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Text-to-speech tool with the Microsoft Anna voice and generous features, such as Clipboard monitor, text extraction, batch file conversion, spellchecker, along with speech rate, pitch and volume adjustment.
Balabolka is a software program which allows you to convert text to speech. It comes in handy for saving the audio recording afterward using a different tool, and integrating it as narration into a video that will be uploaded to YouTube (e.g. tutorial), for example.
The utility supports multiple file types for the input, such as TXT, EPUB, CHM, DOCX, DOC, HTM and HTML, so you can either import files or write the text directly.
The GUI is clean and pretty intuitive. The only available voice is Microsoft Anna, so you can input the text, make a selection, and read it aloud. During this time, it is possible to adjust the speech rate, pitch, and volume level.
In addition, you can read the Clipboard content aloud, skip to the text or previous paragraph or line, as well as reset the rate and pitch. What's more, Balabolka can find pairs of rules and names in text, and you can also view modified text.
The software application provides a Clipboard monitoring tool, batch file converter, text extractor from files, file comparison function, subtitle converter, Google translator, and magnifier. You can enable a spellchecker and view a list with spelling errors, repeat words, sentenced or entire paragraphs throughout the text, and create bookmarks.
Continuing the list of available options, it is possible to resort to a search function, edit ID3 tags, split and convert tracks to other audio formats (e.g. WAV, MP3, OGG, WMA), undo actions, replace numbers with words, find homographs, or insert audio clips. The UI supports multiple languages and you can customize font formatting settings.
We have not encountered any problems during our testing, as Balabolka did not freeze, crash or pop up error dialogs. It leaves a small footprint on system performance, using low CPU and RAM. Taking into account its generous set of features and configuration parameters, Balabolka should meet the requirements of most users looking for a reliable and multi-talented text-to-speech software application.
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Balabolka is part of these download collections: Text to Speech
Plan routes for yacht navigation and racing with this comprehensive tool, that takes weather conditions into consideration to plot optimal courses.
Expedition has been created as a navigational tool for yacht races. It provides a large set of features that can help finding the best path in the waters in order to make the most of the weather and the vessel’s capabilities.
Installing the application is not complicated and following the brief instructions on the screen is enough for smooth sailing till the operation completes.
The interface looks very clean and presents the data in a manner that even a regular user would consider appealing and clear, with a nautical map dominating most of the main application window and the menus and options available in the top part.
The chart is the main tool in water navigation and in this case it comes with plenty of details, especially for the more popular waters. Information such as minimum and maximum depth of the water or the territory it belongs to.
Built into the application is a chart plotter that can select the necessary chart as well as rotate it for a better view. The program works with C-Map NT+ and MAX, some versions of Bsb, Softcharts, NV-Verlag and Maptech PCX.
Expedition also provides weather tools that connect to various services to retrieve not only the latest reports but also details about tides and currents. Moreover, the application can show the navigator the optimum routes as far as the weather is concerned.
Buoy racing functionality has been integrated into the software, too, offering a slew of options for creating and correcting the course, calculate the handicap, checking the sail chart or viewing the optimal routing.
Expedition’s full potential can be uncovered by actually using it on the water. Apart from providing great charting tools and options it can retrieve information from various services and offers the possibility to calculate the best route under the current conditions.
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Allows you to load and edit OpenStreetMap data files, view aerial images of a certain area and update the maps from the OSM servers.
Java OpenStreetMap Editor is a powerful yet relatively user-friendly application that aims to assist you in editing portions of maps. It enables you to plan ahead for a trip, for instance, and emphasize locations you need to reach.
The program comes with a slightly cluttered user interface, proving a bit too much for novices; even experienced individuals may have a little trouble getting the hang of it, at first. However, the tooltips inform you of the role of each button, so you do not need to test them out individually.
The main window of Java OpenStreetMap Editor displays your map, allowing you to change it using the main and customizable toolbars, while with your mouse cursor, you can drag and drop elements from the image to a new location.
