Favored Freeware Updates: April 2006

The following Favored Freeware applications have been updated since the beginning of April 2006:

Favored Freeware: ImageWell

ImageWell is a popular image editing tool for quick manipulation and upload to an iDisk (.mac account), FTP server, or other web server. Whether you are adding images to your documents, editing offline images, or posting photos to the web for others to see, ImageWell will do the work for you.

Pros: ImageWell is a time-saving tool which allows the user to rename, resize, crop, rotate, watermark, and add borders and other miscellaneous objects to any image file from a single interface. Once the image modifications have been completed, the file can then be effortlessly uploaded to any web server with the push of a single button.

Cons: ImageWell cannot batch-process multiple image files.

Categorized as Freeware

Free Portable Multimedia Applications

In this week’s Freeloader Friday, Brian has presented us with a few useful, free, and portable multimedia applications. These portable applications can be run from any portable storage device, require absolutely no installation, and leave absolutely no personal data behind on the host computer, which makes them ideal for the workplace or almost any public computer. If you enjoyed this week’s Freeloader Friday, then you may also be interested in a few reruns, such as On the Run, Getting Things Done, and Online Office. Visit FreeSMUG for more Mac-compatible portable applications and PortableApps.com for Windows-compatible portable applications.

Blogroll Dive: 4/24/06

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Owen revealed his “worst [job] interview ever”.
  • Michael Heilemann reviewed Cleopatra.
  • Jim would like to hear some feedback from those of you who use his freeware applications, especially Yasu, and those of you who read his blog on a regular basis.
  • Michael Hampton published a guide to “advanced online privacy protection”.
  • Sarah announced an upcoming performance of her compositions.
  • Khaled reviewed Superman: Red Son.
  • And, Mark ruminated on tax returns.

Favored Freeware: FireFix

FireFix automatically updates Firefox to the latest nightly version. No user intervention is required, everything is fully automated.

Pros: If you use Firefox and like to live on the edge, then FireFix is for you! FireFix will automatically download and install the latest development copy of Firefox, but not before it creates a backup copy of your previous Firefox installation, just in case.

Cons: FireFix makes living on the edge easy, but nightly builds are not for everyone. Sure, some nightly builds offer new features and new bug fixes, but others offer plenty of new (and sometimes critical) bugs. This is, of course, to be expected. Bugs are part of the development process. If you want to live on the edge, you must be willing to accept the consequences.

Categorized as Freeware