AOMEI Backupper for Win7 has what we like in a full backup solution, starting with the ability to completely restore your system from a backup (with the help of a bootable system restore disc also created by Backupper). Backupper can back up partitions, volumes, and entire discs. It creates full or incremental backups, either automatically or manually, with the usual compression and encryption options found in premium backup tools -- except it's not a premium backup tool. The one thing Backupper lacks, we can do without: a price tag. AOMEI Backupper for Win7 is freeware. And it's not … Read more
Puzzler Crossword is a fun, easy-to-use crossword puzzle app that is limited in many ways by the trial restrictions and steep price of additional content. While there are quite literally hundreds of puzzles here to download, the barrier to entry can be intimidating for someone who is looking for a mostly free app to keep them busy during downtimes.
When you open Puzzler Crossword for the first time, you'll have access to one set of starter puzzles. These puzzles are relatively small to successfully fit the iPhone's screen and the clues are not exceptionally hard, but they are … Read more
Photo Sketch comes with a huge number of cool filters, but the obnoxious ads don't do it any favors. If you can stomach those, it's a very cool app that has style that you won't get in many other places.
This app turns any photograph on your phone or tablet into a sketch. All of the app's filters revolve around making your photo look like it was done with pencil, markers, or other drawing equipment. There are dozens of filters and borders for you to choose from, and most of them look really beautiful. You have … Read more
Songza for Android provides great audio quality, a huge number of playlists, and a stylish layout in a free package. It's become one of the most popular streaming radio apps thanks to its one-of-a-kind music concierge service. That awesome feature is backed up with enough other goodies to make this an essential app for music fans. It may even pull you away from Spotify, Pandora, and the rest.
You have to sign up before you get started, but the app lets you use your Google or Facebook accounts for quicker access. Unlike other streaming apps, Songza for Android doesn'… Read more
Rename for Mac locates and labels files quickly on your system. Its additional features for searching files makes it a good program for many users.
Rename for Mac installs easily and starts up into a rather basic interface. Most will be able to discern its main functions without too much trial and error. A row of check boxes on the left side allows the user to select options for operations, including extensions, prefixes, and suffixes, among others. To the right of each of the checkboxes are areas where text can be entered. For example, next to the find function, user … Read more
aText for Mac's basic and intuitive interface makes it a great choice for defining and using frequently-used phrases instead of abbreviations to speed up typing and make it more convenient. With its default choice and ability to create custom combinations, the application includes all of the features users would expect from this type of program.
As a free trial version, the program operates without restriction for 14 days, but unlocking the full application costs $5. After starting up and requiring an activation of the assistive device features on the computer, aText for Mac presents a rather basic main menu … Read more
Draw Something 2 is the first iteration of the popular social app produced by Zynga and it improves in many ways on the Draw Something original, including providing even deeper social integration. With the trademark Zynga interface and numerous social tools to drive your play of the game, Draw Something 2 brings with it hundreds of new words, a gallery to view past drawings, and much more -- ultimately making it a better game.
The first step after installing Draw Something 2 is to set up your account. You'll need to log in with your Zynga or Facebook ID … Read more
iPaperFree looks bare bones on the surface, but it works well as a straightforward document reader and sharing tool for your iOS device. It doesn't have the sheer level of support that some other reading apps offer, but with single-page sharing features and quick loading from e-mail or linked accounts like Dropbox, it works well to load and read documents on the go.
iPaperFree has two major functions: loading and reading your documents and sharing bits and pieces of those documents with people from your device. You can load documents either from other apps or from an in-app menu … Read more
BibDesk for Mac does a good job at simplifying the process of organizing citation materials and using reference lists in other applications. The free program's interface seems rather dated but it's easy to use and navigate.
After starting, BibDesk for Mac brings up a window containing detailed information on each of its updates, which is extensive but of little use. Fortunately, this is easily dismissed in favor of the main menu. While it lacks any real graphics, the buttons are well labeled and easy to find. On the left side of the window, users can select records from … Read more
Wraparound for Mac offers useful features for those who have to move their cursor across a large monitor screen or those who use multiple monitors. When the cursor is moved off of the screen, the program jumps it to the opposite side, saving the user the time of dragging it all the way back.
After starting, the program brings up an options window, which is well designed and easy to interpret. The operations can be altered to work for all areas of the screen, or only as many as desired. Hot keys can also be set to turn off the … Read more