Saturday, May 31, 2014

Wow! - Password Recovery Bundle 2014 Pro 3.2 - Free as in Freeware Only Today from - Snap It Up, You Never Know When You'll Need It

"Password Recovery Bundle 2014 is a handy toolkit to recover all your lost or forgotten passwords in an easy way! Quickly recover or reset passwords for Windows, PDF, ZIP, RAR, Office Word/Excel/PowerPoint documents. Retrieve passwords for all popular instant messengers, email clients, web browsers, FTP clients and many other applications.
A useful password recovery software for both newbie and expert with no technical skills required."
This is unusual that such a valuable programs would be given away for free. It has a 63% thumbs up rating so it must work pretty well.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

SoftOrbits Flash Drive Recovery is a Data Recovery Utility - Free as in Freeware Only Today from

"SoftOrbits Flash Drive Recovery is a data recovery utility. It can restore data from any type of storage media (music sticks, USB drives, PC cards, flash drives, digital cameras, etc). This software recovers all corrupted and deleted documents, photos, mp3 and other files even if a memory card was re-formatted. You do not need to set any restoration options – the entire process is done automatically with a built-in data recovery wizard.
SoftOrbits Flash Drive Recovery allows you to:
  • Restore files from various storage media including: xD Picture Card, Smart Media Card, Zip Disk, Sony Memory Stick, Floppy disk, Secure Digital Cards, Compact Flash card, Digital camera, Flash Card, MicroDrive, USB disks and many others;
  • Preview and restore JPEG, JPG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG, TGA and other images;
  • Preview and restore RAW images (PEF, CRW, RAF, CR2, NEF, RAW and other formats)."
This software gets a 50% rating on the website which is pretty good for a data recovery program as mentioned before, attempts to recover data are often futile and not the fault of the software although it gets blamed. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Aidfile Data Recovery - Specializes in Recovering Files From Corrupt Partitions - Free as in Freeware Today Only from Giveaway of the Day

"Aidfile recovery software is an easy-to-use and powerful hard disk data recovery tool specialized in recovering files from corrupted partition table in an easy manner. It can recover files and data from FAT32 partition as well as from NTFS and EXFAT. Aidfile data recovery can recover the data if there is an error to your software. For example, partition error writing, unintentional formatting, accidentally deletion, false backup, MBR losing, bad sector of BOOT, virus attack, hacker attack, conversion error, partition logic error, logical bad sectors of hard drive, partition table lost, etc.

Aidfile uses a combination of four industries’leading strategies to maximize the success for a variety of different issues of the comprehensive recovery."

Has a 35% thumbs up rating however I wouldn't expect this to be too high as it is a specialized tool that many will not understand correctly before trying to implement it for other problems. That's my take on it at least.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Free as in Freeware - 7-Data Android Recovery - 12 months license From Bits Du Jour

"Sure, you may think that your Android phone or tablet is the absolute best thing on the market, but when it comes down to it, we’re all susceptible to data loss, no matter what device we prefer! But when it comes to trying to rescue your most cherished and private files, do you really want someone else snooping around for them? Do it yourself with today’s discount software promotion, 7-Data Android Recovery!
7-Data Android Recovery lets you recover photos, video, audio, documents, emails, and other data from both internal Android memory as well as SD cards. With 7-Data Android Recovery, you’ll be able to recover your own files without the embarrassing loss of privacy associated with having a professional service do it for you. Best of all, 7-Data Android Recovery works its file recovery magic both on internal Android memory as well as SD cards used by Android devices – even SD cards that have been formatted!
All of the popular photo and video file formats are supported by 7-Data Android Recovery, as well as applications, emails, database files, and Word documents. Additionally, 7-Data Android Recovery is compatible with different versions of the Android OS and a broad spectrum of devices manufactured by Google, Samsung, Motorola, and HTC!"
Bits Du Jour users aren't allowed to rate the software unlike Giveaway of the Day.Another difference is one you download the program, you have a full 7 days to install and register it, whereas with Giveawayofthe Day, you have to do those things, the same day.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Picture Doctor v2.0 for PC Repair Corrupted JPEG and PSD Files - Free as in Freeware Today Only (or Maybe Tomorrow Also but That's It) from Bits Du Jour
"You have, on your hard drive, the single most brilliant photo ever. It’s exactly what you need for that special project, presentation, or photo contest, but when you go to open it, it’s corrupted! Or maybe you’ve been working on creating the most perfect photo in Adobe Photoshop, but that’s corrupted, too. Either way, the first thing you need to do is grab a copy of today’s discount software promotion, Picture Doctor!
Picture Doctor repairs and recovers corrupted JPEG and Adobe Photoshop files. With Picture Doctor, you can take damaged graphics files and save them in BMP format, complete with the original dimensions and palette intact. With PSD files, Picture Doctor preserve the original layer data, too, so you can pick up where you left off.
If you have a bunch of files that were hit by corruption, there’s no need to worry. Just fire up Picture Doctor and repair them all in batch!"
This is a relatively rare program to get for free, so I would suggest snapping it up. If you don't have a corrupt JPG now, you will sometime and they are a sad event. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Giveaway of the Day - Easy Drive Data Recovery 3.0 - Free as in Freeware Only Today!
"Easy Drive Data Recovery is a solution for anyone’s data recovery needs, no matter what level of computer literacy you have, you can restore your files in a couple of mouse clicks without thinking too much or reading endless manuals. Its algorithms scan the storage media thoroughly in order to find all recoverable data.
Raw Search is capable of finding and restoring over 90 file formats. There’s a preview and various filter options."
This is a Russian company but some of there other software, mainly the corrupt file recovery one, called EasyOfficeRecovery, is excellent software, among the best in the business and a great value. I don't know how good this one is, but I bet it's great. It is similar to RecoverMyFiles I believe and of course free until midnight tonight.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Suggestions for Fixing Missing Fonts in Mac iWork Applications - Pages, Numbers and Keynote
"Some users have had messages about missing fonts in all iWork applications - Numbers and Keynote as well as Pages. In many cases these messages seem innocent but annoying. In some cases the problem can affect the layout of the document..."
This is advice for Mac OS X only.

