Our Favorite Free Software, MWSnap… Outstanding Screen Capture Program!

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In this, our fourth installment of our Editors’ favorite free or low cost software programs, we most heartily recommend the outstanding screen capture program MWSnap.

MWSnap is a small yet powerful Windows program for snapping (capturing) images from selected parts of the screen.

The Current version is capable of capturing the whole desktop, a highlighted window, an active menu, a control, or a fixed or free rectangular part of the screen. MWSnap handles 5 most popular graphics formats and contains several graphical tools: a zoom, a ruler, a color picker and a window spy. It can be also used as a fast picture viewer or converter.

MWSnap does not require installation and does not need any special dlls, drivers or system files which can mess up your system.

Features of MWSnap Include:

  • 5 snapping modes.
  • Support for BMP, JPG, TIFF, PNG and GIF formats, with selected color depth and quality settings.
  • System-wide hotkeys.
  • Clipboard copy/paste.
  • Printing.
  • Auto-saving, auto-printing.
  • Auto-start with Windows.
  • Minimizing to system tray.
  • An auto-extending list of fixed sizes, perfect for snapping images for icons and glyphs.
  • A zoom tool for magnifying selected parts of the screen.
  • A ruler tool for measuring screen objects lengths.
  • A color picker showing screen colors with separated RGB parts.
  • Fast picture viewer.
  • Adding frames and mouse pointer images.
  • Multilevel configurable undo and redo.
  • Multilingual versions.
  • Configurable user interface.
  • And more…

The program is freeware but the author does accept donations.

You may download MWSnap at the following link:

http://www.mirekw.com/winfreeware/mwsnap.html

Our Favorite Most Useful Software: Vallen JPegger, Full Featured Image Viewer

In this, the third installment of our favorite, low cost or no cost, software, we heartily recommend Vallen JPegger.

Vallen JPegger is the international, handy, and full featured image viewer, which shouldn’t be missing on any PC. Now in 27 different languages including full Unicode language and file support. It is designed for large image libraries with thousands of files. This little power pack reads 40 different image file formats, supports lossless JPEG rotation and includes an unique MP3 Organizer including a simple player: MP3 files are categorized according their MP3 tag information into artist, genre and album in a comfortable tree structure. Great for larger music archives.

Vallen Jpegger Runs on all current 32-bit Windows platforms, including  Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7, and it is Free for home use!

We think that you will find this program quite useful!

The program is available for download at the link below:

http://www.vallen.de/freeware

Web Search Is Ready for a Shakeup, Says University of Washington Computer Scientist

