Microsoft finally released
the official SkyDrive desktop client for Windows and Mac (only preview build) yesterday, and with the official mobile clients of the service already available to iOS
and Windows Phone users, it’s the Android users who’ve been (yet again) denied an official SkyDrive client for their respective mobile platform. What this means is that Android-using Windows Live account holders still have to look for alternative means to access their SkyDrive cloud content via various third-party apps that are available in the Google Play Store. With the previously reviewed music player, SkyAMP, we’ve already seen a rather satisfactory solution to stream all your SkyDrive audio tracks straight to your Android device
. However, what about all those photos that you have saved to your SkyDrive gallery? With Picox,
a free third-party online photo viewer for SkyDrive, not only can you browse through all your SkyDrive photos, but upload new ones as well.
Looking for a convenient and fun way of exploring some quality Android games without having to sift through the whole lot of apps from the Google Play Store? Look no further than Applorer
– a comprehensive online app store dedicated to presenting you with some of the best and trending Android games from the Google Play Store. The web service has just recently released beta of its official Android client that vows to serve as your one-stop shop for exploring the best Android games right on your device. With the official Applorer Android client, you get a chance to try your hands on plenty of high quality free and paid games that are added to the Applorer’s app repository on daily basis. You can get handy game recommendations, download favorite games on your device (from the Google Play Store), bookmark the best and most attractive games, search for your favorite games manually, ask the app to come up with a surprise game suggestion, and easily manage all the games that you’ve downloaded via Applorer. For all the latest game releases, the app also keeps you apprised via notification alerts. The app’s interface is pretty neat, uncluttered, and you can share the best games with your buddies right from within the app.
Shadow Copy (Volume Snapshot Service) is a technology included in Microsoft Windows that allows users to take manual or automatic backup copies of data. This was first included in Microsoft Windows XP and updated in Windows Vista to make better use of the Shadow Copy service. From time to time, Windows Vista and Windows 7 create copies of your file and store them, enabling you to retrieve previous version of the files and folders in case they are accidently deleted or modified by you or someone else. This service is turned on by default in every system running the Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating systems. However, Microsoft only grants access to Windows Ultimate, Business and Enterprise edition users. Shadow Explorer
is a tool that allows Windows Home version users to access the shadow copies, and provides a unified interface to explore and export all shadow copies viewable according to time filters. The application lets you retrieve older versions of saved files and folders by letting you browse through the saved data according to date and time.
Text editors come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them allow you to perform basic editing, while others are more focused on the development side of things, meaning that they allow you to work easily with programming languages. For example, some of the text editors contain sample code snippets that allow you to save time while writing code. Instead of starting to write the code from scratch, you can use the sample snippets and just edit them to get the required result. Notepad++ is a text editor that works perfectly, both when you are doing simple editing on plain text, and complex editing on codes. It is becoming a more powerful and useful text editor with every new plugin that is being added to it . LightExplorer
is an open source plugin for Notepad++ that enables a file and folder explorer inside Notepad++, allowing you to save time by navigating from within the application. LightExplorer has the ability to remember the position of folder tree from last session, allowing you to resume your work exactly from where you left it. While viewing a document, you can view the position of the current document in the tree, and add frequently used folders to Favorites
for easier access. More on LightExplorer after the jump.
You might’ve noticed that Windows 7 Explorer shows sort headers
in only Details
view mode and not in any other view modes, i.e. with large and extra large icons, to sort the content of the folders according to date, size, name, and by many other characteristics. Users, who extensively use these file sort-headers
, have to manually switch to Detail view mode in order to sort the files and folders as per their requirements. We just stumbled across a tool which can seamlessly add sort headers in all Windows 7 Explorer view modes. It actually does nothing except adding all the elements which are required to insert sort-headers in different view modes. You just need to register main DLL file with regsvr32 command to insert headers. For user convenience, developer has also provided simple install and uninstall batch files to add and remove sort headers, respectively.
We reviewed Virtual Drives Manager
last November which provides user the functionality of creating virtual drives, now Drive Tweaker
comes in as another utility which lets you create virtual drives and with that it offers some extra features like lock and customize a local drive.
