Whether you want to record the passing days of your first born or your depreciating car, scrapbooks or baby books are no longer the answer. It is an established fact that the only way to document anything is to do it online. Lets not forget the guy who took a picture of himself everyday for 6 years and then uploaded it on YouTube. Whether you want to create a similar memory or just want to have a little crazy video making fun, JellyCam
is a web app that makes it possible, not because it’s free, but also because it’s very easy to use.
There are multiple online and desktop image editors available for free but they support mostly common effects like adding sepia, emboss or sketch effects to an image. TiltShiftGenerator
is a desktop application that lets you add the hard-to-come-by tilt shift effect to any photo. The app lets you add both a radial and linear tilt to an image, lets you control the degree of the tilt, place the central point of the tilt anywhere on the image, adjust the level of vignette and increase or decrease image brightness, contrast and saturation. All images are saved as JPEG.
When you’re reading feeds from your favorite sites, it really doesn’t matter much what the interface you’re viewing them in looks like but if you’d want a bit more details and perhaps a richer interface interface for viewing your feeds you might not say no to NewsSquares
; a Chrome app that changes the Google Reader layout to a colorful interactive one. It lets you scroll news items from a particular feed in a horizontal bar at the bottom and read them as popups in the same window. It also provides desktop notifications for new items.
Cursors may not be a huge deal when it comes to web design and development but they nevertheless have their purpose. Whether you want to create a set of fully customized cursors for your desktop app or maybe something for your own windows them a quick solution can never hurt and and RealWorld Cursor Editor
is a desktop application that gives you just that. It lets you create a complete theme of either static or animated cursors; you can create cursors from scratch or by importing images. You can customize and test cursor hotspots, create multiple frames, add text, backgrounds and shadow effects.
Many software have the option to keep the current window on top of other active windows. Such a functionality can help ensure that you are able to keep an important window above others. Window On Top
is a portable application which allows toggling between the top and back window using a hotkey. This can be handy in adding "always on top" functionality to applications which may not have it by default. Just launch Window On Top and either use the CTRL+F8 hotkey or drag the hand (image) on a target window to bring it "on top".
Google Docs lets you collaborate on documents and spreadsheets while working online but if you want simple real-time collaboration for MS Office you can use OneDrum
. OneDrum is a desktop application that lets you invite people to collaborate on MS Office documents. OneDrum works in the background and acts as a gateway between you and the people you want to collaborate with. All work is done in MS Office (Word, Excel, and Power Point) programs while the app seamlessly synchronizes the changes as they happen in real-time.
Windows Phone 7 is a platform that shows a lot of promise with it’s unique Metro UI. However while the UI deserves an applaud, certain very basic aspects of any OS – like a decent built in audio recorder – are missing. While one can be easily installed via the market, there is no way of accessing those recorded files onto your PC painlessly, or is there? With the help of freeware AudioRecorder
for WP7 and AudioRecorderCopier
, you can now copy your recorded files to your PC with ease.
Experienced ROM flashers of Android devices will be quite familiar with the concept of clearing the battery stats every time in order to calibrate the battery. This is mostly needed when a new ROM is flashed with the battery at less then 100 percent. Earlier, we covered the manual method on how to fix the battery drain issue on rooted Android devices
, but this manual re-calibration can be quite cumbersome depending on your device type as it requires you to boot into recovery mode, and more. Not anymore, thanks largely to the XDA-Developers forum member marosige
, who has come up with an app named, Battery Calibration
. This free Android app allows you to clear those battery stats rather more conveniently through a simple user interface. Read on for more on this app and to download it.
Owners of Samsung Windows Phone 7 devices are in for quite a treat. So far Windows Phone 7 devices have proved quite adamant in allowing us registry or root access. If your phone is developer unlocked, Heathcliff74
has put together an app called WP7 Root Tools
which has hopefully sparked of the drive towards total root access on WP7 devices. WP7 Root Tool is so far the closest you can get to gaining root privileges on your device. For more on this awesome app, read on!
So YouTube has been reported to be crummy on the Windows Phone 7 platform, and Microsoft blames Google for pulling a bully on the freshmen, just like any high school. That’s not it, imagine life without Google Maps on your phone? Perhaps, the missing of one of the most widely used and authentic navigation tools on one of the fast-flourishing mobile platforms of the world is not something that one can fathom easily. Well, that’s what Windows Phone 7 users feel like right now with no app made available by Google for that platform. But then again, necessity is the mother of all inventions. Thank you vrassouli
for putting together this wonderful piece of app that allows us to use Google Maps on our Windows Phone 7 while Microsoft and Google argue it out. For more on this App, read on!
