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If you want to write any kind of novel — a literary masterpiece, a potboiler, or even fan fiction — you’ll need all the help that you can get. Applications that have been specifically designed for writing novels exist to make writing them easier.

One such application that has gained prominence on the Macintosh is Scrivener, by Literature and Latte. Scrivener has ported their flagship product to Microsoft Windows.

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We find ourselves in an interesting transitional period. For those who have just switched to Windows 8 from Windows 7 or below, the sudden absence of the start menu is jarring. We feel lost, and just don’t know how to work the operating system as effectively as we did before.

Now, for the most part, a lot of us have learned to operate anew, but for a lot more of us there’s still that itch. That itching to keep the start menu around for a little while longer. Pokki’s here to scratch that itch.

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In modern society, social networks have become the norm. Gone are the days of basic communication — we like to share everything else with the world over the web now. Nowadays, I never have to check the news or even look outside my window for the weather – I’m sure that someone’s “Tweeting” about it. However, social networks do take different forms and the majority of us use a few different networks.

Although, keeping in control of every single one is often a hard task. Fliptoast is a brand new Windows 8 app which combines four of the biggest social networks into one easy to use application. Bringing together Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn makes Fliptoast a powerful app which will save you the trouble of navigation and organization.

Read on to find out more!

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Much of my life revolves around music. Whenever I use my computer, I have music on, and when outside I usually use a portable media player. Unlike most people, I listen to whole albums instead of random songs, and my music collection is organized by bands and their albums.

With Jaangle, formerly named Teen Spirit, I found a free, light and fast piece of software, which satisfies all my needs. Don’t let the simple looks of this player fool you, because Jaangle is an incredible and reliable music player.

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How many cloud storage services do you use? If you’re anything like me, you probably have files scattered across numerous different services and have to move between apps or web sites to find what you’re looking for.

Joukuu is a service that makes it possible to access multiple online storage services from one place so you can manage all of your backups and files without the need to have several clients installed or to constantly switch between web sites.

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Regardless of whether you like it or not, Microsoft is not backing down — Windows 8 is definitely here to  stay. The operating system is different than any previous version. In fact, it could be called the most radical change to Windows since 1995. Those changes have spawned a lot of controversy among the user base, especially with those who seem think they “just can’t live without the Start menu”.

In fact, the “upgrade” has created a whole new ecosystem of apps, including numerous ways to add the Start menu, customize the Start screen, disable features like the Charms menu, boot to the desktop and a lot more.

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Perhaps the best part about Windows 8 is that it shares the same core with Windows Phone. This instantly translates into many apps that were made for mobiles coming onto the desktop platform a lot more easily.

Big Duck Games scored a big hit with their game Flow Free for both Android and iOS. And it’s not available on the Windows 8 Store as well as the Windows Phone Store (compatible with 7.5 or higher), ready to be downloaded for free.

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Inky is a new email application that, in the words of its website, ‘pulls all your email accounts together in one place, [and] sorts your mail by relevance, letting you see your most important mail first. Enjoy your email again!’ Taglines telling us to ‘enjoy’ our email again are as old as the hills, and we’ve seen them on at least a half a dozen ambitious mail clients who ultimately fail in their promise to assist with the drudgery of email.

What makes Inky different? Does it succeed in its promise to make email enjoyable? Read on to find out.

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In these days of more, more and even more, isn’t it sometimes refreshing to have less and less and less? I refer to distractions. While you’re trying to concentrate on writing that next best–seller a million and one things are vying for your attention; Email notifications, Windows Updates, Tweets, FaceBook updates, BaseCamp notifications, whatever it might be, it wants you to read it right.this.instant.

This is where a full screen editor like Q10 comes in; turn off those notifications, disconnect the internet(!), fire up the app and relax a little… You now have a distraction free space to get some writing done. I used it to compose this article, should you give it a go too?

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I have been on the lookout for the perfect email client for years. I manage multiple email accounts and need a lightweight program with lots of features, including rules and filters. EmailTray advertises itself as a full-featured, lightweight smart email client for Windows so I thought I’d give it a shot.

Let’s find out what EmailTray can do and if it can stand up against the big boys like Outlook, Thunderbird and Postbox.

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