Windows Task Manager
and Resource Monitor
are the first things that come to a user's mind when he/she is facing any problem with his/her system's performance. If you are looking for some advanced tool in this regards then you should give Process Explorer
a try. Task Manager does not give you much details about the processes, but Process Explorer displays running processes in such a format that it not only shows process names, but also displays program icons and other data, such as description, image, and processor time.
By default Windows Explorer has Recent Search Suggestions enabled in Windows 7
. If you are one of those users who are looking to disable it due to various reasons, then this guide is for you.
Remember Rightload, a tool that adds an option to the windows right-click context menu allowing you to upload files directly to your FTP/SFTP server or some pre-defined HTTP upload servers. Well it has got a major update, now it can automatically resize the image to maximum dimensions, includes an option to add a server or folder to SendTo menu, and much more. The previous update also added support for uploading of photos to your Facebook, Flickr, TinyPic, and/or ImageShack account. Read More
Lan Explorer is a free tool for Windows that lets you browse all aspects of your local area network. Everything from Computers to Shared Folders and Printers are presented clearly. The bottom area is split into two windows, where one is your local computer while the other shows the remote computer. The files that are being transferred are shown in the last window at the bottom. The main layout is a bit similar to that of FileZilla FTP. Read More
A few months back, we reviewed Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows that adds Image resizing feature in Windows right-click context menu. The downside was that the it would only save the resized picture in one image format only(JPG). What if you want to resize the image and save it in png, gif, or bmp format?
RightThumb is a free portable tool for Windows that adds an option to right-click context menu. This option allows you to create thumbnail of any image, it also contains few advanced preferences which allow you to select the image quality and format. Unlike Image Resize Powertoy, this tool works in all versions of Windows, except 95/98/ME.
Note: Extract the zip file and then run this tool. Running this tool from within a zip file will cause it not to work properly.
Do you want to change the file extensions without changing the actual file format? This question sounds a bit confusing at first, but I will clear it up. Suppose you want to convert a .JPEG file to .JPG, this changes the file extension but does not change the file format, another example is when you want to convert .log to .txt. There are many other examples, but for the sake of convenience I have included only two. Now once you know what this all is about, let’s move ahead.
AnalogX Extension Changer
is a free tool for Windows that can batch change file extensions in one go. It also has a build-in integration with Windows Explorer which is enabled by default. Just drag&drop the files and folders and it will list them all with their respective extensions.
In Windows Vista there is a build-in Games explorer where you can find all games currently installed on your computer. But sadly Microsoft has not included a feature where we can add/remove or edit/modify it’s content and improve the looks and overall functionality. Vista Game Explorer Editor
is a free program that allows you to do just that.
You will only find few games listed in the explorer, but with this tool you can add/remove any game of your choice(including Steam games). When you add a game, it will xdownload the box art from the Internet automatically. :)
This should also work with Windows 7.
When you run this tool for the first time, there is a good chance that you will see the following message,
the developer has written a solution for this problem here
Many developers use Amazon S3 to store data, but you can actually use it for sharing large files with your friends and by large I mean, file of any size. S3 Browser is an Amazon S3 client which you can use to download and upload files from your account easily. It also allows you to organize your Amazon S3 buckets and files, apart from that you can also set access controls. One great feature is to automatically create public URLs to share files, this can come handy if you use Amazon S3 frequently. Read More
Are you tired of working with standard Windows Explorer and thinking about using a more powerful solution? If yes, then you might want to know about Ultra Explorer
that has the power to replace your existing Windows Explorer for all the tasks at hand with its faster file management and convenience of file browsing. Using it might be difficult at first but you'll get used to it in just a period of short time, by then you wouldn’t even want to think about going back to the default standard Windows Explorer.
Are you addicted with Firefox? Firefox is a great browser with tons of add-ons which can turn your browser into everything from checking your email to capturing screenshots. You can now finally turn your Firefox browser into a Windows explorer file manager in 2 simple ways. Doing so, will make you more productive and save yourself plenty of time. Read More
Whenever users launch Windows Explorer, it opens the default folder which is My Documents (in Windows XP or earlier) or Documents (in Windows Vista). If you’re using another folder as the working folder and need to access different folder which saves most of your files more often than My Documents using Windows Explorer, it’s possible to change Windows Explorer default folder setting and assign another folder as the default folder so that whenever Windows Explorer is started, it will display the contents of another different folder instead of My Documents folder. Read More