Category «Software Tips»

Free Vector Graphics Application from Microsoft

From the Rays of Light blog: Last year long about November, Microsoft purchased a small Hong Kong-based software firm named Creature House. One of their principal products was a vector graphics editing program called Expressions 3. Primarily a Mac product, they also had a Windows version; both versions received very positive reviews. Microsoft’s disposition of …

Free Stuff For MS Office Users

Subscriber and co-worker Pat Clary sent me along a link to this Small Business Pipeline story: Microsoft Office is both popular and widely distributed, which means that there are a lot of resources available for Office users. This week, instead of focusing on one feature, I’m going to point you toward a few small but …

Sunbelt Software CounterSpy Spyware Destroyer

From an email from Sunbelt Software: People are talking about CounterSpy Spyware Destroyer. “I ran the latest Adaware, Spybot Search and Destroy, NAV 2005, deleted all cookies, temp files and temp Internet files BEFORE I installed CounterSpy. So how in the heck did CounterSpy find 19 pieces of Spyware, 113 bad cookies and 120 infected …

CrystalGraphics PowerPlugs

I have never tried any of these, but CrystalGraphics has a number of what they call PowerPlugs. These are plug-ins to various Office products. There are PowerPlugs for PowerPoint, FrontPage, Outlook, and Excel. The PowerPlugs can either be purchased as a suite, or individually. I’ll probably ask to review the PowerPlugs for Outlook at some …

From the Desk of David Pogue: Speaking Naturally, Anew

Graham was recently looking for decent speech recognition software recently. I gave him the only thing that I had, an old version of Dragon Naturally Speaking (v.4 or v.5 I believe). ScanSoft has released version 8 of Dragon Naturally speaking. They claim they have made it 25% more accurate and in the article quoted above, …

Audio and Video Codecs

http://www.fourcc.org/codecs.php Definitions of raw and compressed pixel formats used in Windows video programming. If you’ve ever downloaded a video, you probably come across ones that you cannot play because your system needs a decoder. Windows Media Player will play AVIs, MPGs, and many other standard formats, but not every one. Check out the above site …

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