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STDU Viewer v1.6.350 Updated

Checker on 31 Aug 2014

STDU (Scientific and Technical Documentation Utility) Viewer is intended to combine a variety of document, text, and graphics format viewers into one. The program includes a modern tabbed interface, search, rotate, thumbnail view, etc. The program can also export pages to an image file, create bookmarks, and more.

Primarily supporting formats used (as the program name suggests) for scientific/technical docs (TIFF, PDF, DjVu, XPS, and JBIG2), the program also supports a variety of others including FB2, Comic Book Archive (CBR or CBZ), TCR, PalmDoc(PDB), MOBI, AZW, EPub, DCX and both standard and specialized image formats (PCX, WMF, EMF, PSD).

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: GDIPLUS.DLL only on Windows 2000
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware for private or educational use -- commercial users must register.
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch STDUViewerApp.exe.
What's new?
  • Add hyphenation for Russian and English fb2, epub, mobi, txt etc.
  • Change search tab.
  • Fix minor bugs.
Latest comments
Craunch on 2013-10-03 11:06

I've just had an advertising bar appear occupying about 20% of the STDU window at the bottom of the window. I was using Installed STDU viewer version 1.6.284 unregistered. This suggests that the license is now Adware for private use, not freeware. Unfortunately I can't tell if this also affects educational use or the portable version; my guess is that it does.

I am Baas on 2013-10-04 01:30

@Craunch
Confirmed. Thanks.

Changed license to Freeware (ad supported).

Specular on 2014-07-22 08:38

Pretty decent PDF viewer, just the kind of lightweight app I was looking for. Unfortunately there is no 2-page face-to-face only layout view, as the 'face' layout it has scrolls down including any pages below. No idea why such an extra layout isn't included, as it's a better way to view books especially.

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FotoSketcher v2.95 Updated

Checker on 31 Aug 2014
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by JohnW

FotoSketcher helps you take existing photos and modify them for a vintage or vibrant look, as well as a long list of available pencil sketch, pen-and-ink, or hand-drawn painting looks. All modifications include with a variety of settings and tweaks to control the look from dramatic to slight.

Also includes basic photo editing tools such as text, crop, rotate, even automatic contrast and sharpening.

Alternatively, FotoSketcher Portable is also available.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware (donate)
How to extract: Download the portable EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch PortableFotoSketcher_x.xx.exe.
What's new? Changes:
  • Skinned menus for all three themes (tip: press the INS key to cycle through the interface themes).
  • Added a new check box to double the size of the manual brush (useful for high resolution images, when the max size was too small).
Bug fixes:
  • The most important bug fix concerns Windows Vista users who were sometimes getting a cryptic error message in French "Index de liste hors limite (-1)". Hopefully this is now solved.
  • The popup menu was showing incorrectly in the scripts window.
  • Some corrections to the Korean language files.
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webfork on 2013-04-21 15:17

This‭ ‬is an instant gift making program: ‬you‭ ‬can take a photo,‭ ‬do some nifty modifications to it,‭ ‬pick one of the frame outlines,‭ ‬print it,‭ ‬and you‭'ve got‭ ‬a‭ ‬birthday/Christmas‭ ‬covered.

EL_DeLino on 2014-08-30 23:01

FotoSketcher v2.95

http://www.fosshub.com/FotoSketcher.html

Checker on 2014-08-30 23:53

@ EL_DeLino: Thanks ... and updated ;)

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Audacity v2.0.5

Wolfghost on 19 Nov 2013

Audacity is a sound editor with support for most audio formats and sophisticated effects such as noise removal and studio reverb. Users can record live audio, compress or convert file types, as well as cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.

Due to licensing restrictions, users must follow these instructions to export to MP3.

Alternatively, Audacity Portable and X-Audacity are also available. The program is cross-platform and Version 2.0 supports Win 98/ME.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Audacity
Unicode support: Yes. Separate versions available.
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty folder and name it Portable Settings in the same directory
  3. Launch Audacity.exe
(Thanks to user "r" for instructions posted to this forum thread.)
What's new?
  • On a very few machines, the Windows WDM-KS low latency host caused Audacity 2.0.4 to hang or the computer to crash. WDM-KS has been removed from Audacity 2.0.5 while we work on safely enabling this host. WDM-KS will still be available for testing in the Windows alpha development builds.
  • Fixed a bug where Audacity would not record until the current input was reselected.
Latest comments
mrpink on 2012-03-15 13:28

Probably stealth. Delete the registry key after the first time you launch the program and see if it gets recreated

shodan816 on 2012-03-15 13:36

This 'portable' version still creates a registry entry and\or writes to the User folder. If you want TRUE portability, download it from: http://portableapps.com/apps/music_video/audacity_portable

olliebean on 2014-04-21 12:04

The registry key can be deleted, and is not recreated on subsequent launches. Alternatively, you can prevent it being created in the first place: before first launch, create a new text file in the Portable Settings folder called audacity.cfg, containing the single line: "NewPrefsInitialized=1" (without quotes).

This makes the program stealth. The only files it writes to the User folder are in %TEMP%. (And even this can be changed in the settings.)

