Having your email contacts available offline can be immensely useful; whether you need them to compose an email offline or just to look up an address or phone number, an offline address book that allows you to access contacts normally stored in your email account can’t hurt to have around. Address Book I Need
is a Chrome application that syncs your Gmail contacts and makes them available even when you’re offline. You can organize the contacts in to different groups, add contacts offline and sync them to Gmail when you go online.
There are a whole host of task managers and reminder services and software available to help you remember important events and simple everyday tasks like picking up milk. Desktop-Reminder
is an application that allows you to add tasks as far advance as you want and set up a reminder for each task as late or as early as you like. The application, gives you audio alerts and can run unobtrusively in the system tray. You can categorize the tasks and filter them based on the category or description. It automatically highlights tasks with the closest due date.
You must have come across multiple applications and web services that allow you to remotely see and control another system. These applications and services are useful particularly when you want to remotely troubleshoot someone’s system. Chrome Remote Desktop BETA
is a Chrome application just released by Google that will allow you remotely access a computer using your Chrome browser and Google App or Gmail ID. Implicitly meant for Chrome notebooks, it works on any system with Chrome installed; Mac, Windows, Linux etc.
Remember previously covered aLaunch
for Mac which allows accessing installed applications from user-defined groups in system menu bar? Although aLaunch greatly reduces the time involved in finding the applications from an ever-growing Application folder and Launchpad, the configuration process is a bit tedious; it first requires you to create application groups and then choose applications for each group to access applications from menu bar. If you want a simple application which simply puts all the applications and sub-folders in menu bar, try out App Bar
. Unlike aLaunch, it operates from both system dock and menu bar. You can access application list from menu bar, as well as, system dock.
Whether you travel a lot or have to frequently talk to clients in different time zones, remembering how far ahead or back the time is in a particular city is, is never easy and calculating it is often frustrating. There’s the added drawback that you don’t know which country observes daylight saving time and which doesn’t. Chances are, somewhere out there, there is a genius who has come up with a way to unify time worldwide and he’s locked in an asylum. Until there is an easier way to remember time for different cities, World Clocks
is a Chrome application that might help. The app opens a separate window with 6 clocks from leading world capitals which are added by default. You can add or remove a clock from other cities and view either digital or analogue clocks.
There are multiple CSS code generators that allow you to add effects either to images, text or elements. These code generators are what they are and give you the CSS code only. Few of them allow you to chose how you would like to load the CSS in your HTML file. What they leave up to you is creating the HTML file and defining classes in it manually. XEO CSS
is a CSS code generator and an HTML editor. It creates an HTML file and gives the option to either load classes from HTML, IDs from HTML to elment names from it. Changes to CSS are made via a visual editor and there is little or no coding involved. You can save multiple files by signing up to the service and resume editing them anytime.
There are multiple ways of taking and editing screenshots; whether you choose to use the Windows Snipping tool or some other application like Greenshot, or Shotty, these applications have one thing in common, they are all triggered by keyboards controls. Most screen capturing tools are triggered primarily by the Print Screen
key (or in combination with the Ctrl or Alt keys), SnapInstall
is a desktop tool for taking screenshots that is triggered by the mouse, more specifically, the middle mouse button/ mouse wheel. The tool automatically saves the images and adds them all to a single PDF file to create a manual or installation instruction.
Flickr is one of the biggest sources of images online, rivaled only by Picasa. There are plenty of third party desktop applications that let you upload pictures to your Flickr account but there isn’t an official desktop application from Flickr itself like there is for Picasa. TheGOOD Uploadr is another third party Adobe Air based application that allows you to upload pictures directly to your Flickr Stream or to one of the existing sets. The application lets you add a caption and description to all images, or to one image at a time. You can add tags and edit privacy settings for the image from within the application’s interface, open them from their source (where they’re saved on your system) and rotate them. It supports multiple accounts allowing you to easily switch between different Flickr accounts and upload images to either one. Read More
A good mind map is a good way to get started on any project, it serves as a great way for always staying on track but mind maps too go through changes as a project progresses and requirements change. What gets frustrating is when you’ve already started a project based on a mind map, specified tasks and have to go back, change the map and reallocate tasks. The problem arises mainly because mind mapping and tasking are jobs kept in isolation from each other. Mind On Track
is a desktop application for Windows and Linux that combines both these jobs in to one. As you create a mind map, different ideas are automatically turned in to tasks that can be tagged and given due dates.