recoverjpeg - "A Tool to Recover Lost Files on Damaged Memory Cards or USB Drives"

"recoverjpeg tries to recover JFIF (JPEG) pictures and MOV movies (using recovermov) from a peripheral. This may be useful if you mistakenly overwrite a partition or if a device such as a digital camera memory card is bogus. You can also read the recoverjpeg story.
For more information, please read the manual page for recoverjpeg. If this program saved your day, you may send a few restored pictures (in 800x600 format) with an authorization to publish, information you want added (photographers name, picture subject, electronic coordinates about the photographer) as well as a few sentences describing in which context your pictures have been lost and restored by this program. You can look at some pictures salvaged by this software.
recoverjpeg has been written by Jan Funke and Samuel Tardieu."
Weirdly enough this may only be fore UNIX and maybe not even Linux...I don't know. 

Monday, May 05, 2014

Some Advice About - What to Do When You’ve Been Hacked
"Everyone talks about hacking as if it’s something we can all prevent with a few simple steps. The reality is that once in awhile there will be holes in the woodwork and hackers will slip through your security. As of late, many people have been hacked and are the victims of password leaks and Trojan horse infections. Despite the growing number of victims, no one is telling you (unless you own a business) what kind of process you should follow once you’ve been compromised. That’s what we’re here to talk about, and I hope it serves its purpose for you!..."

I like this site. It's easy to digest info. It may not be complete advice about what to do, but it's a start.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Tenorshare Android Data Recovery - Free As In Freeware - Today Only (and Maybe Tomorrow) - From BitsDuJour
"Yes, Android devices are getting more sophisticated. What’s not getting more sophisticated, however, is our tendency to completely mess up our most treasured things – stuff like important contact info, photos, videos, and sentimental text messages. Get them all back quickly with today’s discount software promotion, Tenorshare Android Data Recovery!
Tenorshare Android Data Recovery lets you recover lost contacts, photos, texts, and more from your Android Phone. With Tenorshare Android Data Recovery, you’ll be up and running again in no time, with the astounding ability to recover all of your lost data instantly using your PC. Need to recover just one or two specific items? A handy preview lets you see what you’re recovering before you commit to recovering it.
With support for all Android phones and tablets, including the latest and greatest from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, and other leading brands, there’s no good reason not to pick up a copy of Tenorshare Android Data Recovery today. One day in the future, perhaps even tomorrow, you’ll be glad you did!"
BitsDuJour often extend there offers to a second day, so you might be able to delay downloading. However if you have a sick Android phone, I would not wait. 

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Two Tools for Fixing Word the DOCX Error: "The name in the end tag of the element must match the element type in the start tag"

These two links are for free tools for fixing a subset of the Word DOCX error, "The name in the end tag of the element must match the element type in the start tag". The subset of the errors occur when a  <m:oMath> tag gets in the wrong order. Tony Jollans' Rebuilder may fix a different math tag order issue than the Mr. Fixit.

Tony Jollan's tool might fix this tags in this order, see here:

          Start of equation
        Probably some graphics
          End of equation

The Mr. Fixit tool seems to fix math tag order issues of this variety. See here:

<mc:Choice Requires=”wps”>

There are other causes of the "The name in the end tag of the element must match the element type in the start tag" error. For instances, one file I found out started out with a 'w:t' tag not having a closing tag. Another  one starts with 'w:tr' tag not having a closing one. I also have a lot of files where the problem starts with a missing 'mc:Fallback' tag. I am trying to work on a general solution with my freeware Savvy DOCX Recovery program. I will announce the update in this blog. [Edit: I just found this post which looks like the best description of how to fix the issue: XML Marker appears to be the easiest tool to use to fix things. You can use any XML editor or even Excel to find where the error lies and then use NotePad++ to fix things, but NotePad++ is slow with large document.xml files you sometimes get for instance with somebody's thesis].

