Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Simple animated screen captures using LICEcap

Simple Animated Screen Captures:  LICEcap

LICEcap can capture an area of your desktop and save it directly to .GIF (for viewing in web browsers, etc) or .LCF (see below). 

LICEcap is an intuitive but flexible application (for Windows and now OSX), that is designed to be lightweight and function with high performance.

LICEcap is GPL free software, each download package includes the source. 

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Sunday, October 04, 2015

ShareX - Screen grabber, snipper, recorder, screen caster, uploader

ShareX is an open source program that lets you take screenshots or screencasts of any selected area with a single key, save them in your clipboard, hard disk or instantly upload them to over 40 different file hosting services. In addition to taking screenshots, it can upload images, text files and all other different file types.

Additional Tools

Additional tools to make certain tasks more efficient.
  • Color picker: Allows you to select color from color box or screen and provide values of RGB, Hue, Saturation and Brightness from selected color.
  • Screen color picker: As the name suggests, allows you to retrieve the color from anywhere on the screen and copies it to clipboard.
  • Image editor: Based on Greenshot image editor. It offers functions such as ability to add annotations, highlighting or obfuscations to the screenshot. It allows to draw basic shapes (rectangles, ellipses, lines, arrows and freehand) and add text to a screenshot.
  • Image effects: Allows to apply over 37 different image effects with their own settings to image. Edited images can be saved in PNG or other formats.
  • Hash check: Allows you to check/compare file hash values.
  • IRC client
  • DNS changer: Allows you to quickly change computer DNS settings with popular DNS servers such as Google DNS.
  • QR code: Open QR code window which you can enter text to get QR code of it. You can copy QR code image to your clipboard or save as file.
  • Ruler: Allows you to get X, Y, width, height, distance and angle information on screen.
  • Automate: Allows you to write simple script to automate mouse and keyboard commands.
  • Index folder: Allows you to share the index of a folder contents by uploading the index of the selected folder as text, html or xml.
  • Image combiner
  • Video thumbnailer
  • FTP client: Opens a basic FTP client you interface for the currently configured FTP account.
  • Tweet message: Allows you to post message to Twitter.
  • Monitor test: Allows you to render different colors on the screen which provides you the opportunity to test for bleeding and dead pixels on LCD monitors.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Whonix: Anonymous General Purpose Operating System

Whonix is an anonymous general purpose operating system based on Virtual Box, Debian GNU/Linux and Tor. By Whonix design, IP and DNS leaks are impossible. Not even malware with root rights can find out the user's real IP/location.
This is because Whonix consists of two (virtual) machines. One machine solely runs Tor and acts as a gateway, which we call Whonix-Gateway. The other machine, which we call Whonix-Workstation, is on a completely isolated network. Only connections through Tor are possible.
This is only a very brief introduction. See Documentation and/or Technical Design for a more comprehensive description, security features and threat model. To find out how secure/anonymous Whonix is, see Security Overview.
Whonix is produced independently from the Tor® anonymity software and carries no guarantee from The Tor Project about quality, suitability or anything else.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Saladin: Open-Source, Dual-Pane File Manager With Focus On Convenience


Saladin: Open-Source, Dual-Pane File Manager With Focus On Convenience:
File Managers come in all shapes and sizes, and we’ve already covered quite a lot of them for our readers, including Double Commander, Bru File Manager, and Multi Commander, just to name a few. Saladin is another file manager with a dual-pane interface to let you easily manage your files and transfer them between different directories without having to open two Explorer windows. Saladin also has a host of other features such as Windows Shell integration, built-in file viewer, file archiving, FTP etc. Read on for details.

Saladin’s interface is pretty much what you’d expect from any dual-pane file manager. It contains buttons for almost every supported feature at the top in a ribbon-like interface, allowing you to quickly access them but at the same time making things a bit cluttered. As mentioned earlier, you can open multiple directories side by side in the two available panes. The navigation bar at the top of each pane lets you independantly navigate its contents.
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The navigation bar also houses buttons for easily switching between your disk drives. You can also move to parent, previous or root folders in the focus pane using the arrow buttons in the right edge.
The View section of the top toolbar allows to toggle hidden files, open the same folder in both panes, or simply swap the panes. Apart from simple copy and move operations, you can click the drop down arrow next to both these options and select further commands including copy/move to target directory and clone/rename in source directory. The select mask and its related buttons come in handy to quickly select or deselect all items. The right part of the toolbar contains buttons for some more features. For instance, clicking Open Console launches the Command Prompt in the selected folder, Pack lets you archive a ZIP file, Show Size displays the disk space allocated by the selected item, and Search allows to look for a particular file within the target directory.
The Pack To ZIP feature is fairly handy to compress and archive your desired file with a single click, though the application doesn’t give any option to configure compression ratio or other parameters.
During testing, we weren’t able to find the integrated viewer for text and image files that the developer has advertised on Saladin’s webpage. Other than that, it’s a versatile, user-friendly file manager that works exactly as it is supposed to. The application works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 8.
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Monday, July 19, 2010

The writer's editor - TextRoom

TextRoom is a writer's editor for distraction free writing and editing.

TextRoom is a free (as in freedom and free beer) full screen text editor developed especially with writers in mind. TextRoom and all other similar editors share one goal: to get you writing right away by providing distraction free environment to your liking, as well as familiar set of keyboard shortcuts to control its behavior. If you don't feel comfortable already with your editor of choice, you may find it useful.

