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Clone2Go Video Converter [Review]

Posted by PCbasics on June 19, 2013 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (1)


Overview:

Clone2Go Video converter is an application to convert video files to be able to play them on your mobile device. I have used Clone2Go products for many years and have been satified with thier product. Their video converter is no exception.


Review:

When I hear video converter, I think of the many different thousands of free video converters out there. Why would this one be any different? I answered my own question when I tried this program out. With hundreds of format presents you will have no problem converting the video you need for your video capable device. From video game consoles, to iPads, and phones, Clone2Go Video Converter has them all.




The product also features a YouTube downloader. You can download your favorite videos from YouTube and convert it to your device, all within the program. The group encoding feature is also a very useful feature in the program. If you need multiple videos to be coverted, the program can handle them all at once so you don't have to convert them individually.



Need the soundtrack but not the video, Clone2Go Video Converter got you covered. Not only can the program extract the audio from your videos or movies, but you will be able to extract only the parts that you need. Customize your audio and video parameters for the program to get exactly what you need.


Product Specs:


All in All

The program has many useful features along with converting video formats. I was able to convert a few test videos with no problems or gimmicks at all. The interface is very straight forward and easy to use. The only problem I had was not with the program itself but with the price. $30 for a converter is much too steep for me. I rate Clone2Go Video Converter Pro 4 stars out of 5.



PCbasics Site Update

Posted by PCbasics on April 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)


If any of our readers are wondering what happened to PCb in the past months, this is an update on the PCbasics site.


So, Whats going on?

I have taken a break from PCbasics in order to focus on my school work in the past months, but at the same time we are also deciding on how we can improving the site. The PCbasics Websites are currently running two blogs. AppRadar: covering iOS apps, and PCbasics: covering Windows applications and freebies. With a small team of 3 people, it's a work demanding job. We have tried launching other sites in the past, but we didn't have enough bloggers to run them at full speed. Both have been put on hold as we sort out the future of PCbasics Websites. As for PCbasics, we are currently deciding whether we should migrate our site to the more popular Wordpress platform. As we have been on the Freewebs platform for 3 years now, the Webs platform is very limited to the cusomization level. As you can tell, our site did not change that much over the years. Yes, there were small graphical changes to the homepage and a few changes the the blog look, but the overall site experience has not changed. Although the site design isn't bad, we would like a bit more control on comments, blog content manager, and ability to implement more social media sharing ability. For the comments section, we would like to continuously keep our giveaways fair. The current comment system is buggy and limited on functionality. No tracking and or spam filter. We have tried to control the spammers and cheaters, but it has been all manual work for me to sort them by hand. This isn't ideal when we are getting 100 (possibly more) comments on blog posts. We are also looking for more implementation within the blog posts. As of right now, the blog post editor doesn't have the ability to add flash, or other elements (such as raffle copter), which is why we have seperate pages for raffle copter giveaways. Social media is also a very import part to our site. The ability to share and follow us on social media allows our reader base to grow. We are growing, but without proper social media compatibility and ease of use, we are limiting our reader base to a low number. As you may know, most if not all major blogs are on Wordpress, and we are still considering this move, but would first like to inform our readers. Either way, we wil be continuing to deliver the best content to our readers. The difficulties of moving platforms is the inability to move our articles from here to the new platform, but at the same time it would be nice to get a fresh start for PCbasics.


What? Malware!?

We are currently aware of the malware message chrome users are experiencing:


This problem is due to some links on the website. We are working on trying to get these links removed to clear this danger message. We assure you that there is no malware on PCbasics.


When are the changes going to take effect?

I can't say for sure. As I have said before, I am busy with the load of school work, but as far as new blog content, within the next month PCb will be back up to normal speed. We haven't decided on whether we should migrate or stay the same, so it wold be great if you guys could leave your thought on what would be best for our readers. Since, well, you are are our readers. :)


What are your thoughts on the future of PCbasics? We would love to hear from you. Keep it the same? or change platform? Question? Feel free to ask, or e-mail us via the "Contact Us" tab.


Thanks for your support,
PCbasics Team

3 Years Old!

Posted by PCbasics on February 11, 2013 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (3)


Yes. It really has been three years! Thanks to all our reader that has brought us to where we are today! We are very happy and exited on how successful this site has been over the years. It wouldn't have been possible without all of you guys visiting PCbasics. It has been a great three years and hope there will be many more to come.

Cyberlink PhotoDirector 3 For Free (Worth $149.95)

Posted by PCbasics on January 30, 2013 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)


(Credit Cyberlink)


Overview:

Having the correct program to edit your photos is essential for any photographer. The only problem is that many of the photo editors are very expensive. Software companies such as Adobe price their programs way over $300 with their programs such as Lightroom and Photoshop. Competitor programs such as Nik and Cyberlink also have their prices over $100. I have used PhotoDirector for years and I have to say it is very good program to have if you deal a lot with photos.



