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

DocuFreezer Converts MS Doc, Excel, PPT Files To PDF & Images [Windows]

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DOCX has become a worldwide document type standard and you no doubt deal with these files fairly regularly if you use Microsoft Office. But sometimes you want to prevent your documents from being altered by others. And it seems rather handy to have them converted into an image or PDF file to prevent any misuse. Previously we’ve covered a ton of applications that let you convert text documents to viewable-only PDF or image files or vice versa. DocuFreezer is a new tool from the folks at fCoder that easily and effectively batch converts Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents to PDF, JPEG, TIFF, and PNG. Read More

What Each Tab In Windows 7 Task Manager Tells You

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As an end user, you never really know what your computer can do until you break something and it stops doing those things it's done so well. You may not break it in the literal sense but it's only when something goes wrong that most of us try to dig a little deeper, to see what the problem might be. One of the very basic tools at our disposal for diagnosing a Windows PC is the Task Manager. If you've used it even a few times, you'll know what information you get from some of those tabs but you may be clueless regarding some of the other tabs so here's a brief overview of each one. Read More

WinTrezur Lets You Encrypt Photos And Set An Image As The Password

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If you share your computer with other family members in your house, and it contains some private pictures that you don’t want anyone else other than yourself to access, then it is best to encrypt your files and keep them behind a secure password. Well, you may have used a ton of image viewers already, but how many of them actually let you encrypt your photos? Meet WinTrezur, a desktop application created for this very purpose. This Windows program, which comes in both install and portable types, allows you to not only view your images, but also protect them from intruders, by encrypting them with 256 bit AES algorithm which is hard to crack. Read More

New Features In Firefox 30 For Desktop & Android

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Firefox 30 is out and you can upgrade now from the help menu. Since it's the first update after the new Customize options were introduced in Firefox 29, you might need to search for the upgrade option. Click the options button at the top right, and you will see a help button next to the large Customize button at the bottom. Click it to reveal a new pane of help options which include the About Firefox option. The new update is mostly fixes and many new developer options. In this new update, plugins are disabled by default except those that have been whitelisted or that are installed when you install an add-on. A new button has also been added for toggling the visibility of the bookmarks and history side bar. With the new desktop version, a new mobile version has also been introduced and it offers more for end users. You can add your favotire share functions to the context menu just by tapping it, and you can subscribe to RSS feeds from any web page and read them on your home page with the aid of a new add-on called Home Feed. Read More

Nightingale Is A Media Player With A Wide Array Of Third Party Extensions

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There are a truckload of programs out there that you can use to manage your music library, but it’s because numerous options are at your disposal that make it taxing to decide which media player should you choose.  Nightingale is one such open source media player that lets you play music and video files on your computer. But that’s precisely what most media players let you do, right? So Nightingale makes itself standout from the crowd by its wide array of third-party extensions that further improve its functionality. For instance, there’s an extension that lets you stream SoundCloud. And then there’s one you can use to scrobble your Last.fm. And more! Read More

6 Handy Shortcut Keys To Improve Your Windows 8.1 Experience

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The first major update for Windows 8.1 – dubbed Windows 8.1 Update 1 – was publicly released back in April 2014, and since then we’ve played with its many new features. Indeed, it’s a major update, one that should have been there since day one of the  Windows 8 release, and while there are a few changes under the hood, the prime directive of Update 1 was seemingly to improve overall Windows experience for the desktop users.  Today, we’re going to list six hotkey shortcuts that aim to improve your Windows 8.1 user experience one way or the other, from quickly closing Modern UI apps to accessing the Taskbar in Start Screen. So without any further ado, let’s get started. Read More

View Folder Size In Bytes, Kilobytes, Megabytes, And Gigabytes [Windows]

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One of the things that bother me about Windows is its inability to display folder sizes. Although you can get that information if you open the folder’s Properties sheet in Windows Explorer, it is not suited for comparing folder sizes or analyzing which folders are taking the most disk space, because it can be time wasting to open the properties of every folder one after the other. If you don’t mind using third party tools, Folder Size Explorer is a free application that aims to help you. It automatically calculates the size of all the folders on your computer and lets you view it in bytes, kilobytes, megabytes and gigabytes. Read More

