A Recommended Windows File Manager and Explorer Replacement

February 25, 2015

File management is a skill that I have found that most computer users have a hard time grasping. If you can understand the concept of file management and how the files (and folders) on your computer are layed out, it will boost your confidence and open up a whole new world to you when it comes to using your computer. If you are a power user when it comes to file management, then you most likely prefer a file manager that is tabbed based or dual-paned based that will allow you to perform file management operations in a more efficient manner.

Today I want to share with you a file manager that gives you the best of both worlds (tabbed based and dual-paned based) called XYplorerwith its’ friendly,beautifully engineered and easy to use interface.

XYplorer

This file manager comes to you in a FREE version and a PAID version (compare here) that is continually being improved and developed; AND, can be either installed as a normal Windows installation or installed as a portable app (that can be carried with you from PC to PC on your flash drive). In my case I use the portable version, which I know will help keep my registry a little cleaner; plus, XYplorer is one of my “go to” tools in my portable app tech toolbox.

The features of XYplorer are too numerous to list here; however, you can get a quick alphabetical overview of the features, including links to online documentations by clicking HERE. You don’t have to take my word for it, but this file manager is an excellent replacement (or supplement) to the Windows File Manager and Explorer.

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Add A Watermark Description And Date Stamp To Photos

February 24, 2015

You can add a watermark description and date stamp to a photo (or batch of photos) using the freeware Windows software application called Photo Date Stamper

Photo Date Stamper Settings

Photo Date Stamper

Photo Date Stamper gives you the choice to embed (and preview) a watermark in either the top left, top right, bottom left or bottom right of the photo. The watermarked text can be various sizes and colors. Once you save the result, the watermarked photo is saved in a folder called “New”…

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A Remote Android Texting App For Your Computer And Tablet

February 22, 2015

How would you like to send and receive real SMS text messages (and MMS) in perfect sync with your Android phone (that uses your Android #)? You can with mysms SMS Text Messaging Sync. There are quite a few apps out there that gives you the ability to send and received SMS text messages from your computer and tablet, but this is the only one I know of where you can text from your tablet using your Android phone number. Another plus with mysms SMS Text Messaging Sync, which is a security features, is if you ever lose your phone, you can sync your text messages from mysms to your new phone…

To get an overview of mysms, I encourage you to watch this sort video and visit the web site links below:

 

Features:

  • Text from computer and tablet (real SMS and MMS) using your Android #
  • Call notifications on your computer – when you receive a call on your phon
  • The only remote texting app with native apps for Android tablet, iPad, Windows 7/XP, Windows 8 desktop & tablet, Mac OS X and Chrome
  • Complete call log history from your Android on your PC & tablet
  • MMS Group Chat (group messaging)
  • Multimedia messages (picture messages and files)
  • Support for any browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera …)

To connect your computer or tablet to your Android phone, download this app on your phone and register for an account. When you then start texting from your computer at https://app.mysms.com or use one of our native apps, you will find all existing SMS messages and contacts synchronized from your Android to your computer/tablet. There is no additional charge from what your carrier charges when you text from your computer.

HOW TO GET STARTED:

  1. Install this mysms app on your Android phone
  2. Start texting on your computer at https://app.mysms.com or download one of our native desktop and tablet apps at https://www.mysms.com/apps

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FREE Software To Password Protect And Secure The Files You Store Online

February 17, 2015

I will be the first to admit that I am skeptical of storing sensitive files on the internet and what files I do store (or backup) online are encrypted with AES256-based encryption using a small file archive utility program called PeaZip. This added level of security gives me peace of mind knowing that my files cannot be compromised in the event my online account disappears (or the account in itself is compromised).

PeaZip

After spending a considerable amount of time looking for software to carry out the encryption of my files (that I store online), I did not go for a standalone encryption utility; instead, I ended up using the file archive utility, called PeaZip (screenshots).

What I like about PeaZip is that the focus is on security where multiple strong encryption password protected archive files standards are supported, such as the AES256-based encryption standard. If you really want to make your files secure you also have option of using PeaZip’s two factor authentication where a password and keyfile are both required in order to access the archive.

Integrated into PeaZip are utilities to create random keyfiles and passwords; AND, this I really likePeaZip has a built in utility that supports secure file deletion to erase tracks of unwanted data.

If you are looking for an easy way to secure files on your computer and/or secure files you store online, I would definitely give PeaZip a try (which is available as a Windows install and portable app):

  • PeaZip is a free cross-platform file archiver that provides an unified portable GUI for many Open Source technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX…
  • Create 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, WIM, XZ, ZIP files
  • Open and extract over 150 archive types: ACE, ARJ, CAB, DMG, ISO, LHA, RAR, UDF, ZIPX files and more…
  • Features of PeaZip includes extract, create and convert multiple archives at once, create self-extracting archives, split/join files, strong encryption with two factor authentication, encrypted password manager, secure deletion, find duplicate files, calculate hashes, export job definition as script.

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The Windows Club Lists The New Features In The Free Version of OneNote

February 15, 2015

I am big into the notekeeping applications and have tried all of them. When Microsoft made OneNote 2013 FREE, I jumped on board and haven’t jumped ship yet.

Recently Microsoft opened the door to a few more features of OneNote that really make it even more worthwhile to give it a try. The one new feature that I especially like is the ability to password protect sections to secure sensitive information. Please visit The Windows Club to review all of the new features.

