Saturday, 31 July 2010

Ten tips for building better AIR apps

Use these techniques to improve performance, usability, and security of AIR applications.

Friday, 30 July 2010

170+ Twitter Apps, Tools, Tips and Guides [Ultimate Twitter Resources]

We here at Madras Geek, have discussed lot apps, tools and tips about Twitter. So I thought of putting up all the resources at one post and make it useful for everyone. You can bookmark this post and come back at anytime and hope it would be very useful.

twitter resources 170+ Twitter Apps, Tools, Tips and Guides [Ultimate Twitter Resources]

10 Ideas To Find Out What Should Be Your Twitter Background ?

10 Popular Twitter Style WordPress Themes For Free

12 Ways To Share Music on Twitter

25 Golden Rules For Building a Better Twitter Relationship

3 Online Tools to Backup Your Twitter Account

3 Tools to Decode the Shortened URL on Twitter

3 Ways to Share Videos on Twitter

30+ Powerful Ways To Share Images on Twitter

5 Must-try Twitter Clients

5 Sites to Design Free Twitter Background

5 Ways Making Post Go Viral on Twitter and Facebook

5 Ways To Find Out Who Unfollowed You on Twitter

3 Ways to Share Snippets on Twitter

9 Best Twitter Apps

10 Tips on HowTo Engage With People on Twitter ?

9 Ways to Share Files and Documents on Twitter

14 Free Services For Scheduling Your Future Twitter Updates

5 Websites To Send Anonymous Tweets

15 Tools for Twitter

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Thursday, 29 July 2010

Logo and Brand Identity Design Resources July 2010

This is a new series on Logobird where I will be posting a hand-selected roundup of the best logo and identity design related articles at the end of each month.

July has been an absolutely huge month packed with awesome posts about logo and identity design. Originally, 18 articles were on the short list, however in the interest of keeping it somewhat brief, I cut the list down to what I thought were the 12 very best.

The posts are listed in no particular order. Where possible I have also added a link to the Twitter page of each author.

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Logo and Brand Identity Design Resources

1. Logo Discussion: 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil – via Abduzeedo

An interesting discussion about the controversial 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil logo.

2014 World Cup Brazil Logo

2. The Evolution of the Logo – via Smashing Magazine

A thought-provoking look at the history and current state of logo design. Debunks the myth that logo design is dead.

3. A Fresh Identity for the Girl Scouts of America – via Fast Co. Design

A look at the brand identity redesign of Saul Bass’s original Girl Scouts of America logo.

Girl Scouts America Logo

4. Fun and Games with Font Licensing – via Imjustcreative

Dealing with font licensing is a tricky (and somewhat boring) subject. In this post Graham Smith looks at four possible scenarios a designer is likely to encounter. Very useful advice.

5. How to modify a typeface to create a unique logo via Just Creative Design

Jacob Cass shares how to modify a font (in this case Gotham Light) to create a unique brand identity. This tutorial was also published in Computer Arts magazine.

Computer Arts

6. Ask the Expert – A Chat About Art, Design, Computers and Education with Milton Glaser via Design Informer

Milton Glaser is one of the most iconic designers of our time and is most famous for designing the I Love New York logo. This post is an insigntful 12 minute audio interview including  a transcript with Milton where he discusses art, design, logos, and more. What does Milton Glaser have to say about logo design? Its boring!

7. Logo Process – Tamara Kauffman Interior Design Identity Development via Imjustcreative

Another excellent and detailed logo design process post from Graham Smith. Discusses the process of creating a logo for Tamara Kauffman from brief to presentation.

Tamara Kauffman Logo

8. Ligne Roset logo evolution – via Logo Design Love

The logo evolution of high-end French furniture manufacturer Ligne Roset.

9. Brand New Conference Speakers and Registration – via Brand New

This month brand new announced the line-up of the inaugural Brand New Conference. The conference is to take place in New York City on November 5 2010, and will feature talks by some of the most respected authorities in the industry. For those who are unable to make it in person (like me), a live webcast and delayed videos of the event will be available.

