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Spartan73
24-08-2008, 04:45 PM
Hi guys - Most, probably already know this - But I didnt till last night, so doing my bit for this place, and the excellent freeware I have recently come across.

A few weeks ago - I downloaded Inkscape - a design package, which is quite brilliant and best of all - FREE Inkscape. Draw Freely. (http://www.inkscape.org/download/?lang=en)

And then yesterday stumbled across OpenOffice.org ( while downloading Java ) - An office program with Word processing ( that opens and creates MS office files ) Math - basically excell - a version of powerpoint and MORE! www: OpenOffice.org - The Free and Open Productivity Suite (http://www.openoffice.org/)

Great for students Id imagine!

Any more free software going around? Spread the word!

Seth
24-08-2008, 04:48 PM
Think of how many people spend hundreds of dollars on the Microsoft Office suite, without knowing that Open Office will do the job for free.

Spartan73
24-08-2008, 05:05 PM
Yep! Precisely!

Im also finding Inkscape a Breeze to use comapred to Adobe Illustrator
( £hundreds.) Its nice and simple - ( just like me :) )

:D

Goku
24-08-2008, 05:07 PM
Thanks for posting it for everyone's benefit Spartan. I have Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise Edition but I seldom use it. I also have OpenOffice but I use it as a replacement for Microsoft Office on some of the computers I "fix".

Personally saying, it is a most excellent product for personal use but if you are willing to pay, Microsoft Office is worth buying too.

-- Goku

Spartan73
24-08-2008, 05:10 PM
but if you are willing to pay, Microsoft Office is worth buying too.

-- Goku

If not make a small donation to this place for getting them for free ( well sort of ) :p

Goku
24-08-2008, 05:14 PM
I am too broke for that. :D

I got the Microsoft Office 2007 CD from a friend. He gave the CD to me as a favour back for "fixing" his computer.

-- Goku

Wolfeymole
24-08-2008, 05:19 PM
Need a PDF reader but nothing as large as Adobe?

Try Foxit.

Foxit Software (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php)

Goku
24-08-2008, 05:21 PM
Need a PDF reader but nothing as large as Adobe?

Try Foxit.

Foxit Software (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php)
Precisely what I use.

-- Goku

Wolfeymole
24-08-2008, 05:24 PM
Me too Goku, it's wicked. :)

Spartan73
24-08-2008, 05:29 PM
Thanks for that Wolfey - getting it now.

;)

Wolfeymole
24-08-2008, 05:37 PM
Need something that can open Rar files but don't wanna buy WinRar?

Consider 7Zip

7-Zip (http://www.7-zip.org/)

maynardvdm
24-08-2008, 06:35 PM
That Foxit is also so much smaller then adobe that takes forever to load ;)

Another good free program is Gimp (http://www.gimp.org/)



GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program.

shrimply
24-08-2008, 06:47 PM
Its really bad, I've just read through this and have them all installed.

I use Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 but have Openoffice installed too. And now I'm a poor student I'm just waiting for the Ultimate steal deal to come back up and I'll get the whole lot for £40 or whatever.

I'm a sucker for cheap or free software.

maynardvdm
24-08-2008, 06:59 PM
I'm a sucker for cheap or free software.

You are not alone. I think most of us like the idea of getting something for nothing. That said there is nothing wrong with free software :D

Spartan73
24-08-2008, 07:25 PM
I think free software is fantastic. There are obviusly many people ( and in many poor countries ) that can't afford hundreds of $'s for software - many students out there who need certain software, for merely submitting assignments etc.

It curbs piracy to a degree, people wont need to hunt down pirate copies of expensive versions of these programs, for general everyday, and basic tasks. I dont need MS Office to type a letter!

Some very talented programmers out there, who can apply their knowledge to creating basic versions of these programs for the less "proffessional" amongst us, as opposed to ripping them down and creating cracks and keygens etc. This will/should ALSO get them ( the programmers ) noticed of course, and could be headhunted for big jobs. A bit like putting out a white label out in the music industry. As well as being known as " the guy who made that brilliant bit of free software ! "

We can also do our bit, buy donating ( even a tiny bit ) in way of gratitude to the humanitarian hours that have gone into these programs ( and this fantastic forum of course - that saves us ALL hundreds of £'s of otherwise chargeableTech Help ) , and dare i say it, give others incentive to follow suit and make great free software !

