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August 6 2012 2 06 /08 /August /2012 11:50

No matbug-keyboard460.jpgter what you may have heard, there is not a single operating system out there that’s impervious to viruses. Windows has statistically seen the most malware cases in the past, but that’s merely because hackers and malicious coders aim for the largest possible demographic. Now that Apple computers are becoming immensely popular and the Linux operating system is becoming more intuitive for beginners, it’s more important than ever to be proactive about virus protection and to know what to do when you do get a virus, no matter what OS you're working with. This guide will help you get set up with everything you need to stay bulletproof — and provide you with a rebuttal for Apple fanboy smugness.




Windows has seen many years of battle with the world’s most famous and most dangerous viruses. The gift of customization comes with the curse of exploitability. But fortunately, several great malware fighters have come out of its scarred past capable of taking down even the toughest rootkits.


Malwarebytes is arguably the most powerful and all-encompassing virus killer to date. The basic version is completely free and will kill any viruses it finds, which comes with an option to upgrade to a professional version with proactive protection. Its real strength is retroactive protection, however, as it can identify any popular virus from its daily update library and bring a computer back from the edge of doom.


AVG is the crowd favorite for proactive virus protection. AVG will scan all of the files you download before you open them automatically, and it runs scheduled scans on your computer in the background in case it missed anything the first time. It will even detect when you sit down at your computer and free up some memory if it’s in the middle of a scan.


Spybot, next to Malwarebytes, is the other widely used program for cleaning computers in the IT industry. It focuses on annoying pop-ups and malicious cookies in your web surfing, making the perfect web counterpart to your other virus cleaning software.


Sometimes, viruses can infect base system files, or house themselves in computer memory outside of the hard drive, preventing retroactive virus killers from accessing them. That’s where Kaspersky’s TDSSKiller comes in. It will search all currently running programs for rootkits and stop them, so you can begin healing your computer without interference.


Although OS X is a fairly new defender in the virus war, there are an amalgam of cleaning softwares out already on Apple’s App Store, and very few of them come cheap. Thankfully, there are some that will keep your computer protected from hackers and evil scripts, and they won’t cost you an arm and a leg.


ClamXav is an open source virus cleaning program for Mac OS X based on the ClamAV software for Linux. It updates itself automatically with new virus definitions daily, and will retroactively and recursively scan your computer to make sure there are no bad bugs.


Avast, one of the more popular proactive virus applications for Windows has also found its way onto Mac OS X and earned itself an official recommendation from the folks in Cupertino. Simply install it and let it run in the background, and it will scan your downloads and make sure there isn’t anything shady going on behind the scenes of your Mac.


Linux, as a secure and advanced operating system, is generally safe from risk. Still, one of the most popular multi-platform virus killers originated on Linux, and one can never be too careful.


ClamAV is by far the most popular choice for Linux virus protection to date. It’s even located in the official base repositories of most Debian-based distros, so if you’re running Ubuntu, Linux Mint or one of the several others, you can simply run <sudo apt-get install clamav> in the terminal to install the package on your machine. If you’re a Terminal junkie, you can even use the command <freshclam> after installation to manually update the virus definitions from the main Clam server.

Additional Tips

In addition to keeping your malware-killing arsenal well stocked, it’s important to be safe when browsing the web, and know what to look for when your gut tells you you’re in a shady place. Stay away from 23KB movie downloads, albums that haven’t been released yet, and surprise e-mails from your secret crush. Keeping your wits about you in tandem with proactive virus protection can eliminate the problem before it even has a chance to take hold.


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August 3 2012 6 03 /08 /August /2012 08:21

video recorderIf you often surf the Internet and software forums, there will always dozens of questions about "how to record my screen" or "What's the best screen recorders". Screen recording software is one kind of applications which allows people to record what they see on their computer screen and save as video files. Some programs also provide further video editing objects like callout, zoom-in, panning and animation.

At first appearance, the screen recording software are generally similar to each others. In fact, every desktop screen recorder has its highlights and it may just focus on specific group of users. Here we sort all of them into three major parts and give a general introduction for each one, so you wouldn't get a headache when choosing the application you really need. 

For desktop tutorial and website presentation

The end users in the fields of design or online marketing often get strictly high requirement on what they want to demonstrate or distribute in video. They want screen recorder to record every tiny action on the screen, or add special effects to decorate their advertisements and promotion videos. And they can pick up the professional screen recorders.

There're also large groups of users from colleges and minor companies. They want to create how-to tutorials and website demos based on desktop, or make video for employee training and product presentation, so the video editing features are essential since it will be much easier to for audiences to catch up with. Many programs in this part allow users to generate videos in Flash-based file so it's small and easy to publish on the website.

