Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Free File Compression Utilities

Here are a few free compression utilities as an alternative to WinRAR and WinZip.

1. jZip supports multiple popular archive formats such as Zip, RAR, 7z, ISO, TAR and GZip. It is fully compatible with archives created by other utilities such as WinZip, WinRar and 7-Zip. It is based on the open source 7-Zip with high speed and compression ratios but features superior user interface. [Windows]

jZip Compression Utility

2. TugZip is a powerful, full-featured freeware archiving utility for Windows that provides support for a wide range of compressed, encoded and disc-image files formats.


TugZip Features Overview:

  • Create 7-ZIP, BH, BZ2, CAB, JAR, LHA (LZH), SQX, TAR, TGZ, YZ1 and ZIP archives.
  • Supports BIN, C2D, IMG, ISO and NRG disc-images.
  • Encrypt archives using 6 different algorithms. Blowfish (128-bit), DES (56-bit), Triple DES (168-bit) and Rijndael (128-bit, 192-bit and 256-bit).
  • Create self-extracting encrypted archives.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Play Any Video with The KMPlayer

The KMPlayer is all in one media player covering various formats such as VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg, OGM, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, and QuickTime etc. It handles a wide range of subtitles and allows you to capture audio, video, and screenshots in many ways.

The player provides both internal and external filters with a fully controlled environment in terms of connections to other splitters, decoders, audio/video transform filters and renderers without grappling with the DirectShow merit system. Internal filters are not registered to user's system to keep it from being messed up with system filters.

Key Features:

  • Low memory footprint
  • Playback of Incomplete/Damaged AVI file (Skip Damaged Frames)
  • Playback of Locked Media Files while downloading or sharing (with realtime index rebuilding under certain condition: AVI downloading in consecutive order)
  • Directshow playback
  • Incoming Stream delivered via HTTP
  • Flexible Skin change depending on Playback Status of media
  • Various audio, video and screenshots Capture Function
  • Full Unicode Support
  • Multiple Language Support
KMPlayer ScreenShot

The KMPlayer includes almost all the essential decoders required for media playback. Furthermore, to get beyond the limitation of internal decoders, the external ones such as commercial h.264 decoders or cyberlink/intervideo audio decoders can be specified, so that KMP works optimally by the users' own customization. Even though the KMP is based upon directshow structure, it supports Winamp, Realmedia and Quicktime by the internal logic. Thus, it is possible to specify where to try to connect firstly the media in preferences.

In short, the player provides a strong hybrid structure efficient for interconnecting various directshow filters, winamp input&dsp plugin, and internal filters. The most outstanding feature is that the player has the full control of filter connections to prevent a media playback from being messed.

The player can set multifarious audio and video effects, slow down or increase playback speed with regular tone, select parts of a video as favorites, do an exceptionally powerful A-B repeat, remap the keys of remote interface for HTPC including overlay screen controls, change a skin dynamically depending on a media type playing, and many more. It is completely customizable thanks to a wide selection of skins and color schemes, and the configuration options are extremely extensive.

I discovered The KMPlayer some time ago, and now it's my default video player.

Get your free copy of The KMPlayer here and other skin mods here.

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