Monday, February 28, 2011

How to Order Windows 7 SP1 DVD Disc Media

Microsoft has officially released Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RTM comprising the previously released security patches, performance and stability updates. There are a few convenient ways to obtain this service pack via online mode, including direct download from Microsoft Download Center or just allow the Windows Update to take care the service pack installation automatically.

However, if you do not wish to utilize the network bandwidth to download the gigantic service pack build, you can opt to order DVDs that contain the first service pack for Windows 7. In order to cater for the Windows 7 machines that are not connected to the Internet, the Redmond company is providing the DVD to the customers from various countries in North America, South America, Africa, Europe and Asia.

Each customer is eligible to order up to 3 copies of the physical media DVD. Note that the DVD only contains the service pack build and the Windows 7 setup installer is not bundled. In other words, it’s not Windows 7 with SP1 integrated DVD media. Although the product DVD media itself is free of charge, but the shipping and packaging costs apply.

Here’s the direct link to order Windows 7 SP1 RTM DVD:



ACDSee Pro for Mac Os X

ACDSee Pro 1.7.389 | Mac Os X | 10 MB

Get ready to take your photography workflow into overdrive. Now available for the Mac, ACDSee Pro delivers the ultimate in flexibility and control. Harness ACDSee's legendary speed to professionally manage, view, and process all your images with lightning-fast precision.

Take your Mac photography workflow into overdrive
Harness ACDSee Pro's unmatched speed and flexibility to manage, view, and process your images with the ultimate in control. ACDSee Pro is the integrated image management solution that helps you get more done after the shoot, optimizing every aspect of your workflow while saving you time, money and effort.

Accelerate your workflow
As a photographer, you have thousands of photos and generate more every day. With the flexibility offered by ACDSee Pro, you can customize your digital asset management to the way you like to work, making it easier to stay organized.

Work intuitively on your Mac
ACDSee Pro's interface is built around the key steps of managing, viewing and processing images on the Mac OS. Designed in consultation with pro photographers and Mac users, the streamlined interface allows you to stay easily oriented within the application while keeping the focus on your photos as you work.

Find anything
Find individual photos or groups of images quickly using any number of search features. Tap into the Quick Search tool, view photos by date, or retrieve images already indexed by Spotlight. Plus build and save complex searches based on file properties, metadata and Boolean logic, and filter, group and sort your results. You'll never lose track of another photo again.

Access directly
Browse your existing collection instantly. Unlike catalog-based photo applications, you don’t need to spend valuable time importing files that are already on your system and connected devices.

Manage your metadata
View EXIF fields, edit IPTC information, and set and embed your own custom metadata. Add keywords, rate images to keep track of your best work, and set to multiple hierarchical categories without duplicating files.

Organize more than just photos
With ACDSee Pro, you can categorize, rate and apply keywords to non-image files. Organize these digital assets in the same manner as you do your photos and videos, for a truly integrated workflow.

View fast
View over 27 different file types in all, including the most popular RAW formats.
Note: Supported RAW cameras depend on the latest RAW updates from Apple that have been installed on your computer.

Process with precision
Perfect the exposure, color, clarity and geometry on RAW files, JPEGs and more, with ACDSee Pro's powerful processing tools. Apply non-destructive edits to your images without needing to save new files - your originals are always preserved. Achieve desired results faster because you always see your adjustments applied in real time. Plus save even more time by creating presets for commonly performed correction tasks.

Save time with batch workflows
Complete your entire workflow on multiple images at once using the Batch tool, and save custom presets to reuse at the click of a button. With drag and drop ease, you can organize batches of photos into folders, add keywords, assign ratings and more, to complete your workflow faster.

