If you need a feature-rich image editor, or a really great app to edit and mash up videos, you wouldn’t normally go scourging for small apps, and you’d very likely be paying for what you need. For the bigger things you want to do on your Mac, there is a whole store full of them, but for smaller desktop managing needs, here are three apps that you might find useful. Secondbar
lets you add a second menu bar to your Mac display, and you can extend it as a separate bar to a second monitor. The bar can be dragged to any part of the screen, mirroring the original system menu bar in behavior. Desktop Icon Manager
is a simple app that will memorize where you’ve positioned your icons, and will restore them to that point for you. Change Desktop
is an app that lets you select several folders on your system, and display all images in them as wallpaper. The app expertly handles smaller photographs by complimenting the extra space with a color that brings the images out. More on these three after the break.
Unlike previous versions of Windows where you are taken to desktop at system startup, Windows 8 welcomes you with Metro Start Screen, providing quick access to applications and system shortcuts, pinned programs, and so on. Apparently, Windows 8 doesn’t allow users to bring the classic Windows Startup behavior back. If you don’t want to click the Desktop metro tile every time after logging into Windows, here’s how to bypass Metro Start Screen and jump to desktop directly.
Over the years, we have seen quite a lot of utilities surface for the Android OS, with the majority of them being mobile based, and a select few, desktop based. Developed by Roman Nurik
, Android Design Preview
is a handy tool for Android, that lets you mirror a portion of your desktop screen onto your mobile device over a USB connection. While we’ve had apps in the past that let you stream your desktop onto an Android device (the likes of Teamviewer), this app's purpose is much simpler. It is actually meant for developers who want a quick way to see how their apps or themes look on their mobile devices. A beta of the tool is out, and you can check it out, provided you have Java Runtime Environment installed.
Have tired, sore and watery eyes after working for long hours on the computer? You may even develop a temporary condition known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) if you work on the computer without taking breaks. ProtectYourVision,
a web app, automatically alerts you and sends you desktop notifications when it's time for you to take a break and to give your eyes some rest. It also provides you with some nice eye gymnastics that you can practice in order to reduce the tension in your eyes. Set a reminder on EVO whenever you start working on your computer. ProtectYourVision comes with three different themes and two modes for reminders. Furthermore, it also offers desktop notifications for Chrome and Firefox browsers.
There are many favorite websites that one visits more frequently than any other. Normally, we type the URL of these websites, or retrieve their links from bookmarks. However, another quicker way of launching favorite websites is by creating desktop shortcuts for them. In this tip, we will tell you how to create desktop shortcuts for your favorite websites in Ubuntu 11.10.
From time to time Microsoft has tried enhancing their Windows OS. They simply remove features they found useless in new Windows releases, which are found in prior versions. Likewise, they simply provide an alternative solution for the tool or utility we are already using. However, some of us are sometimes so much used to a few of the options or features that not having them almost seems like the world being turned upside down. Before Windows Vista, there was an option in Windows to add folders as toolbars to your desktop. Although, am not a fan of this feature and hardly found the need to use it, some people still do so. When Microsoft introduced Jump lists with Windows Vista, they removed the toolbar feature. If you are one of those folks who still find its need and wish if somehow you could bring that missing thing back, then consider your wish granted. Meet OldBar
- a program that lets you add multiple folder toolbars to your desktop, attach them either to a side, or place them anywhere on the desktop. The position of the folders' contents can also be changed within a toolbar by moving them up and down the list. Button height & width is adjustable, and the toolbar can be set to stay always on top, hide automatically, animated etc.
The way we listen to music has changed in the last few years. Gone are the days when people used to store large music libraries in their hard drives and compact disks. More and more people are turning towards online music platforms including Grooveshark, Spotify and Last.fm, which provide massive databases of every genre of music. CloudTune
is a audio stream player that lets you play and organize online music from your desktop. You can create playlists, search music, add tracks to favorites and share music on Facebook and Twitter. CloudTune stores your library, playlists and favorites in its repository, so that they can be accessed from anywhere. Other features include importing music from Last.fm and VKontakte, finding music videos on YouTube and searching lyrics of tracks.
