Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Where in the World is NCH Software?

Where in the World is NCH Software? NCH Software was founded back in 1993 in Canberra and is still headquartered in Australia today. Now there is also an office in Denver, Colorado, and these two main offices are where the majority of the software development and business happen. However, with customers worldwide you will also find a sprinkling of remote developers and support staff in other countries as well.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Back Up Files to Your Online Accounts

Backing up files regularly is an important fail safe to make sure you don't lose valuable information. There are plenty of different ways to back up and protect your documents, including copying files to an external hard drive or burning them on disc, but a more recent solution is storing files online in "the cloud." This means recent versions of your files are saved securely on a web server and an easy way to accomplish this added security is with our FileFort backup software. You can quickly save files to your online Google Drive, Amazon S3, or DropBox accounts, in addition to the standard places like an external hard drive, network folder, USB drive or FTP server. Choose whichever backup solutions work best for you locally or online, and let FileFort easily manage them for complete protection of your files.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Give Your Computer A New Voice

Alternative verbose text to speech voicesDo you ever have your computer talk to you? Not in the crazy “I'm hearing voices” way, but with software applications like Verbose text to speech software that you can use your computer as a screen reader or save text documents as MP3 files that you can listen to. If you do, you may be one of the people one of the people searching for better Verbose text to speech voices. The robotic sound of the default voices that come with most computer operating systems, like "Microsoft Anna," are one of the biggest complaints we see about text to speech software. So users may want to give their computer a new voice.

Verbose supports SAPI 4 and SAPI 5 compliant voices, so that is all you need to look for when searching for a more natural sounding voice for your machine. To help make your search even faster, if you are looking for an alternative text to speech voice, we recommend that you check out Cepstral who supplies many high quality, more natural sounding voices that you can choose from.Cepstral SAPI 5 voices All of the offered voices are SAPI 5 compliant. Once a new voice has been installed on your computer you can simply restart the program and the new voice will appear as an option.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

U is for Utilities

NCH Software ABCs Series

Software Utilities Software utilities utilities might be less glamorous than our other software products, but this category includes all of the software titles that you need to get your computer working for you. We’ve got software that can help with anything, including all of the day-to-day and maintenance tasks that you might need accomplished. Our focus to bring you fast and easy-to-use software is even more important for programs that fit in this category, as you want these utilities to get the job done. Whether you are burning a disc, backing up files, or cleaning your windows registry, here is our complete list of utility software:
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Software for Radio

Radio SoftwareWe already past 'R' in our A to Z software tour, but as a honorable mention after recording, here are a number of professional radio programs designed for specific tasks to help the small or start up radio station or podcaster. So if you are interested in creating or hosting your own audio content be sure to check out these radio applications to help you along the way:

BroadWave is an audio streaming software program designed to broadcast any audio connected to the sound input on the PC. It will also stream audio recordings and all BroadWave streams will play directly from the default web browser on any modern Windows or Mac computer.

VRS is a professional voice recording application that can be used radio station logging, recording multiple audio channels simultaneously with digital signal processing, automatic level control and a continuous recording mode to easily save a copy of all your broadcasts.

From recording to editing and mixing your audio, interviews, music and voiceovers you won't want to be without our favorite duo, WavePad audio editor and MixPad multitrack mixer both are available for your Windows PC or Mac, and for recording and editing on the go you can also download Pocket WavePad on your iPhone or iPad, perfect for those coffee shop interviews and more.

Want to share a snippit of audio from something else online with your listeners? Save streaming audio as an mp3 or wav file on you computer with the use of SoundTap streaming audio recorder to rip the audio you hear playing on your computer. And you can always visit our full arsenal of radio software for additional radio tools and applications.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Top Notch Text to Speech Software

Award for Verbose Screen Reading Software Best Text to Speech Software
The experts at Software Review Boffin recently added Verbose Text to Speech Software to the top of their list of text to speech converting software. In the the review the stated, "we found [Verbose] to be completely up to the job. Software Review Boffin is happy to include Verbose among our top three choices," going on to say:

"Software Review Boffin found Verbose Text to Speech Software to be a easy and straightforward text to speech converter that can read aloud or alternatively save spoken text to a users mp3 files.Verbose Text to Speech Software reads all written text onto your computers sound system and it will convert text to mp3 format and save to listen at a later time."
  – Software Review Boffin