System Requirements

Mac computer with an Intel® processor
512 MB RAM, 1 GB recommended
100 MB free hard drive space

Requires Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Free Slick Drives Icons

Nice collection of storage drives icons in .ico and .icns formats. Icons include: usb, rss, apple, media, video and other types.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Top10 most liveable cities in the world

CITY OF LIFESTYLE: Aucklanders enjoy living in one of the world's 10 best cities, the Economist survey confirms.
Vancouver topped the list of the world's most liveable cities for the fifth straight year, while Melbourne claimed second place from Vienna and Australian and Canadian cities dominated the list's top 10 spots.
Auckland was in 10th place.
In the annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Canadian west coast city and 2010 Winter Olympics host scored 98 per cent on a combination of stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure - a score unchanged from last year.
Vancouver has topped the list from 2007.
"Mid-sized cities in developed countries with relatively low population densities tend to score well by having all the cultural and infrastructural benefits on offer with fewer problems related to crime or congestion," said Jon Copestake, editor of the report, in a statement.
Pittsburgh was the top US city with 29th place - just ahead of Honolulu - while Los Angeles moved up three places to 44th and New York held onto the 56th spot.
London moved up one place to 53rd while Paris came in at number 16.
The top Asian city was Osaka at number 12, tying Geneva, Switzerland and beating out the Japanese capital of Tokyo, which came in at 18.
Hong Kong came in at 31 but Beijing, capital of the world's most populous nation and No 2 economy, straggled in at 72.
There was also little change at the bottom, with Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, once again claiming the worst position with a rating of 37.5 percent, narrowing beating out the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka.
The Economist Intelligence Unit survey ranks cities based on 30 factors such as healthcare, culture and environment, and education and personal safety.
Following is a list of the top 10 most liveable cities as ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit:
1. Vancouver, Canada
2. Melbourne, Australia
3. Vienna, Austria
4. Toronto, Canada
5. Calgary, Canada
6. Helsinki, Finland
7. Sydney, Australia
8. (equal) Perth, Australia
8. (equal) Adelaide, Australia
10. Auckland, New Zealand
The bottom 10 cities were:
1. Harare, Zimbabwe
2. Dhaka , Bangladesh
3. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
4. Lagos, Nigeria
5. Algiers , Algeria
6. Karachi, Pakistan
7. Douala, Cameroon
8. Tehran, Iran
9. Dakar, Senegal
10. Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Reuters

Free Vector Drawn Social Networking Icons

Interesting free vector social media icons with a twist. They look like they have been drawn with broken marker. Pack includes: Google, Yahoo, RSS, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace , Youtube, StumbleUpon, Vimeo and many more.

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Nice selection of free social networking icons: facebook, rss, twitter and more.

This collection blew us away. Our favorite blue bird in every context imaginable. On beautiful and crispy twitter signs, banners, surfing, playing guitar, in a light bulb, on a soda drink, lollipop, coin, heart, in a plane, and many more.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Free Vector Electronic Products and Gadgets

Solid collection of free vector electronic devices and various gadgets such as: TV, monitor, wireless router, remote control, mouse, keyboard, 5-1 sound system, woofer, desktop PC, printer, mobile phone, classic digital telephone, mp3 player, touch screen palm top and other.

Quality vectors of multimedia products such as: Plasma or LCD TV with audio surround system, notebook, laptop, mobile phone with earphones, desktop PC, digital camera, DVD player, camcorder and more.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Free Bokeh Effect Vectors

Nice bokeh – points of light that are out of focus, vector set with many variants of this well known photographic blurry effect

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Free Vector Apples, Lemons and Plums

What a refreshing set of photo realistic vector fruit. Collection includes lemons, plums and three types of apples: red (Red delicious), yellow (Golden delicious) and green (Granny Smith).

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Free Vector Car Mileage Displays

Nice collection of vector automobile speedometers that measure miles and kilometers.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Adobe After Effects Plugins MegaPack ISO

Adobe After Effects Plugins MegaPack ISO | 690 Mb

Great useful Plugins For Adobe After Effects.

