Desktop weather displays aren't as old as talking about the weather, but it sometimes seems that way. There's no shortage of online weather and forecast data to pull from, so they all do the job pretty well. What's left boils down to a combination of features and appearance, mostly appearance. That's certainly the case with MobilityFlow's Animated Weather Free, a desktop widget for Windows XP, Vista, and 7. It stands out by virtue of its realistic animated weather effects, which add a nice touch to current condition displays and forecasts as well as the quick … Read more
Incredible StartPage is a free Google Chrome extension that changes Chrome's start page to an attractively skinned theme. It's an interesting break from the usual Chrome interface and it adds some useful stuff, such as a note-keeping feature you can link to Google Mail and Calendar. Like many Chrome extensions, it's a work in progress; it does a lot but needs more.
We downloaded and installed Incredible StartPage in Chrome, opening a new tab to access the theme's settings, per instructions. Incredible StartPage created a new interface with our desktop items displayed in a scenic wallpaper … Read more
Chrome extensions are proliferating, giving Google's free Web browser a real chance to challenge Firefox, Internet Explorer, and other browsers contending for space on your desktop. A case in point is CHAT, which adds pop-up instant-messaging capabilities to the Chrome interface via the free eBuddy Web and mobile messaging service.
We downloaded and installed CHAT in Chrome. The extension placed an icon on the toolbar that opened the pop-up eBuddy instant-messaging manager when we clicked it. This ad-laden dialog offered the opportunity to sign in to several chat networks: eBuddy iD, AIM, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ, Yahoo, Facebook, and … Read more
Free PDF Creator from GIRDAC InfoTechnologies is a free application that can create PDF documents from hundreds of Windows applications without requiring any Adobe software. It can create a PDF document from the Print properties of any printable file. It can handle multiple users on one system and save each user's settings for regular operation, and it displays a Conversion Report when it's done.
Free PDF Creator is essentially a printer driver that lets you save or print documents in the PDF format from the Print properties dialog of any file. However, it also has a setup interface, … Read more
Tvalx specializes in mathematical software; its Scientific Calculator Decimal is essentially a virtual version of the classic handheld scientific calculator optimized for calculating decimals. It's suitable for everyone from math students to scientists and engineers. It's precise up to 30 digits and includes trigonometric, hyperbolic, and inverse functions.
As with other calculating tools from Tvalx, Scientific Calculator Decimal has a clean, efficient, attractive layout that's largely based on the functional design of handheld scientific calculators, though you can customize the look, too. The layout strikes a good balance between busy and clean. File, Edit, Tools, and Help … Read more
One of our major complaints about PC-based task lists is that such programs are fine when you're in front of the PC, but not available when you're out and about or on another machine. For this reason, we favor Internet-based task managers, but Task Coach Portable is another solution to this problem. This lightweight application is, as the name would imply, designed to be portable, making it easy to carry with you on a USB drive or other portable device.
The program's interface is plain and intuitive, and Task Coach Portable actually packs a surprising number of … Read more
Wrestling Scoreboard is a basic program that allows users to display and update an electronic scoreboard for wrestling. Unfortunately, the program's unintuitive operation makes it somewhat difficult to use.
The scoreboard itself is nice, with easy-to-read text and customizable colors. The opponents' names can be added to the scoreboard as well. If it were easy to operate we'd have no complaints, but unfortunately, that's where Wrestling Scoreboard falls apart. The program has a small welcome screen, which most users will likely click through without paying much attention. Users should pay attention to it, though, because this is … Read more
Moyea FLV Editor Lite rips and edits Flash video on your computer. You can edit FLV and MP3 files with this program, too.
Moyea FLV Editor Lite has a fun, colorful interface that is easy to navigate. When you first open the program, a helpful tutorial describes the commands and functions. If you're unfamiliar with video and video editing, this tutorial will help you get up and running in no time. You can bring files into the program for editing several ways: you can import them from your personal media library or from your hard drive; you can import … Read more
Zapr offers to help you share documents and data without having to use slow-moving e-mail attachments. The program's simplicity and accessibility make it a gem for those who share documents regularly.
Zapr's interface is clearly labeled and its commands familiar and easy to operate. We were able to hit the ground running and never needed to look at the Help file's instructions. The program lets you select any document from your hard drive and assign it a Web link. This took mere moments and operated much like creating and saving a new document. We were pleased to … Read more
PDF Watermark Remover is an easy-to-use tool that removes embedded watermark images from PDF files. Although it can't remove other types of watermarks, it works quite well if embedded images are your main concern.
PDF Watermark Remover's interface is sleek and seems fairly intuitive at first glance, though it quickly became clear that the program doesn't work exactly as expected. You open the target PDF, and in one pane the program displays thumbnails of all embedded images that it can remove. You simply add the desired images to the removal list. This is quite easy when working … Read more