Want to quickly deploy an application suite across a large network or make it portable to keep installation files confined to single location, so you can carry the application on flash drives? Previously covered application visualizers Cameyo
and Enigma Virtual Box
has proved to be powerful in making installed applications portable. Since application virtualization utilities do nothing except capturing all the settings, DLL files, XML, INI and respective registry entries of applications which you want to virtualize, you must be looking for a virtualizer which can thoroughly scan the system for all the drives and registry hives to fetch all the associated data of application which is being virtualized. One such application virtualiztion tool is Evalaze
The workability revolves around scanning the system right before installing the application (which you want to capture) and post-scanning for capturing data of application you have installed. Once the data is captured, you can launch the application without having to worry about any sort of versions conflicts, bloated registry hives, and other damages. One nice example would be of virtualizing MS Office products. For instance, with Evalaze, you can virtualize different versions of MS Office application, Excel 2003, Excel 2010, Word 2007, PowerPoint 2010 and use them without facing any conflicts.
A new home app for Android has made it’s way into the marketplace. The app called HeLauncher
is an attempt by the developer to keep things simple and productive. Device manufacturers tend to customize the home app for their devices to give a different feel to the user while standing out from the competition. HeLauncher is an attempt to throw that notion by the manufacturers right out the window by bringing together the proprietary home apps from various manufactures under one roof for you to choose the preferred one on the go. However there are a few other custom docks for you to choose as well. If you want change, read on!
Unlike other OS platforms, which come with native App Stores, such as, App Store for Mac OS X and Synaptic for Ubuntu, Windows users have always been deprived of one App Store where they can easily find freshly baked applications, check latest updates, and, importantly, manage all of them under one hood. Npackd
is an open source application which fills this void for Windows. It allows users to install applications, desktop utilities, compilers, etc., on Windows OS with ease. One major downside is that it doesn’t come with all sorts of applications which you might need on Windows, yet it can come handy for installing most prominent utilities, such as, 7zip, .Net framework, C++ Redistributables, Adobe Reader, VLC, Firefox, FileZilla, Audacity, CCleaner, Defragler, etc., with a long list of software designed for Windows power users.
It can be quite frustrating and problematic when you delete your files accidentally. This is often the dilemma of people who are used to the Shift+Delete key for deleting items from the hard drive. Even the habit of clicking yes on prompts many a times leads us to delete files unintentionally by a reflex action. Undelete 360
is an application that recovers deleted items from a computer hard drives, usb, memory card, camera device and pen drives.
Many IT workers find it frustrating to deploy applications quickly across multiple computers, this is where Application Virtualization
comes in. While application virtualization technology has been around for years, good application virtualization products have been expensive and complex to learn, according to the developer of Cameyo
. The free open-architecture application virtualization product that combines the best application virtualization technology with simplicity.
I have reviewed two tools before that allow you to run an application at any date or time. Ka Firetask is a great tool but is too complicated for most users, while Rocket Launcher lets you launch an application at any day or time(date cannot be selected).
RunAsDate on the other hand is a free portable tool for Windows that can launch a program at both date and/or time without any fuss. It is a tool from Nirsoft, the guys behind many useful tools that we have covered before here, here, here, and here. Read More
AppLocker is a free tool for Windows that lets you lock any program or application instantly. If you are an administrator and don’t want other users to access certain programs, then you can lock them using this tool. You can lock multiple applications at once.
Just run this tool and you will be shown a list of common applications installed on your computer. To lock any an application, just check it and click Save. Read More
Before we begin, first lets understand why does a user need to access some programs under different account. There are some applications who’s advanced settings can only be accessed through the account which was used to install it. For example. you used Account B to install an application and are currently using Account A, now you want to access the advanced settings of this application, will you do? The only way is to switch to different account, change settings, and finally switch back, but now there is an easier way to do it.
Advanced Run is a free utility that adds “Advanced Run” option to right-click context menu, with it you can open any program under any windows account easily. Read More
You cannot use your webcam with more than one application at a time and there is no such option in Windows to make it possible. If you want to collaborate between multiple people who are in multiple IMs, then you will need to split your webcam. SplitCam is a free virtual video clone tool that connects multiple applications to a single video capture source. At maximum you can connect 64 clients to a single video source. In other words, it splits the video stream coming from the video source and tunnels it to numerous other client applications such as ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, Skype Video, Camfrog, AOL AIM, Pal Talk, etc.
Just install and run this tool, click Video, and select your webcam from the list of available devices as shown in the screenshot below. Read More
I recently was searching for a video processing tool when I came across VirtualDub. It is a free opensource software that can capture, edit and process videos instantly. Recently the author has added the support of MPEG2 / DVD ,WMV / ASF, AC3, QuickTime, Flash Video, MP4 / 3GP, FLIC PVN, R3D (Redcode RAW files), and DirectShow. It was originally made for processing AVI format only. Read More