Brand New Conference

10. How to make your logo design process more profitable via Preston Lee

Fantastic advice on how to get the money you deserve for your next logo design project.

11. The Crowdsourcing Dilemma. Spec work, crowdsourcing and Crowdspring on NPR via The Logo Factory

Keeping the No-Spec movement alive, this is another excellent article by Steve Douglas at The Logo Factory.

12. An inverse appreciation law? via Johnson Banks

An examination of the expanding context of identity design.

That’s a wrap for another month. If you found this post useful, please share and leave a comment below.

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Facebook worm: Teacher nearly killed this boy attack spreads virally

by SophosLabs

This attack is spreading rapidly on Facebook right now, spamming out links from users who have fallen victim. Learn more at

If you're on Facebook you should join the Sophos Facebook page to be kept up to date on the latest threats:

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

The Evolution of Adobe Flash: From 1996 to 2010

Flash wasn't always the rich and advanced platform it is today, however. It started as a vector animation package named FutureSplash Animator in 1996 and 14 years later, it's going strong, with a desktop, mobile, and server-side presence.

Reboot Your Senses – The Crossroads Project Photography

There are many different ways an office full of creative people can showcase their talent to prospective clients. Since I’m a huge photography fan, I especially enjoy watching photographers strut their stuff.

Bulgarian creative studio Addminimal wanted to express their talent for directing, light managing and makeup. The result was “The Crossroads Project” which will enlighten and refresh your senses. This project, directed by Adriana Gerasimova, is a wild and crazy ride of colors and creativity. It reminds me a lot of the Sexual Color photography. Nice!


Saturday, 24 July 2010

Social Networking: Is Growth Destroying it’s Value for End Users?

by Chad Levitt

Social networking is great for many things – it can help you get a job, make a new connection, get your foot in the door, and meet folks you would have never had the opportunity to meet physically. But, lately, I’ve started to wonder if social media networks are losing their value at the expense of their owners wanting to scale and IPO.

The infrastructure of the web?

Social media networks are fast becoming the infrastructure of the Web as all of our personal data and connections are being aggregated into databases. The value of Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter is part how much of our personal information they store and part how useful they can make this information for companies, advertisers, marketers, and consumers. The more information social networks know about us and our connections, the more targeted they can make their advertising and ultimately their business value.

But for the end user – people like me and you – is it really valuable to have a sprawling list of social media connections? The answer is yes. Having a high number of quality social media connections is very valuable for any personal brand. The flip side is that as your social media connections grow, the noisier your feeds get, and it becomes harder to keep tabs on the connections you really care about. That presents a problem and destroys the true value of social networking.

Connection are valauble

If we need our social media connections consisting of both high and low value connections – what can be done to make social media more efficient and organized?

The ability to organize connections into lists.

Think about it — does it make sense that your old college buddies are grouped together with your work connections? Nope. How about having your different groups of friends all thrown into the same stream? It just makes no darn sense. And the problem only gets worse as your build out your personal brand and social media connections.

A list feature would fix all of this.

If we could organize our connections into groups we would not have to worry about irrelevant conversations flowing into other groups. We would not have to deal with a constant bombarding of status updates unless we wanted to have the “main status update view” on. This would be a giant step in the right direction for social media networks. It would also throw a giant wrench into the developing business models of social media networks and that’s probably why it has not been enabled.

What do you think — is the growth of social media networks destroying its value for end users?


Chad Levitt is an Inbound Marketing Specialist with HubSpot and author of the New Sales Economy blog that focuses on how sales 2.0, social media, and how inbound marketing can be used as a sales strategy for the Web 2.0 world. You can connect with Chad on Twitter @chadalevitt.


Tim O’Reilly: O’Reilly Radar

OSCON has amazingly short keynote speeches. This one, by Tim O’Reilly, is just under 12 minutes long.

