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1 month ago06-23 02:00 by FC Portables
Active@ Data Studio (Live CD) contains a set of both desktop applications and a bootable image for booting up any system into a DOS or Windows environment. Whether you need to perform data recovery, data imaging, or to securely erase data, Active@ Data Studio allows you to run the utilities from within Windows or to boot a system up from a self-contained boot environment.
Key Features: new! New Data Studio launcher startup application, added Active@ Partition Manager as a desktop component, added 64-bit versions of Active@ File Recovery, Active@ Partition Recovery & Active@ KillDisk, performing much faster on x64 platforms, Active@ File Recovery 12; Active@ Partition Recovery 10; Active@ KillDisk 8; Active@ UNDELETE 9; Active@ Disk Image 5.6; Added 64-bit Apps to perform faster and optimize RAM usage on x64 platforms; Memory testing option for the Boot Disk; Localized Boot Disk Creator (5 languages)Boot Disk Creator creates password protected boot disks and can pre-configure Network Settings (Static IP, etc..)Dual-boot functionality (DOS + Windows)  

1 month ago06-22 10:24 by FC Portables
Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 - a comprehensive solution for professional digital imaging, which contains the most advanced tools to work with images and new opportunities for creative ideas that can significantly improve performance. Edit images with exceptional accuracy, using new intuitive tools and workflows for creating three-dimensional graphics, two-dimensional projects, as well as movies.
Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 is part of the Creative Cloud. Therefore, it is available to users all the latest updates, and access to new versions available from the time of their release. Publishing capabilities in the cloud allow organize your files on multiple computers. Through integration with the Behance can share their projects with other users directly from the program Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 and receive instant feedback on their work from designers all over the world.Improvements Smart Objects: Save links to external files, automatically packing them in the same directory. It is also possible to convert existing embedded smart objects connected smart objects.Improved composition layers: Save time by working with layers, because now you can change the visibility, position, or display one layer, and then distribute the changes to all the other layers in the composition. In addition, you can view the attributes of each composition layers and switch between songs layers in the Smart Object.Motion blur filters: Use blur effect loop to add blur along any contour, as well as blur effect when rotating to create a circular or elliptical blur. Mechanism Mercury Playback Engine allows you to use all filters blur even faster.Mask areas of focus: Give Photoshop program start creating their own masks by automatically select focus areas in the image. This feature is perfect for portraits and other images with low depth of field, and the mechanism Mercury Graphics Engine provides fast processing of such images.Enhanced editing view of the contents:New technology implemented in the tools "Fill in view of the contents," "Moving Content-Aware" and "patch based on content", gently mix the field gradient fill (eg, sky), so you can achieve the most organic and realistic results.More efficient "fast" guides: Forget having to align multiple shapes or objects at a precise distance from each other on the workspace. Now the distance between objects can be viewed in pixels, for a more precise placement of content.Fonts for desktop computers in the library Typekit: Select the desired font library Typekit, synchronize them with your desktop computer and start working right away with them from the font menu in Photoshop. Photoshop can even automatically replace missing fonts in your documents.Search fonts: Perform search fonts by name and instantly browse your favorite.Advanced features three-dimensional printing: Now you can see exactly what places and how Photoshop corrected 3D-mesh, which facilitates the adjustment of the project applications in 3D-modeling of third-party vendors. Develop a more accurate visualization of their models before printing thanks to accurate representation of the preview (WYSIWYG). Use support a greater number of three-dimensional printers and service providers such printing.Improvements in Adobe Camera Raw 8: Thanks to improvements in this module improved accuracy of image restoration, eliminate perspective distortion and create vignettes. In addition, you have access to the interactive bar charts, preview the material before and after the changes, as well as to many other features.Improved support for working with pen in Windows 8.1 OS: Get comfortable and fast possibility of working with the pen device for Windows 8.1 and enjoy smoother brush strokes due to more frequent sampling.And much moreAlso includes support for very large files PNG; color coding tables 3D; new video formats, including Sony RAW and Canon RAW, and much more.  

