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House Design Software

What software should we use to design our (small) house? We will have an architect draw the final plans, but want to create quick 3D models for visualization. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

You pay for what?

What software are you happy using, so much so that you are willing to part with your hard earned money? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Jun 24, 2014 - 69 answers

"Nah, boss; I'm just a speedreader"

Before building my own... does this software exist? I need to search a collection of PDF & Word files for key phrases, and dump the surrounding lines (x-m to x+n characters/lines, where x is the found phrase) into text files. I occasionally need to search a few dozen files for a few dozen data items, which usually have some identifying text nearby. This needs to be automated. Big bonus if it implements OCR, but that's not essential. Freeware, or cheapware, obviously is best. Windows-based is preferable, but I can do Linux.
posted by IAmBroom on Feb 12, 2014 - 9 answers

How to make Windows 7 find all files. Like Mac program Easyfind.

Hi everyone. Sometimes I'm trying to find an obscure system or game file, and it is actually very difficult to get Windows 7 to understand that, yes, I want it to search through ALL files on a disk. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Nov 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Firefox zooms in by default. How can I fix this?

Everything in firefox is zoomed in twice by default. Icons in the bookmarks bar are larger than they should be and pixellated. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Jul 1, 2013 - 10 answers

Replacement for Echofon (Twitter client) on Windows desktop?

For a while I've been using Echofon as my Twitter client. It's got some things I don't like, but I always assumed they'd eventually get fixed. However, Echofon has discontinued support for the desktop client, opting instead to focus on mobile platforms. I'm looking for a replacement, since some features in Echofon have inexplicably stopped working and obviously won't be fixed. Anyone got suggestions on a replacement? [more inside]
posted by Legomancer on Apr 25, 2013 - 3 answers

OSX calendar software sync to Google Calendar?

Is there any calendar/scheduling software for OS X and Windows that can sync info with Google Calendar? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jan 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for webcam monitors/aggregators for Windows

I'm looking for a Windows app for viewing multiple remote webcams on a single screen -- something like Live Cams Pro on iOS. Ideally it would be able to categorize cameras by topic or location, support live feeds as well as static ones, and maybe be able to store timed snapshots from the cams over time (like Camembert could do back in the day). I'm not as concerned about receiving audio or controlling the cameras. [more inside]
posted by Lazlo Nibble on Jan 1, 2013 - 0 answers

Help me recall the name of some software

Name the obscure torrent client [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Oct 12, 2012 - 2 answers

What's a solid non-iTunes podcatcher with authenticated feeds support?

What's a solid non-iTunes podcatcher with authenticated feeds support? [more inside]
posted by Geektox on Aug 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for software for windows to tag movies and tv shows media files for itunes.

I had been using a mac to keep my media files and had been using "Ripit" to rip my DVD's and "identify" to tag the resulting files and put into itunes to watch on Apple TV. Due to file space I have moved to a PC running Windows 7 to do this. And while I have found software to rip the DVD's I cannot find software to add the tags such as "synopsis", "cover art", and "episode details"? You suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Me-Fi
posted by ndaguiar on Jul 25, 2012 - 1 answer

free windows software

Can't afford to buy software. Seeking free windows software programs (any programs!) that are as good or better than their for-cost counterparts. What can you recommend?
posted by luvmywife on Jul 24, 2012 - 16 answers

Looking for software for windows to tag movies and tv shows media files for itunes.

Looking for software for windows to tag movies and tv shows media files for itunes. [more inside]
posted by ndaguiar on Jul 17, 2012 - 0 answers

iMac Mac OS and Windows 7

I just bought a new iMac for home. I use one at work(Boot camp Windows 7) with programs like Maya, After Effects, Premiere etc and love it. Now with one at home I would actually like to use both Mac and Windows OS but have a hard time deciding what software to put where... Can someone help me figure this out? [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Jun 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Recommendations for an email guide dog.

Someone close to me is going blind. What kind of screen reader and other software should I set them up on so they can continue to read and send email? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Feb 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Dual Screen pc Display Glitch

I have a dual screen pc display problem that I'm having trouble diagnosing. [more inside]
posted by peacay on Jan 9, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I thoroughly test the Windows 7 desktop machine I built for my dad before I give it back to him?