Read the complete review of Verbose Text to Speech Software from Software Review Boffin, or simply download Verbose now to give the software a try and your eyes a break.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

T is for Typing

NCH Software ABCs Series

typing software for typists Typing is a part of life. The written word is more frequently typed than penned these days and there is no turning back. We've gone from having scribes to copy documents, spending their days putting ink to paper, to having professions like medical or legal transcription that focus on typing words instead. Strong typing skills are required in many other professions as well. So it should come as no surprise that we provide typing software to help you learn how to touch type, testing your typing speed, speed up transcription and making typing more efficient. Check out all of these typing software solutions:
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Something to Talk About

Below is a word cloud generated from our posts here on the NCH Software: Do More with Software blog. There is no real surprise that we talk a great deal about "you" and "software," but is there anything you would like us to write about and cover more in the future?

NCH Software blog word cloud

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Ring Up the Sale

ring up the sale with copper cash register softwareManaging the checkout process for your customers and your business has never been easier thanks to Copper point of sale software. Copper works like a cash register. You just add your products and prices into Copper and you're ready to start selling. When a customer purchases your products, just select them from the item list, and Copper automatically adds the appropriate sales tax, totals the sale, and generates a receipt for your customer.

From accepting multiple types of payments on one transaction to handling coupons, refunds and exchanges, Copper streamlines the entire checkout process, making it easy and convenient for you and your customers.

If you use coupons in your promotions, add those to Copper and when a customer presents a coupon, select that during the transaction and the total is adjusted. The value of the coupon can be either a set amount or a percentage of the sale. "The problem the users have is realizing they can use a coupon to create a discount. They keep saying they want to apply some percentage discount to the total sale, and they can actually easily do this just by making an X% coupon. I’m not sure why they can’t make that connection"

For those times when a customer returns an item for a refund, Copper has an easy way to process that refund. You can refund individual items or the entire transaction.

To help keep track of your sales, Copper provides a variety of reports that will show you the transactions for a given period, how much each of your salespeople have sold, the total taxes you've collected and more.

So if you're a retailer who needs an easy-to-use, but powerful tool to help you manage the customer checkout process, be sure to try Copper point of sale software.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Do More with Audio - Blog Carnival October 1, 2012

Here are this edition's entries to Do More with Audio:

Jon Savage presents When Songwriting Your Friends Will Lie To You posted at Songwriting Business.

Perry presents The Priceless Value of Music posted at, saying, "why is music the key to higher levels of consciousness? Find out!"

Dan White presents A DJ’s Guide to Audio Files and Bitrates posted at DJ Tech Tools, saying, "an article discusing the best options of digital audio files. Many DJs don’t notice a big difference in file type and bitrate until they’re blasting the track on a high-end club system and find the track just isn’t hitting hard enough. Read on to find out the best practices and how to be ready for the future."

Bernie Goldbach presents Use My Audioboo Voice for Audio Blogging posted at Inside View from Ireland, saying, "one of the biggest changes in blogging during in recent history has been the emergence of using multimedia technologies to extend thoughts to different communities, such as audio blogging."

John Paul Titlow presents How Journalists Are Using SoundCloud posted at ReadWriteWeb, saying, "musicians were the first to settle into SoundCloud, but the social audio-sharing service has been expanding in new directions and is now also a hub for radio-style journalism and commentary with an interactive twist."

Ken Theriot presents Recording Equipment Categories posted at Home Brew Audio, saying, "a handy little post that lists categories for recording gear, which could be a useful thing. Everyone knows about microphones or headphones."

kenetejumy presents The Person Who Does Audio Mastering Can Be As Important As The Original Artist posted at kenetejumy.

John Paolozzi In the Loop, a free workshop series introducing women to electronic production posted at CBC Music, saying, "there is a big gender divide in the electronic music community with men significantly outnumbering women. So we spoke with the women behind In the Loop, who have set out to challenge that divide, Christina Sealey and Naomi Hocura to learn more."

Mickey Cheatham presents The Science of Music posted at STEAMD, saying, "a body of knowledge of music and what it is from a physical perspective and take the journey from records to tapes to CDs to whatever may be next. We can talk abut compression and expansion and tone controls and dynamic range and frequency response and timbre and color and tonal richness."

You might also be interested in: That concludes this edition of Do More with Audio. If you have an audio story to share or advice, tips or tricks to share, we hope you will submit your audio posts and articles to the next edition.
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