As another exciting week is about to end, we are here to take a look at every nice and useful app, browser extension and web-service that has cropped over this week. Want us to include some more segments? Leave us a comment, and we’ll make it happen!

This week, we’ve an app that links all your cloud services, another app that prints the information of all the files and folders of your computer, and an app which can install all your other apps silently. And few more.

Software

Younited (Type: Free, OS: Cross-platform, Size: 40 MB on Windows)

Younited by F-secure

With people concerned about their privacy more than ever, the security firm F-Secure has launched a cloud service called Younited. There are a couple of reasons which make this cloud service stand out from the rest. Our data is scattered over several networks. We use Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, Flickr and dozen of other services. Younited aims to bring all of your data at one place, by offering integration with other services. Think about it, you will be able to manage and control all your data from one location. The second benefit is its parent company, since F-Secure has developed this service, we can be rest assured with the level of encryption our data will be boxed in. Last, but certainly not the least, it is available on cross-platform, Windows OS, Windows Phone 8, iOS, Mac, Android, and the web version, and offers 10 GB free storage space.

Karen’s Directory Printer (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 2 MB)

Karen's Directory

Have you ever felt the need to take screenshots or get the details of all the files you have on your system? If yes, Karen’s Directory Printer is an incredibly useful app for you. It lets you print all the file and folder name of all the things you have in a specified storage media. The result can then be saved in a text file. The process is reasonably fast, and you get to decide the information you want the app to print.

Tips & Tricks for Windows 8.1 (Type: Free, OS: Windows 8+, Size: 220 MB)

If you’re finding it difficult to work around Microsoft’s latest OS, this app will teach you the basics of it. The app packs over 24 interactive tutorials that cover both the nitty-gritties such as pinning items to the taskbar, as well as the new features of the OS. The tutorials are short, and the whole set is only about 2 hours long.

UniPDF (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 5 MB)

UniPDF

PDF file format is great at making things compact and secure. But when you are at the wrong end and need to edit that document, there are not many things you could do. There are ample of programs that offer PDF editing or conversion, but most of them fail to retain the original layout and formatting of the source file. This is where UniPDF makes its way. Not only is it good at doing the aforementioned task, but also converting the PDF files into Word, text, images and HTML file types.

Please note: At the time of installation, you’ll be prompted to download some registry cleaning app, make sure to decline that offer.

Silent Install Helper (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 500 KB)

Silent Install Helper lets you install multiple programs in batch, without bothering you with details. So you are done with setting up Windows OS, just select the programs you want to install on that machine, and Silent Install Helper will install everything without boring you with details.

FileOptimizer (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 20 MB)

FileOptimizer

Unlike most other document compression utilities, FileOptimizer does all the compression work without compromising on quality. In other words, it is a loss-less compressor. You can put any kind of document file inside it, and albeit their file sizes will shrink, the quality won’t. Instead of degrading the file quality, it rearranges the bits in such a way that they take less size.

It doesn’t require any installation, just download the file, unzip it, and the app is ready to rock.

Browser extensions

Daily Tabs

If there is a website that you check every single day, Daily Tabs, an add-on for Firefox can save you some clicks. Write down the websites you visit everyday, mention the date till when you want this cycle to repeat, and leave everything else to this extension.

Cortex

Cortex is a Chrome extension which is here to do one simple task, that is to help you share content across various platforms. Want to tweet the status you just posed on Facebook? Email or save the article you just opened on your tab? That’s what Cortex is all about.

Sendola

Sendola saves contact information

Whether you are trying to find a job, or want to contact the manager of a website, finding a way to reach to them can be a time-consuming task. Sendola finds the contact information, and in addition, sends it over to your phone as well.
There is one catch, though. The database is user-generated. Hence unless someone has already made that entry, you won’t find the details.

Tab Ahead 

Tab Ahead

On Google Chrome, there comes a point after which when you open a new tab, you won’t be able to distinguish it from others. The tab will stop displaying the title and eventually, the favicon. At that time, you can bet everything on your luck to get to a specific tab.

Tab Ahead is designed to fix such mess. Click on its icon, and search for either the URL or the title of that tab, and Tab Ahead will take you there.

Software update

WinRAR 5.0.1

Popular compression tool WinRAR received a major update this week. The app has added a new feature called ‘Quick open information’ which lets you open compressed files very faster. Besides, there are plenty of bug fixes and many unspecified syntax have been resolved.

The Gimp

The GNU Image Manipulation Program, The Gimp got a major update too. To begin with, it is now compatible with Microsoft’s latest OS. Its GUI has been boasted with more power. It can now indicate if a file was exported in the Quit dialog. Many plug-ins and library files have been ironed as well.

TeamViewer 9.0.24322

Popular desktop sharing utility TeamViewer has got some interesting new features with the recent most update. You now have the privilege to open multiple connections in different tabs. From security standpoint, the update brings you option to protect your account with two-factor authentication. You can also now copy and paste items via the clipboard. The app has also been muddled over to work and use the most of Windows 8.1.

Apps that received minor updates this week are: uTorrent, VLC, SeaMonkey, Spotify, Kies, LibreOffice, Maxathon Cloud Browser, and Hamachi.

Tip of the week: All the Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 Technet library documentation in PDF

Microsoft has put all the library documentation of Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 from Technet into a single PDF file. As you would expect, the output PDF file is pretty heavy. The file contains about 8,000 pages and takes around 116 MB. It could be used as a source of reference. You may download the file from here.


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Manish is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.