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PhraseExpress v10.1.59 Updated

Ennovy on 30 Jun 2014
  • 19MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by JohnW

PhraseExpress is a keyboard macro utility that manages all your frequently used text phrases from a taskbar icon and allows you to paste them into any application with a single mouse click, a keyboard shortcut, or a text macro command. The program is ideal for email reply templates, signatures, addresses, and any other information that you find yourself typing repeatedly.

PhraseExpress also includes powerful macro functions to launch programs, files or email messages, offers support for dynamic macro commands and comes with a unique text-prediction feature.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract:
  1. Download PhraseExpress_USB.zip and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch phraseexpress.exe -portable
Similar/alternative apps: Texter
What's new? The text output and macro processing engine has been significantly enhanced since v10.0.35. Please test for compatibility with your macro functions before using in your production environment!

NEW Drastically improved phrase insertion performance. Linked phrases are now combined in an internal buffer before inserted into the target application.
NEW Improved clipboard handling if phrases are pasted via clipboard while the phrases perform complex clipboard operations.
NEW New macro functions {#SETTEMP } and {#GETTEMP } to create and output temporary variables.
NEW Added export option for PhraseExpress Android App.
NEW The Editor now offers rulers and customizable tab stops in formatted phrases.
NEW If macro hightlighting is disabled, the macro function placeholders now represent the editable text output formatting of the macro output.
NEW Enhanced table editing features.
NEW Tables can now be nested with other cells or tables in formatted phrases.
NEW The {#URL } macro function now allows you to select a specific browser to open a web site.
NEW Tray icon now indicates if PhraseExpress is executing a phrase or if it blocked from applications.

The option "Route ENTER and TAB through PhraseExpress" is now disabled by default and can be configured in the expert options.
Improved handling of HTML-formatted phrases.
Improved display of tables.
Improved text insertion and clipboard handling.
Phrase output can be cancellede with the hotkey ESC.
Phrase file synchronization improved.
Input buffer is now resetted after #cursor macro function.
Fixed Search & Replace feature.
The Outlook AddIn temporarily blocked Outlook in rare occasions.
Improved of the WIN-key as a hotkey.
The sorting order is now preserved when duplicating phrase folders.
Solved bug if round brackets are used in math expressions in the {#CALC } macro function.
Solved display problem of linebreaks in the phrase input window.
Latest comments
Manwolff on 2014-07-06 08:51

Morning folk, must say I agree with RedTed, I have just downloaded and unzipped the app. I am now the proud owner of a German app. Have tried to change the language, but it's a no go. I am running a 64bit Dell Inspiron, could be that it's only meant for 32bit systems???

webfork on 2014-07-06 20:04

Manwolff: would recommend contacting the author: http://www.phraseexpress.com/contact.php

bartelsmediagmbh on 2014-07-21 10:59

PhraseExpress normally auto-adapts to the language set in the regional settings of Microsoft Windows.

Here is a step-by-step procedure how to set PhraseExpress to English language:
http://screencast.com/t/zNolPepl1rpE

This also disables the automatic language detection. Hope, this helps.

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DSpeech v1.60 Updated

Checker on 25 Aug 2014
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by AlephX

DSpeech is a text-to-speech program with the option of saving the output to a variety of formats, great for creating audio books from text sources. It also supports dynamically changing the features of the voices eg. insert pauses, emphasize specific words, spell them out etc. using tags.

The program can import text from TXT, DOC, DOCX, RTF, HTML, XML, and PDF and output to MP3, OGG, AAC, WMA.

DSpeech works out-of-the-box on WinXP and above because the Microsoft speech engine SAPI5 is included by default. For WinNT/2K, you will need to install the speech engine separately. You will find links to plugins, speech engines and voice sets on the program website.

Category:
System Requirements: WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft speech engine SAPI5
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch DSpeech.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Balabolka
What's new?
  • Revision of the interface, the buttons to play from the beginning of the text and line by line with previous and next have been collected together and made more intuitive, graphically without compromising usability using screen readers. Even the button to read the contents of the ClipBoard has been moved.
  • Introduced the ability to use voice commands to control the program (eg "PLAY" or "PAUSE" or "DISABLE" to disable voice commands themselves).
  • With two new buttons you can now store the current cursor position and restore it at a later time, this is useful if, for example, you want to go to a specific point in the text that you are reading and then go back to the point where you left it.
  • A new button now allows you to quickly display the window with the recent documents.
  • Now the command "/ PLAY" command line appends text to the command "#CLOSE", so DSpeech reads the text in question and then closes automatically, ditto the contextual control of explorer.
  • Now in microphone recordings and subsequent bailouts is stored path and the choice made between wav and mp3.
  • Reallocate some of the small icons of shortcuts to other options.
  • Various changes and fixes.
Latest comments
Steven on 2008-12-14 05:38

This program contains a Trojan, you have been warned.

Onesimus Prime on 2010-05-27 08:23

According to VirusTotal (http://www.virustotal.com/analisis/1ad2e6f8cf28c870a6779947df6e2e7f6a50c22fda41fa57d25e718c7fe171e1-1274782233 ), only TrendMicro (1 out of 41 A-V scanners) had any problems with this.

caroline on 2011-03-16 13:59

I'm trying to add new voices, how do I do that, plus I'm trying to link with web, has anyone managed to do that?

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