(Credit: Cyberlink)


For Free:

For the next 48hrs. Cnet is giving away Cyberlink PhotoDirector 3 for free! To get a free copy go over to their post and click the green "Get It Now" button to enter your name and e-mail. Check your entered email for a confirmation email containing the serial key to register your software.

http://download.cnet.com/8301-32471_4-57566732-10391713/exclusive-free-giveaway-of-cyberlink-photodirector-3/

Christmas Giveaway Winners!

Posted by PCbasics on December 30, 2012 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (7)

First of all, thank you to all the my readers. You help support the life of this site now for the 3rd year! Secondly, I would like to thank the developers for offering complementary licenses to all the programs. We had another successful Christmas giveaway this year and today I will announce the winners to all the giveaways.


Usenet Winners:

  1. Shubh - 30GB Account
  2. basab - 30GB Account
  3. Rahul - 30GB Account
  4. Bero - 50GB Account
  5. vhick - 50GB Account
  6. Olavi - 150GB Account

Able2Extract 8 Winners:

  1. jimi2061
  2. matroska
  3. amon
  4. Ghost
  5. iamarchemedes

SAS Pro Winners:

  1. polat
  2. suren neo
  3. abeon
  4. miguel
  5. sanchit
  6. alemdar
  7. Askanag
  8. sankar
  9. arvind
  10. Marco
  11. Asriel Rusdyawan
  12. Kolle Baas
  13. Eternalgenius
  14. ha14
  15. hayta
  16. kalasehir
  17. Mohammad Wasiullah
  18.  Rodney
  19. grr
  20. ron
  21. KC
  22. matt royce
  23. Volodymyr
  24. Lee
  25. grzesiek


Congrats to all the winners! Winners will be contacted via e-mail, so keep an eye on your inbox. Have a happy new year and hope to have a successful 2013.

SUPERAntiSpyware Pro Edition [#7]

Posted by PCbasics on December 25, 2012 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (92)


(Via: SAS)


Overview:

SUPERAntiSpyware is the #1 solution for removing spyware from your computer. With four different scanning modes, completely remove all the spyware, not just the easy ones!


Review:

SUPERAntiSpyware removes all the spyware, malware, and all the "junk" from your computer with no hassle. It scans your computer on low resources to keep your PC running smoothly without interuptions, unlike other programs that scan your computer and consume huge amounts of memory. The interface of the program is newly designed with a new graphical interface. The previous version lacked an easy to understand graphical interface, but with the newest version of SAS is nicely designed.



 

As you can see from the homepage that it has a clean look for you to choose the task. The scanning process of SUPERAntiSpyware allows you to set scheduled scans. This enables you to have a worry free experience. You set a specific date and time or just set it to scan daily. The scheduled scans can also be customized by either a quick, complete, or custom scan. When you scan your computer for harmful software, you can set the scans to your own likings.

 



During the scanning process, you can see live scan results. It tells you the file ocation and the type of files SAS is scanning. Whether it is memory, registry, or files, the results will show how many are found and the threat it is to your PC. As you can see from the sreenshot, I have not scanned my PC for a very long time! SAS searches deep into your system to find all the malware and spyware.


What's New?

Version 5.6 is the most significant update from SAS. With faster scanning, quicker startup, enhanced Real-time protection engine, more powerful scheduling system, and fast updates! We have reviewed the previous version of SAS, and this new update is a huge improvement from the last one.



 

Other Notable Features:

  • Repair broken Internet Connections
  • First Chance Prevention
  • Real-Time Blocking
  • Light on System Resources
  • And more! (read more...)

 


Product Specs:

 


All in All:

SUPERAntiSpyware Pro Edition is one of my favorite programs. The program allows me to have complete relaxation knowing that my PC wil be safe from spyware and malware. The program features an easy to understand interface and easy to customize the scans. I rate this program a PCb Favorite for its quality and overall feature content.



Giveaway:

Merry Christmas from PCb! Thanks to Luke from SUPERAntiSpyware to offer me 25 licenses of SUPERAntiSpyware Pro Edition to giveaway to our readers! One single-user license is normally $29.95 USD, totaling up todays giveaway to be worth $748.75 USD! Winners will be selected at random (via Random.org). If you would like to win a free account be sure to follow the rules below:

  • Subscribe to PCbasics (Please confirm your subscription in the verification email)
  • Leave a comment below (Valid emails only)

 

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Giveaway Overview:


(This giveaway will run for 1 day, ending on 12-26-12)


Giveaway #6 Winners!

