Reading time: 3 – 4 minutes Tweet Business people utilize social media to optimize outreach to customers and partners. Loyal consumers of particular companies are often interested in what executives have to say. Similarly, companies also have plenty of reasons to stay updated on the latest events relating to business partners. Being concise is an […]
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It has been a while since my last giveaway on this site. This time, our friends from Digiarty Software sponsored an exciting giveaway but before that, let me talk about this DVD Ripper software which we are about to giveaway.
MacX DVD Ripper Pro for Windows (which also comes with a Mac counterpart) offers a fast DVD ripper to backup DVD to hard drive or USB, rip DVD for iPhone, iPod, iPad/iPad 2, while retaining original quality.
MacX DVD Ripper allows backing up DVD to hard drive and ripping DVD movies into different video formats such as FLV, AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, MPEG as output formats, as well as the ability of ripping DVD straight to iPhone, iPod, iPad/iPad 2, PSP, Apple TV, Zune, Zen, etc with stunning speed.
This DVD ripper software gives you full access to protected DVD movies by getting rid of the copy protections. It strips CSS encryption, Sony ARccOS encryption, RCE Region protection, Disney X-project DRM, etc. Powered with NVIDIA® CUDA™, it prompt DVD movies conversion, up to 5X faster in conversion time.
Don’t confuse MacX DVD Ripper with other software that offers ripping or burning video files into CD or DVD disks.
As part of giving thanks to our loyal readers, we have teamed up with these guys of Digiarty Software to organize a giveaway wherein we’ll be giving away 20 licenses of MacX DVD Ripper Pro for Windows and 20 licenses of the MacX DVD Ripper Pro (Mac version). Software normally sells at $34.95 inclusive of 30% limited time discount offer but…you can get this FREE when you join and win.
All you need to do share this post on Twitter and Facebook and post the URL of the post under the comments section. Please specify which version (Windows or Mac) you would like to win.
This giveaway runs from today until March 27, 2011. Winners will be announced the next day (March 28, 2011) on this page.
Notes: License codes given to the winners should be used before March 31, 2011. Once the program has been activated, it could be used and kept without any function limitation as long as they don’t reinstall the system. There is no free upgrade for this giveaway version.
Giveaway has officially ended. Winners are already notified via email.
New newsletter subscribers during the giveaway get a free license as a gift. Thank you all for joining.
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As an administrator and editor of this software review site, one of the perks I have is to be able to test some tools and applications first-hand before they even go out of the market or sometimes being contacted to promote products in behalf of software developers and publishers.
We have worked closely with some and among which are the makers of MacX DVD Ripper Pro and WinX DVD Ripper Platinum—Digiarty Software Inc.
They have chosen Software Critics again to promote one of their best selling products, the MacX DVD Ripper Pro inline with the upcoming Halloween as they celebrate its foundation.
The MacX DVD Ripper Pro designed for Mac has the capacity to access all types of DVD protection technology including CSS encryption, Sony ARccOS encryption, RCE Region protection, Disney X-project DRM, and a lot more. It also support ripping DVDs to AVI, MP4, MPEG, FLV, AVI, iPhone 4, iPad, iPod touch 4, PSP, Apple TV, etc. It stands out among similar DVD ripper software in market by speed, quality and DVD encryption ability.
Windows users aren’t forgotten since they can also take advantage of the same features that MacX DVD Ripper Pro can offer via the WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.
This free software giveaway started last Oct. 12 and will end on Oct. 28, 2010. So, if you’d like to get a free licensed copy, simply sign-up to our newsletter by filling out the form on the right. Existing newsletter subscribers can get their copy by visiting the Software Critics Fan page particularly in the Discussions section on Facebook but you have to “Like” us first if you haven’t done so.
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There’s really no better way of spending this summer in the UK with your family where you can bond and share happy moments taking pictures and spending quality time either on the beach, camping or visiting your local zoo.
But when hunger kicks in, there’s a much better place to satisfy those appetite and it’s only at Pizza Hut where Kids Eat Free so not only will you enjoy your meal-time together but you can also save.
This summer, Pizza Hut brings the joy to every kid with their free meal offer wherein for every adult meal main course or adult lunchtime buffet purchased, an accompanying child can choose from either a FREE 2 course kids meal (includes a drink) or a FREE kids lunchtime buffet (includes pizza, pasta and salad).
The promo is extended until January 9, 2011. For more details regarding this offer, you can visit this link http://bit.ly/a1DhgJ.