- Who need it: Art designer, software developer, online marketing businessmen, enterprise employers and teachers.
- Software Recommend:
Camtasia: It offers the most professional and HD screen recording videos, but users might pay a dear cost and more time to master it.
DemoCreator: It's an economical yet powerful tool for most people. However, the Flash-based recording tech limits the range of its use.

For videogames and entertainment

Here are two kinds of people taking up a large percentage of screen recording users. One is video gamers who like to record gameplay and upload to video sharing sites like YouTube, and another is eager to record movies which can't be download directly from video sharing sites. Gameplay and movies contain more animation frames and require higher computer hardware to play smoothly, so some specifical recording tools are active in this area.

- Software Recommend: Any Video Recorder
- Who need it: video gamers, movie fans and song fans.
- Pros and Cons: It can reproduce the whole process of gameplay and movies, however, if you want to do further video editing, some other video editing tools are essential.


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For quick publish and fun

The web-based screen recorder is the latest screencasting technology compared with the first three sorts. People can directly start their video making once opening the website, so they don't need to install anything. It becomes quite popular for another reason: you can publish your video to your local disk or Web space immediately when you finish it.

- Software Recommend: ScreenToaster
- Who need it: people who make web presentation, for fun and so on.
- Pros and Cons: The rapid video release do take a big advantage among all kinds of screen recording software, but web-based apps rarely have editing features.



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August 2 2012 5 02 /08 /August /2012 09:53

There's been so much rumor-hawking and speculation the past few weeks that whether you're ready or not, we're squarely in the middle of iPhone season. So here's a quick rundown of everything we think we know about Apple's next iPhone.


We think we have a pretty good idea of what the new iPhone will look like; we've been seeing leaked parts for months now, and recently that has moved up to fully assembled phones, and possibly a whole phone smuggled out of a plant.

The phone will reportedly be a unibody design, with a two-tone back, and come in both black and white.


First and most obviously, the display is probably going to be four inches, and 16:9. We've heard this again and again, and iMore's report today suggests that's the configuration that Apple's locked into.

On a technical level, though, the iPhone is probably going to use Sharp's IGZO display technology. IGZO screens are thinner, because they use smaller transistors, allowing more light to pass through. That means they use fewer LEDs, and therefore take up less space and consume less power.

iOS 6

We all know that the next iPhone will come with iOS 6. And we've learned a good deal about Apple's next mobile OS, too, since it was announced at WWDC in June. It will feature Apple's own mapping system, as well as some pretty cool new features like Passbook.

Traditionally, we get an early look at the new iOS during WWDC, and then get the full dose of it when the new iPhone comes out. This year, if reports are to be believed, we'll also be getting an iPad Mini at the same time, so there could be some differences across devices. But we'll absolutely have the final versions of all the new features.

Apple's Next iPhone: The Complete Rumor Roundup


All signs point to the new iPhone having a smaller dock connector. Like the move to MagSafe 2 adapters, the reported new 19-pin dock connector is a necessity. And it has been for two years, at least, when the iPod Touch reached critical thinness mass.

And if you're really that upset about all of your peripherals, dollars to dock connectors says there will be some kind of converter—like with the MagSafe. It might even be compatible with micro USB (though almost definitely not, in all likelihood).

There's also word coming from iLounge today that the new dock connector will be an insanely small 8 pins, but that seems unlikely because each pin has a separate function, and 8 would limit the functionality of the connector.


It would be hugely surprising if the new iPhone doesn't have 4G LTE. Not only because of the necessity of keeping up with Android and even Windows Phone, but because Apple has been reportedly installing LTE equipment in its stores since last year.

Battery life is also a factor. The IGZO screen's low power consumption, as well as the extra space in the body afforded by the longer, thinner screen, would allow for the iPhone to have a big, long-lasting battery. That's important.

Until now, one of the main reasons Apple hasn't pulled the trigger on LTE is that the hyperspeed connections would have drained the iPhone's battery too quickly. Apple has always prized batter life in its devices, and there was no was it was going to ship an LTE iPhone that couldn't last a whole day on one charge.


There have been some rumors about the new iPhone having NFC, but at this point, they seem like a bit of a long shot. Passbook in iOS 6 seems like a natural fit for NFC.

Thing is, no one's really drooling over NFC right now. Not like they are for LTE speeds. Apple probably has the muscle to push its own NFC venture through the carriers, unlike Google Wallet. But while it makes perfect sense to pair a mobile payment system like Passbook with NFC, if demand isn't there, there's not much reason to stick its nose in the fire. Even Apple's WWDC announcement of Passbook made it seem like we'd be without NFC for a while.

