Free and opensource soft March 2013

Most interesting March free/opensource software links:

Z-Wamp a server pack that includes Apache, MySQL, PHP, Adminer, MiniPerl, MongoDB, SQLite, and Alternative PHP Cache (APC)

Aria maestosa midi sequencer and editor

ColorBug fully featured color picker

ALTools various free software: ALzip (compressor/decompressor, also available for Mac), ALSee (image viewer), ALFTP (FTP client and server), ALShow (music player), ALPass (password manager)

JuceVLC a modded version of VLC with mediacenter features

ochDownloader download manager with support of various file hosting sites + Youtube, multilanguage

Malwarebytes Anti Malware a must have software

Malwarebytes Anti Malware it’s a Windows software available in both free and paid versions that allows to remove various malware from computers in an effective way.

It became popular as it’s come useful also when traditionals and famous antiviruses aren’t so effective, for example against ransomware (which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom paid to the creator of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed) or viruses like fake antiviruses that performs fake scan and find fake infected files.

The software naturally is very good also with other types of malware like trojans, spyware, adaware and rootkits.

Once running you can perform 3 types of scan: quick scan, full scan, flash scan

A useful addon is Chameleon, it allows to get Malwarebytes Anti-Malware installed and running when blocked by malicious programs.

The free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is enough for a basic protection, the Pro version (it’s also available for 14 days trial) has more features like real time active malware prevention engine, heuristic protection, malicious website protection, automatic priority updates and scheduled scanning, blazing Fast Flash scans.

3 solutions to host giveaways in your web site part 3

After i analyzed the service Punchtab in the second part now it’s time of Promosimple.

Once registered and logged in you can start by creating a campaign.

Once you named the giveaway you can fill the required fields: giveaway headline, prize description details (optional), number of winners, timezone, campaign duration dates and times, category for the promotion.

In the next step you can set additional actions: if the entrant must first login via e-mail or Facebook or not, add addictional required fields (first and last name, address, gender, etc…), add addtional actions for entrants (Facebook like, Twitter follow, tweet, comment request, newsletter subscribe, RSS subscribe, custom entry, multiple choice, dropdown, checkbox). For each one of this action you can set if it’s required or bonus (optional).

In the next step you can decide what elements to show and what not, and in the next step you can customize the form by setting the colors.

In the last step you can publish the giveaway or just save and exit by deciding if include the campaign in your website widget and if include the campaign in the PromoSimple directory.

If you choose to just save and exit In the campaign dashboard will be show as draft. Here you can edit it, or replicate or delete.

By publishing the campaign you can choose between the Basic option or the Pro paid that has more features.

Then Promosimple give the embed code that you can use to put the widget in your website / blog, there is also a simple link you can use to share the widget in other sites or another link to show the widget hosted in Simplepromo servers, you can also share the widget in a Facebook page tab.

Once the campaign is over you can pick a winner (will be automatically extracted using Random.org) in the dashboard. Within the “report” link you can view a list of all entrants and export in Excel or CSV.

With this third part we have concluded the analysis of the services that allows to host a giveaway in your website / blog.

3 solutions to host giveaways in your web site part 2

After i analyzed the service Rafflecopter in the first part now it’s time of PunchTab.

Once registered and logged in you have 3 options: Loyalty Program (increase traffic and keep your users coming back, incentivize them with rewards), Achievements Program (increase traffic and keep your users coming back, incentivize them with badges), One time giveaway (reward viral actions, incentivize with hand-picked giveaway and build sustainable traffic).

For the article matter i choose the third option.

The interface is simple and effective, with a nice realtime preview in the same page.

Just give a name to the giveaway, choose how visitors can enter (by Facebook and e-mail or by e-mail only), set start and end date, choose timezone, specify the details of the giveaway: what visitors will get if they will win (you can also add a description and an image), choose extra entry methods (Twitter follow, tweet, comment, become a Facebook fan, Facebook like, Google +1, question, visit, download, Pinterest).

About giveaway rules PunchTab has its own text but you can also specify a web page.

After saving the giveaway you can choose the order of your steps or skip it.

At last you will get the code to publish in your site/blog with some extra options to enhance the giveaway: add the giveaway to a Facebook page, drive more entries with a sidebar widget, Constant Contact, specify where is hosted the giveaway.

So here is how the widget looks like. In the giveaway dashboard you can do these actions: edit the giveaway, duplicate it, delete it, see the code for the embed.

At the end of the contest you have a resume page of the giveaway with the total entries (and you can contact the people via e-mail), pick random winner or decide by yourself, export data in CSV.

Over the free plan PunchTab has a paid plan called Grow with 30 days free trial and $99/month with more features or a custom plan called Expand.

In the third and last part the Promosimple service is analyzed.

3 solutions to host giveaways in your web site part 1

Do you own a web site or blog and would like to start a contest for your visitors/readers?

I show you 3 services suitable for this purpose that easily allows to create contests, then you can include where you want within code to embed.

Rafflecopter

This is the service that i actually use here in Simo blog. Easy to use and effective for my needs.

Once registered and logged in you can create the contest by filling the form

It’s a good idea that you can choose to start from scratch or from an ended contest.

The fields to fill are few and intuitive:

– giveaway name
– prizes
– options to partecipate (see screenshot)
– set start and end date/time
– termis and conditions

The options available are various: tweet about the giveaway, like a page on Facebook, follow in account on Twitter, create a poll / survey, join a mailing list, pin an image on Pinterest, follow on Pinterest, leave a blog post comment, invent your own option.
Moreover for each option you can set a point value and if it’s mandatory or not.
There is also a “viral sharing” checkbox, it allows to get an extra entry if an entrant refers to a friend.

Once finished just click “get the widget” button and copy the code provided (it uses Javascript)

You can also istall the widget in a tab of a Facebook page. Moreover within a simple link provided other people can embed your widget too where they want!

The widget has this behaviour

Visitors can enter the contest within Facebook or with their e-mail address.

Naturally you can edit all the fields elements whenever you want.

A nice feature is “moderate entries” button. With this button you will get a table with the data of all entries and with another button you can also export to Excel.

At the end of the contest in the Rafflecopter’s widget page you can pick winners (they will be extracted using Random.org) that will be show automatically in the widget.

There are also 2 paid plans, “blogger” and “business” that offers more advanced features

In the part 2 the second service, PunchTab, will be analyzed.