WifiChannelMonitor: Get Detailed Info About Access Points & Connected Devices

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If you’ve ever accessed your Wi-Fi router’s settings page, you’ve probably seen the word ‘Channel’ there. Most of the time, we just connect the router and it automatically has the right channel selected for us. In some cases, the Wi-Fi connection is quite fast, but the selected channel makes it super slower due to a number of reasons. And while there are multiple ways to increase internet speed, one of the easiest one is to switch the default Wi-Fi channel to one that is less congested. But how do you find which channel would have the least amount of traffic? This is where NirSoft’s new tool WifiChannelMonitor comes to the rescue. This no-frills utility uses Microsoft Network Monitor capture driver in monitor mode, and displays real time information about the access points and the Wi-Fi devices connected to them. Read More

Menu Uninstaller Pro: Uninstall Programs In Batch And Via Context Menu [Windows]

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Reviewing software for our Addictivetips readers is part of my job. And for someone who needs to install and test various applications on a daily basis, it becomes fairly tedious for me to individually uninstall programs that I no longer need from my computer. Windows users are aware that its default ‘Uninstall a Program’ tool is not very handy for such situations; it’s slow, bloated and doesn’t even fully remove all traces of applications. This is where Menu Uninstaller Pro comes to the rescue. This program carries a lot of features you will not find in the default uninstaller, for instance, it allows you to uninstall applications via right-click context menu and batch uninstall multiple items too. Read More

Moo0 File Monitor Displays File Changes In Real Time & Logs It [Windows]

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When you perform tasks like software installation, file copy or program execution on a Windows machine, it’s hard to tell what really is going on in the background. And the only indication that something might be happening is if the CPU or RAM usage has increased, which you can easily monitor in Task Manager. But if you want to monitor file changes in real time and see information that relates to it then Moo0 File Monitor is a small freeware application for the Windows operating system that tracks files and directories and provides information  regarding each drive of your system. The small size of the application makes it an ideal solution for tracking files without bogging down your computer’s performance. Read More

Identify Tons Of Different File Types Without Opening Them With TrID

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Nothing can be more bothering than getting stuck with an unknown file type. You may have faced numerous situations when you received a file attachment from a friend or downloaded one from the internet, but you couldn’t quite guess its actual format. Perhaps, you didn’t know how to open the file or which program you needed to use? The first thing you’d probably do is Google it, but what if the file under the disguise is actually a virus? Today, I’m going to share an awesome tool that may help in such worriment. TrID is a small app that’s designed to identify unknown file types from their binary signatures with ease. Read More

How To Add/Remove Programs And Files To System Startup In Windows 8.1

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Rebooting Windows is something that most of us really dread. There may be a variety of factors involved, and it may take only a minute or two, but most people don’t want to reboot their machine fearing that they will need to reopen all windows from their previous session, wasting a lot of their time. This is where the Windows built in feature aptly labelled Startup items comes to the rescue. Startup items are basically applications, documents or folders that you wish to automatically start up or open when you boot or log in to Windows. You can easily add or remove these items whenever you want, but if you’re not sure how to do that on Windows 8.1, here’s our simple guide. Read More

Capsa Is A Comprehensive Network Analysis Tool For LAN & WLAN

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If you're a network administrator, you already know how critical it is to have tools at your disposal to keep you apprised of the status of your network and its connected systems. Among the gazillion different apps for Windows, there are numerous different tools and utilities that can aid in network administration. Colasoft’s Capsa desktop application for Windows is one such highly feature-laden, comprehensive network analyzer that can help you in analyzing both your LAN and WLAN in real-time. The application carries a wide array of features including 24 hour network monitoring, advanced protocol analyses, in-depth packet decoding and capturing, and automatic diagnosis. Read More