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The Top Windows 10 Solitaire Apps For Classic Fun

the-top-windows-10-solitaire-apps.jpg Solitaire used to be a favorite built-in game in Windows systems. In fact, it’s existed as a free game since Windows 3.0. While it has changed throughout the years, it’s actually still a part of Windows 10. Whether you’re looking for the built-in version or an alternative, there are numerous Windows 10 solitaire apps to choose from in the Microsoft Store and online. Related: 10 Exciting Microsoft Store Games You Can Play on Windows 10 PC PySolFC Despite the odd-looking name, PySolFC is among the Windows 10 solitaire apps. Unlike other options on this list, it’s… Read more13694471.gif

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The 7 Best Free Video Editing Programs for Windows

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Whether you’re looking to learn video editing or just want to cut costs, there are some impressive options when it comes to free video-editing programs. From open-source software to full programs that are just free, there are plenty of tools out there that can rival the best of the best in the industry.

What to Look Out for in a Video Editor

Here is some basic criteria you can go over when deciding between various programs.

  • Design: Video editors are complicated programs, chockfull of complex tools and options. A poorly designed video-editing program can be overwhelming to new editors and confusing to use for experienced editors. However, there are ways programs can improve this on this while still delivering on the complex tools you need. And, the programs included on this list are the perfect examples of that.
  • Basic Features: Any video editor you use should cover the basics of trimming and cropping clips, transforming clips (zooms, rotations, and position adjustments), transitions, and basic text creation. These are the base-level tools of video editing, and you’ll find yourself using them for almost every project. Fortunately, they’re included in almost every program you can find, and all of the ones on this list.
  • Advanced Features: Once you start getting into more complex editing, then tools like chroma-keying, keyframing, masking, more advanced text-creation options, and color-grading all start to become a lot more important. Most desktop editors feature these tools, but it’s important to consider what tools you need now and what tools you might need in the future before settling on a program to use.
  • Performance: As we’ve already said, video editors are complicated tools, which means they can take quite a toll on your computer. That doesn’t excuse these programs from being poorly optimized, but you’ll need to be careful when selecting your program that your computer is up to the task. Most of these programs will include recommended computer specs on their respective sites and download pages.
  • Additional Tools: Audio editing, VFX work, 3D animation, and motion graphics, these are all fields of work closely related to video editing, but not every video-editing program includes tools for them (nor will every editor need them). It can be useful to have these tools included in a program, even if you don’t need them right now—so it’s something to keep your eye out for.

With all that out of the way, let’s start talking about the programs themselves.

Professional Grade: DaVinci Resolve 16

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If you’ve ever heard of DaVinci Resolve 16, it’s because of the color-grading tools. DaVinci’s color-grading tools are best in class, to the point where many professional editors import their projects from other programs into DaVinci solely for color-grading. But your use of DaVinci doesn’t have to stop with the color-grading process, as it features many tools that make it viable video editor as well.

DaVinci Resolve manages to fare well even compared to premium editing programs. You have access to all the basic and complex editing tools you’ll need in an easy-to-use and smooth UI, whether that’s trimming, keyframing, clip adjustments, masking, or text creation.

DaVinci doesn’t stop with normal video-editing either, as it also features some basic tools for VFX (Visual Effects) work, creating motion graphics, audio-editing work, basic 3D animation, and a media library to organize clips. When you combine this varied toolset with DaVinici’s intuitive and smooth UI, it becomes clear that DaVinci Resolve 16 is one of the best video-editing programs around—regardless of it being free.

There’s also a series of training videos from DaVinci, which teach you everything from the basics of editing to 3D animation.

Special Effects Master: HitFilm Express

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Similar to DaVinci Resolve, HitFilm Express has managed to make a name for itself by featuring specialized tools but for VFX work. And unlike programs such as Adobe After Effects, it also features a full video editor within itself, meaning you can do both your video-editing and VFX work in the same program.

This makes HitFilm Express an invaluable tool for anyone interested in learning VFX, and even if you aren’t, the editing tools found within the program are powerful enough to be a viable editor as well. You can trim clips, create text, mask clips, and use keyframes all within the program, while also working with the complex VFX tools at the same time. HitFilm also makes some extensive tutorials you can find in the program, which should help newcomers get off their feet.

