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BitsDuJour announced: "Deal Coming Soon!"


This promotion includes the following:
Syncovery for Windows - Professional Edition ($29.95)
Syncovery for Mac - Professional Edition ($29.95)
Syncovery for Linux - Professional Edition ($29.95)
Syncovery for Mac & Windows - Pro Edition Family Pack ($59.95)

If you order the Family Pack for Windows & Mac which can be used on up to 5 computers, you are entitled to request a Linux license by emailing [email protected]

General Software Discussion / Syncovery 9 Beta1 is out
« on: October 22, 2019, 12:29 PM »
Syncovery 9 Beta1 is out here:

Major features (so  far):

Dramatic speed increase for SFTP.

SZ usage is expanding.


ABBYY Finereader version 15 has just been released.

See enclosed pdf for ABBYY Finereader 14 and 15 feature comparison.

Digiarty - publishers of the venerable WinX DVD Software line - is having a Givewaway of
VideoProc for a short time:

 Watch VideoProc Guide on YouTube

Main Features:

Convert, edit, compress 4K/HD videos; download online contents, record desktop/iOS screen in 3 modes; convert & backup DVD. Uniquely adopting full GPU acceleration to boost processing speed with highest possible output quality.
● Convert video/audio/DVD to all popular formats: MP4 HEVC, etc
● Edit: trim, merge, crop, rotate, subtitle, effect, video to GIF
● Stabilize, de-noise, adjust speed/volume, compress file size, etc
● Batch download video, music, playlist from 1000+ sites
● Record full or part of screen on PC/Mac/iPhone (with webcam)

You can get the free version with full perpetual license for a short time here:


I wanted to introduce quite an interesting deal - with a few caveats:

ThunderDrive is a relatively new company in the Cloud Storage space and is trying to win a lot of customers.

They are having the following unlimited bandwidth (but of course limited storage of 2TB/4TB) deal:

2 TB storage space with unlimited bandwidth (here bandwidth is the combined amount of uploads and downloads to your cloud storage in a month) if bought directly from them with a one time lifetime (so NO yearly) fee.

The 4 TB plan comes up when you try to buy this package - then you will see a pop-up introducing an additional 2 TB for another $39, which makes it a grand total of $98.

You have 2 TB storage space with unlimited bandwidth for this price if you buy directly from them; their resellers who offer this same $59 package have a 2 TB/month bandwidth limitation.

The deal can be had here:

One should know that the service this young company offers, is still a little bit short on features.

Right now you can only upload through their web interface. No apps on any platforms yet.

The company plans to introduce apps for iOS and Android this quarter. In the final quarter there roadmaps states that they will start a desktop app, third party import and multi-user support. They also mentioning the introduction of a new pricing structure soon, which I take to mean a price increase, since I doubt that the current prices are sustainable and are probably serving as a capitalization boost to get the company going.

There roadmap is spelled out here:

Their website looks professional and has chat support. First a bot and then if the bot cannot answer you will be switched over to a human.

Oh before I forget: They DO have servers in North America AND in Europe. Your account will be placed on the European server, if you buy through, if you want to be placed on North American servers, buy through this website:

If anyone has used this service already, I would love to hear your experiences.

General Software Discussion / Syncovery - OneDrive - Encryption
« on: August 14, 2019, 07:00 PM »

since I think there are quite a bit of Syncovery users here, I thought I could ask you the following question:

Can I use Syncovery to synch my files to OneDrive without using the OneDrive folder on my machine in more or less real-time and with encryption on OneDrive?

So that any file I set Syncovery to sync will get uploaded to OD with encryption when I change the file on my PC?

Hope you can answer that.

Be well.

Found Deals and Discounts / VueScan Discount
« on: August 14, 2019, 06:45 PM »

VueScan regular prices are $39.95 for the standard edition (including 1 year of updates) and $99.95 for the professional version (including more features and lifetime updates).

Currently Ed Hamrick offers a discount of 10$ for both versions here

However, I just noticed a way to get a $20 discount (20%) on the professional version.

This is the way to do it:
1.) Buy the standard edition for $29.95 here
2.) Upgrade from standard to professional for $50 here
and $29.95 + $50 = $79.95 for the lifetime license with all features - a great bargain!

