Category Archives: Software & Apps

10 Reasons to Switch to Mac OS X Lion

Mission Control on OS X Lion
I am currently running Snow Leopard on my iMAC which I upgraded earlier last year. When the new OS X Lion came out, I wasn’t sure why I should upgrade again. But after reading Tom Negrino’s review of the MAC OS X at Peachpit, I know I will be upgrading my machine later this month. Here are Tom’s 10 reasons to get the Lion upgrade:

  1. Better browsing (Stable Safari, Less crashes)
  2. Improved Apps (Mail, iCal, iChat, Addressbook)
  3. Full Screen Apps
  4. Mission Control
  5. Launchpad
  6. Auto Save and Version Control
  7. Resume (Improved Restart/Shutdown)
  8. Better File Management (Cover Flow Style browsing)
  9. Gestures and Scrolling (Trackpad)
  10. AirDrop (File Sharing with another MAC Over Wi-Fi)

Combination of these improvements and 250 new features makes the upgrade worthwhile. Plus it is only $29.

Best iPad Note Taking Apps

According to PC Mag Top 5 iPad note taking apps are:

  1. Note Taker HD
  2. Penultimate
  3. Notability
  4. Evernote
  5. Next!

Notesplus iPad App

My favorite from that list is Evernote, it is free and can also sync up all your notes between your iPad, iPhone and computer in the cloud.However, for drawing and sketching I really like Wacom’s Bamboo Paper.

Bamboo Paper

Bamboo Paper is awesome, it is easy to use with fingers, if you want to sketch more precisely you can also buy their styles pen.

Bamboo Styles Pen

Clicky: Real-time Web Analytics

Real-time Analytics by Clicky.com

I use Google Analytics a lot for web traffic analytics and reporting, however, it is missing one big feature which is real-time web analytics. All the reports you see on Google Analytics are for yesterday’s traffic. Many ecommerce, news and other transactional web sites want to monitor real-time traffic to see reports on how many people are on the site every hour and trying to see what the users are looking at right now, which page is viewed most in the past hour and much more. I came across Clicky.com which offers real-time web analytics that can be accessed on any mobile platform. Also, Clicky plays nice with many open-source web applications such as Joomla, WordPress and Magento, which is great.

New Search Engine by Microsoft: Bing

Bing.com Search Engine

Microsoft launched a new search engine Bing.com. It is a revamped version of Live.com search engine, which has not been successful in the past few years. But I do like Bing’s features and new preview tools it offers on the search results page. It offers a clean design and many customization options to the user.

Test drive the Bing.com!

Here is a short video about Bing:

Best iPhone App: Evernote

evernote-iphone

I have been using Evernote on my iPhone for the last 6 months and it is simply the best note taking application out there. Evernote can synch with your desktop and your web account. It works on these platforms: iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Mobile, MAC, and Windows based desktops.

So, let’s say you record a voice note or take a picture on your iPhone while sitting at a cafe, then later you can download that note on the web or through your desktop. Evernote also makes a great desktop version of of its software and you can take notes on your computer which can later show up on your iPhone. This app truly shows that line between mobile, web and desktop are blurring, which is the future of computing.

Kudos to the designers and developers of Evernote, it is simply the best note taking iPhone app out there. Happy birthday Evernote!

Download it today.

evernnote-logo

Miro – Free HD Player

Miro logoOne of my favorite new programs on my desktop is Miro 2.0. Miro is a free HD player, and can be installed in Windows, MAC and even Ubuntu.

It can play any video file format, including Quicktime, WMV, MPEG, AVI, XVID, and more. The Miro’s interface is very clean and easy to use. You can subscribe to video casts or download HD videos directly from the web. And the best part, it is free.

See Miro 2.0 in action below.

Browser Wars All Over Again?

Google Chrome

It is great that Google is constantly innovating and coming out with tools and web applications that are used by millions of people around the world. However, the recent launch of Google’s own web browser Google Chrome makes me a bit worried about restarting of the Browser Wars of 1990s.

The release of this new browser could help to improve the web browsers, or it could potentially start a competition among web browsers to start creating “custom tags” or “smart tags” that render web sites in their own way. This will create even more work for web designers and developers, because Google Chrome will be another web browser that we have to test all our work on to make sure that our sites render correctly. Is Google really rocking the boat? We don’t know yet, it might take another few years to see the adoption rate of this browser by the public.

For now, dive in and try the new browser for yourself.

Septa Schedule on iPhone

Septa Schedule on iPhoneThis week is full of iPhone news and coverage of its new 3G debut on Friday. In the same spirit I thought I would share one of my favorite web applications on the iPhone, it is iSepta.org. This is a type of site that I use everyday. It has all timetables and schedules of trains in Philly.

Even if you have another type of mobile phone (Blackberry, Treo etc..) with a web browser you can still use this site.

Three geniuses put together this little web app, and kudos for designing such a useful and easy to use iPhone app. Thanks!

Check it out: www.isepta.org

In Memoriam: Adobe GoLive (1999-2008)

Adobe GoLive 4.0

On Monday, Adobe finally pulled the plug on Adobe GoLive software. Originally, Adobe bought GoLive Cyber Studio in 1999 to replace its aging Adobe PageMills web editing application and to compete against Macromedia Dreamweaver and Microsoft FrontPage, but a lot has happened in the last 5 years.

In the last few years, Adobe bought Macromedia, Microsoft killed FrontPage and at the same time developed Microsoft Expression to replace FrontPage. In this midst, Adobe GoLive was lost in the shuffle and Dreamweaver pretty much kicked its butt in terms of popularity and use among web designers. In the past 10 years, I came across Adobe GoLive once, when I accidentally clicked on the GoLive icon instead of Adobe Reader. So this was long time coming, Adobe GoLive is finally dead. May it rest in peace.