I’ve been making YouTube videos for quite some time now. Some of them are doing quite well,even though none of them have gone viral yet. Still, they’re turning over about $30 per month which is better than nothing.

My latest video is a Halloween poem that you can see below.

Top Animation Software For The Budding Artist

top animation softwareWhile I’m pretty happy with the way the video has turned out I reckon some cool animations would have made it so much better. My problem is that I reckon I’m just too old to take up and animation course. That’s when I thought maybe there is some cool animation out there that would make the whole animating poems thing so much easier.

 I found the Manga Studio 5 on Amazon and it had the best reviews than any of the other Top Animation Software that I managed to find online. Normally $49.99, at the writing of this post, it’s now available at the low price of $39.20!

The problem was that after looking into it more closely, it’s not really an animation software. Don’t you hate it when you do a search and it comes with something that you thought was cool but after closer scrutiny it just wasn’t what you were looking for.

Sort of makes you wonder how smart these search engines really are doesn’t it? I mean how can you confuse Anime/Manga drawings with animation?

Anyway, after some more research I did manage to find something that seems to fit my requirements.

It took a bit more research but I finally came across Poser Pro 2014. While it sounds like it would do the job, and has a lot going for it, it’s just $499.99 is a little out of my price range.

Here’s just a little of what Poser Pro 2014 can do. I’ve copied this straight from the Amazon Page.

Product Description

Quickly and Easily Design with 3D Figures. Poser Pro 2014 is ideal for the professional artist and 3D production teams. Included plug-ins transport pre-rigged, fully textured and animated 3D characters into 3Ds Max, Maya, LightWave 3D and CINEMA 4D projects. Get started right away with 5GB of included 3D figures and content, including 7 new cartoon figures, and 2 new photo-realistic human figures.

From the Manufacturer

Quickly and Easily Create Cool Art and Animation with 3D Figures

Poser Pro 2014 is ideal for the professional artist and 3D production teams. Included plug-ins transport pre-rigged, fully textured and animated 3D characters into 3Ds Max, Maya, LightWave 3D and CINEMA 4D projects. Get started right away with 5GB of included 3D figures and content, including 7 cartoon figures, and 2 photo-realistic human figures.

Poser Pro 2014 is the full featured choice for creating Poser content and adding 3D characters to Max, Maya, Lightwave and C4D projects. Poser Pro 2014 includes full rigging and figure set-up tools, COLLADA import and export, 32/64 bit and multi-core system support, and Network Rendering. As a standalone character animation system, or as a component in your production pipeline, Poser Pro 2014 is the best way for content creation professionals to add 3D characters.

Pixar Subdivision Surfaces

We’ve integrated Pixar’s OpenSubdiv library to provide Pixar Subdivision Surfaces, with user definable subdivision levels per prop, figure or even individual body part. Subdivision improves bending fidelity, smooths polygonal surfaces and improves performance by enabling lighter poly-count content. Poser includes a Unimesh skinning method to support subdivision on figures with compliant geometry.

Fitting Room

Interactively fit clothing and props to any Poser figure and create conforming clothing using five intelligent modes that automatically loosen, tighten, smooth and preserve soft and rigid features. Paint maps on the mesh to control the exact areas that you want to modify. Use pre-fit tools to direct the mesh around the goal figure’s shapes. With a single button, generate a new conforming item using the goal figure’s rig, complete with full morph transfer.

Copy Morphs from Figure to Figure

When creating new content for Poser figures, morph transfer enables conforming clothing developers to easier support a wide array of figures and include both full body and partial body morphs that can be driven by the base figure.

Over 5GB of Poser Content

Poser includes a complete collection of well organized, easy to find content supplied by talented third party content artists as well content created by the Smith Micro team of 3D artists. Fully articulated human skeletons that match the male and female figures body topology are included along with artist manikins, animals, dinosaurs and a dragon, robots, vehicles, toy and cartoon characters; over 70 ready to pose figures total.

Queue Manager / Network Render Queue

Save time and cut production costs by using additional computers to render complex scenes and lengthy animations. The standalone Queue Manager allows you to set-up and manage a Network Render Queue, distribute rendering jobs across that network, and manage those rendering jobs to suit your schedule. With the Queue Manager, distributed renderings can be paused and resumed, or fully rendered on slave machines so you can keep working in Poser Pro on your master machine.

64-Bit FireFly Render Engine

Poser Pro lets you take advantage of high performance 64-Bit Macintosh and Windows Operating Systems and hardware with the 64-Bit FireFly Render Engine. The 64-Bit render engine efficiently uses all available system memory to render even the most complex scene files in the shortest possible time. Distribute 64-Bit rendering jobs via the Queue Manager for even greater time savings at render time.

