Easily Create & Edit Icons On Windows With Junior Icon Editor

You don't need to open Photoshop each time you want to create an icon or update one of your existing ones with a personal touch of your own. Icon editing tools have been around on Windows for fairly long now, and here at AddictiveTips, we've been covering quite a handful of them from time to time, some offering rich interfaces while other carrying a ton of features. The tool we have at your disposal today is called Junior Icon Editor, and it’s pretty fun to use, allowing you to instantly create icons, either from existing images or from scratch. Read More

NetTraffic Adds A Network Bandwidth & Speed Monitor To Windows System Tray

If your home internet plan is not unlimited, you’re not alone; the days of unlimited bandwidth have long gone in most parts of the world, and data metering has become a common practice among internet service providers due to increased bandwidth consumption by users. If your internet subscription has a monthly quota, it’s advisable to keep track of it on your own to keep yourself from exceeding your monthly data cap. Also, you don't always get the speed that you're promised by your ISP, and it keeping an eye on it can be a good idea to see if you're getting your money's worth. There are several tools out there to assist you with both these tasks, and NetTraffic is one program for Windows that helps you monitor your internet usage among a wide array of network interfaces. Read More

Mikogo Is A Free LogMeIn Alternative For Screen Sharing & Remote Access

LogMeIn is one of the most popular remote desktop screen sharing tools, letting desktop and mobile users easily access and share their screen remotely via the web or native applications for the supported platforms. A few days ago, however, the company pulled the plug on its free accounts for both new and existing customers, raging its freemium user base and industry pundits alike. The company no longer offers free registration to new users, while existing free account holders were politely asked to either pick a paid plan or switch to another service. If you've been looking for an alternative, try Mikogo - a LogMeIn-like screen sharing app for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and web. Read More

Todoist’s ‘Next’ Revamp Boasts New Collaboration Features, Visual Scheduling & More

Avid Todoist users will be delighted to learn that the popular task and to-do list management app has now been updated to a new variant dubbed Todoist Next, and the upgrade has made the already great service even better!  This new name comes from a complete rewrite of code under the hood, making Todoist more intuitive and fun to use. The app has gained several significant improvements through the new update, such as real-time syncing across supported platforms, new Mailbox-like visual scheduling to plan your days with ease, improved UI in web and Windows apps, ability to collaborate and sync projects with other Todoist users, and more. Continue reading for further details. Read More

tinySpell Is A Lightweight Universal Spell Checker For Windows

Spell checking feature is usually incorporated in word processors, web browsers and feature-rich text editors, but it can't hurt to have it accessible across your entire operating system. If you are using Windows, tinySpell is a small application that will add this power to every application, utility as well as system wide locations of the OS. This small tool is fairly handy for ensuring you don't get your spelling wrong even in the most basic and sparse of tools like Notepad, which has always lacked this option. Furthermore, tinySpell also works even when you’re just renaming a file or folder on your computer, helping you quickly rectify any spelling mistakes on the fly. Read More

50 Best Windows 8.1 Themes

Be it an application or an entire operating system, the ability to apply themes to it makes using it a much more personalized experience. Like any major operating system, Windows has had theming support available since its early days, and it has been constantly improved over time. Last year, we brought you a list of 25 of our favorite themes and visual styles for Windows 8, and now, it’s time to look at what has since become available for the latest version of Microsoft’s OS i.e. Windows 8.1. So, let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful themes for Windows 8.1 by both Microsoft and third-parties. Read More

PCI-Z Shows You Detailed Info For PCI Devices On Your Computer

Knowing what hardware is installed on your PC relatively easier to do from within Windows rather than by removing your chassis’ side panel for manual inspection. The System Information tool that comes packaged with Windows tells you all the details about your computer's different components such as CPU, motherboard, GPU, hard drive, RAM, keyboard, mouse,  display device and more. That said, there are also various third-party tools specifically developed for the same purpose that present more detailed information. All these utilities pull this data directly from the information stored in the driver that is associated with each device. Sometimes, however, you will find that Windows will fail to recognize certain PCI devices attached to your computer due to absence of their drivers. PCI-Z is a small, portable tool that overcomes this nuisance by gathering information about the devices installed on your computer even when the drivers are not installed some particular components. Read More

