Tag Archives: Downloads

Gridsutra Organizes Your Mac’s Windows With a Couple Clicks

Mac: There a few tools out there that simplify windows management on Mac, but Gridsutra’s one of the easier ones to use because it lets you organize with keyboard shortcuts or a few clicks of the mouse.

When you load up the Gridsutra launcher, you’ll see all your open windows. Select the ones you want to organize, then Gridsutra shows you the various layouts available to you. When you’re happy with your choice, Gridsutra organizes each window accordingly. If you struggle with window management, Gridsutra’s worth a look. You can check out the trial for 30 days for free.

Gridsutra ($2.99) | via Apple News Today

This All-In-One System Rescue Toolkit Has Just the Right Tools to Troubleshoot Your PC

This All-In-One System Rescue Toolkit Has Just the Right Tools to Troubleshoot Your PC

There’s no shortage of system rescue and repair discs you can download and keep handy for when your PC gives you problems, but this one, from reader Paul, is streamlined, simple, and has only a few effective tools on it (and no bloat!)

http://lifehacker.com/5984707/five-b…

Paul, who’s a field technician (I remember those days!) sent in his rescue disc to us and explained that he’d just made it available to the public on his web site. Over at his site, he explains why he bothered in a world where there are so many discs to choose from:

There are already so many utility discs out there, I know. Many of the other discs I have used in the past tried to do way more than I wanted, with sometimes 10-20 different applications and utilities that all do the same thing. This overwhelming level of choice does not easily support the faster pace required of field service work. I also wanted to have both my bootable repair environment and Windows utilities in the same package to reduce the number of discs I had to maintain and keep on hand.

This disc started as a bunch of batch files that allowed me to work on multiple computers throughout my day and replicate the same level of quality results on each computer without having to maintain checklists on paper. Even with checklists, I would sometimes skip or miss steps that meant a variety of results when fixing PCs. Thus, an automated utility was born! I have since been using this disc in my own line of work for 99% of the problems I encounter in the field.

Just because the disc is streamlined doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of tools on it, though. You’ll have to head over to his site for the full list (and to support the project!) and for download links to burn your own or make your own bootable USB drive with all of the utilities on it. There are a few standouts though—the disc is a live CD, so you can boot to it and run things like Clonezilla, GParted, NT Password Reset, PhotoRec, Terminal, and some other utilities (even a game of solitaire you can play while waiting for other stuff to finish!)

The Windows Autorun portion of the disc contains a ton of Windows diagnostics for testing, troubleshooting, and repairing bad Windows installs or partition issues, tools to extract or re-add product keys, network testing tools and speed tests, and even some security and malware removal tools. All in all, if you have a Windows PC—especially one you built yourself—or you’re in charge of maintaining others, the disc is worth a look.

All in One – System Rescue Toolkit | Paul Bryand Vreeland

Off the Record History Temporarily Stores Incognito Browsing History Until You Close Chrome

Off the Record History Temporarily Stores Incognito Browsing History Until You Close Chrome

Chrome: Incognito mode in Chrome is great, but one downside is the fact Chrome doesn’t keep any kind of history when you’re using it. That’s great most of the time, but sometimes you do want that history. Off the Record History creates a temporary history file in incognito mode for just those reasons.

Off the Record History essentially creates a short-term history file that self-destructs when you close the browser. This works for your history as well as recently closed tabs. If you tend to use incognito mode a lot, or if you have guests use it when they use your computer, Off the Record History is super useful to have installed. It does take a couple extra steps to set up so it works in Incognito mode, so be sure to look at the instructions on the extension’s page.

Off the Record History | Chrome Web Store via How-To Geek

SMS Conversations Return In the Latest Facebook Messenger Beta

SMS Conversations Return In the Latest Facebook Messenger Beta

Android: If you’ve used Facebook Messenger for a long time, you might remember the glory days when it could handle your SMS messages, too. For some reason, Facebook took this feature away, but it’s back in the latest Messenger beta.

As spotted by Android Police, the new SMS support in Messenger is tucked away in your system-level settings. You can’t enable the feature within the app itself. Instead, you have to go to Settings > Apps > Advanced (by clicking the gear icon) > SMS where you can choose your default SMS app. Set this to Messenger and your texting threads will then appear within Facebook’s app.

It’s unclear if Facebook intends to change this when (if?) it ever goes live in the regular version of the app. In the meantime, if you want to try it out, you can sign up for the Messenger beta here.

Facebook Messenger Beta | Google Play Store via Android Police

Paper, the iOS Drawing and Notes App, Simplifies Navigation and Adds Search

Paper, the iOS Drawing and Notes App, Simplifies Navigation and Adds Search

iOS: Paper is easily one of the best drawing apps on iOS, and recent updates have added in the ability to write to-do lists and other notes. Those new features were welcome, but made it a little tough to navigate the app. Thankfully, a new and improved sidebar fixes that.

http://lifehacker.com/paper-the-fant…

Paper has gone through a lot of iterations since it first launched, and eventually ditched the notebooks in favor of “spaces.” Now, those spaces are called grids, and you have access to all of them from the sidebar. The sidebar is a nice improvement over the the previous interface. You can also now search from the sidebar, which is pretty useful if you have a lot of different notes. If you haven’t used Paper in a while, it’s worth another look, and this update makes it a bit easier to use in general.

