Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.
You can never have too many free ebooks — especially ones that help you learn something new or improve your skills. So here you go: 15 programming books for beginners and current coders alike.
If you have a high-resolution display, you've probably noticed that some apps have blurry fonts when scaled up. Even stranger: some apps that used to scale well are blurry in Windows 10. Here's a fix.
Windows/iOS/Android/Chrome/Firefox: A good VPN is a handy tool. A free, unlimited one is even better. Betternet aims to make using a VPN (as well as my wordplay) dead simple.
Android: Previously mentioned Peggo has always been a great tool to grab the audio from YouTube videos or Soundcloud songs so you can listen to it offline, like a podcast. Now the app is bringing its features to Android so you can listen on the go.
Chrome: It's not hard to watch YouTube videos while you do other stuff online: just resize your windows and watch them side by side. But SidePlayer makes it even easier than that. You can watch a YouTube video straight from the page you're on.
Reader willemvdm has a simple, sharp-looking desktop that, makes use of the space available, and has just a few useful widgets in place that provide actually useful information. Here's how he set it all up.
Chrome: Google Image Search is a pretty great way to find the right GIF when you need it, but the results don't actually animate unless you select each GIF at once. The GoogleGIFs Chrome extensions fixes this.
Windows: There are lots of great reasons to keep a journal, but if you're looking for the perfect app to help you start, keep your entries organised, add photos and links, and even make it easy to go back and see what you've posted in the past, Journaley is a free Windows app that does the trick nicely.
iOS (and soon Android): Adobe's mobile version of Lightroom used to require the desktop app and a subscription to Creative Cloud to really work. Not anymore. Now you can use Lightroom on your tablet and phone to edit photos without a subscription.
iOS: Photo retouching on iOS is always a bit of a pain, and while apps like Pixelmator do an admirable job, Photoshop Fix does much of the same work, but it does for free.
Android: Adobe Illustrator Draw is a powerful drawing app that allows you to create and modify vector images. You can even export them to the full Illustrator CC app on your desktop.