Apple's Next iPhone: The Complete Rumor Roundup

Release Date

As of today, the best idea we have is that report from iMore that the iPhone will be announced alongside a new iPad Mini on September 12th, and released on the 21st. It would be about a month earlier than the presumed October announcement and release, which would have been a year after the 4S. But it also makes sense, since the iPhone 4S has lost a lot of momentum the past few months, since everyone's already talking about its successor.


It's easier to call it the "iPhone 5," but it also doesn't make any sense; this will be Apple's sixth handset, after all. What's far more likely is that Apple will ditch the numerical naming convention like it did this year with the iPad. Your next iPhone will just be the iPhone.


Of course, this could all be totally wrong. As we saw from the cache of iPhone prototypes last week, Apple works on multiple designs at once. So while it seems unlikely, the final released design could be totally different from what we've been seeing for the past several months. But it's way more likely that this is the iPhone that's going to land in our laps in about seven weeks.



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July 31 2012 3 31 /07 /July /2012 05:43

Apple’s computing infrastructure has long been aimed at the creative professional, with emphasis on photo and video editing featuring prominently in marketing material past and present. The only problem with this is that industry-leading software like Adobe Premier, After Effects and Apple’s own Final Cut series isn’t cheap.

In fact, it’s very expensive. If you’re already out of pocket from purchasing a rather expensive Mac then you’ll likely want some financial relief in the form of free software. While nothing is going to match the premium might of Adobe and Apple’s in-house software, there are a few free video editing applications to sink your teeth into.


If you’ve just bought your first Mac then you might not have realised that it already comes with a basic video editor called iMovie. This is Apple’s own software and comes as part of the iLife suite. While you won’t necessarily be cutting up the next Hollywood blockbuster using iMovie, it’s a capable video editor for small projects.

free video editing software

For personal use, iMovie offers an easy introduction to video editing with support for face recognition, themes, easy to use effects, a simplistic timeline view and built in sounds and animations. It will leave you hungry for more if you’re after a powerful video editing solution, but then again you’ll be hard pressed to find an easier way to bring your moving images together into one professional looking production.


At the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of user friendliness and raw power is Blender, an application usually associated with 3D modelling and compositing that’s been used in some pretty high profile productions.

free video editor

We’ve written about Blender before at MakeUseOf, though with a focus on the 3D modelling aspect with only a brief mention of Blender’s potential as a non-linear video editor. The open source powerhouse might take some getting used to but with a few tutorials and some practice you’ll be surprised at what you can achieve. Here is an excellent site with a heap of tutorials for those getting started with Blender.


Better known for its compatibility with Linux (of which it’s one of the better video editors), Kdenlive plays nicely on OS X thanks to the help of MacPorts. The project is very much alive, with a March 2012 donation drive exceeding expectations allowing the developer to work on the project for two solid months.

free video editor

The community managed to raise over $7,000 and that’s bound to help Kdenlive reach version 1.0 in the near future (as of writing the most recent release is 0.9.2 released in May 2012). While there are a lack of features found in the big commercial suites, Kdenlive is a straightforward and functional non-linear editor with plenty of friendly folks on the forum to help you out if you get stuck.

Jahshaka (CineFX)

Jahshaka was previously known as CineFX and is aimed at being an editor, effects and compositing engine that runs cross-platform over Mac, Linux and Windows. It is probably best compared to Adobe After Effects in its aspirations, though there has been a long time between version 2.0 and the long-awaited version 3.0 leading some to question the project’s future.

free video editor

There is clearly still a lot of work to be done but it’s nice to see a truly open source cross-platform stab at a market dominated by Adobe. There seem to be quite a few users hungry for a new version judging by the comments left on news items, which hopefully will spur developers to deliver the update sometime this year.

VideoLan Movie Creator (VLC Project Page)

Still in the early stages of development, VideoLan Movie Creator (VLMC) is a non-linear editor based on the daddy of all media players, VLC. I’m not entirely sure whether the project is still actually alive, though according to the minus project page the last unstable release was nearly a year ago and the latest version is nearly 2 years late according to the roadmap.

free video editing

Not to worry, because it’s free and potentially very promising indeed. If you’re scratching your head at the mention of VLC then you might want to familiarise yourself with the world’s best media player.


Finally another oft-listed Linux variant is Avidemux, though it’s basic in nature and not that up to date it works well for simple editing tasks and supports a wide variety of input and output formats. The interface could do with an update, but as a simple editing tool Avidemux does the job.

