As always, we’re back with your weekly dosage of Windows PC tools, Web browsers extensions and notifications on which software got updated over the last week.
This week we’re looking at a program that will help you save your printer’s ink, a new version of Firebug, a tool that investigates why you can’t connect to the Web, one that replaces Chrome’s built-in bookmark manager for good, and more.
Firefox 30 (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 29MB)
Last week we saw Chrome’s 64-bit web browser. Following which, Mozilla released the Firefox 30 for several platforms, including Windows PC. The new version offers a plethora of features, including sidebars that offer faster access to social networks, bookmarks and web history. There are many more features like GStreamer 1.0 among others, that will come handy if you’re a developer. In general, the browser runs a bit smoother and faster.
Diffractor (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 8MB)
Diffractor is a neat image organizing tool for Windows. Once installed, it allows you to sort files and search for any image file, even by using part of their name, label, or metatag! After installing, the app provides you with the ability to edit names and metatags of any image file.
GreenCloud Printer (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 18MB)
For years, we all relied on Ink Saver 2.0 to save ink while printing. However, recently, the service closed its shutters. For those who are wondering what they can use now, there is a very handy alternative called GreenCloud that one can use. At the time of installation, Green Cloud will ask you to let it interact with your printer’s settings, allow it. Once setup is complete, the service reduces the ink usage automatically.
MouseController (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 64KB)
Now here is a tool that is rather creepy but still can end up being very useful for you. MouseController records all your mouse movements — that’s the creepy part, though, a perfect tool if you want to track someone else’s activities. Now the useful part, it replays those same set of actions again on your computer. You could use it if you want your cursor to be at some place doing something specific over and again. I would use it to keep ticking on various chatrooms to make myself appear online all the time, I’m sure you might find some inventive use for it as well.
Why Can’t I Connect? (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 2MB)
We have all come across a problem when we couldn’t get our computer to connect to the internet, and wondered “Why can’t I connect?” Some nice people made an application to help you troubleshoot that problem. You can use it to diagnose your TCP/IP connection and find where the bottleneck is.
Firebug 2.0 (Firefox)
Firebug is a web development tool that integrates with Firefox to provide you advanced and extensible features. Firebug allows you to edit, debug and manage CSS, HTML and JS live on any Web page. For years, Firebug was debugging using Firefox’s engine JSD1. However, Mozilla replaced that debugging engine recently with JSD2. To get its groove back, Firebug has updated its extension, which now works with Mozilla’s latest standards.
The Chrome web browser has one serious problem. Several of its built-in utilities haven’t really evolved since their inception. Take Chrome’s bookmarks manager for example. It’s not too bad, I mean, it does what it’s supposed to do, however, that’s about it. There is nothing fancy. Pine for Chrome, however, can help you sort that out. It lets you organize similar bookmarks by attaching a tag to them. Also, it lets you get a quick preview and YouTube screenshots of links. It’s pretty handy.
We talked about the bookmark manager of Chrome. There’s one more thing that you might have noticed on the browser. And that is that it doesn’t let you save bookmarks in incognito mode. You can use the Chrome extension Hush, which allows you to do just that. Another handy feature from the service is it allows you to set passwords for those bookmarks.
FIFA World Cup 2014 started recently, and we have already heard a lot of complaints from the people who are having trouble live streaming the games. If you too are one such angry user, and are fine with text updates, popular service Goal has launched a Firefox extension for you.
Ballloon for Chrome lets you save Web files, images, links directly to your Dropbox and Google Drive account. Once installed, it adds an option to the context menu giving you easy access to save files. At the first launch, you will have to authorize your accounts with Ballloon.
Several programs got updated this week. Chief among them are WinRaR, Paint.NET, WireShark, Notepad++, and uTorrent. if you’re using any of the aforementioned software, it’s time you opened them and snagged the update.
Tip of the Week: Search for the content of Sticky Notes from Start Menu
Sticky Notes is a great tool that lets you jot down anything without having to worry about saving the text file. You can use it to write what you want to be reminded of everytime you are using your computer. Recently, I found that if you have written something on a sticky note, that will also appear when you search on Start Menu.