Ultimate Settings Panel: One Click Access To Windows, Outlook, & Config Manager Settings

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With complex programs, the settings are equally complex. Developers try their best to optimally group the settings so that users can find the right one when they look for it but when a program is as complex as say, an email client, it's still complicated. Ultimate Settings Panel is a new portable app released by Techy Geeks that puts settings for Windows, Outlook 2010, Configuration Manager 2007 and 2012 in a neat list. Click any one of the items and it will open the configuration window for you. The application saves you the trouble of having to wade your way through menus, and sub-menus of options. to find the setting you're looking for Read More

Filelize Syncs Recent Files To Your Preferred Cloud Storage Service [Windows]

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Dropbox lets you selectively add files and folders to your account. When the app is installed, an option is added to the context menu that lets you send an item to your Dropbox. If the selective upload feature isn't enough for you, simply  because it means you have to manually add a file to Dropbox which you might forget at times then Filelize is a Windows app that automates it. The app runs in the background and works with many other cloud storage services in addition to Dropbox and uploads recently opened files to the selected service. The app requires you have the respective desktop client of the cloud storage service installed in order to upload the files. Filelize has iOS and Android apps but they serve only to let you access a list of files uploaded to a cloud storage service. In addition to sending recent files to an online storage service, Filelize will also sync your browsing history. Read More

Digify: Secure, View Only, Self-Destructing File Sharing With Dropbox Support

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It’s seemingly pivotal, from time to time, to discuss the essential process of protecting your sensitive data. We’ve discussed apps before that are designed to help you securely share files online, but today we’re going to take a look at another entry in that race that combines Snapchat like prowess with Dropbox-esque file sharing. The app is simply referred to as Digify and it aims to give you the most secure file sharing solution. The application achieves this via the good ‘ol file destruction method. That is, rather than giving recipient permanent access to a file, it sets a time limit from the sender and initiates self-destruct automatically. Read More

New Features In Firefox 31 For Desktop & Android

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Has it been six weeks already? Yes it has and that means it's time to get a new version of Firefox for both desktop and Android. Firefox 31 is now available for direct download or you can upgrade the current version by clicking the help button in the options panel. Firefox 31 for desktop brings new features for both end users and developers. Noteworthy among them is the Prefer:Safe feature which tells websites the current user is accessing the web behind parental controls. A new search field has been added to the new tab page, and a nice color picker tool has been added for developers, among other things. Firefox for Android is expanding on the home panels feature and you can now install more add-ons to add a larger variety of feeds to the home page. The API for adding content to the home page has also been introduced for developers. Users can now force sync open tabs from their Android device and reorder the home panels. Read More

BrightExplorer Adds Tabs To Windows File Explorer

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It feels surprising that Microsoft has not redesigned the default File Explorer of Windows in ages. Even though some features like the Ribbon UI were added in Windows 8 for improved navigation, the core usability issues still remained untouched. Windows Explorer, for instance, doesn’t offer users a way to open multiple directories via tabs. Now imagine if you had to browse the web without the multi-tab interface which is now found in many modern web browsers like Firefox and Chrome. That being said, if someone needs to work with multiple directories, the Windows File Explorer doesn’t cut it. BrightExplorer is a free program for Windows that adds tabs to Windows Explorer and allows each window to be opened in its own tab that the program attaches to the top of a single Explorer window. Lets take a look. Read More

Lingua.ly Teaches You English, French, Spanish, Arabic & Hebrew

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Learning a new language online isn’t something new. We’ve seen tools like Duolingo that make the process easy and fun. And a quick search on Google will reveal a lot of similar techniques and methods, in the form of browser extensions, web and mobile apps, and well, whatnot. Lingua.ly is one such amazing tool that wants to make the entire web your language learning playground. It lets you know how well you know on particular language and then recommends different words and text to read and improve your skills from there on. Quizzes can also be taken from time to time to see the outcome of your efforts. Read More

Icecream Image Resizer Is An Image Resize Utility With Size Presets

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UPDATE: It's been discovered this app brings malware with its installer. We have removed the link and would encourage you to remove it from your system, if you installed it. We apologize for the mistake.

