Linuxsampler is a cross-platform and open-source sampler project. In this article we show how to sample and configure instruments & create a retro drumbox.
Rely on heavy GPU usage? Want to know how your Graphics Processing Unit performs under extreme stress? Here’s how to benchmark your GPU on Linux.
Reaper is an affordable fully-featured DAW for Windows and Mac. If you’re looking to get into music production, here’s how to use Reaper to do the job.
Tabs make everything easier and allow you to open multiple items as once. If you want to add tabs to the Microsoft Office interface, this guide is for you.
Aegisub is a simple subeditor with advanced functionality. It allows you to easily edit video subtitles and adjust them. Here’s how to use it on Linux.
Beta versions of operating systems and apps are often available and are great for getting a preview of what’s to come but can also cause harm. Do you use beta versions of OS and apps?
A lot of people said that they would switch from Windows to another OS with no new Windows versions planned. What would it take for you to switch OS?
One of the questions aspiring coders ask themselves is, “Where do I start?” Here are a couple of programming languages that you should pick up in 2015.
Learn how to set up and manage your bitcoins with Electrum locally. Make and receive payments and more. Electrum is available for Windows, Linux and OSX.
No matter what operating system you use, it will need to be updated at some point. How often do you update your OS?
Does your eye get strained easily when viewing computer at night? Here is one way to prevent computer related eye problems, with a simple app called F.lux.
If you’re looking for a photo-editing app, Fotor is cross-platform compatible and is packed with filters, basic and advanced tools, collages and more. Let’s check it out.
Dukto is a simple application that lets you easily share files and text with other computers or mobile devices connected over a LAN.
Google, Apple, and Samsung are all developing health apps with health-data platforms. Do apps inspire you to keep fit?
Want to publish your own book and become a writing expert? These publishing book tools will be your best aids.
There are advantages and disadvantages to open source software, but is open source software comparable to software sold commercially?
Spotify is an awesome on-demand music player for all platforms and what makes it even better is the ability to install apps. Here are 6 cool Spotify apps you should really check out.
Most, if not all, computer comes with an Office Suite application. It is one of the most essential application we use on a daily basis. While most people will have heard of Microsoft Office, not all of them will be using it, manly because it comes with a steep price and many people doesn’t need […]
If you are a freelancer who charges by the hour, you will know important it is to track the amount of time you have spent on each project. While there are several good time tracker software for Windows and Mac, there are only a few for Linux, and most of them are too basic and […]
There are a lot of applications you can use to play your video. Many people use Windows Media Player because that is what your Windows machine came with. There are other options like QuickTime/iTunes and the wildly popular VLC. Noow is a pretty new competitor to the media playback game. Its claim is that it […]
I am sure you don’t move house everyday, but when you do, one of the headache is to decide the layout of your new house. I have recently renovated my house and while everything is in a mess, I have to come up with the layout design of the house. I don’t have the luxury […]
Everyone knows about Teamviewer – it’s one of the most popular remote support applications out there. However, it also has a rather high startup cost if you want to use it for professional purposes. With licensing prices ranging from $749 to around $3,000, this can be prohibitive if you’re just starting out. Thankfully, there is […]
VLC is great – it’s as simple as that. It’s so full of useful features that we’re already on our second article about some of the lesser known (but still really great) things it can do. Last time, we covered some gems such as the ability to normalize the audio tracks or transcode videos. This […]
I find it surprising that no-one has yet stepped up to the plate to post a review of the magic that is Spotify here on MakeTechEasier. This application has truly revolutionized the way that I consume music, and I only see things getting better. For anyone who has been living under a rock, Spotify is […]
Update: Wuala is shutting down and won’t be available after 15 November 2015. We don’t recommend this service anymore. Dropbox is great, but it is not the best. While we love Dropbox for its versatility and cross-platform compatibility, we also hate it for its inability to secure files in the cloud. We have to either […]
If you haven’t used it before, Evernote is a super popular note taking application. There is no set way to use Evernote, so to some people, this can deter them from using it. By using tips like we have listed below, you may see them as a template to use Evernote or they may spark […]
The Pomodoro is a technique of time management developed by Francesco. By using Pomodoro, you can manage your time easily on the computer. The basic form of pomodoro technique works like this: You choose a task that is to be accomplished in a certain time Set the Pomodoro timer to 25 minutes. Work on the […]
With the growing popularity of ebook readers like the Kindle and iPad, more and more people are reading on a screen rather than from printed books. And more and more authors are getting into the act. Why not you? Maybe you’re a budding author who wants to self publish. Or maybe you’re a software developer […]
This isn’t something you’ll often do for work or a real project, but it’s fun and it can look cool. Tilt shifting a photo is something that can be done by expensive fancy camera equipment or, fortunately for us, free software. The idea is that when you take a photo of small scale objects like […]
Files stored in PDF (Portable Document Format) provide a versatile method of transferring documents without losing formatting and other effects. The file format was originally created by Adobe, however since in recent years Adobe’s PDF reader has become bloated and difficult to use. In this article I will look at six free alternative PDF viewers.