How can I thoroughly test the Windows 7 desktop machine I built for my dad before I give it back to him? He lives 4.5 hours away so I won't be able to easily respond to problems once he has it. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Dec 19, 2011 - 11 answers

OpenOffice's evil twin

What the heck is OpenOffice.fm, and did this download damage my friend's computer? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Nov 24, 2011 - 10 answers

I need to make my parents' computer father-proof.

How do I keep my father from wrecking his computer - again? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Nov 7, 2011 - 27 answers

How to undelete a file

How to undelete a permanently deleted file (Windows edition)? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Oct 20, 2011 - 14 answers

New "Starfield"?

Has anyone made a solid, stable, fancier, and Windows 7 compatible version of the awesome old Windows XP "Starfield" screensaver? [more inside]
posted by Esefa on Aug 26, 2011 - 9 answers

What is great and useful windows 7 software?

I'm a new windows user. Recommend awesome software for me to try. [more inside]
posted by Winnemac on Aug 24, 2011 - 29 answers

Software for finding picture duplicates

Are there any Windows programs that can compare two image files and tell me if they're duplicates or not, ignoring different metadata and file formats? [more inside]
posted by Bangaioh on Jun 25, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I get 32-bit only software to work on Windows 7 x64?

I have a piece of software that works on Windows 7, 32-bit, but not on x64 versions. Is it possible to get it working on my computer, perhaps in a VM? I also have the linux version of the software. [more inside]
posted by Canageek on Mar 23, 2011 - 11 answers

Webcam Karaoke

I would like to display Karaoke lyrics over a live webcam feed. This means I might need a skype (or equivalent) plugin that plays the music & lyrics, or find some karaoke software with the ability to display lyrics over a transparent background. (That is, to have windowless karaoke display, and run the webcam feed behind it. ) All the software (I can find) to play .CDG (karaoke lyric standard) files forces them to be played with an image background, or over a video file. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 10, 2011 - 1 answer

Time-traveling video recording software?

Is there any software that will take the input of a USB webcam, and (at a given signal like a mouse-click) save the previous 30 seconds/45 seconds/one minutes/two minutes of video/audio to the hard drive? Windows is required, F/OSS is preferred. [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo on Jan 15, 2011 - 9 answers

Software Licensing

I'm trying to start an internet cafe-type business and I'm having real trouble understanding how to properly license copies of Microsoft Office, as well as Adobe software (e.g. Photoshop). There's a further caveat, which is that customers will use thin clients to access virtualized PCs on a central server. [more inside]
posted by thumpasor on Jan 3, 2011 - 9 answers

"It's becoming critical, Captain. We can't handle it."

Picasa does everything thing I want in a light photo editor (cropping, highlight and shadow correction, roation (90 degree and free)) and browser except it does not support multiple computers using the same meta data. My fricken database has been corrupted again (apparently it doesn't handle 200K+ photos very well either) so I'm looking for an alternative that does support syncing between multiple computers and network storage. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Nov 28, 2010 - 10 answers

Windows web site creation?

I need a simple code-free web site creation tool for my girlfriend that combines some basic CMS features with a WYSIWYG editor. [more inside]
posted by themel on Sep 19, 2010 - 12 answers

If you wrap the Internet around every person on the planet and spin the planet, software flows in the network.

BitTorrent Client recommendation [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Aug 17, 2010 - 17 answers

Mac user yearning for Windows 3.1 games

How can I play the classic Windows games in the Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack (JezzBall, Chip's Challenge, SkiFree, PipeDream) on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Jun 30, 2010 - 7 answers

Help make my PC to Mac personal finance software quick and painless!

What is the best way to move years of financial data from AceMoney on Windows to anything on OSX and not screw it all up? [more inside]
posted by drgonzo2k2 on Jun 30, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me migrate a Windows system to Apple's bootcamp

I need help migrating an existing Windows XP file system from a Thinkpad to a new Macbook running bootcamp. [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Jun 7, 2010 - 8 answers

Difference between anti-spyware and anti-virus?

What are the main differences between anti-spyware and anti-virus? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Apr 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Win iTunes plugins to have?