To begin with, you will need to load the map that you intend to work on, from a locally stored file, supporting OSM, XML, JOZ, WMS, GPX, NMEA, JPG, and other formats. Alternatively, you can download it from the web, directly from OpenStreetMap, the latter option featuring a limited surface area that you can grab, due to server restrictions.
The maps can be displayed using a variety of view modes, including ‘Bing Aerial Imagery’, ‘Mapbox Satellite’, ‘MapQuest Open Arial’, ‘OpenStreetMap (Mapnik)’, ‘BANO’, ‘Cadastre’ and several more.
Once that step is complete, you can begin adding elements to the map or modify the position and value of those already present. You can also add, delete or change nodes and ways, create areas or polygons, and several others, depending on your needs.
When your map is done, you have the option of saving it to your computer or exporting it to GPX format, for loading on your GPS device. At the same time, you can upload it to the OpenStreetMap servers for others to enjoy.
Overall, Java OpenStreetMap Editor proves to be a useful piece of software that you can resort to whenever you need to modify a map. It lets you edit it to suit your particular traveling requirements, so you can make sure you never get lost when going somewhere new. You can download both installer (Windows only) and portable editions (OS independent) from this page.
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Java OpenStreetMap Editor is part of these download collections: GPX Viewer
Create complex mathematical shapes, figures, diagrams and graphs with this application, which allows quick exporting to graphic formats.
Primarily developed for mathematical teachers, FX Draw is a simple-to-use program which allows you to draw geometrical shapes for classroom lessons or presentations. It can be handled even by users with limited experience in graphic editing tools.
The interface of the application may appear complicated at a first glance, but FX Draw is actually quite easy to deal with.
The tool allows you to draw lines, circles, rectangles, labeled points, freehand, polygons, ellipses from axis and three-point arcs. But you may also mark angles, add shades to regions, display function graphs or select one of the preset figures from the gallery.
In addition, you can bring objects to the front or send them to the back, switch to interactive whiteboard mode, rotate and group objects, use a virtual keyboard and adjust the transparency level of the main frame. Plus, it is possible to use a grid, GAD or unlimited GAD, lock a figure, save the project for further modifications or export it to an image file (EMF, GIF, BMP or PNG), as well as to undo and redo actions.
A bunch of customization preferences are available. Therefore, you can configure settings related to equations (e.g. the font for variables and Greek letters), statistics (e.g. exclude medians when calculating quartiles) and graphs (e.g. mark the origin of axes), among others.
The drawing program needs a moderate-to-high amount of CPU and system memory, has a good response time and contains user documentation. No error dialogs have been shown in our testing and FX Draw did not freeze or crash; we have not encountered any technical misfortunes. Although the program packs some pretty advanced features, these are easy to discover, backed by the intuitive layout.
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A super-complex application, an astrophotography imaging suite, with advanced capabilities for framing, researching, and performing statistic calculations on different sky maps and constellations.
Nighttime Imaging 'N' Astronomy has a bunch of super-advanced traits and it perfectly fits the needs of both professional and beginner researchers, astronomers, and astrophotographers. Anyone can learn to use it and get the most from their efforts.
Whether you are a novice or an experienced researcher, you know that qualitative software and equipment are crucial for conducting and obtaining trustworthy reports and results. It is extremely rare to find applications that are so advanced, complex, and well-equipped as N.I.N.A (Nighttime Imaging 'N' Astronomy) is, for free.
The program can connect to your cameras, telescopes, allows filtering wheels, using image focusers, rotators, and switches, and connecting to weather devices. Besides these, the tool works equally fine with imported data, while online or offline.
Nighttime Imaging 'N' Astronomy comes packed with a lot of neat features like high-level image recognition, statistics calculator for individual frames, automatic image stretch for perfect visualization, star detection (based on Half Flux Radius calculations), and exposure time suggestions — for how long your images should be exposed to certain light sources.
Furthermore, N.I.N.A is equipped with more advanced options that include using different methodologies such as plate solving (determines where the telescope is pointing in the sky), object browsing (planning of targets to photograph), dithering (image acquisition process), framing assistant (for taking the perfectly-framed shot), automated meridian flip (for preventing equipment flips and eventual damage), focuser backlash compensator (Absolute and Overshoot), and others.
