When dealing with a new Windows installation, it’s quite common to run into driver headaches. Every installed component on your PC concluding your printer, scanner, keyboard, mouse, and even internal devices like GPU, network adapter, and hard drive etc., use a device driver to communicate with your computer, and its installed operating system. People deal with driver issues in different ways; some will look into Device Manager utility in Windows to rectify the issue while others may directly find and identify missing drivers on the manufacturer's website. But sometimes there’s certain technical information about the appropriate driver version that’s not so easy to get. This is where InstalledDriversList
for Windows aims to help. The portable program is designed to automatically highlight all device drivers that are currently installed on your machine.
When Peter Jackson released the first Hobbit film, many cinema goers who watched it in 3D experienced repeated motion sickness caused by the film’s soap opera styled quality. This was because the entire thing was shot in 48 frames per second (fps), rather than the industry standard of 24 fps. But where the majority of people didn’t like the change, the rest of us found it a major step forward in big screen entertainment. And since then, I’ve been trying on my own to bring similar fluidity to the films that are in my own collection. SmoothVideo Project (SVP)
is an open source Windows application that uses frame interpolation so that the normal 24 frames per second films look as clear and smooth as their 48 fps counterparts.
The last time we covered something important about Windows 8
was back in October 2013
when we explored the many new features that were introduced via Windows 8.1. Boot to desktop
and the deeply-missed Start Menu button
were the noteworthy features that aimed to bridge the gap between the ‘desktop’ and the ‘Modern UI’ environments. The Redmond based software giant has now released another similar patch labeled Windows 8.1 Update 1 which was recently made available via Windows Update tool. We installed it on our desktop to see what exactly Microsoft brought to the table, so here's our full guide to those changes and how they'll affect your Windows 8 usage.
The clipboard in Windows can work for many things. And even though its core feature is to let you move text snippets or your desired files from one location to another, you can also use it between word processors, image editors or note taking applications. But eventually you have to admit that the default clipboard is still fairly limited and to fill the gaps it leaves, third-party clipboard managers come to the rescue. If you want an application that could automatically track everything you send to the clipboard, and keep it all organized then CopyQ
seems like a good choice. It boasts plenty of features that you may not find in other similar tools.
Windows and the applications that run on it have a tendency to store temporary data. All web browsers, for instance, automatically save cookies and browser history information to reduce webpage load times. Other programs also sometime save various preferences and settings leading to a slower system and putting one’s privacy at stake. Privacy Eraser
is a Windows tool that helps you optimize and protect your system by cleaning up all such traces and past computer activities. The program is very easy to use, sports an excellent UI, and comes in two different variants. Let’s take a closer look at its free version.
Copying files in Windows is normally as easy as a quick drag and drop. But when it comes to giving users further flexibility, the story pretty much ends here. For instance, Windows doesn’t allow users to copy the path of the item to the clipboard, nor can you quickly copy the name of the file without first highlighting its name. This is where Path Copy Copy
comes to the rescue. It’s a tiny, open source application that lets you copy a file’s path to the clipboard, allowing you to quickly paste it without any hassle. The application works entirely from the context menu.
When we talk about micro-blogging, Twitter comes to the mind. The popular social media network has gained a lot of praise since its inception for offering an ubiquitous place to celebrities, firms, athletes, and general users to easily connect with each other and keep up with the latest news. What’s still lacking about Twitter is a standard desktop application for Windows. Luckily there are many third-party Twitter clients available and one fairly good client is Tweetz Desktop
. The client gives access to your Twitter account, lets you view your timeline, mentions, messages, tweets, and compose new tweets.
The middle mouse click in your browser performs two very useful functions; it lets you open a link in a new tab and it closes tabs when you click on them. Unfortunately, the middle click button does nothing on the desktop. FoldersPopUp
is a little Windows utility that not only puts the middle mouse button to excellent use but also makes it very easy to open folders. This utility brings up a context menu when you middle click with your mouse. The menu has options for quickly accessing the Desktop, Documents, Pictures, My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Control Panel, and Recycle bin folders and your C drive, Windows folder, and Program files. You can add any folder you like if the presets aren't enough. If you rely solely on a touchpad, you can use FoldersPopUp’s customizable shortcut keys instead.
Ever since cameras went digital we've been freed from almost all limitations to how many pictures we can take. The restrictions that came with the camera reel and the cost of having it developed are all gone leaving us free to take amazing pictures or lots of bathroom selfies. One can capture a ton of pictures and save them in a tiny memory card or thumb drive that can easily slip into their pocket. But removing the cap on the number of pictures we can take wasn't all that digital photography did; it gave users the ability to embed different types of information into the images, such as the date and time when the photos were taken, GPS coordinates for Geo tagging, camera make and model info, shutter settings, exposure time and whatnot. This information is called EXIF data and can be viewed using various image viewers. Photo Data Explorer is one such Windows tool that lets you access the EXIF data stored inside of photos.
It often gets really difficult to determine which processes and services running on your computer are legitimate. While the integrated Task Manager utility in Windows does allow you to kill unwanted programs or create their dump files, it doesn’t show you the integrity of each item. Back in December 2013, we covered herdProtect
for Windows, a simple tool that scans running process and startup items on several cloud antivirus engines to find inherent threats. CrowdInspect
is a similar application that takes things a step further. Not only does it analyze processes against Virus Total's database, but also displays security ratings from WOT (Web of Trust) and MHR (Malware Hash Project).
