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Emergent Art

Help me make pretty pictures! For years I have been interested in Cellular automatas and other types of software that use algorithms to make some sort of graphic output. Now I'm looking for some software to make my own. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Jun 6, 2005 - 5 answers

Learning Reason

I have to learn to use Reason 3.0 for a job that starts at the end of this month. I've used ProTools and Sonar to record, mix, and master music in the past. I've downloaded the Reason demo. Any good resources for getting up to speed with it quickly?
posted by ludwig_van on Jun 3, 2005 - 6 answers

Assistive Animation Technology for Creative 17 Year-Old with Chronic Pain

I am working with a 17 year-old boy who has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. He loves doing animation on the computer, and he has been using Windows Movie Maker. In recent months, he has been in a chronic flare and is unable to use his hands. He is also very depressed, and I believe that being able to do something he loves may help his current mental state. Does anyone know of any animation software that has adaptations for use with voice commands? (I know about Dragon Dictate for Word Processing, but can it be used with other types of software?) Bonus points if you can tell me about any benevolent companies or agencies that offer this kind of software/hardware at a discounted or pro bono rates. This boy is not from a wealthy family and he has only the most basic health coverage.
posted by abbyladybug on May 30, 2005 - 12 answers

PDA Newbie Filter

Just got a 2nd hand Palm OS 4.1 PDA. I'm aware of other threads on this topic - but could you clue me into indispensible/wierd/cool software/resources for Pam OS 4.1? [+] [more inside]
posted by PurplePorpoise on May 24, 2005 - 7 answers

How to make a VCD disk using a Macintosh

How do I make a VCD disk using the CD burner in my Powerbook? I have an .avi file that I would like to play on my DVD player, but I have no idea what's the best software to use for encoding, burning, etc.
posted by invisible ink on May 24, 2005 - 13 answers

Wipe or Replace?

I have a P-3 Dell desktop with Win98 that is a few years old and has been buggy of late, even with all the virus and adware scans I can do on it. I also have a laptop with XP and the XP install disks (I have reinstalled XP on this one). I feel like it's time to start fresh with the desktop, so my question is two-pronged: 1. Would it be easier to just buy a new hard drive (since a 20 gig one is relatively cheap) than to reformat the existing one and reinstall everything? 2. Would you reinstall Win98 or go with XP (assuming that it WOULD install on this box and I don't know any reason why it would not)?
posted by Danf on May 23, 2005 - 15 answers

Getting Things Done on a Macintosh

Having recently finished Getting Things Done (and after following 43 Folders for some time), I'm inspired to organize my life. I've gathered supplies and plan to organize my physical life this weekend. My on-line life (based on a Mac) needs help, though. How do you stay organized on your Mac? Do you use iCal? (It still seems so buggy to me.) What e-mail program do you use? Is Microsoft's Entourage all that? I know about Quicksilver, but can you recommend other little apps to keep my digital life organized and worry free? (Tips on physical GTD organization are welcome, too.)
posted by jdroth on May 20, 2005 - 26 answers

How to get LaTeX to ignore a period for spacing purposes?

Sometimes in LaTeX I notice bad-looking rivers after the period in someone's title, such as "Mr. Jones" or "St. Thomas." I assume that this is because it is treated the "." in things like "St." as if they are sentence stops, and spacing them accordingly. How can I get this to stop?
posted by yesno on May 9, 2005 - 5 answers

Product Releases

I am looking for a resource, preferably web based, that will give me release dates for new electronics and software. I have been able to find websites that give that information for Books, CD's and DVD's but nothing for software and electronics.
posted by tirebouchon on May 9, 2005 - 3 answers

Software and books for learning Chinese?

What are the best software (Windows XP) and books for learning Chinese? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on May 2, 2005 - 6 answers

Wiring me?

I'm looking for recommendations for software that helps make electrical schematics. [more inside]
posted by cardboard on Apr 29, 2005 - 16 answers

Evaluating Lucene

I’ve been assigned to evaluate the feasibility of using Lucene for our website, a large, high-use government site with rapidly-changing data. [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Apr 27, 2005 - 3 answers

gardening software previously discussed?

sometime in the last week or so, there was a thread on the blue that (i seem to recall) had something to do with growing vegetables... or horticulture... or something. and in the comments i'm nearly sure i saw a link to some sort of software that would let you mess with the pH levels in your soil, lighting levels, etc... like a "sim-'growing things'" kind of software. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Apr 26, 2005 - 2 answers

Why is Microsoft Word pasting a thousand pages of copied text?

