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Caesium : Open source tool for loss-less image compression

If you are a blogger or running a website then you must be knowing the importance of reducing the page load time. In turn to achieve this the first thing we look at is reducing the image size. But as we try to re-size or convert this images the visual quality of the image is also compromised. There are very few free tools available which we can use to reduce the size of image without much affecting the visual quality of it.

Caesium is one such open source software which uses loss-less image compression technology to reduce the image size. Even the users who are looking to save some precious hard disk space can be benefited by using this tool. You can see some of its samples over here.

Caesium - open source loss-less image compression tool

This tool is really easy to use. One can select individual pictures or batch upload them and compress them altogether. Processing time is negligible compared to other image processing tools. This is an open source application so you can download and use it for free. You can select to download the Windows installer and install it on your system just like any other application or you can use the portable version to carry it with you wherever you go. Choice is yours ;-)

Download Caesium Windows installer (7.91 MB)

Download Caesium Portable (Windows only) (10 MB)

 

 

Copy full file path including file name from right click menu

Copying files and folders is easy in Windows but when it comes to copying file paths with file name, it is not that user friendly. You will have to first copy the path, paste it somewhere and then append the file name to it, not so efficient..right? Those who have to deal with file paths more often would find it really irritating, specially developers and web designers.

Path Copy Copy is a small open source tool which can come handy in such situations. This small shell application will allow you to quickly copy the file path to clipboard using right click->PathCopy->Copy path and then you can paste it anywhere using ctrl + v.

Copy entire file path to clipboard

It also supports multiple path formats like short name, long name, short path, long path, web path, unix path and many other (Read more about it from here). You can enable or disable the formats from settings as per your needs. And if the path format you need is not available then you can create your custom command as well and that is something cool if you are working in different environments where path formats are different. For e.g  linux machines support forward slashes (/) whereas Windows uses backward slashes (\). So in such scenarios you can customize the output as per your needs.

Requirements

  • Any latest Windows OS , Windows XP SP2 minimum
  • .NET Framework 2.0

You can download this small free tool from the link below.

Download Path Copy Copy (842 KB)

 

 

 

 

Chrome styled tabbed file explorer for Windows

Windows 8 has gone through many changes, but the concept of file browser remained very much same.  No doubt, the new improved ribbon interface looks good but not everyone would satisfy with a cool looking explorer.  Usability and efficiency is also important.

Whenever we open a drive or a folder in Windows explorer, it opens in a new window and at some point in time it becomes difficult to manage all open windows and switch between them unless you keep closing previous windows.

Clover - Chrome style file explorerClover is a small application which works as an extension to Windows explorer.  It allows you to open multiple folders in tabs just like you open different sites in different tabs in Google Chrome.

Apart from this,  Clover also lets you add files and folders to bookmark toolbar for quick access just like your web browser or you can use scroll click on your mouse to open the folder in new tab. It supports keyboard shortcuts like ctrl+t,  ctrl+d and many more. You can even use different themes with it.  So basically it brings the experience of Chrome to your file explorer.

Clover is a freeware and you can use it on Windows XP,  Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems.  If you like the concept of tabbed browsing then this one is for you. You can download it from the link below. Just download the file and double click on it to get started ;)

Download Clover (Windows Explorer with tabs) (3 MB)

 

How to easily recover deleted/formatted files and drives

It often happens that we lose an important file or data by accidentally deleting it using shift + delete or remember it only after formatting hard drive partition, or it gets corrupted because of some virus attack. There isn’t really a way to recover these files manually, but thanks to software like EaseUS Data Recovery wizard, we can still recover the lost data with few mouse clicks.

EaseUS Data Recovery wizard is a free data recovery software (pro version also available) which can recover data even after it is emptied from recycle bin or formatted. It works with almost all kind of data storage devices like HDD, SD card, USB drive, RAID etc.

This tool is very easy to use, after downloading and installing the software from the link given below; when you start the software you will see a screen with three main options.

Data recovery free software

Deleted File Recovery, Complete Recovery and Partition Recovery. Deleted File Recovery will help you recover the data which is emptied from recycle bin. Complete Recovery will help you recover data which is lost due to drive corruption or formatting the entire drive. Partition Recovery will be useful when entire partition is lost due to re-partitioning or damaged boot manager.

You just need to select the appropriate option from the main screen, select the type of files which you want to recover and select the location from where you want to recover the data. Once you select the drive or location it will search for the lost files and show you the list of files which can be recovered.