If you’ve recently taken a vacation or just like to take a lot of pictures then it is likely you know how difficult it is to organize images taken either from your digital camera or phone camera since they are all saved with the same name prefix with a number appended after it. Renaming these files can be a pain because you have no choice but to rename each one individually. While this may occur most commonly with image files, you might need to rename a number of other types of files too. Name Dropper is a desktop application that allows you to rename files and attach an incremental number to each one by dragging & dropping the name on to each file. Read More
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.
is an open source desktop extension for Windows, Mac and Linux based operating systems which transforms the look of the desktop and allows adding QML based widgets. It is not to be mistaken for a desktop environment like KDE or Gnome. Instead, it renders the desktop workspace and allows you to organize it. Currently, it provides a clock widget, photo frame, and file browser on the main sand allows adding extra widgets via drag and drop, which can further change the look and feel of your desktop.
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.
Email attachments sizes are limited from the best services to the worst. While Gmail allows you to attach files of 25MB, you cannot send them to to any other account except to a Gmail one. With restrictions like these and the fact that file sizes are now only getting bigger, Kicksend
offers you a viable solution. Kicksend is a web service that comes with an Adobe air based desktop application for Windows and Mac. The service can be used to send files of up to 150MB but the desktop application lets you send files of any size you want. You can add contacts or import them from Gmail. Files that you send as attachments are uploaded to the service, a link to the file is sent in the email for the recipient to download from. All files that you upload are deleted automatically after two weeks. The desktop application only allows you to send or download files, to add contacts you will have to use the web interface.
One thing which becomes quite hard to manage for Mac users is the desktop, as Mac OS X doesn’t provide an option to quickly organize and unclutter the desktop. You may sometimes want to hide all desktop items to take clear and wide-screen screenshots and record screencasts, etc, so that required screen area can be easily captured without having to adjust desktop items at edges of the screen. Desktop Curtain
is developed for users who want to hide clutter on the desktop to keep their focus on important tasks and capture screenshots by hiding the desktop items.
The default Windows calendar located in the system tray is quite handy for viewing current month and navigating between months and years, but doesn't provide other options to set reminders, create and schedule events, etc. DesktopCal
is a desktop calendar application which lets you add custom shortcuts, events, and reminders. It completely blends in with your wallpaper and enables adding quick notes (when you double-click on a specific date). DesktopCal can use your current wallpaper as its background or loop through images from a specified directory to update the desktop background periodically. By default, it takes less than half of your screen size which is sufficient for viewing purposes. In case you find the default size to be undesirable, you can resize it according to your screen dimensions. It supports adding files, folders and shortcuts to date boxes along with small notes, which makes it easier to remember important tasks.
If you don’t want to use Mac Terminal for performing tiny system tasks, such as, hide desktop items, toggle file visibility, etc., and need an application that can provide one-click access to such commands, DesktopUtiltiy
may help you in performing numerous system tasks quickly without having to learn Terminal commands. It is a menu bar application for Mac developed to provide some unique system tasks which are not natively supported by Mac or require entering commands in Terminal everytime you need to perform them. DesktopUtiltiy lets you easily hide/show Invisible files and user Library (for Mac Lion), forcibly empty Trash, and hide desktop items with a single click.
is a Windows application which adds additional virtual desktops. Handy for people who require running many applications and often find their taskbar to be cluttered with multiple items. Multi-tabber allows having upto 10 different virtual desktops which can be easily switched by small buttons which appear just above the taskbar. The virtual desktops are intangible and can be easily removed by exiting the application from the system tray. You can also change tab colors and select the number of screens to view simultaneously. This can give your Windows PC a Ubuntu style work space-switching functionality.
Email, Facebook and Twitter have become such an important part of our lives that it sometimes seems like a shame to bundle them together with all our other tabs in a browser window. MultiMi
is a desktop application cum browser that lets you view your email from any email service provider, connect your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts and stream all updates from them in one place. The desktop application lets you connect all accounts and view messages, images, attachments from either one of them. The application also lets you open and edit documents from your hard drive, view and download photos from Picasa and Facebook, send out a Tweet and post status updates and reply to Facebook comments. You can also use it to browse websites but the browsing is snail slow if you compare it with Chrome and Firefox so it isn’t likely to break the bond you have with your browser any time soon.
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.