PoserFusion Hosting Plug-ins

PoserFusion lets you use Poser Pro as a character animation solution for zBrush, 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D and LightWave. The included PoserFusion plug-ins allow you to open and host Poser scene files and 3D content within these powerful 3D production applications. Integrate static or animated Poser scenes to add pre-built and rigged 3D Poser characters into your projects.

Most of the ratings/reviews for the Poser Pro 2014 was positive. I’m never shocked when I read a negative review because it’s been my experience that you just can’t please everyone. I’ve always found that as long as the positive reviews far outweigh the negative ones things usually work out the way you want it to.

I know that this post has nothing at all to do with software or anything but I’m sure you will forgive me once you’ve learned the reason for it. My sister-in-law, Josie Zollo, passed away almost a month ago and I wanted to leave her a lasting memorial. After searching online I just couldn’t find a site that I was happy with.

The majority of free sites were sorely lacking and what really put me off them was the amount of tasteless ads that were displayed along with the memorial. I suppose you can’t blame the site owner because he has to cover the running costs of the site somehow.

As for the paid sites, they were OK but the bulk of them were self automated which resulted in most of the memorials being kind of generic looking. I wanted something more and because I couldn’t find one online that I thought would do Josie justice I decided to start one myself.

After a lot of planning and searching for the right domain I settled on A Loving Memorial because I felt it portrayed exactly how I felt about the tribute I wanted to leave. I also decided to utilise a blogging platform so that I could leave it up to the individual as to whether or not they wanted to have people interacting on the memorial to their loved one. Having it on allowed friends, relatives and acquaintances to add their condolences or even a tribute to the deceased. Those who were more private could have it turned off.

I know how there are lot of people out there who are not technically minded and so would not feel comfortable with the automated memorial sites and so I thought adding a personal touch would be more appealing to them. I added a contact page to the site so that anyone interested in bringing their online memorial to life could contact me and together we could produce one that would do the deceased justice.

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It was only last year when I wrote a post called 1 Copy DVD Copy A Great DVD Burner where I reviewed a DVD burner but that is all it does. Since then I was thinking that perhaps people would like something that would do more than just copy DVDs. So I thought what about something that is really easy to use that apart from being able to copy your DVD’s it can also be used for copying your DVDs to your iPod/iPhone, DivX or your PC.

1Step DVD Copy could be just what you’re looking for. Although I haven’t tried it I’ve heard its amazingly fast and it creates copies in DVD, M4P, iPod/iPhone & DivX format in almost original quality at only 10% size.
So you see, the integrated DVD writer function can do more than just write the movie onto a DVD.

I know what you’re thinking, what if it’s not exactly what you’re looking for? Too easy, all you do is you take the trial version of 1Step DVD Copy for a spin. This way you can try it and if it does what you want it to do then you know you’ll be getting your moneys worth when you buy it outright.

1Step DVD Copy could be just what you’re looking for. Although I haven’t tried it I’ve heard its amazingly fast and it creates copies in DVD, M4P, iPod/iPhone & DivX format in almost original quality at only 10% size.So you see, the integrated DVD writer function can do more than just write the movie onto a DVD.

I know that everyone hates getting spam in their inbox, and it can be especially annoying when you get hundreds of it everyday. It can be so time consuming going through all your emails sorting out the crap from the legitimate ones.

MailWasher Pro in action

That’s why I decided to do something about it. Last year I purchased MailWasher and it turned out to be the best investment ever. I originally purchased the 1year license for around $31, but that was only because I wasn’t sure how good it was. I was so impressed that once it expired I renewed it, but this time I purchased the Lifetime License for only $62.64! This means you get all new versions, updates, real-time spam blocking and customer support for life and the license is good for 2 computers. Now that’s what I call a pretty good deal.

The problem with most spam filters is that, what with the ever increasing amount of new spam that’s appearing on a daily basis, they can’t keep up with the amount of new spam  that keeps popping up. MailWasher Pro has a learning feature so that you can teach it every time you come across one that it’s missed. To get an idea of what I mean you should watch this short demo of MailWasher Pro in action.

Here’s something that you probably didn’t know. If you’re a webmaster or a blogger you can become an MailWasher Pro affiliate and make some extra cash by promoting a really good product.