1 month ago06-22 02:00 by FC Portables
Active@ Boot Disk is a bootable CD/DVD/USB disk that allows you to Boot up your computer and fix most startup and PC configuration problems. Active@ Boot Disk based on lightweight Windows 7 SP1 (WinPE 3.1) operating environment and contains disk image, data recovery, partition management, password resetting, data erasure, network access tools and system utilities. The trial version is available for free download and may be activated at anytime. Installation package contains all necessary tools to create bootable USB/CD/DVD media.
Active@ Boot Disk comes with a collection of powerful utilities, giving you the confidence to repair failed systems:• Active@ Disk ImageImaged-based data backup and restoration tool• Active@ File RecoveryDeleted data recovery software• Active@ Partition RecoveryLost partition recovery software• Active@ Hex EditorTool for editing disk in a binary format• Active@ Password ChangerWindows password resetting tool• Active@ KillDiskSecure data erasure and disk wiping software• PC Disk Partition ManagerAdd, edit, delete, format and manage the partitions in your computer• Active@ CD/DVD Data BurnerCD/DVD burning software
Key Features:
• Ability to start non-bootable PC for full access to it• Boot Disk media may be removed from the system after successfully booting the system• Start from a CD, DVD or USB flash drive (appropriate BIOS settings required)• Multi-boot or dual-boot functionality (DOS + Windows)• Anti-virus setup guide• Boot Disk has a user friendly interface• Boot Disk allows specifying boot settings• "Allows addition of drivers, scripts and other user files"• Recovery utilities recover deleted files, or recover data from deleted/damaged partitions• Ability to backup and restore data (Disk Image)• Creating, deleting and formatting partitions on hard disk drives, as well as most USB media• Recover deleted partitions by using either automated partition or via low-level HEX editor software• Utility for resetting your Windows user passwords including Administrator account• Supports: FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5, NTFS+EFS; advanced search of deleted files; all types of Flash Memory Cards; compressed, encrypted and fragmented files on NTFS, IDE / ATA / SCSI drives• DoD-compliant disk erasing & wiping of free space on PC disks• Securely erase data• Hard Disk Drive temperature and S.M.A.R.T attributes monitoring utility• Terminal client, Web browser, Telnet & FTP Clients, and other connectivity tools• Paint, Notepad, WordPad Calculator, Task Manager, Registry Editor, HEX editor and other PC tools• Disk Defragmenter provides high speed file optimizing to improve read/write operations from a hard disk• Network access via TCP/IP, network configurator• Ability to load additional drivers on-the-fly• Data CD/DVD burning capable• A File Manager (Xplorer) allows you to browse directories, search, copy and move files and folders  

1 month ago06-21 19:14 by FC Portables
Create optimized video for any screen size and resolution with Adobe Media Encoder CC, available only in Creative Cloud. Get the results you need with an intuitive interface, fast background encoding, and customizable presets. Creative Cloud includes the complete Adobe toolset for video editing, graphic design, and audio mixing, and for publishing content across browsers and devices.Broader output support
Adobe Media Encoder addresses Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects users with an easy-to-use integrated video encoder for their sequences and compositions. With Adobe Media Encoder, you can now export your projects into playable content on any screen you might think of due to its power and very potent features. Your videos can also be optimized now and resolution selection is just a breeze.Alongside these great set of profiles, Adobe Media Encoder also packs a very intuitive interface that can prove to be the perfect environment for creating your jobs queue. Upon each and every job you add to the queue, you can select from a plethora of profiles covering virtually any possibility and combination of size and resolution.NEW Automated Image ProcessingCreate a customized output of media, including watermarks and timecode overlays, as well as image processing, such as LUTs, when rendering new content.Background project renderingNEW GPU RenderingWork faster and take full advantage of your hardware with full GPU acceleration, now included in Adobe Media Encoder.Match Source SettingsCreate H.264 and MPEG-2 files faster. Automatically sync key properties with the Match Source Settings option to save time and get better exports. Tweak options like resolution and bandwidth while ensuring the integrity of attributes such as frames per second.Creative Cloud for teamsand much more ...System requirementsIntel Core2 Duo or AMD Phenom II processor with 64-bit supportMicrosoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit) or Windows 8 (64 bit) or Windows 8.1 (64 bit)4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)4 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)Additional disk space required for preview files and other working files (10 GB recommended)1280 x 800 display7200 RPM or faster hard drive (multiple fast disk drives configured for RAID 0 recommended)Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft Windows Driver ModelQuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime featuresOptional: Adobe-certifi ed GPU card for GPU-accelerated performance  

