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Parental control software

Please give me your best suggestions for parental control software. [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Jul 23, 2016 - 7 answers

Modern Software Development Best Practices

Can you recommend practical, concrete resources discussing modern software development best practices, particularly for web development? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Jul 20, 2016 - 3 answers

Environmental technology software?

I'm doing some career exploration and pontificating. Are there software companies that produce products for use in environmental/green energy fields? Is this a thing? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Jul 17, 2016 - 9 answers

Mentioning a public domain algorithm in a provisional patent application

I'm preparing a provisional patent application specification for a computer software containing multiple classes. One function includes a maze solver. There are many maze solving algorithms available online, and in fact the one I used in the software was also taken from the Internet. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Jul 16, 2016 - 4 answers

Photo management in a cross platform household

Increasingly getting frustrated with our inability to deal with iOS + Android + Dropbox photo management on a Mac. Help. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Jul 15, 2016 - 3 answers

How to date photos at least into the right order...

Is there any software to let me visually sort and assign temporary placeholder dates to my scanned photos? [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe on Jul 14, 2016 - 4 answers

Need a slideshow that plays individual sound files for each picture

I would like to make a slideshow where each picture has a short sound file associated with it. So a picture comes up and it plays a 3 second mp3 once during the display, then repeats with another card. [more inside]
posted by Melsky on Jul 5, 2016 - 4 answers

Is there a better solution than Excel?

I have over a hundred vintage sewing patterns (and about half again as many modern ones) and a fabric stash sufficient to make at least 2/3 of the patterns. I am looking for some sort of cataloging option. I'm using Excel, but it does not handle pictures well (right now, each pattern has a link to its page--assuming it has one--at vintagepatterns.wikia.com, but fabric swatches are not really archived online) and I'd like a system that's both visual and descriptive. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Jun 30, 2016 - 13 answers

My mp3, she is busted

A few years ago, I'd amassed an impressive mp3 collection, organized obsessively on an internal hard drive. One day something happened: some of my mp3s suddenly became... other mp3s. Not just one other mp3, but several in a row. [more inside]
posted by dozo on Jun 28, 2016 - 2 answers

Database software for managing pricing information / quotes

I'm looking for database software for managing vendor quotes (for industrial equipment). [more inside]
posted by beepbeepboopboop on Jun 27, 2016 - 3 answers

Project Tracking Software for a Beginner

What's a good piece of non-cloud software to track project completion for a small office? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Jun 26, 2016 - 9 answers

What's the best way to find a developer job in another city?

I'm a former .NET developer that moved from NYC doing large enterprise apps to a small smartup in a much smaller city doing really cool bleeding edge Javascript apps. I really like being out of the enterprise space and doing product development. However, everything in the town I am in is either enterprise or very corporate and I'm just burnt out on that. What's the best job search method to look for something in a city with more opportunity? I'm thinking SF or back to NYC but willing to live anywhere. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2016 - 3 answers

Looking for decent PHP-based (or hosted) web forum software

I'm looking for good, open-source PHP forum / message board software. Or a straightforward hosted solution. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Jun 22, 2016 - 5 answers

I want to write a family history book but MS Word isn't cutting it...

I have 30 years of family history research, documentation, photos, interviews, notes - I also have a bunch of info between my ears that I never got around to writing down. Funds are tight right now, so paying someone to write a book for me isn't going to happen. I need recommendations (as in, you've done this) for software, open source is best, which will help me organize and publish my family history as an ebook, with the option to pay a publisher some day for hard copies.
posted by brownrd on Jun 20, 2016 - 23 answers

Simple software to print basic music?

My teacher has helped me work out some areangements of public domain pieces suitable for use by an adult onset harper (me). My messy notation is holding me back. Exists there a simple program to let me enter my scrawly notes and produce a tidy, easily read sheet of music? [more inside]
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer on Jun 20, 2016 - 8 answers

Software for dissertating, 2016 edition

I'm writing a dissertation (specifically, an ethnography). What writing software do I need (Mac OSX)? [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light on Jun 9, 2016 - 9 answers

Personal Finance Software

I NEED a personal finance management app. There are many around, so i need help going throw options. [more inside]
posted by thegirlwiththehat on Jun 3, 2016 - 2 answers

Affinity Pro vs. Acorn for a webcomic artist getting back in the game?

Asking for a friend - the last time they did webcomics, it was on a free version of Photoshop Elements that came with their multi-function printer. They would sketch on paper and scan and work miracles in Elements in Windows XP. They're now on a Mac, and many years have passed, and Photoshop Elements is kinda pricey compared to the competition and looks and acts weird compared to what they're used to. What now? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Jun 1, 2016 - 7 answers

Career in IT and Computer Programming with zero knowledge?

I'm fascinated with computers, robotics, and photography. Yet, there's something captivating about IT and Computer Programming. I'm almost finishing up my Social Science bachelor's degree (Sociology), which is pretty worthless from a marketable angle, little job offers. I would like to learn more about IT (Support Services for software) and Computer Programming as well, but I have no background in these two fields. Should I pursue a degree in either of these fields if I have no experience with math and computers? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on May 28, 2016 - 15 answers

In search of confidential dictation

I am looking for options for confidential dictation (beyond what Google can find for me). Please give me your personal recommendations for solutions. [more inside]
posted by elizeh on May 14, 2016 - 2 answers

Voice to text, app or software recommendation required.

