg, raw,
  • msv, dvf, vox, cda,
  • atrac, gsm, dss, sri
  • shn, dss, msv, wmv
  • wav, mp3, au
  • aif/aiff, gsm, vox
  • raw, ogg, flac
  • aac, mp2, m4a,
  • .mov, .amr
  • and many more formats.

Other Features

  • Automatically normalize audio while converting.
  • Import multiple file formats at the same time and convert to one output format.
  • Ability to play tracks prior to conversion.
  • Import and convert a playlist (m3u and pls).
  • MP3 encoder supports constant or variable bit rates from 8 to 320kbps with optional error correction and stereo modes.
  • WAV encoder supports sample rates between 6000 and 196000Hz in PCM as well as a number of other audio codecs.
  • Allows up to 32000 files to be converted in one batch.
  • Can be run from the command line for automation with other applications.
  • Optimized CPU usage and efficient code allows for fastest conversion times.
  • Switch Sound File Converter integrates directly with other sound software programs including:Express Burn for CD Recording, Express Rip for Direct CD Ripping, WavePad for Sound File Editing, RecordPad for Professional Sound Recording and

If the above features still don’t fulfill your needs, just buy the commercial version, Switch plus.

Download
For more information or download see here Or Direct Download Switch (381 KB). Some format need the codec installed in your computer. For example convert ram/rm, maybe you need to install Real Player first. You can also get the codec or additional components here.

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Increase your Computer Security With WinPatrol

Posted by absnet on 8 January 2010

Sometimes, Antivirus is not enough to protect a computer. Using more security softwares really not recommended option, that it makes your computer run slower, hang, memory conflict etc. One of good option to enhance your computer security, with a powerful features but small in size is : WinPatrol.

With WinPatrol, you can increase your computer security without much sacrifice your Memory and CPU usage.

When we install a new program or another applications, or there’s an automatic program that install itself without our permission, WinPatrol will warn us and ask for our permission. In this way, we always able to decide whether a program run background, run when needed or not run at all.

Some of WinPatrol features is as follows:

  • Remove or disable startup program.Application to control our startup application. It should be mandatory software to computer user that want to control and arrange any automatic program load at startup. This feature is similar to another free program, such as  autoruns
  • IE Helpers – Browser Helper Object – Toolbar. When we install a particular program, sometimes the program automatically insert a small program in our web browser, such as Internet Explorer. This program, besides makes our computer run slower, break our privacy, sometimes often open a hole in view of computer security. With WinPatrol, you can decide to keep or remove this program. 
  • Scheduled Task. Windows has  scheduled task feature, which run an application in scheduled time. Sometimes, bad program use this feature to run itself at specific time. WinPatrol able to see and arrange any program listed here.
  • Service Manager
  • Delete or suspend any running program  (Active Task). This feature is similar to Task Manager, and can be an alternative when task manager is disabled by virus, for example.
  • Showing hidden files,
  • Cookies Management and Cookie Filtering
  • Monitor file type association and change to default state (if needed). This feature useful when usual file type usually cannot be run. For example, when exe file association changed by virus.
  • Monitor Hosts File
  • Blocking repeated warning messages.

For complete feature, please check http://www.winpatrol.com/features.html or see help file included in the program. If you check the features above, you can say that there’s many similar application in this area, but WinPatrol has smallest size, and smaller CPU/Memory usage. Besides, their protection level is good.

WinPatrol usage is pretty easy, and with a simple interface. We just choose tab or menus available. When we close the program, WinPatrol will run background (icon in systray) and checking and give warning to us about any threat.

Download WinPatrol ( 971 KB) Alternatively, you can download from  Softpedia

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