VueScan has been getting more and more features over the years, upgrades usually happen every couple of weeks. Most scanners, even old ones that do not have drivers for Windows 10 or 7 any longer, can still be operated through VueScan, Multi-Function Printers too.

Here is a review on our site:
Scanning: VueScan and Associates


I use Firefox a lot as my favorite browser, but lately also found a liking to the new Vivaldi and Iron Chrome derivatives.

One thing I really like about Firefox is, that I can put in an address, press enter and a new tab opens.

I know there is the Alt-Enter keyboard shortcut to accomplish this, but I am so used to the Firefox way, that I always forget it.

I am sure there must be a way to change this behavior. Could someone tell me how?

Hi everybody,

I was on the lookout for the last year for a new version of Abbyy Finereader.

Judging by their usual release cycle I would have expected it about a year ago, but I guess they got too busy on their mobile apps, which are also quite good.

Well finally it's out, and they jumped from version 12 to 14 due to some countries superstitions :).

What is new seems to be mainly PDF editing.

There is also now on top of the corporate an enterprise version. The new "standard" version seems equivalent in functions to the old <= "v12 pro" edition.

Corporate has a "Hot Folder" automation, like for automatic mail scanners, and compare document function. Enterprise ups the corporate Hot Folder limit from 5000 to 10000 docs per month and adds 4 (corporate 2) cpu core ability. Also both have volume licensing agreements.

They don't talk up any big breakthrough in recognition accuracy, but claim even better format retention in this version.

Official asking price for v14 standard is $169 full, $129 upgrade. Usually they allow free upgrades for a few weeks, if you just recently bought version 12.

I like Abbyy Finereader - in my book it's the best available OCR recognition.

Let's wait for some user comments on this new version.

General Software Discussion / How to change tab style in Win10
« on: July 13, 2016, 10:40 AM »

I finally took the jump and set up Win10.

One (among many :) problems I have: The highlighted tab f.e. in Total Commander is really difficult to make out, because the color change is just minimal.

Would anybody know how I could adjust this in Windows 10?

The granular adjustments possible in Win7 seem to be  a part of the past.


I am still not decided if I want to upgrade to Win10, but time is running out. :)

If I will put in a brand new hard drive and upgrade to Win10 on this new 2nd hard drive with USB Win10 Install media created by the Media Creation Tool and give my Lenovo OEM Win7 Pro Product key to activate this Win10 installation, and let's say after 2 months I decide I want to stay with Win7, can I just plop in the old Win7 drive and be good?

Can I switch back and forth on the same machine this way?

Or is somehow magically my old Win7 installation being deactivated by MS?

General Software Discussion / Win10 installation with MBR
« on: July 03, 2016, 01:02 PM »

I just purchased a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad T430. It comes with Win7 Pro.

I bought a new 128GB SSD (my first SSD - the laptop has  a 320GB HD right now) and would like to make a clean windows 10 install and have already downloaded the ISO with Media Builder.

I prefer to have Win10 x64 installed with an MBR so that I can continue to use my vast collection of drive utilities, especially Diskcryptor, which won't work on UEFI/GPT. I do not want to use bitlocker and - please - no discussion about this. :)

Before I had a Thinkpad SL410.

How can I do it? What are the pitfalls and points to regard in this process. What are the BIOS changes I need to do? Does the SSD need any special handling (alignment, etc?)?

Thanks for your tips!

General Software Discussion / Fax Software
« on: May 05, 2015, 08:26 AM »
I am really sick of Windows Fax and Scan.

I cannot send a fax because of some write protection BS message. And it has always been a huge hassel.

I used to be a very happy user of Winfax, before Symantec bought it.

Does anyone know of a good, free software for my Agere based LSI USB modem?

I only use it like once every couple of years, but if I do, I need to send some important documents quickly without fuss.


I just recorded an important conversation with a professor specializing in brain waves and it was in a busy dining hall with a lot of people talking in the background and is therefore difficult to listen to.

Could you recommend a software (if possible for free) that can filter out the background conversations and make the conversation more easily understandable?



I just whipped up a spreadsheet to calculate PPI, dimensions, and size of a screen.

