Impressed Photo Books review

Impressed Photo Books lets you add photos to a stylish layout, add captions or additional pages, and then order a physical copy of the book. Create albums to commemorate events or to give as gifts for a special occasion, and have them turned into high-quality prints that you'll be proud to share.

To start creating an album in Impressed Photo Books, select either the lightning bolt for a Magic Start, or choose to customize the entire process by tapping the "+" icon. The Magic Start feature selects a cover for you and gathers some photos that you already … Read more

Review: Scribble It 2 offers drawing tools in three colors on a plain white background

Scribble It 2 is a drawing pad for your iPhone with few features but a decent interface that works fast. While it won't win any awards for drawing capacity on a touch screen, it's not trying to; by offering a stripped-down feature set, it allows you to easily draw something very quickly or handwrite a message you can then share with friends in limited ways from the in-app menus.

The app opens to a white screen on which you'll find three pen colors and an erase button. Hold the erase button to clear the screen or tap … Read more

Review: FlipFilmer converts your videos into interactive flip books you can share

FlipFilmer allows you to turn any video into a flipbook that you can then send to friends. While setup and execution can be time consuming and a bit complicated, they are worth it for the finished product.

When you first start FlipFilmer, you can view the sample book by flipping it to the side. It shows you exactly how to do it, and the effect is mesmerizing. It's only a few seconds before you want to try this on your own and the app makes that process relatively easy, providing much-needed guidance for getting started. You can either record … Read more

Review: Track how much time you spend on Facebook with TimeRabbit

Wondering how much time you spend on Facebook? Look no further than TimeRabbit, which displays how long you've been on Facebook during your current session and logs each session for the day, week, and so on. TimeRabbit works with most major Web browsers, but it's not a browser add-on; it's a standalone program. More good news: TimeRabbit is freeware.

We installed and opened TimeRabbit, and then logged on to Facebook. TimeRabbit's compact user interface opened on the Today tab. The tab's title said it all: Time on Facebook Today, in hours, minutes, and seconds. We … Read more

MYAndroid Protection 2.0+ 4.2 Review

With big names like avast! and Lookout running the Android security game, it's tough for smaller software to find a niche. MYAndroid Protection 2.0+ offers many of the same features as those, but you'll have to pay to use them. This app isn't bad by any means; it's just tough to recommend when free apps do its job just as well.

The free version of this app only lets you back up your contacts and scan apps as you download them. If you want to do a full virus scan or lock your phone remotely, … Read more

Customize the appearance of Safari 6 Reader with CustomReader for Mac

Safari Reader offers a great way to focus on content found on Web sites without being distracted by flashing ads, polls, and other distractions commonly found online. If you like the default reader but would still like to see some improvements and more customization options, then CustomReader for Mac might help you feel more at home.

This browser extension keeps it neat and simple in both installation and user interface. The first thing we noticed was that the CustomReader for Mac doesn't feature the black semitransparent background found in the Safari Reader, so you definitely won't be distracted … Read more

Split and merge PDFs with 7-PDF Split and Merge Portable

Plenty of people don't want or need a big PDF app just to do something fairly simple, such as split or merge a handful of PDFs. Those people have many choices. For example, there's 7-PDF Split and Merge, a freeware version of the German software developer's premium tool. It has all the features of the Pro tool, but it will split only the first 50 pages and merge only five PDFs. We tried a fully portable version of the software, 7-PDF Split and Merge Portable.

As with similar tools, Split and Merge has a compact, all-in-one style … Read more

Busy business software

Free POS Software is a freeware point-of-sale system optimized for bars, clubs, restaurants, and other small businesses in the food and hospitality trade. The basic system supports two cash drawers simultaneously, which is sufficient for many small businesses, though it can be networked for multiple sale points. It accepts barcode readers, card swipers, touch screens, receipt printers, remote printers, and other tools of the trade. It also handles inventories. While it's free to use, registration is required, though that's free, too.

During the installation process, a Hardware Setup screen appeared. It identified our system and whether it had … Read more

Photo fusion

HDR photography involves combining multiple photographs taken at different exposures into one image that contains greater detail in highlights, midtones, and shadows than any single exposure can provide. Fusion is a simple program that makes it easy to perform this task, although we were left with a few lingering questions about the program's operation.

Fusion's interface is plain and fairly easy to navigate, with a selection of buttons and menus across the top. It was easy to select the images that we wanted to work with. The program pulled up metadata for each image, allowing you to check … Read more

The dictionary definition of Chrome

Cool extensions for Google Chrome are piling up faster than you can say "agglomeration," but not faster than you can define it, thanks to--you guessed it-- yet another really cool Google Chrome extension, Google Dictionary. Short version: double-click any word in Chrome, and Google Dictionary will display the word's dictionary definition in a pop-up. Not just English words, either, but also Chinese, Czech, German, Russian, Korean, and words in other languages. You can also highlight a word and click Dictionary's address bar icon to display a more extensive and detailed definition that includes Web entries such … Read more