Paper (Free) | iTunes App Store

WebViewScreenSaver Turns Any Web Site Into a Screen Saver on Mac

WebViewScreenSaver Turns Any Web Site Into a Screen Saver on Mac

Mac: Screen savers aren’t as exciting as they used to be, but if you’re looking to mix things up a little, WebViewScreenSaver allows you to use any web site you want as a screen saver.

The basic idea here is as simple as it sounds. Set a URL or two in WebViewScreenSaver, pick a refresh rate, and you’re done. From there, when your screen saver ticks on, it’ll load that URL for the amount of time you set it for. This makes the most sense for something like a constantly updating news site, but personally I found it best for Giphy’s TV pages.

WebViewScreenSaver (Free) | GitHub via OS X Daily

Swysh Is a Motion Gesture Controlled Music App for iPhone

iPhone: If you’re on the move a lot, controlling the music on your iPhone by tapping buttons isn’t always easy. Swysh is an iPhone app that lets you use simple motion gestures to switch between songs.

With Swysh, you can flick your phone to the left or right to switch between songs, or flick it down to play or pause. There’s also a pocket mode so you don’t accidentally switch between tracks just because you’re walking. You can adjust the sensitivity of those gestures, but even still, I occasionally had trouble getting Swysh to recognize movement, usually when I was trying to pause the music. Regardless, while Swysh might sound a little silly, it’s actually pretty convenient when you’re driving, especially if your car doesn’t support controlling your music from the stereo itself. Right now, it only works with the music app, but third-party support is supposedly on the way.

Swysh (99¢) | iTunes App Store via MacStories

Download or Stream This Free Playlist of Ambient Music to Sleep, Meditate, or Work To

Download or Stream This Free Playlist of Ambient Music to Sleep, Meditate, or Work To

Musician (and all-around awesome guy) Moby has been making a ton of super chill, relaxing music you can meditate to, do yoga to, sleep to, or just relax and get some work done to, and he’s made all of it available to stream or download, completely for free. Here’s the whole playlist.

We’ll embed the Spotify playlist here, but if you want to download the whole thing (or any of the tracks), hit the link below. The whole thing is about four hours, which is perfect for a long study session, a good chunk of the workday, or just breaking up while you do other things around the house—or heaven forbid, just try to relax. Moby explains:

over the last couple of years i’ve been making really really really quiet music to listen to when i do yoga or sleep or meditate or panic. i ended up with 4 hours of music and have decided to give it away.

you can download it for free below or stream it on spotify, soundcloud, apple music, deezer & tidal.

it’s really quiet: no drums, no vocals, just very slow calm pretty chords and sounds and things for sleeping and yoga and etc. and feel free to share it or give it away or whatever, it’s not protected or anything, or at least it shouldn’t be.

Here’s the full playlist:

And hit the link below to grab a copy for yourself, and enjoy.

long ambients1: calm. sleep. by moby

Sherbit Visualizes and Interprets All the Data Your Online Services Collect

Sherbit Visualizes and Interprets All the Data Your Online Services Collect

iOS: You use a lot of online services that track a lot of data, but how much do you really know about it all? Sherbit puts all that data into one place so you can quickly understand how it all relates through attractive visualizations.

Do I spend more money on gas or on Lyft rides? How much time do I spend working compared to fooling around on social media? Are my Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter posts getting more likes on average? These are the sorts of questions Sherbit can answer by taking data from various services you use and visualizing that data to create a comparison.

Creating a visualization requires only a few simple steps. First you choose a service you want to use, then a trackable metric, and then you repeat that process with another service and metric. For example, if you wanted to find out if you were less active on days you worked more you could figure that out by adding steps counted by your FitBit and productivity hours tracked by RescueTime. You’ll need to log in to each service the first time you request data, but after that Sherbit will remember and pull the data in automatically.

After you create a visualization you save it by tapping a heart icon in the upper right corner and then it’ll appear on your dashboard. If you don’t like the visualization you created, just go back and change it up. Once you’ve saved a few, you can just check your dashboard now and again to find out the data you’re looking for.

Sherbit’s new so it still has more services yet to come (and HealthKit is only sort of supported through an optional toggle in the settings), but it still offers quite a few options already. If you’re looking for a way to make sense out of the data you’re already tracking, you can grab the app for free on iTunes and see what you come up with.

Sherbit (Free) | iTunes App Store

Morning Mail Sorts Your Inbox with Tinder-Like Swipes

Morning Mail Sorts Your Inbox with Tinder-Like Swipes

iOS: You already know that archiving, deleting, or reading emails is an effective way to get through a flooded inbox full of unread messages. Morning Mail for iPhone quickens this process with Tinder-like swipes, apart from being a decent email client.

Each email shows up as its own card, which you can preview the beginning of, or read in its entirety by tapping it. If you don’t need to read it, use one of the swipes:

  • Swipe left to delete the mail
  • Swipe right to archive the mail
  • Swipe down to mark the mail as read

Each card also has those three options as tappable icons. And once you tap to read a mail in its entirety, you can still sort it accordingly.

At the moment, Morning Mail lets you add Gmail, Yahoo, and iCloud accounts to import messages. No support for Outlook, which funnily is our pick for the best iPhone email client. One account is free, while additional accounts costs a buck each. You can unlock unlimited accounts for $4.99.

Morning Mail for iOS (Free, $4.99 Pro) | iTunes App Store