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Posted by Carl Rhodes at 23 September 2012

Category: Software, What's New

I just upgraded my blog software from b2evolution to WordPress. So far I like WP much more than b2 from an administrator’s standpoint, the menus in that area are straight-forward and easy to follow. I am glad I made the transition, and I highly recommend this script to others.

Here is a link to: WordPress

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 16 January 2011

Category: Software

In two of my blog posts of 2010 I have featured AeroSnap and FreeSnap, at these links : plus
I have discovered a new piece of software that takes the best of both programs and added additional features–it is called AquaSnap. On AeroSnap you can view only two windows vertically, by dragging and dropping the program window to one side of the screen. When using FreeSnap you can view up to four windows both vertically and horizontally, but you will need to use the keyboard to do so.
AquaSnap is the best of both worlds, like FreeSnap, you can view up to four windows both vertically and horizontally, and in any combination. Similar to AeroSnap, with AquaSnap you are dragging and dropping a program window to different parts of the screen, without touching the keyboard.

In my book this is a must have program for any genealogist, and mutitasker.

The following is a link to where they have a great review and how-to overview of AquaSnap here.
Here is the program page link.

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 4 July 2010

Category: Software

In late March of this year I reviewed a computer program called AeroSnap. AeroSnap is software for that makes program window resizing quick and easy, please see it at this link: Since then I found another program: FreeSnap, (its also free), it has much more functionality than AeroSnap, although it isn’t as easy to use. Unlike AeroSnap, FreeSnap does not require Microsoft .NET to be installed, which can bring a heavy payload, starting at around 54 MB to 250 MB. Plus with AeroSnap you can only resize program windows into two vertical plains, but with FreeSnap you can do vertical, horizontal, in a multitude of windows, in any combination. FreeSnap also works with dual monitors. Using AeroSnap is almost as easy as dragging a program window to one side or the other, with FreeSnap you use the Windows Key + the arrow keys and others. The functionality of FreeSnap out weighs AeroSnap’s easy of use.

Program page:

See PC Worlds review of this software here:,25420/description.html

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 23 April 2010

Category: Software

I am sure at least some of you have seen the commercial for Windows 7, where the “Snap” feature is demonstrated. Snap is a quick (and fun) new way to resize open windows, simply by dragging them to the edges of your screen. Then you can drag another programs to the other side of your screen. See this video on snap When I saw the demonstration, I could see the potential in it for us genealogists. You could have your genealogy program on one half of the screen, and on the other side the web browsers, word-processor, or any program imaginable. The more I pondered the snap feature, I felt I had to to get Windows 7, but with it starting at $119.99, which made acquiring it was out of the question. So, I used my favorite search engine, Google, and found a small, (924 KB) freeware program called AeroSnap that does the same thing. Here is the link:

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 3 August 2008

Category: Software

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format created by Adobe Systems in 1993 for document exchange. PDF is used for representing two-dimensional documents in a manner independent of the application software, hardware, and operating system, ( There are a several freeware programs to view PDFs, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Foxit Reader at, to name a couple. Although most of our genealogy programs allow you to “print” to a PDF file, for most Windows programs you need an external program to create one of those files that can cost hundreds of dollars. There are a few programs available for free to print PDFs. Although you will find most are embed with an ad or watermark, or a popup Web ad, these programs will not be included in this article.

For a free way of making PDFs, I recommend CutePDF Writer (Freeware). Create professional quality PDF files from almost any printable document. FREE for personal, commercial, gov or edu use! No watermarks! No popup Web ads! Now supports 64-bit Windows. Requires PS2PDF converter such as Ghostscript (recommended). You can get the free GPL Ghostscript 8.15 here:, and download CutePDF Writer here:

Another program you may need is “Gios PDF Splitter And Merger “. Like CutePDF Writer the program is freeware. As its name implies, Gios PDF Splitter and Merger is a great tool that will help you merge and split PDF documents easily. Gios PDF Splitter and Merger is a PDF free tool developed for quicker and more efficient access to information needed from your PDF files, reorganizing them in a way that makes them easier to manage and handle. Like CutePDF Writer additional software is required for operation, in this case you need Microsoft .NET Framework version 1.1. Links to “Gios PDF Splitter And Merger”, and “Microsoft .NET Framework” are available on following site:

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 3 August 2008

Category: Software

Do you want a program like PhotoShop, but you can’t afford it? I have a solution for you, its called GIMP. Don’t expect all the bells & whistles of PhotoShop, but if you are looking for a great basic image manipulation program, check out GIMP. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted. Best of all it?s free to use! However, if you like it, I suggest making a donation to keep the project going. It?s available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X operating systems. Here is the link

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