My colleague is based in Kenya and has badly torn up his shoulder. We are looking for solution for him to work on the computer. He has an iPhone and uses a PC. The Dragon app is only for US and Canada. Can you recommend a solution he can try before he buys that will be available to him in his location? This is rather urgent. Thank you.
posted by infini on May 12, 2016 - 7 answers

Voice analyzing software that can differentiate people?

I am looking for voice analyzing software that can perform a rather particular function: one that can differentiate different people's voices as they have a conversation. Is there any commercial software that can do this? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on May 9, 2016 - 8 answers

Software for documenting family tree?

My mom has gotten interested in documenting family history, and I'm looking for some software that she can use to capture the information she's collected. My priorities are:
  • PC application or website where her data can be private/by login only
  • Excellent user interface
  • Nice output/view options
  • [more inside]
    posted by msbubbaclees on May 8, 2016 - 11 answers

    How to Create a Training Video

    I need to learn how to create a training video. It needs to be able to capture what I am doing on my computer screen, while recording my accompanying dialog. I see these all the time on youtube, but I am unsure how to get started. Where can I find some free training, and/or what kind of software/equipment do I need? Thanks!
    posted by LilithSilver on May 6, 2016 - 13 answers

    Alarm Software that Will Make A Sound at the Scheduled Times

    I'm looking for either a Chrome App or Mac OSX software that will: 1) make a chime or some other noise at an appointed time 2) enter about 20 different "appointments" each day in an easy way [more inside]
    posted by neeta on May 5, 2016 - 6 answers

    Unsettled issues for a software development team

    How much back and forth about the nitty-gritty of software development is healthy on a team? Are teams more productive if they spend less time on these issues—or more? Do we know? [more inside]
    posted by brett on May 5, 2016 - 9 answers

    Graphical relationship visualisation

    What tools would you recommend for creating a dynamic relationship visualisation? Thinking along the lines of They Rule. [more inside]
    posted by monocultured on Apr 29, 2016 - 7 answers

    Which POS software was this?

    I bought some things at a privately-owned grocery store today and the point-of-sale (POS) software display that showed how much I owed was a stunningly beautiful work of MS-DOS-style ANSI design. At the top of the screen it said "ERD POS" or something like that. The digits for the cost total were even bigger and fancier than this, but that image captures the general era. What was it? And how old is it? Thanks!
    posted by circular on Apr 28, 2016 - 4 answers

    CAD/Drafting on Linux - What software for strange bicycles?

    What software should I use to create a parametric model of a bicycle and have the software generate plan views I can send to a welder/framebuilder. [more inside]
    posted by sibilatorix on Apr 25, 2016 - 4 answers

    eReading + eResearch refresher

    I have been doing most of my research digitally for a number of years, with varying degrees of success. As I finish up my phd (!) I want to refresh my research habits and streamline for efficiency. For pdfs, epubs, and online articles I currently use several services and software platforms, only some of which are compatible. Help me best this [more inside]
    posted by 0bvious on Apr 24, 2016 - 2 answers

    What's the best speech to text software?

    I have lectures (around and hour each) that I'd like to transfer from recorded audio to text. I figure that my students are more likely to read than to listen. What is the best way to accomplish this?
    posted by Fister Roboto on Apr 21, 2016 - 3 answers

    Vendor "Take-Back" Software Licensing

    My company bought thousands of dollars of client hardware and software from a vendor on behalf of a valued customer. They apparently gave us a server software license without charging us for it. Can they come back two years later looking for payment? (snowflake details inside) [more inside]
    posted by cross_impact on Apr 19, 2016 - 6 answers

    What non-Apple slideshow software should I acquire?

    Windows 10. I need to acquire (buy if necessary) a good slideshow program. It must be able to output high-res .mov files as the stuff I'm creating is to be integrated into a movie project. Hopefully, it will afford me the ability to program some fairly complex moves, zooms, transitions (ie: not just a few stanard Ken Burns style defaults). Hopefully, I won't be in for a BIG learning curve as I have deadlines looming. [more inside]
    posted by philip-random on Apr 18, 2016 - 6 answers

    How to get Neat scanner to stop asking me to sync!?

    We bought a Neat scanner and installed the software. Now it is asking in a pop up window if we want to sync with the cloud. There is no way to turn this off and it asks 10,000 times a day. And I am not allowed to call customer service without a paid account. And the scanner does not seem to work without the software. [more inside]
    posted by cda on Apr 14, 2016 - 7 answers

    Voice Recognition Software that can format papers in APA, MLA, etc.?

