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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 - 3 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 - 3 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

Tool or software for comparing weekly schedules of a group?

I need an efficient way to break a class into teams based on schedules. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Jan 8, 2016 - 1 answer

Optionally minded

I just received an offer for a tech job at a SF-based startup, with stock options. I saw this great Ask, which contains links to some valuable information on questions to ask. But I'm wondering: how many of those questions SHOULD a company be able to answer before I accept an offer? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Jan 6, 2016 - 10 answers

What do like to see in a corporate tech talk?

I volunteered to give a talk at a large company about a piece of software. Not sure how to do this. [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Jan 3, 2016 - 17 answers

No! Don't click on that!

Almost 10 year old daughter has no sense of appropriate viewing, and I'd like to get a software solution to help her stay clear of the skeevier parts of Youtube. [more inside]
posted by heathrowga on Dec 16, 2015 - 7 answers

Looking for particular type of internet restriction software/app

I'm interested in restricting my own use of time-killing websites at home so as to increase my productivity. I see that there are a number of apps or programs that do this in different ways, and some of these techniques would be good. But I haven't found one that works in the way that I think would work best for me. Is something like that available? Details on the kind of functionality I'm looking for are below. P.S. I'm willing to pay up to maybe $50 for the right kind of software. [more inside]
posted by Mechitar on Dec 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Should I make this transfer?

I'm a software engineer who's thinking about transferring to another team at work that does way more interesting stuff, but now my current manager is trying to get me to stick around by making offers of more interesting work on this side. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Two Stranger on Dec 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Transcription software

I'm doing voluntary work as a translator and subtitle editor, and I'd like to be more efficient with my time. Details under the cut. [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva on Dec 7, 2015 - 12 answers

Nonprofit needs scheduling software for kids classes

I work for a local non-profit that provides classes in engineering for kids. We have classes available after school and during school holiday and over the summer. We would like something that allows us to move classes around and change dates easily like by dragging and dropping on a weekly schedule and that can handle 8 different classrooms with two different class periods per day. [more inside]
posted by absences on Dec 7, 2015 - 1 answer

New computer and tech support for non-techy older person

My mum's 8 year old, second hand laptop is on the way out. I'd like to replace it with something more suited to her needs. Also, is there any sort of phone/online tech support available in Australia suitable for older people so she doesn't have to wait months until I'm home to learn how to download pictures/ save files etc? [more inside]
posted by neatsocks on Dec 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Confidence Game - self-assessment tool

I'm trying to find this self-assessment/self-correction software tool for evaluating one's own confidence in a given answer in a consistent way. [more inside]
posted by pahalial on Dec 3, 2015 - 3 answers

gym class software - tracking who has paid

Anyone have experience with Punchpass, Tula, Front Desk or a similar apps or services? [more inside]
posted by egk on Nov 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Large Photo Collage Software

Is there a non-photo shop option that will let me create a collage where I can resize photos and some other basic tweaks? [more inside]
posted by smoke on Nov 21, 2015 - 11 answers

Non-cloud Google docs

What's a good non-cloud collaborative software alternative to Google docs? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Nov 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Help a team export their knowledge

Looking for a tool to use — a cross-platform app or web app would be great, or alternatively a method we can apply and use with something basic. I work on a voluntary campaign team where it would be really helpful to dump our knowledge in a shared location where it can be mapped and searched, both for us now and for handover. Paid solutions are probably out of our reach. [more inside]
posted by lokta on Nov 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Software that makes the user design the User Interface before using it

I am looking for software (no video games; see inside for explanation) that lets you design the graphical user interface however you wish before you start actually using the software. [more inside]
posted by 2ghouls on Nov 11, 2015 - 24 answers

Want to learn animation -- best software?

I want to learn how to make animations. I would like to find a program that will let me draw A and then B and will automatically fill in what's in between. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Nov 11, 2015 - 3 answers

I'm looking for easy wiki software

I'm looking for wiki software to help me organize information on a project I'm working on. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Nov 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Home Server Suggestions

Have a computer I'm repurposing to a headless home-server. Looking for some suggestions on what server software I should need, with special snowflake needs inside! [more inside]
posted by mayonnaises on Nov 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Good citation re engineering performance metrics.

Please help me find good, preferably publicly available, citations regarding eg # of commits as lousy performance metrics. [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Nov 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Atomic Text Supercollider

Somehow I'm the guy who is ultimately responsible for writing and maintaining all of the manuals for our hardware and software products. This is a pain in the neck job that's not getting done, and I know how to describe the tool I think I need in order to relieve the pain. But does it exist? [more inside]
posted by Sunburnt on Nov 2, 2015 - 6 answers

Where can I write socially-responsible software while living in Boston?

I'm moving from Seattle to Boston sometime in the first half of 2016 and I'm looking for a software engineering position at an organization with strong social purpose. Help me find some places to investigate that are either near Boston or support working remotely. [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Oct 29, 2015 - 9 answers

I'm looking for an easy freeware drum machine for rehearsing with.

I'd like to find a program that would play some pre-recorded or pre-programmed drum beats in various styles at user-defined tempos to practice playing music with. Something online would be OK but I'd prefer a freestanding Windows OS program. I don't want to have to use a sequencer to create my own beats. I'd just like to be able to pick a style and a tempo and let it go. Basically a more-interesting metronome. [more inside]
posted by straight on Oct 26, 2015 - 5 answers

Alternatives to programming

I've come to realize that while I enjoy solving interesting problems in software, I am not really very good at programming and never will be. What are my career options given that realization? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Oct 26, 2015 - 15 answers

What's New In Software Development?