And yet he managed to inspire me far more than most 20-minute, half-hour or (god help us all) hour-long keynotes I’ve heard. Starting with a quotation from Harlan Ellison about diverging images of Christ in Rio, he challenged participants to use open-source not just to sell to the enterprise, but to build a better world. The challenges we face together, he argued, need the collaborative skills of the open-source community and the software they’re creating. (As you can imagine, that message resonated with me.)

That parallels the evolution of O’Reilly Media, which has changed from being a book publisher and event convenor to an organization with a strong focus on applying technology in ways that “help good futures to happen”.

His presentation ranged from food carts in Portland to the relief effort in Haiti. If you like the cartoon, you’ll love the movie:

Click here to view the embedded video.


Justice Prevails – “Apple the new world leader in software insecurity”


Even as the current market for Adobe Flash soars sky high, we cant forget what Adobe went through a little while back, taking backlash from Apple. Riding on waves of iPhone/iPad success, the company had completely forgotten a very simple thing. “What you throw at others, comes back at you one day.“
As Flash and Android [...]
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Social Media and the Evolution of Commitment

by ducttape

Evolution of Commitment

Most of us want to sell something – want to get people to commit to plopping down the hard won cash in an exchange of value. That’s certainly one of the reasons millions of business folks have jumped into online networks and social platforms – to gain access to the hundreds of millions that hang out there and prospect for customers.


Friday, 23 July 2010

11 Mind-Blowing Mobile Marketing Infographics

by Kipp Bodnar

Smart phones, tablets, laptops and mobile broadband cards have all changed the way we access the internet. According to Pew Research Center, 59% of adult Americans go online wirelessly.  With the proliferation of wireless connectivity and devices, online marketers have many more screens to worry about than just the standard computer screen.  

To better illustrate the growing mobile marketing opportunity, take a look at these infographics.

1. The Size of the Mobile Market

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2. Mobile Is Changing Social Media
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3. Mobile Internet Users Will Be Greater Than Desktop Internet Users in 5 Years
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4. Mobile Internet Usage Growing Faster Than Desktop Internet Usage Did
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5. How Are Teens Using Their Cell Phones?

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6. The Smartphone OS Market

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7. App Stores by the Numbers
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8. Number of Smartphones Sold
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9. The App Store Economy

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10. The iPhone Era
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11. Local Mobile Search

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Marketing Takeaway

As mobile usage continues to climb, it is more important than ever for marketers to understand how their target audience consumes information not only on their desktops but also on the mobile web. Marketers should start by making sure their websites and landing pages are compatible with mobile web browsers. Additionally, marketers should consider how they can create and deliver content to meet the needs of mobile information consumers.

What is your business doing to leverage the mobile web?

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Marketing Charts

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Download the ebook now! to have access to these charts for use in your own presentations

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Thursday, 22 July 2010

How To: Create Your Own Unique Digital Handwriting Font

by Diana Adams

I grew up handwriting letters, but now that we do everything on the computer, I find myself forgetting how to write in cursive. I type even the simplest notes and print them to avoid showcasing my embarrassing penmanship.

Is the art of handwriting gone forever? I’ve written about this before in an article called “The Lost Art of Handwriting.” Lucky for us, Pilot Handwriting has developed a way that we can keep the individuality and style of our handwriting alive.

They want to help us create our own digital font to send handwritten emails to our friends and family. What they’ve done is quite genius. You just go to the site, print the typography sheet and manually write your letters in each box. Then, take a picture with your webcam and send it to their site. The rest is magic! I love this idea, I’m going to try it out today.

[via whatthecool]

How to Stop Direct Message Spam on Twitter

by Matthew Tommasi

It got to a point where I had lost control of my Twitter inbox as it was completely filled with Direct Message (DM) Spam.
You know the type.. messages about MafiaWars and Farmville, free gifts, making money, poker, investing, how get 1000’s of followers, etc.
So as a result of rarely checking it, I was missing out [...]