At Pizza Hut, the fun never stops. At the bottom of any Pizza Hut receipt, you’ll find an offer code. All you need to do is enter this code at http://www.pizzahut.co.uk/familyadventures in order to get great deals on a wide range of fun-filled family activities and adventure getaways including holidays, theme parks, zoos and a whole lot more. Like most child psychologists advise, the early stages of a kids growth is crucial since this is where they can remember the most of their childhood days so let’s make the most of it, make it fun and show them that we care and love them. So, eat with them everyday while you can and give them this summer treat only at Pizza Hut!
This is a Sponsored Post brought to you by our friends from Pizza Hut.
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Cloud file sharing definitely revolutionizes the way data are distributed and shared. While only a few startups can actually deliver what they promise, HostedFTP once again proves that they are never far behind the leaders in the industry.
When some older companies don’t walk what they talk, and just do their marketing with so much hype that everyone thinks they are the best when in reality they are not yet their so-called “cloud servers” are slower than a fat turtle, (yes, that’s true, just read my review about dropping dropbox for good and SpiderOak just can’t deliver either, I’ve tried them and geez…you know it) then it has proven true that precious gems are really hard to find but once you’ve found it, there’s simply no letting go.
The same goes with a great service provider and in the case of file sharing in the cloud, HostedFTP is a gem that is left to be discovered but nevertheless this gem never seize to amaze as it unveils after a month-long wait, the winners of their giveaway.
The following are the list of winners and their corresponding prize value.
1. http://www.convio.com/ Enterprise Account Winner worth $80/month for 12 months
2. http://www.kenthuffman.com/ Group Account Winner worth $40/month for 12 months
3. http://www.pr-vantage.com/ Personal Account Winner worth $10/month for 12 months
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Software Critics has been very generous to its readers ever since. This January alone, I have given out $1,500 worth of software licenses and premium services accounts. I even gave out a Dell ST2310 monitor the following month which was shipped to the winner from North Carolina in the US.
If you haven’t checked yet, there are a couple of contests going on here wherein at stake is a $400 worth of Video-On-Demand Training account good for one year. It showcases a lot of good training videos which could help you succeed in your business and in your career.
The other one is $1,600 worth of cloud file sharing accounts good for one year. This file sharing account is powered by Amazon Web Services Cloud servers so if you think it’s just an ordinary file sharing service like Box.net or DropBox, think again. It’s a whole lot better than that.
So if you want to win these prizes, go check them out. Joining is simple and easy. Good luck.
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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of TrainingVOD. All opinions are 100% mine.
Online training videos have never been so compelling and precise that it’s almost perfect to tell that watching every single course on TrainingVOD is crafted to surpass viewer expectations.
I have seen countless business training videos on every single website on the internet including those that have been adopted offline by some companies. But, I have never found an amazing resource of remarkable corporate and personal training videos that are concise, enticing and very informative as TrainingVOD.
With over 50 years of solid experience, business experts and consultants from Fortune 500 companies and start-ups gather together to create stunningly intelligent videos at small business prices for as low as $19.99 a month which allows you to gain access to over hundreds of business videos and 500 software courses, when you need it and where you need it.
Compared to typical how-to or training type videos, TrainingVOD video courses are optimized for maximum execution which means that it discusses each topic concisely and directly while at the same time considering your attention span so you wouldn’t feel bored or sleepy while viewing. After watching a course about setting Smart Goals, I have proven that it could almost make you feel like you’re part of a big training event. In fact, it even keeps you wanting to watch for more.
The videos are top-notch and are presented professionally, a caliber that only the best and the brightest trainers, not just ordinary video creators are behind each course.
Training DVDs and other online courses costs as much as $300-1,000 per DVD which is contrary to the cost-effective solution offered by TrainingVOD for most small and medium-sized businesses per course, topic, or both.
If you’re a business owner or somebody who’s planning to start a new venture or just simply wanting to get some free business skills training, then you are in for a draw to win $400 worth of free one year membership access to all business skills courses at TrainingVOD.
All you have to do is share this post on Twitter and/or Facebook and leave a comment below if you have done so. Each action entitles you an entry for the drawing wherein the winner will be announced on this page after a month. Every nationality can join. Regular paid membership to TrainingVOD however, is open only for US residents at the moment.
You may visit the site via this link http://www.trainingvod.com/content/tour to take a quick video tour on what the site has to offer and feel free to browse through a 45 second preview on each of the courses that you find interesting.
This contest has officially ended and a winner has been announced. A blogger from Texas named John Sullivan of Potpolitics.com gets the prize of $400 worth of video training from TrainingVOD.com.