It is worth noting that HitFilm Express does have some paid expansions that expand the program’s utility even more. The base version is still more than enough for most people, but if you want features like advanced audio editing tools or enhanced color-grading, you’ll need to buy the corresponding packs off of Hitfilm’s store. (They vary in price between $10 and $50.)

Another Powerful Option: VSDC

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While it may not boast industry-grade color-grading or VFX tools, VSDC is still a great all-around editor. It features complex tools such as chroma-keying and keyframing, while also having the standard trimming and text-creation tools. And the various effects and tools for video and audio editing are organized in an intuitive way.

VSDC also produces its own compatible video and audio file converter (both of which are also free), which should make file formats less of a bother.

Online and Simplistic: Adobe Spark

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Adobe Spark is an interesting tool, and unlike the rest of the programs here, it’s web-based. This means it’s not running locally on your computer, and considering how intensive video-editing programs are, this could be vital if you have less powerful hardware.

The web-based nature does come at a trade-off though—you don’t have as much freedom here to do whatever you want. This is because Spark largely focuses on presets and simple tools rather than anything more complex. Considering it’s free, this is fine (and could even be preferable if you just want to do a quick edit),but for those looking to get into the nitty-gritty of video editing, you might want to look elsewhere.

Open Source: Shotcut

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Open-source programs are great. They’re typically free (so perfect for this list), and they offer some of the highest levels of customization available in the software scene. Open-source means that anyone with the technical know-how can crack open the code of these programs and edit whatever they want, whether that’s adding tools, more options, or UI changes.

Shotcut is one of the largest open-source video editors around, so it’s your best bet if you want full access to the benefits of being open-source. Even without third-party add-ons though, ShotCut is still a powerful editor by itself with a surprisingly great interface.

There are also a bunch of Shotcut tutorials available, which are perfect for new editors to learn their way around the program.

Also Open-Source: OpenShot

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Just like ShotCut, OpenShot is an open-source program, except this time with a focus on being friendlier to new editors. The interface is made to be as simple as possible, which means if you’re brand new to video editing this is the perfect program to get your feet wet.

All the basic tools are covered with text-creation, transitions, trimming, and clip adjustments, but OpenShot doesn’t skimp out on complex tools either, as it also features 3D animation tools, keyframing, and some audio-editing tools as well.

OpenShot also has its own tutorials for the program, which makes it that much easier to learn.

3D Animation: Blender

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Blender is a well-known open-source 3D animation tool, but what you might not be aware of is the full video-editing suite included in the program. This editor covers your basics of trimming, transitions, and text-creation, while also including the complex tools you’d expect at this point like chroma-keying, masking, and keyframing.

This unique combination of animation and editing tools makes Blender a useful tool, especially for those interested in learning 3D animation. And, just like Shotcut and OpenShot, its open-source nature opens the door for third-party addons to expand the program’s utility even further.

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/45804/the-7-best-free-video-editing-programs-for-windows/
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Microsoft’s New File Recovery Tool is Free for Windows Users

Microsoft's new command line tool for recovering lost files.

Imagine, if you will, someone selling an antique sewing machine. Heavy, unwieldy, and covered in decades of dust, but still entirely operable if you know what you’re doing. Now imagine that antique sitting on the shelf of your local Walmart, right next to a shiny new toaster. That is the new Windows File Recovery Tool.

Microsoft released the tool to help users who’ve lost files that are now irretrievable, either because they didn’t go to the Recycle Bin in Windows 10 or because the drive has suffered some kind of horrible hardware failure. Good! But Microsoft made it as a command line tool—it only works in Command Prompt (cmd.exe) or the new Windows Terminal. Strange. And it’s a free download for all users. Good! They download it on the Microsoft Store, sitting next to Candy Crush and Sea of Thieves. Strange.

Odd juxtapositions of tools separated by decades of computing interfaces aside, it seems to be working, at least for some users. I was able to get it to scan my primary SSD for ZIP files (including deleted ones) and back them up to a newly-created folder on my secondary hard drive. It felt like rubbing sticks together to make fire.

Keep in mind that the files recovered from one drive must go to a separate drive in the tool (so you’ll need a flash drive or external hard drive if your computer only has one). And also that, because of the way Windows handles free drive space, recently-lost files are more likely to be successfully recovered. But if you get the tool running, you can filter by folder or file type fairly easily. If you need help with the syntax, check out this Microsoft page. And if you find yourself needing this tool and wanting an interface from this century, there are plenty of alternatives.

