Photobucket – Following the lines of Flickr

Photobucket AppPhotobucket Windows 8 application may appear attractive but it fails to impress us when it comes to functionality. This application allows you to not only view your own images but also the pictures uploaded by other users. However, the number of editing options available on desktop applications is quite disappointing. We hardly found 1 or 2 options to edit our images whereas the web based application has plethora of options. And for us this was a big turn off.

The only and worthy editing option we found on Windows 8 Photobucket application was that it allows you to rename your images. Honestly speaking this is a very basic feature and this is something that every photo editing application offers.

Since we tested this application on a touch screen laptop therefore we expected Photobucket to let us use the touchscreen feature at its best. It does not allow us to move photos around. We can only view our images and bunch of others that are posted on the web. With no editing option and no proper utilization of Windows 8 features we felt this application has a long way to go.

One interesting feature of this application is that every day is a new day. This application shows a different theme of images by default on daily basis. Today you might see beautiful backgrounds and tomorrow it may all be about luxurious cars. This is quite exciting feature as it gives you something different to look at daily.

Windows 8 application also allows you to rate the images of other users. Unfortunately, unlike the web based version the desktop application does not have videos. You only have the option to view, rate and favorite the images of other users. Most importantly the desktop application allows you to share the images you like. You can send those images via email to your friends and family members. After using the Windows 8 application we felt that this application has a long way to go and can be as good as Flickr but for now it is better to stick with the web based version because it offers you flexibility and freedom.

For us this application was a big disappointment. With very limited editing options, no way to view videos and some unexpected crashes made us annoy. We preferred using the web based application because we felt the desktop application does not offer you a proper Photobucket experience.

ESET Smart Security 9 – Secures you Smartly

ESET Smart Security 9Just because software is labeled as an antivirus doesn’t mean it can offer you maximum protection. There are those that are capable of removing any malware that may be present on a given system and thereafter take steps in ensuring that any possible future attacks are prevented. There are also those that include parental control, spam filtering as well as protection websites infected with viruses.

ESET Smart Security 9 is one such security suite that covers the spam filtering, protection against malicious websites and parental controls among the other mentioned attributes above. With that being said however, this software doesn’t really measure up to the very best suites.

In terms of cost, much like other security vendors, there are different price ranges that cover different timespans. For example a $59.99 per cost for a single license or you can get a 3 license pack just for $79.99 per year. A notable difference however is that unlike most other vendors, ESET gives you the liberty to choose the exact number of licenses that you need.

The software does a remarkably good job in a malicious URL blocking test, even heading off an 84% mark. This is relatively good especially if you are to compare the result with the 91% that is shared by McAfee LiveSafe and Norton. In addition to fending off malware, ESET is also pretty handy at fending off fraudulent or phishing websites.

The parental control

Since not many users have a real need for the parental control feature on the software, it is disabled by default. Unfortunately, this feature is problematic. For example, testing the software for image searches can show a handful of images coming from any category inclusive of porn even though you might have enabled the parental control feature.

Performance

In terms of performance, ESET is on a high level. This is great news especially since not many users can bare an antivirus (which works well) getting in the way of their system’s performance.

The good

  • It is quite speedy
  • It provides accurate spam filters
  • Comes with an anti-theft feature
  • It is secure for financial transactions over the internet
  • It does come with device control

The Bad

  • When the firewall’s program is enabled, you may be bombarded with a number of pop ups
  • The parental control feature is not only limited but it is problematic
  • The Anti-theft feature may respond rather slowly
  • An average user may find difficulty in using the device control

Cute Rank – Rank it Cutely!

CuteRank Windows AppAre you an Internet Marketer or a blogger? Are you looking to rank your website for some keywords? Do you want to find out where do you rank for some keywords? Do you want to find out your website or blog ranking for certain keywords with a simple click?

Well, then CuteRank is just the perfect Windows based keyword rank checker application for you! Unlike other keyword rank checker applications this amazing application runs directly from your desktop. You don’t need to open any website. Just download CuteRank from the official website and install it on your system. So, whenever you want to check the ranking of keywords you just need to run the application from your desktop and it will display the latest rankings.

It is a very simple and easy to use application. Any person with no or very limited knowledge of applications can easily get hold of this amazing windows application. The good part about this application is that for your different websites and blogs you can create a separate profile. This means data of every website will be organized and nothing will mix up.

It’s not just that! CuteRank allows you a wide range of search engines to choose from. You can choose as many search engines as you want. This will help you in knowing the ranking of your keywords on different search engines. Google, Yahoo are quite popular but you can also select Bing, AOL, Live and the list goes on! Furthermore, you have the freedom to choose the search engines based on the location. Let’s say apart from Google.com I want to find out where I am ranked for a keyword in UK and Pakistan. So, I can select Google.com.pk and Google.com.uk. This is some amazing stuff and is quite useful for bloggers!

The perks of this amazing software does not end here. It also points out the difference in ranking from the last day. It will show how many numbers you improved your position or how many positions you have dropped. This is very useful when it comes to ranking your website. With constant update you are reminded that whether you are doing good or bad. If for some keyword your position is dropping, then you can focus on it more.

A great software but at times acts crazy. But considering the features and freedom it gives you, it is must have for bloggers and internet marketers.