Wolfey made this a STICKY ICKY - so please share your freebies knowledge with us!

Thanks to all.

Spart :D

Seth
24-08-2008, 10:07 PM
7Zip rules. I've been using it for years.

Did I mention I hate Adobe as a whole?

Spartan73
24-08-2008, 11:45 PM
Keep them coming people!

Maybe if we get enough contributions, I will write up A List - with a brief description of each, and maybe Wolfey can put it at the top of the page ( if thats possible )

;)

maynardvdm
25-08-2008, 01:37 PM
Dont forget the following in that list:

Mozilla FireFox (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/)

Mozilla Thunderbird (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/)

Spartan73
25-08-2008, 06:26 PM
Nice one - looks like were getting something that might resemble a List!

Surely there are more that people know of.....

:rolleyes:

Wolfeymole
25-08-2008, 06:37 PM
For a lot of Open Source (eg, free of license) Software try SourceForge.

SourceForge.net: Open Source Software (http://sourceforge.net/)

maynardvdm
25-08-2008, 09:09 PM
Good find Wolfey. ;)

Wolfeymole
25-08-2008, 09:14 PM
I've used them for years Maynard and there are some wicked bits of software on there. :)

Dalo Harkin
26-08-2008, 09:38 AM
Majorgeeks.com and download.com have some good programs :)
most on download.com are trials and shareware etc

Spartan73
26-08-2008, 06:09 PM
Umm i was playing with ms office accounting last night. Great for small business people like me. I was looking for an invoicing software, and this seems to be perfect ( ish ) - and its also FREE

Free from Microsoft? yeah i had to see it to believe it, but its true!

Easy to use accounting software from Microsoft (http://www.msofficeaccounting.co.uk/Express.aspx)

Its also advertised on a banner at the top of this page sometimes.

:D

maynardvdm
27-08-2008, 09:25 AM
Umm i was playing with ms office accounting last night. Great for small business people like me. I was looking for an invoicing software, and this seems to be perfect ( ish ) - and its also FREE

Free from Microsoft? yeah i had to see it to believe it, but its true!

Easy to use accounting software from Microsoft (http://www.msofficeaccounting.co.uk/Express.aspx)

Its also advertised on a banner at the top of this page sometimes.

:D

Wow:eek:

Spartan73
27-08-2008, 01:07 PM
Wow:eek:

Lol thats what I said

its a very good bit of software ;)

DSTM
03-09-2008, 04:20 PM
May I suggest Remote Access Software called Teamviewer 3
I use it, and my friends,also,and we find it excellent.
The best I have found,so far.So simple.:)

TeamViewer - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com (http://www.download.com/TeamViewer/3000-7240_4-10398150.html)

Dalo Harkin
03-09-2008, 04:26 PM
I used to use that but have not done so for a while - very good and useful piece of kit Doug - definately worth a mention :)

Spartan73
03-09-2008, 08:20 PM
Logmein.com - remote access programme also.There is a free version.
Rec'd to me by Kelly a while back. Also great :)

DSTM
04-09-2008, 01:15 PM
SIW (System Information for Windows) is a handy small program to have at ones disposal.All system information at your fingertips.
For those members who have limited Computer knowledge,when a Techie asks for information,the member doesnt have to go hunting,and in a lot of cases,wouldnt know where to look.1 or 2 clicks and they have the info.:)

Siw 1.72 Free Download (http://www.brothersoft.com/downloads/siw-1.72.html)

Dalo Harkin
04-09-2008, 01:36 PM
just use the dxdiag command and that also hosts lots of info ;)

DSTM
04-09-2008, 04:13 PM
just use the dxdiag command and that also hosts lots of info ;)
Wouldnt that be better suited in Tips and Tricks?as it's not software.
I tried the Command, Dalo,and its too much navigating for a Novice.IMO.
With SIW,one click on the index tree and its all there, to C/P. What could be simpler?:)

Dalo Harkin
04-09-2008, 04:18 PM
dxdiag is the best for 'diagnostic' purposes for most common hardware issues - sound/and graphics but also gives the 'helper' alot more insight into the drivers used and some 'advanced' info.

