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DSpeech v1.63.4 Updated

billon on 20 Jul 2017
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Jul 2017
  • 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 e.g. insert pauses, emphasize specific words, spell them out etc. using tags.

The program works out-of-the-box on WinXP and above, using the included Microsoft speech engine SAPI5. 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.

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

Category:
System Requirements: WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft speech engine SAPI5
Unicode support: Yes
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?
  • Added:
    • Option to save in the .opus audio format;
    • Option to save in the .amr audio format, so if not to bother the package, this option has not been turned on, if you like it, let me know.
  • Numerous fixes and small improvements.

From "History (ITA).txt" (through Google Translate)
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2015-04-01 21:46

I tried to test DSpeech but it failed to run on my system (Windows 8.1)- what are its requirements?

AndTheWolf on 2017-02-22 20:48

Now at v1.63.0

Happy.Camper2 on 2017-06-10 17:28

DSpeech is now version 1.63.3 Released 2017 Mar 27 at Authors site.
http://dimio.altervista.org/eng/index.html

Download Link=>
http://dimio.altervista.org/stats/download.php?id=5

DSpeech is now available in .paf format over at portableapps.com - version 1.63.3 Released 2017 Jun 09
https://portableapps.com/apps/accessibility/dspeech-portable

Download Link=>
http://download3.portableapps.com/portableapps/dspeechportable/DSpeechPortable_1.63.3.paf.exe

Enjoy!

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DShutdown v1.73.3 Updated

billon on 20 Jul 2017
  • 803KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Jul 2017
  • Suggested by rw14c

DShutdown is an automation program that allows you to perform variety of activities on either your computer or remote PCs. Functions include awaken, sleep, shutdown, close/open programs, alarms, lock, and more. Triggers include after a time period, program close (e.g. once file compression completes), activity monitor, network rate (e.g. when a large download finishes) and even monitor color changes.

Category:
System Requirements: WinAll
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch DShutdown.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: TimeComX
What's new?
  • From the context menu of the TrayBar you can set the RDShutdown automatic startup.
  • Added a "military" encryption level for passwords either when they are saved in the INI file or when they are transmitted over the network.
  • Now you can modify (and save automatically) the RDShutdown password directly from the TrayBar context menu.
  • Small fixes.

From "History (ITA).txt" (through Google Translate).
Latest comments
Max Works on 2008-07-01 12:59

When I run Avast anti-virus on this programme it tells me that it contains a Trojan Horse called Win32:Spyware-gen [Trj].
Can anyone confirm that this is correct? If so, perhaps it shouldn't be on the site. (ps... thanks Andrew - your site is my top site after BBC !)

Doobedoo on 2009-01-05 02:38

ESET always blocks with false positive! Teach that guy's that it isn't!

Werner on 2012-07-26 09:53

I used that often on XP 32bit but on Windows 7 64bit it does crash. Guess this is because of 64bit, but I can't test this either.

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Media Player Classic - Home Cinema v1.7.13 Updated

billon on 16 Jul 2017
  • 41MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Jul 2017
  • Suggested by Rick

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema (MPC-HC) is a lightweight player with broad format support. It includes keyboard shortcuts, audio/video controls, a web interface for remote control and more. The program is derived from Media Player Classic (MPC), a media player that mimics the interface of Windows Media Player 6.4, and adds support for EVR rendering, H.264 and VC-1 video hardware acceleration, bugfixes, additional languages, decoders and more.

Alternatively, versions from WinPenPack and PortableApps are also available: X-MediaPlayerClassic_HomeCinema and Media Player Classic - Home Cinema Portable.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP or 7z package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete unnecessary language files
  3. Create an empty text file and name it mpc-hc.ini or mpc-hc64.ini
  4. Launch mpc-hc.exe or mpc-hc64.exe
Similar/alternative apps: SMPlayer
What's new? See:
https://mpc-hc.org/changelog/
Latest comments
starshakur on 2017-04-05 14:27

Typo @ How to extract 3.

.ini, not .exe

__philippe on 2017-04-05 15:45

@starshakur

.ini fixed, innit ? ...;-)

billon on 2017-07-16 19:12

"v1.7.13, the latest, and probably the last release of our project…"
:(

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UNetbootin v6.55 Updated

billon on 19 Jul 2017
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 19 Jul 2017
  • Suggested by donald

UNetbootin allows you to create a bootable operating system on a USB drive without burning a CD. Can use regular ISO files or download from any of the major Linux and FreeBSD distributions (Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE, NetBSD, etc.) as well as bootable system utilities for repair, recovery, testing and more.

Also available for Mac and Linux.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract: Download unetbootin-windows-xxx.exe to a folder of your choice and launch.
Similar/alternative apps: Universal USB Installer, Rufus
What's new? See:
https://github.com/unetbootin/unetbootin/releases
Latest comments
bzl333 on 2013-07-27 00:36

up to version 5.85 now at sourceforge.

TP109 on 2014-11-26 02:56

This is ideal for installing Linux distros. Has worked flawlessly so far. Can't say the same for similar apps.

webfork on 2016-10-10 22:00

I used this program successfully to get Ubuntu set up on an old Mac.

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Database Browser Portable v5.3.1.12 Updated

billon on 14 Jul 2017
  • 7MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Jul 2017
  • Suggested by JohnTHaller

Database Browser allows you to connect to any database and browse or modify data, run sql scripts, export and print data. It works directly with Oracle, MS Sql Server, ODBC, MySql, OleDB, BDE, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MS Sql Server Compact, Interbase and Firebird.

Database Browser Portable is packaged in PortableApps.com Format for use alone or with the PortableApps launcher.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch DatabaseBrowserPortable.exe.
What's new? See:
https://www.etl-tools.com/database-browser/history.html
Latest comments
ja on 2010-12-19 20:06

How do you work with a local MySQL file?

crab on 2011-01-23 20:56

Can't use SQL files directly, have to connect to a server. useless.

scottG on 2011-02-16 13:11

Just a clarification, this doesn't work "directly" with Oracle, MySQL or other DB, it requires an ODBC connection set up. If it worked "directly" with those it would connect to Oracle via TNSNames on (default) port tcp/1521 and for MySQL tcp/3306. It does neither.

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