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"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

Updating to HD Album Artwork: Best free, painless software solution

Looking for a slick way to update the album artwork for a large (>150gb) music library on a PC. The key here is updating to HD album artwork. My smartphone has a really high res screen and most artwork looks awful on it. What's the easiest, most painless way to do this (for free!)? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Dec 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Calendar solution for scheduling shared space

I need an online calendar that can be shared by numerous organizations. It must be printable (where class titles can be clearly read with a month on a page). I have tried Outlook and Google Calendar without success. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Oct 17, 2013 - 2 answers

Software to transpose non-digital music?

Is there free or affordable software that can transpose scanned sheet music? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on May 5, 2012 - 8 answers

When MS Paint won't cut it...

I can't justify the cost of photoshop. What freeware/shareware/open-source image editor for Windows comes closest in terms of capabilities and/or interface? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Feb 20, 2012 - 25 answers

How to combine and loop to files to play on DVD?

I have a .mov file and an .flv file that I need to burn on DVD so that they both play one after the other in a continuous loop. I have an XP computer and an iPad 1. Is there any freeware out there that can do this for me? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Feb 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Want good golf games

What are the best online/freeware golf games? Either mini-golf or the full game is fine, and easily controllable with just the keyboard and mouse. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on Jan 25, 2012 - 4 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

Free loops or some kind of easy to play freeware indie music generator with world sounds?

Need a freeware source for an indie music generator that's easy to use. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Aug 11, 2011 - 3 answers

$xx to Create a PDF??

How's your little US nonprofit avoiding Adobe Acrobat and printing PDFs for free? [more inside]
posted by FLAG (BASTARD WATER.) (Acorus Adulterinus.) on Aug 10, 2011 - 33 answers

Free inventory software for nonprofits?

Free materials tracking/inventory software specifically for nonprofits rather than businesses: does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Jul 3, 2011 - 3 answers

Darn ads, get off my lawn!

I absolutely hate ads. No, really. What are some free, great, ad-free yet awesome apps? [more inside]
posted by titantoppler on Mar 24, 2011 - 12 answers

All I got is a photograph, and I realize you're not coming back anymore

Are there any freeware programs for Mac that I can use to pull photos off of an iPod touch? [more inside]
posted by Tiresias on Jan 9, 2011 - 16 answers

I want to scroll my novel across my screen like a LED sign.

I need a computer program that can take the text of my novel and scroll it across the laptop screen like one of those LED ticker scrolling signs in Times Square. [more inside]
posted by Sully on Jan 6, 2011 - 5 answers

free mac app for no-hassle, spoken-word audio recording?

mac filter: (free) app for quick, easy mp3 audio recording of spoken word? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Dec 27, 2010 - 9 answers

Want to create 3-D book image but with person in image!

Software to create 3-d book cover image that is being held by a girl? [more inside]
posted by curiositykilledthelemur on Oct 26, 2010 - 3 answers

Is there a tool to help me consolidate all these image files?

MacFilter: Looking for a program or shell script that will allow me to quickly and easily scan my computer (Mac) for duplicates of images and consolidate them so that aren't redundant copies taking up space everywhere. [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Oct 26, 2010 - 3 answers

Not broke, just disorganized with a disorganized income.

I have trouble remembering to pay bills/bring stamps/find envelopes in a timely manner. But I don't like having my account auto-drafted. Is there anything do-it-yourself style that will send me an e-mail and I can click a button to approve a transaction to pay an amount specified by me to the company that needs paying (or something like that)? [more inside]
posted by Ys on Aug 6, 2010 - 15 answers

Where can I find free inventory software for volunteer rescue team?

I am looking for a free web-based inventory system for a volunteer local government team. [more inside]
posted by PerpetualPermutation on Jul 20, 2010 - 2 answers

Total e-clips.

Is there any good free-ware video editing software? [more inside]
posted by Student of Man on Jun 26, 2010 - 6 answers

Ball goes bouncy bouncy bouncy

Looking for an old dos game with a bouncing ball that I played as a kid: [more inside]
posted by tachikoma_robot on Jun 4, 2010 - 4 answers

Too poor to buy a stats package!

Free stand-alone stats programs for Mac and/or Windows that have (at a minimum) two-way ANOVA and linear regression capabilities? Barring that, good resources for learning R? [more inside]
posted by kataclysm on May 21, 2010 - 15 answers

How do I make this thing? (video-editing mystery)

I need to edit a series of basic videos together within the next 24 hours. I have no idea what I'm doing! Please help me. [more inside]
posted by SebastianKnight on May 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Looking for a simple freeware image organizer for Mac

I use a Mac. I'm looking for a simple freeware app that will scan a directory of images and sort them by resolution into directories named after their resolution size. Bulk preview, delete, etc is a plus but not necessary. [more inside]
posted by bandersnatch on Apr 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Free Windows-Based Database That Is Still Free For Government Use?

I need a free database. Difficulty: EULA needs to permit government usage. [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia on Apr 28, 2010 - 19 answers

Is there a good and easy freeware program for Flash slideshows?

Looking for freeware software to create Flash slideshows with audio options. Does such a thing exist and if so, where? Thanks.
posted by watercarrier on Apr 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Free screenshot program with good editing features?

