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Balabolka v2.11.0.619 Updated

billon on 22 Jan 2017
  • 15MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 22 Jan 2017
  • Suggested by I am Baas

Balabolka is a feature-rich program to read text aloud from a variety of file types including DOC, RTF, PDF, ODT, FB2 and HTML. The program uses Microsoft's own Speech API 4 and 5, but lets you fine tune various voice parameters, including rate and pitch, and a substitution list can also be applied to improve the quality of the voice's articulation. The program supports customized font and background color, skins, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys.

Balabolka can also save the synchronized text to external LRC files or in MP3 tags inside the audio files. When the audio file is played with players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the text will be displayed synchronously (in the same way as lyrics for songs).

Also includes batch conversion tools from of a wide variety of document formats to audio or plain text and a file compare tool, file splitter, and screen magnification window.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft Speech API (SAPI). This is included by default in Win2K and above.
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable Version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch balabolka.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary language and help files.
Similar/alternative apps: DSpeech
What's new? Added:
  • The support of the %Number% variable in the "Base Output Filename" box in the window "Split and Convert to Audio Files". Use this variable to change the position of the sequence number inside the output filename.
  • The option "Display close button on all tabs" (the window "Settings", the tab "View").
  • The support of the %FileName% variable in the "Output Filename Pattern" box in the window "Split and Convert to Audio Files". The application will replace this variable by the text filename.
Updated:
  • The window "Split and Convert to Audio Files".
  • Resources for Bulgarian language.
Latest comments
Checker on 2014-08-31 01:53

@ smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)

smaragdus on 2015-07-21 07:09

Balabolka 2.11.0.584 has been released, changes:
20.07.2015 v2.11.0.584
+ Added the main menu items "Add Current Line as Named Bookmark" and
"Create Table of Contents".
* Updated the text split method: if text block size is defined, this value
will be used as a limit, not as a target. The program will split text
into equal parts.
* Resources for German and Spanish languages were updated (thanks to
Regine Mueller and Fernando Gregoire).

smaragdus on 2015-09-22 20:20

Balabolka version 2.11.0.588 has been released, changes in the latest version:
- Fixed the image viewer.
* The menu items "Skip to Next Paragraph" and "Skip to Previous Paragraph",
"Skip to Next Line" and "Skip to Previous Line" were interchanged.
* Resources for Spanish language were updated (thanks to Fernando Gregoire).

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ExcelPass v1.7.1.1 Updated

billon on 21 Jan 2017
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Jan 2017
  • Suggested by I am Baas

ExcelPass easily adds password protection from Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF and ZIP files. The program supports drag-and-drop and can quickly encode one or more files. Both read and write protection are both available (excluding ZIP files, which do not support write restrictions) and it uses standard settings, meaning it can be opened by all compatible viewers and editors, including Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, Adobe Acrobat, and many more.

The program can also disable security via the same interface (click the unlock button). Functional in 64-bit.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Dependencies: dotNET 4.0
License: MIT (source)
How to extract:
  1. In a temporary folder, download the ZIP file and extract
  2. Use Universal Extractor 2 to extract the installer file
  3. If present, move the contents of {app} to a folder of your choice (this appears to only occur on 64-bit systems)
  4. Launch ExcelPass.exe
Similar/alternative apps: gpg4usb
What's new?
  • Some bug fixed.
Latest comments
webfork on 2016-08-21 20:14

Although there are a variety of other ways to add a password to Office and ZIP files, there is no PDF encryption component (either read or write) in the free versions of PDF-XChange, Foxit, and Adobe Acrobat. As a result, this is a very nice addition for PDF users.

spicydog on 2017-01-21 12:37

Works fine for zip and pdf files but nothing happens on xls(x) and doc(x) files :(

Am I missing something?

webfork on 2017-01-22 20:34

@spicydog: there is a known bug with creating a read-only password, which is being explored by the author. However, I just recently tested view without issue, and had no issues with DOCX or ZIP files. Files were generated with Office 2010 and 7zip. Please post in forums (or on the github page) if you keep having issues.