I'm asking on behalf of a fellow law student who is having a big, fat laptop problem as we fast approach the zero our for our finals. She copies some lines of text in Microsoft Word. When she pastes them, Word pastes literally a thousand pages of the same lines of text into the document. This isn't happening in any other programs, but her computer does seem to be running pretty hot for no reason that we can discern. What the hell is going on? [more inside]
posted by jennyb on Apr 26, 2005 - 7 answers

Zinio Magazine Reader

A recently purchased iBook comes with Zinio, an application that allows for the onscreen reading of print magazines. I like the concept, and the interface is decent, but their selection is paltry and it all seems a bit too pricey. Still, I might be willing to give it a go. Does anyone use the service regularly? What do you think of it? Is there a comparable service out there that might be better? [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Apr 22, 2005 - 4 answers

CMS and Word compatible

Looking for some recommendations for enterprise-level (or so) CMS that plays well with Word. A large client list is looking to be able to use a CMS to make website posts (similar to blogging), but they must be able to copy and paste directly from a Word file into the tool, without going to Notepad. Who out there allows that?
posted by fijiwriter on Apr 18, 2005 - 7 answers

I am looking for specific computer backup software

I have True Image 8 and Norton Ghost 9.... They both do fine job in cloning hard drives.. but I can not trust incremental backup and images... I tried about a half dozen time trying to restore files using both software.. absolutely NONE of them was successful... damaged images, files... etc.. I already lost serveral pictures and data... So.. I am looking for file to file backup type software that can incrementally copy files/folders to another networked computer's harddrive without compressing or imaging.... This way... I can always have two exact copies all the time... SecondCopy was one that was suggested... Is there more popular well known.. proven software like this?
posted by curiousleo on Apr 16, 2005 - 14 answers

Project Management Software

Our small web development company is looking into project management software. I've been looking around, but can't seem to find something that really suits our needs. [more inside]
posted by frufry on Apr 14, 2005 - 13 answers

Does anyone know of a development tool vendor that provides free training (not online, but in person) , please share ?

Does anyone know of a software development tool vendor that provides free training (not online, but in person) , please share ? It doesnt matter what kind of software development tool vendor it is. Any will do.
posted by jaydedx on Apr 14, 2005 - 2 answers

TRAX and Banner

My wife is wanting to apply for a job as a Technical Consultant. She's pretty tech-savvy but the job description says they're looking for someone who can make "effective use of TRAX and Banner." Has anyone ever heard of these? I assume they're database management software, but my Google and Wikipedia search returned nothing! Also, any ideas on how to teach herself the software?
posted by JPowers on Apr 13, 2005 - 12 answers

Free Fruit?

I want to spend some of my creative currency creating music using software such as Fruity Loops. However, I would really like to have a freeware/open source option since I am not sure if I will enjoy it or not. [more inside]
posted by jopreacher on Apr 12, 2005 - 7 answers

Multimedia quizzes

My dad wants software to create stand-alone multimedia quizzes. [more inside]
posted by bwerdmuller on Apr 9, 2005 - 3 answers

Macintosh software for taking time-lapse movie with my digital camera?

I just got the Sony Cybershot DSC-T33, and I'm wondering if there's any software (for the mac) that will control the camera and take time lapse movies with it. I know this sort of thing exists, but a google search exhausted me, and yielded a couple of things (istop motion) that seemed close, but no cigar when it came to camera control. Am I SOL with this camera?
posted by asavage on Apr 8, 2005 - 3 answers

Mac mp3 stream players?

What Mac software should I use for listening to mp3 streams? [more inside]
posted by lbergstr on Apr 8, 2005 - 4 answers

iWork vs. MS Office?

I have recently purchased an iBook (G4, 512 Mb RAM, 60 Gig HD, Superdrive) and now I need a software package equivalent to MS Office and can't decide between iWork and MS Office (Mac version). Help me? [more inside]
posted by LunaticFringe on Apr 8, 2005 - 24 answers

MP3 Player for WindowsME

MP3 Player for WindowsME: I'm looking for a free MP3 player that will work with WindowsME. [more inside]
posted by duck on Apr 6, 2005 - 13 answers

How have you organized your personal wiki?

If you're using a wiki for personal note-taking and keeping organized, how have you organized it? [more inside]
posted by isotope on Apr 6, 2005 - 12 answers

Recommended Order Tracking Software?

The company that I work for is a large format graphics printer and signage company. We have a wide array of different types of materials, signs and POP graphics that we print. What sort of job tracking system would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons on Apr 4, 2005 - 5 answers

Nurturing programmers

How should we nurture programmers so that they can manage projects? (I think this is more general than programmers - I'd appreciate help from anyone who has been involved in moving people from technical to more managerial positions). [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke on Apr 4, 2005 - 16 answers

Interior design / ID software

Fear of decorating: Is there actually good interior design software? I'm looking for something that lets me visualize room dimensions, colors, textures, materials, furniture dimensions, actual furniture, etc. I'm using Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by ontic on Apr 3, 2005 - 6 answers

Stella-type modeling app for PC?