Change Windows 8.1 Charms Bar Icons With Charms Bar Customizer

Windows is a highly customizable operating system - this is just one of the reasons that it continues to prove so popular. If you want to stamp your mark on your computer, there are countless ways you can do so. Anyone who has made the move to Windows 8.1 will have noticed that while there are all manners of new ways to change the look of your desktop, there are some aspects of Windows that seem to remain stubbornly resistant to change. Once such area is the Windows 8 & 8.1 Charms bar, which appears to be uncustomizable besides changing the accent color that is used elsewhere on the Start screen and other areas of Windows. But with the suitably named Charms Bar Customizer, it is now possible to change the icons that appear in the Windows 8.1 Charms bar to something of your choosing. Read More

Light Is A Lightweight Variant Of Mozilla Firefox Stripped Down To The Essentials

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Firefox is an impressive web browser that carries loads of features, add-ons and settings, coupled with a user-friendly interface that is both functional and intuitive. But the story doesn't end here; Firefox is open-source, which enables other developers to make their own Firefox builds using its source code. Light is one such new third-party variant of Firefox developed by cstkingkey, a forum member at MozillaZine. What makes it different from the full-fledged version of Firefox is its ultra-lightweight design (hence the name Light). The author has simply stripped down all the non-essential components off the default version, creating a build that definitely feels faster than Firefox. Read More

Easily Extract Multiple Icons From Any File In Windows

Previously, we've featured a wide array of tools and applications for creating, customizing or downloading icons for files, folders and apps in Windows as well as other platforms. For instance, Folderico is a fantastic tool for quickly modifying folder icons in a few mouse clicks. Likewise, Iconmancer is another great application for designing your icon files from scratch. Today’s icon recipe is about how to extract icons from files like EXE, DLL, TXT etc. and save them as image files. Meet Icons From File a freeware desktop application that does just that. And the best part is that the tool is dead simple to use and can extract icons from any files in a snap. Read More

150 Best Windows Software Of Year 2013

Every year, we review a truckload of desktop and mobile apps as well as tips and tutorials for our loyal AddictiveTips readers. And as we look back on another year gone, it’s time we present our behemoth compilation of the biggest and most spectacular releases on Windows platform in 2013. The operating system that has made it way to tablets from notebooks and desktop PCs was in full-swing this year, receiving an all new 8.1 update, loads of Windows Store apps including the likes of Flipboard, Facebook and Twitter, as well as some amazing conventional desktop app releases. So without any further ado, lets take a look at the best apps for Windows from 2013! Read More

Group Multiple Applications By Task Under One Window With TaskSpace

Many of us who own large screen monitors, or dual or triple displays setup take Taskbar space for granted, but it’s considered fairly a premium property by Windows users working on small laptop screens. It’s not unusual to run out of Taskbar area when you have a ton of application windows opened simultaneously – and it becomes quite tedious to incessantly hit Alt + Tab to switch windows. There’s where TaskSpace comes in –  a small, portable application that lets you group currently running apps under different TaskSpace windows making your programs easier to manage according to the task you want to perform. Read More

Define Hotkeys To Launch Any Program, File Or Folder In Windows With EvoKeys

Are you the kind of person who mostly uses the keyboard to navigate in Windows? If your answer is yes, then this little desktop application called EvoKeys will definitely make your experience more intuitive. The application allows you to launch any program, file, folder or system utility via a custom hotkey combination. Users can specify the hotkey combination of their choice for opening each item, along with setting up any other parameters that fit their needs. The application is not resource-hungry at all, and quietly sits in the system tray area after launched in order to execute the commands at the assigned keystrokes. Read on for more details. Read More

TweakNow PerfectFrame: Windows Collage Creator With 100 Layout Options

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Of all the genres of apps we've covered so far, photo collage creators are among those that we've reviewed most, because there really isn't any shortage of good ones. When it comes to photo collage creator apps for Windows, we have great options like the powerful CollageIt, or the Instagram-focused InsaPic for quickly building photo collage out of your Instagram photos. Though if you want to painlessly create photo collage using the most basic set of options, give TweakNow PerfectFrame a shot. While it’s not the most feature-rich app of its kind, it does come with a user-friendly design that takes the hassle completely out of the process, while giving you enough control over how the final result looks. PerfectFrame lets you combine up to 10 images using 100 different collage layouts. Read More

