Archive for August, 2007
Are you thinking over the hot offer? CoolUtils Pro bundle seem to be a good thing but will you use all those programs? We asked our customers who purchased CoolUtils Pro bundle some time ago to analyze if it was a good deal. Here is one of the replies we got:
“I bought CoolUtils Pro bundle a year ago. Up to this time I can state that it is worth its money though there are still programs that I haven’t tried yet. I mostly use 8 of them.
First, I convert all kinds of music and rip CDs with Total Audio Converter. That is absolutely fantasic! Very easy-to-use and very powerful. I like my TAC.
Total Audio Tags is a good add-on to my audio converter. I am not crazy about music collections but Total Audio Tags helps me a lot. The advantage is that I can edit tag info inseveral files at once. Besides, I use it as a renamer and get the tracks with names like Title-Author-Album. That’s very convenient!
Total Image Converter solves the problem of converting images. I resize big photos to upload to the site, convert to other formats when needed and add watermarks. This watermarking feature was a life saver to me – now I add the date and some comments to the pics I have.
All kinds of on-line books and manuals are usually in pdf format. PDF Splitter, PDF Combine and TiffTeller help me a lot. Now I can split the book into separate pages and combine them in the way I need. Total PDF Printer is indispensable to print folders of pdf files.
Once I used Total Movie Converter to convert mpeg to avi. Since then I have had no need to convert video files.
And I often use Visual Renamer in my job as I have to work with hundreds of files. Visul Renamer allows me rename them in most weird ways. No other tool can do that!
So I admit that there are still a lot of utilitites that I do not use. But I am pretty sure that I will use them in future. Besides, if I had bought all those programs that I use separately I would have paid more than I paid for the CoolUtils Pro bundle. And what I like most about CoolUtils tools – they all have well-thought interface. Very easy-to-use and straightforward. Thank you and keep up the good work over there!”
So it’s up to you to decide if you should buy CoolUtils Pro bundle or not right now.
August 24th, 2007
Nostalgia can be a powerful force. We are always looking for momentos of our past, ways to see where we have been so that we can see how well we have done, or how we have forgotten what was once important. Ironically, one of those ways in which we make the most important decisions is based on the silliest of all things: TV Theme songs.
The theme of most TV shows is considered the least important part of the show; after all, once you decide on it, produce a short version for the beginning credits and an instrumental version for the end credits, as well as a long version for possible radio play, and a quick instrumental-only version for segues, the theme no longer matters. Worse, few shows are popular based solely on the theme; we watch for the characters, the actors, or even because we relate to the show.
The theme just doesn’t matter. Maybe.
However, it is a rare iPod that doesn’t have at least some TV themes. There are some themes that resonate (“Moving On Up”, from “The Jeffersons”), is just fun and short (“Gilligan’s Island), or are great songs on their own rights (“Dance Around The Clock” from “Happy Days”, or “Love and Marriage” from “Married…with children”). The easiest way you can tell what shows that a person loved as a kid is what themes are on his iPod; people tend to track down those themes, especially when the theme is part of how we define ourselves or how fun the song is.
Part of the reason that we love TV Theme songs is more than just because they remind of us of our youth; after all, movie also have themes, but few of them end up on iPods, even when the movie is incredibly popular and the music has won numerous awards. It’s because we can sing along with them; the popularity of karaoke has little to do with the music itself and a lot to do with the words, words that can be memorized and thrown back out there with our own special twist.
The other part is that signposts are important. You can look at a signpost and know where you are, as well as where you have been, and where you are going. In a weird way, TV themes are signposts in our culture; sight may be are most important sense when it comes to getting around in the physical world, but sound is how we get around the mental one. A melody can bring back a memory, with all of the force of that memory. As the shows that we are interested in at a time change, the melodies of the songs associated with the shows can take us back to those times. The older we are, the more we feel the tug of memory, and so we surround ourselves with music that reminds of us the better times (or, in the case of those that collect themes from bygone eras, what we picture as better times).
TV themes will always be important trivia; they don’t matter to the show itself, and their only significance is in how they define the moment. But that is enough it seems; sometimes the wisp of memory makes something far stronger than would seem otherwise…
P.S. Here are some popular TV themes available for free download.
P.P.S. Find here how to add a TV theme to your mobile phone and how to select the best audio format.
August 23rd, 2007
Language is a fascinating creature. Somewhere, it was recognized that certain groups did certain things better than others, and so the language of the experts came to dominate that trade: Portuguese for sailing, German for the sciences, and English for trade. Eventually, if you were interested in those areas, you spoke the appropriate language. It was more than just a good career move; it enabled you to conduct negotiations, limit your dependence on others, and you basically can pursue options that you wouldn’t normally be able to do.
However, eventually everyone became as good as they were, so mastering those languages didn’t matter as much. As more nations expanded their navies and colonies, they became just as good. In short, languages that once provided the lingua franca of their areas were relegated to just another voice in the crowd as the country they represented faded in significance, and being a translator became an in-demand job.
Today, we are facing the same problem on an electronic level. As a company rose to prominence in a specific field, it was able to define which audio format that field used for its day-to-day business. Until that happened, those in the field used whatever audio format they wanted for their programs, creating a certain degree of chaos until some company became big enough to establish a specific format for the industry (like MP3). Open-source OGG is not as popular as it used to be and tody you have to convert OGG to MP3 to listen to it. At the same time, it’s possible for someone new to the field to knock down an established format by showing that it’s the superior format and establishing itself as a leader in the industry.
Suffice to say, the sound industry has a number of audio formats in use, both those that are currently useful (especially as each format has advantages for a specific field) and those have been discarded, but are still both used and referenced (especially if the user wants to update the files to the current software). As that is likely to be true for at least a while longer, but each industry needs to trade sound files, a translator needs to be used, such as CoolUtils’ Total Audio Converter. By using such a piece of software, a person can easily shift between audio formats, allowing him to not only use whatever format he wants but to also coordinate between different companies that use different programs.
Eventually, one format should win out. Until then, find a translator you like and can learn quickly so that you can do what you need to do, and get some work done!
August 3rd, 2007