The links to various free/opensource programs most useful and interesting of January:

Switchblade a useful portable toolkit for sys admins

LanHunt it allows to search files inside a local network

Radiotuna an application that allows to listen hundreds of radio online

DDownloads a collection of many free software divided in categories and that can be downloaded directly from the program interface

Music Download Center easily find, listen and download mp3s

EzSnap it allows to easily capture screenshots

Shoot your screen it allwos to record video from your desktop

Montly post about the best web design related resources links selected by me:

Premium Pixels many free PSD resources

Creattica inspiration, UI elements, wallpapers, photography, etc…

Designers List a big lists of designer’s links in one place

Lava 360 design, resources, web design, photography

With modern browsers and operating systems you can turn web sites into desktop apps.

For example with the new Windows 8 you can pin any site in the Metro interface, you just need visit the site with Internet Explorer (run it from Metro interface) and click the button to pin

Windows 8 pin

windows 8 pin

With Google Chrome click on the wrench icon on the toolbar, select Tools, and then Create application shortcut. The shortcut choices are slim: you can only specify where your shortcut lives (desktop, start menu, or pinned to the taskbar).

With Internet Explorer (from version 9) you can pin a specific Web site to the Windows taskbar, just drag the tab to the Windows taskbar and the shortcut will be created.

pin Internet Explorer

There are also third party tools for this purpose:

Fluid (for Mac) available both as free and commercial version allows to create apps in an easy way, you just need to specify url, name, location and icon.

WOW Slider

WOW Slider is a fully featured jQuery image slider and gallery available both for Windows and Mac.

In the program you can set up the images and various parameters available in an easy way within an intuitive interface, in few steps you can create your own slider and publish it to a local folder or ftp server, or insert it in an HTML page or as Joomla module or as WordPress plugin, so it can satisfy any user needs.

Without coding and image editing you can create fantastic sliders in seconds with a point-and-click wizard and the interface support 25 languages.

WOW Slider

WOW Slider has many features, the main ones are:

– responsive slider (so optimized also for mobile devices)
– many cool effects transitions
– fancy templates that can be used
– lightweight (few kb) and valid and clean code
– doesn’t require Flash and graceful degradation to CSS only
– you can add descriptions, prev and next controls, bullet navigation
– you can set speed, delay, size etc…

You can see some nice demos of the slider in action and the great customizations that it offers!

You can download a free versione both for Windows and Mac or buy the commercial version.

CONTEST:

WOW Slider developers have been kind enough to offer us 1 license of WOW Slider to be given away to Simo blog readers. It can be activated in 2 computers and both for Windows and Mac. The Business License is for life, it also includes 1 year of free upgrades.
After the free upgrade period will expire, user will be able to upgrade the license for only the 50% of the current license price or continue to use version received as a last free upgrade.

In order to partecipate to the contest and have chance to win follow carefully the rules, good luck!

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