Once again we’re recommending one of our favorite FREE software programs, that you can download directly to your home PC or laptop!
This week’s featured freeware program: XnView 1.97
XnView is a powerful image browser used for viewing, converting, organizing and editing graphical & video files. With the amount of photos we generally take during the holiday season, sorting and finding the best ones can be a chore… And your camera may or may not have come with software that helps. But perhaps its time to try something different that offers many more options? XnView does things like “batch renaming” (changing the filenames of photos from the usual “IMG_1234.jpg” to something more useful such as “2010 Christmas with Aunt Jane 1234.jpg”); or even automatically re-sizing and improving the focus, color, and/or contrast of a group of photos all at once! That “Batch processing” feature is something that is often missing from professional photo software, and once you learn to use it (it’s really very easy) you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!
Unlike many new programs, this works in virtually ALL versions of Windows, MacOS, Linux, and still more!
You can download it at: http://www.xnview.com/en/download.html
And get more information at: http://www.xnview.com/en/index.html
XnView is another one of our all-time favorites… Although there are many similar programs out there (some of them we like just because they are open-source) but we’ve been using XnView here at the library on our public & staff computers for most of the past decade, and it has many amazing options we’ve not seen in anything else. It is free of charge for private non-commercial, educational use and non-profit organizations, so you are free to download and use it on your own home, personal computer.
Continuing our new feature: Once every week (or so), we’re recommending one (or more) of our favorite FREE software programs, that you can download directly to your home PC or laptop!
This week’s featured freeware program: Firefox version 3.6
Update, March 2011: Firefox 4 is now available
Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser. Chances are, you may have already heard of, or use, the Firefox Internet browser/”explorer” – As of October 2010, Firefox is the second most widely used browser, with 30% of worldwide usage share of web browsers. But for those who haven’t yet tried this excellent alternative to Microsoft’s built-in Internet Explorer browser, we wanted to bring your attention to this stable and time-tested freeware as it celebrates it’s 5-year anniversary.
If you’ve tried it before, but haven’t tried it lately, much has changed & improved in recent years. The latest Firefox features include tabbed browsing, spell checking, incremental find, live bookmarking, a download manager, private browsing, and an integrated Internet search system using your choice of favorite search engines. Functions can be added through extensions, of which there is a wide selection, a feature that has attracted many of Firefox’s users.
You can download it at: http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/
Firefox is also available for Mac OS & Linux: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all.html
And once you’ve installed Firefox, there are literally thousands of totally free ways to adapt and personalize Firefox to fit exactly what you like to do online: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/personal.html. In coming weeks, we’ll feature some of our favorite and most useful “Add-Ons” for Firefox along with our other featured freeware.
If you need a particular book, or a book about an unusual subject, and we don’t have what you need here in McDonald county, we can borrow a book from another library for you!
The service is called Inter-Library Loan (or just I.L.L. for short), and for a very small postage fee – usually around $1 or $2 per book – we’ll borrow the book from another library that has it available.
Once the book arrives, we’ll notify you, and you can pick it up here at the Pineville Library.
When you are finished with the book (or whenever it comes due) just bring it back to the library and we’ll return the book to the original lending library for you.
And as of November 2010, we’ve just made it even easier and more convenient for you…
You can now place your request online!
If this is your first time using Inter-Library Loan,
you are encouraged to ask one of the library staff for assistance.
We are happy to help!
Here’s a new feature from your library: Once every week (or so), we’re recommending one (or more) of our favorite FREE software programs, that you can download directly to your home PC or laptop!
This week’s featured freeware program: CCleaner 3.0
CCleaner is a system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!
You can download it at: http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner
More information and other download options at the author’s website: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
CCleaner is one of our all-time favorites… Get it today so you can clear space on your computer to install all of the other great freeware we’ll be featuring in the weeks to come!
Did you know that the Library has audio books in both cassette and cd formats?
If you want to enjoy a book while you are driving or working, then audio is the way to go! Why sit in traffic and listen to bad morning radio shows, when you could be enjoying your favorite book? And, our library is involved in a leasing program, which means we are constantly adding titles to our collection.
Search for an audio book now… cassette … or … CD.