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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Incendia Health. All opinions are 100% mine.
After months of waiting, finally, Abbott Medical Optics Inc. (AMO), a global leader in laser vision correction procedure, has announced the winning entries on the “You Gotta See This Video Contest”, an iLASIK Video Contest which was posted on this site back in November 2009. The purpose of the contest is to showcase the results of the iLASIK procedure and how it has dramatically improved their lives through better vision.
The entrants were requested to share their experiences in a video format in order to join the competition for a chance to win cash and prizes including the top prize of five grand which is approximately the cost of an iLASIK procedure.
The Grand Prize of $5,000 is won by Alex whose video creatively and musically portrayed his experience after he’s undergone the vision correction.
According to his video, he used to ride his bike but unfortunately had an accident which damaged his eyes thus, not enabling him to do and enjoy what he used to do until he found out about the laser eye treatment (which was iLASIK) that changed his life forever.
As a result, he no longer wears eye glasses and can now enjoy riding his bike like he used to. The video really captured the main theme of the contest and is really deserving aside from being well put into a fancy and entertaining music video which you can view below.
For the rest of the winning entries, you can find them at www.GottaSeeThisNow.com. You might also wish to register on the site to receive valuable eye care products.
It was indeed a very successful contest and I personally would like to congratulate the winners of this recently concluded iLASIK Video Contest as well as Abbot Medical Optics Inc. You guys did a fantastic job!
Did you enjoy watching the videos like I do? What do you think of the winning videos? Whose story struck you the most and why?
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With only a few days before this software review blog’s first anniversary which will be on the 8th of February, a representative of PowerPivot for Excel, the new add-on for Microsoft Excel 2010, approached me to host PowerPivot’s Excelerator Quiz giveaway on this site as part of their promotional campaign since they’ve launched this fun quiz called “Are you an Excelerator?” in conjunction with the recent release of PowerPivot and Excel 2010 beta.
This comes in great timing with this site’s upcoming anniversary so I accepted their proposal without any form of compensation since it’s a win-win opportunity as well so as a result, one lucky reader of this blog will be rewarded a Dell ST2310 23-inch flat monitor and a wireless keyboard and mouse valued over US$250 courtesy of PowerPivot for Excel.
Here’s how to join:
For Twitter Users
1. Take the Powerpivot for Excel’s Excelerator Quiz at www.exceleratorsquiz.com. Share your results on Twitter and copy the status URL and paste it here as a comment.
How to copy status URL on Twitter:
Copy what’s on the address bar on your browser similar to the one below:
http://twitter.com/SoftwareCritics/status/8446612519 and include it with your comment. See below example.
For Facebook users
You must have taken the quiz at www.exceleratorsquiz.com. Share your results on your Facebook profile from the results screen and Share this post on Facebook using the share button below and make sure that you’re a fan of SoftwareCritics and Powerpivot as this will validate your entry.
Participating via Twitter and Facebook count as two separate entry which means if you did both, you get two valid entries automatically.
If you have a personal website or blog and is a US resident and have mentioned this giveaway on a separate post, you’ll get an automatic two entry points. Bloggers not in the US however, will get a “do follow” link if you mention this post.
So, if you will do all of the above, you’ll earn a maximum total of four (4) entries and a bigger chance of winning. See sample entry below.
Simple contest rules:
1. Only valid entries (completed and received on or by the closing date, 13th February 2010 at 11:59pm PST) are eligible for drawing. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Only US residents are qualified to win the prize due to sponsor’s shipping requirements.
2. The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded.
3. By claiming the prize, the winner authorizes the use, without additional compensation of his or her name and/or likeness and/or voice/photograph for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium (including without limitation, publication on this site and distribution over the internet and picture data storage) which the sponsor PowerPivot for Excel team and Software Critics, may deem appropriate.
4. In accepting the prize, the winner, acknowledges that Software Critics may not be held liable for any loss, damages or injury associated with accepting or using this prize. The principal sponsor will be the one to ship the prize.
5. Software Critics reserves the right to change the contest rules at anytime during its duration without prior notice. Software Critics decision is final and irrevocable after its announcement of the winner on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2010 on this site.
On the sideline, take the Alpha Geek Challenge!
The PowerPivot Team invites you to put yourself to the test and prove if you’re the Excel Geek extraordinaire they were looking for as Donald Farmer issues Business Intelligence challenges for you to solve using the new add-on PowerPivot for Excel.
