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Old 24th November 2010, 13:24   #91
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which is the best software for "DVD Photo Slideshow" ??

By which i can write the photos on DVD and can watch on TV.
Any free software available for download.
DVD slideshow GUI 0.9.3.9 - VideoHelp.com Downloads

videohelp.com is the best place to look for video related software. You will find lot of freeware listed related to audio. imho unless you are into bluray ripping or into making dvds with complex menus, you will find enough free software there for your needs.

avoid codec packs like the plague unless you know enough about video. if your interest is playback only, use latest vlc player, it can play almost everything including real media files and does not screw up your registry.
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I have long been searching for an easy to use image resizer to share family pics on web. The jpegs from my cams are usually bulky, hence a pain during uploads. Had earlier used irfanview,etc but found the process to be cumbersome. Didn't have the patience to learn bulky software programs like photoshop,etc. Have more important things to do in life.

Last weekend, accidentally stumbled upon a very easy to use tool called imageresizer from microsoft site (ya, the big bad MS itself!!) ..

Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP.

Caveat: WinXP-only

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We can use this thread to share utilities/tools we come across by sharing its public download link. NO piracy please.
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Old 25th January 2011, 15:30   #93
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I have long been searching for an easy to use image resizer to share family pics on web. The jpegs from my cams are usually bulky, hence a pain during uploads. Had earlier used irfanview,etc but found the process to be cumbersome. Didn't have the patience to learn bulky software programs like photoshop,etc. Have more important things to do in life.

Last weekend, accidentally stumbled upon a very easy to use tool called imageresizer from microsoft site (ya, the big bad MS itself!!) ..

Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP.

Caveat: WinXP-only

Standard Disclaimer - "Use freeware tools at your own risk".

We can use this thread to share utilities/tools we come across by sharing its public download link. NO piracy please.
You can look into XNView XnView Software - Free graphic and photo viewer, converter, organizer. This does most of resizing, rotate, reduce, crop, converts (from one format to other). Its freeware for non-commercial, private use. Works in most Os.
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Old 25th January 2011, 18:33   #94
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I found HWiNFO32 useful to know your PC hardware. Specially chipset information in order to update drivers.

Link to download.
HWiNFO & HWiNFO32 - Hardware Information and Analysis Tools

For CD/DVD burning, I use CDBurnerXP. Its good and its free!!
Link to download.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

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Finally an alternative to Winamp (for me that is).

Been trying out J River Media Centre a comprehensive media player for the past few weeks on the advice of my bro who is a budding audiophile and used Foobar earlier. JRMC has excellent choices in the ability to route audio especially thru ASIO which supposedly gives the best quality sound. It does sound better than Wave Out + SPDIF combo on my system.

The CTO of the company is Matt Ashland who invented the APE lossless audio codec. Guess they are serious about sound quality. Audiophile Info - JRiverWiki

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Finally an alternative to Winamp (for me that is).

Been trying out J River Media Centre a comprehensive media player for the past few weeks on the advice of my bro who is a budding audiophile and used Foobar earlier. JRMC has excellent choices in the ability to route audio especially thru ASIO which supposedly gives the best quality sound. It does sound better than Wave Out + SPDIF combo on my system.

The CTO of the company is Matt Ashland who invented the APE lossless audio codec. Guess they are serious about sound quality. Audiophile Info - JRiverWiki

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But both Winamp & Foobar is also having a ASIO plugin option. So what makes this special ?

Also most of the feature-set is same with both of the players.

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But both Winamp & Foobar is also having a ASIO plugin option. So what makes this special ?

Also most of the feature-set is same with both of the players.

Yes they do but I felt the sound was better thru JRMC. Give JRMC a try and let me know how it fares with you.

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For simple image work : IrfanView is excellent. Also, if you have Nero Phtosnap (you may find it in some CD for DVD drivers.

Another brilliant utility: doPDF - installs as a printer and 'prints' to a pdf file. Free software.

For adware/spyware: AdAware - a free software from Lavasoft.
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I would be greatful if someone can point me out to a downloadable version of Google Chrome. I know this is not a big ask, but I am looking only for a portable version. I already have a portable version on my laptop, but for some reason I am unable to upgrade to the latest version.
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I know this is not a big ask, but I am looking only for a portable version.
Google Chrome Portable | PortableApps.com - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives
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Thanks for the help Spitfire. Tried that.
Same issue. Its doesn't allow updation :(

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Thanks for the help Spitfire. Tried that.
Same issue. Its doesn't allow updation :(

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Portable version of Google Chrome cannot be auto-updated. To upgrade, a new portable version has to be downloaded and installed in the same directory as the earlier one.
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Portable version of Google Chrome cannot be auto-updated. To upgrade, a new portable version has to be downloaded and installed in the same directory as the earlier one.
+1. There are FAQ's on the net to do that.
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Portable version of Google Chrome cannot be auto-updated. To upgrade, a new portable version has to be downloaded and installed in the same directory as the earlier one.
If I do that then I lose all the extensions and cache.

Had some time today. So googled intensively and I have the solution.

Updater für Portable Google Chrome

Use this link to handle the portable chrome updation issue. I did that and am sitting pretty with the latest version of Chrome

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