How to Delete Your Social Networking Accounts

by Matthew Tommasi

Have you had enough of social media and social networks?
Feel like you need to get outdoors and actually talk to real people?
This article will show you how to pull the plug on your digital-self and delete your social networking accounts.


Less Than 1 Year Until The Internet Runs Out of Addresses

Less Than 1 Year Until The Internet Runs Out of Addresses:

The Internet will run out of Internet addresses in about 1 year's time, we were told today by John Curran, President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). The same thing was also stated recently by Vint Cerf, Google's Chief Internet Evangelist.

The main reason for the concern? There's an explosion of data about to happen to the Web - thanks largely to sensor data, smart grids, RFID and other Internet of Things data. Other reasons include the increase in mobile devices connecting to the Internet and the annual growth in user-generated content on the Web.


IPv4 countdown on Twitter - less than a year to go before IPv4 addresses run out...

Why a New Internet Protocol is Needed

Currently the Web largely uses IPv4, Internet Protocol version 4. Each IPv4 address is limited to a 32-bit number, which means there are a maximum of just over 4 billion unique addresses. IPv6 is the next generation Internet Protocol and uses a 128-bit address, so it supports a vastly larger number of unique addresses. Enough, in fact, to give every person on the planet over 4 billion addresses!

John Curran from ARIN, the non-profit responsible for managing the distribution of Internet addresses in the North American region, told ReadWriteWeb that of the approximately 4 billion IPv4 addresses available, all but 6% have already been allocated. Curran expects the final 6% to be allocated over the coming year.

This is largely an issue that ISP (Internet Service Providers) and telecoms carriers need to deal with. However content service providers, including large-scale Internet companies like Google and Facebook, also need to ensure that the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 takes place. Curran explained that a content company like Google (for example its YouTube operation) will need to work with its ISP to transport the content via IPv6 as well as IPv4.

This transition is happening "slowly," says Curran. But he warns that "deployment is where we're behind."

Google, Facebook & Others Making Good Progress

John Curran told us that large carriers like Verizon and Comcast have announced trial IPv6 activity. Curran also noted that new Internet of Things initiatives that use sensor networks, power grids, RFID and similar technologies, are being directed to use IPv6 and not IPv4.

There is also solid support from the big Internet companies. Curran said that Google has already put the majority of its services onto IPv6. Declaring its support for IPv6 on a special webpage, Google states that "IPv6 is essential to the continued health and openness of the Internet [and] will enable innovation and allow the Internet's continued growth."

In June, Google held a Google IPv6 Implementors Conference. At that event, Facebook announced that it had begun to use IPv6.

In his opening remarks to the conference, Google's Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf urges ISPs to move to IPv6, so that a "black market" for Internet addresses won't occur.

Another Y2K?

Critics view some of the push for IPv6 as Chicken Little 'the sky is falling' talk. Commented @ajbraun, a self-described technology leader at Sony Ericsson, via Twitter: "We should call this "IPv6: Y2K II." An obvious issue for 10 years, we will panic at the end and finally much ado about nothing."

Others see a technology called NAT (Network Address Translation) as a solution - it maps multiple addresses to a single IP address, thus reducing the amount of unique IP addresses required. However this is at best a temporary solution. Google argued back in 2008 that NAT and similar technologies "complicate the Internet's architecture, pose barriers to the development of new applications, and run contrary to network openness principles."

Whether or not there is Y2K-style fear mongering, the bottom line is that IPv6 is a much larger platform for the coming Internet of Things. So one way or another, the move will have to be made.


Live Broadcast On Flash Lite 4 With Flash Media Live Encoder

Live Broadcast On Flash Lite 4 With Flash Media Live Encoder:
by FlashVisions

Now After a full week of indulging in video and streaming, when it was finally time to take a break and get back to some Flash Lite mobile work, it just struck me, how well would a Flash Lite 4 device suit the need of live event viewing. Its well known that Flash Lite 4 [...]