Winners are announced here: http://www.pcbasics.info/apps/blog/show/21580854-christmas-giveaway-winners-

Merry Christmas!

-PCb Team

Able2Extract PDF Converter 8 [#6]

Posted by PCbasics on December 24, 2012 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (27)

(Credit: Investintech)


Overview:

Able2Extract Professional is a all-in-one converter for your native PDF files and scanned PDFs. This program is easy to use and full of functionality. Packed with 64 awesome features and 8 PDF conversion formats, this will be the only PDF converter you will ever need! The professional version of the program also comes with a additional feature. The ability to handle scanned (image) PDFs.


Review (Updated):

At initial startup, the program displays a dialogue box that walks you through each of the 3 steps in the conversion process and gives a description of how and what to do. I love how easy it is to use the program with easy to follow instruction until the very end. It guides you every step of the way and makes it easy for a novice user to take command and use every function of the program to his/her liking.




The newly design interface from version 7 is still in version 8, has greatly improves usablity of the program. With graphical buttons and a brank new look, the features are easy to spot. The steps to using the program only consists of 3 steps:

  1. Open your file
  2. Select data you want to convert
  3. Convert to your desires output format

Simple and easy! With this program you get great results due to their OCR technology powered by Accumax CT.

Able2Extract Professional 8 has made incremental improvements in its PDF conversion output as a result of the updated OCR technology and the improved PDF rendering. The result is PDF conversions to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that are more accurate and stay truer to the actual PDF document once it is converted back into its native form.



Key Features (via developer):

  • PDF to Excel, Word, PowerPoint, & Publisher
  • Batch Conversion
  • Proprietary PDF Viewing
  • PDF to AutoCad - Recover CAD drawings
  • PDF to Images - Make PDF Images Useable
  • PDF to Open Source Formats - Conversion to Open Source Formats
  • and a lot more... (read more)




What's New In Version 8?

Seen all of Version 7 before? What's new? The newest update of Able2Extract is now cross platform! This is great news to Linux users and Mac users. What is even better is that when you buy a key, you will be able to work off and switch between any of the 3 platforms you choose. Able2Extract 8 also improves PDF viewing. With improved PDF viewing you will be able to open more files and show the PDF in a higher fidelity. This will also lead to higher output quality. The conversion process has also been improved. With the new OCR technology, rendering quality and accuracy will be much higher. You conversions from Word, Exel, and PowerPoint will stay even closer related to the original. Other new features of Able2Extract 8 include: New Advanced Custom Excel and Document Thumbnails.




Other Notable Features:

  • PDF to Excel, Word, PowerPoint, & Publisher
  • Batch Conversion
  • Proprietary PDF Viewing
  • PDF to AutoCad - Recover CAD drawings
  • PDF to Images - Make PDF Images Useable
  • PDF to Open Source Formats - Conversion to Open Source Formats
  • and a lot more... (read more)

 

Product Specs:


All in All:

Version 8 is just as great as version 7. With improved conversion and PDF quality, how much better can it get. Version 8 has brought Able2Extract to the top of my list. Fast compete conversions at highest quality is what every PDF converter should have, but Able2Extracat 8 outshines them all. As one of my favorite programs this awesome editor and converter deserves a spot on the PCb Favorites.



Giveaway:

UPDATE:

Sorry everybody, there was some miscommunication on my part. We are giving away the standard version of Able2Extract 8. Not the Pro version. Sorry for the confusion.

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Thanks to Reena from Investintech Inc. to offer me 5 licenses for Able2Extract 8 Standard (Win/Mac/ or Linux!) to giveaway to our readers! One single-user license is normally $129.95 USD, totaling up todays giveaway to be worth $649.75 USD! Winners will be selected at random (via Random.org). If you would like to win a free account be sure to follow the rules below:

  • Subscribe to PCbasics (Please confirm your subscription in the verification email)
  • Leave a comment below (Valid emails only)

 

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Giveaway Overview:


(This giveaway will run for 1 day, ending on 12-25-12)


Giveaway #5 Winners!

Winners are announced here: http://www.pcbasics.info/apps/blog/show/21580854-christmas-giveaway-winners-


Usenet [#5]

Posted by PCbasics on December 23, 2012 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (60)


(Via: Usenet)


Overview:

Usenet is a download server free for everyone but with the Usenet.nl software, you can browse and search the files with ease. With over 30 years of files, Usenet has now grown to the largest storage network in the world.


Review:

Usenet is fast, safe, large, and easy. With their giant database, search tons of unsencored files with 100% privacy protection. Download from speeds up to 100 Mbps and from 16 simultaneous connections to 8 server farms at one time. The software to use Usenet is also really easy to use. The navigation is as simple as typing for what you are searching for. The program searches through the 2,500 terabytes of data and fists the found files in a list for you to chose from.