In conclusion, Nighttime Imaging 'N' Astronomy is an incredibly powerful instrument. At first, it might seem overwhelming to start learning it. However, once you get the ropes, the tool will become even more valuable in the hands of an expert. To start learning more about its amazing capabilities, you can check N.I.N.A.'s documentation here.
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A powerful yet user-friendly CAD software that features a professional-grade working environment where you can create compelling designs.
nanoCAD Plus provides a full-featured CAD application with native DWG support and a generous design toolbox that allows you to create compelling industry-standard 2D models. Combining ease of use with a powerful set of instruments, it can deliver design, documentation, blueprints and technical plans no matter the industry.
Thanks to the classic CAD interface, getting familiar with nanoCAD Plus is extremely easy. Any engineer or developer that previously worked with other popular CAD software will find all the tools in their right places. This results in a fast migration to nanoCAD Plus, as the working environment is familiar and recognizable.
Aside from the classical CAD interface, nanoCAD Plus also comes with a ribbon-based GUI. Not only that this makes the transition to working with nanoCAD Plus much easier, but it also provides one-click access to all the features and enhances the user experience.
nanoCAD Plus delivers a collaborative and customizable work area that puts all the tools at your disposal, allowing you to focus on your design. The tool palettes place all the instruments within reach in the ribbon GUI, meaning all your favorites commands and blocks are accessible and ready to use. Dynamic input makes it possible for you to specify certain parameters as you go, which simplifies the entire design process.
It is worth mentioning that nanoCAD Plus supports IFC underlays, allowing you to load BIM models. Moreover, it can import point clouds, facilitating data analysis, filtering, classification and calculation.
nanoCAD Plus brings to the table a reliable CAD tool fit for collaboration and file sharing, with a familiar user interface and a powerful set of tools. Additionally, it features an open API, which makes it possible to develop independent applications and modules.
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Open, manage, edit or create design DWG plans or sketches that you can follow for your home remodeling or renovations via this software solution.
ActCAD Standard is an advanced software solution that allows to design and edit CAD projects in a user-friendly environment and without having an extensive knowledge in using this type of programs.
Following a quick and straightforward installation, you are welcomed by a feature-rich and extensive GUI. While comprehensive, the interface is neatly organized, clean and user-friendly, so it is unlikely that you can encounter any issues getting around.
As you probably hinted, the viewing area takes the most of the UI and features zooming, an option that allows you to check out your building plan to the very detail. It is worth mentioning that the interface also includes a toolbar that allows you to access objects, drawing and converter tools seamlessly. In addition, the app works with both vector and raster images so that you can access the completed project via other applications as well.
The program includes a plethora of drawing and design tools that allow you to create 2D and 3D schematics from scratch. Among the functions that you can use to create your first project, you can count image manager, XREF manager, snapshot tools, meshes, layer lock, freeze or match and isolate, just to name a few.
Unlike ActCAD Professional, the Standard version does not permit you to create or edit 3D solid models or import ACIS 3D Solids .sat files. Moreover, the tool lacks several features, such as the Drawing Auditor for Batch file auditing, In-built raster to vector converter, Point Cloud Data Import and the extensive 5000 in-build block library.
All in all, ActCAD Standard is an easy to use application that enables you to create drafts, sketches and models of bridges, buildings or other types of structures you are designing or improving.
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Convert, transform, validate and integrate spatial data in a versatile workspace that you can customize to your needs and preferences with this tool.
FME Desktop is a comprehensive piece of software designed to help you manage a wide variety of spatial databases and convert them to a file format that facilitates processing in other third party tools.
Even though the setup is straightforward, the download and setup might take some time considering the size of the installation kit and the license activation procedure. Upon launch, you are welcomed by a clean and well-structured interface that is unlikely to give you any troubles.
As you probably guessed, you can get started by adding the datasets that you want to process. While you can browse to the desired location, you should bear in mind that you can also drag and drop the files directly on top.
