EagleGet Is An Elegant, Free Alternative To Internet Download Manager

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We install a lot of applications on our computer, but one type of application any internet user should have in their arsenal is a download manager. These apps come in a host of shapes and sizes, and varying price tags. Not to mention, popular web browsers like Chrome, Firefox and IE also have one out of the box. However, their built-in download managers just don't cut it as standalone downloaders simply have more features like the ability to accelerate, among other additional perks, depending on how feature-loaded the program is. Over the years, AddictiveTips has recommended several download managers to our readers, such as DownTango for Windows and Progressive Downloader for Mac. Today, we decided to test another one called EagleGet, which offers almost all the features of a paid download manager like IDM absolutely free of cost. Join us past the jump for a full review. Read More

Hide Files Including ZIP & RAR Archives In Pictures With Steganography

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While with the advancements made in technology, our channels for sending secret messages have become much more evolved and sophisticated, many of the methods used for encrypting the messages are still quite ancient. Yes, I'm pointing towards steganography – one of the oldest and most genius methods man created to hide messages from prying eyes. Before the internet, email, phones and even coaches or horses, messages were sent on foot and if you wanted to convey a secret message, you either had to have the messenger memorize it or hide it somehow through various steganography techniques. The digital equivalent of that art still exists today in the form of a host of computer applications. Steganography is one such open source app for Windows designed to hide files in images. Although, we've covered similar tools in the past, what makes it different from them is its ability to hide file archives, including ZIP and RAR. Read More

8Stack Is A Windows 8 App Launcher That Runs In A Modern UI Sidebar

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Program launchers are the best way to keep your desktop shortcuts manageable, and provide a more efficient solution for running applications rather than having your desktop cluttered with icons. The approach adopted by these programs varies for each, with some being like the OS X dock, while others working via system tray icons, launcher rings at the center of your desktop, hot corners and what not. We've covered a handful of application launchers for Windows in the past, such as Concord, Krento and Zum, just to name a few. Developed by deviantART member LangLe, 8Stack is another application launcher designed to work with Windows 8 by taking advantage of the operating system's Modern UI. It displays a vertical sidebar on the right side of the screen, from where you can easily launch your applications. While it’s not a perfect solution for launching each and every file or program, the app does provide quick access to popular programs, eliminating the need to enter the Start Screen in order to find and launch them. Read More

MoviePile Is A Great Movie Manager With Support For Extracting Animated GIFs & Short Video Clips

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When it comes to movie management and video playback software, there are way too many choices available, some of which are simply great, while others, not quite so. That said, it also comes down to personal taste and preference. We've covered some very fantastic movie managers in the past, such as the excellent jMovieManager and today, we bring you yet another one. MoviePile is a Java-based desktop movie manager for Windows, Mac and Linux that looks great and brings a host of interesting features to the table, the most terrific of which is dubbed Tagmark that allows you to tag specific parts in a video and play them directly with a single click later, or just turn them to an animated GIF. Pretty impressive, right? Read on! Read More

NPS Image Editor Offers A Blend Of Photoshop & MS Paint-Level Editing

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Having high-res cameras in our smartphones gives us the luxury of capturing pictures anytime, but sometimes, the end results aren't quite up to the mark. Those of us accustomed to professional-grade photography and photo editing use Photoshop to remedy any flaws in their captured images, but the tool isn't built to be used by just about anyone. So how about trying out something simpler? NPS Image Editor is a great Windows image manipulation tool with user-friendliness as its main selling point. The UI looks quite plain and simple, and yet packed with all the essential tools and features that an image editing software of this kind should have. Keep reading for further details. Read More

Get OS X Folder Actions-Like Task Automation Feature In Windows

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Whenever Apple offers a new version of the OS X, you get a lot of nifty elements that make everyday computer tasks easier to perform. One such element is Folder Actions that, when enabled, triggers events or actions when items are added or removed from user-specified folders. For example, you can automatically get an alert when files are added to a specific folder, or you can simply put a PNG file in a folder and have it automatically get converted to JPEG. You can easily toggle this feature for almost any folder you want. Having such a feature could save one a lot of manual labour of redundant tasks but unfortunately, Windows doesn't boast any such option, leaving a majority of computer users without such an option. Though fret not - Folder Actions For Windows is there to fill the void, by letting you perform actions on files automatically when they are dropped into a folder. Read More

Cloudup Offers Up To 200 GB Of Free Cloud Storage To Upload Files & Share Them As Streams

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In this era of widespread broadband access, we are almost spoiled for choice when it comes to the number of cloud storage services available. In fact, there are now even services designed just to manage all your cloud services in one place. Cloudup is yet another one to join the party with a promising design and awesome features. It gives users an ubiquitous file sharing platform for mobile and desktop, letting them store their videos, photos, music and documents, and share them with anyone as stream links. Each user can store up to 1000 files of up to 200 MB each for free, with premium accounts in the making to extend these limits. The service has applications available for both Windows and Mac OS X. Read More