The program also divides different kinds of files into seperate categories. From music, games, music, videos, etc. The free newsreader software revolutionizes downloading from the Usenet.


Other Notable Features:

  • 256-Bit-SSL-Encryption of Downloads
  • No viruses, no advertisement
  • The Usenet is always available - no server downtime
  • Access to 60,000 Newsgroups
  • And more! (Read more...)


Product Specs:


All in All:

Usenet.nl is a small utility with lots of downloading power. With no downtime and high download speeds, Usenet is the best solution and alternative to P2P sharing and without ever having to upload any files.


Giveaway:

Thanks to Emily from Usenet.nl to offer me 6 accounts for Usenet to giveaway to our readers! We wil be giving away three (3) 30GB accounts, two (2)  50GB accounts, and one (1) 150GB account! The accounts have no expiration date and will be active until the download limit has been reached. Winners will be selected at random (via Random.org). If you would like to win a free account be sure to follow the rules below:

  • Subscribe to PCbasics (Please confirm your subscription in the verification email)
  • Leave a comment below (Valid emails only)

 

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Giveaway Overview:


(This giveaway will run for 1 day, ending on 12-24-12)


Giveaway #4 Winners!

Everyone who left a comment won a free license.


Aimersoft DVD Ripper [#4]

Posted by PCbasics on December 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (9)


(Credit: Aimersoft)


Overview:

Aimersoft DVD Ripper is a program to save your home DVDs into your computer. By ripping your home DVDs, you can convert the DVDs into many different formats so you can watch your movies on your portable devices. The DVD ripper rips into MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MP3 and more.


Review:

The ripper also has over 150 presets to convert the DVDs into. With the built in editor, quickly touch-up your movies before you convert them into the output formats. 



 

The interface of the program is easy to understand. The ripping process is an easy 4 steps. Load the DVD, edit the video, edit the output settings, and finally start the rippng process. With 6X faster conversion speed, speedily rip DVDs to your favorite device in no time.



Aimersoft DVD Ripper is a easy to use solution for saving your DVDs onto your mobile devices. The software makes it easy to rip and convert the files to all the correct formats.

 

Other Notable Features:

  • Convert to tons of formats: AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, FLV,MKV, 3GP, MPEG, TP, TRP, HD AVI, HD WMV, HD MOV and more.
  • Extract audio from DVD to MP3, wma, WAV, AAC, OGG, AC3, etc.
  • Crop, clip, and add watermarks to your videos
  • And more! (Read more...)


Product Specs:


All in All:

Aimersoft DVD Ripper is very similar to other DVD ripper programs. What makes this program special is the ability to edit and add watermarks to the video within the program. No need for other third party converters when the editor and converter is all included in one package. I rate Aimersoft DVD Ripper 5 stars out of 5.



Giveaway:

Thanks to Jessie from Aimersoft Studio to offer me 10 licenses of Aimersoft DVD Ripper to giveaway to our readers! One single-user license is normally $35.95 USD, totaling up todays giveaway to be worth $359.50 USD! Winners will be selected at random (via Random.org). If you would like to win a free license be sure to follow the rules below:

  • Subscribe to PCbasics (Please confirm your subscription in the verification email)
  • Leave a comment below (Valid emails only)

 


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Giveaway Overview:


(This giveaway will run for 1 day, ending on 12-23-12)


Giveaway #3 Winners!

Everyone who left a comment won a license.


Kvisoft Video to Flash Converter [#3]

Posted by PCbasics on December 21, 2012 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (3)


(Via: Kvisoft)


Overview:

Are you a website owner or blogger? Need to convert your videos into SWF or FLV? Kvisoft Video to Flash Converter is a great program to do just that. Get your videos streaming on your site simply by uploading the converted files into your blog.


Review:

Kvisoft Video to Flash Converter is not a program for everybody. The conversion format if mostly for streaming videos online for website owners and bloggers. The program itself for me is useful since SWF and FLV implements easily into my blog. On program start up, the layout is a typical video converter look. You can import your own videos and batch process multiple files at once. You can merge, split, and edit the videos to your liking before you publish the final SWF or FLV file.




 

 This program is easy to navigate and use. The conversion process is the standard import, edit, and export. The program also offers more extensive customization for more advanced users such as adjusting the quality and encoders.



Other Notable Features:

  • Set out Flash video properties such as dimension, bit rate, and frame rate.
  • Merge multiple video files into one.
  • Audio encoder for you to define the channels, sample rate, bit rate and volume.
  • Embed an image watermark or text watermark to brand the output video.


Product Specs:


All in All:

The program is functional, but the limitations are a bit steep. The program only offers one conversions functionality. But if you need this program, it is very beneficial for a web master, becuase it outputs in all the files needed and is ready to upload. I rate Kvisoft Video to Flash Converter 4 stars out of 5!