    I'm an academic librarian and one of my patrons is a very bright young woman who is a visually impaired junior (3rd year uni student). She has a rare progressive neurological disease. She uses various programs (Voice Dream and something else the name of which I cannot remember) that read textbooks and academic journal articles to her. She is able to type somewhat but may gradually lose some of that capacity. She relies on her mom and grandma for a lot but neither ever went to college and there are things they can't help her with. Is there any Voice Recognition Software that can actually format her papers? Where if she tells it "APA cover page" it can do it with the words she speaks? Or "Chicago footnote"? [more inside]
    posted by mareli on Apr 8, 2016 - 8 answers

    scheduling interval solution

    I need to schedule people for appointments at various intervals, ideally using some form of...software?, and I'd like to do it all in one go at the start. I guess this is a computer problem, but maybe it's a math problem. Shoot. [more inside]
    posted by quadrilaterals on Apr 6, 2016 - 2 answers

    what is a good windows utility for accessing an iso file as a disk

    I would like to be able to use an image of a CD/DVD ( a .iso file on windows ) so that I can access that image as if it is an actual cd. In the past, maybe 3 years ago or so, I used "Virtual Clone Drive" which worked pretty well but I don't know if this is still a good choice. [more inside]
    posted by metadave on Apr 3, 2016 - 9 answers

    Non-Engineering Nonfiction Books for Engineers?

    I've long held that anyone who makes things for humans should read The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman. What other books should engineer types read? [more inside]
    posted by reventlov on Mar 24, 2016 - 13 answers

    Trying to figure out software used to create the DIC logo in 80s cartoon

    I know somewhere in the past I had seen a story about the devices/programs used to create video logos like the DIC outro seen here. Any idea what it was?
    posted by Ferreous on Mar 22, 2016 - 6 answers

    I suck at whiteboard interviews. Can I suggest an alternate process?

    I'm an experienced software engineer and manager. I have a number of successful projects under my belt and some really great companies on my resume. However, I'm really, really bad at the traditional whiteboard interview. I'm getting ready to start looking for a new job. Would it be worthwhile to request an alternative interview format? [more inside]
    posted by panama joe on Mar 1, 2016 - 29 answers

    New Software Bootcamp grad seeks job self-marketing help

    Asking for a ...spouse, who has recently attended a software bootcamp as a means to launch his second career. He's 43 and is having trouble with getting pigeonholed as "overqualified" for entry-level roles, but doesn't have the coding chops for dev management roles. What can he do to make himself more competitive? What boxes should he be making sure to check? [more inside]
    posted by chesty_a_arthur on Mar 1, 2016 - 5 answers

    Best solution for ad-hoc parsing and reformatting of text?

    I handle a lot of screenplays, recording scripts, game dialogue text tables, localization tables, and other text-related files. And I have a need to output to varying formats with varying goals--sometimes to reformat a screenplay to something more standard or to put text in a format that is ready to use by a game or other software. For simplicity's sake, assume that all input and output formats would be plain text. What is a good software tool to help with these format conversions? [more inside]
    posted by ErikH2000 on Feb 22, 2016 - 12 answers

    Best screenshot app for Mac?

    I've been happily using Slingshot on my Mac for screenshots for years but it's been discontinued and is no longer being updated. What should I replace it with? [more inside]
    posted by kdern on Feb 22, 2016 - 18 answers

    What are current best methods for TV-quality lip sync animation?

    In 2016, what software and methods do professional animators use for TV-quality lip sync animation with the aim of acceptable quality at the fastest speed? [more inside]
    posted by ErikH2000 on Feb 8, 2016 - 4 answers

    Jarvis...Please respond...

    Are there any software apps that have cool Hollywood-style/Futuristic UI natively built in? Email Clients, Desktop themes, Instant Messengers with fancy "Message is being encrypted" dialogs etc? [more inside]
    posted by theobserver on Feb 5, 2016 - 5 answers

    How can I separate work and personal notes on OneNote?

    I'd like to be able to access both my work and personal OneNote notes while in the office, but I'd also like to keep the personal notes secured so that they can't be accessed by someone else. The personal notes also need to be synced between my home and the office. [more inside]
    posted by theyexpectresults on Feb 4, 2016 - 6 answers

    Software for a musical needle-drop test?

    I'd like an application for my desktop, OS X computer that would basically simulate the dreaded "needle drop" test of music lit classes of yore: a random sample from a given list of recordings is played, and you have to identify the work (and perhaps the measure or movement). In practical terms, I should be able to load up a bank of mp3s, push a button, and be given a random clip of a pre-set time length. [more inside]
    posted by Wolfdog on Feb 4, 2016 - 4 answers

    Freedom internet blocking software - how private?

    It seems like it's now a yearly-based subscription service. I'm wondering how much data my computer sends to their services from my browser and hard drive. [more inside]
    posted by neeta on Jan 27, 2016 - 3 answers

    How can I maximize my take-home working for a startup?

    What kind of pay should I expect at a startup that hasn't hit profitability yet? Are my expectations realistic? [more inside]
    posted by one of these days on Jan 26, 2016 - 5 answers

    Recommend APA-style formatting and citation software

    What software would you recommend for formatting papers, creating a research database, and building and inserting citations in APA-style? [more inside]
    posted by angiep on Jan 10, 2016 - 14 answers

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