OpenMusicPlayer Is A Feature-Rich, Open-Source Media Player With Lyrics, Radio & Themes

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Remember the good ‘ol days when our living rooms were full of audio cassette and CD racks of our favorite artists? Fast forward to the present day, and almost everyone keeps their entire music collection on their computer, smartphone or even the cloud. Time has changed pretty quickly and with it, so has the way we listen to music. Although most people tend to listen to music using the default player that comes with their OS (like Windows Media Player, iTunes etc.), it’s not unusual to download third-party programs for the purpose, which usually provide a variety of additional features other than those included in stock media players. OpenMediaPlayer (or OMP) is one such open-source desktop application for Windows that lets you enjoy your music and video under one interface. While its video playback capabilities aren't all that impressive, it’s the audio side of the app that really shines. Read More

Easily Backup & Restore Your Mozilla Thunderbird Accounts & Their Data

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I’ve used several email clients over the years, including Outlook for quite some, a while back. Though when I got the opportunity to try Thunderbird, I couldn't settle for any other email client since then. Mozilla’s open-source application is fairly powerful, and helps me keep a tab on all my work and personal email accounts from one place. If you're also a Thunderbird user, one very important thing you must consider when switching to a new computer is migrating your Thunderbird information, as you won't likely want to reconfigure your profile from scratch. If you're in such a situation, we've got an app for you today built for this very purpose, by the name of Backup Thunderbird. This free app is designed to do one thing: quickly backup and restore your Thunderbird data including your emails, newsgroups, RSS feeds, address book and accounts. Read More

Securely Delete Data From Your Windows 8 Or RT Device With Shredder8

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Most people assume that emptying the Recycle Bin will permanently get rid of any files, but that's far from the truth. Though we won't indulge you in technical jargon about how data is stored on the drive or what those bits and bytes are, it’s still useful to have the knowledge that deleted files can still be recovered using several recovery tools. This is because Windows doesn't remove the actual files but rather only the information about where the data is kept, simply marking it as deleted rather than wiping all its bits and bytes.  That's where file shredders come to the rescue. These tools allow you to overwrite the data for deleted files with random data using several methods, or simply convert them into blank sectors. If you've been looking for Windows 8 or RT app for the purpose, try Shredder8 – a Modern UI app that permanently deletes files to ensure they can't be recovered. Read More

Bgcall Is A Windows Wallpaper Rotator With Multi-Monitor Support & Customizable Calendar Widget

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Everybody gets bored of looking at regular Windows wallpapers. If you are the kind of person who likes to keep their desktop workspace clean and organized, it is likely that you also try out different wallpapers to add to the elegence of your desktop, or even assist you in organizing it. Though the problem is that we come across so many of them on the internet everyday that we simply get spoilt for choice. In such cases, wallpaper changers can prove really useful as they automatically switch different wallpapers for you at regular intervals. Although the wallpaper personalization utility in Windows contains this option by default, it’s not available in some versions such as Windows 7 Starter Edition. Bgcall is a small desktop app that not only offers an option to auto switch wallpapers irrespective of what edition of Windows you're running, but also offers a few additional features like multi-monitor support for having an individual background on each screen (that Microsoft only started offering from Windows 8), a customizable calendar over the wallpaper and more. Read More

dUninstaller Is An Advanced Batch, Automated & Remote App Uninstaller For Windows

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If you’ve ever used the ‘Add or Remove Programs’ feature of Windows, you will likely be aware how basic and unintuitive it is. Furthermore, when uninstalling applications and programs, it often leaves behind various traces in registry, system and application folders; leaving it up to the users to manually remove them. Though if you're not quite tech-savvy to mess around with the registry and program file locations, it’s better to get help from third-party uninstallers. Previously, we've covered a bunch of uninstallers for Windows, including GeekUninstaller and Wise Program Uninstaller, in addition to the ever-famous Revo Uninstaller, all of which are built to perform fully clean uninstallations. dUninstaller is yet another such application that comes packaged with a some really great features. The program was created to work via group policy for workstations as well as managed PCs from remote monitoring & managed services software such as Kaseya, nAble, Level Platforms, GFI etc. Read More

Nucleus Adds A Menu Bar With A Quick Dropdown Terminal To Windows

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Nucleus is a desktop application that brings a universal menu bar to Windows. Although, still in active development and available as an alpha release, Nucleus carries a host of features from the menu bars of some popular operating systems like Mac OS X and Ubuntu Linux, successfully bringing them to Windows. If you haven't worked on such an OS before, the menu bar, unlike the Taskbar in Windows, displays a horizontal bar at the top of the screen, from where you can perform different system-related tasks. Read More