Monetize your AIR applications with Melrose

Monetize your AIR applications with Melrose:
by Serge Jespers

Melrose – the monetization service previously known as Shibuya – is now live on Adobe Labs. If you were at MAX last year you probably remember the demo I did in the keynote on day 2. With literally just a couple lines of code you can add a complete license manager and payment solution to [...]

20+ Required Windows Apps: Web Designer’s Choice

20+ Required Windows Apps: Web Designer’s Choice:

In April, Jeffrey Way provided us with a list of the “20 Mac Apps You’ll Use Every Day.” Not one to be biased, if you prefer Windows, this article rounds up the best programs available for boosting your productivity as a web designer.

1. Skybound Stylizer

Skybound Stylizer

While I prefer to use Firebug, I’m finding this “out of the box” CSS editor to be really helpful. Skybound Stylizer has been out for a while, but the latest version, 4.0, is now out with a lot of incredible features to help you in the development process. One of the core features is that it supports Google Chrome, Firefox 2 – 3.6, and Internet Explorer 6 – 8.

Stylizer is an exotic visual CSS editor that keeps you in the drivers seat while delivering enormous productivity gains.

2. Notepad++


Notepad++ is by far my favorite text editor for Windows. It’s fast, flexible and offers a variety of plugins. If you want to increase your productivity with this editor, be sure to install the ZenCoding plugin. You can download the plugin here.

Notepad++ is a text editor and source code editor for Windows, one main advantage of Notepad++ over the built-in Windows text editor, Notepad, is tabbed editing, to easily work with multiple open files.


3. IETester


IETester is the most stable and useful IE test tool available for Windows. With tabbing navigation, a source code viewer, and the debug bar, it’ll help you through the process of “happy” IE debugging.

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IETester is a free WebBrowser that allows you to have the rendering and javascript engines of IE9 preview, IE8, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Windows 7, Vista and XP, as well as the installed IE in the same process.


4. Filezilla


Filezilla is the most popular and free FTP for Windows, and, of course, is my favorite FTP client for this platform. It’s lightweight and easy to use.

FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.


5. Dropbox


Dropbox is a multi-platform sync system, which is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. You can use it as a backup folder to transfer files to your friends and family. It’s amazingly intuitive and fast.

Dropbox allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically.

6. Jing


Jing is a great tool to share images or videos in the Windows platform. It’s free, but you can order the Pro version with even more features.

Use Jing to capture anything you see on your computer screen and share it instantly… as an image or short movie.



For PHP/MySQL development, Xampp automatically installs MySQL, Apache and PHP in your PC.

XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use – just download, extract and start.


8. FoxitReader


FoxitReader is the primary PDF reader in my PC; it’s very fast, and supports tabs to read my PDF files.

Foxit Reader is a multilingual PDF reader. Both the basic and full version readers can be downloaded for free. Foxit Reader is notable for its short load time and small filesize, and has been compared favorably to Adobe Reader.

9. doPDF


Print-as-PDF isn’t installed by default on Windows. That makes this tool particular handy when you need to quickly send a document.

doPDF installs itself as a virtual PDF printer driver so after a successful installation will appear in your Printers and Faxes list. To convert to PDF, you just have to print the document to doPDF, the free pdf converter.

10. Breevy – Text Expander for Windows


Breevy is one of the most responsive, intuitive text expander applications for Windows. Whether you’re a web developer, blogger or {your-occupation-here}, you’ll find this one very useful. It’s not free, but will save you hours upon hours of typing! It’s worth the cost.

Breevy is a text expander and AutoText program for Windows that helps you type faster and more accurately by allowing you to abbreviate long words and phrases — saving you time and money.

Free Alternative

11. Everything


Everything is a search program. As LifeHacker said, “It does what you really want when you hit Search in Windows.”

“Everything” is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows, 20,000 files will take about 1 second to index. 1,000,000 files will take about 1 minute.

