Smashing Reader is a simple and clean RSS reader for your news. The interface, which is similar to Google Reader, lets you focus on the news, with little distractions.

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1 month ago06-18 20:41 by FC Portables
Photo to Cartoon converts photographs into cartoons with a few clicks. No drawing required! Use the result cartoons as avatars, to sign emails and letters, make greeting cards and party announcements or create a unique art gift. A caricature makes an original and amusing present that even that person who has everything would be happy to get. Photo to Cartoon is an ideal tool to make custom coloring books from photographs.
System Requirements:- Windows 8 or Windows 7 (all editions except for Windows Starter edition)- Also, the software will work for Windows XP and Starter edition if Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 (or later) is installed.  

1 month ago06-14 02:01 by FC Portables
Acronis Antimalware CD - antivirus boot disk that allows you to run your computer without booting Windows and check the system for malware, remove detected threats, viruses and restore damaged system. 
How to use ... • Set the BIOS to boot from your computer using the CD;• Insert the CD / DVD drive with a recorded boot image in CD-drive and restart the computer;• Wait until the start-up screen when you run Acronis Rescue CD. Select "Start Acronis Rescue CD" and press the button on the keyboard Enter;• Wait until the download process. This may take some time;• After the download will begin automatically scan all detected partitions.• Before checking the computer, you can update the signatures database Acronis Internet Security.  

1 month ago06-14 02:00 by FC Portables
Squeeze is the latest version of Sorenson Media’s award-winning compression and encoding software. In only three quick steps users can select, pre-process, and compress video for output in a variety of formats and publish directly to websites or burn to DVD. Offering best in class workflows, the highest quality audio & video codecs, simultaneous multi-file encoding, and optimized filter presets, along with an unmatched level of automation. Squeeze requires no in-depth knowledge of compression formats and allows users to work faster without compromising quality.
H.264, x264, MPEG-4, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-TS, DV (DV25), VP8, H263, Motion JPEG A, JPEG2000, Animation, Avid DNxHD, Avid DV, Avid Meridien, Blackmagic (8 & 10-bit), Cinepak, DVCPRO25, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO HD, H.261, HDV, IMX, MJPEG A/B, Media 100, Pixlet, RAW, RED, Sheer Video, Sorenson Video 1 (SV1), Sorenson Video 2 (SV2), Sorenson Video 3 (SV3), Targa Cine, YUV, XDCAM, XDCAM HD 422, XDCAM EX, YCbCr, FLV 6 - 8, WM Screen V9, WMV 7 - 9 Advanced, VC1, WMV-Bluray HD
MC H.264, x264, Apple H.264, Sorenson MPEG-4, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DV (DV25), VP8, MOV, Motion JPEG A, JPEG2000, Animation, Avid DNxHD, Cinepak, DVCPRO25, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO HD, H.261, HDV, IMX, MJPEG A/B, YUV, Pixlet (Mac only), Sorenson Video 3 (SV3), Sorenson Spark, H.263, WM Screen V9 (PC only), WMV 7 - 9 Advanced (PC only), VC-1, WMV-Bluray HD, ProRes (Mac Only)
Supported Video Formats
264, AVI, DV, FLV, M4V, M2V, MOV, MP4, MPG, MTS, MKV, MXF, SWF, VC1, WebM, WMV
Adaptive Bitrate Standards
MPEG DASH, Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), Microsoft Smooth Streaming (H.264) and Adobe Flash Dynamic Streaming, 3GPP, Flash, AVI, Matroska, QuickTime, MPEG-2 PS, MPEG-2 TS, MP4, WebM, MXF (Xdcam, DNxHD OP-Atom), WMV
Supported Audio Codecs
AC3, AAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG Layer 1, MPEG Layer 2, LPCM, Windows Media Audio
Supported Audio Formats
New Features
3-6x faster encoding for MP4, MOV, MKV, and WebMFine grain quality control with custom compression system load settingsIntel QSV H.264 supportAccelerated Adaptive Bitrate Renditions (parallel encodes for HLS, Smooth, Adobe DS, MPEG-DASH)Best x264 integration and optimization for any H.264 encodingGreater than 8-bit support (10-bit dithering)64-Bit compatibility
Integrated Workflow
Integration with Squeeze ServerDetailed TooltipsSeamless integration with AVID, Final Cut Pro, and Premiere ApplicationsMultiple Watch Folders with multiple output optionsDirect integration with Sorenson 360 including 5GB Free Sorenson 360 Storage, ForeverIntegrated preset exchangeUniversal device playbackSend unlimited notifications via email and up to 30 SMS text message alerts per monthPublish to YouTube, AWS, Akamai, Limelight and moreFTP publishing
Pre Processing and Editing
New manual timecode controlsTrim in and out pointsVideo croppingDuplicate SourceDV CaptureStandard NLE shortcut keys
Quality Filters
Audio Sync, 10 bit to 8 bit dithering. Black Restore, blur, brightness, contrast, crop, deinterlace, fade video, gamma, hue, saturation and lightness, inverse telecine, image orientation, RGB, Sharpen, Telecine 2:3 pulldown, Timecode, tint, video noise reduction, watermark, white balance, white restore, audio duration, audio mixer, audio pitch, audio volume, audio fade  

