Tools : Audacity, Switch Sound File Converter, Hamster Free Video Converter, pdf merging

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

AUDACITY : Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor

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Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. Learn more about Audacity… Also check our Wiki and Forum for more information


SWITCH SOUND FILE CONVERTER (for converting CD Tracks to MP3s)   
Review  by: CNET staff on January 19, 2010

We see a lot of audio converters, and there’s really only so much that they can do to differentiate themselves from one another; we rarely see any that are particularly impressive. Switch Sound File Converter didn’t do anything that blew us away in terms of design or features, yet this lightweight, uncluttered program won us over with its simplicity and ease of use.

The program’s interface is quite basic and intuitive, with its features organized with well-labeled graphical buttons. Using the program couldn’t be easier; users simply select the files they want to convert, choose the output format and destination folder, optionally adjust the encoder options, and Switch does the rest. Although the program only supports MP3 and WAV input formats, users can convert files to 21 different file types. The program has a few nice extras, including the ability to access the freeDB Internet Database for track listing information and the option to run Switch in the background if other programs are being used. Most impressively, users can configure the program to be accessible via right-clicking; up to three right-click options can be set, and then users need only right-click on an audio file within Explorer to select the desired output format and start the conversion. The program comes with an HTML Help file that is well-written and thorough. Overall, we found Switch to be extremely simple, suitable for even file conversion novices, but customizable enough to suit more advanced users.

Switch Sound File Converter is free. The program installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to all usersRead more: Switch Sound File Converter Plus – Download.com http://download.cnet.com/Switch-Sound-File-Converter-Plus/3000-2140_4-10327491.html#ixzz1lGWixItn

Hamster Free Video Converter

CNET Editors’ note: The Download Now link will download a small installer file to your desktop. Remain online and double-click the installer to proceed with the actual download

More and more different video formats seem to keep coming out. Compression is getting better and video quality is getting higher. More and more media players, both software and standalone devices are appearing on the market every month. This can make it very hard to keep up with the ever changing technology and all of us have experienced the frustration of being unable to play our favorite movies as soon as we try to load them up on a smartphone or conventional home entertainment system. This is why having a free video converter is very useful these days. Hamster Free Video Converter provides the ideal solution, especially for those who are not familiar with the technical jargon associated with different formats, file types and file extensions. It provide presets for different devices and mediums and it supports YouTube as well.Read more: Hamster Free Video Converter – Download.com http://download.cnet.com/Hamster-Free-Video-Converter/3000-2194_4-75218449.html#ixzz1lGlWaCG6

http://foxyutils.com/mergepdf/ Merge pdf documents easily and free

This service enables you to combine PDF documents into a single one, free of charge. All you need to do is select the PDF documents that you want to merge together on your computer and click a button, as instructed step-by-step.

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