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Personally I’d rather use iMovie, though I’m not going to even consider comparing the two as they’re entirely different beasts right down to the licensing.

One To Watch: Lightworks

Lightworks is a professional video editing suite that went open source in 2010, offering a free version alongside a paid Pro version for those who need a little bit more. So far only a Windows version of Lightworks has surfaced, though the software has a rich heritage spanning more than 20 years.

free video editing software

With the Windows version of Lightworks moving along at a steady pace, Linux support won’t be far off. Once this is done the developers will begin working on the Mac version, though don’t expect too much in terms of stability for a while yet. Lightworks isn’t Mac compatible just yet though you might want to check out the website to see what’s in store for the future.


Judging by this list, the reputation that Apple’s desktop and laptop computers have earned as all-in-one video editing stations has a lot to do with the extra commercial software required to achieve results. With all the money, time and development resources the respective companies have to throw at their video products, it’s no wonder.

That said, iMovie is free (though proprietary), Blender is open source, powerful (though complex) and the rest provide some free and open source alternatives that will never quite match the might of Adobe or Apple. Hopefully once Lightworks for Mac drops there will be a free solution that’s accessible, powerful, and fairly cheap for those wanting extra professional features.


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OS X Mountain Lion has made over 200 small changes, a few of them were bound to be awesome. Here are our top ten favorites.

10. Encrypted Time Machine Backups

Top 10 Secret Features of OS X Mountain Lion

Time Machine is a great, simple backup service that's been a part of OS X for a few years now. One of the primary complaints, however, is its lack of options. While Mountain Lion didn't bring a ton of configurability—and Apple is unlikely to add too many options in favor of simplicity—it did bring encrypted backups. If you've got some sensitive materials on your hard drive, you no longer need to worry. Enabling encrypted backups is simple: go into the Time Machine section of System Preferences, click on Select Disk, choose a disk, and check the box beside Encrypt Backups.

9. Organize Your Dashboard Widgets into Folders



In addition to offering a much simpler Dashboard where your available widgets are presented like apps, you can now organize them into folders. This works much like you'd expect. Just drag one widget onto another and a folder will be created. You can name it whatever you like and start keeping your widgets tidier so it's simple to find what you want. And if that's not enough, you can now search your widgets as well. You'll find a search box up at the top of the screen when adding a new widget.

8. Pin Notes to the Desktop

Top 10 Secret Features of OS X Mountain Lion


It seems Apple hasn't forgotten that people still love Stickies, an old little notes app from the days os Mac OS 9. Stickies is notably missing from Mountain Lion, likely because the Notes app has replaced it. It may seem like you can't have desktop-friendly notes, but if you double click on any note in your notes list you can open it separately just like the sticky notes of old. It'll stick around even if you close the primary notes window, too. Even better, your notes will now sync with iCloud so you can have all your important text on every Mac you own.

7. Tweet from Notification Center

Top 10 Secret Features of OS X Mountain Lion


If you like to tweet, Mountain Lion has plenty of ways you can do it with Twitter integration throughout the OS. Anywhere you see the share icon, you can share it on Twitter (if you're signed in via the Mail, Contacts, & Calendars section of System Preferences). Doing so ends up composing a message containing a file or URL, however, so it's not that convenient if you just want to tweet some text. That's where Notification Center comes in. Open it up, and you'll find a link that says "Click to Tweet" at the top. It does exactly what you'd expect.

6. Single Sign-On

Top 10 Secret Features of OS X Mountain Lion

Since Lion, OS X has allowed you to sign into many of your accounts from the Mail, Contacts, & Calendars section of System Preferences. Mountain Lion now uses this information more effectively by keeping you signed into these services whenever you need to log in. This way you don't have to enter your username and password constantly, and that information is stored securely on your computer. Right now your options are fairly limited, but Apple intends to add Facebook access in the Fall so we may be able to expect incremental updates that add single sign-on integration in the future.


5. Quiet Notification Center for a Day

Top 10 Secret Features of OS X Mountain Lion


Notification Center does a pretty good job of staying out of your way, but if your want your notifications to shut up for awhile you can do that pretty easily. All you have to do is option-click the Notification Center icon in the top right corner of your menubar. Alternative, you can open Notification Center, scroll up in the list, and you'll find a toggle switch to turn "Do Not Disturb" mode on and off.

4. Rename Files in the Document Header



Working on a document and want to change its name? Prior to Mountain Lion you'd have to save it, close it, change the name in the Finder, and then open the document back up again. Now you can just click its name and choose Rename from a list of drop-down options. This is much easier and less time-consuming.

