4 Useful Websites To Help You Pronounce Names Correctly

As a blogger I have to answer many questions to readers from across the world. Luckily, I converse with them either via emails

Lock Your Computer With Secure My Screen

There are several tools and methods to protect a computer from unauthorized access under a working environment. I had mentioned many of them in previous posts.

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, January 9, 2015

How To Create Animated PNG from PNG and TGA Images

This tutorial explains how to create animated PNG from PNG and TGA images.
APNG Assembler is a free software to generate animated PNG file from still PNG and TGA images. You can add multiple supported images on its interface and quickly create APNG file which you can use wherever you want. For every single input image, you can also set the time delay that makes it more interesting. You can set time (in seconds) when the next image will appear after the current frame while playing your APNG image.
This process to generate APNG file is similar like creating animated GIF. Multiple images are packed (known as frames) to create a single animated file. Although, APNG file is not so popular as compared to GIF file. However, for any reason, if you want to create an APNG file, this software will be very useful.
create animated PNG from PNG and TGA images
bove screenshot, shows the interface of this software and an animated PNG file created by me using this software.
Note: Make sure all input images are of the same size (height and width), otherwise it will show an error. Moreover, it checks the size of the first image and consider that size to be exactly same for the rest of the images. You have to resize all the images, before inserting them on its interface.
You may also check apng2gif, APNG Disassembler, and gif2apng.

How To Create Animated PNG from PNG and TGA Images using This Free Software?

Following steps will help you to easily create an animated PNG file using this freeware:
Step 1: Download its zip file using the link placed at the end of this tutorial. That zip file contains the portable application file of this software. You need to extract the zip file and execute its application file.
Step 2: On its interface, drop the PNG and/or TGA files that you want to convert into animated PNG.
drop images on its interface
Step 3: After adding the images, it’s your choice whether you want to manually set delay time (in seconds) for input images or want to keep the default delay time. To add delay time for a particular image or multiple images, just select the image(s), and click onDelays – Selected Frames button. It will open a small box, like visible in the screenshot below.
set delay time
Add time delay in seconds and click Set button. You can also use right-click context menu option to select time delay for selected images.
use right-click context menu option to set delay time
Step 4: In this step, you can set ‘Playback Settings’ for output. You can set number of loops to play the animated PNG or can set it for infinite loops.
Step 5: Use Compression Settings button that will help to optimize the size of APNG file. You can use zlib, 7zip, or zopfli option for adjusting the compression level. Apart from this, you can also optimize color settings by enabling the Optimize palette (color palette) and Optimize color type option.
compression settings
Step 6: In this final step, you can select destination location for the output file. After this, tap on Make Animated PNG button. Process to generate APNG file, will start which won’t take much time.
process to generate animated PNG started
After generating the APNG file, you can play it with Firefox browser, or some standalone application that supports *.apng format.

Conclusion:

APNG Assembler is really handy for creating an Animated PNG file using TGA and PNG images. Its feature to set time delay for individual image or for multiple images is also good.

Monday, December 29, 2014

CCleaner Version 5.0 Released

CCleaner developed by Piriform, is an extremely popular utility program for Windows which is used to clean potentially unwanted files (including temporary internet files, where malicious programs and code tend to reside) and invalid Windows Registry entries from a computer. The application is a highly rated one and comes with tons of features to remove junk from your PC.

The company has now released the version 5.0 of the program and comes with few changes and new features. The version 5.0 adds a brand new Disk Analyzer tool with which you can now see the types of files taking up the most space on your drives, so you can identify areas that need a clean up. This update also includes improved Firefox and Opera cleaning as well as optimized memory and CPU usage.



With the new version, the company has gone with flat UI for the app although there isn’t much changes with the overall UI of the program. It comes with 4 tabs- Cleaner, Registry, Tools and Options. The new disk analyzer is available under tools and you can see which all programs are taking up space on your PC, it can lists the files by name and also the type, path and size. It also groups files into documents, videos, pictures etc.



New in Version 5.0:
New Disk Analyzer tool
Improved Firefox 34 cleaning
Improved Opera History cleaning
Optimized Memory and CPU usage
Improved localization support
Minor GUI Improvements
Minor bug fixes

CCleaner is still one of the best apps and must have application on your Windows to clean up junk and unwanted files. You can either download the version with installer or you can go with portable version. There is also support for 64 bit version of Windows. And on top of this, the app also supports Windows 10 and works without any issues.

You can download the latest version from here.

Monday, December 22, 2014

How To Remove Duplicate Emails, Contacts from Outlook

This tutorial explains how to find and remove duplicate emails, contacts, and appointments from Microsoft Outlook.
Automatic Outlook Duplicate Remover is a freeware to automatically find and remove duplicate emails, appointments, and other items stored in your Outlook. It shows the list of all duplicate entries and provides you option to remove all or just selected entries.
You can also select fields based on which it will consider an item as duplicate. For example, you can select subject, body, sender name, attachments, etc. for Emails, and then it will search all these fields from emails to find duplicate items from your mails.
Automatic Outlook Duplicate Remover- search for duplicate items and delete
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Above screenshot shows the duplicate and original items found by this handy software.
Note: This software works for almost all versions of outlook ranges from 2003 to 2013.
You may also check these free Outlook plugins reviewed by us: OutlookStatView,Hangouts for Microsoft Outlook, and Chilibase.

How To Automatically Find and Delete Duplicates Emails, Appointments, and Contacts from Outlook using This Freeware?

You can download the setup file of this Outlook duplicate remover software using the link I have added at the end of this tutorial. Install it and then follow these steps:
Step 1: Open the interface of this software. It provides two main tabs: Outlook Folders and Found Duplicates.
Step 2: From the Outlook Folders tab, you can select the folders that you want to scan to find duplicate items. You can select contacts, calendar, Inbox, draft, junk email, journal, sent items, rss feeds, notes, tasks, and more.
select folders to scan
Step 3: Click on Settings icon. It will open a small window. Using that window, you can select fields that will be the key factors to mark an item as duplicate. You can enable/disable subject, body, attachments, first name, last name, categories, and other fields for different entries, and close the Settings window.
select fields for differnt entries to find duplicate items
Step 4: Click on Search button. After this, it will start finding duplicate items based on the fields selected by you. Once the searching is completed, it will automatically move you to Found Duplicates tab.
select duplicate items and preview any item
Now you can see all the duplicate and original items. Clicking on a particular item will let you preview that item within its interface. It’s quite good to preview items before deleting.
Step 5: After selecting the unwanted duplicate items, click on Remove button. This will help to remove all those duplicates and move them to Deleted Items in Outlook.
remove selected items

Conclusion:

For those users, who used to work with Outlook frequently, this is really a good software to remove unnecessary items available in their Outlook folders. Just select items and fields and it will automatically detect duplicates, and provide you option to remove those items.