Two Tool Tuesday

It’s been awhile since my last "twofer" utility post, so I thought I’d toss out a “twofer” of Tuesday tips from the (software) toolbox:

  • WordWeb is a quick & powerful free utility for thesaurus & dictionary functions within virtually any Windows program, without requiring you to go online. WordWeb displays word definitions, synonyms, pronunciations, usage tags, & links to the Internet for even more functionality.
  • MixMeister BPM Analyzer has become an oft-used tool in my MP3 app arsenal. This freebie analyzes your MP3 files, calculates the beats per minute of the music, and updates the appropriate ID3 tag field with that info. You can then use that number to help create music playlists with a consistent tempo for walking or working out. You’ll have to experiment a bit to find a BPM that sets a comfortable pace for you but I find songs in the 105-115 BPM range are good for starters and 125-130 BPM for when you’re really eager to sweat.)

    Update: Refer to this handy chart to find the right BPM for your workout playlist.

    And as I’ve mentioned in a previous “Tuesday Utility Twofer” post, Florian Heidenreich’s excellent Mp3tag is an absolutely essential MP3 tag editor. Don’t wait, go get it now!

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