Friday, September 07, 2007

Software Updates - 09/07/2007

Something new at TechnologyExpert.

I'll be bringing you a list of the latest software updates (at least some of them) every few days.

Corel Paint Sho Pro Photo X2 - Otherwise known as PSP 12. I used PSP for a long time, but was not happy when they added Protexis licensing to PSP 11. The reasons were that there was no way to uninstall Protexis, even if you uninstalled PSP 11 - short of doing it manually, that is. There was also no indication in the EULA of this installation, which always annoys me. X2 seems to use activation (even worse).

K-Lite Video Conversion Pack
- I've always used the K-Lite Codec Packs. Consider this a mash-up of video conversion and DVD creation tools. "K-Lite Video Conversion Pack will allow you to convert video files into various formats. It even allows creation of your own DVDs with custom menus."

Vista Codec Package 4.5.0 - "With Vista Codec Package installed, you won't need to install any other codec or filter. Many user suggested default settings are implemented. It does not contain a media player. It does not associates filetypes. With this package installed you will be able to use any media player (limited only by the players capabilities) to play DVD's, movies and video clips of any format. Streaming video (real and quicktime) is supported in web browsers. Visit the homepage to get a 64bitAddon which enables xvid, divx and DVD playback in Vista's MediaCenter."

Picasa for Windows 2.7 Build 37.27 - It's not really that powerful, but the feature set is enough for many doing simple tasks with their photos. It even has red-eye removal. And it's free. "Picasa automatically finds and organizes all of your pictures including: jpeg, tiff, bmp, psd, and standard camera movie files. Sending pictures with e-mail used to mean five steps just to get it right. Picasa lets you pick the size and then automatically attaches your pictures. Browse through all your pictures and view slideshows of your albums with the click of a button. Enhance, fix red-eye, and even crop without losing data or permanently changing your original picture."

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