WinX DVD Ripper in review

There are plenty of ways to take your video with you, and this is just one of them, so I’ve got a brief review of the WinX DVD Ripper, a useful freeware DVD ripper off the web.

The idea of this software is of course transfer your DVDs to an electronic format to be played on other devices. WinX DVD ripper though is not a bad choice if you’re looking for a free program to convert your movies from DVD to a format that you can easily move from device to device.  It allows for transferring to several formats, and you can change the output size as well.

While it’s not the fastest out there in terms of conversion speed, it’s free and I can’t fault it too much really.. for free you do get several features that can be very useful.

Pros:
+Easy to use
+It’s free
+Several output options

Cons:
-Slow ripping process
-Enables subtitles by default
-Fairly large output size

Whilst it was slow, it did the job for me at the office today.

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FreeMind Mind Mapper Review

I downloaded freemind, a mind mapping software solution and already I’m finding it to be very useful for note taking, so here’s a quick review.

FreeMind is really a thought mapping tool and not specifically a note taking tool. It allows you to add points in a tree-like manner. So you start with the main topic node and add a child node to it. It’s represented as a branch. When you add nodes to a parent node it automatically determines where the branch should go on screen. If you are adding a child node to the main parent it’ll alternate to the right and left for branches. Then if you add a child to a branch from the main parent it’ll put them one under the other. Click the thumbnail to see what I mean.

Essentially you only worry about organising the points according to the relevant information structure and thus not have to worry about visual presentation. This makes it a very quick and effective note taking tool.