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Free Currency Icons

Nice and elegant 3d style icons in png format. Currencies are American dollar, British pound, Japanese Yen and European Euro. Sizes are ranging from 64 to 512 pixels.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Free Cross Processing Photoshop Actions

Nice set of specific Photoshop actions. Cross-processing is photographic technique, where slide-film (E6) is processed in chemicals used for processing print film C41 or print film is processed in slide film chemicals. The result is images with increased contrast and saturation and skewed colors.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Free Bokeh High Resolution Textures – Vol 1

High resolution bokeh textures. Resolution is amazing 3600×3600 pixels.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Free Minimalistic Icons

Nice and clean minimalistic vector pack with following icons: recycle bin, arrows, light bulb, atom, download, zoom, power on, cancel, shopping cart, mail, navigation icons, rss, dollar sign and many more.

Free Dock Icon Megapack

Excellent collection of free general purpose icons. This gigantic pack includes around 200 icons with slightly shifted perspective and reflection. Collection includes: many application icons, folders and more.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Free Polaroid Photo Frame Generator

Great set of free Photoshop actions for easy polaroid camera style photo frame setup. Create this retro classic frame around your favorite photo in seconds.

* – Polaroid is trademark of Polaroid Corporation.

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Free Ultimate Photoshop Brush Pack – Vol 4

Totally amazing collection of free Photoshop brushes. Brushes are compatible with PS CS and above.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Free Ghost Stories Photoshop Actions

Marvelous Photoshop actions set that will definitely send shivers down your spine. If you want to achieve that cold, haunting effect, look no further.

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Free Super Mario Icons

Absolute video game legend. Awesome free Mario icon collection from different eras. He made his way by jumping barrels in Donkey Kong from 8bit early 80ties arcade machines to 3d smash hits on modern consoles. Pack includes .png and .ico icons of legendary Italian plumber and many of his friends and foes. If you’re into early gaming be sure to check out great The King of Kong documentary.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Free Quantum Photoshop Brushes

Spacey Photoshop brushes with different rays of light effects and etc.

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Change Faces background in iPhoto '11

Another good tip !!

Ever disliked the default Faces background in iPhoto? Ever thought it was distracting? Then this is for you.

First, navigate to:


and look for a file named 'people-cork.png.' This is the background for Faces in iPhoto. Simply replace this with a new background of your choice. However, it seems like doing this operation requires system authentication. So, what you should do is make a copy of the original image, then delete it from the Resources folder. Then, copy the new image in, authenticating in the process. Remember to keep the old image just in case you wish to revert back later.

A good place to find backgrounds is surprisingly in Apple's Mail Stationary. Simply go to:

/Library/Application Support/Apple/Mail/Stationary

If you hit 'Show Package Contents' on the stationary nested in those folders, you can actually find many great backgrounds. Simply name it 'people-cork' (with a format of PNG).

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Free Color Effects Photoshop Actions

Nice Photoshop action coloring effects that bring up completely new feel to the photo.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Yahoo Plus IMAP Settings for Mac OS X Mail

Very interesting. #FWIW

If you have tried and failed to configure the Apple e-mail client for your Yahoo Plus mail account here's a solution. Note: This hint has only been tested and known to work on Mac OS X 10.6.6 and Mail 4.4 Build 1082.