Free screencapture program similar to Jing but with more editing features? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Mar 27, 2010 - 7 answers

Looking for freeware that will tell me the overall time duration of a collection of movie clips.

I have a folder of 500+ movie clips and would like to know the total time duration when they are combined. Is there a freeware utility that can help me? I'm using Windows XP. Thanks-
posted by cwarmy on Mar 19, 2010 - 2 answers

Useful free software for a 12-year-old?

Refurbishing an old laptop for use by a friend's 12-year-old daughter. Looking for free software suggestions, any other tips you care to offer. Laptop will mostly be used for schoolwork and freeing up mom's laptop while daughter checks email and chats with friends. [more inside]
posted by halcyon_daze on Feb 20, 2010 - 16 answers

Are there any free Mac programs to remove PDF encryption?

Are there any free Mac programs to remove PDF encryption? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Dec 12, 2009 - 6 answers

Where can I find a freeware macro recorder?

Where can I find a freeware macro recorder (with smart recording ability)? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Nov 28, 2009 - 6 answers

Is there an application that will map all my friends?

I'm looking for an online or freeware map application that allows me to chart where I know people across the globe. This would serve the same purpose as a paper map on the wall with pins in it but would have more flexibility (zoom-in, link to info about the place etc.) If, for example, I were planning a trip to Thailand, I could open the map app and see that I have a couple acquaintances there and where exactly they live. [more inside]
posted by yankeh on Nov 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Programs to work with Census data?

How do I create a cross-tab from Census data (SF3)? [more inside]
posted by qldaddy on Oct 30, 2009 - 14 answers

Program to walk users through logical steps

I need the hive's help badly on this. I'm trying to find a program to walk a user through logical steps based on their answers to questions along the way. [more inside]
posted by atm on Sep 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Fix an Outlook pst file for free?

Corrupt PST file. How can I fix it for free? [more inside]
posted by ODiV on Sep 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Personal Knowledgebase Software?

I am thinking about setting up a personal knowledge-base of items at work (Help Desk). Looking for a freeware app with a very simple notepad style interface, that will store mostly text based notes. A few preferences inside... [more inside]
posted by AltReality on Sep 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Mac freeware for PDF Markups?

MacFilter: Anyone know of a free way to add markups and comments to PDF files in OS X? [more inside]
posted by el_lupino on Aug 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Know any good mini-spreadsheets for XP?

Can you recommend a mini-spreadsheet program for Windows XP, preferably freeware? It will be running on a tiny laptop in a place with no internet access, so OpenOffice is too big and online solutions are too... online. [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Aug 7, 2009 - 19 answers

Film Scheduling Resources?

Anyone know of some good freeware film scheduling software or templates? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman on Aug 4, 2009 - 2 answers

Texting from PC

I want to text message from my PC and I'm not interested in international texting. Is there reliable freeware that doesn't need the carrier of the number I'm texting to, and doesn't load me or the recipient up with spam? I'll even pay for it, but I'm tired of going through my cellphone. Another question is, would the recipient and me get a text charge?
posted by CollectiveMind on Jul 18, 2009 - 16 answers

What's the best shareware (not freeware)?

I'm interested in a random sampling of opinions regarding software. What titles do you swear by shareware over freeware alternatives? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Jul 1, 2009 - 18 answers

Good WinXP sound recorder for bad eyes?

What's a good Windows XP open source/freeware sound recorder that is easy for someone with vision deficits to use? Suggestions for a microphone also welcome. Details and... [more inside]
posted by de void on Jun 29, 2009 - 8 answers

digital photos scan resize resolution freeware frame

Seeking software for scanning old paper photos into digital format. I'm hoping to find something that will automatically crop to borders of the photo so I don't need to manually crop every one in Photoshop. Bonus points if it will automatically resize all the scanned images into a specific resolution size. [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on May 30, 2009 - 5 answers

Learn To Draw In Only Twenty Seconds Using The Internet

I'm a writer who needs to learn how to draw illustrations for my manuals. And I need to learn fast. [more inside]
posted by scrump on Apr 28, 2009 - 23 answers

Audio files for non-audiophiles

What is the simplest way (free or otherwise) to convert M4P and M4A audio files to MP3 en masse?
posted by fusinski on Mar 1, 2009 - 13 answers

Freeware workflow calendar? Yes, my childhood dream was to be this boring.

Where can I find a freeware date-generating task calendar? [more inside]
posted by melissa may on Feb 4, 2009 - 3 answers

Looking to engage the mind and have some fun

Really cool freeware word games? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Feb 3, 2009 - 4 answers

Where can I find free nature soundscapes to download?

Where can I find more free nature soundscapes like the Thunderstorm at SimpleNoise.com to download? [more inside]
posted by st0rey on Jan 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Free autodialer for gradeschool.

Free autodialer? My son's school, which is financially challenged, used to have an autodialer to update parents on current events. This was great for the community; many parents are overwhelmed, and information isn't always timely when it comes from the kids. Also, 3 of 5 schoolbuses are being cancelled, and it would help coordinate 'walking school buses.' All participation would be voluntary. I've seen some free ones online, but originating in Moscow, McAffee-flagged, etc. Any safe suggestions?
posted by dragonsi55 on Dec 4, 2008 - 17 answers

Help me fix my text!

Is there a free program like Textsoap for Windows Vista? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Oct 18, 2008 - 1 answer

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