Almost a decade ago I read (and believed in) Cockburn's Cooperative Game. What's new since then? [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Oct 25, 2015 - 12 answers

From here to IT

It became apparent to me yesterday that I am going to want to find another job, and then also yesterday an old friend from high school said he would hire me. Lots more conversation needs to happen with my friend, obviously, but before it does I would love to have your advice on moving from FDA-regulated industry (foods, supplements, skincare) to IT (with very limited IT skills). [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Oct 23, 2015 - 5 answers

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD?

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Oct 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Can you help me update OS X?

My Mac is (and has been) prompting me to update software. Every time we get past the "Agree" or "disagree" prompt, the window tells me it can't be installed on "Macintosh HD." There is 300-some GB of space. Any ideas what's going on? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Oct 12, 2015 - 17 answers

Support Software

Do you know of any software or tools to help a team organise software support? I am thinking of something like a task list which pops up with simple tasks that need doing. (i.e. check these logs, reset this thing). [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Oct 7, 2015 - 4 answers

HTPC Software Advice

Looking for some advice on HTPC software. I really have just two requirements: Netflix compatibility and good video library management. [more inside]
posted by mayonnaises on Oct 1, 2015 - 12 answers

Project management software for visual people with lots of deadlines?

I need help finding a great project management tool for visual people with too many deadlines. Overly-demanding list of criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by mjm101 on Sep 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Software to generate a report of my computer usage?

I'd like to see a weekly breakdown of my personal computer usage. Showing total time spent using different applications, and total time spent visiting different websites. Just to monitor my productivity and see where I'm spending/wasting the most time. Can anyone recommend a (preferably free) mac application?
posted by pablocake on Sep 27, 2015 - 4 answers

Quickbooks Online or Xero?

Help me decide which kind of small business, cloud-based accounting software is best for a free-lancer. [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra on Sep 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Ipad video recovery

6 year old deleted an important video from an ipad that had not been backed up. The video is not on icloud and the ipad doesn't have a "recently deleted" album. Free software options couldn't find it. I would pay a lot of money to get this video back. Is there software that's considered better than the rest?
posted by Nickel on Sep 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Settings GPS Data Logger

I would like to use my Old Wintec WBT-201 GPS Data logger to keep track where we are taking pictures. Given the limited storage space on the device I want to minimize the amount of data points that are collected. No need to record speed, direction etc. Its just when we are hiking to log every minute or so our location. I can charge the battery but cant' download the data for 12 day's. Using the "Time Machine" software to access the settings page but am confused about the settings. Any advice?
posted by Mac-Expert on Sep 12, 2015 - 1 answer

Moving GPX Waypoints

I'm currently working with a charity in the Caucasus. Yesterday I spent ten hours surveying and hiking in the mountains, recording waypoints using Viewranger on my phone. Today, I see I didn't change a setting (? I think?) and all of my waypoints are about 80km out. Is there an easy, free way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by sarahdal on Sep 12, 2015 - 7 answers

Greenhouse.io as recruitment software; how does it go for you?

I'm looking for Mefi users opinions on Greenhouse.io as Recruitment software. The good, the bad, the meh. If you have used it as either employer, 'employment broker' or employee, please tell me what you think. (The .io is this) [more inside]
posted by esto-again on Aug 29, 2015 - 11 answers

How did your tech career survive the dot-com bubble?

Did your software career survive the first dot-com bubble? What did you learn, what would you do today, and how did you weather the collapse? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Aug 23, 2015 - 18 answers

How to evaluate multiple software platforms for consolidation

"Help me do my job" filter. I work for a tech company, as a software developer/manager. Our group (a dozen people or so, including the managers/senior developers) has recently merged with another, and between us we now have a lot of "core platform" technology that is duplicated across all the varied products (think - user authorization/authentication, user preference storing, file validation, core business tasks like matching names to identifying numbers). And now we want to consolidate these so there is only 1 piece of software doing the core platform work. How do we do this? [more inside]
posted by ish__ on Aug 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Starting fresh

Recently I performed a clean installation of Windows 10 (which, by the way, I very much like despite not-so-subtle bugs creeping up a tad more than I'd like) and would like app and Chrome add-on recommendations. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Aug 14, 2015 - 10 answers

Getting started on YouTube - how do I make intros like Marzia's?

Hi everyone! Not looking to copy or plagiarize - but I am just getting ready to launch a YouTube channel and I don't know what software I'm going to use to edit videos or much about how to get going. I really like the type of introductions used by YouTuber Marzia. Do you know what tools she uses to make them? More in post. [more inside]
posted by valmonster on Aug 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Windows PC - Software and Settings for Young Child

I'm looking for suggestions for re-purposing a Windows laptop into a child-friendly PC (for a 6-year-old), for entertainment and development of computer skills. Suggestions for Windows settings and/or child-friendly shells, parental controls, age-appropriate software, and any other ideas for getting the most out of a young child's first computer. [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Aug 9, 2015 - 1 answer

Changing to a new iTunes-like program?

I am in despair. iTunes is the worst software in the world, and I want out. Help me shed its evil from my life! [more inside]
posted by agregoli on Aug 5, 2015 - 14 answers

What, in 2015, are the best app options when it comes to video editing?

When watching YouTube I often can't help but feel that I'm the only person in the world who doesn't use video editing software. I often rip and encode videos but I've yet to delve into the world of video editing. Mostly I want to remove 'mistakes' and extraneous stuff from videos of myself speaking. My requirement are that the apps are Windows-compatible. Freeware and payware apps are welcome. It's preferable that the apps are light on resources and noob-friendly, but these aren't requirements.
posted by GlassHeart on Aug 3, 2015 - 11 answers

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