Wednesday, January 11, 2012

All about Apps

A portable app is a computer program that you can take everywhere with you on a portable device and use on any Windows computer.
When your USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device is plugged in a computer, you can access your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC.

It’s very safe because when you unplug the device, none of your personal data is left behind.

How to install portable apps?
Step 1: Make sure to get the "portable" or "standalone" version at every download site. Most sites clearly label it like that. Usually it's a normal file name ending with EXE, ZIP, or PAF.EXE
  • EXE files run "as is", or they self-extract after you double-click them.
  • ZIP files must be extracted first. Right-click the ZIP folder > "Extract All...", or double click on it if you associate archive files with something like 7-Zip.
  • If the downloaded file ends with PAF.EXE, just double-click it and install it to a folder of your choice (and if you copy over the previous version of a program it even deletes the older version first).
  • Other download formats usually have a special launcher (such as the downloads for LiberKey). But sometimes you choose portable as an option during installation (Foobar music player comes to mind).
Step 2: It's a good idea to create a folder for your portable apps, if you haven't already. I suggest creating a sub folder for each program within your portable folder or moving its existing folder to your portable folder (as long as they allow for relative paths; a few don't and would quit working if you move them around freely). In any case, after you get the portable app functional, you must make a shortcut to it:
  • The easiest way is to create a shortcut in a portable launcher (or the portable launcher that comes with a suite of portable programs). PStart, for example, allows you to drag and drop EXE files and automatically create a shortcut in its launcher. Whereas, PortableApps Suite type launchers automatically search its PortableApps folder and add shortcuts for you after you refresh or restart the launcher (just as long as you create individual folders for all your portable apps).
  • Or go to your portable apps folder, right-click on the main application for the portable app (usually it's the one with a recognizable icon and a large file size), and select "Create Shortcut" or "Send to > Desktop". Then simply right-click the shortcut and select "pin to start menu" (Vista), or drag the shortcut to the start menu.
Or upload your portable apps to an online backup site, such as Windows Live Skydrive, if you intend on using them on various computers.

What are the best portable apps?

For home and office;

OpenOffice Portable
OpenOffice software suite for productivity, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, powerpoint presentations, graphics, and a couple math apps.

This is an excellent choice if you only need a lightweight word processor.

GnuCash Portable
If you need specialized financial software to avoid messing around with custom spreadsheet functions.

For Multimedia;

This is a general choice for a simple burner and can be made portable.

The KM Player
This is good for playing your audio and video files and CDs/DVDs. The KM Player is "easy to use and install, has splendid playback, and plays most everything without need to download extra codec packs.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Angry Birds winner Appy Awards

The winner of the Appy Awards, the first time held in London, is the app of the game Angry Birds. It won the price of the best game and as app of the year.

By destroying the green pigs, the Angry Birds can get back their eggs. The mean green pigs are protected by constructions of wood, glass and stone.

In almost every category the apps of big internet companies won, Amazon, eBay, Google and Facebook were among the winners. It isn’t suprising that developing apps for smartphones is big business. Only in the app store of Apple there are 350.000 programs and in the Android market of Google 200.000. Nokia and Windows are a little bit behind with 65.000 and 11.000 apps.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Android in Airplanes

It looks that Android, the popular open-source operating system of Google, soon can be used in airplanes. Not in the cockpit, but as the motor behind the entertainment system on board.

It looks that Android is going further on the success of the smart phone and tablet industry. The system is designed by Thales, a very well known player in the niche market, together with Panasonic.

The name of the system is eX3 and was presented the first time to the public by Engadget in September 2010. According to several people the system is ready to be launched.

In-flightentertainmentsystems exist longer but the possibilities the new system has are impressive; news, live TV, games, access to social networks, broad band internet and mobile service.

The build in screen in the chairs are equipped with a touch screen but also can be operated with an extern controller with touch screen; it can even sometimes give 3D features.

Since Android is a broad platform, the possibilities seem endless. It’s possible for the airlines to add their own applications to the basic software without to much problems.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Angry Birds Game

The continued existence of the Angry Birds is at hazard. Dish out payback on the green pigs who stole the Birds’ eggs. Use the unique destructive powers of the Angry Birds to lay waste to the pigs’ equipped castles.

Angry Birds features hours of gameplay, tough physics-based castle demolition, and lots of replay value. Each level require logic, skill, and brute force to squeeze the enemy. Angry Birds on the Mac will feature the entire content well-known from the mobile game, with free updates and extra levels available in the future.

In addition to this, the Mac version will feature unique enhancements, not available in the mobile version. Features 195 levels and lots and lots of Angry Birds! Protect nature and play Angry Birds.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Best Music and photography Apps

1) Mog
With a free app and a $9.99/month subscription, Mog gives you access to a enormous music library. Just connect via WiFi or 3G, or download tracks in. iPhone 4 users also get the benefit of background streaming, which keeps the tunes going.

2) Pandora

Not only on your computer, but now also on your iPhone. Easy to discover new music.
If you already have an account, you can sign in and without problems access any of the channels you created on the web.

3) Camera+

If the iPhone's standard camera is like a digital point-and-shoot, the Camera+ app is like a high-quality SLR lens. Developed by a professional photographer, Camera+ includes a split open mode for action shots, an image stabilizer and even a timer for self-portraits.
The app lets you manipulate your photos with crops, borders, color tints and retro effects.

4) Photoshop Express

Free app for Basic editing features, color adjustment, filters, a handful of important effects and several borders.

5) ColorSplash

Be a professional photographer. This iPhone app will convert any photo to black and white even while allowing you to keep particularly chosen details in color.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Newest iPhone Apps

1) Word Search Puzzles

Find the hidden words. Hit on the first letter; then drag the cursor over the word and release the button on the last letter.


2) Delicious Foods - PuzzleBox

To play this puzzle game you need to have PuzzleBox installed. Support App2SD.

Publisher: Squinky

3) Towers of Hanoi

Logic / Puzzle game. Try move the stack of discs from the starting tower to either of the other two towers.

Publisher: Bladesoftware

4) Care Bears Tap & Switch

This is a funny and cute matching game. Switch any icon with the one around it. Once three same icons matched, they will disappear and others will fill the empty site.

Publisher: Funweaver

5) Androminion Pro

This is the donation version of Androminion.

Publisher: Ankurmehta