Get a handle of what apps are on your company’s computers with WinAudit

Get a handle of what apps are on your company’s computers with this important Windows app.

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Networking is the heart of computing today. Most everyone that has a computer has internet access and most everyone with internet access in their home has a home network of some type. Everyone with a home network has computers on it, most likely, a number of computers, depending on the number of people living in the home and what they are doing with those computers. Keeping your PC safe from dodgy programs that are potentially malware ridden is important, and its why I like apps like WinAudit. It’s a security app for Windows networks.

WinAudit identifies the hardware and software installed on Windows based computers. The app identifies every aspect of your computer is examined. After the app examines the computers on your network, it generates an inventory report. The report is displayed as a web page, which can be saved or printed in a number of standard formats.

You can e-mail the inventory report to your technical support staff or even post the report to a database for archiving. When used in conjunction with its command line functionality, you can automate inventory administration at the network level. WinAudit supports the remote desktop and pre-installation environments.

This app is great at what it does, but its not for everyone. Most home networks aren’t going to be as restricted and monitored as a corporate network is. This app would be perfect for small businesses looking to get a handle on what is connected to the network that all of their proprietary data is accessed and stored. The price is certainly right; and if you do decide to use it at home, it will certainly do a good job for you, though at this stage of consumer computing development and use, while EXTREMELY beneficial, its likely overkill.

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Clean, protect and maintain your PC with Ashampoo WinOptimizer 10

box_ashampoo_winoptimizerMaintaining your machine is a must.

In order to keep on functioning correctly and provide an effective service, computers, like any other type of machine, require regular maintenance. Whilst computers come with optimization and maintenance facilities as standard, utilising these can often be difficult, and require the user to have a sufficient amount of technical know-how, while also requiring the time and effort to keep abreast of current technological developments.

Ashampoo WinOptimizer 10 promises to take the sting out of things by offering all manner of customisation tools for your PC or laptop in one simple application. It offers backups, restore points and task schedulers, as well as allowing users to analyse detailed information on hardware and software specifications, such as the space and health statuses of disks and drives. There are a large number of file tools, allowing the user to recover lost or deleted files, remove duplicate files or safely and securely delete files, as well as maintaining internet history and cleaning up the system registry.

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Ashampoo have long been providing essential utilities for computer maintenance, and WinOptimizer 10 continues on that trend. The User Interface is a joy to work with, and takes the hassle out of tuning up your PC. Installation was quick and easy, and the main program was up and running within a matter of minutes. As WinOptimizer continues to grow and develop as a program, so too do the list of features it has on offer, and it comes highly recommended for tweaking, tuning and optimising your machine.

While the free trial has its limitations, some people may be reluctant to fork out $39.99 for the full version, especially when there are numerous free tools and utilities online. Although for ease of use, and having a wide variety of powerful features in one simple to use application, we think it’s a solid choice when it comes to PC optimisation.

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iOS 6.1 Update Released – Issues and Confusion

ios-6.11As with any OS update, confusion and issues are popping up with Apple’s release of iOS 6.1

As a member of Apple’s iOS Developer Program I was made aware of their rare weekend beta 5 release of iOS 6.1. The release, among other things was supposed to help resolve issues with Apple Maps as well as a few other issues. The update officially addressed the following:
LTE support for more carriers
Purchase movie tickets through Fandango with Siri (USA only)
iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
New button to reset the Advertising identifier
The full release notes can be found here. Where the API updates for Apple Maps, originally made available to developers on 28-Jan-13, one of the original components thought to be a part of this update are, no one knows. As you can see above, the official release notes make no mention of it. Though honestly, that’s a developer feature and not something that many consumers might understand the value in.

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Apple recently had said that “many updates” to Maps have already been “released.”  The reason why you haven’t heard anything about them is because the “updates” weren’t programmatic. They were data related.