1 month ago06-13 20:47 by FC Portables
Ultima Steganography is an extremely easy-to-use steganography software for Windows. With the help of the program you can easily encrypt some file and hide it in a picture. Once a file is hidden in an image the saved picture is still a picture, it will load just like any other image and appear as it did before, the only difference will be that it contains hidden file.

1 month ago06-12 02:00 by FC Portables
The recovery environment makes restoring your computer possible after almost any computer disaster. Occasionally, a computer failure can leave the operating system intact but prevent you from restoring a recovery point after restarting. Or, a computer failure can leave the operating system inoperative, making restoration seem impossible. For these types of situations, you can restore your computer by using a recovery point from within the recovery environment (Symantec Recovery Disk).
In Symantec Recovery Environment, you can perform following backup and restore tasks:
• Recover My Computer : Restore your drive or partition from backups
• Back up My Computer: Create a recovery point for your drive or partition
• Recover My Files : Restore your files from a recovery point or from a file and folder backup  

1 month ago06-11 14:06 by FC Portables
WinRAR 5 is a powerful archive manager (Windows, Linux, Mac). This is a powerful compression tool with many integrated additional functions to help you organize your compressed archives. It can backup your data and reduce size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format. The archiver puts you ahead of the crowd when it comes to compression. By consistently creating smaller archives, WinRAR is often faster than the competition. This will save you disc space, transmission costs AND valuable working time as well. WinRAR is ideal for multimedia files. It automatically recognizes and selects the best compression method.
The special compression algorithm compresses multimedia files, executables and object libraries particularly well. RAR files can usually compress content by 8 percent to 15 percent more than ZIP files can.Features:• Using WinRAR puts you ahead of the crowd when it comes to compression by consistently making smaller archives than the competition, saving disk space and transmission costs.• The program provides complete support for RAR and ZIP archives and is able to unpack CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, Z archives.• WinRAR offers a graphic interactive interface utilizing mouse and menus as well as the command line interface.• WinRAR is easier to use than many other archivers with the inclusion of a special “Wizard” mode which allows instant access to the basic archiving functions through a simple question and answer procedure. This avoids confusion in the early stages of use.• WinRAR offers you the benefit of industry strength archive encryption using AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) with a key of 128 bits.• WinRAR supports files and archives up to 8,589 billion gigabytes in size. The number of archived files is, for all practical purposes, unlimited.• WinRAR offers the ability to create selfextracting and multivolume archives.Recovery record and recovery volumes allow to reconstruct even physically damaged archives.• WinRAR features are constantly being developed to keep WinRAR ahead of the pack.Changes in WinRAR 5.10:1. Added extraction support for ZIP and ZIPX archives using BZIP2, LZMA and PPMd compression.2. Added extraction support for 7z split archives (.7z.001, .7z.002, …).3. Added support for AES-NI CPU instructions allowing to improve RAR encryption and decryption performance.4. Default theme images are scaled up with better quality in high DPI display mode.5. Environment variables, such as %temp%, can be used in “Files to add” field of archiving dialog.6. Switch -ai can be used when creating RAR archive, so predefined values, typical for file and folder, are stored instead of actual attributes. Previously this switch could be used only when extracting.  

