Windows Movie Maker is a free Microsoft utility for Windows that lets you create and edit video files. But for some reason, the most recent versions of Movie Maker for Windows Vista and 7 don’t have all the features and transitions you can find on earlier builds.
So one developer decided to take matters into his own hands and create a portable version of Windows Movie Maker based on Movie Maker 2.1. You can run Portable Windows Movie Maker on any computer with Windows XP, Vista, or 7. And since it’s portable, you can run it from a USB flash drive or a folder on your hard drive without installing it.
As an added bonus, the developer added some extra transitions and effects.
Visit: Portable Windows Movie Maker
While graphic design professionals probably wouldn’t be able to substitute Fotografix for Photoshop, it’s certainly a capable free alternative for the average Joe.
In addition to being totally portable, Fotografix has a ridiculously small footprint. It’s a 370Kb download and about 700Kb once extracted. Despite its size, most of the features I rely on in Photoshop are available. Fotografix supports layers, masks, and scripting, comes with a few key blur and stylization filters, and type layers are editable (unlike some other editors where text is a one-shot deal).
The usual editing tools are also provided, like rectangular and elliptical marquees, magic wand, rubber stamp, eyedropper, and gradient tool. For me, the only glaring omission was the lack of grid and ruler options. Regardless, I didn’t have any trouble accomplishing my daily blog-editing tasks with Fotografix.
No, Fotografix isn’t a replacement for Photoshop, but its good range of features, small size, and portability make it an excellent option for quick edits on the go. The price is hard to argue with, too.