Windows lets you use tons of different special characters, which don’t appear on a standard QWERTY keyboard, via an integrated Character Map. However, if you often find the need to type special characters in text, then copying them from the Characters Map every time could prove to be tedious and time-consuming. Meet WinCompose
, an open-source desktop tool that saves you from this tasking process by allowing you to swiftly type special characters using simple key combinations.
One of the many major aspects of any web browser's performance is image caching. For those unfamiliar with this concept, caching helps the browser temporarily store website components such as images, scripts, and other page information in one place to reduce internet bandwidth and improve load times for when you revisit a website. Browsing this data can become a tedious task, especially if you use multiple browsers. A new free tool from NirSoft called ImageCacheViewer
aims to help by letting you view cached images from all your browsers in one place.
File-sharing! There are literally dozens of start-ups and big technology companies working on making the ultimate file-sharing solution. Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, iCloud, Box, Amazon Drive - just to name a few of the popular
ones. What makes Jumpshare
any different? Previously, we discussed their web-based solution
for uploading, sharing, and viewing files. Uploading and quick sharing isn't quite a shocker, but it's their online viewing component where things get really
different - Jumpshare allows you to view well over 200 file formats right in your browser! Now, they have launched a Windows app, with the intent of improving uploading and sharing workflows. Does it work well? Find out after the jump. Read More
Mobile devices have become an essential part of our lives. They are slowly reducing the time we spend on traditional computers to surf internet, check emails, watch movies or play video games. Nonetheless, traditional computers are still around, and we often find ourselves exchanging information between our mobile devices and computers to keep data backed up or synchronized. Pushbullet
, a brilliant Android app that allows users to send almost anything from phone to PC and vice versa, recently took the wrap off of an all-new Windows variant. Pushbullet for Windows
lets users quickly send and receive files, links, notes, and text etc. to and from other computers or devices over WiFi.
I usually prefer services and apps on the web that are free from complex sign up procedures or complicated installation setups. Unfortunately, many screen sharing apps available for Windows suffer from both these annoyances, on top of being fairly expensive. ScreenTask
is an open-source screen sharing application that simplifies this task for users who just want to share their screens with others on their local network. As the sharing is done over local WiFi or LAN, it eliminates the need for cumbersome signups. Once the app is up and running, it provides you with a unique URL that can be shared with as many local computers as you want. What's more, ScreenTask doesn't require client-side installation. That is, using the URL you shared with them, other users can view your PC's screen on any web browser and any platform without additional software. Details to be followed.
Have you ever wanted to find out how much time you spend on the internet, how many words you typed in a day, or where you clicked on your screen? WhatPulse
for Windows does all that and more. It’s a feature-rich program that monitors your keyboard and mouse usage, network bandwidth, and sends these statistics to a web portal, allowing you to analyze your computing life in the simplest way. This also allows you to compete with others by comparing these statistics with other WhatPulse users.
As I am sure you already know, the Internet has three popular image formats. There's the 'lossy' JPEG, which works in most cases since it looks alright, and takes relatively low space; there are GIFs with their support for transparency, and animation, but are terrible at reproducing a wide range of colors, and finally, there's the 'lossless' PNG, which supports transparency, doesn't compromise on reproducing the original image, but takes a little too much space for comfort. Read More
Text editors for Windows come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Here at AddictiveTips, we have reviewed some of the very best from the lot, such as NeechPad
(which is basically a Modern UI notepad for Windows 8 and RT), TinyNotepad
, and the text editing powerhouse, Notepad++ and its various plugins. I have seen most advanced users preferring Notepad++ over other alternatives due to its extensive feature-set, but those who are seeking a balance between good design, simplicity and features can give Syncplify.me Notepad
a try. It’s a Windows application that, besides carrying an elegant, minimal design, sports a decent number of advanced settings for programmers, web developers and coders.
Organizing folders in Windows can be quite tricky. At most, you can rename them with custom labels, or sort the items by group, date, name or size, but there are better ways to help you distinguish one folder from another. Of course, you could change the icon of the folder, but you can't always find one that's suitable for a particular folder. Wouldn't it be helpful if you could change the color of each folder too? Sadly, Windows doesn't allow you to change the color of the default folder icon. This is where a third-party tool called Rainbow Folders
comes to the rescue. This little utility offers a quick and convenient way to change the color of any folder.
"How does the internet work?" You often get asked this question from your non-geek friends who spend half their time on Facebook or YouTube. While understanding every aspect of how it works isn’t as simple, there are certain technologies powering our world wide web that every internet user should know of. One of the them is the Domain Name System or DNS. Simply put, when you type a URL like Google.com in your browser’s address bar, it’s converted by your ISP’s DNS service into an Internet protocol understandable by computers and devices connected to the network, which determines how data is moved from point A to point B. Most people use the default DNS provided by their ISP, but if you’re facing issues with it, then one solution is to swap it with another one using a tool like ChrisPC DNS Switch
. It’s a Windows tool that carries a huge list of presets from popular DNS servers that you can switch to, and allows power-users to specify custom DNS servers as well.