So, you “got” the most recent Maps “update” when you downloaded the map data as you were navigating from A to B or searching for “X marks the spot”.  Apple doesn’t normally tout data updates like this, so you never would have known, if Apple Maps and its data wasn’t such a freakin’ train wreck to begin with…

iOS 6 also introduced the Advertising Identifier. This non-permanent, non-personal hardware identifier is used by advertisers to track users. iOS 6 gives you the ability to control this with an On/Off button at Settings-General-About-Advertising. iOS6 introduced the switch. iOS 6.1 introduced a way to reset the identifier. Its effectively the same thing as clearing out your browser history and cookies on your Mac or PC. It’s really as simple as that.

It seems as though iPod Touch users are also experiencing issues related to iOS 6.1 The latest report from Apple Insider indicates that “iTouch” users are having problems downloading the update. When they try to pull the update down, many are receiving an error message stating that their “iTouch” isn’t connected to the internet and the update “failed verification,” even though they appear to have a strongly connected device. According to Apple Insider, this issue was encountered during Saturday’s beta 5 release as well.

From what TeamBYTE sees out of this update, some of us aren’t entirely certain the update warrants a full point upgrade. There’s something going on over at Apple related to software development. They wanted to take a longer time with iOS 6.1, and they did. Beta 1 was released in November 2012. However, as a seasoned and experienced software development and testing professional, its clear to me that Apple needs to do more in this area; or at the very least needs to market the update a bit better.

The “need” for this update was the sucky release of Apple Maps. If Apple’s iOS 6.1 update didn’t resolve this, they need to say something about how and when they will address it. Appearing more proactive than they are here can only help them. Ignoring the issue – mashing it down into a hard, cold little ball in the pit of your stomach isn’t going to make you forget that the app sucks or that there’s a huge disconnect between what I’m searching for, and how I want my iPhone to take me there.

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Create an awesome 3D video directly on your own PC

With this marvellous new software suite it is possible to create an awesome 3D video directly on your own PC. With 3D Video Maker you can select a movie file of your choice and have it digitally converted into a three dimensional format in a matter of just a few clicks. As part of the unique features of the software you can also create a 3D video from a single source file or from two original source files.

This software suite offers a host of adaptable features and combines them together in a wonderfully simplistic interface. As anyone who works with video editing software will tell you there is nothing worse than having to learn a new package. With the range of complex features that this generally involves it can be a painfully laborious process. Thankfully this is not the case with the 3D Video Maker. Everything you need it is neatly housed and on screen with no hidden menus or fiddly settings panels.

Getting a movie into the 3D format is incredibly straightforward. Once you are in the program you can browse to select the file you want to use, tick the box that says ‘single source file’, click ‘Make 3D’ and hey presto; you have a 3D version of your video.

Unlike many other free video editing packages this software is clean of any adware or spyware. It is a genuinely safe free package that will cause no problems on your PC or home network.

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Create backup copies of your DVD movie collection with CloneDVD

Making backup copies of a DVD has always been a problem for many people. Many states have fair use copyright provisions for making backup copies of movies and software.  If you purchase a copy, the content isn’t yours, but the media is, and you’re entitled to make a backup of that content in anticipation that something may happen to the media you purchased. So, you need an optical disk backup utility for Windows, let me suggest one…

CloneDVD is a straightforward app that anyone can use to copy their favorite DVDs as a backup, or for use in different locations. Because it has an easy-to-use interface, everyone from novices to more advanced users will feel comfortable with it. There are only a few basic settings to choose from as CloneDVD will automatically deal with any restrictions on the DVD you are copying.

It is fairly intuitive, but for those users who do need some help, there is a step-by-step guide available. When the process is finished, CloneDVD automatically shuts down so you know the copying is complete.

CloneDVD appears deceptively simple, but does in fact offer a lot of customization options for more advanced users. You can remove any extras or features, add watermarks, remove areas or frames from the original movie, and choose to copy all of the movie, or only certain sections.

CloneDVD produces a good quality copy you can play on a number of devices, using the most popular formats. It is worth downloading the free trial to fully appreciate the range of editing tools that are included with CloneDVD.

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Valve’s Free Movie-Making Tool Now Available To Download

Valve, the creator of game franchises such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life and Portal,  just announced the open beta release of Source Filmmaker – Valve’s in-house movie-making software is now available to download.