As you say in terms of software SIW just seems likea watered down version of Everest.

DSTM
04-09-2008, 04:35 PM
As you say in terms of software SIW just seems likea watered down version of Everest.
And Tinypic is a watered down version of Photobucket.
One is easier and quicker to use than the other,in both cases.
One has more bells and whistles.

EDIT. Everest is a great Program.Why not add that to the Library also,so Members have a choice.

Dalo Harkin
04-09-2008, 04:46 PM
Everest Home Edition Download - Softpedia (http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Everest-Home-Edition-Download-16369.html)

Spartan73
06-09-2008, 11:36 PM
1 more i found reading another post

FreeSerifSoftware - free software downloads (http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/)

Free Word Software, Photo Editing software, Web design software and more.

Looks very interesting:D

May have to start putting that list together soon.

Spartan73
07-09-2008, 10:03 PM
1 More for the more creative amongst us. Actually this is a really neat prog, and has been used to make many animated movies, which you can see a lot of on youtube. Its called Blender and you can get it here:

blender.org - Get Blender (http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/)

Saw this one on an early morning bbc show. Not sure what its called.

Plastic Nev
19-10-2008, 10:39 PM
Having read through all the postings, I think I can add quite a few more, first, there is not many on the list of free programs for photograph handling yet, so here goes-
The one that nearly everyone into photo manipulation recommends is Irfanview from here-

IrfanView - Official Homepage - one of the most popular viewers worldwide (http://www.irfanview.net/)

Next in line is PhotoFiltre this is of French origins but the English version is superb, easy to use and as good as some that can cost the old arm and leg, from here-

http://www.photofiltre.com (http://www.photofiltre.com/)

There are others, and most will know of the Adobe and Google basic editing suites to name a few, but they are just basic stuff not much better than windows own.

Next comes a long list of Music handling and writing programs, well me being a musician what do you expect?
First is a simple recording program that can convert any sound file that you can play on your computer, such as midi or video related sound tracks, and convert them to either WAV or MP3 and is called MP3 My MP3. available from here-

MP3 My MP3 Recorder - Record sounds and music to MP3 Free! (http://www.mp3mymp3.com/)

Have you got a noisy recording? would you like to clean it up? try Audacity, this is from the sourceforge site mentioned earlier and will also convert audio files to MP3 or WAV as well as one or two other useful tricks in its repertoir-

Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)

Next we go straight into the complex world of music sequencers and music notation witing programs, the first in my list being the Frieve Music Studio Producer, this is the free one, they also do Music Studio Independance, which is shareware and costs $39 to buy the full licence, however both are available to download from here-

Frieve Home Page (http://www.frieve.com/english/musicstd/download.html)

To use this software you do need to know a lot about handling sequencers but is a very good program considering it is free, and it will also show the music from a midi file in notational form, but you cannot print it out in this the free version.

Next one is a true notation program which you can use to write those silly tadpoles on their lines, then play it back to hear your creation, it is full of its own manual which tells you everything you need to use it and is called Anvil Studio, available from here-

Anvil Studio Catalog (http://www.AnvilStudio.com)

Unfortunately you cannot print off your music without buying the plugin, however you can create a midi file, store it somewhere you know where it is, then get this useful little program to print it for you. It is called "Notation Player" although only meant to be a player of midi files you can print the notation off from the display and can be found here-

Notation Software, Inc. -- Software for everyday musicians (http://www.notation.com/)

You may have to search the site fully for "Notation Player" as they don't seem that keen on giving this one away, they would much rather you try their shareware and buy it.

