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GOM Media Player

15, Aug 2006

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This Korean freeware media player grabbed my attention because of its simplicity of installation and use, packing at the same time more than enough features. It works like a charm for all the novice users, but also offers a lot of advanced features for advanced users (almost everything that Media Player Classic has and even a few additional options).

The best part is that GOM Player supports most of the codecs (AVI, DAT, MPEG, DivX and lots more) by its own embedded codec system, so you don’t have to look for appropriate codecs every time when you can’t play a certain video format or install any codec before or after the player is installed. Of course if you need to play some very exotic file format you’ll have to install the appropriate codec for it.

Another cool part in this player is the ability to play broken or incomplete AVI video files. Or in other words you can preview the downloaded part of a file and not have to wait for it to be completed in order to see it, or if the download stops for some reason you can preview the completed part before deciding to restart the download.

If you are into High Definition videos, the GOM Player can help you a lot, because it has one of the best playback of HD video… better than the one Media Player Classic has and most of the other video players!

And there is a lot more in the GOM Player, but you better try it and see for yourself…

To download GOM Media Player (about 4 MB)…

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Panoramer allows the viewing of 360 degree panoramas in your mac, making your screen look as a virtual window to the sight. It also lets you add a real environment rotation simulation to the panoramas with the help of an orientation tracker from Intersense. An orientation tracker is a device that delivers to the computer its 3D orientation (yaw, pitch & roll).

In Panoramer application, having the tracker placed behind your screen, it will keep track of it’s orientation and show the panoramic just if the screen was a window to the virtual world. This way, if the screen is moved, the panorama that is shown will also be rotated in the same way the screen is. Of course, panoramer can be used without an orientation tracking device, just using the arrow keys of your keyboard. Most portable MACs come with one, but it’s not sensible enough for this kind of application.

More information about the Panoramer application for Mac…

Qliner HotKeys 2.0

6, Aug 2006

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Qliner hotkeys is a free and open source keyboard productivity environment. It is the first product of it’s kind that is usable by computer geeks and non geeks alike.

Hotkeys builds on the concept of Windows shortcut keys but takes this concept to a whole new level. Do you think key combinations are hard to remember? Just hold the Windows key for three seconds and up pops a Onscreen Keyboard with icons on the keys that are configured. This you can use, not only to remind you of hotkey combinations, but also for Drag and Drop Configuration.

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Key features
– Smart Application Launching
– Smart Application Instance Switching
– Drag and Drop Configuration using an Onscreen Keyboard
– Support for 100+ International Keyboards (making it a handy tool for international keyboard users).
– Support for Dvorak keyboards
– Support for laptop or other Keyboard layouts.
– Volume Control tool
– Clock tool
– Optionally maps Caps Lock key to Window key (handy if your keyboard does not have a Windows key or if you just hate the default behavior of Caps Lock)

For more information and to download the Hotkeys version 2.0 …


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