TidyRead – A Faster and Leaner Mobile Reading Experience

Posted on April 11, 2011. Filed under: Android, Apple, Freeware/Shareware, Phones | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

TidyRead – A Faster and Leaner Mobile Reading Experience “extracts headlines from the home pages in websites and present a neat list for quick reading. Since everything else is stripped down, reading articles is smoother and more logical compared to mobile RSS readers.”

Like any app, it may or may not work well on your device.  Use at your own risk and CHECK THE REVIEWS first — apps may be changed after being included in the store so later updates include malware.


  • Free tool that renders webpages with better readability
  • Turns webpage into sleek mobile versions
  • Simple and easy interface ideal for iPhone, Android and other smartphones
  • No sign up needed to use
  • Browser addon converts any page into readable format in one click
  • Type URL or Site Name to read quickly
  • Change display style and font
  • Create your own reading list
  • Support for multiple languages
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TestSize: View Your Site in Different Resolutions

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on TestSize to View Your Site in Different Resolutions.

TestSize will let you “enter the URL and select the window size you want to test your webpage in, ranging from 240 x 320 to 1920 x 1024. You can also enter a custom width and height to test a webpage in any specific settings. The actual webpage is then displayed below for your testing; unlike some other apps, TestSize lets you test the actual webpage instead of just providing a screenshot. You can also use keyboard shortcuts to quickly change the size of the window.”

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Go2Convert: Universal Image Conversion Tool

Posted on October 24, 2009. Filed under: Files, Graphics, Online Software | Tags: , , , , , , |

Go2Convert: Universal Image Conversion Tool is a post on MakeUseOf for changing the format (and the size, if you like) of a photo or image.


  • Universal image converter.
  • Convert an image into more than 100 different image formats including DPX, EXR, GIF, JPEG,  PDF, PhotoCD, PNG, Postscript, SVG and others.
  • Convert images up to 5 MB in size.
  • Resize the output image for use as an avatar, as a thumbnail, for messages boards or other bigger sizes.
  • Free, no need to sign up or enter your email.
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Folder Size for Windows Explorer (XP)

Posted on July 16, 2009. Filed under: Files, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Folder Size for Windows Explorer is a handy utility for XP (but not Vista).

When you display a list of files, you see the size of the files listed, but normally not the size of folders — you have to open the folders to get the size.

This changes Explorer so you see the folder size (all the combined files).

Freeware for Windows XP (but not Vista).

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Window Ruler: easily measure any on-screen object

Posted on October 6, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Freeware Genius has a review of Window Ruler: easily measure any on-screen object – review & download link

“Window Ruler is a free on-screen measurement “ruler” tool that offers a number of interesting features, including portability, the ability to “snap-to” any on-screen object, and the ability to automatically resize to a number of common predefined size profiles.”

Handy for web page developers.  Freeware.

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Improve Windows Explorer

Posted on June 23, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

{updated 2008/7/14]

The names are confusing: Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer is your browser for the Internet, the World Wide Web.

Windows Explorer, however, is for exploring inside your computer. This is the file finder, the way to move stuff around inside.

Bizzntech has program links that can improve Windows Explorer.

Total Copy, Piky Basket, InfoTag Magic (especially useful for MP3 files to see all the info in the tags), Folder Size, a Vista-like QTAddressBar for XP, Y’z Toolbar, Visual Task Tips for XP, FileMenu Tools, Desktop restore, Vista drive icons, Clickie, TrayIt, and FolderBox.

WinDirStat takes a visual approach, with colors and lots of data in bars and other forms, and “uses treemaps to represent each file as a colored rectangle, allowing you to instantly visualize file distribution across an entire drive or folder. In addition, the file types are color coded and can be clicked to reveal file name and details with options to access via Windows Explorer, copy the path, or to delete the file. The concept is very similar to SequoiaView, however it provides additional folder tree access and an easier to use interface, as well as right-click integration via SendTo menu.”

2000/XP/2003/Vista, Freeware.

CNet’s Download Blog has several alternatives to Windows Explorer.  The freeware ones:

“2xExplorer Z1 is a free Explorer alternative that offers a dual-pane interface so moving files around is much easier. You’ll be able to preview images before you open an external program using an included thumbnail viewer that pops up as an extra window. You can move files quickly between the two-paned interface with drag and drop or hot keys. 2xExplorer Z1 is a fairly simple alternative, but it’s still a step up from Windows Explorer.”

“Xplorer2 Lite is the free, light version of a more feature-packed program, but offers plenty of tools for better file navigation. Like 2xExplorer Z1, this app offers a two-paned interface for easy transfer of files, but you can add tabs to each pane for even more flexibility. The interface is a bit more refined, with a preview pane built into the window, and Xplorer2 Lite offers added features like a document shredder and syncing between panels for easy document backups. I particularly like how you can click on the breadcrumb in each tab to switch directories quickly.”

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