Software Hot 100 ? Entries 79 – 60
If you haven’t yet come across Silverlight, that won’t be the case for long, as Microsoft’s plug-in for web sites starts to hit the mainstream. More and more web graphics and videos are being created in Silverlight, and the DeepZoom technology shows the future of viewing web images.
A free utility that analyses your printing and saves those wasted pages of legal disclaimers and email footers that not only kill trees, but waste precious ink and money, too.
A popular podcasting program with added functionality for iPods and iPhones, and a number of other devices. A great way to keep up with your favourite radio shows.
Yod’m 3D version 1.4
A program that is bound to ‘wow’ your friends, Yod’m 3D turns your desktop into a spinning, four-sided virtual cube, that enables you to operate four individual desktops with a great spinning interface. Loads of fun.
Streaming media can be a fiddly business, and if you use your Xbox 360 as a Windows Media Extender, you might find the restrictions of DivX and Xvid irritating. Transcode 360 converts your files as you play them into readable files your Xbox can handle.
Orb enables you to access your media anywhere in the world, and stream it over the internet. Instead of carrying your music with you, access it from anywhere with an internet connection, using a web page to browse your PC.
PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Antivirus
When fighting spyware there are few better programs on the market than Spyware Doctor, which has led the way for many years. The program now comes with added anti-virus protection for comprehensive security.
FamilyTree Maker 2008
The number one genealogy software has been revamped for 2008 with a fresh new look and clean interface. The program is a great way to store information from your research, and a neat way to introduce photos for 21st century family trees.
Adobe Premiere Elements 5
When it comes to video editing, Premiere Elements is the equal of its photographic brother, Photoshop Elements. You can make quality changes to captured video,
animate titles, edit footage and share with Blu-ray burning or YouTube uploads.
Radiotracker converts internet radio streams into MP3 playlists so you won’t miss your favourite shows, from French talk shows to US shock-jocks.
Roxio EasyMedia Creator 10
Roxio enables you to capture media streams at the push of a button without the need for high-end sound cards, and it offers full rip, burn and back-up utilities.
This enables you to copy files from folder to folder, on any drive, PC or network. This can be scheduled to run automatically, so you can synchronise folders, making it a great backup facility.
Dragon Naturally Speaking 9
When it comes to voice recognition, Dragon NaturallySpeaking has led the way for years. This version works without irritating training, and powers up all parts of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office. A real step forward in technology.
A utility that saves everything copied to the clipboard for use later. If you paste from the internet frequently, let Yankee Clipper do the hard work for you.
Price £14.95 (Free 90-day trial)
Bulk Rename Utility
If you need to rename batches of files – such as changing all your holiday snaps from DSC5795.jpg to newyork1.jpg – it can be a chore. With Bulk Rename Utility you can do it quickly and make life a lot easier.
A free utility that enables you to perform all manner of registry tweaks quickly and easily, without having to get your hands dirty. You can tweak screensavers and start-up icons, enable and disable Windows Aero graphics, and even customise icons, all in WinBubbles.
Juice enables you to subscribe to podcasts quickly, organise and listen to them. For non-iTunes users, podcasting can be tricky but Juice takes the effort out.
Don’t buy a new PC without downloading PC Decrapifier. Hardware manufacturers make money filling new PCs with software you don’t want, and decimating performance before you have even switched it on. Sort it out quickly and get rid of the stuff you’re not interested in with PC Decrapifier.
A terrific email management program that sits in with Microsoft Office Outlook. Xobni (inbox spelled backwards) brings email, contacts and calendars together to help find messages quickly and easily, and separate files and attachments, saving you time and stress.
If there is one utility for Windows Media Center that’s a must-have, DVRMSToolbox is it. Its ad-skipping tool is widely regarded as one of the best, and it enables you to automatically make copies of your recorded TV shows to other places on your PC or network.
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