12. Miro


Miro lets you play nearly every single video format in the world; but it’s not just a video player: you can even subscribe to podcasts, video channels, etc. It’s my video player of choice. And yes! It’s free!

Miro is the only internet TV you’ll need—it’s an application that brings together thousands of shows from all over the web. There’s TONS of great content, lots of it in HD, and fresh shows are added all the time. You can watch and organize video feeds when you’re offline or traveling, find TV programs on sites like Hulu, and download from sites like YouTube. Miro downloads in HD, whenever it’s available!


13. KeePass


KeePass is a nice and lightweight password manager for Windows. The amazing thing about it is that you can sync the database with Dropbox – But what if I own a Mac as well? Okay, just install KeePassX. There are numerous cross-platform password managers available (even one more in this round-up), but KeePass is simple and effective enough to get the job done.

KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file.

14. Sobees


Sobee is one of those applications you’ll always love. It allows you to get the most out of your social sites. You can choose multiple layouts to display your social data, as it offers LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace support — even a New York Trending News widget. Be sure to check this one out!

Enjoy the convenience of tracking all your different social networks and news from a single place and share, like or tweet what’s on your mind easily.

15. Aptana


Aptana is, in my humble opinion, one of the best Integrated Development Enviroments (IDE) for Windows. It has great HTML, CSS, and JavaScript intellisense, JavaScript debugging tools, built-in support for JavaScript libraries, a DOM outline viewer, file transfer & synchronization, live previewing (Safari and Firefox), and much more.

Aptana Studio is the industry leading web development environment that combines powerful authoring tools for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, along with thousands of additional plugins created by the community.

(Available for Linux and Mac)

16. Picasa


Picasa is a must have if you want to organize and share your photos on the internet. It’s light-weight, free, and just works!

Picasa is free photo editing software from Google that makes your pictures look great. Sharing your best photos with friends and family is as easy as pressing a button!

(Available for Linux and Mac)

17. Google Talk


If you’re one of the GMail lovers (like me), then Gtalk is the perfect Gmail notifier for you. And of course, you can chat with your buddies as well!

Google Talk (GTalk) is a free-of-charge Windows web-based application for instant messaging and voice over internet protocol (VOIP), offered by Google Inc.

18. Adobe Photoshop CS5


Adobe Photoshop CS5 is, for obvious reasons, the greatest tool available for graphics / web design available in the industry. Photoshop is open on all of my computers… at all times.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 software is the ultimate solution for advanced digital imaging, delivering all the editing and compositing capabilities of Photoshop CS4, plus breakthrough tools that let you create and edit 3D and motion-based content.

19. Pidgin


Pidgin is a simple instant messenger. I use it to chat with my friends and family, similar to Adium for the Mac. AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and Facebook are supported.

Pidgin is an easy to use and free chat client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and more chat networks all at once.

20. InstallPad


Although I don’t use InstallPad every day, it’s still a great tool, and is worthy of being listed here. It helps you to install all of your favorite Windows applications at once.

InstallPad takes a list of your favorite programs and will download and install the ones you pick. It doesn’t need to ask any questions, so you can go do more important things. InstallPad can resume downloads you’ve canceled, and can even try and find the latest version of your program online.


21. 1Password PC (Beta)


The hugely popular Mac password manager, 1Password, is currently in Beta mode for Windows! Whether you need to store hundreds of website passwords, or track your software licenses, 1Password will do the trick!

“1Password for Windows has been a dream of ours for a long time and we’re thrilled to open beta testing to everyone!”

Free Alternative

22. Bubbles


Mac users have access to a nifty app, called Fluid, which allows them to turn any website (,, etc) into a desktop app. It’s very helpful. PC offers its own version of this service, via an app, called Bubbles.

“Bubbles is an application platform, based on Browser technologies. It detaches Web Applications from the classic Browser and offers them with the familiar accessibility, capabilities and always-on nature of Desktop applications.”


These are the applications I use nearly every day on my PC. Did I miss any? Don’t agree with me? What do you recommend?