Suffice it to say the approach I'm taking in VB.Net that I'm using to code Savvy DOCX, is to read the word\document.xml subfile within the DOCX with the VB.Net System.XML reader and examine the detailed errors that arise. The errors go beyond what is remarked upon in the Word opening errors and tell you where and which kind of ending tag is missing. I then add the correct ending tag and read the file again. Often the loop will need to be repeated several times. Also note, I'm using a method of pinpointing the errors in the XML by first treating the document.xml subfile so that each tag is on it's own line, a strategy I think I learned here.

Instead of using VB.Net, you can of course do this manually. To do put each tag on it's own line manually, I use NotePad++ and then do a replace of "><" with ">\r\n<" in the XML. The "\r\n" makes new lines between the tag but the trick to get NotePad++ to interpret the characters as new line commands is not to use normal replace but move the radio button in the Replace app's lower left corner to "Extended."

To be able to get the same level of detail regarding the XML errors as System.XML gives you in VB.Net, you can use the Microsoft freeware XML Notepad.

So if you use the above techniques with some of the other techniques I have discussed in my article Secrets of Recovering Corrupt Word DOCX Files, for repairing zip corruption if there is any and for getting the best extraction of the document.xml file that is usually the cause of corruption, I think you can usually fix your issue manually. 

You can upload files to me for recovery here: I say on my site that I charge $22 but that is only for satisfactory recovery. If I can't can't recover your file then, my work is free, although a donation will be be most welcome :-). There are 3 or 4 regular Word MVP's who will fix your file for free. See herehere and here (thread may no longer be monitored) .

Un-flip - Corrective flip for images when older version presentations are opened in PowerPoint 2002
"Purpose: Corrective flip for images when older version presentations are opened in XP. The add-in will perform the task correctly provided the presentation opened has not been saved previously under XP. PowerPoint XP resets the flip values when a save is performed hence this fix works only for presentations which haven't been saved in PowerPoint XP."
Free tool. I have never heard of this issue, but I guess it could still happen.

Word DOC File (Old Format) Template VBA Code Cleaner

This article describes how in the Word 97-2002 (and maybe 2003) repeated changes to template file will eventually corrupt the VBA. There is a downloadable tool here which allows you to backup your VBA, remove the VBA from the template, save the template and re-import the VBA for a smaller and now healthier template file.
"Word templates get bloated through repeated editing and saving of the VBA code. Bloated templates can often throw invalid page faults for no apparent reason when running VBA code.
Why Word doesn't clean up after itself when saving a template which contains a VBA project is one of the great mysteries of life. Excel suffers from the same problem.
The way to fix this is to export and remove all the modules from the template, and then save the template. (Take a backup first!) Then re-import all the modules again, save the template, recompile and save the template again. If you have been editing the VBA over a long period, and saving many times, you may be astonished at how much smaller the new template is.
How often should you clean a project? No one can answer that question for you. Each project is different. Larger projects generally need to be cleaned more often than smaller projects. One rule of thumb is to clean a project whenever it has grown to 1.5 times its normal size but this is a rough guideline only. Very large projects should be cleaned well before they reach this size.
The Word Code Cleaner cannot remove bloat caused by extensive customizations of Command Bars or Key Bindings. If a project contains substantial customization of this sort, or if you frequently modify the customization and save the changes, the project will eventually become corrupt, even if you do regularly clean it with the Word Code Cleaner..."

Only Today Free as in Freeware - Giveaway of the Day - Office Recovery Wizard Standard

"Office Recovery Wizard undeletes Office documents erased from the Recycle Bin, and recovers files lost due to a system failure, disk crash or file system corruption. Powerful recovery algorithms support documents created with Microsoft Office, OpenOffice and StarOffice.
The wizard works in a step-by-step manner, and it only asks you about where your files were before they were lost. Office Recovery Wizard makes it possible to locate and recover documents from severely damaged, formatted or repartitioned hard drives, as well as helps in case of a corrupted file system or a virus attack. Office Recovery Wizard recovers docx, xlsx, pptx, doc, xls, ppt, vsd, pub, rtf, sdw, odt, and other files and supports all revisions of FAT and NTFS."
It has a 43% rating which is not bad for data recovery apps. The idea is you recover an earlier version of your file that is deleted, temporary or lost. 

Hasleo Data Recovery FreeV3.2 - Free as in Freeware - Permanently from Hasleo Software "Hasleo Data Recovery FreeV3.2 100% Free Data Recovery Software...