When digital photos need fixing, having the right tools at hand — and knowing how to use them — can make the process fun and pleasing. If you’re not inclined to spend much on a photo editor, the latest free editing apps provide some surprisingly powerful tools.Read More
Every time you launch a new program, visit a website, or open a suspicious e-mail, something terrible could happen — even with honest software. Even legitimate and malware-free software can insert itself where you don’t want it, dumping hundreds of entries into the Windows Registry — and malicious software will do much worse. Sandboxing can reduce your risk.Read More
You have arrays of sophisticated computer tools to choose from for almost any endeavor, but you can’t seem to get your text in plain form anymore, even when that’s the only thing you need. For times when simplest is best, here are some tools for transforming formatted or bitmapped material into words — just words.Read More
Once upon a time, researchers and writers might have debated the virtues of paper notebooks versus index cards for recording their thoughts and findings. Today, it’s all gone digital. The choice between two leading note-taking apps — OneNote or Evernote — depends in large part on how well they integrate with the platforms and software you’re already using.Read More
Whether you prefer taking photos with your digital camera or the camera in your phone, downloadable tools can help you make your pictures pop. If you don’t want to share lackluster photos, you can use some of these full-featured (and free!) photo-editing programs to spruce up your images.Read More
Windows has always seemed a bit like that closet you’re afraid to open — over time, it mysteriously gets cluttered with obsolete data, orphaned programs, and miscellaneous fritterware. Here’s a fresh look at an exceptional software package that cleans your PC — and two valuable apps that can reduce printing costs and produce professional-quality portable documents.Read More
Are you happy with the way your current version of Windows — whether Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 — behaves when you’re copying, moving, renaming, or deleting files?
Windows is notorious for showing inaccurate percentage complete, time remaining, and other information during file operations. Windows 8 is on track to do better.
These days, you might feel that information barrels its way toward you like Niagara Falls.
But with the right tools at hand, you can manage even a big flow of data thoughtfully, creatively, and constructively. Evernote is one of the best (free!) tools you can use to channel, rather than drown in, the information deluge.
Your hard drive contains your digital life: music, photos, and personal documents, among other things. So you better take care of it!
Here are four key — and free — programs that let you partition hard drives, check their internal health, and find oversized folders.
Work advances through creative thinking, but in many offices, good ideas end up buried under piles of other work almost as often as they’re actually hatched.
You can take notes, make sketches, and collect research, of course, but one of the most effective tools for keeping your ideas safely alive, supported, and circulating is Microsoft OneNote 2010.