Image resizing tools for the desktop are about as common as weather and photography apps for mobile devices. It's come to a point that unless an application comes with a clown juggling flaming swords, you aren't going to be able to differentiate it from others. Icecream Image Resizer is a free Windows application that resizes images and while it doesn't come with a clown, it comes with preset image sizes that help you resize images for a specific purpose i.e. sending it as an email attachment or using it as your Facebook cover photo. Add to that it's very neat interface and we have an image resizing application that you don't have to force yourself to use. Read More

WinDock: Set Custom Rules & Profiles For Window Management [Windows]

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Windows has been steadily used for years but the design has largely remained the same. We, as its users, are always looking for ways to customize it and to make the user experience better. Fortunately, we have a gazillion different applications for that. WinDock is a new tool from Ivan Yu that lets you snap windows to predefined areas when moving or resizing them. This is extremely useful if you’ve got a multi-monitor setup and you find window management a cumbersome task. It works much like Windows 7’s Aero Snap feature, only better. The application carries a ton of customization options and lets you set custom rules and profiles to be used for docking the windows.  Read More

Recordit: Record Screencasts And Save Them As High Quality GIFs

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Creating a screencast is something that we have visited very often with tools for creating screencasts on Windows, OS X, and Android being reviewed frequently. Screencasts are great when it comes to instructional content and they have only have one drawback; the size of a file. You can go for nice HD screencasts for something major like a product demo but for something that's meant to provide quick instructions, you can instead settle for a faster loading GIF. Recordit is a free app for OS X and Windows that lets you record a screencast and turn it into a GIF. The GIF quality is excellent, better than what you would normally get if you used a third party app to create a GIF out of a video. With the app, you can create a 5min recording. The OS X app has a pro version that lets you control the frame rate and password protect your recording. It costs $39.99. Read More

Voralent Antelope Optimize JPEGs & PNGs In Bulk, Delete EXIF Data

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When you save an image file, it’s easy to just accept your default image settings, and click File > Save to get what’s been factory set. But that probably means you’ll always be using the same file compression, and unless you’ve tuned this to an optimum level, your final images could end up being ten times larger than they need to be. Fortunately, image optimization is not an unusual concept and  various apps let you compress the size of your images. But working with multiple images can be tedious too. If this is a problem you often face, Voralent Antelope is a beautiful Windows application that tries to simplify this process by allowing you to optimize JPEG and PNG files in batch. It sports simple drag and drop usage, allowing you to easily add images to the application and optimize them in no time. Read More

Add A Fully Customizable OS X Dock To Windows With Aqua Dock

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Whether you've just switched to Microsoft Windows or you're secretly a little jealous of Mac OS X features, there are some things that the latter just does better than the former. The Mac OS X dock is one such thing that Windows doesn’t have and may never will. It’s similar to the Windows taskbar, but the dock simply looks much better. Fortunately, there are ways to bring the dock to Microsoft’s operating system using third party applications. Aqua Dock is one such application which replicates the Mac OS X dock functionality on Windows and lets you customize it in a multitude of ways. The application sports lightweight design and supports all modern Windows versions from Windows XP onwards. Read More

Listen To The Least Played Songs On Spotify By Any Artist With The Long Tail

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Recent data from Spotify showed that 20% songs on the site have never been streamed, accessed, or searched for, even a single time by any user, leaving a large chunk of Spotify’s humongous library untouched. Services like Forgotify have already tried to remedy that situation by letting users play tracks that no one else has ever listened to. Now meet The Long Tail, a similarly designed web app that pulls the 50 least played Spotify tracks of any artist and lets you import them to the desktop Spotify application in a few clicks. The best thing about The Long Tail is that it gives you more control over what to play than Forgotify does. You can easily search for your favorite artist and begin streaming their songs right away. Read More

Secryptor Encrypts Files Before Syncing Them To Dropbox

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Security is always a paramount concern when it comes to storing private information on Dropbox. But no one really wants to give up the convenience of having your files synchronized between multiple devices and having seamless access to them. In other words, we can’t give up cloud storage services, but what we can do is encrypt the files in question before adding them to our Dropbox folder. If that all sounds cumbersome, Secryptor aims to provide an answer by merging the convenience of Dropbox with pre-upload encryption so you don’t have to worry about snooping eyes seeing your files. The application can also store encrypted files offline, is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X, and is available for free on both platforms. Read More

