Download of the Day: Thunderbird 2.0 (All platforms)

Posted on April 28, 2007. Filed under: Downloads, eMail, Software |

Windows/Mac/Linux: The good folks at Mozilla dropped the latest version 2.0 of the Thunderbird email client today, which supports Gmail-like tagging, Windows Vista and better search capabilities.

Gmail users will love this T-bird build, which makes setting up a Gmail POP account a one-step affair. My initial tests, searching over an archive of thousands of messages, show that T-bird 2’s search-as-you-type is quite snappier than past versions; and while I’m not yet used to the tagging interface, it’s definitely a step in the right direction. One thing I’d love to see in the future is support for already-assigned tags on downloaded Gmail messages. (They call me a dreamer.) See what Rick had to say about T-bird 2.0’s RC1. Thunderbird 2 is a free download for Mac, Windows and Linux.

+ Thunderbird [Mozilla]

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Xplorer2 file manager (Windows)

Posted on April 28, 2007. Filed under: Downloads, Explorer, Software |

Windows only: The Xplorer2 lite file manager is a superior alternative to Windows’ built-in file Explorer.

Xplorer2 sports a tabbed, 3-paned interface. The first displays the file and folder hierarchy for easy navigation. The other 2 panes are specific folders, which make it really easy to move files between two places or work with two sets of files at once. You can save favorite locations or even bookmark sets of folders associated with particular tasks and projects. Xplorer2 is self-contained (therefore thumb drive-friendly) and has a very mature set of keyboard shortcuts, which reader Ludwig summarized for us in an email. Check ’em out after the jump.

After just a few minutes of playing with Xplorer2 it’s easy to see all the places where Windows Explorer really does fall short.

+ xplorer2 Lite []

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Early Adopter Download of the Day: Nostalgia (Windows)

Posted on March 19, 2007. Filed under: Downloads, Photography, Pictures |

Windows only: Access your Flickr account from your desktop with Nostalgia, a gorgeous new photo-management app.

Nostalgia allows you to search Flickr remotely and create local sets from the photos you discover. It also supports local photo management and synchronizes to your Flickr account, allowing you to update your online photos as well.

And it’s a looker. Seriously, this is an app that will make Mac users jealous, with its lush interface and snazzy animations. Although still technically a prototype, Nostalgia is fully functional and a blast to use. Alas, I couldn’t get it to sync with my online account, but hopefully that’s a temporary glitch. I had no problem browsing Flickr at large and creating photo sets. Note to Yahoo: Buy this thing. Now.

Vista users can run Nostalgia straight from a browser; XP users will need to download an executable, along with Microsoft’s .NET 3.0. Nostalgia is free (for now–the developers haven’t announced their ultimate intentions for the program).

+ Nostalgia [thirteen23 via Webware]

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Download of the Day: TypeFaster (Windows)

Posted on March 6, 2007. Filed under: Downloads, Typing |

Windows only: Free, open source application TypeFaster teaches you how to touch-type and improve your typing speed.

TypeFaster’s on-screen display lets you keep your eyes on the monitor and off your keyboard as you work your way through the lessons. Granted, most of us know how to touch-type by now, but I’ve been considering making the switch to a Dvorak layout for a while now, and if/when I do, I’ll enlist the help of TypeFaster to help with the transition. TypeFaster is free, Windows only.

+ TypeFaster [SourceForge]

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Supercharge your Firefox downloads with DownThemAll

Posted on March 2, 2007. Filed under: Add-ons, Downloads, Firefox |

When it comes to heavy duty download jobs, Firefox’s default Downloads manager just doesn’t cut the mustard. If you often need closer control of multiple, large downloads, you need the DownThemAll! Firefox add-on. This extra-strength download manager can speed up, queue for later, and batch download sets of files from the web based on patterns you define in one click.

