- Select and cut
- Splitting and trimming
- Saving files in different sound formats
- Changing audio track speed
- Changing audio track pitch
- Using slower speeds and looping to teach sections of a song
- Copying edited clips to a new file
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Also be sure to check out Doxillion Document Converter, FileFort Backup Software and MEO Data Encryption Software for more file management solutions.
Monday, April 25, 2011
- keep the clutter to a minimum
- line up edges and blocks of text to keep the invoice looking clean
- be organized
- above all, value simplicity over flashy elements
On the Invoice tab of the program Options, you will now find a button for more invoice options, giving you the choice to add certain design elements and invoice options such as including a remittance slip, shading every other line behind the items list, or whether to show the discount column on the invoice. The options make Express Invoice even more versatile than before, making it a perfect fit for an small business, freelancer, or contractor needing an invoicing solution.
Need more small business solutions, such as accounting software, employee management software, or an automatic telephone attendant? Be sure to check out our other business software, all of which comes with a full, free 14-day trial.
Friday, April 22, 2011
While you won’t need a fancy new television to view your eye-popping creations, you will need two things: one is a set of 3D glasses with red and blue lenses and the other is a suitable way to view your content. For desktop viewing, I recommend Steroscopic Player. It’s both free and is well suited to view any 3D content you export out of VideoPad.
For more information about VideoPad or any other of our acclaimed video software products, visit www.nchsoftware.com/software/video.html
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
The Copper POS system works a like a cash register. You enter in the products you carry as well as any coupons or promotions that can easily be selected and applied to a purchase by the cashier at the time of check out. Using Copper will help eliminate errors in product pricing and tax calculation, and will generate customizable receipts for your customers. So if you run a retail store and you are a Mac user (or even a Windows user), you will want to take a look at how Copper Point of Sale Software can help you record your sales transactions.
Friday, April 15, 2011
For April Fool’s Day the site went 3D (XK3D). Since this foray into the third dimension lined up so closely with NCH Software's own 3D addition, with the new stereoscopic 3D video content support that was added in the most recent release of VideoPad (version 2.30), I thought it was the perfect opportunity to introduce any of our readers who are not familiar with xkcd to its wonders.
Note: if you're new to xkcd, make sure you don't to miss the hover over text on each comic as you surf through their archives.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Download PhotoStage slideshow software today to start making your own custom multimedia presentation to share with friends and family and preserve your memories.
Monday, April 11, 2011
While I have used the Windows version of Debut numerous time, and even turned several friends and family members on to Debut (Ask Dad: Debut is a Simple Solution ), since I have a Mac at home I too have anxiously awaiting the release of the Mac version for those numerous occasions when it would be the perfect solution for grabbing a video clip. Now that my wait is finally over I hope that other Mac users out there will be as excited as I am about this addition to our Mac software line-up. Download Debut video capture software today and let us know what you think.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Once you have your accounting software in place and your telephone system set up, it is time to think about the other types of software that might help with your specific type of business.
For instance, if charging by the hour, you might benefit from HourGuard timesheet software to log the time you spend on projects for each customer for easier billing.
Use Reflect customer database to save, organize, and cross-reference information about your clients, and set reminders for yourself on events you should follow up on.
Another work-from-home profession is transcription, where Express Scribe digital transcription playback software, FastFox text expansion software and TexTally word counter can all be extremely useful in improving your efficiency.
Those examples are just the beginning of possible business applications that can help you run your home office more efficiently. Your time is a valuable commodity when you are getting a business off the ground, so it makes sense to find ways to streamline as many processes as you can. Some other software programs you may want to consider are:
- CardWorks business card designer
- Express Invoice invoicing Software
- HourGuard timesheet recorder
- Express Scribe transcription playback software
- FastFox text expander software
- Inventoria inventory management software
- Copper point of sale software
- Barillo barcode software
- Reflect CRM software
- FileFort data backup software
- MEO file encryption software
- Bolt PDF Printer
- Doxillion document converter
- Express Zip file compression software
- FTP client software
Monday, April 4, 2011
Here are this edition's entries to Do More with Audio:
Erik presents How Transcribing One Solo Can Entirely Change Your Approach To Improvising posted at Jazz Advice.
Stephen Fortune presents Making Automatic Music With The Audio Environment posted at psfk.
Cory Doctorow presents Measuring radio's penetration in 1936 posted at BoingBoing.
Rose Minz presents The 50 Best Blogs for Music Theory Students posted at Match A College.com.