There seem to be some interesting plugins for doing tedious library management chores (like say, TuneUp or TidySongs). Googling produces tons of non-reviews reviews and noise, and I don't feel like messing my stuff (and time) with lots of try-and-see's, not to mention you have to pay for them (yes, I'm ok with paying for a couple of these things if they are worth it but not just to experiment). So if you're so kind to share, tell me your personal experience and recommendations for iTunes plugins, for Windows. If your experience if s of something so vile I should run away from it, do tell too!
posted by Iosephus on Apr 8, 2010 - 8 answers

Going from 12 Years on the Mac to a Windows XP Notebook

Beginning this week, I will start using a Windows XP notebook as my home computer; to date my personal computers have been Macs. I've done some preliminary research as to Windows alternatives to programs, but I'd appreciate three areas of people's suggestions: (i) general tips for owning a Windows machine as your home machine; (ii) specific tips for people migrating from a Mac to a Windows machine; and (iii) critiques and/or alternate suggestions for Windows alternatives to the Mac programs I've used. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Mar 21, 2010 - 23 answers

Can Windows OEM run in a virtual machine?

I want to use Windows 7 in VMWare Fusion on my Mac. Can I use an OEM package or am I obligated to buy a full license? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee on Feb 19, 2010 - 2 answers

Are there any programs/extensions out there to make the editing/organizing of my bookmarks in Firefox any easier?

Are there any programs/extensions out there to make the editing/organizing of my bookmarks in Firefox any easier? I'm using XMarks to sync these bookmarks between my XP and OSX machines. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Feb 6, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I run a single Mac application on a Windows machine?

How do I run a single Mac application on a Windows machine? [more inside]
posted by Unhyper on Dec 27, 2009 - 14 answers

Looking for good system monitoring / task scheduling software

Looking for good system monitoring / task scheduling software to run on Windows for server monitoring as well as running custom scripts for keeping track application specific metrics. [more inside]
posted by Nothing on Dec 22, 2009 - 2 answers

A start menu for Windows 7 where I type "i" for Internet and "f" for Firefox to open that browser?

A start menu for Windows 7 where I type i for Internet and f for Firefox to open that browser? [more inside]
posted by oxit on Dec 14, 2009 - 12 answers

Back to the basics

I really like the idea of text-based programs like WriteRoom (Mac) or DarkRoom (Windows). Are there similar applications for other purposes? [more inside]
posted by jfricke on Dec 1, 2009 - 20 answers

WIN XP Directory Tree Software help?

Need software which enables saving my Windows XP file directory tree and shows subfolders as a .gif, .jpg or .bmp. Google found some software which saves it as a text file, but I want the visuals of the actual folders in the tree structure.
posted by dorgla on Oct 23, 2009 - 1 answer

Webcam recording softwrae

I need to record myself giving a presentation for school. My laptop has a built in webcam and microphone. What free Windows software would you recommend for this task?
posted by gocubbies on Sep 24, 2009 - 4 answers

Suggestions for alternate scanning programs?

Looking for a scanner program that will allow me to set a custom size to scan and remember it for multiple scans. [more inside]
posted by tdreyer on Sep 20, 2009 - 4 answers

CD manufacturer identification on the Mac?

Is there a Mac equivalent to CDR Media Code Identifier. This could be run in Parallels, but I'm not sure it'll be able to get what it needs out of the DVD drive. And of course, it'd be nice to not have to run Parallels.
posted by ignignokt on Sep 15, 2009 - 4 answers

What do I not need on Windows 7 Ultimate?

I'm moving from XP to Windows 7 Ultimate. What, that I used to have on XP, do I not need installed any more? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Aug 28, 2009 - 5 answers

Video Editing Software for Travel Videos

Can anyone suggest a simple Non-Linear Video Editing Software for Windows XP? One that can accept and output variety of Formats. For editing together Videos (MJPG) taken on a Canon Digital photo Camera. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Aug 24, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me rescue a .QIC backup file?

IT Filter: Anyone know of a resource or protocol for opening .QIC files (Old Windows backup file format) short of finding a machine with Windows 95/98 on it? Had a laptop stolen and this is the only format in which I still have ALL of my writing from college/grad school. Any help is appreciated (please no lectures on backing up files... have learned my lesson.)
posted by Prevailing Southwest on Aug 10, 2009 - 4 answers

Is Corel Draw 8 for Windows still gettable?

Is it still possible to get hold of Corel Draw 8 for Windows? Abandonware? [more inside]
posted by n3rt on Aug 7, 2009 - 15 answers

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