You can check the preview and select files which you want to recover and click on recover button. It will ask you for the location to save the recovered file and then it will recover the files for you. You can recover up to 2GB data using the free version. The free version has got almost all features that you will require but the only constraint is 2GB limit. You can buy pro version in case you want to recover more data.  There are three more versions available which you can check here.

You can download the free version using the link given below.

Recovery software free download (4.7 MB)

Add useful commands to Windows right click menu

Using context menu is the quickest way to do certain tasks on Windows-based PCs. You can immediately access a software, execute a command or do edit operations from right-click menu.

The right-click menu or context menu already has the wide range of useful options, but there might be some things to which you need quick access.

Earlier we used to do it by editing registry and going through some complex procedure and the procedure used to differ for different Windows versions. But when you are using a software to do it, it becomes all much easier and quicker.

Easy Context Menu is one such free software which can be used on all latest Windows systems. When you start the program you will see a list of commands ready to be added to different context menus.

Easy Conext Menu

All the options shown are self-explanatory, you just need to select the options that you want to add to context menu. You can read more about this over here

Easy Context Menu is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows Vista (32-bit + 64-bit both). You can download this small free software from the link given below.

Download Easy Context Menu

 

Improve your computer’s gaming performance using GameBoost

Those of you who are hardcore gamers would have experienced this, particularly for latest high-end games and multimedia files, no matter what generation of hardware you have loaded, it will always feel little slower than what you expected.

Particularly you will feel it more when the game is loading or there is a high amount of detailed graphics rendering and suddenly there are jerks and lags, certain elements missing from graphics which is really annoying.

And to avoid this kind of annoyance we end up playing low-end games which work smoothly on our computer. If this is what you are also going through then it is time to try something that will help improve your gaming experience ;).

What is it? Simple: Toolwiz GameBoost is a software completely free and made only for Windows operating systems which allows you to optimize your system settings to improve the game performance. It works for both kind of games, one’s installed on your machine as well as those which you play online on sites like Uk.888.com/online-casino.

Toolwiz GameBoost

The software has a very easy-to-use interface. All the options shown are easy to understand and suppose if you don’t then also you just need to check all the boxes ;)

If you want to start the services which are by GameBoost, then just click on the “Quit GameBoost Mode” and done. You system will be back to previous state.

You can download the software for free from the link given below.

Download GameBoost

 

 

 

Easily share your mobile files over Wi-Fi with AirDroid

Still sharing files over Bluetooth? Using data cable to copy files to your laptop? Get AirDroid ;)

AirDroid allows you to easily share files to and from your Android mobile to any other mobile or laptop with Wi-Fi or internet. That is not it, you can even read/reply to SMS from your desktop, start camera and click photos without touching your mobile, access contacts, dial a number, take a screenshot, locate or wipe your phone when it is lost and what not.
AirDroid2
Here is a step by step guide to share a file over Wi-Fi using AirDroid just to get you started.

    1. Download and install AirDroid from play store.
    2. If you are in LAN with other device (in the same network) or can create a Wi-Fi hotspot then it is really easy. We will show how to share files over tethered network so that you can do it on PC or a Wi-Fi enabled mobile as well.
    3. Turn on Wi-Fi tethering on your phone and connect your laptop or other mobile to it.
    4. Now open AirDroid on mobile.
    5. Go to Tools -> Tethering. When you click on tethering it will give you an address using which you can access files from your mobile.
    6. Once you open this address in your browser you will see something like this.AirDroid turns your mobile into a web host.
      AirDroid Tutorial
    7. Now you can access all your mobile files from this screen and do almost anything from here.

There are many more things you can do with AirDroid but listing them all here will not be possible. You can check out their site for more details.

AirDroid is undoubtedly one of the best software available for Android and is a must have for anyone who is using an Android phone. Give it a try, you will definitely love it.

Do let us know your favourite file sharing software using the comments form below.

 

[How To] Add Shortcuts to Windows Run Command ( Win + R )

The Windows Rundialogue box is something that allows you to look for any applications or execute any type of commands that would make your work more convenient. You can now look up  any application by using the Add2Run tool. Since many of you make use of the Run command ( Win + R ) , the Add2Run tool will enhance its features. This software is absolutely free to install and use. It supports all the operating system platforms whether it is 32bit or 64bit. Here is a guideline on what the software would do for you.