Bryan Keithley presents Guitar, Meet iPad posted at Finally Fast, saying, "Review of Apogee's new JAM plug in and play interface for the iPad. A great little interface device for folks looking to use their iPad as a portable studio."
Mr Audio Books presents The Essential Guide to Downloadable Audio Books posted at Audio Book Downloads.
U2TOURFANS presents On the road with U2 - U2 360 Tour News, U2 Videos, U2 Music, U2 Concerts, U2 Lyrics, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube posted at U2TOURFANS, saying, "On the road with U2 is dedicated to providing the best U2 experience from around the world. U2 Fans can follow via twitter, facebook, youtube channels and more."
You might also be interested in:
- WavePad Audio Editor now avaialble for the iPad
- Can a tone generator cure cancer or be attributed to other miracles?
- Getting started with music transcription
- Learning the Software is Half the Battle to Becoming a DJ
- Archival-quality Audio from Vinyl with Golden Records
- Why a Podcaster Uses Switch Audio Converter Software Every Day
Friday, April 1, 2011
We take it for granted that our tools do what we ask them to. If they didn't, we probably wouldn't use them anymore. What makes a piece of software great, however, is how easy it is to tell it what to do. For me, Switch Audio Converter is one of those great programs, and I rely on it daily.
I'm an underemployed podcaster, a part the digital serf caste. You see us around, the overweight or underweight bearded dudes with laptops, blogs, and opinions about why Facebook sucks.
I graduated from an Electronic Media program where I was surrounded by these digital serfs, and learned how to use lots of different pieces of media software. Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, Pro Tools, the list goes on. If you have more than a passing acquaintance with these software suites, you probably have an opinion about which one works best.
I get them, I understand how to use them, and I know how powerful they can be. When I was starting out, though, I could never shake the feeling that they were "too much." If you're cutting a steak, you don't whip out a Swiss army knife. You use a steak knife, like a normal person.
I started podcasting in 2007, wanting to turn my internet radio show into a packaged, persistent product. This first podcast eventually turned into Stand Under the Don't Tree and Riddle Me This, a video game talk show with a bewildering name. Three years later, I started a second podcast, Those Damn Ross Kids, a NSFW comedy podcast that I do with my brother, Kris.
When you're a poor student (or even a poor graduate—feed me please) it's difficult to afford fancy software to fuel your hobbies. So, you use what works. To this day, I edit my shows in Garageband because it's free and simple. A friend of mine once criticized me for using "kiddie gloves," but my response remains: "It doesn't get in the way when I sit down to make things." I like a program that does one thing well. Every button and lever I don't use is just wasting my time.
The same goes for Switch, which simply does what I ask it to without putting up a fuss.
The end product of a podcast is always an MP3 file, but it goes through lots of different phases in its life cycle. The shows are recorded over Skype as high-sample rate stereo AIFF files. My voice is always on the right channel, while the incoming audio from Skype is on the left channel. I drop this file into Garageband to separate the tracks, and re-export them so that I'm able to do multitrack editing, making editing out overtalk a breeze.
The separated files are still in stereo, though, so I pop those back into Switch to squash them into mono AIFF files. These are easier to edit, and take up half as much space. I then put these files onto separate tracks in Garageband and go to town, making what we say clever and insightful.
When I'm done with that, I apply the Levelator to the AIFF. The Levelator's motto should be "Crummy thing go in, pretty thing come out." It doesn't work all the time, but it's better than spending an hour trying to configure a compressor.
The final step comes when I drop the finished file into Switch again, compressing it to a 96kbps mono MP3 file for distribution. This is the best compromise between sound quality and size. It's a quick download, and it doesn't waste all of that time I spent equalizing it to sound good. Switch made this easy to figure out. All I had to do was mess with the encoder options and re-convert until I got something good.
Voila, that's a podcast. Spank it on the bottom, FTP it, and let the world know that it's ready.
There have been other times in my professional and academic career where Switch has bailed me out... For example with how finicky Final Cut Pro is vis-á-vis what kind of audio files it will play nice with.
The moral of the story is this: Even though the aforementioned $1000+ media suites can probably spit out the kinds of files you want, I don't need all of the excess functionality that comes with it. Switch just exists. It's a box on my desktop that takes one thing and makes it into another thing, without complaint.
I don't need a Jaws of Life to open my beer, thanks. Just let me make something and get on with my day. My job is to be funny in front of a microphone, not fiddle with software.