Copy Offers File Sharing, Cloud Storage & Sync With 12GB+ Free Space

File sharing has become immensely easy over the past few years, thanks to the fast internet availability in many parts of the world, and services like Jumpshare and Dropbox. The aforementioned file sharing solutions help users share files with much more ease than they could just a few years ago. In addition, such services also provides them with virtual cloud storage to back up their content as well as access it remotely over the internet. Copy is a great new file sharing and cloud storage service that I recently discovered and took for a spin. Available for desktop, mobile and web, the service makes file sharing as well as collaboration simple and intuitive. Read More

SlimBoat Is A Fast, Cross-Platform Web Browser With Several Built-In Tools

Firefox and Chrome have apparently become everyone’s favorite web browsers, thanks to their extensive add-ons/extensions support, excellent UI and countless features. Microsoft has also improved its browser in Internet Explorer 10 that was first shipped with Windows 8 and got released for Windows 7 as a stable build today. Though there are many other web browsers out there as well that are simply overlooked by most of us due our usual hesitation of making a switch to a different one. If you want to try out something different for a change, give SlimBoat a shot. It’s a free web browser for Windows, Mac and Linux that comes packed with plenty of features out of the box. Read More

Ubuntu Touch Preview: A Complete Hands-on Feature & Interface Analysis

Since smartphones and tablets got into the hands of masses from being niche devices after the release of the iPhone in 2007, we have seen many players such as Android, Windows Phone, WebOS and MeeGo enter the field, some of which have stuck around and done well, while others have been pushed into oblivion by the tough competition. Nevertheless, it’s a lucrative industry that’s been attracting several other big names lately, the latest among them being Ubuntu Touch for Phones and Tablets. Recently, Canonical released the first Developer Preview of its touch-centric Linux-based OS to give users an early taste of things to come. Does it have what it takes to survive in today’s highly competitive industry, or is Canonical too late to the game? Let’s find out in our review of Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview. Read More

Design Your Own Fonts With BirdFont For Windows, Mac & Linux

The right way to market a product or service is to choose a captivating logo for your brand, and when it comes to designing such a logo or other material related to your brand identity, using the right font play a pivotal role. Using a poor typeface in your branding can result in a bad impression on your potential customer base, as it makes your brand look unprofessional. If you’re looking for a way to create your own fonts, give BirdFont a shot. It’s an open-source tool that lets you create various font characters from scratch by drawing vector outlines for them. The application also allows exporting and importing fonts in TTF, EOT and SVG formats. Read More

Download Android App APKs From Google Play Store To Your Desktop

Back in February 2012, we reviewed a Google Chrome extension that lets you download APK files of Android apps from Google Play directly to your PC, to be able to manually sideload them to your device. This method helps you grab any app that you are otherwise having problems installing to your device due to regional restrictions. Though that extension required some tinkering after Chrome's latest updates, and stopped working for some altogether. Today, we're bringing you a Windows app called Real APK Leecher that provides a more convenient way to download Android applications to your PC by similarly using your Google account associated with your device. Read More

Tonido Allows Remote File Access & Cloud Sync Across All Major Platforms [Review]

Syncing files between two computers isn’t a novel concept and services like Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive and many others have simplified it greatly. If you want to able to access files from your PC on your smartphone; you can sync them over one of these services. The only problem here is that given the limited storage space, you can’t sync all your files; and you will always have to choose the files to sync by adding them to your cloud storage folder, or setting a custom folder to sync (offered by only a few such services). Tonido is service with free apps available for Mac, PC, and Linux and free mobile clients for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry that allows you to access all your files on any device from another. Additionally, it lets you sync 2GB of files between your devices for free. Though instead of offering both these services from the same apps, Tonido splits file access and file syncing between two different apps. Here is a simple breakdown of how you can set it all up. Read More

jMovieManager Offers All You Need From A Film & TV Series Organizer

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If you have a large collection of movies and TV series on your computer, keeping it all organized manually can be a hassle. Previously, we have covered some very fascinating movie and TV series managers for Windows, both in standard and Modern-UI flavors, including DVD Chief, Coollector Movie Database or TrackSeries, just to name a few. Today, I came across another one such app called jMovieManager and was impressed by its interface and features. It is a Java-based application that lets you access your entire offline movie and TV show collection complete with all metadata, from its intuitive UI. This way, you don’t have to rely on websites such as IMDb all the time to manually look up information, and will be able to play any of these videos right from the app at any time, without having to find them individually on your disk. Moreover, the app is portable, thus saving you the hassle of going through any installation process while allowing you to take your movie collection on the go in organized format on a portable disk! Read More

Broadcast Your Screen To Multiple Computers For Live Presentations Using TiffanyScreens

