New Political Simulator Launched by DPS Apps

As confirmed yesterday, we’re proud to announce that DPS Politics v1.0 has is now live over at DPS Apps!

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, here’s a round up of features available now at initial launch.

Register and login to your own personalised account:

View the latest breaking news in this world of virtual politics

Create new policies:

View existing policies:

View policy details – and vote on them too!:

View your user profile:

View the top voters:

Catch up with the latest policies:

Check out information on your favourite (or not-so-favourite!) political parties:

Much more is coming soon – please do share your early feedback and feature requests with us. We love to hear from you and your feature suggestion may end up in the next version of DPS Politics!

DPS Politics Lauched!

Long awaited and eargerly anticipated, DPS Politics v1.0 has just been launched!

Check it out now!

DPS Politics Welcome screen

Can you lead the country? What will your first policy be? Register now!

Think you can do better than the career politicians? Of course you can! Time to show the them and the world how it’s done!

A full review will follow in due course, but feel free to start exploring now!

SWF Protection


Name SWF Protection
Category Developer – Flash – Security
Rating (out of 5) [rating:4]


SWF Protection


SWF Protection is a tool for Flash Developers to ‘protect’ the .swf (flash movie) files that they produce.

It encrypts and obfuscates the swf file, including images, multimedia and ActionScript to offer an extra level of security against hacking and cracking.

SWF Protection works with Flash v6, v7, v8, v9, v10 as well as ActionScript 2 and ActionScript 3.

SWF Protection is only available on Windows (sorry Mac and Linux users!) – 98, ME, XP, 2000, 2003 Server, Vista and 7.  It is also available for use on both 32-bit and 64-bit machines.

On their own website, the developers of SWF Protection say:

“SWFProtection can stop all Flash decompilers, thus helps you protect your valuable design, hard working andintellectual properties from being stolen.”


SWF Protection is a good tool at a Flash developers disposal to add an extra layer of protection to their flash movies.  Piracy and cracking have always been big things but they are ever increasing in importance as the numbers of hackers and hacking organisations ready to crack your software and its protection increases.

Piracy of software can cost a business a substantial amount of money – and in some cases can even cause new businesses or small developers to go out of business.

No type of software protection, no matter how expensive or who it is developed by, is going to be perfect and 100% foolproof.  That is not the aim of protection and security software.  The aim is to make it sufficiently difficult that it is not worth the time, effort and resources required to crack the application.

The main aim of SWF Protection is to ‘protect’, as much as possible, the SWF files which, without any protection, are particularly vulnerable to ‘Flash decompilers’ and decompilation tools designed to take the compiled SWF file back to its original source code (well, near original source code anyway ;)).

There is a free ‘trial’ version which doesn’t appear to have any restrictions but it will watermark your Flash movies after protection.  To have no watermark present on your protected Flash movies you can upgrade to the full version, which is currently priced at $69.95 (approximately £44.54) for a personal license and $99.95 (approximately £63.64) for a commercial license.


FLV Crunch

Name FLVCrunch
Category Multimedia – Audio / Video Conversion
Rating (out of 5) [rating:4]

FLV Crunch Logo

FLV Crunch is a handy audio and video conversion tool for the Mac OS X operating system.  It can convert both audio and video files from one format to another.

It can accept the following formats for input:

  • FLV (Flash Video),
  • MPEG 1 (.mpg),
  • MPEG 2 (.vob),
  • MPEG 4 (.mp4),
  • Quicktime (.mov),
  • Mobile Phone  (.3gp),
  • Windows Media Player  (.wma, .wmv),
  • RealPlayer (.ra, .rm),
  • DivX AVI (.avi),
  • Digital Video (.dv),
  • MP3,
  • M4A,
  • MKV,
  • MKA,
  • M4V,
  • AIFF,
  • MOD,
  • FLAC,
  • WAV .
When the input files have been loaded, they can be output as:
  • MPEG 1, 
  • MPEG 2, 
  • MPEG 4, 
  • Quicktime Mov, 
  • Divx AVI,
  • 3GP, 
  • Digital video,
  • Windows Media Video,
  • FLV,
  • MKV,
  • MP3,
  • M4A,
  • and AIFF.


FLVCrunch is an excellent lightweight tool for converting audio and video files from one format to another.  DPS Computing recently discovered this handy little tool while converting Windows Media Audio files (.wma) to MP3 files.

Now, unfortunately on OS X, Adobes Media Encoder does not cut it if you want to input or output .wma files (this is only included on the Windows version of Media Encoder).  However, this lightweight tool has hit the nail on the head.  Don’t let its small size fool you, this really is a formidable tool.

Small, lightweight and low memory usage are all positive points of this piece of software.  It can also convert many audio files in a matter of seconds.

For any developers out there, both software and web, this is a must have tool to have in your collection.

And without any doubt the best thing about FLV Crunch is…… that it is completely 100% free!  Therefore, although Adobes Media Encoder can be used for many formats (just not .wma on OS X), FLV Crunch is comparable and doesn’t come with the huge price tag associated with the Adobe suites!