Annotate, Blur Or Add Shapes To Screenshots On Your iPhone

Whenever I need to share a screenshot taken on my phone, I often have to stop to remove personal information from it. This process has me going through several different apps just to highlight the area that I want to bring attention to or add text to an image while scribbling over the information I want to hide. This is probably because most photo editing apps for phones are meant to enhance photos, frame them, or make them more visually appealing for Instagram. Apps that target screenshots are rare and often carry a price tag just to try out. Pinpoint is a free iOS app that lets you add text, a pixelated blur box, and arrows, to screenshots directly from your iPhone. The app has one color, red with bold white outline for the text and shapes however, you can get more colors with an in-app purchase. Read More

Change The Font & Style Of Numbers In An MS Word List

I'm learning about this a good five years too late but you can set a different font for the numbers used in the automated number lists in MS Word. In fact, you can even make them bold, underlined, or in italics without changing the font of the text that follows it. The feature has been around long enough, as far back as 2003. It may escape most people's notice because the option gives no indication that it is meant for just the numbered list. The devil is in details, or more precisely, what is selected when you bring up the font editing window. Read More

Organize Tabs Into Groups You Can Name & Easily Switch Between Them [Chrome]

Grouping tabs together isn't a novel idea. For most of us, we group our tabs subconsciously when we open them in different windows. Perhaps we dedicate a window to just emails that need answering, and the second one to the YouTube videos that need to buffer before you can watch them. Spaces is a Chrome extension that lets you group the tabs you have open into spaces. It's a lot like the group tabs feature in Firefox except it is easier to switch between your groups, you can name the groups, and you don't necessarily have to open a link to add it to a group. Read More

5 New Improvements Chrome Just Made To Its Bookmarks Manager

Chrome updates are not regularly covered on AddictiveTips but everyone once in a while, Chrome rolls out something that is awesome and we can't help but talk about it. Today, Chrome's new bookmarks manager is in the limelight. Not only does it have a new look but it's also made saving bookmarks, editing bookmark thumbnails, deleting bookmarks, and selecting which folder to save a bookmark to easier. The icing on this cake is a new 'notes' feature that lets you add a note to the page you are bookmarking so the next time you look at it, you know why you saved it. Read More

How To Extract All Images From MS Office Documents

Microsoft Office is one of the most widely used productivity suites in the world. Online suites are gaining in popularity as is Apple's iWork but Office still enjoys wide appeal. MS Word is one of the go-to apps we use today for just about any and all documentation needs; CVs, reports, research papers, short stories or novels, and what not can all be written in the app. That said, and this is bound to have happened to you, if you ever got a report or even a presentation that contained lots of images that you wanted to use, you would have to save them individually. Fortunately, there is a simple little trick that lets you extract all images from an MS Office file in one go instead of having to save them one by one. This trick works for files with the DOCX, PPTX, XLSX extensions only. Your original file will remain intact and uncorrupted. Read More

Get Visual And Haptic Feedback From Your Phone When You Make A Typo [Android]

Autocorrect may have ensured that we make fewer mistakes when writing a report, or composing an email but it has affected how well we can spell and to some extent, it's also had an impact on how shortsighted we've become when typing and proofreading. We expect autocorrect to not only correct misspelled words but to also fill in for the ones we've missed and generally know what word it is we meant to type. It works great with spelling, not so great with grammar, and not at all when we make a typo. Tipo is a free Android keyboard that identifies when you've made a typo. The keyboard flashes red and you get haptic feedback from your device when an error has been made and autocorrect failed to fix it. The app is free but offers an upgrade of $0.99 that will help you improve your spelling. Read More

Use Voice Commands To Launch Apps & Run Scripts [Windows]