Presentations aren’t always on large projectors and when you need to present in the absence of one; a smart screen sharing app can come in handy. TiffanyScreens is an app available for Mac, Windows (7, XP & Vista), and Linux that allows you to share your screen with other systems. The app's free (Std) version allows you to broadcast your screen to three other systems. To stream to more computers, you will need to purchase the pro version, most likely meant for classrooms and workplaces. In either case, the recipients only need the free version to watch the stream. TiffanyScreens allows you to predefine the window size for received broadcasts and has five different channels that you can broadcast to. The app also lets you manage the refresh rate for the screen and control the quality of your transmission. Read More

Reditr: Awesome Reddit Desktop App With TweetDeck-Like UI & Cross-Platform Sync [Review]

As famous a website and social network as Reddit is, it doesn’t have official apps on all major platforms. Redditors who Reddit on desktop mostly use the website but Reditr is an app available for Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome that will make you forget the website altogether. The desktop client lets you manage one or multiple Reddit accounts and create a Reditr account that syncs your activity across all its own apps. It maintains a history of links you’ve visited, supports keyboard shortcuts and provides an easy-to-navigate, TweetDeck-like column view for all subreddits that you follow. The app is great if you have both a real and several throwaway accounts or if you’re just a lurker. Post links can all be previewed within the app (this includes videos and GIF images) while links in comments open in your browser. Reditr actively monitors for new comments and up/down votes, sports a gallery view for subreddits and lets you upload images directly to Imgur when you submit content. Read More

Syncbox: Make Your Own Personal Cloud Storage Network On Your Hard Disk

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When I talk to people about cloud storage, I usually get skeptical glances. Some people don’t use it because they simply don’t need it, while others remain silent, probably because they don’t have a clue of what I’m talking about. And then a few keep complaining about limited free cloud space at disposal and that companies should find a way to provide them with more. Bigger is always better, they say. Obviously, you can opt for paid subscriptions if free account doesn’t satiate your storage appetite, and all the major cloud services, including Dropbox, SkyDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive or Google Drive, offer paid storage plans. However, if you own a large hard drive and just want to access files placed on that drive from any place with internet connectivity, then Syncbox is a feasible solution. Contrary to other cloud services, it lets you create your own cloud – a server or central computer from where you are able to access and sync content using your notebook, Mac, Android or iOS devices. The procedure to setup the server and client is also straightforward, and the application provides two way syncing, as well. Read More

Money Manager Ex: Effectively Organize & Analyze Personal Finances

Quite a few people struggle in effectively managing financial resources and end up succumbing to debt and default (in extreme cases). To avoid such grave situations, it is beneficial to use personal finance monitoring and management tools, but this option takes up some of the money, you’re about to manage. Money Manager Ex is a free, cross-platform, user-friendly personal finance management tool that focuses on optimizing the sources, methods and disposal of resources. With features like AES encryption support, budgeting, cash flow forecasting, one click reporting, maintaining multiple accounts such as credit card/stock/investment flows via an electronic checkbook, import data from Excel, CSV and QIF formats, export to CSV and Excel and more, you can effectively manage your finances to make the most of what you have. With multilingual support, you will be in a position to reclaim your life, wherever you are. Read More

Pencil Project: A Powerful & Easy-To-Use GUI Prototyping Tool

Planning and sketching ideas before taking them to implementation is a useful quality that developers have learned to value. In website development, the concept of a wireframe, which is a diagram or sketch of a website ready to be handed over to a graphic designer, resonates with this need. On the other hand, prototyping deals with laying out a plan before execution for successful product development. Pencil Project is a useful GUI prototyping tool that equips creative individuals to lay out, sketch, analyze and finalize their ideas using a wide range of elements, including common shapes, basic web elements, Sketchy GUI, stencils and more. These can then be exported in PNG, SVG, HTML, PDF and ODT file formats for applications in various development domains with an artistic yet technically sound plan, ready for finishing. Read More

Brosix: Chat & Collaborate For Secure Project Management Across Multiple Platforms

When managing teams and projects, most of the time and energy of capable individuals is spent on coordination and collaboration for better work distribution. Instant Messengers aim to enhance cooperation between team members. Brosix is a powerful, cross-platform Instant Messenger that allows you to chat and share sensitive data with the concerned individuals in a fully protected, private channel. From the individual to large scale organizations, the importance of this application in achieving productivity is commendable. In addition, it supports all popular operating systems, whether on your Smartphone or your system PC. Workers can keep in touch by using features like swift screen and file sharing, online white-board, co-browsing, audio/video chat and conferencing to improve the collective good. Read More

Ocenaudio: Analyze And Edit Audio Files Across Different Platforms

When dealing with audio files, quite often we face situations where modifications are needed for the track. If the music is too noisy, you would require an effect that would minimize the unwanted background sound. If you need to conceal audio or produce a remixed version, audio editing and analyzing tools are always ready to help you achieve this. Ocenaudio is a cross-platform, audio analysis and editing tool with an attractive and useful interface geared at empowering you in creating ripples in the required soundtracks. Supporting VST (Virtual Studio Technology) plugins, real-time previews of effects, multiple audio file management, powerful spectrogram feature and quick editing of large files are some of the many benefits, Ocenaudio has in store for you. Useful buttons appear as soon as you need them while focusing on parts of the audio segments had never been so easy. At any point, you can take audio snapshots for documentation purposes. Read More