Twitters is a powerful social media site. It allows you to connect to a wide range of people but yet a lot of people are dissatisfied with it. There could be many reason for this. Perhaps they’re not getting enough followers, or perhaps they haven’t given themselves the time to get used to how it all works. Then again perhaps it’s because they are not following the right people.

To get the most out of Twitter you really need to be following those who are like minded. Those who are interested in the same things that you are because you will find it a lot easier conversing, conversationally and profitably, with people who are of the same opinions as yourself.

The problem is that it’s all too hard and time consuming, if not impossible to find these people all on your own. What is needed is something that will do all the hard work for you. Tweet Whistle will do just that. It doesn’t matter if you’re just looking to grow your personal account or your more serious about it and want to grow you online business, then this program could be just what you’re looking for.

I haven’t tried it as yet but this excerpt is from the guys who’ve put it together.

Twitter has quickly become an important marketing channel for today’s online users and marketers. Figuring out how to gain new and relevant followers however, can be a challenge. Trying to manually sort through prospects one by one would be extremely time consuming and frustrating. Tweet Whistle will do the work for you.

Tweet Whistle’s intuitive and succinct user interface will help you through the entire Tweeting process. Start off by setting how you would like the program to search for prospective followers. Search for users based on keywords in their bios or Tweets, references, attitudes, follows and more.

Search Features:

  • Tweet keywords
  • Bio keywords
  • Location
  • Users who display a certain attitude
  • Users who have referenced other people
  • Followers of other users


  • Works with an unlimited number of accounts
  • Check the current or weekly trends
  • Find out who has mentioned your profile
  • Save and Load profile lists
  • Manage all of your direct messages from one location
  • Automatically send follows, unfollows, Tweets, RSS Tweets, messages and direct messages to new followers
  • Manage safe lists of users not to unfollow
  • Automatically follow users back
  • Automatic software updates

Broaden your horizons and add new like minded followers with this powerful Twitter marketing solution.

Now you’re probably thinking something like that will cost you an arm and a leg. Well it won’t. Normally it would set you back $39.95 but they’ve reduced it for a short time only so that you can buy Tweet Whistle for only $25.97.

Still not convinced? Then why not take it for a test spin by downloading the trial version. If it turns out you really like it you can always purchase it later. Here’s a little screen shot.

There used to be a time when I used to worry about how long it took running programs and stuff on my computer and so I spent ages deleting old files to free up space in order to get the old gal to go a little faster. I don’t have to worry about it anymore because I’ve now got  a brilliant utility to do it for me.

The program I use is called TuneUp Utilities and I’ve set it up to scan my computer every Friday. So, every Friday at 5.15 pm it searches the hard drive and corrects any registry problems, removes invalid shortcuts, frees up disk space and optimizes hard disk performance.  As you can see from the following image of the start page although my PC is fully optimized

I have one problem that threatens my overall computer health. Clicking on the link tells me that I haven’t checked the hard drive for errors over the last three months and that  I should check it for errors using Tuneup Disk Doctor which it’s now doing as I write this post.

I admit it, I’ve been slack because although it does a rudimentary cleanup of the system during it’s weekly checkup I do need to manually optimize it occasionally just so as to make sure it doesn’t delete files that I still need.

What I like most about it is it’s ease of use as everything works at a click of the mouse and whenever it comes across a problem it tells me clearly what it is and gives me a selection of solutions that will resolve the problem that is easy to follow. Just as an example, as part of the optimization process it presented me with a list of programs that were rarely used and upon my order removed them from the computer. A whole lot easier than going through the ‘Add Remove Programs’ Windows option.

So, just to summarize here are some of the tasks that TuneUp Utilities will do for you.

  • Secure data protection
  • Reliable data recovery
  • Dependable registry cleaning
  • User friendly controls
  • Simple and thorough 1-click maintenance
  • Individual Windows styling

If your computer isn’t running at it’s optimum level perhaps it’s time you tackled the problem by utilizing TuneUp Utilities arsenal and what better way than by making use of their free trial offer.

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There are times when you wish you had a backup copy of some essential software or of a way of making a copy of your prized DVD collection, well this post is to help you with the latter. Before I go any further I should tell you that it is illegal to make a copy of any DVD other than for personal use and even that may be frowned upon in certain countries so please check before making a purchase.

1 Click DVD Copy is one of the easiest programs I have used.

This latest version now utilizes CPRx™ error correction technology to ensure the highest level of success copying the latest generation of DVD movies.Now you can make a perfect copy of a DVD movie with just one click. Unlike other software with complex settings, 1CLICK DVD COPY™ 5 can be used by anyone to make perfect copies of DVD movies.