1 month ago06-21 02:02 by FC Portables
Web Creator Pro is an interesting authoring software which offers you advanced visual effects with no programming or plug-in necessary. Get access to impressive graphic creativity without sacrificing ease of use and efficiency, thanks to the intuitive interface and built-in tools. Anyone can create pages rich in interactivity with the event/action sentence feature.Among the new features, the page tab allows for an easier page management, while the elements tab offers a unique and powerful layering technology. Property grids allow you to set properties of chosen elements and see results directly (no dialog box). This version includes a library of templates to choose from and customize by matching the colors to your subject, image or logo with the sampling tool. Add visual effects easily with the built-in tools: frames, partial transparency, light spots, drop shadows+.Get results worthy of graphic designers with the new button and menu generators: set transparency, overlay... Create forms and password controlled areas to collect information and interact with your visitors. Insert Flash Animations, Insert and edit HTML and javascript. Includes a fully revised help and tutorial. Get a professional result in these few simple steps.· Choose templates from a library rich with thousands of sites and pages with themes including industry, commerce and service sectors. · Group elements on a same level with the unique layering tool to move or act on many elements with a single command. · Insert elements: Images, logos, animations. · Customize your template to match the colour of your logo or any image with the color picker sampling tool. · Add rich visual effects (transparency, drop shadow, frames...) right from the image library. · Go online: easy with the integrated transfer module and page weight analysis, one click publish and incremental uploading  

1 month ago06-21 02:01 by FC Portables
PhotoMatix is a program that photographers can use to solve a perplexing problem. The problem is shooting good photos where there is a wide variation in contrast within a scene. For example, in a situation where you want to take a photo of a tall building with the sun high up in the sky in the background and a shadow in the foreground, the problem is that there’s no way to set the camera’s exposure controls to expose all the regions in the scene properly in a single shot. In a situation like that, if you set your camera’s exposure controls to properly expose the building, the background will be washed out, but if you set the camera to expose the background properly, the building will be too dark, as will the foreground. Photomatix Pro features listMerge of bracketed photos into HDR (High Dynamic Range)Option for automatic image alignment of hand-held shots. Two alignment methods are available, the "by matching features" method corrects for translation, rotation, scaling and perspective distortion.Selective deghosting tool for effective removal of "ghosts" in dynamic scenes: users can select ghosted regions with a lasso tool, and change the preferred image taken for each selected region. An option for automatic ghost removal is also available..Option for automatic reduction of chromatic aberrations.Option for automatic reduction of noise.Reading of exposure information from Exif data.Source images can be either 8 bits/channel or 16 bits/channel images, or Raw/DNG files. In the case of Raw files, White Balance and output color space can be adjusted.
HDR image adjustments with Tone Mapping and Exposure FusionTwo methods for Tone Mapping: Details Enhancer, based on a local operator, and Tone Compressor, based on a global operator.Four methods for Exposure Fusion: Fusion/Natural, Fusion/Intensive, Fusion/Auto, and Fusion/2 imagesAdditional Exposure Fusion method accessible only in batch mode: Fusion/Realistic is designed to produce natural-looking rendering of interiors with bright windows.Tone Mapping methods may be applied to single image.Dialog with preview for adjusting the following settings:Details Enhancer: Strength, Color Saturation, Luminosity, Detail Contrast, Lighting Adjustments, Smooth Highlights, Gamma, Black and White Points, Color Temperature, Saturation Highlights, Saturation Shadows, Micro-smoothing, Shadows Smoothness and Shadows Clipping. Tone Compressor: Brightness, Tonal Range Compression, Contrast Adaptation, Black and White Point, Color Temperature and Color Saturation. Fusion/Natural: Strength, Blending Point, Shadows, Local Contrast, Saturation, Black and White Point, Midtones Adjustments. Fusion/Intensive: Strength, Radius, Saturation.Settings can be saved as Presets for quick access, or saved to and loaded from XMP filesPreset thumbnails panel: built-in and user presets for tone mapping and fusion show as thumbnails in a panel alongside the preview. Thumbnails may be viewed at a larger size and in two columns. Panel may be set in horizontal orientation.Finishing Touch: once an image has been processed with tone mapping a fusion, the Finishing Touch panel lets user increase the contrast of the image, sharpen it and adjust the saturation of individual colors.Ability to select a region on the Tone Mapping/Fusion preview and replace it with a source photo. Three lasso tools are offered for the selection and "Attach to Edges" button automatically adjusts the selection to follow the nearest edges.Loupe to get a crop at 100% resolution.Option for different preview ratios and magnificationUndo and redo buttons for the settings done.Luminance and per color channel histogram.Output image is in 16 bits/channel mode, with the option to save it as 8 bits/channel jpeg or tiff, if desired"360 degree image" option for equirectangular image set to be viewed in a 360 degree panorama viewer.Tone Mapping can be undone.32-bit HDR image supportHDR Viewer shows local 32-bit HDR image data at the appropriate exposureDisplay of HDR Histogram (logarithmic)Read and Write support for Radiance RGBE (.hdr), OpenEXR (.exr) and Floating Point TIFF. Read support for 32-bit PSD and PSB.Ability to batch tone map single HDR files in Radiance or OpenEXR file formats.Function to tone map large Radiance files while benefiting from a preview.Automatic Batch ProcessingAutomatically loads and processes images of the specified input location, and saves resulting images to the specified output locationWorks for HDR generation, Tone Mapping and exposure fusionAdvanced selection options: automatic detection of bracketed photos and ability to process a sub-set of each bracketed set.Strip processing option to generate an HDR image from large TIFF files without exceeding available RAM.Ability to set the Exposure Value spacing for HDR image generationProcesses all sets of bracketed images stored under a given folder (number of bracketed images in each set specified by user before running the batch)Ability to process all sub-folders of a given folder, combining all image files stored under each sub-folderOptions for naming the the resulting image files, reducing the size of the output images and adding contrast and sharpening.GeneralSupport of the following image file formats: JPEG (read & write), TIFF 24-bit, 48-bit and Floating Point (read & write), Radiance RGBE (read & write), OpenEXR (read & write), PNG (Mac version: read & write), PSD (read only) Raw files (read only)Ability to tag saved image with keywordViewing of tone mapping or fusion settings embedded in processed image.Option to customise default filename.Basic image operation toolsCropping (also works with HDR images)Resizing (also works with HDR images)Rotating (also works with HDR images)Remapping of mirror ball (also works with HDR images)Finishing Touch: adjustments for contrast, sharpening and saturation of individual colors.Multi-threading support for tone mapping: complete multi-threading for Tone Compressor method and partial for Details Enhancer method. The maximum number of cores used can be adjusted in Preferences.Color managed HDR workflow: passing trough of ICC color profile from the source to the processed image, and color managed display.Includes Lightroom Export Plugin to Photomatix ProHDR processing settings are selected directly in the Lightroom plug-inOption to automatically save the resulting tone mapped or fused image and re-import it into the Lightroom library  