Three finalists will receive a $250 Microsoft Store shopping spree, and one lucky Grand Prize winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2010 Microsoft BI Conference in New Orleans, LA from June 7-10th 2010. Click here for more details.
Questions about the PowerPivot Excelerators Quiz by Microsoft giveaway are encouraged in the comments section.
Update 14 February 2010:
The giveaway has officially ended.
Congratulations to Keith Bloemendaal for winning himself a Dell ST2310 23-inch flat monitor and a wireless keyboard and mouse valued over US$250 courtesy of PowerPivot for Excel!
Thank you all for joining!
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Happy New Year to all! It’s indeed of great excitement to announce the names of the winners for the New Year Giveaway which started last 22nd until 31st December 2009. These guys are randomly picked based on their prize of preference and were able to enter the giveaway simply by leaving a comment, tweeting, becoming a fan of Software Critics on Facebook and subscribing to the newsletter.
Without further a do, here are the lucky winners:
GilsSilva – SnapABug Pro Account
Rimed – VisualCron Business/Commercial license (Prize is null and void) – Sponsor backed out
Amir Aizudin – Email Marketing Software from Gammadyne
mohsen – Clyton Email Client
LittleDanniel – Televiewer paid license
David – Windows Automation software Professional license
Saw90 – Windows Automation software Professional license
Lisa R – Windows Automation software Professional license
James Moralde – IP Privacy Pro
Francis – IP Privacy Pro
Congratulations to all the winners. Please wait for my email as I deliver them to you.
Since there are no entries for both SyncMate Personal courtesy of SyncMate (One of two licenses) and Laptop Alarm software (one of five licenses for the entire duration of the giveaway, these licenses have been decided to be given out on a first-come first-served basis simply by leaving your comment and interest in trying out the software.
Update: 03 Jan 2010
VisualCron backed out after finding out that the winner’s email above matched with that of their existing reseller. That I could not claim but for the benefit of fairness, I have voided and nulled the said prize.
I have no idea at all when I picked the winner at random that he was a reseller. I personally don’t even know him. However, I still feel bad about doing it because first, my only intention is to give a prize via this giveaway and whoever wins must get it and I certainly have no control and don’t even care what the winner will do with their prize. It’s all up to them. However, the above sponsor’s thinking is otherwise and that I’m forced to set my rules on this giveaway and my contest.
The winner may or may not be a reseller of the sponsor-VisualCron but if the winner really is then I’m not in any way liable to any of their internal affairs if that’s the case because it seems that the sponsor is trying to manipulate the giveaway’s rules which I could not allow.
They wanted me to give them the entrants email addresses so they could pick the winner themselves but I thought it was way beyond privacy. When I sent them the winner’s email, that’s when they started doubting the intention of the winner being a reseller (if he/she was) to sell the software in return.
I don’t know where this thinking of them is coming from but I’m not buying it. They should have had their own giveaway instead of participating here if that’s what they intend.
All I ever wanted was to have a giveaway but it seems that some party is dragging this to a mess and I will not allow it to happen.
I’m sorry this note has to be written right here but I feel it’s a must that everyone should know.
Thank you guys for participating in the giveaway. I wish you all a Happy New Year!
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This post officially opens my 10-day New Year Giveaway promotion. It has been a year and starting the New Year 2010 right and with a bang is gift in heaven. I couldn’t thank much all the readers who have been here including those who have genuinely interacted with every post on this blog.
I would also like to thank all the software developers and companies and start-ups that have shared their contribution to complete this New Year’s line up of giveaways.
Genuine software licenses and a paid account from a service provider will be given away amounting to $1,577.80US with winners to be announced on 1st January 2010.
This giveaway is open to everyone. What’s special about this giveaway is that you can choose which prize you may want to enter.
Here’s how to join:
Comment (only) on this post
All approved comments that will come in starting today 22nd Dec 2009 will be eligible for drawing on the 31st. You can specify which prize you may want to win and the action you undertake. In case you may want to win another prize, simply specify it on your comment.
Every comment earns you one (1) entry aside from the corresponding entry points you can get from the options below.
Sign-up on my Newsletter
Leave a comment here stating that you’ve signed-up on my newsletter which counts for an additional two entry points.
Every newsletter sign-up earns you two (2) entries plus an access to an automatic giveaway software license gift on the 25th December 2009 exclusive for Newsletter Subscribers only.
Tweet this post
Every RT earns you two (2) entries. You must be a follower of @SoftwareCritics so I can DM you in case you win your chosen prize. State here your chosen prize before retweeting.