Autorun Organizer: Add, Remove, Or Delay Autorun For Applications At Start Up

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We did a comprehensive post on managing which applications start automatically when you boot your system. The process was manual and showed how you could directly edit the start up items. If you were looking for something far simpler, something that was mostly just a series of clicks and the program was out of your hair then Autorun Organizer is what you might be looking for. Essentially, it's an application that lets you add and remove applications from the start up folder but it additionally lets you delay the launch of a program so that your system is ready to use sooner. The application also makes it easier to identify which apps to axe from the folder by giving you details on how much delay its launch causes and providing system start up stats. Read More

Rummage Organizes & Indexes Files By Tag And Date [Windows]

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I’m sure all of us deal with a fair share of documents but if you’re anything like me, your Documents folder is a huge mess of disorganized Word files, PDFs, Excel sheets and whatnot, with stochastic names that are both hard to pronounce and read. Rummaging through these items can be a tedious task especially if you need to find something from a large number of files. That’s why, Rummage for Windows aims to help you organizing your digital documents with ease. The simple program enables you to index all kind of documents in one place, tag them and access them no matter where they are stored on your computer. It can automatically sort indexed items by their size, creation date, file type etc. The application carries integrated search feature to find indexed items via their name or tags. Read More

EXIF ReName Extracts Date & Time Information To Rename Photos [Windows]

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Phones have become the de-facto cameras for many people and as we all know, phones have become smart. If it were only a matter of photos staying on a phone, iOS users might never need to organize them since the default app does it so well but we're not all iOS users. We don't all use phones to take pictures, and not everyone has an app that organizes photos well. EXIF ReName is a Windows application that renames files and that is probably not very impressive since countless applications do that as well. What makes EXIF ReName useful is that it can read the EXIF data on your phone and use it when renaming files. Specifically, this application can read the date and time when the photo was captured and rename files using that information. The photos can be renamed using just the date or you can add text before or after the date to organize them better. Read More

BDReader Boasts Panel Detection For Comic Enthusiasts [Windows]

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I still remember the sheer excitement of comic books back in the 80s when kids would usually spend their lunch money, if they had to, to get a glimpse of their favorite Marvel character. But that time is long gone, and now we have a multitude of high-tech ways to store and read thousands of comic books on our computer without paying a dime. BDReader aims to do just this by letting you read comics stored in PDF, CBR and CBZ formats. The open source application supports a dead simple user interface and hotkeys for easy navigation. But what really makes it standout from the crowd is the Panel mode, which automatically detects panels in a page and display them in the right reading order. Read More

Save Instagram Photos And Videos To Your System [Windows]

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Instagram is a widely popular mobile app that has had huge success over the past few years. The company has been industrially working to improve its design, features and availability. But since it’s essentially a mobile service which allows you to upload and share pictures right from your phone, with its classy vintage filters that make even the dullest of photos look interesting, that means, we may never see its desktop counterpart. Previously we’ve continually brought you various third party tools that let you interact with your Instagram photos one way or the other right from your computer. And today we will share a similar Windows application called InstagramSaver that lets you batch download Instagram photos and videos for offline viewing. Read More

RescueTime: Track Time Spent On Applications And Websites [Windows]

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Time management is an important element for many people. Sure we all have busy lives, but the more we can get out of our time, the more time we will have for all the things in life. With that being said, it's up to every individual how efficient they are at spending time they have at their disposal. Fortunately, there are a ton of applications that make it easy to calculate time we spend on different tasks in our digital life and log the data based on the information collected. RescueTime is one such handy web app that you use to make the optimal use of every second in your day. It allows you to track time spent on different activities such as applications you use, sites you surf and files you access the most. Read More

Add Customizable Widgets To Windows 8 Start Screen With Start Screen Unlimited

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Love it or hate it, the Start Screen in Windows 8 is here to stay. If you’re using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you know what I'm referring to. While it does take some time getting used to, especially when you’re just getting started with the new Windows version, Start Screen does carry some handy features such as letting you access both metro and desktop apps under one roof and it's easier to navigate on touch screen based devices than the desktop mode. But let’s admit it, the Start Screen interface does have its own shortcomings, one of which is that it’s not very customizable. For instance, it doesn’t display time, or let you view your network status without entering the desktop. Start Screen Unlimited is a third-party application that tries to fill this gap and make the Start Screen more useful. Read More