Personal assistants are fast becoming part of desktop and mobile operating systems. We've seen Siri, Cortana, and Google Now and they all seem impressive in their own right. The desktop still has a bit of way to go before it gets a personal assistant to match anything on mobile but the future does look bright. If you aren't too keen on waiting for the future of voice commands and would like something now rather than later, give VoiceBot a try. It's a free Windows app that lets you associate voice commands with actions like launching an app or running a script (among other things) and then executes them on command. The app lets you create profiles that you can associate different commands to. It has both a free and a paid version. The paid version lets you sync your profile between computers, run multiple actions in a single macro, and create unlimited profiles. Read More

How To Add Album Art & Update ID3 Tags For Music In Windows

Managing a music library takes time and effort. Unless you start out with the mindset to keep things organized, you will eventually end up with some cleaning up to do later on. The clean-up might be time-consuming if you need to update the ID3 tags or it might be simple like finding album art and adding it to your music files. If you use Windows Media Player or the Music app (Windows 8 & 10), here's how you can add album art to a music file and update its ID3 information without needing any extra apps. Read More

Create Screencasts And Upload Them Directly To YouTube [Windows]

Screencasting tools are either expensive or they are terribly limited when it comes to recording time. Free apps are rare to come by and often they will be low on features if they aren't limiting the length of the video or adding a watermark. TinyTake is a free app for Windows that, among many other things, lets you record a screencast upto 120 minutes (that's two hours, folks!). The catch? You start out with a five minute limit and can unlock longer recording lengths by sharing the app with a friend. Share it with 75 people and you unlock the 120 minute length. Once you've recorded a video, you can save it or upload it directly to YouTube. The video is automatically uploaded to TinyTake's servers when you save it and you can share a link to the video or download it to your local drive. Read More

Snap Photos To Create Lists And Sort Them With Action Based Tags [iOS]

Think of something you need to get done and it's likely to fall into one of nine categories according to NINE, a new list making app for iOS. NINE runs on a simple concept; anything that you need to remember or do can be sorted into nine types of actions; something you need to do, some place you need to go, something you have to buy, music you plan on checking out, a movie that you want to watch, a book you've been meaning to read, a little note you jotted down about something, something you really enjoyed and want to remember for later, and something you want to eat or cook. This app is only compatible with iOS 8. Read More

Use Your iPhone To Find Free WiFi Networks Anywhere In The World

Internet is a basic human right in some countries, while in others, it's pretty much a luxury. Regardless of what status the internet has where you live, free WiFi is something no one would say no to. WiFiMapper is a free iOS app that uses your location, and your WiFi radio to scan your surroundings for free WiFi networks. Naturally, the range is short but it's also a crowd-sourced tool for mapping all the free WiFi available in the world. Users can log places where free WiFi is available and they are displayed in the app on a map so you can see from miles away where free internet is available even if you can scan the area with your phone. Read More

New Features In Firefox 38 For Desktop And Android

Firefox 38 is out and the release brings a few noteworthy features for both desktop and mobile. Desktop users get a new Preferences UI. The window is now displayed in a tabbed format. It seems to be far more functional that what Firefox previously offered and allows you to quickly jump to a particular tab. Support for the autocomplete=off attribute has been removed, a copy option has been added to the Console, and then there are the usual security fixes. For Android users there is a lot to look forward to. Firefox 38 now has Material design, allows you to send a tab to any one of your synced devices, and lets you send a URL open in other apps to your Firefox bookmarks or reading list. Here's a quick look at these features. Read More

Run A Live Poll During A Presentation & Get Instant Results [PowerPoint]

If you give presentations a lot, whether you're a speaker, trainer, or it's just part of your job, you may at some point have needed to poll an audience. There are likely some options available out there that let yo do that but Participoll has blown me away. It's a service that comes with a PowerPoint add-on for polling a live audience. Audience members need nothing more than a phone and an internet connection to participate in the poll and you can instantly get your results right there in the presentation. It has a perfectly functional free plan, and a pro-plan which is more than worth its price tag. Here's the rundown of this super amazing service. Read More

Challenge Yourself To Put Your Phone Away While You Eat [iOS]

