Review: Writer for Text Documents is a free way to create TXT files on iOS

Writer for Text Documents is a note-taking application that can save notes in TXT format that can then be opened on a desktop PC later. Though the application is a little too visually complex, given its limited features, the functionality still appears useful for those that need to create TXT files on the fly.

When you open the application, you'll see numerous folders, options for Microsoft Word documents, and more. But these are misleading, as they are not available without a paid upgrade. The application only allows you to create new text documents, to be saved as TXT. Like … Read more

Review: Go Writer Lite for Mac makes note-taking faster and easier

Go Writer Lite for Mac helps you take notes, brainstorm ideas, and jot down your thoughts, easily. A basic word processor, it comes with a couple of interesting features that set it apart from other similar apps. If you're looking for a light text processing app, you'll like it, but be warned that you'll need to upgrade to the full version as this is just a free trial version.

While Go Writer Lite for Mac may not be stylish when it comes to its looks, the features redeem it. It comes with a draft board for typing … Read more

Review: Writer's Cafe Portable provides a powerful tool for scribes

As a nifty program full of cool tools, Writer's Cafe Portable helps you improve and organize your writing. Its layout won't win any design awards, but it's so packed full of neat and fun features that you won't really care. If you need help finishing or starting that novel you've been talking about for years, this is the program you want.

Since it operates as a portable application, you can install it to a USB drive just as easily as on your computer. Once you're inside the program, it offers tons of cool features … Read more

The Week on Download.com, April 10-16, 2013

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Notable New Products

BitTorrent Surf brings the power of BitTorrent to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox Mok Force is a … Read more

StreamWriter 4.4 Review

More and more radio stations are streaming online, and there's a lot of great music and other programming broadcast throughout the Interwebs everyday. With Alexander Nottelmann's fab freeware StreamWriter, you can record streaming audio as easily as you could pop a tape in a deck and press "record" to capture traditional broadcasts. Not only is StreamWriter free, it's open source and community supported, with regular updates, bug fixes, and enhancements. StreamWriter can record multiple audio streams simultaneously and save them as MP3 or AAC files and worked great for me in my evaluation.

StreamWriter offers … Read more

The 404 1,245: Where we print with fire (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- "FireWriter" is a far sexier way to describe an inkjet printer.

- What do gangsters do on the Internet?

- New Brad Paisley, LL Cool J song "Accidental Racist" sparks controversy.

Bathroom break video: Slacktory Supercut: The best fake Web sites from TV shows.… Read more

Printing images with fire

If you have some random bits of wood floating around that you just don't know what to do with, perhaps you could take a leaf out of Lucien Langton's book. The 25-year-old student at the Lausanne University of Art and Design (ECAL) in France has built a functioning printer for wood that uses fire as a medium.

FireWriter consists of a repurposed inkjet printer controlled with Arduino Uno, a calibration module equipped with an optical sensor and fitted with a Dremel torch loaded with a mixture of butane and propane that burns at up to 1200 degrees Celsius.

A black-and-white image has to be fed into Processing software; it then creates a Wiring script that's fed back to the Arduino unit. … Read more

Burn discs and more with FeyWriter

When we first saw the name FeyWriter, it conjured up a creative-writing app, but in fact it's a pretty nice little freeware optical disc burning utility from FeyTools. FeyWriter can burn data, audio, and video discs, read and copy discs, and write disc images. It supports rewriteable and multisession discs, on-the-fly recording, and dual-layer discs. FeyWriter requires Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 or better. The latest release of FeyWriter supports Windows 8.

FeyWriter's simple, colorful Welcome Screen has six buttons: Data Disc, Audio Disc, Video Disc, Write Image, Coy Disc, and Read Disc, plus a toolbar with icons … Read more

'Objectify a Male Tech Writer Day' gets canned

If you've been spending the last few days thinking up adjectives to use on Objectify a Male Tech Writer Day, you'll have to save "dreamy," "hunky," "handsome," and "hot" for another occasion. Leigh Alexander, the writer who first proposed the special day for February 1, has called an official halt to the festivities before they can begin.

Alexander's original idea was to make February 1 a day when people sharing articles written by male tech writers would add an extra comment about the writer's appearance. This was in response to ongoing issues she has encountered with people making comments about her appearance, something she feels few male tech writers have to deal with.

It was all supposed to be lighthearted and humorous, but Alexander received feedback that sparked concern about the day going in negative directions it wasn't intended to take.… Read more

Get ready for 'Objectify a Male Tech Writer Day'

There's a very special day coming up. It's one where we express love and shower certain people with compliments. I'm not talking about Valentine's Day. I'm talking about Objectify a Male Tech Writer Day on February 1.

Objectify a Male Tech Writer Day encourages everyone to add an extra comment about the appearance of a male tech writer when tweeting or otherwise sharing an article. For example, you could tweet, "Awesome Android app article from that hunky Seth Rosenblatt! @cnet."… Read more