Next is from the stable of Finale the American company whose main product is used by musicians worldwide and rather expensive, however they do a free program called "Finale Notepad" which is meant to get you wanting all the goodies that the paid for version gives, so hence rather a basic notation writing piece of software, but still useful for those who want to learn more about music.

https://www.finalemusic.com/store/search.aspx

Look for "Notepad" and to download you will have to sign up if you realy want it, but everything is free.

I hope that is a good supply of free programs for the photographer or musician.

iwillbekingin2030
06-01-2009, 08:07 PM
some useful free softwares (you may have heard of):

audacity - for making audio recordings or editing audio files.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ :p:p:p:p:p
download the add-on pack for extra effects (eg karoke...not sure if i spelled that correctly):p:p:p

debut- for making screen recordings
http://www.nchsoftware.com/capture/ :p:p:p:p:p


both work great...though audacity requires the additional download of the lame encoder to export mp3's, or atleast it used to...that latest version may not. (lame - http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=290&package_id=309&release_id=628063) and debut requires the download of additional codecs to record in those codecs...if u use a codec it doesn't have it will ask if u want to download that codec and then it will automatically download and add.


the add-ons for audacity and debut are also free :p

bigbadjohn
21-01-2009, 07:03 PM
CCleaner - Home (http://www.ccleaner.com/) great little tool for cleaning out most of the junk gathered on your pc during browsing , it can also repair errors in the registry ( however some folk prefer to leave the registry as it is ) i use it on a regular bassis espetially after uninstalling programes

Wolfeymole
21-01-2009, 07:07 PM
The thing is John, Crap Cleaner when used incorrectly can be lethal and we don't advocate it's use at all on the forums.

iwillbekingin2030
22-01-2009, 12:20 AM
Logon Studio 1 (XP) & Logon Studio 1 (VISTA): allow you to change the background of your login screen by either downloading one from their site, or by using a jpeg of your own.

Info Links & with download link:
Logon Studio 1 (Vista) - LogonStudio Vista - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com (http://www.download.com/LogonStudio-Vista/3000-2072_4-10696252.html?tag=mncol)

Logon Studio 1 (XP) - LogonStudio - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com (http://www.download.com/LogonStudio/3000-2344_4-10328443.html?tag=mncol)


I have the vista Version and i made a custom background (that i call midnightcolors, its got a microsoft feel but much darker. :p that's it below.

http://www.imagechicken.com/uploads/1232583444044346400.jpg

Dalo Harkin
22-01-2009, 09:51 AM
There was a similar program for XP that 'caused' some MAJOR issues :eek:

BeeCeeBee
22-01-2009, 10:30 AM
It must be me getting old, but I fail to understand the point of programs like these.

I understand wanting to customize a desktop and do it myself. But a log in page?

Why install an entire program in order to change the appearance of something that you see for a few seconds. This one may be safe, I don't know, but are you aware of the many screensaver downloads that come packed with malware?

RandyL
22-01-2009, 10:32 AM
I was hoping someone would say what I was thinking.
Just because something is cool does not mean its good. Or even worse.

Although I don't know this program loading superfluous things with no benifit should be thoroughly researched and tested first.

iwillbekingin2030
22-01-2009, 06:22 PM
your worries are all valid. all i can say is, i've been running the program for about 2 weeks with no issues, but there's still no garantees with these kind of programs. :p

For anyone thinking of downloading this Logon Studio check out the company website (Stardock.com) for more information:
Stardock.com - Your Edge In Software (http://www.stardock.com/products/logonstudio/)

DirtyPolo
22-01-2009, 06:27 PM
I have known about stardocks programs for a long time, but I have also seen many problems caused by their programs, I once, used to want all these programs to customised every inch of my windows but after a few of their problems, I've learned the hard way :P

Cost me a brand new copy of windows to get rid of the problems.

But as well, on the other hand there are people who have had no problems at all.

Just your choice, as long as you know the risks then that's all we can do

BeeCeeBee
22-01-2009, 06:29 PM
The issue King is not whether this particular piece of software is safe or not. You are a good member, post all the time and I am sure would never consider steering any other members wrong.

My concern, actually, is for you. I would hate to see a post from you warning members against a bit of software and relating a horror story.

