Pipelining is an old concept in computing that basically involves directing the output of one process directly into another along a linear "pipeline," with each step processing the data in some way. It has many uses, such as serving as the basis for TenFityTwo's Pipelines, a free utility that lets you modify text or data files in numerous ways, in whole or just specific parts. You can quickly and easily make changes to columns, word, and field ranges; translate words and phrases; insert or remove lines of data; and more. Programmers can use it to save time … Read more
Glu Mobile has released a port of its Transformers G1: Awakening iPhone game to the Android Market this week. Awakening is a turn-based strategy game starring 23 of our favorite robots in disguise from the 1980s cartoon, including Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, and Starscream. The story loosely follows the animated plot with players taking control of the heroic Autobots as they wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons shortly after crash landing on Earth.
After the initial download and installation, the game prompts you to download an additional 7MB of data to either the SD card … Read more
There is a plethora of screen capture utilities out there, and there's only so much these programs can do to differentiate themselves from one another. Moo0 ScreenShot is one more among many, neither particularly impressive nor disappointing. If you're looking for a basic screenshot program, it's certainly worth checking out.
The program's interface is plain and intuitive, with a drop-down menu that allows you to choose whether you want to save your screenshot as a JPeG, BMP, GIF, PNG, or ICO file. You select the location where you want to save the captured image and then … Read more
It has been our experience that many Windows desktop enhancements are more trouble than they're worth; they tend to slow down our system's performance, have unintuitive interfaces, and make the things they set out to enhance more complicated than ever. Krento is among the better desktop enhancements we've seen, but it's still far from perfect.
Krento sets out to combine two things with which we're familiar from our experience as a Mac user: a dock and widgets. When not in use, Krento appears as an attractive, gently pulsing orb in the bottom corner of the … Read more
Alt-Tab is a useful Windows keyboard shortcut that lets users view a list of open windows and tab quickly among them. The Alt-Tab dialog is definitely more function than form, though; it's just a gray box with icons representing each window, and the windows' names appear as you tab through them. VistaSwitcher takes the Alt-Tab function and jazzes it up a bit. Though this program isn't really a big deal in the grand scheme of things, it's a definite improvement if you're a frequent Alt-Tabber.
When VistaSwitcher is running it appears unobtrusively as an icon in … Read more
If you spend a lot of time on your computer, it makes sense to keep your schedule or calendar there, too, since that's where you're most likely to see it. Desktop-Reminder is a simple program that can alert you to scheduled tasks, ensuring that you don't miss an important appointment or deadline.
The program's interface is quite simple, consisting of an area where scheduled tasks are listed and a few buttons across the top. Creating a new task is easy; you simply enter the date, time (if desired), description, and recurrence. Although many programs of this … Read more
Need to make icons on the go? Look no further than IcoFX Portable. This lightweight program packs a well-designed interface and plenty of features into a package that will fit on your USB drive. This program would be pretty great even if it weren't small enough to carry around with us, but its portability makes it a real stand-out.
IcoFX Portable has an attractive, intuitive appearance that will be easy to navigate for anyone who's used a graphics program of any sort, even Microsoft Paint. When users create a new icon, the program has them set the dimensions … Read more
It used to be that creating PDFs required a big, expensive program like Adobe Acrobat. Nowadays, PDF creators are a dime a dozen, and they range from the bare bones to the feature-packed. 7-PDF Maker is a simple program that makes quick work of PDF creation, but we can't say that anything about it really sets it apart from the crowd.
The program's interface is quite plain, just a big gray box with tabs for settings and security. Most file conversion programs follow a certain series of steps; typically you choose the file you want to convert, adjust … Read more
This program is called Kid-Key-Lock, but it could just as easily be called Cat-Key-Lock. It was just a few days ago that we came back to our computer to find that our cat had added several letters and numbers and 15 pages of carriage returns to a document that we had been working on. Whether you have a curious toddler or an oblivious feline, Kid-Key-Lock can keep your computer safe from unwanted keyboard and mouse input.
The program appears as an icon in the system tray, and you can access the setup menu by right-clicking on it. From there, there … Read more