If you need to convert JPEG images into PDF files that you can open in any PDF viewer, you can buy a big-box program for a big-ticket price, though that may be overkill, especially for individual users. You can try one of the free converters out there, but those can be underwhelming since many of them lack basic features and options. In between you'll find some affordable shareware that can do the job with a minimum of fuss and without sacrificing features or the extras that make them worth the cost, starting with technical support. That's the case … Read more
Ripping and converting your DVDs lets you watch your videos on your smartphone, tablet, or player of choice. DVDSpirit is a shareware DVD ripper and converter specifically designed to make it easy to extract and convert DVD video to play on a wide range of devices. It also rips audio tracks. It's free to try, but the trial limits conversions to 10 minutes of video.
DVDSpirit's user interface borrows more from a smartphone app than a Windows program, with a series of basic screens, most of which only offer two buttons, such as Back and Next. It also … Read more
We like lots of widgets, but not all of them, and that's sort of the point: there's a desktop widget for every need and every taste available for free, customized exactly the way you like it, thanks to XWidget. This free app comes with a bunch of ready-made widgets that can check the weather, stock prices, headlines, and messages; display compact slideshows; play video; add and subtract; and anything you can do with a widget. But the really cool thing is the XWidget Designer, a sophisticated tool for creating and customizing widgets. It lets you change the size, … Read more
Magic Photo Editor is a shareware digital image editor optimized for creating photo collages, frames, and portraits using a variety of template masks, objects, and borders. It's free to try with a 30-use limit. But it has some serious issues, starting with a clunky, unattractive interface that lacks common features. More serious is a lack of basic functionality, though.
Magic Photo Editor's user interface was the first hurdle: it's colorful but too simple by half, with nothing but a sidebar listing basic controls and features. Amazingly, we could not resize the interface -- not by clicking and … Read more
According to his unconfirmed tweet, the faster and more powerful One X will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 4.5 and offer a 1.6GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Like the original model, the One X+ should also boast 1GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a 1,800mAh battery.
Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G owners on Sprint's network are now getting a bite of Jelly Bean.
As of yesterday, Android 4.1.1, aka Jelly Bean, has been available for Nexus users through an over-the-air update. Owners of the Samsung phone can follow the steps on Sprint's Galaxy Nexus update page to download and install the latest version if they don't already have it.
The Nexus S 4G is also getting the Jelly Bean treatment over Sprint's network. Like the update for the Galaxy Nexus, this one is available over the air. Users will … Read more
Solitaire XL is the Mac version of the built-in Windows application that lets you play card games on your computer. It might seem simplistic when compared with other games, but we found it very easy to use, and the app takes up very little space.
Solitaire XL has a very simple but well-designed interface with a few customization options to adjust the size of the cards and the background. It has a built-in Help file that will guide you through the app, but most will be able to skip this and start playing right away. We didn't find any … Read more
WordWeb Dictionary brings a wealth of definitions directly to your iPhone. For those who love words or just want to make sure they're using the right one, this is a nice addition to your apps, but overall we felt it didn't beat Apple's native application.
WordWeb Dictionary has a well-designed interface, but its settings were a bit hard to find. We had to search a bit to find them hidden under the share button, but this was the only issue we noted during our testing. The settings tab proved useful, though, allowing you to enable and disable … Read more
The era of visiting carnivals and arcades may be over, but Prize Claw is a free iOS app that aims to re-create that old time feeling. The main problem is an overly cluttered interface that takes some time to figure out without delivering much of an incentive to keep playing (at least for free).
Prize Claw's interface is packed with ads and other information that made it hard to find the claw controller at first. There is a Help screen with instructions about the game, which helped us get oriented. Apart from the cluttered screen, we also weren't … Read more
You don't have to be an advanced player to enjoy playing Zynga Poker, the free iOS version of the popular online Flash game. We found that it only takes a few games to get addicted to this iPhone app.
Zynga Poker gets off to a good start with a nicely designed user interface. It's intuitive enough that even novice users can start playing right away. Zynga Poker has several customizable options, allowing you to choose the stakes of the game, the minimum or maximum buy-in, and even the table size. To give you the real feel of a … Read more