Featured Freeware: Tab Mix Plus

This is one of the best Firefox extensions around and makes tabbed browsing even better than it already is. Tab Mix Plus can change the close button on each tab feature, control the rows of tabs when you exceed the width of the browser window, and almost everything else associated with tabs. Use your scrollwheel to browse tabs, or control tab switching via mouse gestures. You can specify where Web pages will open--in the background or the foreground, in... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: freeware , Firefox , add-on , extension , plug-in

Featured Freeware: Jarte

The first thing users of this freeware WordPad/Notepad replacement will notice is the unusual interface. Jarte actually uses a simple layout, with a default brushed-metal skin and mouse-over icons that reveal standard Menu bar drop-down menus, but this isn't your basic 1990s user interface. Just the mere fact of having something different to look at is appealing, and generally, it works well. The icons are a bit small, and there's a fair bit of empty space around them so... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Office Software

Tags: freeware , editor

Firefox 3.1 to gain modicum of privacy

Of the two big browsing features of 2008, one seems to run counter to where developers are driving their browsers. The melding of the location bar to the search bar was expected in Firefox and Opera, thanks to beta versions. Chrome has it, too, calling it the Omnibar. What seems to have caught developers off-guard has been the clamor for a universal switch to stop the cache and browsing history from recording anything at all.

Microsoft's InPrivate... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: freeware , Firefox , Chrome , privacy

Flash 10 beta update means you should, too

The ongoing problems with Flash freezing in Firefox 3 after two seconds of playback resemble nothing less than a game of hot potato. Or perhaps watching two parents have a screaming match, with us regular ol' users playing the part of the sobbing kid that cries, "Why can't you two just get along?"

Adobe has just updated the Flash 10 beta for Windows and Mac, and with it comes the resurgence of the bug that installing the... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: freeware , Firefox , Flash

Featured Freeware: Stellarium

Open-source and currently in use by planetarium projectors, cross-platform Stellarium brings astronomer-level features to stargazers of all levels of interest. It's not quite as robust as its competitors, but it's also a much faster program. It doesn't suck away your RAM into a black hole when loading or running. Be aware that it only runs in full-screen mode, making any other programs you're running inaccessible except for the ALT-Tab switcher.

The default catalog includes 600,000 stars, with upgrade modules... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Desktop Enhancements , Mac Software

Tags: freeware , open-source

Sandvox: Create Web sites easily

There are many online sites for creating blogs with ready-made templates, hosting services, and even opportunities to display ads to make a little money. Blogger, Wordpress, and LiveJournal all offer easy ways to get set up and writing your thoughts right away. If you're a first-time blogger, these sites are a great option.

There comes a time in a lot of bloggers' lives, however, when the limitations of blogging sites make them believe it's time to move on.... Read More »

Topics: Utilities And Drivers , Mac Software , Developer Software

TuneUp recharges tracks and art in iTunes

UPDATED: Trial not limited to 30 days, clarified YouTube video embedding.

I'm not a big fan of iTunes for Windows. Even though I have an iPod, I haven't used its software sibling in nine months. (That'd be enough time for Apple to gestate a better version, you'd think.) However, iTunes addicts who just can't break away might want to take a look at TuneUp Companion, a neat little plug-in recently out of beta. It does a much better job of... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Audiomp3

Tags: iTunes

Chrome hints and tricks from Ask the Editors

Earlier today, Rafe and I hosted a lively Ask the Editors chat about Google Chrome. As is often the case, we both learned a bit while we were answering your questions. Here's a round-up of some of the more interesting answers.

Once you've imported bookmarks, it turns out there is a way to manage them. It's not readily apparent, though. Hit CTRL+B to show and hide the Bookmarks bar. When the bar is showing, at the right end there's... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions

Tags: Google , Chrome , browsers , Google Chrome

Google's new BlackBerry app scores more points than it loses

Current users of Google's Mobile App for BlackBerry will receive an unexpected benefit when upgrading to the latest update to the mobile app: a cleaner home screen.

Announced on Wednesday, the new Google Mobile App for BlackBerry replaces the Mobile Updater package before it, a hub for downloading and updating Google's native BlackBerry apps for news, search, e-mail, and photos that permanently lived on the home screen, along with the separate applications it downloaded and quietly managed.

The new application... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry

Featured Freeware: FastStone Photo Resizer

If you're looking for a fast, reliable, and free way to convert many images at once, look no further than FastStone Photo Resizer. From the same folks who publish the excellent Image Viewer, Photo Resizer outputs files in the most popular formats, including TIFF, GIF, JPEG, and BMP. Besides its batch-conversion skills, the application also can rename pictures in bulk. This program lacks any sort of fancy image effects, but you can make basic tweaks, including cropping, rotating,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Digital Photography

Tags: freeware