Here is the process:
  • With Mail open, on the Menu Bar click Mail » Preferences.
  • Click the plus sign to add an account.
  • Type your name, as you'd like it to appear.
  • Type your e-mail address (including the domain) example =
  • Type your password INCORRECTLY making it anything OTHER THAN the correct password. Click Create.
  • You'll receive an error prompt that the login failed, stating there may be an additional fee for Yahoo POP access. Don't worry, you're a subscriber and this was expected. Click Continue.
  • In the Account Type field click the drop down box and select IMAP. In the Incoming Server field replace 'plus.pop' with 'imap' and then click Continue.
  • You'll notice a spinning gear indicating that Mail is checking the connection -- this could take up to a minute or two depending on your connection speed and server activity. Upon successfully connecting you'll be prompted to click Continue.
  • For the Outgoing Mail Server you'll need to delete the 'plus' so the server name reads The Use Authentication checkbox should be selected - now, type your CORRECT password!
  • The next box provides a summary of your changes so far. Verify you've entered the Incoming Server as, the Outgoing Mail Server as and SSL is set to ON for both servers. At this point we are not ready to take the account online so clear that check box. Click Create.
Now that the account is created there are a few settings that need to be changed.
  • First, click the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) drop down box, then Edit SMTP Server List.
  • Click the Advanced tab, then click Use custom port and enter 465. Your correct password should have been populated to that field previously. Click OK.
  • Now, click the Advanced tab and change the default port from 995 (POP) to 993 (IMAP).
  • Close the Accounts dialog box and save your changes. Provided you've completed these steps properly you should be ready to take your account online.
  • Click Mailbox » Take all accounts online. Your IMAP folders on the server should now begin the replication and population process.
I searched every forum I could think of, including calling Apple Tech Support and this is the only solution I found that works. If you have a better mousetrap please let us all know!

I have also posted a narrated slide show of the procedure here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Free Dimension Photoshop Brushes

Great free high resolution brush mix of sharp and grungy objects and nebula-like shapes. Definitely from another dimension. :)

Hyperdock 1.0.2 | Mac Os X

Hyperdock 1.0.2 | Mac Os X | 3 MB

HyperDock adds long awaited features to your Dock: Select individual application windows & tabs just by moving the mouse on a dock item, use mouse clicks to quickly open new windows and many more.

Window Previews
Ever wondered how to activate a single window instead of a whole application?
The Window Preview bubble shows you every single window of an application just by holding the mouse on a dock item!
It even shows minimized windows and windows from other spaces and is fully drag & drop aware.

Control iTunes
Hover the mouse over the iTunes dock item to view information about the current song, You can pause, skip, rate songs and even adjust volume just by scrolling on the itunes icon.

iCal events
Sneak a peek at your upcoming events by hovering the iCal dock item.

Window Management
HyperDock brings advanced window management features to Mac OS:
•Move & resize windows just by holding down keys and moving your mouse.
•Automatically resize windows when dragging to screen edges (Window Snapping).

Powerful Shortcuts
HyperDock adds fully configurable shortcuts to your dock apps.
Assign key & mouse shortcuts to your dock items to hide or quit apps, start Expose, open Safari tabs, Finder Windows and much more.

Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

Portable Songbird 1.9.3

Portable Songbird 1.9.3 Build 1959 Final Multilingual | 14.33 MB

Songbird is a desktop Web player, a digital jukebox and Web browser mash-up. Like Winamp, it supports extensions and skins (feathers). Like Firefox, it is built from Mozilla, cross-platform and open source.

- Play Anything: MP3, AAC, OGG, FLAC, WMA, and more. Can you teach Songbird to sing?
- Pick Feathers: Choose from the two included themes: Rubberducky or Dove. You can even make one yourself.
- Control the Flow:
Play, Pause, Previous, Next, Volume, Mute, Seek, Three Repeat Modes, and Shuffle.
- Multi-Task: Quickly switch between tasks using the buttons to the right of the dashboard display.
- Organize Your Library: Filter your collection by Genre, Artist, Album, and Song or Search-As-You-Type.
- Scan Your Computer for Music: Songbird will find your music and add it to your collection for you.
- Super Slim Mini-Mode: Use the mini-mode for basic controls while keeping Songbird out of the way.
- Multi-Language Support: Songbird comes in 39 languages. Be a localizer and see Songbird in your language!
- Build Custom Mixes: Drag-and-drop songs from the Library or another playlist to create your own custom mixes.
- Make Smart Mixes: Criteria-based playlists that are always up-to-date with your current collection.
- Dynamic Mixes: Get mixes from the Internet and stay up-to-date with the latest updates, downloads, and casts.
- Play In Place: Songbird plays MP3s without leaving the page.
- Play the Web: Play web pages as playlists and view any web page as a playlist.
- Set Music Watch Folders: Tell Songbird to watch a folder for new music and it will automatically add new tracks to your collection
- Integrated Web Search: Search the web from the context of your collection or tell Songbird to search on the currently playing track.
- Cross-Platform: Runs on Mac OS X, Linux and Windows.