Newswise — A University of Washington computer scientist is calling on the international academic community and engineers working in industry to take a bolder approach when designing how people find information online.
In a two-page commentary titled “Search needs a shake-up,” published in the Aug. 4 issue of the journal Nature, UW professor of computer science and engineering Oren Etzioni calls on experts to, literally, think outside the search box. The piece is being published on the 20-year anniversary of Tim Berners Lee unveiling his World Wide Web project.
Etzioni doesn’t mince words. In the article, he writes that the main obstacle to progress “seems to be a curious lack of ambition and imagination.”
In a phone interview, Etzioni was more conciliatory.
“The piece is meant to be provocative,” said Etzioni. He acknowledged that the leading search engines have hired many smart people – including hundreds of UW graduates.
“Despite all the talent and the data that they have, I don’t think that they’ve been ambitious enough,” he said. “This piece is meant to provoke people, to challenge them to go further, to think outside the keyword search box.”
Etzioni imagines a future in which someone would speak a question, such as: “What was the score in today’s Mariners game?” or “Where’s the nearest restaurant that serves great sushi?” and the computer would find an answer by looking through all the data available on the Internet.
It’s an ambitious goal. But last winter’s Jeopardy matchup, in which IBM’s Watson supercomputer trounced the best human players in the show’s history, tested a computer’s ability to immediately answer complex questions.
“I think the Watson Jeopardy thing is a great demonstration and has galvanized me, personally, to say just how far the technology has come,” Etzioni said. “With the current state of the art in research, coupled with an engineering investment, they were able to produce a system with superhuman performance.”
And as the ability to do intelligent searches increases, so does the demand.
“More and more, we’re going to be accessing the web through mobile devices with tiny screens,” Etzioni said. “As you do more and more of that, it becomes harder and harder to type in keywords and see long lists of blue links.”
“People are going to be clamoring for more intelligent search and a more streamlined process of asking questions and getting answers,” he said.
Etzioni proposes that instead of simply looking for strings of text, a web search engine would identify basic entities – people, places, things – and uncover the relationships between them. This is the goal of the UW’s Turing Center, which he directs.
The Turing Center has developed an open-source tool called ReVerb that uses information on the web to determine the relationship between two entities.
“It’s an important first step, but there’s a lot more to do,” Etzioni said. “My hope is that people reading this article will build on it to develop better and more powerful open information extraction systems.”
Scientists and students may use such tools to answer specific questions, such as defining a technical term or finding the risk factors associated with a certain medical procedure.
“Sometimes people are going to want a quick answer, sometimes they’re going to want primary sources,” Etzioni said, “but it’s different ways of slicing and dicing the information that’s out there.”
Etzioni was quoted last weekend by the New York Times about Microsoft’s long-term project to develop a better search experience in its Bing search engine. The article mentions Farecast, an airfare-prediction tool that Etzioni launched in 2003 and is now incorporated in Bing’s airfare search engine.
“Over the next year, I think that we will see substantial progress towards intelligent search,” Etzioni said. “We are seeing it today in shopping search, with Decide.com, and we are seeing it in the preliminary steps that Bing and Google are taking, but the best is yet to come.”

Released: 8/3/2011     Source: University of Washington

Via Newswise

Related Link:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/579279/

New Products: mophie Announces workbook for iPad 2

MOPHIE IPAD 2 WORKBOOK mophie Announces workbook for iPad 2. (PRNewsFoto/mophie)

Smart Case with Interchangeable Color Straps Delivers Protection and Style

SANTA ANA, Calif., May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — mophie™ today announced the availability of its new workbook iPad 2 portfolio case designed to provide protection and an improved user experience for the iPad 2. The light-weight adjustable case doubles as a stand, allowing infinite angles for viewing, typing and browsing, and features a magnetic integration that wakes and puts the iPad 2 to sleep upon opening and closing.

The workbook is as versatile in fashion as it is in function, adding an element of style with interchangeable elastic straps in complementary color combinations. The folio cases are now available in black and white and come with four mix-and-match closure straps in colors including magenta, yellow, cyan, purple, grey and black. Cases in gray, chocolate and purple are planned for release in the coming weeks, giving iPad 2 owners lots of options for protecting their device while also reflecting their personal style.

“mophie is driven to create products that are super functional without sacrificing style and design,” said Ross Howe, senior director of product marketing. “Creating the new workbook was a great opportunity for us to have some fun with fashion elements and color combinations while also delivering the real protection, portability and enhanced function iPad 2 users want.”

Black and white workbook folios with interchangeable straps are available now for $49.95 at mophie.com. Key features and benefits of the workbook include:

  • Infinite Viewing—The design and flexibility allows the case to act as a stand for the iPad 2, delivering an infinite number of viewing and on-screen typing angles to enhance functionality and increase productivity
  • Magnetic Closure – Wake your iPad 2 by opening the case; put it to sleep by closing
  • Multiple Color Combinations—Cases in black and white now available with gray, chocolate and purple coming soon
  • Mix-and-Match Straps – Interchangeable elastic straps provide a secure closure that caters to everyday style changes. Black cases ship with cyan, magenta, yellow and black straps, and white cases pair with cyan, magenta, grey and purple.
  • Tough Exterior, Plush Interior—The durable animal friendly exterior is easy to clean, yet fully protects the device from damages. The soft interior fabric ensures the iPad 2 is cradled snugly inside
  • Pass-Through Design—Enables full access to all ports and controls allowing users to simultaneously charge and sync the device without having to remove it from the workbook

For additional information regarding the mophie suite of products, please visit www.mophie.com.

SOURCE mophie

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