1 month ago06-21 02:00 by FC Portables
Maxidix Wifi Suite is a unique and easy to use software that gives you a full control over Wi-Fi connections and provides a set of useful extra features. Wifi Suite key features: Automatic connections to ad hoc networks. Since Windows Vista, it is impossible to connect to ad hoc networks or form a new ad hoc networks automatically. This means that if you have 2 or more computers at home and want to keep them connected to each other, then you have to use Wireless Access Point (WAP). Using Wifi Suite your computer will be able to connect to and form ad hoc networks automatically without the need to use WAP. Plenty and accuracy of information. Wifi Suite gives you all the information available about Wi-Fi interface, networks and network profiles. Network signal quality with percentage accuracy. More than 80 characteristics of Wi-Fi connections, including characteristics of each radio station at each network.. Import and Export network profiles.With Maxidix Wifi Suite you will be able to export your Wi-Fi profiles and save them for further use. For example, you can backup and then restore access to known networks after the OS have been reinstalled.  Geolocation.Maxidix Wifi Suite allows you to detect your current location using the information provided by the surrounding Wi-Fi networks. Wifi Suite gathers MAC addresses and signal strengths from the nearby networks and detects your location using Google Geolocation Service, so you can start browsing the map from the place where you are actually located.  Fast Connect.When Windows connects to a wireless network, it updates the network information at least twice: at first before authentication and then after each try to establish connection using the network key. Such a behaviour significantly increases connection time. To speed up connection process, Maxidix Wifi Suite uses another algorithm: it obtains all the required information only once at the time of scanning for networks. This allows Wifi Suite to connect to network up to 6 times faster, especially on connecting to new networks.  Network statistics.Network activity monitor and network connections monitor gives you the information about all the processes that uses your Wi-Fi connection and your Internet traffic.  Changes in Maxidix Wifi Suite 11.11.8 Build 71 - improved the interface - connected network at the Networks tab is highlighted - active IP Profiles is highlighted, making it easier to find out which IP-settings are currently set for each network adapter - improved the network searching algorithm - improved the network connection algorithm - added ability to sort and filter the found networks - IP Profiles feature improved in speed - fixed a bug in the Connections monitor arising in the event of closure of the monitored process - other small fixes  

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  

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