OS : Win XP/2000/Vista/Win 7
Language : Multilingual

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Portable SRWare Iron 9.0.600.0

Portable SRWare Iron 9.0.600.0 Final | 23.88 MB

SRWare Iron: The browser of the future - SRWare Iron, or simply Iron, is a free and open-source web browser implementation of Chromium which primarily aims to eliminate usage tracking and other privacy compromising functionality that Google's Chromium-based browser, Chrome, includes. Iron includes other notable unique features. In contrast to Chrome, it implements the latest version of the WebKit rendering engine, and includes built-in ad blocking.

Google's Web browser Chrome thrilled with an extremely fast site rendering, a sleek design and innovative features. But it also gets critic from data protection specialists , for reasons such as creating a unique user ID or the submission of entries to Google to generate suggestions. SRWare Iron is a real alternative. The browser is based on the Chromium-source and offers the same features as Chrome - but without the critical points that the privacy concern.

OS : Win XP/2000/Vista/Win 7
Language : English

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Courier 1.1.1 | Mac Os X

Courier 1.1.1 Build 4482 | Mac Os X | 21 MB

Courier allows you to share files, images, photos, movies, and more with all your favourite online services - including Flickr and Facebook. Create an Envelope; drag on the stamps for the services you want to send files to; then just drag and drop on the files you want to deliver! Whether you're uploading files to one destination or three, Courier can handle it. Courier has a stunningly simple interface that hides all the unnecessary complexities of uploading your files to the internet, and has been built from the ground-up for Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Anything Goes
Our seven built-in plugins mean you'll be able to start sharing in under 30 seconds - and with Amazon S3, Ember, Flickr, Facebook, FTP / SFTP, Vimeo and YouTube support, we've got the most-requested services in the bag!
Simply drag on the stamps for each service you want to upload files to, and Courier will upload all the items you've dropped onto it - whether they're a photo, movie, document or something else.

Destination Known
Have you ever wondered where your files physically end up in the world? While designing Courier we thought it'd be far more fun to show where your files are actually going - so each upload is plotted on a map with the route showing a progress bar that fills as the files are uploaded.
Once everything's been uploaded, Courier ensures handy links to the published files are ready for use and we even keep the history of all uploads so you can easily retrieve links to each file.

Advanced Features
Courier integrates beautifully with the Finder to provide you with handy, one-click access to all your configured envelopes via the Services menu. Right-click on any file, select the envelope you want to send it with, and Courier will deliver it!
If you're an automation fan, you can even use the built-in AppleScript dictionary to take command of Courier in your workflow!

Courier Features

Amazon S3

Beautiful, intuitive interface
Built for Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Reusable upload presets - 'Envelopes'
Metadata editing prior to upload
One-click uploading to multiple services
Map-based activity view
Securely Bookmarks your logins

Upload history with URLs saved
Automatically shorten URLs
Automatic Copy to Clipboard
OS X 'Services' menu integration
AppleScript Support
Extensible plugin API
Built-in plugin store coming soon!

OS X 10.6+ & 64-bit Mac

Version 1.1.1: 27th January 2011
• Fixed issues with MobileMe integration
• Improved error handling across all services
• Other minor fixes and enhancements

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The best Photography Apps for Android

Cameraphones have come a long way, but you have options beyond point, shoot, and pray to get a great shot. Our favorite photo-related apps for Android snap great shots, add quality effects, edit and share images, and otherwise improve your mobile-photo game.

