Who needs the cloud when you’ve got Sunshine?
May 6, 2015 – 13:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SunshineSunshine is a free app for sharing files directly between any Android, iOS, Windows or OS X device. No upload/ download hassles, no concerns about who else can access your files, just quickly transfer whatever you need from one system to another.

The process starts by creating a Sunshine account. Oddly, you can only do this from iOS or Android apps, but it’s simple enough – just the usual “email, password” dialog – and you’re ready to go.

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Dropbox for iOS 3.9 adds new Recents tab, supports comments
May 6, 2015 – 07:35 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Dropbox for iOSDropbox has unveiled Dropbox for iOS 3.9.0, a significant update to its client for iPhone and iPad. The new build debuts three new features and improvements.

There’s a new Recents tab option added to the home screen to provide an alternative way of browsing documents, while users can now add comments to documents from directly within the app. The app also segues in with existing Microsoft Office iOS apps for easy access to Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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Generate amazing fractal art with Mandelbulb 3D
May 6, 2015 – 07:17 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Mandelbulb 3DTalk to mathematicians and they’ll do their best to explain how beautiful their chosen field can be, but it probably won’t make any difference: if you’re not quite so expert, you won’t have the faintest idea what they’re talking about.

3D Fractals have the power to change all that. Some will appreciate the way they shift the geometrical properties of the complex plane and shift them into 3D space. But the rest of us can enjoy spectacular fractal art which is a mix of H R Giger’s sketchpad, old sci-fi novel cover art, and the weirdest dreams Terry Gilliam has ever had.

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Wappalyzer uncovers the technologies powering a website
May 5, 2015 – 10:10 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WappalyzerIf you’re a web developer, interested in security, or just trying to troubleshoot a server problem, then it can sometimes be useful to see exactly what’s powering a website.

Wappalyzer is a free browser extension for Chrome and Firefox which identifies servers, content management systems, eCommerce platforms, analytics tools, advertising frameworks and more.

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Create and share concept maps online with CmapTools
May 5, 2015 – 08:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CmapToolsCmapTools is a free cross-platform application (Windows, OS X, iPad) for creating and sharing concept maps, structured diagrams which represent various concepts and show how they’re linked.

Essentially they’re a simple type of mind map which can help you with anything from brainstorming new ideas to teaching knowledge models to others. And if that still doesn’t help – or you’d just like to see one yourself – then CmapTools has a concept map about itself which you can view here.

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Microsoft Office 2016 Public Preview now available
May 5, 2015 – 05:48 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Microsoft Office 2016Microsoft has announced the release of Microsoft Office 2016 Public Preview for Windows 7 and later.

The build is free for everyone to try out, no Office 365 subscription required. Although beware, there is one potential complication: the preview won’t run alongside Office 2013, so you’ll need to uninstall the older version first.

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Noizio brings the soothing sounds of nature to your Mac
May 4, 2015 – 11:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NoizioWhen you’re working on a computer, trying to concentrate on the task in hand, background noise can be a real distraction. Whether it’s a busy office, TV, music, or just other people moving around your home, it’s all too easy for your mood to be broken. Again, and again, and again.

Noizio is a free Mac app which can drown out the regular background sounds with something more soothing, ambient soundscapes which help you ignore any irritations and focus on what you really want to do.

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Collect, organise and share your text notes with NoteCase Pro Lite
May 4, 2015 – 09:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NoteCase Pro LiteNotepad is a great tool for creating occasional ad-hoc text notes, but if your desktop is cluttered with TXT files, and you can’t remember what’s in any of them, it may be time to look for an alternative.

NoteCase Pro Lite is a free cross-platform (Win, OS X, Android, Linux) application which helps you get a little more organised. It allows you to enter text, apply simple formatting, insert images, and structure notes into lists or trees to build simple outlines.

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Resouce Hacker 4.0 adds *.RES file creation
May 2, 2015 – 10:18 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Resource HackerIt’s been more than three years since the last update, but Angus Johnson has just announced the latest release of his classic freeware tool Resource Hacker 4.0.

The program is designed to view, modify, or save resources from Windows executables (*.exe, *.dll, *.cpl, *.ocx etc) and Windows resource files (*.res).

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Set your wallpaper to a single shade with LoneColor
May 1, 2015 – 07:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

LoneColorFamily photos, landscapes, animals, celebs, even live video: there’s no shortage of wallpaper options, or programs to help you change from one image to another.

While this seems like a good idea at first, there are potential problems. Really detailed images can be a distraction – especially when they’re changing all the time – and can make it harder to read icon captions.

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Microsoft reveals Code editor for Windows, Mac, Linux
April 30, 2015 – 15:25 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Visual Studio CodeMicrosoft has announced the first public preview of Visual Studio Code, a free cross-platform developer’s editor for Windows, Mac and Linux.

As you’d expect with this kind of tool, there’s syntax highlighting, autocompletion, bracket matching and similar support for a lot of languages: C++, jade, PHP, Python, XML, Batch, F#, DockerFile, Coffee Script, Java, HandleBars, R, Objective-C, PowerShell, Luna, Visual Basic, Markdown, JavaScript, JSON, HTML, CSS, LESS, SASS, C# and TypeScript, with more to come,

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