Depending on what you need for your project, the application provides you with a tool for a wide variety of operations, including but not limited to transform, merge, validate, re-project, inspect, style, filter or convert.
The idea behind the program is to provide you with an environment where you can work with all data in a central spot. In fact, the highlight of the app stems from the fact that it packs over 475 data transformers, so you can be sure that you have utter control over the content, structure and style of the data.
Among the formats that you can process via this software solution you can count databases like Amazon and Oracle, JSON, SQL, LAS, PosgreSQL, AVF as well as dozens of Autodesk dataset formats.
In the eventuality that you are working with two or more types of databases and you need to regularly process tables from one another or you just a flexible tool to visualize the data better, then perhaps FME Desktop could come in handy.
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FME Desktop is part of these download collections: Make 3DS
Effortlessly explore and inspect IFC files created with most of the popular CAD programs by relying on this simple yet efficient, little app.
IFC, short for Industry Foundation Classes, is a data model used to describe architectural and construction industry-related data. It’s a format primarily used by the so-called Building Information Modeling (or BIM) programs. One of the main advantages of this format is the fact that it incorporates the model of a building or facility with all the included spatial elements, materials, and shapes.
The IFC file format is used for interoperability purposes between the industry’s BIM and CAD program such as Revit, AutoCAD, Tekla BIMsight, and ArchiCAD, Adobe Acrobat Pro extended, and others. These types of apps are usually very bulky and cost a lot of money, hence, which might make them quite inappropriate for a user who just wants to view IFC files. This is where BIM Beaver comes into play.
BIM Beaver is a lightweight, and snappy IFC file reader which allows users to explore and view IFC 3D models and all their associated properties and building elements. Before anything else, it’s important to note that the software supports two IFC formats, namely 2x3 and 4.
Users are also provided with the option of enabling or disabling all building elements, as well as with the possibility of exporting the projects at hand to STL and OBJ formats.
Subsequent to a typical installation procedure, users are greeted by the app’s non-impressive and simplistic GUI. There are two main (tab) sections, namely Home and Option. From the first one, users can open IFC files and change aspects related to the display settings such as the perspective, the number of displayed cells, and so forth. The second tab allows users to access the Help and Options section.
Another two important GUI elements are the Project View and the Property View panels which are located on the right side of the GUI (by default). However, these two elements can be locked into place on either part of the viewer’s window.
All in all, BIM Beaver is an efficient CAD-viewer that allows users to effortlessly preview IFC files and analyze all their relevant aspects and elements.
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Rich-featured software that allows you to plot regular and parametric equations with the aid of 2D and 3D graphs and print them on paper.
Graphing Calculator 3D is a professional software application whose purpose is to help you plot 2D and 3D functions, while allowing you to rotate and zoom in or out of the graphs in real-time.
The layout may seem a bit overwhelming at a first glance but this is only because the tool comes packed with many dedicated parameters.
You need some time so experiment with the built-in features in order to discover all its capabilities. Plus, you can check out the help manual for additional information about each function.
Graphing Calculator 3D gives you the possibility to plot 3D equations by simply typing in a function. The graph is generated in real-time being shaped up after each key stroke. Plus, you can shade the graphs with custom gradual colors along x, y, or z axis, alter the resolution, and adjust the thickness.
What’s more, you are allowed to zoom in or out of the graph, rotate it to different angles, enable the animated mode where the graph is automatically rotated to various angles, and print the graph.
There’s also support for a wide range or mathematical features and coordinate systems, such as Cartesian, polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates, and you may import coordinates from XLS or CSV file format, enter your own constants, variables, and functions, and generate inequality graphs for both Cartesian and polar coordinates.
Other notable features worth being mentioned allow you to use the built-in calculator for introducing operators, constants, and functions, customize the axis, and export the graphs to OBJ file format.
All in all, Graphing Calculator 3D comes packed with a handy suite of features for helping you plot regular and parametric equations and shade 3D graphs for optimum visualization.
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