Key Features

  • CPRx™ technology for copying new DVD movies.
  • Integrated burn engine.
  • Make a high quality copy of just the movie or include the extras. Copies Episodic DVD Movies; TV Series, etc.
  • Copy a DVD movie on one disc – no need to split.
  • Copy a movie to your hard drive – great for laptops.
  • Supports Dual Layer media.
  • Supports both NTSC and PAL DVD movies.
  • Free software updates and technical support for a year.

Unfortunately if you wish to copy DVD movies which are encrypted, you’ll also need to install a decrypting software, which isn’t all that bad because it’s free.

I’ve been using it for awhile now and the only time it didn’t work was when I was using an outdated version. Once you purchase the software all updates are free for a year and it’s probably best to wait until you have a problem before paying for a new update. I didn’t have to do this until a year after the original registration ran out.

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When visiting blogsites or viewing those instruction videos on YouTube, have you ever wondered how they managed to put them together? At first I thought that they focused a camcorder or something on the monitor and recorded the whole thing, but I soon discarded that notion.

It then became apparent that they used some type of software and so I checked my Top Software Online store to see if I had anything there that would do the job. Low and behold what did I find but a program called Total Screen Recorder Gold! I downloaded it and used it to recorded a demo vido on how easy it is to change the appearance of your blog using the FlexSqueeze theme. As you can see from the quality of video I posted on WassupBlog it worked extremely well, so much so that I’ve gone and purchased it. I think it will make an extremely important addition to my small group of blogging tools. The following points helped me in the decision to buy the product.

  1. Cost, was definitely a factor as the premium gold edition was only $29.95.
  2. I was able to use the screen capture software to record full screen or any portion of the desktop screen and record it in either AVI, WMV, SWF or FLV formats
  3. The capacity to record audio. I mean it would be useless if you couldn’t tell people what you were doing.
  4. It didn’t hog all my memory slowing my computer down, something that some other programs managed to do.
  5. Ease of use, after all I hate stuff that takes eons to come to grips with their different funtions

And lastly but most importantly, it did the job.

Welcome to the Top Software Online Blog. This blog will contain posts reviewing different programs that you can buy on Top Software Online, a site that will allow you to shop online for some really brilliant software. The best thing about it is that most of the programs that are available let you try them before you actually purchase them. This means that unless the software does what you want it to do there is no need to actually make a purchase.

How many times have you bought something only to find that it isn’t exactly what you were looking for? I know that I have done it on more than one occasion, and those commercially produced software can cost you an arm and a leg. Which brings me to another important point, pricing.

The programs on offer can be as good if not better than some of the stuff you pay mega bucks for, but they will cost you a whole lot less.

Not long ago I found it necessary to post my photos online and I wanted to be able to place a ‘watermark’ on them, both as a form of advertising and as a method of securing ownership.  I wanted something that was simple to use and didn’t break my bank account. I found WinWaterMark Home Edition did all that I wanted and more, and it cost less than $30! Here is some of the spiel from the author of the program.

WinWatermark is a professional visible transparent watermark creation software for Windows. It can read your digital images from the file (including JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, and other common use formats), add watermarks to the image and save the resulting image as a new file of the same or a different format. WinWatermark Features:

  1. Add visible text and image watermarks to your digital images and photos.
  2. Convert any format images to JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF and TGA formats.
  3. Import an export watermarking projects.
  4. Rotate, crop and resize your images in one step.
  5. Rename your images using powerful custom template.
  6. Process all images in batch mode.Powerful image processing engine inside.

Top 3 reasons to choose WinWatermark:

  1. High speed and high image quality WinWatermark include Image Processing Engine, which is much more faster than others. The powerful Image Processing Engine based on MMX- SSE & 3DNow! Technology, it brings you the advanced and high speed converting, resizing method. It can process your a large number of images in few seconds.
  2. Support almost popular image file formats WinWatermark include Image Decode/Encode Engine, which can read and write many image formats. You don’t need any other image converter software to convert your images. You just choose your output file format and generate them.
  3. Easy to use software WinWatermark lets you process images in easy way. You add your watermark in visual mode (what you see is what you get). WinWatermark runs on Microsoft Windows 98, NT, 2000, XP, Vista.

The thing is that if I didn’t like it I didn’t have to purchase it.

Here are some photos I’ve posted with the watermark in place.

Bird Of Paradise Clouds

Sydney Opera2
This next one shows you how you can change the color of the font and the positioning of the watermark itself.

White Flower
I didn’t even have to wait for the trial period to run out. I bought it there and then.