DeskShare August 2009

Welcome to DeskShare News!

Greetings from the DeskShare team.

We have three exciting announcements this month.  We've totally revamped, rethought, and recreated Site Translator.  Digital Media Converter Pro got a major upgrade.  We've also made some major improvements to our industry leading text-to-speech software, Text Speaker.

Site Translator lets you translate your web site into other languages with one click.  Add millions of potential customers for your site, quickly and easily. Translation affects only the text, and leaves the source code unchanged.  Version 3.2 increases conversion speed and accuracy, and more than doubles the number of supported languages!  This software is a must for every website owner.  For more details, see below.

Digital Media Converter Pro is the top video and audio file conversion software available.  With the release of version 3, we have made it even better. It now directly supports dozens of portable players, game consoles, and cellular phones. The user interface is even better-looking and easier to use. Read on to learn more about this exciting new version.

Text Speaker has rapidly become a leader in text-to-speech software. We're happy to announce the release of version 3.1 with talking reminders and audio outlining.  Talking reminders will alert you before appointments, meetings--even birthdays and anniversaries!  Audio outlining makes Text Speaker even more useful as a study aid.  See below for more on Text Speaker 3.1.

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      DeskShare News:

Site Translator 3.2
Translate whole web sites with one click.

Digital Media Converter Pro 3.0
Create movies for cell phones, game consoles, and media players.

Text Speaker 3.1
Talking reminders help you stay on time

Featured Article:
Transfer Video DVDs to your Portable Device or PC

The Best of DeskShare Support

DeskShare News

Site Translator Version 3.2 Released

If your web site only speaks English, you're ignoring hundreds of millions of potential customers. Translating your site used to be expensive and time-consuming.  With Site Translator, you can convert your entire web site between any combination of the supported languages easily, quickly, and accurately.  The program doesn't change the appearance or function of the pages, just the content.  Internal links are automatically updated to point to translated pages.  Links to other sites are not changed.  Some of the advances in the new version 3.2 are:

  • Improved Translation Quality: Translations are more accurate and readable than in previous versions.
  • PHP Site Translation:  Site Translator can now translate PHP files in addition to HTML, ASP and XML.
  • Faster Translations:  The translation process is substantially faster.
  • Localize Software:  Automatically translate Microsoft Visual Studio RESX files to localize your programs.  Now you can greatly increase the number of people who can use your software in only a few minutes!
  • More Languages Supported:  Site Translator can now translate between 19 languages: Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.

For a very small investment, you can get your site listed on country-specific and language-specific search engines and greatly increase your audience.  Download a free evaluation copy of Site Translator today, or learn more.

Digital Media Converter Pro 3.0 Released

We've made the best media file converter even easier to use!  All you have to do is pick your device from a list, and the program will convert your movies and music to files that will work on your player.  We have also redesigned the entire user interface to be more attractive and easier to use.  The key new features are:

  • Portable Device Support:  Special device profiles for devices from Apple, Archos, BlackBerry, Cowon, Creative Labs, Epson, iRiver, Microsoft, and Sony, in addition to many cellular telephones.
  • Improved User Interface:  More attractive icons and completely new system for selecting the format to convert into.

 Download a free evaluation copy of Digital Media Converter Pro or buy Digital Media Converter Pro today.


Text Speaker Version 3.1 Released

Text Speaker reads text on your PC aloud in human-sounding voices.  Rest your eyes while listening to email and web pages, or use text-to-speech as an invaluable proofreading aid.  Create MP3 files from documents, and listen to your memos, reports, and homemade audiobooks while driving, biking, or working out.

Now two new features make Text Speaker even more useful:

  • Talking Reminders:  Text Speaker will read aloud a message of your choice at any time.  You never need to miss an appointment again!  Choose a one-time reminder, or repeat every day, week, month, or even year--perfect for birthday reminders.  The reminders are spoken even if you haven't loaded Text Speaker that day.
  • Audio Outliner:  Use Text Speaker to create an audio outline.  It's a great study aid.  As you review material, you select key points to be part of the outline.  When you're ready, you can either hear the audio outline read aloud at your PC, or convert it to an MP3 file for listening while jogging, driving, biking, or any other activity.

Give your computer a voice!  Download a free evaluation version of Text Speaker today.

Product of the Month

My Screen Recorder Pro

With My Screen Recorder Pro, you can record everything that happens on your Windows screen, and save the recordings as AVI, WMV, or Flash movies.  You can even create self-running executables complete with chapters and menus.  Auto Tasks perform all conversion and uploading for you in the background, while you continue to work on something else.  With features like timed recording, support for dual monitors, and a host of others, My Screen Recorder Pro is the perfect solution for creating tutorials and  presentations.


Featured Article: Transfer Video DVDs to your Portable Device or PC

Sometimes a DVD is the perfect thing to watch. Other times, you want to see your video where a DVD player is not available. Rip DVD Plus makes it easy to transfer your video DVD’s to play on an iPhone, Microsoft Zune, almost any portable device, or a computer. This article explains a fast, simple way to convert your DVDs into other useful formats.

Want to read more?  Click here.

Best of DeskShare Support

Video Desk:  How to Estimate Video Storage Requirements?

JFrinak's Question:
Do you have any guidelines or rules of thumb to help estimate how much storage a particular video project might require?

For example, if converting the video to Flash for playback, how much storage might a 2 min, 5 min, 10 min, 20 min, 30 min, or 1 hour video presentation require?

Thanks for any insight.

A general rule of thumb is that one minute of video will take up 4 megabytes of your storage space. Thus, a 5 minute movie will be about 20 mb, and a one hour movie about 240. Our least expensive plan ($19.95/month) would allow you to store about 25 minutes of Flash video. The 25 minutes can be a single file or spread over multiple Flash files.


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