Source: Microsoft Store via The Verge 

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/46324/microsofts-new-file-recovery-tool-is-free-for-windows-users/
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Apple’s Upcoming ARM-Based Macs Won’t Support Boot Camp or Windows Virtualization

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Apple is transitioning its Macs from Intel processors to custom in-house chips. Overall, the decision will improve Mac performance and decrease manufacturing costs. But it also means that new ARM-based Macs are losing Boot Camp and can’t run Windows 10 through virtualization.

For the uninitiated, Boot Camp is a tool that lets you install Windows on a Mac. It even includes drivers, so you can jump between macOS and Windows without a hitch. But Apple doesn’t plan to add Boot Camp to its new ARM Macs because it’s just not worth the effort.

Boot Camp isn’t a popular tool, and it goes against some of Apple’s commitment to simplicity and exclusivity. Plus, running Windows or Linux natively on an ARM Mac requires a new set of drivers and tweaks that may take months or years to develop.

Plus, Windows 10 for ARM isn’t a publicly available OS. You can’t download Windows 10 for ARM from the Microsoft Store, and the OS is still playing on the shallow end in terms of stability and app support. Apple can’t hand out copies of Windows 10 for ARM without Microsoft’s permission, and that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

Apple started pivoting away from Boot Camp years ago in favor of OS virtualization. The idea is that, instead of partitioning your hard drive and running an OS natively, you can allocate resources to run Windows or Linux inside of macOS. But virtualization software like VMWare or Parallels needs to be fully rebuilt for ARM Macs, and even then, Windows 10 for ARM isn’t floating around for legal, free consumption.

Thankfully, Intel-based Macs will continue to support Boot Camp technology. And since Apple plans to release a series of Intel Macs along with its brand new ARM computers, it’s not like you’re getting left in the dark. Virtualization tech may catch up with ARM-based Macs by the time the company discontinues its Intel computers, but for now, the future of Boot Camp looks pretty bleak.

Source: Apple via The Verge

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How to Integrate Your iPhone with a Windows PC or Chromebook

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The iPhone was designed to work best with Macs, iCloud, and other Apple technologies. However, it can be a great companion for a Windows PC or Chromebook, too. It’s all about finding the right tools to bridge the gap.

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How to Uninstall Cortana After May 2020 Update

how-to-uninstall-cortana-after-windows-m For heavy Cortana users, the May 2020 update turned the voice assistant into more of a productivity app. While you can still control some things with your voice, many users would prefer to just uninstall Cortana. Microsoft used to make this nearly impossible, with most users choosing to just disable and hide the icon. Now you can uninstall Cortana if you no longer find it useful. If you ever change your mind, there’s also an easy way to reinstall it. Is It Safe? Since Cortana used to be built in to Windows 10, you may… Read more13677313.gif

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How to Uninstall Cortana After May 2020 Update

how-to-uninstall-cortana-after-windows-m For heavy Cortana users, the May 2020 update turned the voice assistant into more of a productivity app. While you can still control some things with your voice, many users would prefer to just uninstall Cortana. Microsoft used to make this nearly impossible, with most users choosing to just disable and hide the icon. Now you can uninstall Cortana if you no longer find it useful. If you ever change your mind, there’s also an easy way to reinstall it. Is It Safe? Since Cortana used to be built in to Windows 10, you may… Read more13677313.gif

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Windows 10 Start Menu upgrade might not be so radical after all

You only use it for a few seconds to search for or launch a program but it has become one of the most controversial parts of Windows in the last decade. Ever since Microsoft drastically changed it with Windows 8, the Windows Start Menu has become the subject of much design debates and changes over the years. It may be … Continue reading

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How to Edit the Windows Registry from the Command Prompt

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Windows and a lot of third-party apps store settings in the registry. If you’re wanting to edit the registry, there are a few ways you can do it. Here’s how to edit the Windows registry from the Command Prompt.

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How to Zip (and Unzip) Files Using PowerShell

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The ZIP file format reduces the size of files by compressing them into a single file. This process saves disk space, encrypts data, and makes it easy to share files with others. Here’s how to zip and unzip files using PowerShell.

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