3. Share Images (and Other Stuff) from QuickLook

Mountain Lion makes every effort to make sharing easy,


and one of the best implementations is through QuickLook. Say you're browsing photos on your camera using QuickLook and you want to share one, all you have to do is click the share icon and send it over to Flickr, Twitter, an email, or, in the Fall, Facebook. This is a pretty simple way to just get your photos where you want them at a moment's notice.

2. Insert a Page into a PDF Document Using Your Scanner



Let's say you have a PDF document and it's missing a page, or you just want to add a new page easily. In Mountain Lion, you can insert pages easily by opening the Edit menu and visiting the Insert submenu. Here you'll find options to insert a page from a file or by scanning it in. Both are cool, helpful, and a welcome edition to Preview—OS X's most underrated app.

1. Copy Files in Screen Sharing

Top 10 Secret Features of OS X Mountain Lion


When you're remotely accessing another computer with Screen Sharing, you're generally doing this to control that computer. Sometimes you'll find yourself without a file you need on that machine, but happen to have sitting on your primary computer's desktop. In Mountain Lion, you can just drag the file onto the shared screen, drop it where you want it, and it'll be copied over the network. This feature has actually been around in Apple's Remote Desktop software for several years, but it's nice to finally see it on the consumer side. Note: to use this feature, both the shared and primary computer need to be running Mountain Lion.



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July 26 2012 5 26 /07 /July /2012 11:45

If someone gave me the choice of picking just one media player to take to a deserted island, I would most definitely plonk for VideoLan’s VLC Media Player. I really don’t know whether I would get too much of a chance to watch anything while I am marooned there, but when it comes to versatility, no other player comes close. Thank God! VLC Media Player is free. It is Open Source and cross-platform too.vlc media player

That VLC pretty much plays everything that you throw at it is old news. It is also a media genie when it comes to other things apart from playing movies. 

In the latter post, we talked about what VLC can do…

  • Rip & Transcode Videos
  • Internet Radio & Podcast Management
  • Video Effects
  • Snapshots
  • Play Video as ASCII Output

But there are still some ‘top secret’ features left to talk about. So, let’s spill the beans.

Use VLC as an Online Video Downloader for YouTube

Using a combination of VLC and your browser, you can download videos from YouTube and a few other video sites. Copy the URL of the video you want to download. For instance, in YouTube it could be like this:

1. Click on Media – Open Network stream. Paste the URL and click the Play button in the player.

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2. VLC Media Player starts streaming the video.  Now, click Tools – Codec Information and at the bottom of the window you will see a Location box. Copy the long URL in the box and paste it on your browser’s address bar. The browser will now start playing the video file. You can download the video file to your desktop by doing a Save As…. Or you can choose to record the video.

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I tried this out with YouTube. Let us know in the comments about other services too.

Don’t ForgetVLC Can Play Audio Too!

We normally associate VLC with video, but VLC is a complete media player and that includes full music-playing features with playlist support. VLC not only displays cover art, but also has a pretty good graphic equalizer tucked away inside it.

You can bring it up with a CTRL+E. Pitch your song just right with the available presets, or finetune it with the 11 frequency bands.

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The latest VLC also gives you Dynamic Range Compression that subdues loud sounds or amplifies quiet sounds by compressing an audio signal’s dynamic range. That’s just the thing if you are living in an apartment with thin walls.

Then there’s Audio Normalization

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Just in case you don’t jump out of your skin, VLC has the normalization feature tucked deep inside Audio preferences (Tools – Preferences – Audio). It’s a feature to keep in mind when you are playing audio and video files; a sudden increase in the volume could jar your ears. In case of video, you have to restart the video for it to take effect.

Record Directly From Webcam

You can record your video chat session easily using VLC.

1. Go to Media – Open Capture Device.

2. On the Capture Device screen, you can select the video device and also the audio device like the system microphone.

vlc media

3. You can also configure the options from the Configure settings. Finetune your capture withBrightness, Contrast, Hue, Saturation (and other) controls.

4. Head down and drop down the Play button to open the Convert dialog where you can select the Destination file, click on the Browse button to select video file location, name and format.

Scrobble Tracks to Last.fm

Last.fm added support to VLC and that helps because you can enhance your recommendations by scrobbling from your desktop music collection to Last.fm using the VideoLan media player. Scrobbling tracks to Last.fm with what you listen to on your desktop is a simple three-step process –

1. From Tools – Preferences click the Show Settings radio button to All.

2. Drop down to Interfaces. Expand the branch to Control Interfaces – check Submission of played song to Last.fm.

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3. Expand Control Interfaces and click on Audioscrobbler. Enter your login details on this screen, hit save and restart  VLC.

