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Monday, June 3, 2002
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FontShow 2000

COLLECTING fonts and free games is a hobby of many computer users. Majority of them install them and forget it later. These fonts basically consume a lot of precious system resources and cannot be utilised at the time when required the most because by that time the user forgets them completely. So, precisely the management of fonts is a tedious task and a majority of the computer users fail to do it. However, now this task could be a child's play with the help of a small utility called FontShow 2000. Font show is an excellent program, which could be used for viewing and printing the true type fonts installed on the system. Thus you can view any of the font installed on the computer easily and use it if you like. Normally, you have to view the fonts individually, in the fonts folder under the control panel. But with this software viewing the fonts is easy and comprehensive. This program has the options to display user-specified sample text in place of the normal font name and alphanumeric character set. Moreover, the size and face of the currently selected font can be quickly changed and the result is displayed automatically. You can also take a printout of the text displayed using the selected font, which could be used for comparison of fonts and also in knowing practically, how the printed font would look like. Using this software, the selected fonts metrics can be viewed in a small font properties window by simply double-clicking on the font name in the pick list. Moreover you can also display Windows stock font objects using this program, thus making it very useful for programmer and developers. An excellent program for the computer users, who have to play a lot with the fonts and can be downloaded from www.gregorybraun.com


Acronis OS Selector

There has been a lot of change in the world of computers in the last five years. These years were not only important for the sweeping changes in the world of computer hardware but the software part also went through the revolutionary changes, especially there was a virtual flood in the operating systems. After Windows '95, the next major change was Windows '98, but since then so many operating systems were being introduced, that it became difficult for the computer user to chose which operating system is best suited for him. This led to the beginning of having more than one operating system on the computer. Thus, more complicated the computer is, the more difficult it is to manage. Especially, in case of multi-operating systems like Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Linux, etc. it is difficult to manage it right since the option of booting. However, with some specialised software like Acronis OS Selector, you can easily resize, copy and move hard disk partitions for installing and booting multiple operating systems on a single PC. Theoretically speaking, using this software you can manage as many as 100 different operating systems on a single computer, which includes all the versions of Windows and DOS as well as all distributions of Linux. FreeBSD, Solaris, UNIXWARE and BeOS etc. This software gives you the power to boot any operating system from any partition on any hard disk, or even maintain several systems on the same partition. So, this software basically takes care of a lot your hard disk related problems. Moreover, since it is specialised software so, it is also a safe solution safe solution to complicated problems. But despite being so useful and this software is very easy to use and has a very user friendly interface. Above all, this software works well with all kind of file systems like FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32. It also has a Disk Administrator for conveniently managing partitions and better optimising the hard disk's work space. It is an excellent software for persons with multiple partitions and operating systems. You can download an evaluation copy of this software from www.acronis.com.

Dub It

This is multimedia software, which is actually an excellent tool for creative people. Now you can add voice and music to your videos, photographs and images and can create magic out of it. This software is very easy and has a user friendly VCR-style "Media Player" interface, which makes it possible for anybody to use it. Since unlike other video editors and presentation authoring products, this software adds audio in real-time as you watch the movie or image, thus it makes the task of dubbing very easy for even those who are not very conversant with these kind of software. Moreover there is no complicated set-up or long learning curve with DubIt. Using this software you can add audio to the following file types: AVI, BMP, GIF, and JPG. Moreover, DubIt adds audio to any image copied to the Windows clipboard. It creates a standard AVI movie file that can be played on most Windows systems without any special software. Now you can add your own special effects on the videos and photographs of special occasions in your family like marriages, anniversaries, birthdays etc. Download this software from www.techsmith.com/products/dubit/default.asp