Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Flowers2Mail: Send Virtual Flowers by Email

Sometimes, simple, straightforward, and customizable services may help you to manage complicated life events. Sending holiday greetings is a service of high demand, therefore there are multiple mostly free online services, helping you with the process.

Flowers2mail is one of the personalized innovative ways to send a greeting online. It offers fast and simple way to design your own virtual flower bouquet along with the greeting card. So, you can choose the particular flowers and a color, your recipient is fond of, getting extra points for non-formal and non-standard approach.

The main advantage of this tool is that it is a single page flash based service where you can create a virtual greeting card with flowers of your choice and mail it to the person in seconds.

The procedure is simple: choose the vase, color, drag and drop photos into the vase, then type the message you want to send a person to receive flowers on the card that will be attached to the vase. Then enter name, email address of sender and receiver.

There is no need to subscribe or login to the site, and no strings attached.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Adventurous Music Discovery with Shazam

Sometimes, you hear a song, or just fraction of the melodic tune, and you like it a lot at once. But, how can you identify what you just listened? How can you get more songs from the same singer or group? Let Shazam work for you, perform instant investigation and let you know the details.

Just hold your phone up to the music to identify a track, buy it, watch the video, get the lyrics, play in Spotify, and more!

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The service guarantees free and unlimited usage: Shazam identifies music instantly, so tag as often as you like with no monthly limits! See full-screen lyrics that play in time to the music you’re tagging with new feature LyricPlay - learn the lyrics you thought you knew.

It is not magic, it is technology! Shazam identifies songs based on an audio fingerprint based on a time-frequency graph called the spectrogram. Shazam stores a catalog of audio fingerprints in a database. The user tags a song for 10 seconds and the application creates an audio fingerprint based on some of the anchors of the simplified spectrogram and the target area between them. For each point of the target area, they create a hash value that is the combination of the frequency at which the anchor point is located, the frequency at which the point in the target zone is located, and the time difference between the point in the target zone and when the anchor point is located in the song. Once the fingerprint of the audio is created, Shazam starts the search for matches in the database if there is a match, the information is returned to the user, and otherwise it returns an error.

With Shazam, you can:
○ Save and listen again (30 sec previews)
○ See full-screen lyrics in time to music
○ Buy tracks on Amazon MP3
○ Watch videos on YouTube
○ Listen to your tagged music in Spotify
○ Share tags on Facebook & Twitter
○ Learn the lyrics you thought you knew
○ Discover new music from your Shazam Friends and Shazam Tag Chart
○ Tag TV shows and commercials for exclusive content - Look for the Shazam Logo!
○ Find out when an artist is on tour and buy concert tickets
○ Use it when you don’t have a signal
○ Tag music straight from your home screen with the Shazam widget
○ Remember where you tagged a track with Location

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Shazam is available for multiple platforms, so you can use the application with any smart phone: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile 7, Nokia, iPad, and others. The description above is absolutely relevant for Android, for other systems, the set of features might be slightly different. iPhone usually get the new features first.

Developers’ website: http://www.shazam.com/?no_mobile=1

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Video Toolbox - Free Powerful Online Video Editor

If you are occasionally work with video files in any way, you know that that is long, sometimes complicated, process, requiring descent software to perform all the tasks with multiple features and plugins.

While free online video editor cannot completely replace the advanced video editors, it definitely can help users to perform the most essential operations with easy, simplicity, and with no need for the software, installed on your computer. I would say, that the offered features are even more than average users need.

Online video editor VideoToolbox.com allows you to convert videos, insert watermark text, cut and crop clips, merge numerous video files, demux video files, etc.

How it works?

First you have to create your account to start the use of site. Once you register and login to your account, you can see a menu and press on ‘File Manager’ to initiate uploading and editing a video. Access all the videos that are presented in your account through File Manager. New users will see only the file “sample.mp4. Now add more videos to the library by either uploading a file from your PC or downloading it from supported video sites including Youtube, Yahoo Videos, DailyMotion, MetaCafe, Veoh, Vimeo, and others. Then Videotoolbox will upload the file on its server. A space limit is given for each account. There is a counter stating how much space is used and how much left to help you manage the space limit.

Once you get the video file in your file manager, choose the task to perform on this tool and do the editing. Hit on the drop down to obtain list of offered functions. Let’s take an example here – pick up “Add watermark” option [currently 10 actions are provided]. Then Add watermark wizard will open, where you can opt a preview image and press on it. Here is tried to add watermark on a video of new car Tata Pixel. Enter watermark text that you wish to appear on video, choose font family, font size and font color. You can even give stroke effect. Your work is over – click on the link ‘generate watermark image’, and then again press on ‘Add watermark to video’ link. That’s it; your converted file is accessible to download.

Main Features

  • The services are FREE, but registration is required.
  • Ability to process video files up to 600 MB.
  • Analyses your video files and displays detailed information about the codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution, etc.
  • Converts your files between all of the popular video formats (3GP, AMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, M4V, MP4, MPEG, MPG, RM, VOB, WMV). Just choose the output format in simple mode while making changes to advanced settings like video codec, audio codec, resolution, bit rate, sample rate, frame rate, etc. in advanced mode.
  • Adds a text watermark to your video file.
  • Cuts video at start and end points that you determine.
  • Crop video with just few clicks
  • Merges multiple files for you into a single video track.
  • Extracts audio, video or subtitle text from a file -- a feature known as demux.
  • Records video from your webcam or another movie device.
  • Takes snapshots and creates thumbnails off your video clip for every 5, 10, 15 or 20 seconds.
  • Adds embedded subtitles to your video file.
  • Facilitates downloading flash videos from more than 20 video-sharing websites.
  • Features an Advanced File Manager that makes it easy for users to upload their videos and download files from other sites on the Web. The Advanced File Manager also allows users to preview videos as thumbnail sequence. This feature activates on simple mouse-over and is built on a sophisticated thumbnail-rotating technique.

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Developers’ Website: http://www.videotoolbox.com/

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