vineri, 28 noiembrie 2014

PhotoDirector 5 free - photo editing software giveaway for Windows

PhotoDirector is an all-in-one photo editor and manager that gives you complete control over your digital photography workflow with robust tools.

Intuitive interface: PhotoDirector has a similar workflow and interface to Lightroom. Primary adjustment and management tools are in menus aligned to the screen edges. Manual-adjustment sliders give you incremental control over every aspect of your photo file, from standard color-correction, brightness, and noise-removal tools to more perspective-altering adjustments like lens correction.
Filtered management: Get as basic or as granular as you please in organization. You can manage your photo gallery through tags and labels, and you can sort by flags, color, edit status, and stacks.
Performance: Version 5 takes advantage of 64-bit processor-powered machines, which is critical for loading images at higher resolutions, especially when entering Retina and 4K territory.

Download link (version 5 - free download) use code PhD5CNET

PCMAG detailed review (version 5):

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joi, 27 noiembrie 2014

Unity UI: Flexible, faster, full visual control

Unity is a cross-platform game creation system developed by Unity Technologies, including a game engine and integrated development environment (IDE). It is used to develop video games for web sites, desktop platforms, consoles, and mobile devices. First announced only for Mac OS, at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in 2005, it has since been extended to target more than fifteen platforms. It is now the default software development kit (SDK) for the Nintendo Wii U.

Unity UI: Flexible, faster, full visual control

Create at speed

The new UI system is leaps ahead of the old, it’s easy to build what you want and do it quickly with little or no coding necessary. Get all this out of the box:
  • Fast and flexible workflows
  • Low memory allocations and high performance
  • Easy multiplatform deployment
  • Unique animation capabilities
Unity UI

Fully optimized

With batching, texture atlasing and the new canvas component, we’ve come up with the optimal solution to allow your UIs to execute quickly on GPUs. Draw calls are kept low and performance remains high across all supported Unity platforms and device resolutions.

Intuitive layout tools

Laying out and resizing elements is easy with the new Unity UI. Design detailed layouts using the Rect Transform layout tools, and automate grids of UI elements with our built-in components.

Flexible anchoring

Take advantage of simple visual tools to anchor UI elements. The UI element maintains its anchored position regardless of changes to parent size or screen resolution. Want to anchor different elements relative to different positions on the canvas? No problem.

Smooth resizing

You can set UI elements to stretch along with the parent rectangle, or to maintain fixed margins inside it. In addition, each side of a UI element can be anchored individually, allowing you to set up sophisticated layouts without scripting.

Get animated

Animation plays a key part in your new UI workflow for creating dynamic layouts with slick transitions. Animate any part of your UI layouts, from bouncing buttons to animated material properties for detailed motion.

Get started...

To discover how the new Unity UI system can kickstart your game interface, check out the many UI tutorials on our Learn site.
For indepth information on all the new features, see the release notes.

Comparison Free vs. Pro version:

Side-by-side comparisons of the various Unity licenses


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miercuri, 26 noiembrie 2014

RawTherapee 4.2 - free image processing

RawTherapee is a free cross-platform image processing program. It allows viewing, management, and editing of a large number of digital images in various file formats (RAW, DNG, JPEG, TIFF, PNG).
Download link - select your OS (Windows, MacOs, Linux):

High Image Quality

  • 96-bit (floating point) processing engine.
  • Non-destructive editing.
  • Get the most details and least artifacts from your raw photos thanks to modern and traditional demosaicing algorithms: AMaZE, DCB, AHD, EAHD, HPHD, IGV, LMMSE, VNG4, Mono and Fast.
  • Advanced color handling from white balance to HSV (Hue-Saturation-Value) curves, color toning and color management.
  • Powerful CIE Color Appearance Model 2002 (CIECAM02) module.
  • Enhanced exposure and tonality tools: tone and Lab curves, highlights and shadows tools, tone mapping (HDR-like effect), etc.
  • Multiple denoising methods: luminance, chrominance (both rewritten in 2012), impulse (for salt and pepper noise) noise reduction.
  • Several tools to enhance details: unsharp mask, RL deconvolution, contrast by detail levels.
RawTherapee - A Before|After view of a fisheye high dynamic range raw DNG image produced using HDRMerge is processed.


  • Multi-threaded algorithms for high performance (RawTherapee can utilize modern processor features, like SSE).
  • Quick thumbnails load lightning fast and are replaced later with live thumbnails.
  • Batch processing: convert all the developed images at once without loading the processor while you work.
  • Copy/paste editing parameters from one file to many other. Partially copying and/or pasting is also possible.
  • Basic tools immediately at your hands.
  • Parallel editing of multiple images in separate editor tabs, and/or all at once from the file browser.
  • An optional secondary display can be used.
RawTherapee's File Browse


  • Wide variety of supported cameras: almost all DSLRs and even some medium format bodies are supported.
  • Can load most raw files including 16-, 24- and 32-bit raw HDR DNG images, as well as standard JPEG, PNG (8- and 16-bit) and TIFF (8-, 16- and 32-bit logluv) images.
  • Can save JPEG, PNG (8- and 16-bit) and TIFF (8- and 16-bit) images.
  • Advanced control over the algorithms with many fine-tuning parameters and curves.
  • Can send to GIMP or the editing tool of your choice in one click (16-bit TIFF file).
  • Command line usage besides the normal graphical interface.
  • Various layouts: multiple tabs, single tab with filmstrip, vertical tab with filmstrip, dual monitor.