Giveaway:

Thanks to May from Kvisoft Co., Ltd. to offer me 5 licenses of Kvisoft Video to Flash Converter to giveaway to our readers! One single-user license is normally $19.95 USD, totaling up todays giveaway to be worth $99.75 USD! Winners will be selected at random (via Random.org). If you would like to win a free license be sure to follow the rules below:

  • Subscribe to PCbasics (Please confirm your subscription in the verification email)
  • Leave a comment below (Valid emails only)

 



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(This giveaway will run for 1 day, ending on 12-22-12)


Giveaway #1 Winners!

UPDATE:

We are extending our Wondershare Video Editor giveaway ONE more day! If you haven't joined in, go ahead and submit a comment (HERE)! Don't forget to subscribe to our feeds to get updated on the next giveaways.

UPDATE #2:

The winners of the Wondershare Video Editor giveaway:


Winners will be contacted via e-mail! Congrats!


Tenorshare Windows Password Recovery Tool Standard [#2]

Posted by PCbasics on December 20, 2012 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (5)


(Via: Tenorshare)


Overview:

With this very simple program, you can recover your Windows password in just a few steps. Select your burning device. Click burn!


Review:

Tenorshare Windows Password Recovery Tool Standard is very similar to a program we reviewed earlier (iAidsoft Windows Password Recovery) but with this program all you have to click is burn! When I say simple, I really mean simple with this program. You literally insert a CD into your CD-ROM drive and click "burn" in the program. After a few seconds, your recovery disk will be ready to use.



Once your CD is burned to disk, change the system BIOS to boot first in your CD drive. When the disk boots up, you select a profile and the application will remove the Windows password on your computer. It will remove it in seconds. To change your BIOS, you have to go into your BIOS settings. To get into your BIOS, you need to click a key prior to Windows startup. They key varies from system to system, but for my computer, I needed to click ESC in order to select my boot order.


Other Notable Features:

  • Remove passwords for other local accounts
  • Support non-US Windows versions
  • Support RAID/SCSI/SATA drives
  • And more! (read more...)


Product Specs:


All in All:

This program truly is simple. I was very impressed by its one step burn process and its ability to remove the Windows password so quickly. The price under 20 dollars is a reasonable price for my pocket. Its not very expensive, but at the same time it has only one function. I rate Tenorshare Windows Password Recovery Tool Standard 5 out of 5 for its true simplicity and speed.



Giveaway:

We have a special giveaway for all our readers. For the next 24 hours, send an e-mail to:

[email protected]

with the subject line "PCbasics Giveaway" to get a complementary download for Tenorshare Windows Password Recovery Tool Standard! The program is worth $17.95 for a single-user license. This giveaway is open to everyone and everyone will win a free license! Enjoy!


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(This giveaway will run for 1 day, ending on 12-21-12)


Giveaway #1 Winners!

UPDATE:

We are extending our Wondershare Video Editor giveaway ONE more day! If you haven't joined in, go ahead and submit a comment (HERE)! Don't forget to subscribe to our feeds to get updated on the next giveaways.

PCbasics Christmas Giveaway! [#1]

Posted by PCbasics on December 19, 2012 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (22)

Happy holidays from PCb! Today we are starting our annual giveaway series! Every day until Christmas day we will have a giveaway for all of you. Come back every day to join the next giveaway and see who won the last giveaway. We have over $3,000.00 in prizes to giveaway to our readers (you!), so keep a close watch to get a chance to win! Our first giveaway will be Wondershare Video Editor. Let the giveaways begin!



(Via: Wondershare)

Overview:

Wondershare Video Editor is a easy to use program to edit and create your very own home videos. Add your very own music, transition, effects, and text. Customize your video with drag and drop controls and an easy to understand graphical interface. Share your created videos to YouTube or save it to a preset, or custom format.


Review:

Wondershare Video Editor is a great video editor. It outscores Windows Movie Maker by a landslide. It features a intuitive design with a simple building process. Drag and drop controls with lots of custom combinations. With over 300+ effects to chose from, you can find the perfect effects for every kind of video. Add filters, graphics, dynamic transition, text, intros, and sound effects to get an amazing personalized video.

 



The interface of Wondershare Video Editor allows even a novice PC user to make fantastic movies. The program is very self-explanatory and consists of easy to use controls. Wondershare Video Editor has many unique effects to use on your videos. Use the files included in the installer or download more for free from within the program. Just drag and drop the effects you want into the timeline to add it to the selected video clip.

 


Add intros by selecting templates in the editor. Just change the text to get a customized look to your video.