Comic Seer: Easily Access Extensive Comic Book Collections

When dealing with huge collections of your favorite comic books, you may get annoyed by sluggish performance or cluttered viewing space. In such scenarios, the excitement level is usually downplayed by such weaknesses inherent within the viewer application. Comic Seer is an easy-to-use application based on quick response features and flexible viewing panels, making it possible to organize, manage and access extensive collections of comic books in ZIP, RAR, CBZ, and CBR formats for your satisfaction. Although we have covered some amazing comic book readers, like the lightweight Jomics for Mac OS X, the format-friendly Comix for Linux and the powerful ComicRack for Windows, Comic Seer allows you to directly access eComics and browse between collections in a multi-tabbed display with preview panel according to the user complexity level for a fast yet comprehensive outlook to your imagination supporting Windows and Linux platforms. Read More

Zotero: Organize, Manage, Cite & Share References

For researchers and analysts, citation and referencing are of critical importance. After finishing the research, most of us often end up compiling a list of sources, links and attachments as well as a detailed report. Zotero is a free, cross-platform utility that simplifies the collective goals of organization and management of references. Apart from the standalone application, Zotero fits nicely with your browsers and word processors in order to monitor and insert links of interest to relevant places in the workspace. It also generates bibliography and related documentation formats, automatically saving you a lot of valuable time. With features like duplicate detection, searching, sorting and syncing features, this powerful tool provides users with a unique reference management experience. Read More

TimeGT: GTD-Based Time Management Utility With Cloud Sync & Backup

Each one of us have our own ways of managing time to get the maximum output. Productivity consultants like David Allens have proposed simple yet powerful methods of achieving efficiency. Through David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) approach, we realize that most of us reserve valuable parts of our memory for remembering the tasks at hand and the relevant details, undermining our individual performance. By getting such details out on paper or the virtual space, you can free up your time for more important challenges. Once, this is achieved, thinkers like Eisenhower have proposed methods of prioritization with respect to the importance and urgency matrices. TimeGT is a free utility that lets you achieve maximum output through these useful techniques. Read More

RetroShare: Private, Secure Platform For File Sharing & Messaging

IM (Instant Messaging) platforms are notorious for the lack of privacy and security, as viruses and bugs can easily penetrate into the system. Most users find it hard to verify the identity of the peers (seeming too good to be true). With these cases set aside, formal communication on the internet regarding sensitive matters, require an extreme level of security, identity verification and privacy.With SOPA and other regulations in view, interest in anonymous file sharing applications is rapidly increasing and slowly finding precedence over public networks like Bittorrent.  RetroShare is a server-less cross-communication platform, which provides file sharing, forums, channels and chat; authenticated by GnuPG and secured by OpenSSL encryption. With secure email, Video or VoIP and other sharing features, this powerful application allows you to communicate in all forms without any eavesdropping or unwanted monitoring. Read More

TileMill: Powerful, Cross-Platform GIS Mapping & Cartography Software

Many cartographers use a combination of Maptitude, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, or CorelDraw to make those gorgeous looking maps. Although these tools are very feature-rich, they do come with a hefty price-tag. However, graphic artists or cartographers will be delighted to know that we have an alternative solution for you. Labelled TileMill, this open source application for Windows, Mac OS X & Linux aims to let you create beautiful looking interactive maps with a multitude of options. It’s built on Mapnik’s map rendering library (another open source tool), and is designed to help folks who work on cartography and GIS (Geographic Information System) in map creation. Every map you create can be either uploaded to Mapbox, or be exported as PNG, PDF, SVG, MBtiles and Mapnik XML. Axiomatically, if you haven’t worked with GIS or cartography before, you might need some serious learning before taking the step and using this application, but a usage manual has also been included to make you quickly learn a few basic things. What’s more, it also supports a number of additional plugins for increased functionality. Read More

RealVNC: Control Remote Windows, Mac & Linux Systems Through VNC

Just a few days ago, we covered OnlineVNC, a VNC solution that allows you to control a remote PC via a web browser. Today, we will look into another VNC application called RealVNC, which is quite different from OnlineVNC in terms of the way it allows users to interact with a VNC server. Both the server and client (viewer) come packed into a single setup file. Instead of using the web browser, you need the Viewer application to access the shared machine from the remote location. Moreover, RealVNC supports multiple platforms, namely Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, HP-UX and AIX, and has paid Viewer apps for Android and iOS as well. RealVNC is very powerful, and becomes quite user-friendly too once you get the hang of the VNC connection's setup process. Read on for more details. Read More