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.
We have covered many ways to synchronize folders with each other, you can find some here and here. But most synchronization tools do not allow syncing of more than 2 folders. What if you want to sync more than 2 folders?
Horodruin(this name is quite difficult to remember) is a free synchronization tool for Windows that allows syncing of multiple folders. It supports multi-threading and is for advanced users only. Since the whole concept and user-interface is different, you will have to read the documentation that comes with it before you are able to fully utilize it. Read More
Do you want to share some files with your friends or co-workers and at the same time protect those files from intruders? You never know who is accessing your shared folder, there is no tool inside Windows that can help you determine who exactly accessed your files.
NetShareMonitor is a small portable tool for Windows that lets you protect your shared files from unauthorized access. It runs silently in the system tray and logs all active sessions, accessed files, and shared resources. Read More
has recently launched the first release candidate of version 3.2.5. By using the RC1 you can get a glimpse of what is coming in the latest release. So you must be wondering what’s new? Well, it includes the following four new features apart from various bug fixes:
- Remote file search
- Add option to hide identical files to directory comparison
- Remember SSH host keys for session duration if not trusting permanently
- MSW: Display full UNC path on drive-mapped network shares
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
Once in a while everyone needs a break, if you are looking to play an interesting game, give Flight Gear a try. It is a free multi-platform opensource flight simulator that anyone can download and play. It looks more like Microsoft’s Flight Simulator because it allows you to fly various types of planes, helicopters, and even airships.
The graphics are pretty impressive considering that it is an opensource game that was developed without a serious budget. It comes with a fully-functional 3D cockpit and various add-on support. You can add more planes, objects, cities, etc. You can perform a rescue operation, land/park a plane, refuel your plane during mid-flight, and much more. Just run the game, learn some basic controls, and you are good to go.
Do you want to change background color of the desktop icons, change the text color of the these icons, save and restore the positions of your desktop icons, or simply want to reduce the clutter on your desktop?
is a free tool for Windows that gives a user complete control over all his/her desktop icons.
You can customize the color of your icons, hide them, select a background, position them easily, or do whatever you want.
For those of you looking for a way to write something without getting distracted, meet Momentum Writer. It is a free tool for Windows where you can create a new plain text document or open an existing one and start writing whatever you want without getting distracted.
It works on the principle of typewriter, once you have written something, there is no going back, you cannot make changes or edit any written text. But of course you can open the .txt file later using notepad and edit the mistake. Most writers are curious about the spelling mistakes or other small mistakes and sometimes leave their writing to correct these mistakes. When they continue writing again, most of their ideas vanish away because of distraction. Read More
There are plenty of file managers out there, but none has the ability for tabbed browsing, except Nomad .NET. Just like there are tabs in web browsers which makes browsing much more easier and faster, Nomad .NET
has full tabs support as well that allows a user to open multiple folders, thus allowing a much more faster overall experience. It supports threaded file operations, such as, delete, move, copy, etc.
A few days back I covered a tool named Google Translate Client
that translates any text to any other language instantly. But what if you want to translate a word and then find it’s meaning? Or perhaps, you simply want to research more about it on Wikipedia?
is a free portable tool for Windows that is a combination of four important online services, Google Dictionary, Translate, Suggest, and Wikipedia. In other words, it is also a multilingual dictionary.
After you have installed the tool, it will show an icon in the system tray. Right-click the system tray icon and select Options. Now under Dictionary+Translation, select the language that you commonly use to translate and click OK.
Are you leaving your office or maybe planning to take a vacation. Security is something that everybody considers strongly. Instead of purchasing expensive video surveillance systems, you can now convert your webcam into a motion-sensing security camera without paying a buck.
Rise Sun is a free webcam motion-detecting software for Windows that can turn your computer into a video surveillance system. The motion sensing is so accurate that I couldn’t resist trying it on myself. You can manually adjust the Sensor Sensitivity, Camera Performance, and Trigger Threshold. For the program to detect the motion more accurately, you will have to set the Trigger Threshold to medium.
