Animated GIFs -- short sequences of images that act like tiny moving pictures -- have been around since Netscape Navigator 2.0 (!), but thanks to sites like Facebook, Twitter, and particularly Tumblr, these little slices of Internet hilarity have exploded in recent years. By this point, even your mom knows what they are (see Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 Oscars for a major mainstream-media example), but it's not too late for you to get in on the craze. One of the best things about animated GIFs is that they're easy to make, especially with tools like Any GIF … Read more
There is a wide range of gambling and card game apps on the App Store. While actual gambling is not permitted through apps, the scope of simulation varies substantially. Some are very complex with Game Center support and matching features while others are bare-bones, offering only a pure rendition of the original game. Such is the case with BlackJack for Millionaire. Upon starting the app, you will find no menus, only an option to start playing. Place your bet and your hand is dealt. You can then choose a new card, stand, double down, surrender or split. If you've … Read more
Creating and editing PDF files using Adobe Acrobat has become costly due to the complexity and the necessary resources for running the app under optimal conditions. Regardless of your PDF editing skills and even without using a powerful computer, with PDF Studio for Mac you can do anything you want in a PDF document.
Available as free to try, PDF Studio for Mac offers a standard and a pro version, and you can choose between the two if you decide to purchase it. Without a license you can use both versions for as long as you want and at their … Read more
When completing a wood or other project from stock materials, predetermining the layout for cuts helps save costs. Planner for Mac may appeal to a very specialized group of people who need computer assistance in planning a project's cuts, but the price and limited functions may make it a less desirable option.
Available as a free trial version limited to 10 uses, the full program requires a $10 payment. Planner for Mac installs quickly and setup is smooth outside of a dialog box explaining the trial limitations. The program is not supported and lacks instructions. The specialized program means … Read more
Slow Food is a good name for this iPad app, which tasks players with moving various pieces of food into a grid that forms Christmas icons like Santa Claus, reindeer, Christmas trees, and stockings. The game's interface calls to mind the same kind of cut-out style that filled '80s and '90s TV Christmas specials, and while the concept is certainly appealing, the execution often leads to frustration as you attempt to figure out exactly what it is you are supposed to be doing.
The idea of the game is simple -- choose a Christmas icon (additional puzzles featuring animals … Read more
Working with Facebook and its many functions typically requires large parts of a computer's display. Face for Facebook for Mac shrinks the screen size required for Facebook, but still permits use of all its features.
Available as a full, unrestricted version through the App Store for $1.99, Face for Facebook installs without any user steps involved. A trial version would have been a great idea so you could try out its potential benefits before purchasing, but the low price makes this less of a problem. After installation, the program starts cleanly and immediately requests that you sign in … Read more
For those who need custom disc labels, native programs may not have enough options. Fortunately, there are plenty of other programs to chose from. While functional, CD/DVD Disc Label Maker for Mac's price tag may not be justifiable for all but the heaviest users.
The free trial version of CD/DVD Disc Label Maker for Mac adds a mark to every disc printed while the full, unrestricted version requires a $29.99 payment. The program is nearly 100MB and has no native installer. While the program loaded quickly, the user is immediately prompted to enter, register, and pay … Read more
It's easy to schedule an automatic shutdown in Windows. Simply open the Control Panel and click on System and Security. Find Administrative Tools and click Schedule tasks. When the Task Scheduler opens ... well, perhaps "easy" isn't the right word. "Complicated" comes to mind, maybe even "difficult." However, scheduling an auto shutdown in Windows is actually extremely easy to do with Shanezzar's Auto Shutdown 2.0. This compact freeware simplifies the process of scheduling an automatic shutdown in Windows NT, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7. It also supports the Log … Read more
Sometimes creating a LaTeX file can be a frustrating experience not only for beginners but even for the advanced user. Thanks to its many useful features and one-window design with a straightforward interface, TeXnicle for Mac can ease the process. It adds a bit more flexibility to the document design and layout and can help you organize and edit multiple files.
This free program requires no installation and is usable as soon as it's downloaded. It's stable, smooth, and doesn't crash. The interface of TeXnicle for Mac is divided into three sections. The left section offers an … Read more
The boom of social-networking services has caused many people to have multiple applications on their smartphones to manage different sites and frequent content updates. Switching through different social-media applications and separate applications for texting or instant messaging can get quite cumbersome and inconvenient. Phonebook for Android combines all social media into one contact management program in which users can view and manage all content related to individual contacts.
Phonebook for Android loaded quickly on our device. It automatically syncs contacts, but each site does require an initial log-in or registration. After what felt like a quite lengthy setup, the program … Read more