Mouse Gesture Interactions with VLC

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Productivity mavens like their mouse gestures, and VLC media player obliges with basic mouse gesture support. To activate this feature, go to View – Add Interface – Mouse Gestures. You may need to restart VLC for the changes to take effect. The list of supported gestures and settings options can be on this page of the VideoLAN wiki.

Automatically Quit VLC When Playback Is Over (And Shut down The Computer)

Queue your songs in a playlist (Kenny G’s saxophone perhaps), switch off the lights, and drift off to sleep. Oh wait! Did you forget to switch off the VLC player and shut down the computer? Stay in bed because a little line of code can do it for you.

You can quit VLC media player after playback is finished, by adding


to the playlist. Alternatively, from Media select Quit at the end of playlist.

Shutting down the computer is a bit more elaborate with a batch file.

Create a new file with extension .BAT [use notepad] and paste in the contents from below:

START /WAIT C:\"Program Files"\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe %1 vlc://quit
shutdown -s -t 60

Drag your saved playlist icon on top of the .bat file. The batch file will launch VLC and load the playlist. It will wait for the playlist to finish playing and then the batch file shut down the PC in 60 sec.’s.

I end here with seven useful features of the ever-popular VLC media player. There are lots more of course. If you know about these seven features then they aren’t ‘top secret’ at all, but if you didn’t then try them out. Which feature of the VLC media player deserves to get mentioned? Do you know of a VLC feature that you think not many are aware of? Reveal it in the comments. We are all ears for secrets to be spilled.

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CameraWhether it is a "how-to on using a web application" or "describing the steps of creating a Photoshop effect", words are sometimes not enough.

With the help of screencasts (screen recording), it can be possible to better describe/demonstrate a computer-related product or service. And, it spreads faster as anyone can easily embed the video (if supported) to any website.

Here is a collection of 10 free screen recording softwares for creating attractive screencasts:




 Any Video Recorder

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Any Video Recorder is an easy-to-use program that enables you record online videos which are restricted from downloading. With this video recording software, you can record online videos from Netflix, Hollywood Video, IMDB, VideoETA, Redbox, BlockBuster, Fandango and any other sites with 1:1 video quality. So you can keep these online videos for watching at anytime and anywhere.

O.S.: Windows 7, XP, Vista





CamStudio is an open source screen recorder software which can record every screen and audio activity on a computer & create industry-standard AVI video files or bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWF).

O.S.: Windows




Jing Screen Recorder

Jing can both take screenshots & capture a screen as videos. It is possible to add textboxes, arrows or rectangles to highlight spots.

It can send the generated outputs to Screencast.com, Flickr, a FTP account, Twitter & more.

With a microphone, you can record audio with the video as well.

O.S.: Windows, Mac OS X




Webineria - Free Screen Capture

This is a very easy-to-use open source software to create screencasts.

It records the screen as an .AVI file & offers an option to create .FLV file from it. With the help of hotkeys, it is possible to start-pause & stop recording.

A great feature is, it can combine another video input (like webcam) with the screen recording process.

O.S.: Windows






Wink is a tutorial and presentation creation software which can capture screenshots & enables you to add explanation boxes, buttons, titles & more.

It supports various output formats like .EXE, .FLV, .HTML, etc.

O.S.: Windows, Linux



UltraVNC Screen Recorder

UltraVNC Screen Recorder

UltraVNC Screen Recorder is based-on CamStudio source with updates to improve the performance.

It supports both audio & screen capturing.

O.S.: Windows




Windows Media Encoder

Windows Media Encoder

Windows Media Encoder is a powerful application for capturing audio and video content with high-quality multichannel sound, high-definition video quality, and support for mixed-mode voice and music content.

You may find this helpful: Getting Started with Screen Capture Using Windows Media Encoder.

O.S.: Windows




BB FlashBack Express

BB FlashBack Express

BB FlashBack Express is the free version of some other advanced series. It can record from a video source, screen & audio.

It can export to AVI or FLV & has integrated support for direct uploading to the popular video sharing websites.

O.S.: Windows




CaptureFox (Firefox add-on)

Firefox Screen Capture

CaptureFox is a Firefox add-on which can record screens frame-by-frame to create tutorials. It also supports audio recording.

O.S.: All major operating systems



uTIPu TipCam


TipCam, besides the standard screen recording with audio & video, has various features like:

  • has AVI & FLV support
  • audio can be re-recorderd
  • beginning & end parts can be trimmed
  • video can zoom to the mouse cursor with smart zooming
  • ability to draw free-style during recording

O.S.: Windows




Krut Screen Recorder

This is a tiny Java application (works on many platforms) for creating screencasts.