Add2Run
  • You can now initiate any program using the Add2Run software. Go to the Run box  and type the name of the application. It will automatically will open up.
  • You can also use the normal shortcut which pressing the Windows button and R together. This will activate the Run option. You can type the alias for the program that needs to be opened and then hit enter. This will bring up the program you looked for.
  • When you want to use the alias option , you need to add the path manually. To do this ,open the Add2run software,go to the option named select and then mention the location where the file is stored. Next give a name for the shortcut and add the images related to the program.
  • The next step is to click on the button named Add . This simple procedure helps you add the alias option for any software. No other configuration or addition is required on your part. This option allows you to run the program easily and without any more hurdles.
  • The best part is that unlike installing other software and applications, there is no need to restart the computer. As soon as you add the software, it will start working instantly.
  • Here is the link to download the software https://sites.google.com/site/add2run/download

By using the Add2Run program, you can work more conveniently.

Check Karbonn Titanium S5 Plus before you buy your next mobile!

Karbonn has launched another new phone and this time it is the upgraded version of Titanium S5. Titanium S5 Plus comes with a 5″ IPS qHD screen powered by MT6582 1.3GHz quad core processor and Mali 400 GPU clocked at 500MHz.

S5 Plus  is loaded with Android 4.2, has 1GB RAM and 4GB ROM which is common in all low budget quad core phones. Memory can be expanded upto 32GB using micro-sd card.

Karbonn Titanium S5 Plus

Karbonn Titanium S5 Plus

It has VGA front camera and 8mp primary camera, accelerometer and proximity sensors, A-GPS support and 1800mAh battery.

MT6582 processor in S5 Plus  is relatively new but 1.3GHz quad core with 500MHz GPU looks better on paper when compared to 1.2 GHz quad core MT6589 processor which comes with 286 MHz GPU (used in Canvas HD, XOLO Q800, Lava 504q).

Key Features :

  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
  • Digital Secondary Camera
  • 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor
  • 8 MP Primary Camera
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 5-inch Capacitive Touchscreen

Except the battery size, rest all looks good. Phone looks pretty slick with the 7.9mm thickness. Currently phone is available for 10750INR on flipkart and for 10790 on Amazon.in.

Karbonn Titanium s5 Plus on Flipkart

Karbonn Titanium S5 Plus on Amazon

Bech De on OLX – It is worth a try

olx-logoFew years back me and my brother used to crib about online shopping scenario in India and most about classifieds. Here in India, we were pretty much dependent on traditional media for classified ads even in metro cities, forget about tier 2, tier 3 cities.  And then came OLX and it became all easy. OLX India is what craigslist is for US. You can depend on it for almost everything.

From mobile phones to laptops, clothes to even a house, you can buy, sell and rent almost anything and everything here. And in my experience this is the best way to sell your old stuff, or to buy anything.

olx screen

After finishing my graduation I was moving to a new city  for job. If you are from India then you must be knowing how difficult it is to transfer your bike from one state to another, so I decided to sell my old bike. I went to a local dealer hoping to get a good deal. He quoted only 16k for my 4 year old Bajaj discover bike. Definitely that was too less, I went to few more dealers and got pretty much same quote from everywhere.

OLX was new during that period and I didn’t have any prior experience dealing online. So I was bit hesitant to use it. But just to give it a try I posted a free ad on OLX, and to my surprise I got 8-10 enquiries within 3 days and now I was in a position to quote the price I wanted for my bike. Finally I sold it for 26k to another guy whom I met through OLX.

And then when I moved to Hyderabad from Mumbai, I simply went to OLX and bought another bike in a week. I managed to save almost 4k by buying from OLX and got 6k more when I sold my bike.

Best part is, it is totally free unlike the newspaper classifieds, you can reach to almost everyone who is using internet and who is interested in buying what you are selling. You get targeted audience for your product, no brokerage or a middle man, so you can save or get more when buying or selling on OLX.

Just saw these funny OLX commercials on TV so thought of sharing it with you guys. Do watch them. And if you like these, then you can find more videos in their YouTube channel.

Overall, I had a good experience while dealing on OLX. I would definitely recommend you to try it once. No matter where you are in the world, OLX must be there in your country. OLX is available in more than 95 countries and in 45 languages. So do visit OLX.

If you have used OLX then do share your experience with us :) !!!