Windows software of the day »
Are you feeling … uninspired? The folks at Coppertino sure were, so one day they decided to create Forismatic. It’s a free app filled to the brim with inspirational quotes to help get you thinking.
Forismatic is beautiful in its simplicity.…Read More »
There are some apps that are giant, ugly processor hogs. They take up huge amounts of disc space, and are all around pains to use. PicoTimer is… different. It’s 132KB, and takes up less than 1500 square pixels. It can time things in hours, minutes, and seconds, and is overall extremely simple.…Read More »
It’s 4 in the afternoon, and you sit down at the computer. You browse dotTech for a bit, then visit Twitter for all of the latest breaking news updates. Unbeknownst to you, it’s actually 2 in the morning now, and you’re going to–look again!…Read More »
Are you a fan of keyboard shortcuts? They’re a great tool for speeding up your workflow, but sometimes they can be a bit difficult to use. Windows 7 actually has some built-in shortcuts that open pinned apps, but since they’re not numbered, it can be difficult to remember what buttons to push.…Read More »
Are you an avid fan of painting with Windows’ built-in Paint program?
If you are, you’re crazy. Most kids aren’t–they’re probably looking for a fun app they can paint and draw in. Paint 4 Kids is that kind of app.…
Are you looking for a new way to organize and look at your photos? PictureRelate is a cool and unique program for comparing photos by similarity, and it actually works quite well.
PictureRelate is simple. You load up a bunch of images, select one, double click, and the rest are instantly ordered by similarity.…Read More »
Subtitles are tricky beasts. While every major DVD release since ever has subtitles nicely integrated onto the discs, downloaded and ripped movies can be much more complicated. There are dozens of files, and each media player supports different things. BatchSubtitlesConverter is a free tool that’ll automatically change subtitle format, encoding, and FPS with great ease.…Read More »
literally billions of games in every app download center for every device in which you click on or tap on sets of three or more balls to make them disappear. Invariably, the rest fall down, and you’re left with another set of balls to tap on.…
Are you in a hurry to rename tons of files? If so, you definitely know that typing in filenames one by one can be both a hassle and not worth it at all. Solid Renamer is probably the simplest batch renamer I’ve come across, and can reduce hours of work to mere minutes.…Read More »
Colors are something that the world underappreciates. You go about your day every day looking at a billion different things with a trillion different colors, but seldom stop to consciously think about how the various colors interact. If you’re looking to choose a color scheme for your next project and have found an image or site with a color scheme you really like, Able Opus Color Extractor can tell you exactly what RGB values are being used.…Read More »
Whenever you lock your computer on Windows 8 you’re greeted with a harsh, cartoony picture of Seattle. We get it, Microsoft! You’re based right outside of Seattle! If you’re looking for a nice picture to replace it with, LockPic may be the app for you.…Read More »
How do you download files on your computer? Do you use your browser’s built-in download management tool? Most people do. However, those tools generally lack configurability, and can sometimes even be slower than dedicated programs. DownTango is a tool that’s just as easy to use as your browser’s downloading tool, but is much more customizable.…Read More »
Twitter for web sucks. Gmail for web only has notifications if you’re running Chrome. Are you looking for a way to get a better social app experience on your Windows computer? Download Pokki. It’s simultaneously an “app store” for Windows and a way to download better social apps.…Read More »
Are you a fan of [WordHero] on your Android phone, or Wordament on your Windows Phone 7 phone? Now, you can get that same game on your computer with Wordament: find the most words in the 4×4 grid as possible in the least amount of time!…Read More »
Are you constantly trying to find faster, easier ways to upload images to the web? ImgurUploader may be the absolute fastest way possible.
ImgurUploader uploads to the awesome Imgur image host. Imgur is both reliable and fast, and provides easy deletion links for anyone who needs them.…Read More »
Are you the kind of person who sits down at their computer at one in the afternoon, zones out, looks outside, and notices it’s actually one in the morning? If you are, try the free program TakeABreak. This free app pops up messages warning you to take regular breaks.…Read More »
I actually find myself Googling for an online stopwatch quite often. Clock is a free app that could get me to stop: instead of being just a clock, Clock is a timer, stopwatch, calendar, and alarm clock.
Clock is quite functional.…Read More »
There are plenty of high-quality clouds being produced by reputable companies, including Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft SkyDrive. However, if you’re looking for one from a company known for its impressive cloud infrastructure, try Amazon Cloud Drive.