Sharing your newly created video is a breeze. Wondershare Video Editor allows multiple output options and formats. You can output the videos to your portable media device on the program's presets, ready to go. You can also save the video to your computer as a video files to play back later. Another option is to upload the video to YouTube. Just login to your account with your YouTube credentials and click upload! Want to share this video on your home TV? No problem, you can also export the video to a DVD with the program.



Other Notable Features:

  • Auto Split
  • Take Snapshots
  • Instant & Full screen
  • Favorite Collection
  • Mute
  • And more! (read more...)


Product Specs:


All in All:

Wondershare Video Editor is a great program to use on your home videos. It is simple to use and exceeds Windows Movie Maker. It has many features including filters, transition, and intros. It has many output options and allows you to produce your very own videos in just minutes. I rate Wondershare Video Editor 5 stars out of 5.



Giveaway:

Thanks to Catherine from Wondershare to offer me 3 licenses of Wondershare Video Editor to giveaway to our readers! One single-user license is normally $39.99 USD, totaling up todays giveaway to be worth $120.00 USD! Winners will be selected at random (via Random.org). If you would like to win a free license be sure to follow the rules below:

  1. Subscribe to PCbasics (Please confirm your subscription in the verification email)
  2. Leave a comment below (Valid emails only) 

*One entry per person

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UPDATE:
We are extending this giveaway one more day!

(This giveaway will run for 1 day, ending on 12-21-12)

MP3 Toolkit Christmas Giveaway

Posted by PCbasics on December 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (1)

"To make this Christmas 2012 more wonderful and special, MP3 Toolkit, an all-in-one MP3 converter, ripper, merger, cutter, tag editor and recorder, is now offering a time-limited giveaway for all to celebrate the Christmas. This giveaway is a special gift for Christmas that is only valid before Dec 24th, 2012"


Description (Via Developer):

MP3 Toolkit is an all-in-one Windows application and a good tool, which is featured in the following basic 6 functions:

  • MP3 Converter - Users can convert audio files between different formats such as MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, AAC, etc. It can also extract the audio stream from popular video formats.
  • CD to MP3 Ripper - This function is designed for users that want to backup copies of track from CD. It enables users to rip audio files from CD to various audio formats such as MP3, WMA, APE or WAV.
  • MP3 Tag Editor - With the handy interface, users can easily edit MP3 tag information one by one or in batch.
  • MP3 Merger - It enables users to merge and combine several MP3, OGG, WAV and FLAC audio files to a single audio file.
  • MP3 Cutter - This function enables users to remove the unnecessary parts from a song, video or movie to make a new piece of music as their ringtones.
  • MP3 Recorder - It allows users to record any sound from a micphone to MP3 format.

All above, with MP3 Toolkit, users can convert, rip, edit, merge, cut and record audio files. Therefore, MP3 Toolkit is a good choice for those who often work with MP3 files.

 


Freebie Details:

The price of MP3 Toolkit is $29.95 USD but visitors can get it for free during the giveaway period. The Christmas giveaway is valid until Dec 24th, 2012. To get a free copy, be free to get it here:

http://www.mp3toolkit.com/giveaway.html

Monitor Your PC With PC Pandora

Posted by PCbasics on December 15, 2012 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)


(Credit: Pandora Corp.)


Overview:

Keeping track of your computer is very important. Whether it is keeping track of your kids, colleagues, or yourself, the internet is not a safe place. Kids on the internet are vulnerable to cyber bullying and interent predators, while you can get rid of "Cyberslacking" by monitoring your employees. You can also monitor who uses your computer and keep a close watch on your private data in case someone is able to get their hands on it.


Key Features (Via Developers):

  • Monitors And Records All Emails
  • Record All Instant Messenger Activity and Chats
  • Record all keystrokes typed
  • Monitor and Records All Websites Visited
  • 24/7 access from anywhere with LIVE! service
  • Internet website filtering
  • 100% Silent Monitoring
  • Record All Programs Run and Applications Utilized
  • Easy to Install & Use
  • Security and privacy when ordering


Freebie Details:

For limited time through the end of the year, PC Pandora v7 will be free for the holiday season.

"As a gift for the holidays, we are giving copies of our PC Pandora away to parents, so they can better protect their kids when they use those new PCs."

To get this limited time offer follow the steps below:

  1. Go to: http://www.pcpandora.com/
  2. Click on: Producst -> PC Pandora
  3. Click "Buy Now"
  4. Enter the promo code: HOLIDAY2012


  5. Fill in the form:




  6. Check your e-mail for serial and order information
  7. Download PC Pandora v7: http://www.pcpandora.com/download
  8. Enjoy!