Mind mapping is one way of getting cluttered thoughts out of our head and on to a piece of paper or perhaps a virtual canvas that mind mapping web apps give us. Mind mapping isn’t something that you do only if your plans involve building a rocket. No matter what it is you’re planning, mind mapping helps you organize ideas and tasks better. Of course not every idea deserves a state of the art mind mapping tool. For your simpler mind mapping needs, you can use MindMap
r, a Chrome application that lets you create mind maps and save and export them. The app doesn’t require an active internet connection to work and can be used offline.
Find the right font size for different headings & text types can take a while, not because it’s hard to write the code but because text sizes have a wide range and finding the right one for every heading and text area can take up a lot of time. An easier way to deal with font sizes is to specify a scale for each type. Rhythm & Scale Calculator
is a Chrome application that helps you find the right scale for your font and line spacing, it gives you the CSS code to seal the deal.
An average to-do list manager comes with quite a number of features; the functionality of to-do list managers often extends beyond just helping you remember and organize a long list of things to collaborating with others on tasks. If features like this aren’t what you need to get things done, then you might need something on the simpler side. Todo-inator
is a Chrome application for managing to-do lists. The app is useful if you don’t like getting multiple email reminders or ticking time clocks that remind you how much time you have left to complete a task.
Facebook modified their image uploader a long time ago; the need for the change was the fact that no one has the time to upload a hundred pictures, five at a time. The new uploader allows you to upload any number of images at once. The revamped photo uploader may be better than its predecessor, however, uploading anything online is now best done by dragging & dropping. It’s easier and users who don’t like to click around like nuts might prefer it over the Facebook interface. Facebook Photo Uploader
is a Chrome application that lets you create albums by dragging & dropping images on its interface. The app runs in Chrome and requires an active internet connection to upload the images.
RSS is a simple way of monitoring a website for changes but would you add just about any site to your feed? For sites that don’t have RSS or any other way to keep up with updates, you have to manually check for new content. To monitor single pages or to monitor a page for a particular update, NotiPage
is a better solution. Instead of cluttering your feed reader, this desktop application lets you create alerts for a particular page. You can monitor a page for updates or for new content related to a particular topic by entering keywords.
Dropbox is the one service that made cloud storage popular, sure there was Google and its cloud but Dropbox had more to offer and since then cloud storage services have been popping up like mushrooms with little to offer, except perhaps 1 or 2GBs of extra space. Needless to say that very few of these services could actually rival Dropbox but Cloud Experience
is a cloud storage service that comes very close. Not only does it offer 10GB of free storage space and syncing across different computers but also has an app for Android, iPhone, BlackBerry and works on both Windows and Mac platform. Add to that the fact that the interface is much better than that of Dropbox and you have a fairly good rival.
Playlists, once created are the easiest way to listen to your favorite tracks; whether you’re jogging, working or trying to get inspired, you always have a set of songs ready for the occasion. What can sometimes be a pain is of course creating a playlist especially if you’ve grown tired of the ones in your current list and are looking for something new but similar. Spotify Playlist Generator is a desktop application that creates playlists for Spotify based on a single artist of your interest. Read More
is now Minus; the file sharing web service that gained popularity for making photo sharing easy now has a new domain and it celebrated by revamping both its Android and desktop application and tweaking the web interface a bit. The service though always referred to as Minus now has a domain name to match, the Android app which was somewhat lackluster is now new and shiny with Aviary editing features integrated to add effects to photos (Instagram still has more though) and the desktop application presents a better view of your timeline compared to the old one.
Sending applications and folders’ shortcuts to desktop is rather not a good idea when your desktop is already overlwhelmed with too many items. What you can do to quickly access your favorite list of programs without cluttering up your desktop is install an application like Quick Cliq
or Chameleon Folder to create a customized menu for applications and your favorite locations. Quick Menu is developed to let users quickly access both their favorite folders and applications from a highly customizable menu.
There are a multitude of to-do list apps available online, both free and paid, but if you still find yourself scribbling away on pieces of paper or maybe just taking things down on your hand because it’s simpler you might want to give Strike
a try. Strike is a web app that lets you create to-do lists and the interface is as simple as it gets. It requires no sign-ups, you don’t have to enter a date or time for getting the task done and no annoying email notifications reminding you that your task is over due.
All that hype over moving your life from Facebook to Google+ has inspired a lot of services and extensions and needless to say that people are about as eager to try them out as Facebook is to block them. What Facebook may not have realized is that it was actually harboring the solution to the whole time; Fotolink
is Facebook application that lets you export your photos to a multitude of services like Flickr, Picasa, MySpace and more. The app effectively exports all images from any album to a preexisting one in Picasa which in effect means the images are also transferred to your Google+ account.