Oxynger KeyShield Is A Virtual Keyboard Immune To Keyloggers & Spyware

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Keyloggers are one of the most feared security threats on computers. They are basically hardware devices or software programs that can record all your keystrokes and are used by cybercriminals to steal personal credentials of people such as usernames, password, credit card details, bank account information and other confidential data of users. Keyloggers are quite sneaky in nature, and are often installed silently on your PC without your consent. On the positive side though, there are a few protection measures that you can employ to protect yourself from them. If you don't want your private information to be transmitted to hackers without your awareness, Oxynger KeySheild provides a robust solution. It’s a virtual keyboard designed to protect your private information from keystroke logging. Read More

BZR Is A Sleek Portable Music Player With Support For 480 Formats

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Almost everybody likes listening to music, and that’s why OS vendors ship a media player bundled with their operating systems, just like Windows Media Player comes with Microsoft Windows out of the box to let you quickly play your local music library. But truth be told, audiophiles usually turn to third-party apps like Foobar, Music Monkey or WinAmp etc., as these come with a bevy of features not found in a basic media management app like WMP. If you’re not satisfied with the number of music formats supported by your current music player, try BZR Player. This portable Windows application boasts support for an impressive number of formats and is a must-have for those with music in a variety of formats. As of this writing, the application supports a staggering 480 playable formats including MP3, OGG, Amiga MOD, FLAC, Atari YM, Nintendo NSF and many many more. That’s the most extensive music format support I've seen so far in any media player. Read More

9 Lesser Known New Features In Windows 8.1

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There’s no doubting the fact that Windows 8 has been at the helm of discussion since day one of its release. While some people did fancy the change, others didn't quite so much. If you've been keeping a tab on our Windows 8.1 coverage since its public unveiling a couple of weeks ago, you’d likely be aware that Microsoft has addressed many issues in it that plagued Windows 8. The Start Button is back and there is a boot to desktop option to skip the Start screen upon boot, but that's not it; a host of new features have also been added, which purportedly should have been there in Windows 8 in the first place. However, there are a few elements hidden beneath those major changes that have remained unsung to the masses. In what follows, we’re going to unearth some of these lesser known features and tell you all about them. Read More

Convert Images To ICO And Extract Icons From EXE & DLL Files

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Each and every time you browse folders, launch programs or open files, doesn't it feel boring to see the same icons that everyone else has on their computers? There are vast number of icon sets available on sites like DeviantArt and the like that you can grab and replace standard Windows icons with; just google a few and see what happens. So, when it’s not that hard to download icons, why is everyone so afraid of replacing them? One reason for that is many of these icons are available as PNG files, and you usually require ICO files instead. Fortunately with applications like Quick Any2Ico, that should no longer be an issue. Quick Any2Ico is a small Windows application that allows you to convert any image to an ICO file containing multiple icon sizes. The app can also extract icons from EXE, DLL and OCX files. Read past the jump for more details. Read More

Prevent Editing Of Windows 8 Start Screen Layout With Tile Locker

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The Start Screen feature of Windows 8 is quite impressive if you put it to good use; it provides quick shortcuts for desktop and metro apps, files, system tools and other useful items in the form of interactive tiles. These tiles are pretty much customizable in a lot of ways. For instance, right-clicking a tile gives you options to pin or unpin it, change its size, and turn live tile on/off etc. Similarly, you can easily change the tiles arrangement to your liking by simply dragging and dropping them. However, Microsoft hasn't provided an option to lock them all into place to prevent any accidental changes. Just imagine a situation when you have meticulously created different tiles layouts and someone alters them without your consent, or you yourself mess it up by mistake. Fairly annoying, right? Tile Locker aims to help you get rid of this nuisance. Read More

View Stats For Windows Logon & Logoff Times With WinLogOnView

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It hasn't been a while since Nirsoft released its last offering called TurnedOnTimesView – a utility designed to track when your PC was on and off. The freeware expert has just rolled out another awesome application for Windows by the name of WinLogOnView, which is a tiny, portable utility (about 80KB in size) that lets you monitor the date and time when you logged in and out of your system. In short, it displays information regarding logon sessions of all users of a Windows PC using the information saved in the Windows Security Events log. This can come in handy if you suspect someone’s using your PC without your consent during times when you’re not around. The tool can analyse data from local and remote computers as well as external disks. More details after the jump. Read More

Access Photos Across Devices & Share Them As Tapestries With NeroKwik

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We all love to share photos in different ways. Some people upload them to social networks for others to see, and then there are those who email their pictures as slideshows to share memorable moments with their friends and family. Developed by renowned computer software company Nero AG - known for their DVD burning application and entertainment suites - NeroKwik is a web, Android, iOS, Windows 8 & RT app that makes photo sharing a fantastic experience. The app allows you to create digital photo tapestries or collages, which you can then share with others through social media. Apart from your local storage, the app can also access photos from other devices as well as the ones you've uploaded to Facebook, Google+ and SugarSync. Join us after the break for a hands-on of the Windows 8 / RT variant of the app. Read More