Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Mouse Gestures for Internet Explorer

This might look a bit out of place here cause even though we may have the source its not under any known (GNU/GPL...) open source licenses. The author of this program has nonetheless made available the entire source code repository of this application for the general public. He has also gone all the way to discuss and explain his code in detail.

This is one killer app which I am sure anyone would love to have. After having tried Firefox and Opera how much have I missed mouse gestures in IE(Internet Explorer)! But with this useful application I have been able to enable mouse gestures and start using them all over IE. Definitely worth a try.

Yes this is a genuine Windows only app! ;) And will work only in Windows IE.

The code, executable and article are also available at the codeproject.com site.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

IMGV

IMGV is a powerful, free and open source, Image Viewer that tries to do what other image viewers cannot. It can run on most versions of Microsoft Windows and Unix systems (Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and others)

Written completely in Python it's amazingly versatile.
It can run on Windows, OS X, Linux, BSD, and more.

The project was started in 2001 by Ryan Kulla.

This reminds me of a very old image viewer I used to use when we had MS-DOS. I tried it out and its very nifty and neat. Wonder now when we have so much of the GUI (Graphical User Interface ) thrown onto us how did the developer come up with something like this which looks so simple and uncluttered. Well its small and best of all displays your images fast.
Supported Files: JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, TGA, PPM, PNM, PBM, PGM, XPM, XCF, LBM, IFF, MPEG
MPEG support means you can watch video (movies in this format) too. And if you really want all those options which you think is needed other than just displaying the images then a right click is to be clicked ;)

I had mentioned about Cornice before and yes you may compare them both. I still will like IMGV! (Wonder what IMGV stands for?)

Friday, March 17, 2006

TestDisk

TestDisk is a powerful data recovery utility! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally erasing your Partition Table).

A very handy and simple tool - TestDisk has features for both novices and experts. For those who know little or nothing about data recovery techniques, TestDisk can be used to collect detailed information about a non-booting drive which can then be sent to a tech for further analysis. Those more familiar with such procedures should find TestDisk a handy tool in performing onsite recovery.

I can assure you of its simplicity. It is very simple to use this software and that is what I liked most about it. It does what its supposed to do and best of all without knowing too much about how it does. I tested it with a 1GB USB drive containing picture files (all I GB of it). I had deleted the files and was still able to get them all back safe and sound once I ran TestDisk. It has versions for quite a few of the operating systems so it should not be difficult to find a copy of it for your platform.

TestDisk is OpenSource software and is licensed under the GNU Public License.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Krut Computer Recorder

A computer recorder. Record audio and video from your computer screen into .mov-files and .wav-files. Can be used to e.g. make instructional videos or record games. Could also be used to record streaming video and audio.
Screenshots here.

I had mentioned about a screen recorder for windows vnc2swf-screen-recorder in a previous post. Well the obvious difference is that the vnc2swf saves the recording in swf (flash) format whereas Krut in .mov and .wav files. Some uses may include ripping streaming video in any format as long as it is getting displayed on the screen and to prepare a instructional video for some presentation. A very plus for Krut would be that it does not require installation of any other software or setting up some other application to do its work. Moreover it is platform independent - which basically means we could take the same code/application and run it without any modification on any operating system (be it Linux or Windows). Haven't done a thorough use or analysis of this application yet but should be useful. So if someone finds something more do post a comment.