Krut records movie files of selected parts of your screen in the quicktime mov format, including sound. The program has an intuitive and compact user interface.

O.S.: All major operating systems



Source from: http://www.webresourcesdepot.com/10-free-screen-recording-softwares-for-creating-attractive-screencasts/



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How do you rip DVD movies to your Mac? It’s actually easy, but somewhat time consuming, yet well worth the effort. All you need are DVD movies, your Mac, and one of these three Mac apps, one of which is free.

Click, Rip, Save, Watch

These three Mac apps are in inverse proportion to their complexity. The most expensive DVD ripper is the easiest.

The least expensive DVD ripper app (it’s free) is also the most complex to use.

Regardless, here are three ways to rip DVD moves and save them for viewing to your Mac.

Wait. Since you already have the DVD movie, why not just carry the DVD with you and play it back on your Mac?

First, who wants to carry around a stack of DVDs to play? That is so 1999. Second, your Mac notebook’s battery life goes down much faster while playing a DVD than playing a movie ripped from a DVD.

Finally, three words. MacBook Air. Oh, and iPad. There’s no DVD player in either device so ripping is your friend. The idea is to get as many movies ripped to your Mac as your storage allows.



#3 – RipIt: Without a doubt, the easiest app to use is RipIt. Launch RipIt. Insert your DVD movie. Click the Rip button.


RipIt will let you know how much time is remaining until the ripping is complete.

In the meantime, you have options to rename the ripped movie. The Compress button will create a smaller sized ripped movie for use on iTunes, iPod, iPhone, or iPad.



#2 – Mac DVDRipper Pro. Almost as easy to use, and a few dollars less expensive, is Mac DVD Ripper Pro. Stuff your DVD movie into your Mac, select a Save destination, and click to begin ripping.


The benefits of ripping to your Mac are obvious. If you have a DVD collection, you can rip them once and store the DVDs to avoid scratches, dings, and loss. It’s also a good way to backup a DVD collection.



#1 – HandBrake: The free way to rip DVD movies is HandBrake. The interface is more complicated, with far more options than either RipIt or Mac DVDRipper Pro, but the price is right.

Download HandBrake, drop a DVD movie into your Mac, muddle through the various and sundry settings, and let ‘er rip. Life is good, right? Especially with presets for moving movies to iPhone and iPad from your Mac.

Not so fast. Those Netflix DVD movie rentals are usually copy protected and that’s where your ripping mileage varies. Sometimes the movies can be ripped to your Mac, and sometimes not.

Still, what you get in the end, assuming all goes well, and you don’t develop some crazy, untreatable disease while waiting for the ripping process to finish, is a DVD movie that plays on your Mac, saves your Mac’s battery, extends the life of your DVD collection, and lets you time shift DVD rentals.


Source: http://mac360.com/2012/01/3-drop-dead-easy-ways-to-rip-dvd-movies-to-your-mac/


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Learning to play an instrument can be pretty hard, but it’s never too late to get started. At these times, the best way to keep going is to facilitate those engagements; make them accessible and fun. One way to do that is to make use of modern technology.musician apps for ipad

In this article, we’ll be looking at iPad applications that are aimed at starting musicians, or can be used by people who want to brush up on their guitar-playing skills from high school.

Mind you, these apps won’t show you how to learn the instrument, but provide nifty tools that will prove to be incredibly useful to many amateur musicians.


If you want to be more than a one-trick musical pony, memorizing individual songs from YouTube, you’ll have to be able to easily read sheet music. After learning the basic notes and chords, the only thing that will make you more fluent is practice; lots of practice.

musician apps for ipad

That’s where Notable comes in. This beautifully designed iPad app quizzes you about individual notes and chords, sharps and flats, mixing different keys depending on the difficulty setting and chosen exercise categories. Keep a close eye on the timer, and try not to linger on any one question too long. If you’re feeling particularly skilled, you can enable the ‘insane mode’ in the preferences. This makes Notable stop drawing the notes, so you can practice pitch recognition by ear.

Yamaha NoteStar

Having tried most, if not all of the sheet music applications in the App Store, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are two distinct categories. The kind that allows you to read your own PDF sheet music in an over-glorified PDF reader, and the kind with an in-app sheet music store.