Hands-On With The Official Viber App For Windows 8 & RT

Popular free mobile messaging and VoIP platform, Viber, extended its roots to the desktop back in May with the release of Viber for Windows and Mac, though the Windows app was desktop-based, meaning those using Windows RT tablets were out of luck. After a lot of speculations and wait, this week marked the availability of the popular VoIP service in Modern UI flavor at the Windows Store, boasting everything you would expect from an official Viber app, coupled with an exquisite interface that is both simple and intuitive. Viber for Windows 8 and RT offers all the functionality found on the mobile and desktop variants sans voice messaging and video calls. Read on for our hands-on review. Read More

SurDoc Cloud Backup Offers 100GB Of Free Storage With Focus On Privacy

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Another day, another cloud storage service, or so it seems to be these days. With the increasing trend in mobile computing, consumers want their data always accessible to them no matter where they are, and the best way to do that is to upload or sync it to a cloud drive. And even for those who don't need access to their data on the go, cloud storage is the way to ensure their data remains safe even in case their hard disk fails. There are countless options out there that let you do just that, but the cloud storage service we'll be reviewing today differs by offering 100GB of cloud storage space for free, with paid plans available for even unlimited storage! The quintessential feature of SurDoc is to make automated cloud backups hassle-free, with a high focus on privacy using military-grade SSL encryption for your backups. Let's learn more about it after the jump. Read More

Quickly Benchmark Your Hard Disk Or SSD’s Performance With DiskMark

Whether you've just purchased a new hard disk or solid state drive and are curious about its performance, or you want to know the state your current drive is in, benchmarking software can be a great way to get a good idea of your drive's condition. While many advanced HDD and SDD benchmarking utilities may cost you an arm and a leg, there are a truckload of freeware alternatives available for Windows that let you measure the read and write performance as well as additional aspects of the drive without paying a dime. DiskMark is one such feature-rich yet ultra lightweight Windows application for quickly measuring your drive’s performance that presents the results in an easily understandable way by including details like average response time, max and minimum read and write speeds in MB/s, total capacity and cache size etc. Read on for more details including screenshots and usage. Read More

Microsoft’s ‘Project Siena’ Lets You Create Your Own Windows 8 Apps Without Coding

"Everybody should learn to code," they say. Well, as a student of Software Engineering, I'm here to tell you everybody can't become a coder. It takes a good amount of theoretical knowledge, relentless practice, and a lot of patience to be able to create something even as simple as an average quality, one-trick pony of a mobile app. There's no way around it. Unless, of course, you are Microsoft! Yes, Redmond has come up with an app called Project Siena that allows you - at least on paper - to create other apps without writing a single line of code. Read More

herdProtect Scans Running Processes & Startup Items With 68 Cloud Antivirus Engines

The discussion on whether one should use multiple antivirus or anti-malware programs to protect their computer has been part of many debates. Most security experts believe that you don’t need to install many security programs to keep malicious threats at bay, and that doing so would instead create various conflicts between them, making them less effective. Recently though, cloud-based virus scanners like Virus Total and Metascan have surfaced as better alternatives to using more than one anti-malware app. These services allow you to scan suspicious files through a series of tests using a host of antivirus engines by uploading the files to a cloud server. If, instead of scanning your individual files one by one, you want to scan your PC this way, herdProtect is what you’re looking for. This Windows app checks your PC with 68 anti-malware engines and warns you if any threats are found. Read More

Polkast Is A Personal Cloud For Remotely Accessing Desktop Files From iOS, Android & Kindle

So you don’t like keeping your private files on a cloud storage? Neither do we – especially after all the hullabaloo the National Security Agency’s PRISM project has managed to cause. Though that doesn't mean you have to completely sacrifice the ability to remotely access your important information. Cloud services aren't the not the only definitive answer to remotely accessing files stored on your PC on your mobile devices. After using Polkast for a few hours, I immediately knew there was something good about it. Poklast basically acts as your personal cloud to let you access files stored on your Windows PC, Mac, Linux or NAS Storage device (such as ZyXel or Synology) from iOS, Android and Kindle Fire over Wi-Fi or the internet. Read More