4 Useful Websites To Help You Pronounce Names Correctly

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Lock Your Computer With Secure My Screen

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Create Multiple Aliases with Outlook.com Account

Microsoft has launched the latest version of their webmail service called Outlook.com. The new webmail replaces the existing Hotmail and users can now create their new Outlook.com email address

Friday, March 21, 2014

K-3D – Free 3D Modeling and Animation Software

K-3D is free 3D modeling and animation software that lets you apply your artistic skills to create 3D designs either for your projects or just for fun. K-3D is a very versatile and powerful piece of free 3D modeling software with an amazing set of features to let you produce animations as well as 3D designs.

The free animation software lets you create motion picture quality animation and is designed to suit the needs of a professional artist, as well as someone who is more of a novice. K-3D has full Render man support like -Pixie, Aqsis, BMRT and other formats.

For modeling, the free CAD software lets you choose from a number of objects like faces, edges, curves, patches, meshes, points and many more to create 3D designs. K-3D has geometry types like Polygon, NURBS, subdivision and blobby. You can also do Boolean modeling operations with the free 3D modeling and animation software and create duplicates without adding geometry to the scene.

Other free 3D modeling software includes 3D Home Design for architecture and BRL-CADand Minos for general functionality to create 3D designs.


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Features of K-3D :
The free 3D modeling and animation software has unlimited undo or redo
K-3D allows you to edit documents in multiple open GL solid, shaded and texture mapped views
The free 3D modeling software allows procedural modeling
It has a plug in oriented procedural engine
The free CAD software supports the following image formats -JPEG, PNG, BMP,TIFF,SUN and many more
It allows basic 2D compositing
It has a python engine for script development
It supports alternative script engine plug ins
It has a visualization pipeline which allows arbitrary dataflow
The free animation software allows you to animate modeling operations
There are unlimited number of animation channels and you can animate any value
It has bezier curve channels
The free CAD software excels at polygonal modeling and has tools for NURBS, patches and curves to create 3D designs easily

Utilize your artistic skills in creating amazing designs and models using K-3D. You can model, animate and interact with animations while they give you the best result using this free 3D modelling and animation software. K-3D is completely free CAD software and works efficiently to create 3D designs.

http://www.k-3d.org/wiki/Main_Page

Batch Image Convert, Enhance, Resize, Watermark: Photoimp

Photoimp is a batch image converter, batch image enhancer, and batch resizer software. It helps to view thumbnail of images available in a particular directory and lets you perform any task on them. For enhancing the images, you can adjust gamma level, brightness, contrast, luminance, saturation, etc. Once images are edited, you can save them to any destination directory. And before saving the images, it lets you resize as well as convert images.
We covered similar batch image processing tools earlier, like: BRIC and this one. Photoimp also falls in the same league, and is in some ways better than others.
Photoimp is also useful to rotate images as well as add watermark to images (text or image watermark). Thus, it is a feature rich photo processing software that is available completely free.
Photoimp- interface
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Screenshot above shows beautiful interface of Photoimp where it provides a navigation pane and thumbnails of images.

How To Use This Batch Image Converter, Resizer, and Enhancer Software?

To use this freeware, grab it from link I have given at the end, and install it on your PC. Once installed, open its interface. Its setup file is around 5 MB in size. During the installation process, some additional tasks, like auto detect camera/SD cards, auto associate image files to open with Photoimp, can also be performed.
set other tasks
By default, it will show you thumbnails of images available in My Pictures. But you can set your own directory as well. For this, use navigation pane, select a directory, and images available in that directory will be visible to you automatically.
select a photo directory
If you have to rotate some images, then simply select those images, and use Rotate buttons to rotate them clockwise/anticlockwise.

Edit Images:

To edit images, first select all or only some required images, and tap on Edit button. It will open a new window where you could edit all selected photos as well can watermark them. One of the simplest way to edit images is to use Auto Enhance button which will let you adjust color level of images automatically. But if you want to do it yourself, then simply move available sliders left and right and adjust gamma level, contrast, brightness, Red/Green/Blue color level etc.
edit images
Live preview for output photo will be visible to you that helps to perform changes more accurately. Changes made to a photo will appear on all photos and you can see the changes just by clicking on a particular photo. If you are satisfied with the changes, simply apply those changes and move to watermark images (if you want).
To watermark the images, you can either add any custom text, add an image, or can use both watermarks. For image watermark, it supports bmp, jpg, png, and gif images. Text and image watermark’s position (top left, center, bottom right, etc.), opacity, size can also be adjusted easily.
add watermark to images
After you have added watermarks, apply them, and use Save button to save those photos to destination location of your choice.

Convert and Resize Photos:

While saving the photos, you will find convert and resize options. All edited photos can be converted into png, tiff, psd, gif, or jpeg image. And to resize photos for output, you can set height and width in percentage or pixel wise. Quality level can be adjusted, if jpeg format is selected by you for output images. And compression level can be set, if png format is chosen by you.
convert, resize, and save photos

Conclusion:

Photoimp is one of the best photo processing software as from resizing to conversion, watermark to rotation, all image tools are available in it. What it missed is photo effects and frames, that could enhance images in a much better way. Overall, it is really handy and I can recommend it to you.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Muzei Is An Amazing Android Live Wallpaper That Switches Backgrounds From Configurable Sources

Android stands tall over its competition in a lot of areas, mainly when it comes to customization possibilities and changing the overall look and feel of the device. One such element is the choice of wallpapers. If we look at the primary competitors, iOS started offering wallpaper customization pretty late in the day, and even those are not much use except on the lock screen, since the home screen is usually riddled with app icons that hide whatever you’ve set as the background. Likewise, Windows Phone wallpapers are visible only on the lock screen. With the variety of launcher and home screen choices that you get with Android, that’s the platform where having a different background truly shines.
Live wallpapers, despite being battery hogs, are one of the prime preferences for a lot of users. A while back, we saw 500 Firepaper see the light of day – an excellent live wallpaper that cycled through choice images from the 500px library. Taking the same concept many notches further comes Muzei – a live wallpaper that can automatically cycle through wallpapers from a variety of other sources, thanks to the number of extensions that are already available for the app. Let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.
Muzei Android (1) Muzei Android (2)
Coming from the famed developer of DashClock, Muzei speaks quality and finesse from the first launch. The concept behind the app is that it works with different “sources”, and by default, it picks from a library of popular works of art, alongside providing you the ability to include your local photo library as well.
Since Muzei is open source, Goolge Play Store is riddled with extensions that expand on the source collection and allow you to include the likes of 500px, Reddit, Flickr, Facebook, and a variety of others.
Muzei Android (3)
What sets Muzei truly apart is the way the developer has left things open ended for the development of extensions. Most of the customizations are dependent on the sources that you add. The app allows you to get notified when a new wallpaper gets applied, and configure the change interval. Also, remember how some wallpapers are so color/texture-rich that they tend to cloud the icons on the home screen? Muzei addresses that by dimming the wallpaper by default, which can be then brought to focus simply by double-tapping the home screen. A simple and elegant solution, if you ask me.
Overall, Muzei is one of the finest wallpaper apps I’ve ever used, including the famous 500 Firepaper. The app is well thought out, elegantly built and does everything that it promises, and some more. A must have if you’re a fan of Android customization. This free app requires Android 4.2 or above to work.