The web is filled with this kind of software, it looks harmless and kind of cool. Screensavers, desktops etc. are known to be trouble.

iwillbekingin2030
22-01-2009, 06:33 PM
Thanks For The heads up. I have used one of their more complex programs but i didn't like it. I only use logon Studio because it's simple enough that i'm not too worrried about it screwing things up. Their more complex programs are all pretty much doing the same thing and seem dangerous since you actually start modifying buttons and layouts (delete the wrong one and ur screwed). I am aware of all the risks and appreciate your forewarning. :p

Wolfeymole
22-01-2009, 06:40 PM
You'd probably be also interested in something like this King.

Write a love note to your master boot record | News | Custom PC (http://www.custompc.co.uk/news/601617/write-a-love-note-to-your-master-boot-record.html)

Goku
22-01-2009, 08:01 PM
I understand wanting to customize a desktop and do it myself. But a log in page?
There are some "advanced" users out there who want to customize Windows XP in every way as possible. By "tweaking" the settings, they modify every possible aspect of it to flaunt it as a cool machine and a performance monster. There is even a book that explicits provides the instructions to do so and I might mention that it has been moderately successful.


Why install an entire program in order to change the appearance of something that you see for a few seconds. This one may be safe, I don't know, but are you aware of the many screensaver downloads that come packed with malware?
Most of these programs are safe as they replace the default Windows boot screen logo with a custom one. By safe, I mean that they are not loaded with Malware, Foistware or any other unwanted applications. Needless to say, there have been cases when such softwares have corrupted the kernel files and rendered computers unbootable.

Not pointing anything at you King; just explaining the general reasons behind such customizations. :)

-- Goku

iwillbekingin2030
22-01-2009, 08:24 PM
very funny link. i'm definitely not in that .01%. :p

sycho1981
26-02-2009, 09:34 PM
A few free programs I would recommend would be VLC player which will play pretty much anything without codecs.

VLC media player - Overview (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/)

And Spotify which is a relatively new program which is like a much, much better version of last fm, which for the unaware is a music streaming site.

This site is working in co-operation with many of the major labels (i.e. legal) and is totally free as long as you dont mind an advert every 8-10 songs or so in which case you can subscribe to the paid service.

The catalogue is massive and diverse and there's almost no loading times,It's in it's beta stage at the minute and (apparently) invite only but if you go to the link you should be ok.

If you like it, spread the word as this could help mean the end of music piracy eventually

https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/

dtmcriss
22-04-2009, 04:30 PM
What's the best software for converting movie formats? Any good freeware for that? And does anyone have an opinion on the free software Graboid? And I agree with everyone free software is great. I can remember when computers used to come with free software whenever you bought them. Now it seems the best the can muster is free trials. can't even get microsoft word for free on your pc anymore. what a scam.

robert453
22-04-2009, 07:48 PM
Need something that can open Rar files but don't wanna buy WinRar?

Consider 7Zip

7-Zip (http://www.7-zip.org/)

try bitzipper

Plastic Nev
09-08-2009, 05:58 PM
One thing not mentioned here is the good free security software available which can be found in our recommended security software section here-
http://www.freepchelp.co.uk/forum/malware-removal-av-firewalls-etc/3597-free-pc-help-recommended-security-products.html
Next--
Here is a good one for folk still on Windows XP and hate all the messing about with "Print screen" "Paint" and then the subsequent trimming of the shot just to show a certain element of the screen for a screen shot.
It is called MWSnap, and if you use the "Any rectangular area" facility, you can lassoo any small area of the screen for that screen shot of a warning message, or just a small area of a photo.
Mirek's Free Windows Software (http://www.mirekw.com/winfreeware/mwsnap.html)

DSTM
07-10-2009, 01:24 PM
I have been looking for a resizing free program for a long time,that resizes Animated GIF Images,and doesn't lose the Animation,like a lot of Programs do.

Found an online Program called GIFWorks.com! Free Online GIF Tools (http://www.gifworks.com/)

Works a treat,and you don't have to install the program.