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SepPDF v2.91 Updated

billon on 20 Jan 2017
  • 348KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Jan 2017
  • Suggested by I am Baas

SepPDF is a tiny PDF file splitter with drag-and-drop support.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SepPDF.exe.
What's new?
  • Some messages were corrected.
Latest comments
Midas on 2016-09-27 18:11

@xor: I guess you are referring to http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=2535 (I just upvoted it to make it visible)...

xor on 2016-09-29 08:10

yep @Midas, I didn't know it was around, I upvoted it too

MIKLO on 2016-12-22 15:57

Well this has been here a very long time, this program has worked fine for my uses.I was looking for an older version from the website I found in Japanese, the problem was many of the Japanese words are spelled wrong which changes the meaning. :D
MIKLO

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Chromium Portable v57.0.2979.0 Updated

billon on 17 Jan 2017
  • 237MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Jan 2017
  • Suggested by SYSTEM

Chromium is a browser similar to Google Chrome and uses the same code base. Chromium omits some components including Google's brand, auto-update mechanism, RLZ identifier, as well as the bundled Adobe Flash Player and PDF viewer.

Chromium Portable is a custom-built version of the dev channel of the Chromium web browser. It is packaged in the PortableApps.com Format and supports jPortable.

A 64-bit version is optionally available within the extract process.

Alternatively, X-Chromium is also available.

Category:
System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL (Chromium and patches: BSD, custom launcher: MPL 2.0, PA.c Launcher and PA.c Installer: GPL)
How to extract: Download the portable installer and install to a folder of your choice. Launch ChromiumPortable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: SRWare Iron, Google Chrome Portable
What's new?
Latest comments
joby_toss on 2016-11-01 15:46

I have no problem downloading the app. Try clearing your browser's cache and cookies.

MnX on 2016-11-02 15:21

The current download link (below title) links to a patch (24.0.1284.2.7z) and not the paf.exe

The direct dl link I found is: https://sourceforge.net/projects/crportable/files/ChromiumPortable_56.0.2902.0.paf.exe/download

hamasaki on 2016-11-02 15:54

@joby_toss

Clearing cache / cookies makes no difference. Tried in several browsers, same result. No worries, I`m sure it will fix itself soon.

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calibre v2.77 Updated

Ennovy on 13 Jan 2017
  • 140MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 13 Jan 2017
  • Suggested by I am Baas

Calibre is an e-book library management application with a variety of useful functions including device-specific e-book conversion, news download and conversion, viewer, and content server for online access to your collection.

The program syncs automatically with many different physical devices including Kindle, Nook, Sony PRS, BeBook, Android, iOS and many more (full list). It supports a variety of e-book formats, including azw, azw1, cbr, cbz, chm, epub, fb2, html, imp, lit, lrf, lrx, mobi, odt, oebzip, opf, pdb, pdf, pml, pmlz, prc, rb, rtf, snb, tpz, txt, as well as ebooks contained in rar and zip files.

Alternatively, X-Calibre is stealth and automatically adjusts paths. A WinXP-compatible version is available.

Category:
System Requirements: Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. HKCU\Software\Trolltech
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the "portable installer" and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch calibre-portable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: TEBookConverter
What's new? See: http://calibre-ebook.com/whats-new
Latest comments
bzl333 on 2015-02-06 18:08

@Tom - well its FREEEEEEEE so you got more than you paid the evil author of the program. also will be nice if you spend thousands of hours developing a free program and then let others criticize you with BIG BOLD ANGRY CAPITALS!!!!

filobus on 2015-05-28 07:38

@bzl333 weel, you have to bear criticism if you want to improve! (unkind criticism is another matter)
Calibre is "huge" (maybe it have to be like that, it's not a criticism, it's just a pity!), and I too don't like at all its way to make its own library (I have to put there only books I want to convert, and remove them, not a user friendly behaviour). It's a little too complicated, but it does its job well!
For me it's a must-have but also a could-be-better!! :-)

donald on 2015-07-24 19:38

Per CALIBRE Version: 2.33.0 beyond version 1.48x CALIBRE no longer supports XP.
Download XP Compatible from http://download.calibre-ebook.com/1.html

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