I uploaded it to my dropbox here, if you would like to use it:

Purpose is to figure out and compare the pixel densities of different monitors, notebooks, mobile phones etc and also to compare their sizes through the area and side calculations.

So now you can easily calculate how much more viewing area you have when you upgrade your mobile f.e. from a 4 inch to a 5 inch screen.

I would also like to calculate the aspect ratios, but I don't know how I can calculate the aspect ratio from the resolution.

F.e. resolution is 1920 x 1200 or 800 x 600 and how can I calculate the aspect ratio from that (obviously 4:3 on the 800 x 600 screen).

Help would be appreciated.

Thanks and enjoy!


since Softmaker has a very special UPGRADE offer, you can get its Office software with a 90%+ discount legally TODAY only by following these steps even if right now you do not own their software (because they allow upgrades from their FreeOffice product):

1.) Go to and click on Download and then you get a registration window, in which you should put in the information you will later purchase the upgrade with. Install the software.

2.) Go to and click on "Shop".

3.) In the "Redeem Discount Coupon" field enter "dfro".

Voila - you will see the following discounted prices for the upgrade versions (for which you are now eligible since you have FreeOffice - see step one):

Office Standard: $6.99 (Full Product $79.95 = 90%+ discount)
Office Professional $19.99 (includes more dictionaries and an Outlook clone, full product $99.95)
Office for Linux 2012 $10.99 (like windows standard, full product $79.95)

They also have like 50% discounts on some of their font packs (scroll down more).


General Software Discussion / Skype and Webcam: HD or not?
« on: April 18, 2014, 11:56 AM »

I am shopping for a new webcam to be used mainly with Skype, possibly also Google Talk or Ovoo.

My research narrowed it down to Logitech's C170 (640 x 480) or C270 (1280x720) models.

Since I am often in locations where bandwidth is limited or videochat with friends that are in countries where bandwidth and connectivity is soso, the question arises:

Will the C270 or the Skype software automatically lower resolution when the bandwidth is not enough, or would it be better in those cases to buy the C170 which already has a lower resolution and therefore needs less bandwidth to begin with?

Another argument for these two Logitech's is that I want to do away with my ugly headset and supposedly the sound quality of the built in mics is supposed to be rather good.

Thirdly, I can imagine using them in the future with an Android tablet or TV stick, and again I have heard that these cameras seem to be most compatible with Android, if one is bold enough to make a claim of compatibility with Android for webcams.  8)

I would love to hear the opinions of our members.

General Software Discussion / Best (free?) Sandbox?
« on: July 11, 2013, 08:30 AM »
Hi everybody,

I have used the portable Sandboxie now for a number of years and have been thinking to generally Sandbox my surfing and buy the full version (any discounts known?).

Before I do that, I wanted to ask my knowledgeable compatriotes at DC, if there may be another Sandbox which is just as good or better than Sandboxie, and may even be free.

Here is f.e. a list of them: http://malwaretips.c...tualization-Software

I use Sandboxie for the following purposes:
Trying out programs
Analyzing programs (where do they write files, how deep do they manipulate my system, exporting their registry entries - so that I can install them manually without bloat if I desire to keep them - I use Sandboxie Diff and/or Total Commander for most of that process).

What are your comments/recommendations?

General Software Discussion / Tapatalk Forum Reader
« on: July 11, 2013, 08:14 AM »
For a while now I have been using Tapatalk Community Reader and am very pleased with being able to read my favorite forums on my Android tablet and smartphone.

One very favorite forum of mine is missing, though. Could you guess which one it is??? :)

It seems Tapatalk can be installed very easily and in a very short time on Simple machines Forums. These are the instructions:


    Download the zip package to your computer.
    Login to your forum Admin area
    Go to "Package Manager" and choose "Download Packages"
    Scroll to the bottom "Upload a Package" section
    Upload the zip package
    Choose "Install MOD"
    Choose "Install Now"
    Make sure the "mobiquo" folder AND all files inside has the proper permission (we recommend "755" (chmod -R 755)).

I have purchased the Tapatalk community reader for around $3 at Google Play, but after my purchase, I found it for free at the Amazon App Store. Tapatalk 4 is currently also free at Play, though it may become pay after it comes out of beta.

For me this was money well spent. I can now follow my threads and posts and react quickly to replies. Wish I could do this here too.