Years ago, I had occasion to use a very cool, interactive, drag-and-drop, graphical modeling application for Macs called 'Stella.' It was good for non-coders, like myself, to model systems and learn about their interactions and regulatory mechanisms. Does Stella still exist? Is there a similar application for Windows PCs?
posted by kittyoneil on Apr 3, 2005 - 4 answers

OFFLINE blogging software

Is there such a software critter that one can keep an offline (read completely private) blog or journal, readable only to the author, in HTML format stylee, with features that allow for easy input of pictures, links, backups, etc ...? [more inside]
posted by Wulfgar! on Mar 29, 2005 - 23 answers

Looking for a particular screensaver

I saw a simple, but stunning screensaver on a Mac, which was a slow zoom into images, and I'm trying to find something similar for XP. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by tomble on Mar 29, 2005 - 11 answers

Acronym for this breed of software?

There's a breed of software which you point at a database and which then generates an add/edit/delete web interface for all the tables. (examples a, b) I've seen a four-letter acronym used to refer to it, but I can't come up with it and I'm spending way too much time surfing to find it. Help!
posted by Tubes on Mar 27, 2005 - 10 answers

Free / open statistical software

Help me find free and/or open-source statistical software. [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Mar 24, 2005 - 11 answers

Wedding Planning Software

Is there any good Wedding planning software or web services out there? I'm looking for something like Business Plan Pro or Basecamp, but for weddings.
posted by Jairus on Mar 24, 2005 - 4 answers

No gaps

I need a way to make a CD from my iTunes library with no gaps between songs. Ideally it would fade one song out and fade another song in, just like it does when I use 'Party Shuffle.' [more inside]
posted by fixedgear on Mar 23, 2005 - 12 answers

Software for two year olds

Is there some software I can let my 22 month old daughter use and so not screw up my computer? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Mar 23, 2005 - 13 answers

Inspiring Adolescent Architects

Which is the best PC-based software approach to allow a 12-year-old boy (who is bright, but not necessarily ardently studious) to explore the basics of CAD and/or architectural design principles? [more inside]
posted by dontrockwobble on Mar 22, 2005 - 13 answers

WordPress plugins?

WordPress users: What plugins have you found useful? My wife and I are both new WordPress users, after an arduous battle to wrest our previous entries from Blogger's paws. I'd like to extend the functionality of our sites, but the number of plugins available is a little daunting. What plugins do you use?
posted by monju_bosatsu on Mar 22, 2005 - 8 answers

Lost Digital Camera Software

I lost the software for my Canon Powershot A75. Try as I might, I can't get the camera to work with just the Windows 2000 TWAIN drivers. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds on Mar 21, 2005 - 15 answers

Personal Finance Software for Mac OS X?

Recommendations for personal finance software for Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by Succa on Mar 20, 2005 - 4 answers

Quick SQL Primers

After a year of employment, my boss is suddenly asking me to use my skills in SQL. It has been a year since I used them, and I need to brush up. [more inside]
posted by veronitron on Mar 16, 2005 - 8 answers

Superior free software?

What examples are there of consumer-grade open source software whose quality surpasses that of closed source, proprietary software? [more inside]
posted by pealco on Mar 15, 2005 - 24 answers

Open-source journal software

Does anyone know of a software package, preferably open source, that would be good for managing an on-line academic journal? I would need it to handle both presentation on-line and submissions through a complicated back-end. [more inside]
posted by ontic on Mar 13, 2005 - 15 answers

Dumping AIM

So, now I want to dump AOL Instant Messenger, and convince all of my friends and relatives to do the same. I want something that isn't too fly-by-night, so I can be sure it'll last, and it's gotta have a little higher usability-quotient than I recall ICQ ever having. Ease of use on-par with AIM (so non-tech-savvy family can install it and set it up) is important, too. Any suggestions?
posted by Plutor on Mar 13, 2005 - 26 answers

Best Windows macro recording software?

I've taken on a little mini project and I think the best way to get the job done will be to use one of those little bits of software which can copy and then simulate mouse movements etc. [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo on Mar 12, 2005 - 14 answers

Pitching a New Feature

How would a nobody consumer go about contacting a major corporation about adding a new area to an existing piece of software? This software in question is already updated all the time, it seems like it would be easily implemented, and would bring in new revenue. [more inside]
posted by ArsncHeart on Mar 12, 2005 - 9 answers

Office mail system

I'm looking for a small network mail app (freeware, preferably) to use in a small business. [more inside]
posted by tomble on Mar 12, 2005 - 5 answers

Music production: need a tempo-fluctuation-fixer.

Music production software: I need a beatfixer. I've got recordings of a live percussion ensemble. I've also got electronic/sequenced music that I want to mashup with the live percussion. The live ensemble recording -- what with the humans and all -- has tempo fluctuations: that's a big problem for mashing. I want a music processing tool that will "straighten out" the live recording so that the live track will stay in sync with the electronic track. [more inside]
posted by Moistener on Mar 10, 2005 - 11 answers

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