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Adobe releases Flash-to-HTML5 converter 'Wallaby', doesn't do much yet

Adobe, in yet another move to shift its eggs into other baskets, has released an experimental Flash-to-HTML5 converter called Wallaby. The tool doesn't do much at the moment -- it just exports the assets used in the Flash project, and uses HTML and CSS to lay them out. It also creates a custom JavaScript library which seems to handle animation (but we couldn't get animation to work), and...

Handbrake-powered VidCoder gets a native 64-bit version

A while back, VidCoder -- the Windows video disc ripping program -- added support for Blu-ray discs. With Handbrake's engine under the hood, VidCoder offers an easy-to-use interface and simple batch processing of your video files. With the release of version 0.8, there's also now a native 64-bit version for those of you running Windows x64. A number of stability tweaks have also been introduced....

Handbrake video conversion tool adds Blu-ray support, more device presets

Popular cross-platform video conversion app Handbrake has updated to version 0.9.5 and added some very important new features. Handbrake now supports Blu-ray ripping -- but you will, of course, still need a decryption app like DVDFab. The new version also adds more device presets, batch scanning, and the ability to edit entries in your conversion queue. Adding files on Windows has gotten easier,...

Freemake Video Converter adds Blu-Ray support, Web video downloading

Freemake's free Video Converter was already a very solid app, handling more than 200 import formats and able to output converted videos for playback on a wide array of devices. In the recently-released version 2.0, however, one major piece of missing functionality has been added. Freemake 2 now supports Blu-Ray burning, allowing you to output dozens of hours of downloaded video to a single...

Conversion Tool lets you easily convert length, temperature, and weight

Sure, you can always just google "15.2 feet in inches," but really, where's the finesse in that? Where's the excitement -- the feeling of turning a knob, cranking a machine, and getting something done? In other words, if you're seriously bored and feel like using a more tricked out tool for your conversions you could do worse than this little Conversion Tool. The strangest tidbit about this tool...

Pandoc is a Swiss Army knife text conversion utility

I love Markdown. If you write any sort of content for the Web, you really should try it; it's a simple notation system for making text bold or italic, creating headlines and bulleted lists, and more. To make text bold, for example, you just need to surround it with asterisks. Converting Markdown into valid HTML is a fairly common task, and there's no dearth of tools that do this. But Pandoc...

Converter for Firefox provides instant unit conversion

Converter is an old, mature Firefox add-on that provides solid unit conversions. When I say "old," I mean that version 0.1 alpha was released in 2004 – it actually preceded Firefox v1.0. The latest version was released on December 5, 2009. I'm not sure if development is still ongoing or not, but to be honest, I am not sure what remains to be added to this Swiss Army unit conversion...

In a pinch, PSD Viewer might save you... or it might not

Ah, viewers! Whether you love the fact that they exist, or hate the fact that we live in a world that necessitates them, file viewers are a vital part of any computer user's tool kit. The number of times I've seen sent a Microsoft Word file and not been able to open it... ugh! Fortunately I have Photoshop, but I'm sure there are lots of people out there that don't -- that's where PSD Viewer...

ISOBuddy converts and burns disc images -- including DMG, MDF, PDI, and more

If you've ever encountered a CD or DVD image that you just couldn't convert -- except with paid software -- DVD-Ranger's ISO Buddy is a free tool you'll want to check out. It's a disc image conversion and burning program, and it supports more formats than you can shake a spindle at. Apart from more run-of-the-mill formats like Nero's .NRG, .BIN, and .ISO files, ISOBuddy can also handle images...

Air Video: stream your video collection to your iPhone, even over 3G

If you've ever wanted to watch your video library on your iPhone or iPod Touch, but you can't be bothered to convert files or transfer them to your device, your lazy butt is in luck. A new app called Air Video lets you stream video from your computer to your iPhone -- no fussing with iTunes required! It even works over 3G, after a little bit of extra configuration. Sure, there's a little bit of...

Convert PDF files to Word with PDF to Word

We've covered PDF conversion tools in the past, but given the inconsistent performance of such tools, it's always worth pointing out potentially better ones. PDF to Word by Nitro is just such a tool, and given its claim as "The Most Accurate PDF-to-Word Converter", I had to give it a shot. And you know what? It does remarkably well. Based on the test documents I tried, I really didn't run into any...

Zamzar converts uploaded text docs to MP3 audio files

While the author's guild may have problems with software that can convert eBooks to poorly pronounced audiobooks, there are a lot of good reasons you might want to convert text to speech. It can make written documents accessible for visually impaired people. Or you can listen to the morning paper while riding the subway or driving your car to work. Online conversion service Zamzar recently added...

Burn downloaded videos easily with DVDCoach Express

One of the most frequent questions I get asked by retail customers is "Where can I get a program that burns my movies?" Nine times out of ten they actually mean "the movies I downloaded with Limewire." If you're in the same boat and need a nice, simple app to convert and burn your downloaded video files to DVD, take a look at DVDCoach Express. It's a free application for Windows that utilizes...

Help! I need a free app to convert DAA and UIF files!

Download Squad reader David contacted us, asking for a solution to his problem and it's one I've dealt with myself: fighting with the proprietary disc image formats of MagicISO and UltraISO. "I've been looking through the web for some free program to do this for me and I haven't had any luck. UltraISO and MagicISO are great programs, but I just don't have the money to dish 30 bucks on each...

Quick Media Converter converts media... quickly

Quick Media Converter is a Windows utility that will let you convert practically any audio or video file from one format to another. MPEG to H.264? No problem. WAV to OGG? Sure, why not. Now let's get something out of the way here. Quick Media Converter is basically just a fancy front end for the open source, command line FFmpeg media encoder. But it's a really useful front end. The utility...