New features since 4.1

  • RawTherapee-4.2 includes many speed, precision, stability and memory usage optimizations. As such, users of 32-bit operating systems may now find that they can enjoy more stability while using the most memory intensive tools. Of course users of 64-bit systems benefit from this as well. Refer to the full changelog for more information.
  • Powerful color toning tool.
  • Curve control of luminance noise reduction.
  • Median filter in the noise reduction tool.
  • Film simulation tool using Hald CLUT pattern files.
  • Command-line option to define bit depth of output TIFF/PNG file.
  • Multiple improvements to dead/hot pixel handling, see RawPedia.
  • Filename of currently opened image shown in the titlebar.
  • Clip control for the flat-field correction tool.
  • Demosaic method "Mono" for monochrome cameras, and "None" for no demosaicing.
  • Copy/paste processing profile keyboard shortcuts for right-handed users using Ctrl/Shift-Insert.
  • Update to dcraw 9.22 1.467
  • New or improved support for:
    • Canon EOS 7D
    • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    • Canon PowerShot G7 X
    • Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
    • Fujifilm cameras using the X-Trans sensor
    • Fujifilm X30
    • Hasselblad H4D-31
    • Hasselblad H4D-50
    • Hasselblad H4D-60
    • Hasselblad H5D-40
    • Hasselblad H5D-50c
    • Mamiya Leaf Credo 40
    • Mamiya Leaf Credo 50
    • Mamiya Leaf Credo 60
    • Mamiya Leaf Credo 80
    • Monochrome cameras such as Leica Monochrome
    • Nikon D610
    • Nikon D700
    • Nikon D750
    • Nikon D800E
    • Nikon D810
    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
    • Phase One IQ250
    • Phase One P40
    • Phase One P65+
    • Sony Alpha ILCE-5100
    • Sony NEX-C3

Freedom for Free

  • RawTherapee is free and open source software, meaning you can use it free of charge, wherever you like on whatever hardware you like, as long as you abide by the copyleft GPLv3 license. Download the source code, modify it, feel free to do what comes to mind. We believe in open software.
  • It is cross-platform: Linux, Mac, or Windows, be it 32-bit or 64-bit - you pick, we provide.
  • International: it is available in 25 languages!

Giveaway - Easy Audio Mixer

Easy Audio Mixer
Easy audio mixer is a multi track editor designed for average users. With it, you will be creating your own audio projects even if you never used a multi track editor or a mixer.
If you need to create presentations, podcasts, or even music… This software has all tools to make your work stand over the rest.

Download link available for today:

Free alternatives:
  • Ardour - OS - Windows, Linux, MacOS 

luni, 24 noiembrie 2014

Giveaway - PT Photo Editor

PT Photo Editor
PT Photo Editor is an efficient application designed to edit photos like a professional in an easier and faster way. You can easily correct color cast and exposure problem, remove imperfections, do quick selective editing and much more.

Main functions:

  • Easy to use editing tools such as blemish removal, red-eye correction, clone and heal tool;
  • Pro-quality adjustments: white balance, exposure, contrast, clarity, auto-levels, hsl, noise reduction and more;
  • Easy and smart selective editing way;
  • Full-time 16-bit processing and full color managed;
  • Lightweight.

Download link available for today: 
Free alternatives:  - detailed article - Gimp, Paint.Net, Zoner Free, RawTherapie and many more.

miercuri, 19 noiembrie 2014

Microsoft takes .NET open source and cross-platform, adds new development capabilities with Visual Studio 2015, .NET 2015 and Visual Studio Online

Microsoft .NET
Microsoft has plans to work with developers in the community to bring the .NET platform to both Linux and Mac OS. The importance of embracing community contributions was one of the key discussion points in Microsoft's preparations in going open source with the server side of .NET.

Giveaway - Ashampoo Burning Studio 2014

Ashampoo Burning Studio 2014
Ashampoo Burning Studio 2014 is a fully streamlined DVD and Blu Ray burning suite. Its user friendly interface allows the creation of data and music discs, quick backup copies, and virtual disc images. You can even erase and format old unwanted DVDs with only a few commands.

Download link available for today:

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sâmbătă, 15 noiembrie 2014

Giveaway - Aiseesoft MP4 Video Converter

Aiseesoft MP4 Video Converter
Aiseesoft MP4 Video Converter is designed to solve the compatibility problem between videos and your devices. It helps to convert video to MP4 format (H.264 included) for prevailing devices without losing quality and convert MP4 video to other video formats at fast speed, like MOV, WMV, AVI, TS, FLV, etc.
After converting, you can enjoy the converted video files on your media player, including the latest iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air/Air 2, iPad mini 2/3 and other popular Android devices.