The world is changing fast: Let`s embrace the good and discard the bad and we will all grow and evolve! :)


I have decided to help this wonderful project of a school for poor girls in Thailand at indiegogo.

One of the things I would like to organise is a live fund raising event streamed over the internet for potential donors.

So: How do I live stream a video fundraising event over the internet to 100+ people for free?

I would really appreciate your help.

Today I stumbled upon this offer:

Kingsoft Office Suite Standard for free today at

Now I added this to my arsenal of office suites consisting of Open Office and Softmaker.

While reading up on KS I also noticed that they have a very highly rated completely free and full featured (not crippled like the other ones) android office suite in google market with a 4.5 out of 10115 votes rating - not bad I guess!

I have never used Kingsoft yet. I know they are very popular in China. BTW Softmaker also has an android office app in public beta on their site, but it won't be free.

It seems that the PC companies have an experience advantage adapting their software to android over the purely mobile competition and apparently can render spreadsheets and docs without dropping and losing PC side features from the file.

What are your experiences with today's Kingsoft offer?


some friends of mine would like to be taught English. Are there any good downloadable web resources for this task?

I am looking for special recordings in slowly spoken English and also (same text) normal spoken English to effortlessly accustom them to the different language melody and structure. It would be great if those recordings would already be structured in a step by step lesson-like context.

Also I am looking for a good downloadable grammar as a reference work.

Money is tight for them and not everyone has an internet connection at home, so it would be important that it is free and possibly available for download, i.e. not entirely web based.

I would also be interested in some fun written lessons and exercises.

Do we have any language teaching experts? I would surely appreciate your input.

Hi everybody,

a while ago I installed the trial version of Win7 on my lappy.

Then I took the hard drive out, put it in another lappy and mirrored XP to the HD with Drive Snapshot.

Now XP starts fine, but my second partition is laways hiding. I can unhide it with any partition tool and it will show up for that session, but after a reboot it is gone into hiding again.

I think it has to do with the way Win7 aligns partitions.

I can find plenty of tutorials on the web to align a drive to the new Win7 partitoning scheme, but have not been lucky to find one that can reverse it.

Can anybody help?



because the release of VueScan9 will most likely be accompanied by a price increase, I just wanted to quickly give you a heads up that Ed Hamrick is in the final stages of beta testing the new version 9 of VueScan.

VueScan 9 is now compiled with Microsoft C and is a major rewrite.

New features:
  • Faster and more responsive user interface,
  • Twain support (i.e. you can use VueScan to directly import into f.e. MS Word, IrfanView, FastStoneImage Viewer, your favorite OCR etc.),
  • Native 64 bit binaries for Windows, MacOS, and Linux, so that now the full scanner feature sets are supported under 64 bit OS
  • Works better with scans over 3GB
  • PhotoShop Import filters (32 and 64 bit) for PS and PSE together with better memory management
  • Universal Binary on MacOSX

The final version is expected to be out beginning of the coming week and Ed dropped hints that it will probably also become more expensive at that time.

So if you were thinking of buying or gifting VueScan, you may want to grab it now before the expected increase. Ed never gives discounts, so there is no need to wait for a "deal".

The standard version is good for document scans and the occasional color scan, but for serious color work, the professional version is probably best, which also comes with unlimited upgrades (vs. 1 yr for standard).

Here is a more in depth review of VueScan:


General Software Discussion / How to replace a driver in a .img file?
« on: November 24, 2010, 10:26 AM »

I have a .ca_ file, which contains a 122MB .img file where I need to update a driver. I think the image is bootable.

I am a TotalCommander user, and have the  totaliso, iso, and img extensions installed.

When I extract and then try to open the .img file with TC I get an "error in packed file" message.

The 7z filemanager can open the file without a problem (but does not allow editing).

If I change the .img extension to .iso I get no error message but the content is shown as empty, if I change to .ima same results as .img.

The file seems to be  a bootable Microsoft .img file in NTFS file system. The first few characters of the file as shown in my HexEditor HxD are "ëR.NTFS".

Could anybody give me some hints how I can go about replacing a driver in that file.

I thing MagicIso could do it, but I would like to do it without paying the fee for a one time job.


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