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Google Docs OCR adds support for 29 additional languages

Google Docs introduced its OCR feature last year, and its addition was a welcome one for anyone who uploads photgraphed or scanned documents like receipts, faxes, or other dead-tree materials. Now, Google has announced that OCR support is being expanded beyond the original five languages -- English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish -- to a whopping 34 in total. The official post also...

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. ...

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 dis...

Miro 3.5 now ready to download, manage, play, and convert all your videos

Miro is an excellent do-it-all video program. It runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux and it can do just about everything video-related you could ask one program to do. Miro will download torrents, organize your movies, play them back (with subtitles), and as of the just-released version 3.5 it will even convert your videos for a variety of devices. Conversions are fast and painless, and everything...

online-ConVert lets you convert a ton of media formats, no download required

online-ConVert looks suspicious. The formatting is wonky, the name is poorly capitalized, and the whole thing looks really unreliable. I almost didn't cover it. But then I decided to go ahead and give it a chance, and I was pleasantly surprised by how thorough the service is. I tested it by converting a small MP3 file to Ogg. It offered me sensible options (like the option to set the bitrate and ...

Easy Image Modifier provides free, easy batch image processing

Easy Image Modifier is a simple piece of portable freeware that can rotate, resize, convert, and rename JPG, PNG, and BMP files. I tested it with a bunch of large JPGs (about 1.5MB each). I just dragged the JPGs over it and dropped them. Then, I set the Resize option, set a destination, and clicked the huge button up on top (the one that says "Drop images here." Once you drop them, its text cha...

Hamster batch converts your video files for free

Like many of the apps in this category, Hamster Free Video Converter utilizes the open source FFmpeg to handle video conversion. Unlike a lot of others, it's got a simple, easy-to-use interface which even the most casual users should be able to manage. Just follow the tabs! Step 1: choose a video or multiple videos (Hamster does batch conversions, too!). Step 2: select your desired format (AVI...

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 ...

Convert is a simple, versatile free unit converter for Windows

Convert is a small, free Windows utility which performs conversions between a huge array of metrics. Yes, Google can easily do this sort of this for you, but sometimes you're on a laptop with no web connections (and sometimes you may not feel like sharing everything with Google, although unit conversions are hardly personal). Convert comes either with an installer or as a single-file portable exe...

Miro updates Internet TV app to version 3, launches Video Converter

Miro, the cross-platform app that makes watching online TV insanely easy, just got a big new upgrade to version 3. Not only is Miro snappier -- especially when it comes to startup time -- it's also louder, with a higher maximum volume for those of us with crappy laptop speakers. Miro also now has subtitles, thanks to a Kickstarter-funded community initiative to get them working. You can now enjoy...

Convert web pages to PDFs with PDFmyURL

Saving a webpage as a PDF shouldn't be as hard as it is. If you're on a Mac, you've got the built-in print-as-PDF function, but what of other operating systems? PDFmyURL is a web-based tool that converts any page to PDF format, on any operating system, and with hardly any fuss. I tested out a PDFmyURL on few different sites, and it performed to expectations on most of them. PDFmyURL doesn't ha...

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...

How to convert Hexxeh's Chrome OS build image to a VirtualBox .VDI

Been wanting to check out that Google Chrome OS developer build put together by Hexxeh, but don't have a spare netbook or laptop to run it on? Why not fire it up in Virtualbox instead? Sure, the original Chrome OS builds that were made available were already in virtual machine-friendly formats, but I found them to be pretty sluggish. Hexxeh's Diet Chromium build runs much more smoothly - on b...

Set your Google Docs free with the new Convert, Zip and Download feature

One of the first moves from Google's Data Liberation Front is the option to take your documents out of Google Docs with a new Convert, Zip and Download feature. You'll find the new feature under "export" in the More Actions menu. You can download multiple docs at once - wouldn't be music of a data liberation feature otherwise, right? - and that includes text documents, presentations and spreadshe...

Off the Clock: RealPlayer SP downloads and converts web videos (even SFW ones!)

Believe me, I'm as shocked as anyone to be writing this post, but RealPlayer SP ships with a substantially reduced amount of suck compared to previous versions. Yes, the new version sucks so much less that I'm actually ok with using it to download and convert web video. There are still glimpses of the past, of course. The installer does offer a toolbar (at least it's Google and not Ass...er, As...