Note: Rise Sun for Windows has been discontinued. You can check out previously featured TeboCam
Sleep Moon Xpress
is a free advanced automation tool for Windows that is filled with various easy-to-use features that you won’t find in any other task scheduler. Unlike other task schedulers where you have to define the time&date, this tool can perform a task based on network bandwidth
Suppose you want to Shutdown the computer when Download speed is less than 5kb/s or you want it to notify you or open a file when upload speed has crossed 40kb/s. In such situations, Sleep Moon Xpress can help.
When it comes to picking a color, a tough choice has to be made. Every color gives a person different impression, to select the finest color is still a difficult task for many designers, artist, and, photographers. Whether you are looking forward to make a logo, a design for your client, or simply a graphic drawing, selecting the right color will definitely help.
Yahoo! Messenger is a popular communication platform for many internet users. What they do not realize is that their communication is not secure, since the messenger does not use any type of encryption. Any computer sniffing tool can intercept and log the conversation that happens on Yahoo! Messenger.
is a free anti-sniffer tool for Windows that provides encryption for Yahoo! Messenger. It does not prevent the sniffer from functioning but ensures that what sniffer reads is pure junk(unreadable text). According to the developer, “Rocksyhoo will encrypt each message before it is sent and will decrypt that message after it is received on the destination computer. Both users must have installed Rocksyhoo and use the same password established by agreement in private or by public key protocol.”
Editor’s Notes: Sometimes it is better not to pay for a software. We at AddictiveTips do our best to find out ways to solve a problem for free without having to pay for a commercial software. One tool alone cannot quite accomplish a task, this is why we are going to use multiple tools to create our very own Computer Activity Monitoring Software. This method can be followed by almost everyone, since it does not require even a single line of code to be written. ;)
By definition, a computer activity monitoring software means a tool that can monitor the activity without the person knowing that he is being watched. Auto Clicker Typer is not a monitoring tool, but we will convert it into one by making some clever modifications.
Installing and Setting Up Auto Clicker Typer
To begin, first install Auto Clicker Typer
. Once done, open it and check the Record Cursor Movement checkbox.
Google Translate is the most widely used translation service currently available for free. But translating a webpage, a paragraph, or a piece of text can still be a tiresome process. First you need to visit Google Translate website, copy/paste the text, at last choosing the language, and finally clicking Translate.
Google Translate Client
for Windows makes translation a piece-of-cake. It integrates itself into every Windows application, whether it be Firefox browser, Notepad, Microsoft Word, or Windows Live Writer. It is to date the best 3rd party Google Translate tool I have ever tried
It’s been a long time since I held my last reader’s poll. So you must be thinking, why you should vote? By voting, we will know better which type of tips our readers love. So today I am going to ask you, Ubuntu 9.04 or Windows 7?
UPDATE: I want more votes to decide properly, so if you are reading this please don't forget to vote.
I understand that most of you are from Windows background, but Ubuntu is one great OS too. You can do things on Ubuntu that is not possible on Windows, and vice versa. Both have their benefits. Before you vote, have a look as to what I think about both operating systems.
Auto Clicker Typer is a free tool for Windows that records all keyboard and mouse activity and then let’s you reply it later. In my opinion, it can come handy if you have a friend fixing your computer and you are not near him, then what you can do is to start this tool before he begins the repair work and watch it later when is leaves. In this way you can know how he repaired the problem. ;) Read More
Remember the tip we covered last year on speeding the Windows Shutdown process, it was too complicated for novice users and quite risky since it involves editing of registry. If you are an impatient person who can’t wait a minute for the Windows to shutdown properly, then you must be looking for a much easier way.
SuperFast Shutdown is a free tool for Windows that speeds up the Shutdown process, in fact it shuts down your system instantly. Although this tool is not new, the latest release has quite a number of bug fixes and improvements. It makes both Shutdown and Restart shortcuts on Desktop or/and Quick Launch. Read More
Do you want to manage the auto start items, the default manager in Windows which we have covered here
is not enough. Recently, I needed to remove various startup entries that were not even listed in System Configuration Startup tab. When you uninstall a software, most of it’s system files are not removed, so how would you remove them? In most cases if you find a weird process consuming too much memory, how would you analyze it?