Pop quiz: What's the difference between ID3v1 and ID3v2? And don't say "one." The reason we're asking is simply to help you decide if you need an advanced ID3 tag editor such as Hanso Tagger. Suppose we rephrase the question: Do you have any MP3s? If so, then you have ID3 tags, which are the metadata saved with each file: artist, title, album, time, and so on. ID3v1 saves basic data. ID3v2, which is incompatible with ID3v1, is the "new" format (since 1998). It saves more stuff, such as album art, but it'… Read more
These days your smartphone or tablet isn't complete without a photo-editing app. PicArts Photo Studio makes an admirable case for being the only photo-editing app you need. It isn't as pretty as some other apps that edit your photos, but it's just as powerful and easy to use. It sets you up for easy sharing, too.
After PicArts Photo Studio installs, it will scan your SD card and phone for photo files. That means you can't get down to editing right away, but the scan only takes a few seconds. It can import pictures from Facebook, … Read more
PDF files are great for cross-platform communication because they preserve a document's layout; therefore, an all-in-one pdf converter will always have its place in the list of daily applications we use. With a neat and user-friendly interface, PDFLoft PDF Converter for Mac helps you convert PDF files to other file formats as well as convert scanned PDFs to a file format you need.
With an easy installation process, all you have to do is download the .dmg file, open it, and then drag and drop the app into your applications folder. PDFLoft PDF Converter for Mac features a clean … Read more
This is an update of a deal I wrote about last year. Hopefully it won't sell out as quickly this time!
Looking to add a decent sound system to your laptop, or even an HDTV? When you're doing an end run around tiny, tinny built-in speakers, there's nowhere to go but up.
Today only, and while supplies last, Overrunz.com has the refurbished Logitech Z313 2.1-channel speaker system for $24.99, plus $5 for shipping. It sells elsewhere for at least $40, and new for $50.
This 25-watt system includes two satellite speakers and a subwoofer. … Read more
Every piano player or student knows how frustrating it can be to need a reference and not have it. Any one scale, chord, or a reference chart such as a circle of fifths is immensely useful, both when practicing and when composing. That's why an app like Piano Companion LITE is such a welcome surprise. Offering a comprehensive directory of chords and scales, along with a reverse lookup tool, it is easier and faster than ever to find the perfect note. While installation is relatively painless and the interface is bare-bones (12 large icons in a grid), the layout … Read more
Annoying exes and telemarketers never seem to get the message when you're ignoring them. Instead of answering their call and telling them off, use Blacklist. It will hang up on any number you want or send it straight to voice mail. You can even modify it to only accept calls at a certain hour.
This app doesn't block calls in the traditional sense. Instead, when active, it pushes any of the calls on your list straight to voice mail or hangs up on them. You can password protect the app, but to do so you have to use … Read more
Backups are critical, period. Automatic or manual, full or partial, whatever -- as long as you're taking action to protect your irreplaceable personal files, your expensive software, and maybe your sanity. Full backups are best, but we also like extra protection for the data that changes the most, such as User files, as a backstop against those disasters that somehow seem to know when you're between backups. Everyday Auto Backup's name says it all: it makes automatic data backups every day (or when you want it to). It addresses some lingering issues about backup software, beginning with … Read more
We love simple games that require a bit of brain power to master. Cut the Rope Free is just such a game. And the fact that it's fun and appropriate for both adults and kids is a bonus.
We were impressed with all the different languages available with Cut the Rope Free: Spanish, French, Chinese, and more. It would be a great learning tool for kids young and old who are learning a new language. But besides that, it's just a fun game. The premise is to use your figure to slice ropes so that Om Nom, the … Read more
The Web's hottest video Gangnam Style has inspired a goofy dance craze. You don't have to learn new steps to see what it might look like if you did it, though. People with two left feet can do Psy's signature dance with Gangnam Style Booth. It's a little picky about which photos you can use, but it's good enough for a silly laugh at your own or a friend's expense.
Gangnam Style Booth lets you paste your face onto Psy or the bizarre elevator guy from the music video. You'll see a preview … Read more
App Cleaner for Mac is a simple application that uninstalls applications and all associated files. It is available from many download sites, although not from the App Store, and it installs easily. App Cleaner for Mac is a free download.
While most apps will uninstall from a Mac without a problem, there are a few apps that will not, and that leave orphan files or folders hanging around chewing up disk space. App Cleaner for Mac is a simple way to get rid of these applications and files. To use App Cleaner for Mac, you simply drag an app icon … Read more