Amazon gives you 5GB of storage for free, which is on par with Google Drive, less than SkyDrive, and much much more than Dropbox’s default 2GB.…Read More »
Are you looking for a functional calculator app for your Windows 8 PC or tablet? Calc4Win supports the standard four-button calculator features, plus the standard set of scientific calculator features.
Calc4Win is easy enough to use. You just tap out the things you need to calculate, hit the big red button, and are instantly shown your answer.…Read More »
Listening to your media collection can be quite annoying, especially if the files themselves were not properly cared for. Clementine doesn’t care–it uses the MusicBrainz Picard database to automatically tag music files, and can create smart playlists on demand.
Clementine also makes a relatively good podcast program.…Read More »
Windows Vista removed the feature to extensively customize file type associations. Now, you can only use Windows’ very basic association editor. Gunners File Type Editor seeks to fix that by bringing extensive support for filetype control back to Windows Vista and 7.…Read More »
Avid readers of the internet all know about RSS, the free and awesome way to read the latest posts from all of your favorite sites. However, if you’re a fan of the new Windows 8 style interface, there’s not many choices for RSS readers.…Read More »
If you’re a true security nut, you’ve probably heard of TrueCrypt. It’s that free hard drive encryption program that’s unfortunately quite complicated. If you’re looking for a trouble-free way to encrypt your hard drives, DiskCryptor might be the program for you.…Read More »
If you’re not planning on upgrading to Windows 8, you’ll miss out on what’s probably my #1 feature: the Windows Store. Luckily, there are alternatives. AllMyApps is a free and great appstore for older versions of Windows.
AllMyApps is a great appstore.…Read More »
Are you a famous Wiki editor by night? If you are, you probably know some form of markdown. That’s the syntax formatting that allows you to form series of asterisks and pound signs into real HTML and XHTML. MdCharm is a free markdown editor that allows for instant previews of entered code.…Read More »
Are you a fan of puzzles? If you are, you may find PuzzleTouch a fun game to download. It’s a free jigsaw puzzle app that has dozens of built-in photos, plus the ability to create puzzles from your own photos.
PuzzleTouch is a fun little app.…Read More »
Are you looking for a cross-platform tool to lighten that load of scheduling and planning daily tasks? Wunderlist is one such tool, and covers every use you could possibly think of.
While it’s not required, Wunderlist recommends a Wunderlist account. After setting it up, you can sync all of your tasks to your Android phones, iOS devices, and other computers.…Read More »
Everyone has their favorite way to launch apps and search the web. For some, Windows’ start menu is their sole app launcher and their browser’s search box is the only way they search the web. Pipy is a free app that seeks to change that: if you just want to perform a quick websearch, you shouldn’t have to wait for your browser to load, your homepage to load, your search box to respond, and finally the results to load.…Read More »
Are you looking for a tool to help you with your grammers and spelings? Ginger is a free tool that may be able to help. It lets you get both grammar and spelling corrections in all three major browsers, and Microsoft Office.…Read More »
There are dozens of image manipulation programs out there, and many of them seem designed to complicate things as much as possible. Not so with ImgTransformer: this app is quite simple. You select your photos, select your transformations, and are done.…Read More »
Some games are destined to fall away and never be played again. Others are timeless, and will exist as long as humans do. Tic Tac Toe is one of those simple, fun games, and with Simple Tic Tac Toe, you can play a fun game in just seconds on any Windows 8 or Windows RT computer.…Read More »
Much like games on other platforms, Windows 8-native games are beginning to evolve into small little ways to pass time while you’re on your device. Untangle is one of those, and it’s one of the better ones. How quickly can you untangle the dots?…Read More »
If I were to ask you what exactly “The Cloud” was, what would you say? Most people would sit and stare blankly, but most dotTechies wouldn’t. Would you expound upon the benefits of a thousand identical computers all containing redundant copies of your data scattered safely throughout the globe, or would you go on a rant about how it’s all a government plan to get us to relinquish our personal information?…Read More »
Is your mouse cursor bothering you? On many operating systems, your mouse cursor will automatically hide itself after it’s been untouched for a few seconds. This is especially great for people who watch a lot of videos on their computer, but for some reason Windows doesn’t have the option to hide it.…Read More »
There are few programs more simple than SnapTimer. Its very idea is to be usable in a snap: it can accomplish anything with just three or four taps. Along with its extremely simple idea, it’s also surprisingly customizable. If you’re looking for a no-frills timer app, SnapTimer is definitely worth a look.…Read More »