Great for resizing Animated Images, for your Avatar,or Signature.:)

RandyL
07-10-2009, 11:03 PM
I agree. I've used it many times myself.

DSTM
08-10-2009, 10:03 AM
Another Program I can recommend is called "Everything"
Find anything on your operating system,instantly.
You will be amazed how fast, this small program is.
Runs in the background.
Personally,I wouldn't be without it.
Tell us what you think of it.:)

Everything Search Engine (http://www.voidtools.com/)

Plastic Nev
11-10-2009, 01:58 PM
A trawl through the list shows no one has posted a link to Revo uninstaller yet, so to correct that here it is-
Download Revo Uninstaller Freeware - Free and Full Download (http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html)
A great utility that first uses the applications own uninstaller, then searches for and presents all the left behind bits for removal as well.
With Revo, you know that the program has definitely gone, and also that the space is definitely free on your hard drive.
Nev.

cliff60
07-04-2011, 12:47 AM
EASEUS partition manager is free. Not sure if its safe to use though lol. Only used it once to get rid of a 500GB partion that Acer put on my PC just for back ups lol. Whats the point of having a 1TB HDD if u can only use half of it PMPL

joddle
01-05-2011, 11:49 AM
Having trawled the net for a few days I am at the point of giving up on finding a decent Programme which Will encode my videos to avi divx format which will then play on my Samsung DVD/HDD player - most of the ones I try are either of terrible quality or simply don't work on the Samsung for some reason. Other Divx files I have downloaded or have already seem to play fine - am I really going to have to fork out £££££ for a bit of software for this? Some of you must know of something somewhere !!!!

Also if CCleaner is not safe - is there a good alternative - I have been using Ccleaner for a while with no problems (so far!) but don't like the sound of the warnings here - what else can I use to clean-up the PC in a similar way which is safer?

Plastic Nev
24-09-2011, 01:53 PM
A bit old now but for others benefit C.Cleaner is safe as long as the registry side of the cleaner is not used. No registry cleaner is safe, not only that, they are not necessary. Registry files are all important, even so called orphaned files, as they may contain some part of the code for something else to work.

For video conversion to a DVD playable format, the best free one I found is AVC, "Any Video Converter" from here=

http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/

Nev.

Plastic Nev
24-09-2011, 02:03 PM
Free music software for music notation.

For those of us who play an instrument, can read music, and like to write your own, I have recently found a notation program that very nearly is as good as the top end and expensive Sibelius or Finale.
It is called simply "MuseScore" and can be downloaded from here=

http://musescore.org/

It can also handle MIDI files and present them in notational form, this is handy for learning or just playing, any well known piece that has been written and published as a midi file, of which there are hundreds of sites on the net.
In most cases for musical experimenting, these files can be added to or otherwise altered to customise or jazz up a piece too.

Neil Cooper
15-11-2011, 07:35 PM
Hi guys - Most, probably already know this - But I didnt till last night, so doing my bit for this place, and the excellent freeware I have recently come across.

A few weeks ago - I downloaded Inkscape - a design package, which is quite brilliant and best of all - FREE Inkscape. Draw Freely. (http://www.inkscape.org/download/?lang=en)

And then yesterday stumbled across OpenOffice.org ( while downloading Java ) - An office program with Word processing ( that opens and creates MS office files ) Math - basically excell - a version of powerpoint and MORE! www: OpenOffice.org - The Free and Open Productivity Suite (http://www.openoffice.org/)

Great for students Id imagine!

Any more free software going around? Spread the word! " theres also Gimp a free and useful program thats just like Photoshop http://www.gimp.org/"

Llanfallteg
01-01-2012, 01:35 PM
Hi All,
An excellent free application that I use is Pdf Split and merge. I use this for constructing and assembling small publications. I start with Open Office Writer and make up the pages of text, images and graphics. Each page or chapter is then exported and held as a pdf file. When I'm ready to assemble the publication I use PDFSAM. This application allows you to put together many seperate pdf files in any order. You can re-order as much as you want before finally exporting the lot as a new pdf file.
PDFSAM also allows you to split up a pdf file (Providing its not password protected) into single pages. This allows you to create new pdf files with extra or less pages, images or text, also edit the single pages.