[Via PRWeb]

[iOS + Windows/Mac] Create Professional Logos for Free

Posted by PCbasics on December 12, 2012 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Overview:
Laughingbird Software has been around for a long time, and is most well known for their logo creator program. I have tried out their older version before and it performed very well. I was able to design many professional looking logos with their ready to edit templates. You can customize the graphics, fonts, color, and more of each graphic within the software. With a drag and drop interface with no coding, drawing, or any kind of difficulty, you can create you very own blog headers, Facebook covers, watermarks, and more. It's really easy to design your personalized logos at a low cost in this program. For a limited time, get it at even a lower cost, FREE!


Freebie Details:
We posted a freebie about 2 years ago (HERE) on this very program and now its back, and better. Get the iOS version of this app on your iPhone/iPod and iPad for free! As it was announced on their Facebook page earlier today (https://www.facebook.com/Laughingbird.Software/posts/390371284382914), you can get a hold of this offer until the 14th, so hurry! The iOS app itself it a $3.00 value, plus get the latest version (V6) of their desktop version for free along with the app download (a $37.00 value). To get this special promotion in celebration of 12/12/12, head over to their app download page in iTunes and get it for $0.00.


iOS App:
Logo Maker By Laughingbird Software (Universal): $2.99 FREE

*To get the desktop version through the app, click the (i) button and then click on "Website"

Desktop Version:
Don't own an iOS device? I have included the link in this post for all of you.

Fill out the form and check you e-mail for the confirmation link. After you click on the link, you will recieve another e-mail with the download links to both the full Windows and Mac versions. 

Enjoy!

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Winferno ID Confidential 2013 [Review]

Posted by PCbasics on December 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Overview:

If you have ever filled out an online form or shopped online with you credit card, it is possible to get you confidential information stolen from you tracks. Your PC leaves tracks of your social security number, credit card info, logins, and passwords whenever you complete a form online. Clean out and protect your private data with Winferno ID Confidential 2013. Keep you information away from prying  eyes by locking up or shredding your online traces.


Review:

Winferno ID Confidential 2013 is a program to keep your identity safe. Spending much of my time online myself, I have many of passwords and private information stored on my computer. By spending my time on the web, I am vulnerable to hackers that steal my confidential information stored in temporary files and/or history files in my web browser. This program makes it easy to lock up my private info or destroy it.




After scanning my PC, I found a few confidential files stored on my computer. Of course if you spend more time online than I do, there will be more passwords and private files stored. Once the program has found the stored information you have the option of choosing what you would want to do with the confidential information. You can chose from either adding the info into a secure database ("Safe-Deposite Box"), Destroying the files (Shredding), ignore the found info, or open up the file locations.




Other Notable Features (Via Developer):

  • Permanently Shreds Sensitive Files
  • Saves files to a Safe-Deposit Box that Only You can Unlock
  • Secures and Encrypts Confidential Usernames and Passwords
  • Read more...


Product Specs:


All in All

The program is simple to use and pretty straight forward. The only complaint is the price of this program. There are programs such as TuneUp, Glary Utilities, and CleanMyPC, etc.  that do the same and/or more for the same price. I do like the password manager implemented into this program, but it just simply needs more to get the most of your money, I do like the simplicity of the program, but there is just too much competition for programs like this for Winferno ID Confidential 2013 to stick out. I rate Winferno ID Confidential 2013 4 stars out of 5.



Undo A Sent E-mail in Gmail

Posted by PCbasics on December 3, 2012 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Oh no! You have sent an email you were not finished with yet! I sent it to the wrong person! I didn't mean to click the send button! Many of these occurrences appear quite often when I am composing e-mails. The frustration of sending the e-mail to the wrong person can lead to a disaster or can cause big problems. With the "Undo" feature in Gmail, you won't have to worry about sending unfinished e-mails again. There is a lag time from when you click the send button, to the time the e-mail is actually being sent. By enabling the "Undo" feature, you are able to stop the e-mail from being sent as long as you do within the few seconds following your accidental click. This feature has saved me countless times and it should save yours too. To enable this feature follow step-by-step the instructions below:


  1. Log into Gmail from your web browser: http://www.mail.google.com/
  2. Click on the "gear" icon and then click "Settings"




  3. Click on "Labs" in the tab menu




  4. Scroll down and find "Undo Send" and click "Enable"



    Then click "Save Changes"

  5. Done!


Now all you have to do when you have accidentally sent an e-mail is to click the "Undo" button in the banner that appears after sending the e-mail. Enjoy!

Kvisoft Video Converter Giveaway Winners

Posted by PCbasics on October 29, 2012 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (2)



Congrats to the winners of the Kvisoft Video Converter giveaway:

  • Angel V
  • ha14
  • kusa
  • SK
  • biju abraham


Winners will be contacted soon via email.