OneNote

This free edition of OneNote 2013 for PC allows you to store your notes only on One Drive and you still need to use the paid version of OneNote 2013, if you want to save your notes in local or other networks. Anyways, with the free Microsoft Account, you will get 15 GB free space on One Drive and there is no limitation to number of notes you create/sync to your One Drive account.  source: The Windows Club

If you want to learn more and download OneNote 2013 — CLICK HERE… OneNote is not only available as a Windows download; but, is also available on the Windows Phone, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android and internet (web based) platforms.

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PDF Max 4 FREE – Desktop Class Android PDF App For Reading, Annotating Or Signing PDF Documents

February 1, 2015

All I can say is “WOW!”. PDF Max 4 FREE is a must install app for your Android Phone and/or Tablet that is in a class of its’ own. Most of the time when it comes to PDF apps we are usually presented with a PDF viewer that carries a few bells and whistles.

This app exceeds anything I have seen so far on the Android platform for PDF apps. The only way I can put this into perspective is to list the features (see below) as I am seeing them at Google Play; then, I will let you decide.

Also, note the graphic below that depicts an example of a document and to the right of that document you will see a bar containing a multitude of editing options. This bar is easily hidden and shown by tapping on the screen. Another option, that I like, is the ability to have the document read back to you with the apps built in text to speech feature.

PDF Max Free - Beyond Reader!

PDF Max 4 Features:

READING FEATURES

- Fast PDF Rendering with large PDF support

- Smooth vertical scrolling – allow you to scroll through your entire PDF document smoothly and efficiency.

- Open documents in multiple tabs.

- Multi-purposes SideBar includes everything you need to skim through your documents like never before: Page Thumbnails, PDF Outlines/Bookmarks, Annotation List & Search Panel.

- PDF Text to Speech

- Advanced PDF Text Reflow: This Amazing Text Reflow feature that helps you read your PDF easily with any kind of PDF. Forget the tedious pan & zoom steps, you now just enjoy reading your documents.

- Smart Zoom: Double-tap on text blocks and PDF Max will zoom the touched text block to fit the screen. Simple & efficient reading.

- Friendly & Easy to use User Interface

ANNOTATING FEATURES

- Text markup: Highlight, Underline, Strike out & Squiggle

- Unlimited threaded comments (notes) attached to any annotation.

- Create VOICE ANNOTATIONS: Record and embed voice annotations within the PDF document.

- HANDWRITING with Advanced Zoom-In Writing feature

- Eraser tools to manipulate your handwriting

- Shape tools to draw Line, Arrow, Rectangle & Oval with intelligent snapping

- Rich format Freetext tool to type over PDF pages

- Stamp tool to insert Predefined, Standard Business Stamps & Custom Stamps

- Signature tool to manage and insert your signatures

- Undo/Redo function to correct your mistake

EDITING FEATURES

- Manage PDF Pages (Insert, Copy/Cut/Paste, Reorder & Delete PDF Pages)

- Manage PDF Outlines (Table of Contents) , PDF Embedded Links

FORM-FILLING FEATURES

- Support Text field, checkboxes, radio buttons, dropdown list, buttons & date-time fields

- Support JavaScripted-powered PDF forms

- Support AcroForms & Static XFA Forms

- Zoom-in writing to fill out scanned/non-interactive PDF forms

- Multiple signatures support, plus one-time signature for customer

PDF OUTLINE, PDF LINK & BOOKMARK MANAGEMENT FEATURES

- Create and manipulate PDF Outlines

- Create and manage PDF Bookmarks

- Create and edit PDF Embedded Links

FILE MANAGEMENT FEATURES

- Auto syncing with Dropbox, Box, OneDrive & Google Drive with offline support

- Copy/Move PDF documents between cloud storage services

- Built-in PDF Library management

OTHER FEATURES

- Bookmarks management with ability to export as PDF Outlines

- Email or Print PDF via Google Cloud Print

- Auto or manual saving

- PDF documents/forms modified by PDF Max are compatible with Adobe Acrobat standard

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Remote Desktop App For Accessing Your Windows (or Mac) Computer Using Your Android Phone or Tablet

January 30, 2015

One of the best Android Apps to remotely access your PC is Splashtop 2. You would never think this is possible, but it is with this app (and it works exceptionally well). I do recommend that if you do give this a shot that you use a tablet computer to take advantage of the screen space.

Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop - screenshot

Simple steps on getting you started… Download and install the Splashtop 2 app to your Android tablet or phone (get it HERE) and download and install the Splashtop Streamer Windows installation to your PC (get it HERE). After installing the Windows app, launch Splashtop on your device and create an account. After creating your account, Splashtop will go looking for your PC. One thing that I did was go into the Spashtop Streamer software on the computer (under “Advanced”) and enter my IP Address for my computer. This made things even better…

How well does this work? In my scenario I am using my Samsung Galaxy Tab S Android Tablet to remotely access my ASUS Desktop Windows 8.1 Computer. Using my setup (as described) I can remotely access my desktop computer from anywhere in my home, start up my WinTV application on my desktop computer and stream TV from the computer to my tablet. I am amazed at how well this works. With Splashtop 2 I can operate my computer from my tablet as if I am sitting at the computer. I have found Splashtop 2 to be an exceptional app…

With Splashtop 2 You Can:

* Use your Android device to access all of the programs and files on your computer with 100% compatibility, including all PC/Mac applications

* Use your full desktop browser with Flash and Java support, with all of your bookmarks and your favorite plug-ins

* Enjoy the full video and music libraries that are playable only on your computer, whatever formats they’re in

* Play all the 3D games and all the Flash games

Requirements:

* Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP, Mac OS X 10.6+ or Linux (Ubuntu 12.04).

* A computer with dual-core CPU is strongly recommended for best performance.

* Internet connection is needed to use this app.

* Productivity Pack is available for Android tablet only

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