1 month ago06-11 02:00 by FC Portables
Rovi TotalCode Studio 3.0.1 (formerly MainConcept Reference) - a professional video and audio encoder for a wide range of digital distribution and broadcasting formats. The application includes MainConcept's codecs in a single software package. TotalCode Studio is a practical and efficient, due to its numerous ready-to-use presets and multi-encoder advanced settings. The program allows you to convert video and audio in different formats, so it can be used in almost all professional market segments - from content producers and consumer electronics to digital broadcasts and satellite communications.
Key features:Support for Popular Delivery FormatsExport multiplexed files using a wide range of popular formats including H.264/AVC, QuickTime (for Apple iPad and iPhone), Adobe Flash, 3GP (H.263, H.264, MPEG-4), HTML5, DVB, and DivX ®.Watch Folder AutomationConfigure folders with predefined encoding parameters and leave TotalCode to automatically process incoming media whenever it is added.Built-in Video and Audio ProcessingAdjust source files with color correction, timecode insertion, audio normalization, video scaling, and frame and sample rate conversion.Scalable Codec SupportAdd more advanced video and audio codecs (eg, JPEG2000, Dolby Digital ® and DTS ®) as needed, through seamless upgrades that utilize the same familiar TotalCode Studio encoding interface.Batch List EncodingExecute multiple tasks efficiently by setting up a batch process for files that use specified encoding presets and output formats.Built-in Video and Audio ProcessingAdjust source files with color correction, timecode insertion, logo burn-in, image flipping, image cropping, audio normalization, video scaling, and frame and sample rate conversion.TotalCode Preset ExchangeCreate custom presets in TotalCode Studio and exchange presets between TotalCode Studio and TotalCode Enterprise.Supported formats and codecs:Video Codec SupportH.264/AVCMPEG-1/2MPEG-4 Part 2VC-1DivXDivX PlusH.264/AVC 10-bit, Intra Class 50 & 100 ?DVCPRO HD ?JPEG2000 ?Audio Codec SupportAAC and AAC HEPCMLPCMMPEG AudioWMA (Windows Media Audio)Dolby Digital ?Dolby Digital Plus ?DTS ?Video Filtering & ProcessingImage FlippingCroppingDe-interlacingBrightnessContrastGammaTimecode InsertionLogo burn-inAudio Filtering & ProcessingNormalizationVolumeDelayDynamics processingFormat SupportDivXDivX PlusH.264/AVC QuickTimeApple iPhone, iPod and iPadDVDBlu-ray DiscAVCHDSony PSPAdobe Flash F4VHTML5Sony XDCAM HDSony XDCAM EXSony XDCAM IMXSVCDVCDDVBATSCHDVD10MPEG-4 HDMPEG-4 3GPH.263 3GPH.264 3GPWMV-compliant (VC-1)AVC-Intra Class 50 & 100 ?Panasonic P2 AVC-Intra ?Panasonic P2 DVCPRO ?DV ?DVCPRO 25/50/100 ?Sony XDCAM DV ?JPEG2000 2k ?JPEG2000 4k ?Ultra Violet ™ CFF ?? TotalCode Studio Broadcast Pack required? TotalCode Studio Audio Pack required? Limited to UltraViolet preset creation and testing. Full production with metadata, timed text and encryption requires TotalCode Enterprise or TotalCode Engine.Note: TotalCode applications are 32-bit to maximize encoder support, but are designed to run on 64-bit operating systems to maximize memory usage.  

1 month ago06-10 02:02 by FC Portables
From the creators of BackTrack comes Kali Linux, the most advanced and versatile penetration testing distribution ever created. BackTrack has grown far beyond its humble roots as a live CD and has now become a full-fledged operating system. With all this buzz, you might be asking yourself:
So, what’s the difference between BackTrack and Kali?” you might be asking. Unfortunately for us, that’s not a simple question to answer. It’s a mix between “everything” and “not much”, depending on how you used BackTrack.
From an end user perspective, the most obvious change would be the switch to Debian and an FHS-compliant system. What this means is that instead of having to navigate through the /pentest tree, you will be able to call any tool from anywhere on the system as every application is included in the system path. However, there’s much hidden magic in that last sentence. I’ll quickly list some of the new benefits of this move.