Smartphone addiction is something we all suffer from in varying degrees. Some of us might wake up in the middle of the night just to check every single social media and messaging app we have installed on our phone, while others might feel their phone has become an extension of their hand. This habit is annoying especially when you're with a large group of people in any sort of social setting. If you're guilty of not being able to put your phone down, DinnerMode is a free app that you might consider using to curb your addiction. It's a very simple app that lets you set a 15, 30, or 60 minute timer. So long as your timer is running, you must not pick up your phone and check it and from the sound of the app's name, using it during dinner is recommended. Read More

Create A Mirrored Encrypted Folder And Sync New Files To It [Windows]

Cloud back-ups have become very common with the increasing number of services that offer cloud drives to individual end users. Those who aren't too trusting of cloud drives may perhaps use a hard drive, or other backup options to keep their data from being lost. That said, it is a repetitive process, a cycle that needs to run at regular intervals so that the newest files you've added are always backed up. Meet Crococrypt; it's a simple encryption app that creates a mirrored encrypted folder of any folder you choose. It saves a decryption key file to your system. Without the key file, your encrypted files cannot be decrypted. The app also syncs new files that were added to a folder to its encrypted mirrored container. Read More

Use Front & Back Camera To Record Video-In-Video Movies On Your iPhone

You've likely seen a lot of reaction videos on YouTube. Often they are created in the PiP (picture in picture) format. If you've ever wanted to record a short video in the same format Twicer is the free iOS app that lets you do just that. You can either record a new video with the front and back cameras, or you can use a video from your camera roll and record commentary or reactions, to the video using the front  camera. The app can only record videos up to a minute long and there isn't an in-app purchase available that will let you record a longer video. The app also adds a 'Twicer' watermark at the bottom right of the video and videos are compressed before being saved though there is no significant loss in video quality. Read More

Get MS Word To Remove Formatting When Pasting Text From The Browser

The clipboard manager on both Windows and OS X copies the text and any formatting that has been applied to it. When you paste this text into a program that doesn't support rich text like the address bar of your browser or a program like Notepad, the formatting is lost. If you instead paste it into a program like MS Word, or even in a browser based text editor like the Compose email box in Gmail, the formatting is duly preserved and likely to ruin the formatting of an entire email or document. Most text editors have a clear formatting button that you can use to quickly erase any and all text formatting from pasted text but it takes time and is nevertheless annoying. Here's how you can tech MS Word to ignore formatting when you paste text from your browser, or even from a different document. Read More

View All Of r/videos As A Channel And Skip Clicking Through Links [Web]

Reddit users, whether they're posting in r/DIY or just r/Food create some really amazing things. Imgur is one of those things; the service was created by a Redditor who was frustrated there wasn't a good image sharing service that played well with Reddit. The rest is history and Imgur is easily one of the most popular image sharing sites today. Another, far less ambitious project to come out of Reddit is Reddit TV. It's a channel that will play all videos posted to the subreddit r/Videos. Instead of having to click links, you can just visit Reddit TV and watch videos play one after the other, until it's time to go home. Read More

Get Guided On-Screen Instructions To Compose A Better Photo

The rule of thirds is a fairly popular rule that people can easily learn to compose better photos. There are of course other layout rules and options that you can try but knowing a rule often isn't enough to compose a good photo. You must have some understanding of how to position the main object. Camera51 is a free iOS and Android app that comes to the rescue; it provides an on-screen guide to help you frame all objects you want in a photo such that you have a nicely composed photo in the end. It's incredibly easy to use and can serve as a good learning tool. Read More

Add Comments And Enable Alerts For Comments On Dropbox On Your iPhone

Dropbox updated its iOS app and the update now lets users read and leave comments on documents from within the app. This brings a very important collaboration feature that was previously only available on Dropbox's web interface to your phone. You can mention a user, and enable alerts for new comments on a file. You will also be able to read any and all previous comments left by a user on a file. Here's a closer look at how it all works. Read More