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Checksum Control Portable 1.5

Check the validity of your downloads with this free portable tool

by Bob Thornton

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 08 April 2011
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Developer: Reinhardberger
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Checksum Control Portable
Check the validity of your downloads with Checksum Control Portable

Viruses are a serious and ever-growing problem for anyone that uses the internet, and infected downloads are a common means of delivering viruses to unsuspecting users. One way to check whether the file you are downloading is what it claims to be is to make use of checksum values using a wizard led interface.

SFV and MD5 checksums are supported, and these are unique numbers that can be generated for any file that is available. Web sites will often published the checksum values for files they host so they users can check that the value is the same once the file has been downloaded - in this way it is possible to determine whether or not the file has been interfered with in any way.

Checksum Control Portable can be installed on your computer like any other app, but it can also be added to a USB drive like many other portable apps so you can easily transport it and use it on other computers. The easy to follow wizard interface make it very simple to both check and create checksums in just a few steps.

When creating a checksum, filenames can be automatically generated from the files you are working with, or you can opt to use your own naming scheme. Comments can be optionally added to the checksums you create, and the process of verifying files you have downloaded against their checksum values is equally simple.

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This isn't a tool for everyone, but for anyone who is ultra-security conscious, it is a valuable utility to add to your USB drive

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Spektrel Art is a stand-alone program and Photoshop plugin which transforms digital photos into "magical art that glimmers and gleams with intersecting lines of tapered light".

What does that mean? Essentially it applies a configurable mix of effects, enhancing edges, smoothing backgrounds and emphasizing colours. Take a look at the thumbnail for one example, and the official product page has more.

Spektral Art works much like any similar tool. Open an image, click one of the thumbnails to apply a particular preset, or click a few buttons and drag some sliders to fine-tune the results.

There's surprising scope for variation, too. For example, just switching from the "Light" to "Dark" theme can transform a bright and friendly image into something dark and sinister, at least in some cases (results vary depending on the source image).

Please note, the demo version doesn't allow images to be saved.

SPECIAL OFFER: as we write, the developer is offering Spektral Art for free. The offer expires August 29th. Please note that you must provide your name, address and phone number to receive your free license.

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