1 month ago06-10 02:01 by FC Portables
How can you get the document into the format you want without having to do extensive re-typing or re-editing?
Now the answer is OmniPage Professional 18. This innovative solution lets you convert paper, PDF files and forms at lightning speed into documents you can edit on your PC or archive in a document repository. Amazing accuracy, combined with batch processing and comprehensive network features, make it the perfect choice for organizations of all kinds.
OmniPage eliminates paper and digital inefficiency by improving productivity, enhancing responsiveness and reducing storage and material costs. Organizations save significant time and money by leveraging the superior OCR and document formatting accuracy of OmniPage to instantly convert documents into the format of their choice. Retyping is eliminated, tasks are automated, information is easily accessed and productivity soars.
Here are some key features of "OmniPage":
Superior OCR accuracy:
· Improved OCR engines deliver 99 percent+ accuracy for document conversion and archiving business critical documents.
Maintain perfect formatting:
· Converted documents look exactly like the original and are easier to edit than ever before, complete with columns, tables, bullets and graphics.
Simply the easiest to use:
· Converting documents doesn't have to be complicated. The Quick Convert View gets it done in seconds - there's no need to learn a lot of options and tools.
Unlock PDF files:
· Turn any PDF file into your favorite PC application for easy editing. You can also scan documents into searchable versions of these formats for instant access by desktop search utilities.
Works with any scanner:
· If your device can scan then it can work with OmniPage. Mobile scanners, desktop scanners, All-in-one and Multi-function printers all work more productively and with better accuracy using OmniPage
A picture is worth 1,000 words:
· Capture text with a digital camera or iPhone. Quickly convert your pictures to text documents with the most accurate 3D Correction technology available.
Send to Amazon Kindle:
· Scan a document, automatically convert into a readable format and send it to the Kindle electronic book reader in one easy step.
Supports all your favorite applications:
· Supports the widest range of output formats including PDF, HTML, Corel WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007 plus many more formats.
Recognizes over 120 languages:
· Process, edit and store documents from anywhere in the world. Now includes Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
Whats new in v18.0
Better Performance!
- 67% improved layout accuracy
- 18% improved word accuracy
- 50% more compressed Searchable PDF-MRC files without loosing any word accuracy
- 30% faster processing on multipage PDF documents
NEW! Start Page provides guidance
When OmniPage opens it presents clear options to open or scan documents, open OmniPage Project Documents and provides pre-programmed workflows to take your documents from one format to another in one easy step.
NEW! Most productive and accurate searchable PDF ever - eDiscovery Assistant for searchable PDF
PDF files are everywhere and can come from a variety of sources. They can include scanned pages, embedded images, and other types of information. Many of these elements don’t include searchable text. The new eDiscovery Assistant for searchable PDF is a revolution in safely converting a single PDF or batches of PDFs of all types into completely searchable documents. Now you don’t have to open PDF files one by one, or use an OCR process that might unintentionally wipe out valuable information.
NEW! Connect and convert in the Cloud
Download input files from web storage sites and return recognition results there. OmniPage provides native integration with Evernote and Dropbox. In addition, the included Nuance Cloud Connector application provides access to a number of cloud services including Microsoft Live SkyDrive, GoogleDocs, and many more. The added benefit of the Nuance Cloud Connector is its ability to integrate directly with Microsoft Windows providing easy drag-and-drop access directly to cloud services. The Nuance Cloud Connector is also upgradeable to a more feature rich version of the product called Gladinet Cloud Desktop Pro. This enhanced version adds additional functionality for using cloud services for automatic backup and file synchronization.
Better scanned images produces better accuracy - Improved Pre-Processing
The algorithms for removing speckles and dots from page images to help increase accuracy are improved, with a choice of despeckling methods (Normal, Halftone, Salt & Pepper).
NEW! Poorly scanned images need OmniPage with scanner enhancement tools (SET Tools)
When whiteboard content is captured by digital camera, the text and diagrams can be enhanced for maximum readability. Auto-crop pages to have margins detected and reduced; the punch hole remover and border tools produce clean page borders without scanning shadows and marginal notes.
NEW! Automatic language detection
Let the program assign a single language to each incoming page during unattended processing. It chooses from the languages with dictionary support that use a latin-based alphabet (so Russian and Greek are excluded) plus Japanese, Korean and Chinese (Traditional and Simplified). When this feature is enabled, no manual language selection is necessary.
NEW! Better control over determining blank pages
A new sensitivity setting increases the accuracy of recognizing blank pages that may scan as light gray or colored pages by allowing the threshold for blankness to be adjusted. This improves the use of two controls: the new pre-processing option ‘Drop blank pages’ and the existing saving option ‘Create a new file at each blank page’.
NEW! ISIS scannersScanners that support ISIS drivers can be used to scan directly into OmniPage.

1 month ago06-10 02:00 by FC Portables
Allowing both the creation (from Image file formats, Image Scanners/Web CAMS and text files etc) and manipulation of Adobe compatible PDF files, PDF-Tools is an ideal tool to compliment your existing PDF creation application or as a 'stand alone' tool in it's own right! And PDF-Tools requires no additional 'plug-ins' or applications such as Adobe Acrobat or Distiller. Also now includes the new PDF-XChange Editor PRO with a visual means to markup and  modify your PDF files!
Key Features:
- Scan/Import Images from any Twain or WIA device to PDF- Convert to PDF Text files- Batch convert Image file formats to PDF (allows user to mount multiple images vertically/horizontally per page)- Merge and/or Overlay PDF pages and files- Delete or extract Pages from a PDF file- Extract Images and Text from a PDF file to other formats.- Extract formatted text and images to .RTF and .DOC and open in your preferred Word Processor etc for editing/re-formatting- Create & Edit Bookmarks- Create Thumbnails- Add Header/Footer style Watermark text- Re-number pages (i.e. after merging multiple files) - includes intelligent Macro's to automate and overprint in required location of page(s)- Merge (overlay) PDF pages as stationary/forms onto text or another PDF pages - in background or foreground mode.- Send Functions:(Applies to all file types, not simply PDF's)- Email (Via MAPI or SMTP)- FTP - FTP your Files to a Server- HTTP - Post files to a Server- Optimize font embedding in existing PDF files.- Add/Modify Security with both 40/128 Bit & AES encryption supported- Add text or Image based Watermarks to pages or entire files.  

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