Website is www.pdfsam.org (http://www.pdfsam.org).

All good stuff.

J

Plastic Nev
01-01-2012, 02:59 PM
Having problems with audio or video drop outs during playback? Other applications sometimes stopping and starting? this could be due to a system driver problem which is causing too high a DPC latency.
DPC stands for Deferred Procedure Calls.
A quote from the website is
"If any kernel-mode device driver in your Windows system is implemented improperly and causes excessive latencies of Deferred Procedure Calls (DPCs) then probably drop-outs will occur when you use real-time audio or video streaming applications."

The DPC Latency checker can be used in conjunction with the device manager to isolate which device is giving problems, possibly task manager could help too.
For more information on what it is, how to use it, and where to download this useful small and free application have a look here=
http://www.thesycon.de/eng/latency_check.shtml

Be sure to read everything on the page before downloading, so that you know if it is a tool you need.
Take heed of the warnings regarding devices that should not ever be stopped or disabled. Disable the wrong one, and you may never get the computer to run again without a major repair or re-install.

Nev

Llanfallteg
01-01-2012, 04:35 PM
Hi All,
I've always beeen interested in animation and the possibilty of making my own video animation. Not having the artistic skils to create characters and then animate them, I've not got very far. Last year I followed a link, as you do, ending up in Glasgow. Really! The site was MUVIZU and this is an animation programme for those of us that can't draw characters, but have the ideas and interest in producing a professional animation. The download is large, being over 600Mb, not for dial-up fans though. The software is fairly demanding requiring at least 1Gb RAM, more if possible. A reasonable video adapter is also required around 500Mb on board RAM and Shader 3. Computer processor must be at least 2.4Ghz. The latest update is available on 9th January 2012 and is free! Download at muvizu.com
The software allows you to choose from a number of set but customisable characters, male female, alien blob and a dog! Every character can be made to move around several default sets and these motions can be recorded on 4 cameras. Each camera can be moved and zoomed to follow action. Adding lipsync dialogue to each character is an interesting and rewarding exercise. Finally you can output to video using a number of codecs, even HD.
With this software you could produce a short video in around an hour, after you have mastered the controls. I'm not a video game player so the keyboard controls were a complete and very steep learning curve for me.

Below is a screen-shot of a group of actors including myself and my daughter both in red tops! All the females are variations of one set character in different outfits. This is where my Avatar came from.

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Great fun if you have hours of free time but be carefull it soon takes over your life. Have a look at the gallery examples, some excellent and really professional videos, also very funny. Full set of instructional videos are also on the website.

Happy animating in this New Year.

J

Llanfallteg
01-01-2012, 06:58 PM
Hi All,
I've tried to edit the requirement for the RAM on the post above, (#68) but can't see how!
The icon for edit post has vanished into cyberspace.
It should have said 1Gb not 1Mb minimum requirement for the operating system RAM memory.

J



Done that for you,
Nev.

Llanfallteg
01-01-2012, 11:22 PM
Thanks Nev,

This and my last post can be deleted now.

j

markcarr
20-02-2012, 09:45 PM
He's my list

Open Office - Microsoft Office
Open Workbench - Microsoft Project
Zimba - Outlook / Exchange
Gimp - Adobe Photoshop


I still think Microsoft products are good, just too expensive unless you can get a the student addition.

Also people over 60 if you register at U3A university you can get the student addition, and also AutoCAD products for free.

Plastic Nev
03-03-2012, 01:59 PM
Ever had one of those “oh $*#@” moments when you've finally finished filling out a long form, and hit submit only to see an error message? And when you hit the back button, the form was blank?
Or written a very long reply on here and then hit the wrong key and found it has vanished?
This little bit of software is an autosave for Firefox, I have needed it on more than one occasion, and has been a real time saver, no need to try to remember everything and write it again.

http://lazarus.interclue.com/

I am not sure how far advanced it is, but they have a beta in development for other browsers, so eventually Internet Explorer or others may be covered.

Nev.