Ann On-Line´s Tool Pack

Ann On-Line is the world’s first talk program produced exclusively for the Internet. Broadcasting daily at 7:00 p.m. EST, host Ann Devlin and her team produce hour-long audio interviews with national newsmakers. It takes a lot of technology to coordinate these efforts, and surprisingly a lot of the software we use is absolutely free! Yes, even you can become a Webcaster.

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Cool Edit 96
Cool Edit is the best try-before-you-buy digital audio-processing technology for Windows, and we use it at Ann On-Line daily to edit WAV files of daily interviews. Cool Edit gives you a wide variety of special effects to touch up your sounds like the pros do. Cool Edit lets you record files from a CD, cassette or any signal played through your sound card, and save them in one of 13 popular audio file formats. We couldn’t make it through the day without Cool Edit to digitize our audio files.

Licensing: Shareware: $25 Lite Version; $50 Basic Version
Requirements: Win 95/NT
Publisher: Syntrillium Software
Download size: 2,048 KB

RealAudio Encoder 3.0
What do we do with all those interviews, once we’ve edited them? We compress them, so Ann On-Line users can listen to them without long download times. Progressive Networks‘ RealAudio Encoder compresses audio files in several popular formats for on-demand playback over the Internet or intranet when used with the Real Media Server. Ann On-Line users can listen to entire programs or navigate on-demand clips — experiencing what they want, when they want it — using the RealAudio Player. The days of the World Wide Wait are over with streaming multimedia.

Licensing: Freeware
Requirements: Win 95/NT
Publisher: Progressive Networks
Download size: 752 KB

Eudora Light 3.01
With more than 18 million users, the Eudora family of software products is the world’s most widely used Internet E-mail solution, providing comprehensive client/server solutions for Internet/intranet messaging. Available for the Windows and Macintosh platforms, Eudora Light 3.0.1 software sets new standards for Internet E-mail freeware with a wide range of enhanced capabilities. Attaching files and managing messages is easy with Eudora Light. We use Eudora at Ann On-Line for the ease of use, and because the majority of Web users use it.

Licensing: Freeware
Requirements: Win 3.1x, Internet mail on a POP server, access to SMTP server
Publisher: Qualcomm
Download size: 4,126 KB

By far, the most robust file-transfer freeware available on the Net today, WS_FTP includes all the functions of a command line FTP program, with the point and click ease of a WYSIWYG interface. Make directories, rename files, and even set file permissions on Unix systems. The staff at Ann On-Line uses WS_FTP for all our file transfers.

Licensing: Freeware
Requirements: Win 3.x
Publisher: Ipswitch
Download size: 511 KB

Intermind Communicator 1.51
Push technology is here to stay. Intermind Communicator lets users subscribe to their favorite Websites and receive automatic updates on only the topics that interest them. Check out Ann On-Line’s channel and never miss out on another interesting interview again!

Licensing: Freeware
Requirements: Win 95/NT
Publisher: Intermind
Download size: 1,638 KB

Perl Interpreter 5.003
A popular scripting language for the Web, Perl is an interpreted language. No compiling is necessary to run programs in Perl as long as you have the Interpreter installed. Many of Ann On-Line’s site functions are controlled by Perl scripts. Scripts can be written to do almost anything imaginable, and thousands are available for free on the Internet.

Licensing: Freeware
Requirements: Computer
Publisher: Perl
Download size: 1,510 KB