Monday, March 24, 2014

Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 – Create Slideshows with Sound Effects

Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 - Create Slideshows with Sound EffectsYou may have thousands of birthday, holiday or wedding pictures, but if they are turned into a beautiful slideshow with music and video effects, then it gives a cinematic experience to everyone who sees it. Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3, a media management tool developed for mainly for Windows 8, 7, XP and Vista operating systems, have the ability to turn your photos into a slideshow where you can add background music, transitions, texts, subtitles or themes, and more.

Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD has a very user-friendly interface which is instinctive and easy to navigate. You can select the desired aspect ratio of your slideshow project and start importing images either by browsing them via the program wizard or “drag and drop” technique. You can arrange images by date of creation or modification in ascending or descending order, accordingly.

Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3.0.3 is the latest version which is available for 40-day free trial with nag screen. The new version includes a renovated look with few UI enhancements that gives you a smoother experience. The program also comes with voice recording capability and various sound effects. You need minimum DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card with hardware pixel shader v2.0 to run smoothly.

Key Features:

  • Apply individual sound effects
  • Apply different default timeline and subtitle styles
  • Intuitive User Interface
  • Record your voice from any Windows recording device like a microphone.
  • Apply background music
  • Automatically insert EXIF data, such as filename, size, date, etc. as text objects.
  • Insert Transitions such as Fade, Fall, Blocks, Bubble, Butterfly, Circular, Clock, Diamond, Melting, Sand, Slide Over, Squares, Star, Sweep, Swirl, Flip, Wheel, White Out, Curtains and lots more.
  • Insert Objects like Add, Edit, Rotate and Mirror text, Table, Image and Shape overlays.
  • Fully animated opening and closing credits
  • Fade/display durations for the slides and embedded objects can be adjusted easily.
  • Create Full HD videos and burn Blu-ray & DVD discs.
  • Various occasion-related themes and logos
  • Customizable Ken Burns effect, i.e. Auto-panning and Zooming.
  • Upload directly to YouTube
Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 - Adding Transitions

How to Apply Effects:

The program takes a large amount of system resources when executing a task, but output has excellent image and sound quality. You can add various sound and video effects to a single or collection of photos. The basic steps in creating slideshows using Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 are:

  • Setting your own or existing theme
  • Applying background music and use sound effects to stir emotions
  • Narrate your story in your own voice by recording with any Windows recording device.
  • Add background info with texts and subtitles
  • Add additional image and shape overlays
  • Convert your slideshows to Full HD compatible video and burn to DVD and Blu-ray if you wish.
Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 - Editor User Interface

The interesting feature of Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 has been “Ken Burns Effect Editor”, which a popular technique of bringing still images to life through subtle panning and motion. With its wide range of effects, transitions and built-in templates, Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 3 is definitely a strong tool for every user.

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Avast Internet Security 2014 v9 – Next Generation Security Suite

Avast Internet Security 2014 v9 - Next Generation Security SuiteAvast Internet Security 2014 handles most of the emerging malware with the help of new and advanced technologies. This latest version is the company’s nex-gen security suite that comprises of various protection features such as antivirus engine, firewall, web browsing protection, browser cleanup, a software updater, and lots more. The package includes a combination of virus protection as well as PC clean up utiltiies.

Avast Internet Security (AIS) 2014 aims to control the flow of attacks caused by the hackers for the integrity of your personal and important data. It reduces the danger of computer virus infection such that no significant of yours can be stolen. It has built-in firewall and an anti-spam filter, which completely integrates with your PC, detects and removes unwanted email.

The latest version Avast Internet Security 2014 has added new features such as Stream Filtering, ARA/ARC, and Firewall, and has improved Software Updater, Browser Cleanup, and GrimeFighter tools. It has fixed some of the bugs like,

  • Uninstalling Avast! might have been stuck at “stopping service; Avast! antivirus”.
  • Upload issues with Dropbox and Flickr
  • Performance and Stabilization issues in Stream Filter like blocking of ajax calls.
  • Several firewall issues like blocking of Google Earth.
  • General stability has been improved after several crash situations.