To carry your own PDF sheet music library on the go, I’d suggest you to keep using iBooks, the default iPad PDF reader. However, if your instrument of choice is a keyboard or piano, I urge you to take a look at Yamaha NoteStar.

musician apps

Yamaha NoteStar is a very slick and intuitive musician app for iPad, with an in-app store for cheat music. The cheat music is not cheap, but you can sample (generally the first two pages) of every song. Each of these songs also comes with complete vocals and percussion when applicable, which you can turn on or off. It’s also really easy to change the tempo of the song, or play a transposition of the song; that is, play it in a different key.

n-Track Tuner

Even when you’re still getting the hang of your instrument, it’s important to keep it in tune. For a piano, this might be easier said than done, but most string instruments should be tuned regularly. You can do this by ear, using a special tuning device, but also using your iPad.

Having your iPad around can be really useful to quickly tune an instrument, but you should consider buying a “real” tuner. It will only cost a few bucks, and is likely more accurate than the built-in microphone of your iPad.

musician apps for ipad

n-Track Tuner is very easy to use. Play a long note on your instrument, and the app will tell you what it picked up. Seeing an F-sharp when expecting a G? You’ll have to higher the pitch. At the bottom of the screen, the green bar will show you when the observed note is higher in pitch than the one displayed on the screen, and the red bar indicates when a note is lower than the one displayed.

Considering the size of the App Store, and the number of musician apps for iPad in it, this article is hardly a complete source. Do you know any other iPad apps? Voice your suggestions in the comments below the article!

Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/3-free-ipad-apps-starting-musicians/

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How to format a drive for Mac and PC compatibility

If you have an external hard drive or USB flash drive that you’d like to use on both Macs and Windows PCs, choosing the right file system to format the drive can be confusing. Learn a few ways to make your drive Mac and PC friendly.

Need to access or transfer files between Mac and PC? As simple as this task sounds, it’s not very straightforward for inexperienced users. Since Mac OS X and Windows use totally different file systems, the way a drive is formatted can determine what type of computer it will work with. In fact, there are four ways you can format an external or USB flash drive to achieve varying degrees of compatibility between Macs and PCs. Let’s take a look at them: 


Mac OS X’s native file system is HFS+ (also known as Mac OS Extended), and it’s the only one that works with Time Machine. But while HFS+ is the best way to format drives for use on Macs, Windows does not support it. If you’re only going to be using your external or USB flash drive with certain PCs – such as at home or the office – you might be interested in a program called MacDrive. When you install MacDrive on a Windows PC, it will be able to seamlessly read & write to HFS+ drives. This isn’t a good solution if you need your drive to work on any PC without installing software, though.


The native Windows file system is NTFS, which is only partially compatible with Mac OS X. Macs can read files on NTFS drives, but it cannot write to them. So if you need to get files from a PC to your Mac, NTFS is a decent option. However, you won’t be able to move files in the other direction, from Mac to PC.


The most universally supported way to format your drive is with the FAT32 file system. It works with all versions of Mac OS X and Windows. Case closed, right? Well, not so fast. Unfortunately, FAT32 is a very old file system and has some technical limitations. For example, you cannot save files that are larger than 4GB on a FAT32-formatted drive. This is a deal-breaker if you work with huge files. The other limitation is the total size of the partition. If you format your FAT32 drive in Windows, the drive partition cannot be larger than 32GB. If you format it from a Mac running 10.7 Lion, the drive partition can be up to 2TB. Much better, except for that pesky 4GB limit.


The exFAT file system eliminates the two major deficiencies of FAT32: the largest partition and file sizes it supports are virtually unlimited by today’s standards. Awesome, it’s perfect! Almost… since exFAT is fairly new, it isn’t compatible with older Macs and PCs. Any Mac running 10.6.5 (Snow Leopard) or 10.7 (Lion) supports exFAT, while PCs running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1, and Windows 7 are compatible. If you know you’ll be using computers running updated versions of these operating systems, exFAT is the clear best choice.

Format a drive using Disk Utility on a Mac

  1. Launch Disk Utility (Applications > Utilities).
  2. Select your external hard drive or USB flash drive from the list on the left.
  3. Click on the Erase tab. Select the format – Mac OS Extended (HFS+), MS-DOS (FAT32), or exFAT – then name the drive.
    Format a drive using Disk Utility on a Mac
  4. Click the Erase button and the drive will start formatting. Be aware that formatting a drive deletes all of the files on it, so back up anything important before completing this step.

Format a drive using Windows

  1. Go to Computer (or My Computer in Windows XP).
  2. Select your drive from the list and right-click on it. Choose Format from the contextual menu.
  3. A window will pop up where you can choose the format – NTFS, FAT32, or exFAT. Make sure the allocation unit size is set to default and type in a volume label.
  4. Click Start to format the drive.


( Source from: http://www.macyourself.com/2012/03/11/how-to-format-a-drive-for-mac-and-pc-compatibility/ )



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