Most people do not have many occasions when they need a screenshot, but there is always one here and there. For those of us who write about technology the need is much greater. For that reason, many writers I know use a professional program such as Snagit – which is very powerful and has countless options.
However, I prefer to budget my technology spending as much as I can and, to that end, I always look for free software alternatives. Of course, this also gives me some insight into what an average user would look for.
For grabbing screenshots, a task I do daily, I have been using PicPick for sometime. It is free for home use, so it fits the mold of real-world use, but it is powerful enough to handle what I need as a writer. Personally, since I use it professionally, I paid for a license, but I am not an average use-case either.
Video games are something we all love to indulge. Some are complex, whereas others can be some of the simplest games ever designed. Platform games in my opinion are one the most basic types, but, can also be the most fun and addicting making platform games a worthy candidate for January’s Windows Phone Elite article.
Even if you don’t know what a platform game is, chances are you’ve played a wealth of them already. Wikipedia defines platform games as, “a video game which requires players to jump to and from suspended platforms or over obstacles.” Hopefully, that’s cleared things up.
In this article, I’m going to be looking at the ten best platform games I’ve found for the Windows Phone platform. Read on to find out more!
We return for our third segment in the cord-cutter series, this time focusing on how to watch TV without a cable or satellite service. Previously we have looked at Media Center and its alternatives and media servers. This time around we will focus on the actual TV and movie sources available.
All of you likely know the big names in this market, and I will briefly touch on each of those, but there are less well known sources that can be indispensable in this effort. Those we will cover as well. There are so many sources, in fact, that it would be impossible to get them all, but I will hit the ones I have found most useful and rely on you to add others in the comments.
As we draw to the year’s close and are still alive (what’s up Mayans?), what’s better than using this time to find and play the best games of 2012? Well, a lot could be, but I am speaking from a gamer’s perspective.
Year 2012 saw some amazing titles come up, but what really made 2012 special were the awesome sequels to super-awesome franchises. Unsurprisingly, some of these sequels have made it to our list of 8 titles that rocked 2012. So, hold your breath as we unveil our super 8 for the year 2012!
Ho Ho Ho! Christmas is here. I absolutely love this festive season for ONE reason, among others, – presents. This is the one time of the year where you can indulge in a mindless shopping spree, without worrying too much about the budget (that part comes later).
But sadly it also means crowded streets which I’m strictly allergic to. To that end, I prefer to take things online. If you’re anything like me, read on. This guide is for you.
What really is the point of bragging about your new shiny, new Windows Phone if you can’t show off your cool apps? Without a doubt, the apps are what define a phone now.
Within a deluge of apps, I have selected 40+ of the most useful, beautiful and productive ones that will enhance you phone’s usability and your entire user experience. Let’s get started!
One of the major pain points of using a Windows PC is the constant attention it needs to secure and optimize it. However, things have improved to a great extent with the current crop of Windows releases. Besides, there a ton of quality apps available to help you make the experience a whole lot better.
In fact, with the right set of apps, you can actually optimize, tune and push the limits of your hardware. After the break we have compiled a list of apps that will come in handy to make the most out of your desktop. Check it out!
If there is anything like an addiction to taking notes, I’m right up there in the list of addicts. There are at least 10 different things I regularly use to jot down everything from names & phone numbers to quick snippets to file later, to todo lists and all sorts of random thoughts. Although I’ve been using the good old pen-and-paper to do this for years now, it has always fallen short of what the my ideal workflow should have been. As has become a yearly ritual now, I recently embarked on a hunt for the best minimalistic note taking app that does everything I need and fits perfectly in my workflow.
It’s probably no surprise that the stock Notepad app in Windows falls awefully short of my expectations. There are the high-profile alternatives like OneNote and Evernote, but they are better suited for longer term, heavier duty knowledge archival than for quick and dirty note-taking. I needed something that was lightening fast and has just the right mix of features to allow me to jump in and out of it at the spur of the moment. What followed was a battle of five free Windows apps that came closest to what I was looking for, with a winner that I am committed to skicking with for at least the next year.
It’s been a long time since writers were forced to become accustomed to the ‘clickety-clack’ of a typewriter and now with writing on your PC becoming normal, more and more software is being released to make this task easier, more enjoyable and improve the overall quality of your writing.
If you’re reading this you probably have an interest in writing, whether you already write or thinking of taking it up – writing is not only a fun and cheap hobby, it’s also extremely productive and helps enhance skills necessary for everyday life. When I first started writing on my PC I used Microsoft Word to do this, but I quickly grew tired of how many features were in my face when all I really wanted to do was tap-out a short story.
Fast forward several months and it’s been a long time since I’ve had to look at the often over-complicated Microsoft Word on a daily basis to type out an English essay. Instead I have found software suites that offer a perfect place to type out my thoughts. I’ve also come across software that helps me plan out my writing, get it done faster and manage the writing tasks at hand – so read on to find out how you too can get the ultimate software collection for writers on your PC.