Key Features:

  • Convert any video to MP4 format;
  • Extract audio track from video files;
  • Edit the video effect to suit your preferences;
  • Supports the latest devices.
Download link available for today:

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luni, 10 noiembrie 2014

Blackmagic Design releases Fusion 7 for free

Blackmagic Design Fusion 7
Blackmagic Design has released Fusion 7 limited edition for free.
It lacks some of advanced features like optical flow and the stereoscopic 3D toolset, along with support for OpenFX plugins, but you do get all of the keying, retiming and colour-management tools.
Network rendering is disabled, and output is limited to Ultra HD resolution, but it’s still a powerful piece of kit.
Price of the commercial edition slashed
Like DaVinci Resolve, the full version of the software – now renamed Fusion Studio – has itself been repriced at $995: a significant drop from its original $2,495, and a fraction of the cost of Nuke, its principal competitor.
In the past couple of years, Resolve has played a disruptive role in the grading market, with many smaller studios electing to build pipelines around the software instead of more expensive turnkey systems.
The parallels aren’t exact: although price is a common complaint for freelancers, Nuke is a fraction of the cost of a Quantel or SGO system, and The Foundry is taking steps to make it more accessible to students.
But still, making a powerful, movie-capable 3D compositing package available for under $1,000 is bound to shake up the market – as is making a version of that package available for free to students and freelancers.
It will be fascinating to see where Blackmagic takes Fusion next – and how The Foundry responds.
See a comparison chart for the free and $995 editions of Fusion 7
Download the free edition of Fusion 7 (Windows only)

vineri, 7 noiembrie 2014

Giveaway - Process Lasso Pro

Process Lasso
Process Lasso is a process priority optimization and system automation utility. Although Lasso offers a plethora of advanced rules and features, you need not be a tech whiz to use it. As soon as you install Lasso, without any further action, it’s ProBalance technology will immediately start restraining CPU hogs to help your PC retain responsiveness during high CPU loads.
Process Lasso’s most popular feature is the unique process optimization technology called ProBalance (Process Balance) that will improve your PC’s responsiveness and stability through process priority optimization and/or CPU affinity adjustments. In addition to ProBalance, there are countless features allowing the user to take full automated control of the processes on their PC. You can have a wide range operations performed, or settings applied, each time a process is run. Core optimization technologies allow you to choose on what CPUs/cores a process should run, as well as what their CPU priority class and I/O priority class should be.
New In Version 7: This most recent major version has seen the addition of ‘ProBalance Insights’, a GUI that allows the user to see cumulative ProBalance activity on a per-process basis. There has also been a considerable amount of product refinement, resulting in a more efficient and reliable offering.

Download link available for today:

marți, 4 noiembrie 2014

Pixlr photo editing

Pixlr photo editing
Pixlr (Autodesk) is a cloud-based set of image tools and utilities, including a number of photo editors, a screen grabber browser extension, and a photo sharing service. The suite was intended for non-professionals, however the apps range from simple to advanced photo editing. It can be used on PCs (Windows, Mac), and on smartphones or tablets using a mobile app (Android, iOs).

Download link:


Giveaway - Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 5

 Ashampoo Photo Optimizer
The Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 5 is the intelligent tool for that certain something in your photos! All functions are clearly arranged and easily accessible. A long search for your desired function or favorite effect is a thing of the past! Those functions and effects can now be accessed instantly, as the program allows you to integrate up to 6 of your favorite functions directly within the user interface to keep them handy anytime.
This allows you to achieve amazing results right from the start. Add brilliance and refinement to your pictures in just a few clicks!

Download link available for today:

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duminică, 2 noiembrie 2014

Shotcut 14.11 free video editor - open source

Shotcut - Video Editing
Shotcut is a free and open-source video editing app for Windows, Linux and MacOs.The new version 14.11 of Shotcut is now available for download with the following enhancements in addition to the usual bug fixes:

  • The HTML5 features are finally available on Windows!
  • Add source code editing to the HTML editor.
  • WebGL logo
    Add 3D Text filter based on WebGL, typeface.js, and three.js.
  • Add support for DirectShow devices on Windows in the Open Other dialog.
  • Add the Opus audio codec.
  • Opus codec logo
    Change the VP9 WebM preset to use the Opus audio codec.
  • Add support for the #localtime# keyword to the Text filter (no button yet).
  • Restart instead of simply closing the app when changing the GPU or language settings.
  • Change the Redo keyboard shortcut to Ctrl+Y on Windows only.
  • Save file paths in MLT XML with relative names for assets in the same folder or sub-folder. This makes it easier to use a relocatable project folder.
  • Add scale and offset parameters and a preset widget to the Rotate filter. Usually after rotating a video, part of the image has been clipped. These new parameters provide control for that clipping processing including no clipping.
  • Add Italian translation.