Yelp's version of its business review site for Android phones is developing apace, but it's still behind the iPhone app in terms of what it can do. There's the usual search for restaurants and businesses nearby, which Yelp sniffs out using GPS or cell tower triangulation. Results records include ratings, reviews, and photos you can view from the phone. You can click or press a button to call the business. There's another button to map the location to a movable Google map, and this version thankfully includes our favorite new feature: a link to pop open … Read more
Nero 9 Lite claims to be a full-service CD burning program. While it looks like a great tool for burning data and music disks, its trial limits kept us from truly finding out what it can do.
The program's interface features a professionally designed layout that flows well from one command to the next. It felt so natural that we weren't upset that Nero doesn't offer any sort of Help file or instructions. Unfortunately, we didn't get to fully experience this program much beyond admiring its layout. While it boasts many tools for burning and ripping … Read more
Amphony's iGetMusic offers an alternative for free, legal song downloads. However, the idea is better than the actual program, which is full of tedious work that fails to impress.
The program's interface looks very professional, and there's a detailed Help file. Because of all the manual input it requires, however, we never felt comfortable with iGetMusic. Things got off to a bad start when the program required a total realigning of our Internet browser's proxy settings just to move on to the second step of downloading. This also needed a great deal of entering and reentering … Read more
SocialSpeed provides a basic collection of tools for sharing bookmarks online. While it has some hoops to jump through to register, its simplicity and speed at posting your saved sites on the Web proved to be its best assets.
The program's interface features a basic set of controls and onscreen instructions that make everything simple. The program not only bookmarks your chosen sites, but also includes tags and a brief description. Based on this information, SocialSpeed then pulls up a list of potential bookmark-sharing sites to which you can send the link. The program's fields for a username … Read more
Easy Image Modifier is a lightweight program that resizes and changes the formats of image files. It's a no-frills utility that's nice to have for quick, basic photo edits.
The program's interface is quite small, with most of its features displayed on the main screen. There's a space for users to drag and drop one or more images, which is handy. Users can then resize the images, select a new format (JPEG, PNG, or BMP), choose a new file name, and specify a destination for the new file. A couple of menus within the program contain … Read more
Digital Clock-7 is a very basic but attractive freeware screensaver that displays the current time on the user's desktop. Although some users might prefer screensavers with more features, we liked the sleek simplicity of this one very much.
The screensaver itself is very simple: it displays the time. The time doesn't move; you can't change its format, and there are no bells chiming the hour. There are four things about the display that you can customize: the color of the numbers--although the background is always black--the font, the size of the numbers, and whether you want the … Read more
Advanced Batch Image to PDF Converter is an easy-to-use tool that converts images into PDF files. It's not the most beautiful or sophisticated program, but it works well, offering just the right number of features.
The program's interface is plain but intuitive, with each step of the process helpfully numbered. You select the images to convert, choose the output directory, and select document properties and image scaling. The program quickly converts the selected images to PDFs and stores them in the designated directory. We liked that users can choose portrait or landscape orientation, and we found it especially … Read more
Nenad Hrg's 12-Ants is a cute yet slightly creepy desktop enhancement that unleashes an army of digital ants across the user's screen. Although there's not much point to it beyond its potential as a practical joke, it is somewhat amusing and entertaining.
The ants themselves are not particularly detailed or realistic-looking, but at first glance they definitely fool that part of your brain that identifies insects. The program's interface consists of a small dialog box in which users can set their preferences for the ants' behavior. You can adjust the number of ants from three to … Read more