The list of features is long and some of them are:
  • basic rich text editing: bold, italic, underline, and changing font, font size and color
  • configurable statusbar colors and fonts
  • configurable editor width and height
  • configurable behavior: full-screen on/off, auto save, flow mode (disable delete and backspace keys), load last document on startup, remember position in text for the last file
  • insert current time and/or date in a configurable fashion
  • live word count for all text and selected text
  • live character count option
  • configurable page count option
  • live clock on statusbar
  • targets: setting deadline from a graphical calendar
  • targets: setting a target word count
  • targets: setting short deadlines to write in minutes
  • keyboard shortcuts for the most common tasks (if you start the program for the first time, just press F1 for help)
  • typing sounds similar to a typewriter which can be disabled
  • cross-platform, TextRoom has a Windows installer now and it's possible to compile on Mac too.
  • Spellcheck with hunspell (US English and Turkish, for now.).
  • Universal Linux installer.
  • Printing support.
  • Background images.
  • Transparent statusbar.
  • File association with .txr files.
  • Restoring all settings to defaults.
  • Plain text only or rich text options.
  • Scratchpad.
  • Line indent.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Free Open Source Screen Recording Software - CamStudio

CamStudioImage via Wikipedia
CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs).

One significant use would be to capture web based trainings which cannot be saved and are available only for a short period of time.
Its definitely not fancy, with lots of features but will work well for easy screen recording.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Tata Consultancy Services Embraces OpenOffice

OpenOffice.Image via Wikipedia
During a recent call with some folks at Bhubaneshwar, I was amazed to find them using OpenOffice for editing their word documents. Not that they enjoy that, but TCS seems to have replaced Microsoft Office completely with OpenOffice in that particular location.

I am not sure if given a choice they will start using Thunderbird, but Lotus Notes still is the favourite with TCS.

Mentioning about OpenOffice, there seems to be a much leaner and faster fork called Go-OO. I have not personally tried Go-OO but will do that shortly.

Going open source proves once again that where there is a will to save, there is always a open source app.

Speaking of which TCS has tried to contribute to the open source world in its own way. Check out the WANEM and Jensor projects in SourceForge.

Other organizations can take a few pages out of TCS' experiences and try replacing some expensive applications with its open source counterparts.

Way to go TCS!

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Friday, April 03, 2009

Add and Edit Subtitles with Jubler

I was interested in watching a Telugu movie which is a language I don't understand, but I wanted to because of the actress! Well Andy (Anandakrishna B) suggested he would translate the dialogues into english subtitles for me, but only if I could provide him a software which would help him in doing that. Now Andy is a very helpful and nice guy to do that for me, but that does not mean he does not appreciate working with a software which will not bog him down and has a short learning curve.

We would not have needed his help had the subtitle been packaged and put up online somewhere (usually And neither would we have read this post. So here I went hunting for one of the simplest and easiest and above all open source subtitle editor for videos or movies.

It was on this worthwhile quest that I found Jubler. A very simple, innocuous looking application, which at first glance might not look too useful. Truth is that like the rest of the apps I try without reading its faq or help, I was not able to figure out a few of the options which Andy said he needs to have to be able to use it. But a quick read of the simple FAQ answered all my doubts and was enough for me to start adding and editing subtitles.

Jubler lets you add subtitles section by section of the movie. Lets you slide and sort the subtitles around the movie and also offset them if required. We can hear the dialogues and even play the movie while adding or editing the subtitles. Jubler, needs the mplayer video player to be also installed in your system to play the video. Mplayer luckily is open source and pretty famous as VLC. Its not mandatory that you have to have mplayer installed, cause you get to hear the audio track of the movie in Jubler itself and the start and end of a subtitle section is identified with snapshots of the section being edited.

Well Andy has got his app but when is he going to add the subtitles? That is something we will have to wait for, hopefully not long! Till then happy movie watching and happier and quick subtitle editing with Jubler.
Update: Andy has got me the subtitle and is so proficient with Jubler, he has plans for adding subtitles to many more movies. Thanks to Jubler he is a happy subtitle editor and me a happy audience for his movie collection!

Friday, February 06, 2009

How to "scrape" images from html page/websites

Mozilla FirefoxImage via Wikipedia

This problem first came up as a question in which I had answered there. But recently it cropped up again while a friend of mine was trying to extract the images from a site. This could be helpful when we are trying to download pictures from albums hosted on sites which don't have a download option.

The best way would be to start using FireFox.
And then use any of the following addons/extensions.
Listed below are few of the open source options to achieve the same.
1. Video DownloadHelper
2. FlashGot
3. BatchDownload
4. Image Download

You could even try HTTrack with some changes to extract only the pictures from the downloaded offline webiste.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Touchfreeze - Freeze Laptop Touchpad While Typing

Touchpad and a pointing stick on an IBM LaptopImage via Wikipedia

Annoyed when you are typing a document and accidentally the palm of your hand brushes the touchpad, changing the position of the cursor in your document or accidentally clicking on an option. TouchFreeze is a simple utility for Windows NT/2000/XP that solves this problem. It automatically disables touchpad while you are typing text. Like syndaemon on x-windows.

I had numerous instances when while typing on my laptop my palm or the stray finger brushes on the touchpad and moves the cursor or clicks a different location of the screen. This can easily become a irritating nag for people like me who use a usual keyboard at work and the laptop at home or outside. That was when I found Touchfreeze. As its name suggest Touchfreeze will freeze or disable the system touchpad only when we are typing or using the keyboard.

This app is hosted on Google Code. In case you would like to search for some interesting open source options try searching for your application here. Sourceforge is still my first preference and continues to host some of the best open source apps.

This app has been released under the GNUGPL and the source is available.

For a spam and ad free clean system move to Open Source applications.

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