Installation and User Interface:

The installation file size is reduced comparatively, and thus the process has been faster compared to prior versions. Once installed, Avast! runs mutely in the background to defend your computer against all sorts of malware. The software runs along with others internet security suites like Norton Internet Security, so the compatibility is good with this package. The issue regarding the uninstallation has been solved.

As far as user interface is concerned, AIS 2014 has the best and unique interface among all the security suites available in the market. The black and light blue color combination feels more pleasant to any user.

Key Utilities:

  • Real-time Shields – File System, Mail, Web, Anti-spam and Firewall
  • Virus Chest – An Isolated place for storing potentially dangerous files that can be handled with special permissions.
  • A fully integrated Anti-spam Filter to detect unnecessary email.
  • A fully integrated  Firewall that monitors all network and blocks unauthorized communication. You can also block external hacker attempts, and thus preventing your sensitive data from accessing.
  • Command-line Scanner – Detects potential malware infections via command-line parameters and the results are exactly the same as running a scan via the standard UI.
Avast Internet Security 2014 - Firewall

Key Features:

  • Intelligent Antivirus engine with new DynaGen technology
  • Anti-malware protection along with Anti-spyware and Anti-rootkit
  • SafeZone for secured payments and banking
  • Silent Firewall against hacker attacks
  • Anti-spam against phishing and scam emails
  • Sandbox lets you browse the web and run program virtually and ensures social networking safety.
  • Hybrid Cloud technology that downloads virus definitions in real-time
  • Silent/Gaming Mode
  • Scan when program when executing; scan scripts when executing; scan libraries when loading.
  • Windows 8.1/8 compatibility
Avast Internet Security 2014 - Software Updater

There are some issues before related to performance and stability which are fixed in this new version. Coming to the scanning module, AIS 2014 has five different methods – Quick, Full, Removable, Custom and Boot-time scan.

Finally, Avast Internet Security 2014 is a complete and professional protection suite with interesting features that has the ability to protect your computer offline and online in real time. It is available for a 30-day trial subscription or $39.99 purchase that is compatible with Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.

Sunday, March 16, 2014 by Unknown · 0

Friday, March 7, 2014

SpringPublisher 4.0 – Create and Print Business Cards, Letterheads

SpringPublisher 4.0 – Create and Print Business Cards, LetterheadsSpringPublisher 4.0 is a professional desktop publishing software which can create and print high-quality documents, business cards, flyers, postcards, letterheads, labels, and more with the help of powerful multi-layer editor and various templates included. It is free to use for non-commercial purposes that supports all OS versions of Windows including 8.1. It is an advanced document publishing tool that includes an online template store for browsing various templates of your choice. You can add text, images, barcodes, QR codes, maps, and more.

SpringPublisher is in many ways used as a DTP tool with basic and advanced features. A Pro version is also available for just $23.95 that supports high-resolution printing, microperforated paper, and other aspects.

The new version SpringPublisher 4.0 has few added features such as image effect filters of mono, sepia, red, green, and blue; photo adjustment filters of brightness, contrast and gamma; and border effect. It has fixed the issue of importing large size of photos.

Key Features:

  • You can download high-quality templates from the online template store.
  • You can add images, QR codes, texts, maps, vector shapes, logos, artistic QR codes, barcodes and arrange them as you like.
  • It provides various image effects such as shadows, opacity adjustment, rotation, border effect, image filers, etc.
  • Generates high-resolution artwork with a maximum output of 350dpi.
  • You can print your artworks using your own printer or professional printers.
  • Supports Avery and Printworks microperforated paper that enables you to create business cards and postcards more easily.
SpringPublisher 4.0 - Interface

The user interface of SpringPublisher is very similar to Microsoft’s Office with ribbon-style toobars. You can create, save, and print projects easily from the interface. The ‘Page Manager’ tool lets you preview creations before the final output. It installs a browser toolbar along with the main application.

You can expect everything that a DTP tool contains right from adding special effects to printing envelopes and labels. Whereas, you can’t export high quality artworks in free version.

Friday, March 7, 2014 by Unknown · 0