Thursday, April 24, 2008

Filezilla is my FTP client flavour of the month

I've tried everything, from SmartFTP to CuteFTP and WS_FTP for uploading files to file and web servers.

Most of them have issues. They are either clunky or have compatibility issues, and particularly drag and drop problems. Cute FTP has the best interface, but I just couldn't get it to work with some servers.

Anyway, I'd recommend Filezilla. I have not had an issue since I installed this software (apart from the odd very minor drag and drop frustration). It is fantastic and free and apparently it works with Macs as well (if you're into that sort of thing ...).

Irfanview is still the king of image viewers

Since I first started using the great free image editing software that is Irfanview way back in 2001, it has not taken a backwards step and has only continued to improve.

I refuse to use anything else. It is fast, easy and intuitive.

I find the bulk image conversion functions to be particularly useful and it supports almost any format (handling its file associations particularly well). While it isn't an image editor, it is fantastic for quick and easy viewing of images.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The best freeware multimedia format converter is the hardest to get

If you're trying to convert Quicktime or Apple Flash video to AVI or Windows media or vice versa, it can be a pain finding an application to do the trick. Finding a free one is extremely hard.

And as I've found, even when you find one it can be a pain.

Well, I found one, eventually, that does almost everything - SUPER. Problem is that the eRightSoft website is such a convoluted mess that you'd assume either that they don't want anyone to find out or download it or that they are somehow making a lot of money from subtle advertising on their website by forcing people to click on the ad links. I'd guess the latter. Interesting business model, but bloody annoying and frustrating all the same.

There is a really, really difficult process to obtain this app, but I guarantee you that it is definitely worth it. This blog tells you how.