There are a lot of reasons why you might want to be able to make a remote screenshot of your Mac. Maybe, you let your children use your computer while you are away at work and you want to know what websites they are surfing. Maybe, you have a small business and you want to […]
Like almost any piece of software with rudimentary drawing capability, Gimp includes simple brushes like squares, circles, and fuzzy circles. While they get you by for many basic needs, there’s a lot more you can do. Everything from flowers and vines to flames and bubbles can be created by brushes, and today we’re going to […]
Let’s be honest. When we think about free drawing image programs, two things come to mind: the free options that are too basic to be of much use and the professional grade tools that are just too expensive or too complex to be practical for the day to day use (I am looking at you, […]
Most of the time at MTE, we focus on tutorials, reviews, and other practical applications of modern technology. Occasionally, however, some neat new toy pops up that we’ve just got to share. Such is DexOS, and if you’ve got an affinity for custom operating systems or new ways of computing, you might enjoy tinkering with […]
ISO is a popular format for disc image files. These files act like an actual CD/DVD when mounted through a virtual drive program. People new to the ISO format often have trouble working with the files. This is mostly because the programs meant to handle ISO files are too complicated for the average computer user. […]
Ever come across an old family photo that would really look great if it had some color? Or perhaps you found a gorgeous wallpaper online but the monochromatic color scheme just doesn’t fit with the desktop of your dreams. Thanks to modern photo editing programs like the Gimp, this process is a lot easier than […]
We convert media types from one format to another nearly every day. Whether we are about to transfer a song to our portable media player, upload a video to YouTube, or size down an image by changing its format, we have to go through a format conversion process. Usually for different types of media conversions, […]
Some time ago, MakeTechEasier gave you an extensive 3-part guide to formatting a book using OpenOffice.org. That guide was specifically oriented toward print publications, and while it may be sufficient for PDF ebooks, formatting a book for Amazon’s Kindle e-reader takes a little more attention and care. Generally speaking, a Kindle book is just HTML and […]
Have a bunch of photos you need to shrink? Or watermark? Or tag? Phatch is an amazingly useful utility that can handle all your batch image processing needs
Be it a good friend’s party or just easing up your everyday work stress, music is a great way to set the mood right and be more productive at work. I am always plugged into new songs on my portable iPod or desktop computer, regardless of whatever I am doing. However, I also enjoy finding […]
Do you love to video chat with friends? Do you spend a good amount of time chatting with random strangers at omegle.com, Skype or other free internet chat rooms that support video chatting ? If yes, then ManyCam is a brilliant webcam application which you will love using. ManyCam lets you use your webcam with […]
μTorrent has been my BitTorrent client of choice for some time. The ease of using its RSS Feed manager and its small footprint makes downloading torrents a breeze. Recently, μTorrent has created their own App Studio to extend the functionality of the BitTorrent client. These apps function much like browser extensions, in that users can […]
When you install more and more software applications or computer games on your operating system, the primary partition is gradually filled up with lots of files and folders. When the disk space on C drive crosses the critical limit, the user is shown an infamous warning message “You are running low disk space on the […]
On the first read, you may be wondering “how difficult can it be to change a password? Can’t I just go to my account and change the password?” Well, that may be the case for any other account, but when it comes to TweetDeck, you are out of luck. If you are a TweetDeck user […]
Out of the many virtualization software, VirtualBox is my personal favorite. It is lightweight, run fast and support a great deal of OSes (including Mac Snow Leopard). The latest release of VirtualBox 4.0 brings even more changes to the already useful software. This is a major release and it added plenty of new features as […]
We have gone through plenty of tutorials for GIMP, including creating arrows, drawing flames, create abstract wallpapers, etc. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to make use of the batch process feature in GIMP to batch handle your images. Usually after a photoshoot session, you will have tons of photos to […]
gedit is the default text-editor in Gnome based distro. To many, it may seems like a normal text-editor with no special functions (just like notepad in Windows), but for those regular users, they will swear by it and marvel at how powerful and versatile it can be. With its plugins system, it can easily transform […]
For years Mac users have been using Mac OS X’s integrated chat software iChat to video chat with friends and family that have Macs as well, or Skype to video chat across platforms. Now, with Apple’s FaceTime for Mac, you can video chat from your Mac with friends or family members like never before… while they’re […]
The poll last week was “How Much Are You Willing to Pay For a Mobile Application?” and the results were out. 33% of you are willing to pay for apps that cost under $1. 31% of you said that you only download free apps. 15% of you are willing to pay up to $2.99 and […]
At first, it seems so simple. If you want to record a video, just flip on your webcam, record, and upload to something like YouTube. But when you go to do it, you might run into some of the same problems I did. What’s the best software for recording? How does it handle audio? What’s […]