Source Filmmaker works from inside the Source engine and its been used by Valve to create all its animated short films, including those in the “Meet the Team” series of Team Fortress 2 shorts. Because the SFM uses the same assets as the game, anything that exists in the game can be used in the movie, and vice versa. By utilizing the hardware rendering power of a modern gaming PC, the SFM allows storytellers to work in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get environment so they can iterate in the context of what it will feel like for the final audience.

Below you can see a short clip created with SFM…

Source Filmmaker system requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 / Vista (Windows 7 64 bit suggested)
  • Processor: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
  • Memory: 2GB (4 GB suggested)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 200 series card or better, or AMD Radeon 3000 series or better (NVIDIA GeForce 400 series or AMD Radeon 5000 series preferred)
  • Monitor: 1366 x 768 (1920 x 1080 suggested)
  • Hard Drive: At least 15 GB of Space
  • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible USB headset with mic (suggested)

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TuxGuitar – a nice little tool for guitar players and other musicians

This free, open-source piece of music transcription software is certainly a useful tool for beginners and accomplished musicians alike. It has a host of features to make transcription easy including the ability to view musical scores and guitar tabs at the same time, and even the option to lift your notes directly off a guitar fret-board. There is also a range of guitar-specific effects such as slides and bends.

It’s easy to use and the help manual is simple and to the point. Tempo control allows for more complicated pieces to be played at a slower speed with a single click – great for beginners and those attempting high-level compositions.

Many free or shareware software options do not allow for the creation or saving of edited files, but TuxGuitar operates as a complete system – at zero cost. The ability to open a variety of different file types such as TablEdite and GuitarPro is a boon, as are the various options for export.

The one downside is that the instrument sounds are not as realistic as they could be. If you are using it as a composition tool you could find the inaccuracies somewhat frustrating, but for anything less than a full orchestral piece it is perfectly serviceable.

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The new Soft32 opened its gates to the public

Launched in 2003 by the ITNT company, Soft32.com is a software download website similar to Softpedia, Tucows, CNET or Brothersoft. Hosting more than 163,000 active programs and games, Soft32 established itself from the beginning as a top download website. But quantity is not enough in these days to confirm your value, therefore after several years of development, ITNT launched the new Soft32 with a brand new image and content.

Combining the needs of users and the passion of its own editors and developers, the new Soft32 creates an interactive online experience. With this in mind, the homepage was designed to provide all the latest information needed by any casual user. The content is updated on a daily basis, so that users would get a fresh homepage every day. Each new program is scanned by our editors for unwanted security threats, so you should not be scared anymore while downloading from our website. In order to maintain a secure feeling we have also introduced a download manager which will guarantee you the security of our content.

The new Soft32 covers now a wider area of software based on Windows and Mac operating system but also based on Mobile devices especially iPhone. All these major categories are divided into much more detailed groups of software like Mp3 & Audio, Internet, Network tools, Games, System Utilities, etc. We are proud about our new covered Drivers category which now features the latest official updates from all the important hardware providers including, NVIDIA, AMD, HP, LENOVO, etc.

Interaction with users is now part of the Soft32 philosophy. We offer several tools that enables the user to post live comments, ratings, and even reviews to any beloved software. Soft32 features also a ticketing system that makes us aware of any problem that might appear to a program. The user has to report the problem and within 24 hours one of our editors will take care of it. Our system will notify the user through email and through his Soft32 account about the problem’s state. Soft32 can also keep you informed through its RSS feeds. You can apply to a general RSS feed or you can choose to receive feeds only from a single category or software. It’s your call.

In order to be always up-to-date, the new Soft32 comes also with a free to use and install Updater developed in-house by our talented team of programmers. It’s a standalone application that has to be installed on your computer in order to scan your installed software. A report containing all the scanned results will be sent to our servers and compared with our huge database. In this way we can detect your up-to-date or out-of -date installed software, and we can offer you the correspondent updates.

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For more info feel free and take a tour on our website or go to our support page.

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