+ Supercharge your Firefox downloads with DownThemAll [via lifehacker]

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30 Essential Pieces Of Free (and Open) Software for Windows

Posted on February 18, 2007. Filed under: Downloads, Free, Software, Windows, Windows XP |

Recently, I received a fresh new laptop from Dell. Upon receiving it, I did the traditional “installation of Windows from scratch” on it to remove a lot of the garbage that is preinstalled on Dells. Then I got really busy installing tons of great software that takes care of pretty much every software need I have. Not only was all of the software free, every piece of it was open source, which means that the code is peer-reviewed; no spyware here!

What follows, after the jump, is a list of thirty pieces of software that are the cream of the crop of open source software for Windows. Not only is every piece of it free, almost all of them directly replace expensive software packages.

Now, if only there were an open version of The Sims 2, I might go the whole way and switch to Linux…

+ 30 Essential Pieces Of Free (and Open) Software for Windows [via thesimpledollar]

The list includes Firefox, Thunderbird, Open Office, Bit Torrent, VLC Media Player, NotePad 2and more…..

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Download of the Day: ImgBurn (Windows)

Posted on February 1, 2007. Filed under: Downloads, Windows |

Windows only: Free utility ImgBurn writes any disk image to a CD or DVD quickly and easily.

I’d previously recommended ISO Recorder for this task, but ISO Recorder only supports DVDs on Vista and it only burns .iso images. Aside from DVD support across the board, ImgBurn can handle other disk images types, and it’s the tool used in DVD Flick, which I’ve been very happy with. ImgBurn is free, Windows only.

+ ImgBurn [from Lifehacker]

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Download of the Day: Microsoft Time Zone (Windows XP)

Posted on February 1, 2007. Filed under: Clocks, Downloads, Time, Windows XP |

Windows only: The free Microsoft Time Zone app displays the current time from multiple locations in the XP taskbar.

If you haven’t yet upgraded to Vista but you would like its multiple clocks feature, the not-as-pretty, but just-as-functional Time Zone’s for you. Microsoft Time Zone is a free download, and requires .NET 1.1 to run.

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Download of the Day: FoxyTunes (Firefox/Internet Explorer)

Posted on February 1, 2007. Filed under: Browsers, Downloads, Firefox, IE, Music |

Firefox and Internet Explorer only: Access and play your music library from within your browser with FoxyTunes, a free plug-in. The latest version adds support for (though currently only in the Firefox version).

The new addition definitely merits a look. In case you’re not familiar with it, the plug-in adds a full complement of music-player controls to your browser, thus saving you having to switch apps to skip tracks, pause playback and so on. Now you can do the same with your player: see what’s playing, skip tracks, control volume, etc.

For now the support is Firefox-only, but an IE update is coming soon. In the meantime, don’t miss this essential browser add-on. It’s free.

+ FoxyTunes 2.2.5

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Find Vista drivers at RadarSync

Posted on January 29, 2007. Filed under: Downloads, Drivers, Vista |

When you’re upgrading your PC to Windows Vista this week and you’re missing hardware drivers, check out RadarSync’s collection of Vista drivers, compiled in one place for your download pleasure.

Windows Vista is better than you’ll expect at finding drivers for your obscure whoozywhatsit card, but this bookmark’s a good one to have, just in case.

Free Vista drivers [RadarSync via Gizmodo]

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How to download video from YouTube, MySpace, Google Video and others

Posted on January 10, 2007. Filed under: Advice, Downloads, TV, You Tube |

ech tutorial site Gil’s Method details how to download and save web video from YouTube, MySpace and Google Video using the Firefox Video Downloader extension and Media Coder. Why the big rigamarole?

“The reason you have to go through this process to download the videos is due to the fact that content providers (YouTube, Google Video, and others) use special formats that do not allow playback in traditional media players (i.e. Windows Media Player, Itunes, and others); as such this method allows you to save the downloaded video files to a universal .avi file that you can play back on any media player.”

+ How-to Download Videos from Websites Like Google Video, YouTube, MySpace, and Others [Gil’s Method]

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