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

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

Photo Filter Factory: Countless Image Effects, Batch-Resizing & Conversion

Nowadays, people upload hundreds of images on different image hosting websites, such as Flickr, Imgur, ImageShack etc. Apart from these public sharing websites, social media networks, such as Facebook and Google +, have also gained a lot of popularity in photo sharing circles. The Instragram app, available for both iPhone and Android, is famous for allowing users to apply beautiful filters to their images, making them look as if they were professionally shot and edited. A while back, we covered a Windows application called Perfect Effects 3 that allows you to apply multiple Instagram-like photo filters in layers, one over the other, or to specific parts of an image from its library of 30 professional effects. Today, we have another image editing application called Photo Filter Factory, which contains over 4000 different image filters and effects to choose from. Additionally, it allows you to apply frames to images, correct brightness and contrast, change image size, adjust image scale and batch convert images to different formats and sizes. Read More

MP3 ToolKit: Convert, Edit, Merge, Rip, Cut & Record MP3 Files

MP3 has become a common format for listening to, or editing, various audio and music files. There are many applications available out there that provide you with all types of audio editing tools under one umbrella, but they come with a hefty price tag. However, if you were looking for a free software solution that could let you perform numerous audio editing operations over MP3 files, then give MP3 toolkit a shot. The application includes a total of 6 Mp3 file editing tools including MP3 Converter, CD to MP3 Ripper, MP3 Tag Editor, MP3 Merger, MP3 Cutter and MP3 Recorder. Using the toolkit, you can easily convert your Mp3 files into formats compatible with portable audio players, create ringtones, edit and fix meta tags, rip audio CDs, record audio and merge audio streams into a single MP3 file. More after the break. Read More

ConvertICO: Batch Convert PNG/JPG to ICO & Back, Combine Multiple Images Into One Icon [Web]

As the world has moved towards Web 2.0, and with the advent of HTML5, highly capable web apps have started to become a norm, ranging from capable image editors, multimedia creators, document manipulators, to the likes of architectural simulation and 3D anatomy of the human body. However, a web application doesn’t necessarily have to be complex and feature rich to prove useful, and that’s exactly what I found ConvertICO to be. This simple web app lets you convert images to icons, and vice versa. Supported output icon types include those for Windows (XP, Vista, 7), Favicons and even any custom dimensions that you choose. Moreover, ConvertICO adds batch processing to the mix, and lets you even merge multiple PNG files into one icon. Read More

How To Batch Convert PDF Files To Word Format

Not everyone is familiar with PDF documents, take an example of my family members who know nothing about PDF documents but know everything about MS Word document. So when I have to share a document with them, first I will have to convert it to MS Word. Another need to convert it to MS Word arises when you need to edit something from the read-only PDF documents. Last year I wrote about an online service that allows you to convert documents from PDF to Word format. The service instead of converting the file on-the-fly and showing you the download link, will actually send you an email after some time, which in my opinion is not productive. Another downside is that you cannot batch convert the files, instead you will have to repeat the process over and over again. Read More