Camera 360

The Best Photography Apps for Your Android
Camera360 is a camera replacement app that covers a wide variety of camera effects not offered in the stock shooter. HDR-style enhancements, black-and-white shooting, sepia and aging effects for different time periods, high-contrast reverse stock, tilt-shift effects, and so many more. Photo geeks can also shoot with grids, selective focus (on hardware that supports it), set delays, and otherwise make their Android feel more like a feature-loaded point-and-shoot. (Free, $4 for a Pro version with more unlocked effects). [AppBrain]

Adobe Photoshop Express
The Best Photography Apps for Your Android
It's easier to edit and touch up photos on larger screens, but if you want to share something before you get a chance to sync to your desktop—and the pic could use just a little straightening, cropping, lighting balance, or other effects—load it up in Photoshop Express first. It's surprisingly well-stocked for a free app from the Photoshop makers, and it's tailored for making quick fixes with your fingers. (Free) [Homepage] [AppBrain]


The Best Photography Apps for Your Android
Vignette combines a great camera, loaded with shooting effects, with a huge variety of post-shot photo effects. Vignette's specialty is framing your shots, along with adding artistic aging, lighting, and other effects that match its namesake. Beyond that, the camera mode also offers some neat tricks, like tapping the screen to shoot and a "fast shot" mode with no recovery or preview time. Recommended if you can't choose between a good shooting app and a great effects tool. (Free, $3.90-ish official version unlocks more effects and frames) [Homepage] [AppBrain]


The Best Photography Apps for Your Android
PicSay can do subtle, general edits to your photo's saturation, tint, and the like, but that's not what you use it for. It's an instant markup tool for adding speech balloons, color pops, distortions, lightsabers—stuff that's goofy, fun, and impossible not to forward to your friends. (Free, $4.70 Pro app adds features) [Homepage] [AppBrain]


The Best Photography Apps for Your Android
As you might imagine, AndroPan takes photos that you've taken in a side-by-side series and stitches them into one big panoramic shot. The output varies by phone model, and those that can fine-tune their lighting and exposure settings (mostly to turn off automatic adjustments) will get the best results. Still, even with just your basic smartphone camera, AndroPan gives you a much wider perspective from a very small lens. Image via Panoramio. (Free) [Homepage] [AppBrain]

Retro Camera

The Best Photography Apps for Your Android
If you've ever looked at an ancient plastic camera in a thrift store or attic and though, "Boy, I wish I could shoot with that," Retro Camera should be your next free download. You get five classic old-school camera styles to shoot with, and the shots you take (through a stylized viewfinder) are customized to look as though you developed that camera's film. It's basically a Hipstamatic for Android. (Free, $3 Pro version removes ads) [Homepage] [AppBrain]

3D Gallery

The Best Photography Apps for Your Android
Honestly, this app might be a total knock-off of Google's stock 3D photo browsing application for modern Android phones. But we can't entirely shy away from pointing to it, because Google's Gallery is the best around for Android phones, yet so few have it, due to the custom apps HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and other Android makers insist on installing, even if better alternatives exist. You get a nice view of all your photos, pinch-to-zoom expansion of photo folders, easy selection and sharing, and built-in wallpaper setting. If you approve its connection, 3D Gallery also makes short work of bulk uploading to Picasa, just like Google's own gallery app. Grab it while it's there, because, well, Google might take notice. [AppBrain]


The Best Photography Apps for Your Android
If you're shooting stills and video not just for yourself, but for a few different content spots—a Flickr account, a blog, a Twitter stream, and so on—you need Pixelpipe. Shoot your photo with whatever camera app you like, then head into Pixelpipe to send it on its way to all your different media outlets. Pixelpipe supports over 110 services, including personal use apps like Evernote and Dropbox, and video outlets like Vimeo. You'll need to create an account at Pixelpipe's web siteto get all that access, but it seems really convenient once you're past the setup. (Free) [Homepage] [AppBrain]