FINDING DUPLICATES

“Duplicate File Finder,” for Windows XP on up, from Ashisoft.com, is a free tool for removing duplicates. Unlike many free programs of this type, it doesn’t download spyware and free offers of junk. We asked it to scan our “One Drive” folder (Microsoft’s storage service). It found 716 duplicates, wasting half a gigabyte of disk space. Like all other programs of this type, eliminating duplicates is a bit tedious. For safety, it requires you to check a box next to each duplicate. If you accidentally mark both copies for deletion, it prompts you to unmark one of them. If you don’t have time to review the duplicates, click “save results” and go over them later. The program sends dupes to […]

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ORGANIZING PHOTOS

A reader asked us to find a service that would consolidate her Facebook,  Flickr, Shutterfly, and Picasa photos all in one place. This is the holy grail of photo organizing. Flickr.com‘s new tool “Uploadr” is at least halfway to that goal. Any time a new photo comes into your computer, whether from a camera card, your phone, or an email attachment, it automatically uploads it to your private Flickr account. Uploadr  also consolidates anything you’ve saved to Apple’s “iPhoto” or “Dropbox” online accounts. (Flickr is a division of Yahoo.com, one of the largest Internet search engines; like Google, it has many features that are strictly its own. There is no charge to sign up.) You’ll be able to see your […]

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PILLOW TALK

Shutterfly.com is the king of photo gifts, but when SnapBoxPrints asked us to try out their new photo pillows, we let them go head to head with Shutterfly, ordering one pillow from each as a surprise present for Joy’s niece who has a one-year old daughter.

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MAKING A PANORAMA

When you’re out in Nature or part of a crowded scene, your camera may fail to do justice to it. You see a “wow” but the camera sees an “okay.” A panoramic picture picks things up.

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PRINT IT ON ALUMINUM

We just had a photo “aluminyzed.” It looks great.

Aluminyze.com will turn your photo into anything from wall art to a license plate. Joy took a photo at a woman’s club event and had it aluminyzed for the chair of her committee, who typically receives a gift certificate at year’s end. This was different.

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OUR PERSONAL AVATARS

Below our email signatures we often use a cartoon portrait of ourselves. We’ve gotten lots of compliments on that over the years, and requests for information about it.

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FREE UNLIMITED PHOTO STORAGE

Flickr gives you a terabyte of photo storage, but now Amazon Prime members get unlimited storage on the free Amazon “Cloud Drive.”

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MAKING PHOTOS PERSONAL

Photofy adds personal touches to photos. The new version has stock backgrounds: if you want to make it look like you’re lounging in Tahiti, lounge ahead.

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THREE GOOD APPS FOR IPHONE AND ANDROID

— “Next Move Quiz” is our favorite new iPhone/iPad app, free from educational book publisher Pearson. The app has fun and colorful quizzes for kids and adults in subjects like science, geography, food, sports, culture and history. Joy has a lot to learn about currency but aced the human body quiz. You can retake quizzes. “Quiz Up” for Android is similar. — FaceTune is a $5 app that goes way beyond blemish removal in photos. Want a thinner nose, a wider smile, and a forehead whose skin tone matches the rest of your face? (Joy’s bangs keeps her forehead white; like a baseball cap.) It can also sharpen facial details while blurring the background and adding other effects. This app […]

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WHY DO THEY DO IT?

“Corel Painter Essentials 4″ can turn photos and drawings into pieces that look very much like paintings. It’s not the only program that can do this, but it’s based on one of the earliest. It has been seven years since the last version and with this version the company has managed to take a giant step backward, It’s not that the program’s new tools aren’t fun. Most of them are. It’s that the previous version from seven years ago had outstanding videos that practically held your hand every step of the way as you learned. You worked along with the guidance of a professional artist and the results were great. The company dumped all of that. Now if you click […]

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