Fan us on Facebook
Fan us by clicking this link (will open on a new window) and leave a comment stating your Facebook name. Earn you two (2) points.
Sample Comment entry:
Here’s what you can win:
One Snap-A-Bug Pro Account for one (1) year valued at $228US courtesy of SnapABug.com, a Visual Customer Support provider. More about this service will be discussed in the upcoming days or you may visit them at www.snapabug.com for more details.
One of VisualCron business/commercial license plus 1 year maintenance support worth $197US courtesy of VisualCron. You may read Automate Windows tasks with few clicks for more information (Prize null and void after sponsor backed out after the giveaway has ended).
One of two (2) SyncMate Personal licenses worth $39.95US each courtesy of SyncMate. Read SyncMate Helps You Sync Your Mac to Multiple Devices to know more about this tool.
One Email Marketing Software (Mailer) standard license worth $110US, one (1) Clyton Email client standard license worth $25US and one (1) Televiewer, PC TV license worth $8US all courtesy of Gammadyne.com. To know more about Televiewer, read Watch Live TV Channel on Your PC Free. For the other software, visit www.gammadyne.com.
One of two (2) IP Privacy software licenses (one year subscription license) worth $39.95US each courtesy of IP Privacy Pro. Learn more by reading Online Anonymity and Privacy Protection Offered by IP Privacy.
Bloggers who will help promote this giveaway will be consolidated into a single dedicated post with dofollow backlinks from this PR4 blog plus a chance to showcase their chosen post URL and an automatic five (5) entry points for the giveaway. During the giveaway period, this post will be edited as well to link back to the blog post or mention from any site for added backlinks since trackbacks on WordPress are normally nofollow.
Giveaway period begins today 22nd December 2009 and ends 31st December 2009. Winners will be announced on 1st January 2010. Winner can win only once. Highest Point earner overall gets to win his/her chosen prize automatically. Each winner will be raffled off depending on the chosen prize randomly online via random.org. Entrants can only win once but can have two choices per entry e.g. IP Privacy and SnapABug. Please refer to the sample comment entry above.
Multiple entries are possible only via Twitter RT this post option. For Retweets, please use the “Share This Post” button below for proper tracking. If you wish to use the Twitter Bird icon below, please attach @softwarecritics to your message for tracking.
Contest rules are final and irrevocable.
Should you have any questions, please use the comments section below.
Good luck and Happy Holidays!
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Update: This giveaway is officially closed.
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In celebration of the upcoming holidays, I have decided to come up with some giveaways for my avid readers and it’s all about giving back as my gratitude for all the support I have been receiving all this time.
There’s no better way of celebrating the holidays without sharing my blessings so therefore I’m basically preparing for a giveaway bonanza. Of course, I can’t shoulder all the prizes so I’m inviting everyone—fellow bloggers, software developers and publishers and companies who are willing to take part in this event and get some boost, and lifelong backlinks and promotion.
This is definitely your chance to showcase your site, the products and services that you offer or anything in between. Sponsors from software companies and startup services providers are already pouring so count yourself in before you miss this opportunity.
I don’t have to brag about this blog’s stats or rank because I just find it too impersonal so if you feel that this site can deliver you traffic, leads or boost in the rankings or just mainly want to share and spread the love this holiday season, feel free to contact us.
Lists of sponsors will be finalized by Monday 21st December 2009 at 11:59pm PST and contest will formally open via a new post on the 22nd which will include the names of the sponsors.
Update: 22 Dec 2009
Sponsorship is officially closed.
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Having laser vision correction nowadays can be very expensive but the result can be pretty much favorable. People should not undertake this eye treatment procedure unless advised by an eye specialist. For those of you who had undergone an iLASIK® operation, you might be interested to read the rest of this post.
Just recently, Abbott Medical Optics Inc. (AMO), one of the global leaders in laser vision correction has launched the “You Gotta See This” Video Contest that aims to know how better vision played an important role in people’s lives.
If you are one of those guys who once had an iLasik operation, consider sharing your experience and how it changed your life by making a video and get a chance to bring home $5,000 for the Grand Prize once your entry is chosen plus consolation prizes of HDTV packages worth $2,500 and a Flip UltraHD™ camcorder for each winning category.
Unleash your creativity by joining the iLASIK Video Contest which not only encourages you from sharing your thoughts and experiences but also shows you the importance of keeping your eyesight healthy while staying informed.
So, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss this opportunity! Have your videocam ready, shoot that winning video and upload it on www.GottaSeeThisNow.com.