Kvisoft Video Converter [Review + Giveaway]

Posted by PCbasics on October 24, 2012 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (9)


(Credit: Kvisoft)


Overview:

Kvisoft Video Converter is an all in one converter for your home videos. Convert videos to the all the major video formats for your video players and media devices. The program interface is very similar to competitor brands such as Wondershare, Aimersoft, and WinX, but despite its similarity, the program performs very well in conversion quality and speed.





Review:

The program interface is graphical and very easy to understand. It features large buttons and many options for your customized video output. The main window of the program features a preview window, access to edit options such as the clip, crop, watermark, and video edits. The program allows batch processing for quicker conversions of multiple videos. One quick test run of a HD video did show some lag in the program preview, but if your dealing with smaller size videos or non-HD video, this program shouldn't have this problem.




The crop, watermark, and effect options allow you to quickly edit the video easily. With the simple drap adjustments, you can change the brightness, contrast, and saturation of the video. Add text or image watermarks on your videos for personalization. You can also preview your pre-rendered video to see what your adjustments made compared to the original video.



After editing your video to your liking, you can convert the video to many formats for your portable devices. From iPods, to your phones. The wide variety of formats allow you to bring your videos to any video capable device. Formats such as MOV, 3GP, MP4, WMV, MKV, AVI, WEBM, DV, MPEG, VOB, and FLV are supported with Kvisoft Video Converter.


Other Notable Features (Via Developer):

  • Supported audio output formats: MP3, M4A, AC3, AAC, WMA, WAV, OGG, MKA, AU, AIFF, FLAC.
  • Support to extract audio from imported video, and save as needed audio formats.
  • Support to convert videos to online video formats: such as Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube etc.
  • Allow to take snapshots for your preferred picture in video, and save as JPG or BMP format.
  • And more (Read more...)


Product Specs:

 

All in All:

Kvisoft Video Converter is a easy to use video converter for everyday videos. This may not be the best option for converting extremely large files. The support for multiple formats allow you to convert videos for all your portabe devices. Along my test run, I did run into some bumps and errors, which I have already reported to the developers. For the price of $30, there are too many freeware/online video conerters that this program can be compared to. The program has a nicer interface than freeware programs, but for the $30 price tag I would stick to freeware programs. I rate Kvisoft 4 stars out of 5.



Giveaway:

Whats better than getting this program for free!? Thanks to May from Kvisoft Co., Ltd. to offer me 5 licenses of Kvisoft Video Converter to giveaway to our readers! One single-user license is normally $29.95 USD, totaling up todays giveaway to be worth $149.75 USD! Winners will be selected at random (via Random.org). If you would like to win a free license be sure to follow the rules below:

  1. Subscribe to PCbasics (Please confirm your subscription in the verification email)
  2. Leave a comment below (Valid emails only) 

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Sale:

For limited time, just in time for Halloween, you can get this program for just $15.00. To grab this deal head on over to their sale page and click "Buy Now".

http://www.kvisoft.com/halloween-discount-for-video-tools.html



Giveaway Overview:


(This giveaway will run for 5 days, ending on 10-29-12)

See What's Taking Up Space In Your Hard Drive

Posted by PCbasics on October 19, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)


(Credit: Uderzo Software)



Overview:

Have you ever wondered about where all your hard drive space has gone to? With this small utitilty, get all the info on whats taking up space in your HDD. Get a graphical display on whats taking up the most space and whats taking up the least.



The program is very simple to use. Many times I wonder what is taking up so much space (usually all my software), but with this program, you can clearly see the space usage in a size grid. The appliacton quickly scans your selected drive for files and organizes them in an easy to understand display. Some other features that impressed me was the ability to zoom into small folders, to see in more detail.  You can also filter your results. If you wanted SpaceSniffer to only display pictures, you can just type .jpg into the filter and your map will only display .jpg images. Another awesome feature is the ability to be able to cut, copy, and paste right from the graphical display. All you have to do is right click on the files or folder to access the ability to interact with them.




Other Notable Features (Via Developer):

  • Fast and easy to use
  • Supports drag and drop
  • Export module lets you produce customizable textual reports
  • Intuitive structure layout, multiple views for different media
  • Zoomable elements, navigate like a web browser
  • The Windows folders and file popup menu is accessible by right mouse click
  • It's possible to restrict the view content by typing simple yet powerful filtering criteria
  • Lets you temporary tag files with four different colors and perform filtering on them
  • Different views of the same media can show differently filtered elements
  • Customizable in geometry, colors, behaviors
  • And more (read more...)


Product Specs:

 

All in All:

This ultra portable app is a great addition into my software library. It is feature rich and very useful for the everyday user. The interface is really simple and easy to understand. This small program packs a punch in its features and is highly recommended! I rate SpaceSniffer 5 stars out of 5.



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