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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Previously, we’ve reviewed many batch file-renaming applications like ReNamer
, File Grinder
, and many more. Today, we will take a look at Metamorphose
, a cross-platform, opensource batch file and folder renaming application for Windows, Mac and Linux that allows you to selectively rename files and subfolders. It supports numerical, alphabetical and roman numerical system, allows use of regular expressions (Regex), can extract dates from files and ID3 information from MP3 files. It sports a multitude of methods to edit part of a filename and append text both at the beginning and the end of names.
Having problems searching through multiple sites for a particular image, video, code or a template? With Artist Market
, the free and portable Windows and Linux application, you can easily search for the artistic object of your desire without having to manually go through a long process of searching multiple sites. Whether it’s background images, icons, videos, Java or PHP scripts, Wordpress templates or a flash player design. Everything is just a few clicks away. Read More
When it comes to backing up Gmail email archive
, most users opt-in for desktop email clients like Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook etc., to quickly backup not only emails, but also Google calendar and contacts. In order to backup emails from Google Mail account, one just needs to correctly configure email client for required account to save all the emails for offline viewing. Nevertheless, email clients do not support restoring backed up emails from one account to another, and often fail to retrieve the emails in original format. Gmvault
is a freshly baked console-based application for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux OS that has been developed to change the way you backup and restore emails from multiple Gmail accounts. Even though it doesn’t offer you a GUI (Graphical User Interface) to perform the backup operation, the console application comes with a simple sync
commands support to quickly save emails on your hard drive and restore them to specified Gmail account. Details to follow after the jump.
EXIF, or Exchangeable Image File Format, is a standard that specifies the formats for images, sound and other important tags commonly used by digital cameras, scanners and other systems, which handle recorded image and sound files. You can view this metadata information in the default Windows properties of images and other files. The default Windows Explorer lists down all meta data of images in the Details view, but it is a bit limited in its EXIF data representation. Handling an image collection using just the default options can be a bit difficult for a professional photographer. PhotoGrok
is a Java-based application that allows you to view images and other file types grouped together according to metadata. More on PhotoGrok after the break.
Ever found yourself required to make flowcharts, network diagrams, circuit sketches and more at work or for studies? Dia
is a strong and very powerful application meant for all such occasions. Presentations are a particularly powerful tool to communicate your ideas, and at times, plain old text is just boring. So, for those of you who have a tough time creating diagrams in MS Power Point or MS Word, Dia will make it much easier for you to convey your ideas, with an elaborate set of preset tools that are custom made for a plethora of subjects. Packed in a tiny 19mb to 30mb package (varying with the OS), the application's interface – as boring and dull as it might seem – is actually very intuitive, with stuff like copy, cut, paste, delete, dragging, skewing all coming naturally as they would in most popular software. Even better, a portable version of the app is also available. Read on after the break to learn more.
is an open source, cross-platform stock market application that gives real-time information to track all of your stock investments. The utility aims to provide current exchange rate information to stock market enthusiasts, investors, stakeholders, businessmen or even students who are looking to study latest market trends and current stock market updates. The built-in Stock Watchlist
feature supports a total of 26 world stock markets including Australia, China, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Switzerland, United States and United Kingdom. You can create multiple watchlists if you want. As of now, the program grabs public data from Yahoo! Finance. Being a comprehensive stock market tool, it allows portfolio management and setting SMS or email alerts to keep abreast with latest stock market updates. If a particular stock reaches its selling or buying share price, you can chat with other members to gossip about hot market tips. You may also store entire database on your computer or on cloud to access it from anywhere.
Developed by VideoLAN, VLC is one of the few media players, which support a huge array of codecs, compression methods and file formats, and is best known for the way it handles multimedia file rendering. There’re surely sheer number of media players available nowadays, but VLC is arguably the most powerful, open source media player that comes with an extensive list of features and options. Last month, VideoLAN announced that the next version of VLC (codenamed Twoflower) would be released soon, and provided some nightly builds of VLC 2.0 for testing purposes. If you’ve been eagerly waiting for VLC 2.0 final version, you will be glad to know that it has just been released. In this post, we discuss some of the most significant improvements and features of this major update.
Database analysis tools help DBAs in identifying the discrepancies and illogical connections between data sets, so that they can be removed from the database. However, the capability of database analysis tools depend upon the platform on which database is built. For instance, small-scale relational database created on MS Access needs a whole lot of different DB analysis utility than one created using MySQL. If you’re looking for an all-in-one database analysis tool that can help you identify and clean redundant entries from the database, odds of you coming across a paid utility are high. Today, we discovered an open source, java-based utility called DataCleaner
that implements a variety of database analysis and cleaning concepts including Data Quality
, Master Data Management
, Data Profiling
, and Data Quality Monitoring
, to remove all superfluous data sets off the specified data store. The application supports a wide range of database platforms and data files including CSV, MS Excel (XLS and XLSX), MS Access, SAS library, DBase database, Fixed Width File, XML, OpenOffice Database, MonoDB, MySQL, Oracle and MS SQL Server.
Established in 2007, SoundCloud is arguably the most popular online audio distribution platform for collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio content by artists and music promoters. While the web version of the platform is a no brainer for anyone who is familiar with the service, we don’t usually come across a lot of desktop applications catering to SoundCloud. For that reason, when we stumbled across Scup
(short for SoundCloud Uploader), we considered it worthy of being taken for a spin. In its essence, Scup is an Adobe AIR-based, cross-platform application that lets you upload multiple tracks to your SoundCloud account and create a set on the fly. The application supports specifying all necessary parameters, such as genre, set and track types, license, record label etc, making your sets ready for publishing in every sense.