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How does Postbox Express Work?

November 8th, 2012 | Posted by Costea Lestoc in Content - (0 Comments)

Postbox email application has been loved by users from all over the world; however, many hated the price they had to pay for using it. Keeping the users in mind, the makers of Postbox have now launched Postbox Express, a free feature-limited version of Postbox. It works pretty well and has all the basic features of the paid application.

Postbox Express

The first impression

When you start Postbox Express for the first time, it actually helps you by using the settings from different mail clients installed. It sets up mailbox pretty promptly and with help of sound notifications, it lets users know about email synchronization. For me, the fact that email threading works with Postbox Express was a big surprise (It is very unlikely to be found in other similar applications).

Postbox Express

Search Functionality

Postbox Express stores all the previous searches and the search functionality is easy to use. It will even prompt similar searches for helping you out. There is an advanced search feature which works seamlessly.

Post and Topics

You can directly post anything to others via Facebook, Twitter or Friendfeed from this application. Additionally, it is also possible to separate work and home email or non-urgent and urgent emails. You can even assign topics to emails or set appropriate filters for easy identification. The tabbed viewing feature is also pretty useful for me; it makes the entire email browsing thing very easy.

Differences between Postbox and Postbox Express

In Postbox, you can easily search images and attachments while you compose a message (Drag and drop). This functionality is not available for Postbox Express users.

Postbox Express does not support add-ons, something that Postbox does.

With Postbox, you will find to do lists, unlike Postbox Express.

In case of Postbox, you get to see all the photos or attachments sent by a particular contact right after clicking the contact pop-up. With Postbox Express, users can do that only by making an advanced search.

Postbox Express

Though you will be missing some advanced features of Postbox in the free version, you won’t mind that; if you’re looking for a simple mail application. It does not cost you anything, yet serves really well. I will personally give it thumbs up. What do you say?

Almost all of the leading Internet surfing browsers have tabbed browsing enabled in them. However, when it comes to Windows Explorer, we never had this feature. Chances are slim that even in future Microsoft will introduce this.

Without a doubt, user experience would have been much better in case, tabbed browsing feature was available with Windows Explorer. All hope is not lost though! Thanks to some programs, you can now add tab functionality to your Windows operating system as well:


tabbed browsing in windows explorer

This does not look pretty, but works pretty much wonderful. It integrates with Windows seamlessly, the tabs are pretty neat and they hardly obstruct you from doing any action. Opening folder through this program will need a middle click. You can also save your open tabs and then reopen those automatically the next time you open up the Windows Explorer.

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tabbed browsing in windows explorer

This undoubtedly looks the best and I personally find it pretty much similar to that of Google Chrome (If tabbed browsing is considered). You can rearrange the tabs pretty easily and close without much of a problem. Opening new tabs however can be problematic as you need to drag the folder that you want to open, to the tab bar.


tabbed browsing in windows explorer

You can easily use this program for managing multiple windows with tabs. You can also toggle TabExplorer on or off based on your actual requirement. However, I don’t like the performance of this tool. Opening or closing tabs feature does not seem to be very responsive. The tabs are situated outside of the Windows Explorer; this obviously does not suit eyes.

Tabbed browsing in Windows Explorer is not available by default, but, you can always make it work, with help of any of the aforementioned programs. In case you have already used these programs or are facing any problem, please share your experience through the comments feature.

At times, does not it get tough for us to manage all our media? Things can get even more problematic when we keep adding new and fresh media. So what’s the solution? Do we have any all in one media application that can effortlessly manage everything? Well, thanks to Miro, we don’t need to worry about this anymore.

Download and Installation

You can download this application from its official download page: www.getmiro.com/download/all/ and on the same page you will find installation instructions for both Windows and Linux users.

Media Management

Miro actually looks similar to iTunes. The design is very clean and right on the left pane; you will see options for both videos and music. The Video Search tab gives you an option to find your favorite videos from the leading sites such as YouTube, DailyMotion or Google Videos. You can even synchronize Miro instances of different systems through the Connect tab.


Stores, Podcasts and Playlists

You can directly buy music from the application itself. You can connect to the popular sites such as Amazon MP3 store, Google Android Store or eMusic Store etc. and buy media. Whatever you buy gets published to your Miro playlist automatically.

You can also subscribe to different podcasts and access those, right from the application. When you first run the application, you will see two podcasts added by default and an empty playlist. The podcasts can contain both videos and audios. Not to mention, you can add anything in your playlist if that is accessible by Miro.


Video Conversion

This is a cool feature offered by Miro and you can basically convert a video into 29 other formats. You can also convert the video so that it is supported by Apple or Android devices.

Miro is pretty easy to use and it works perfectly as an iTunes alternative. If you have any experience of using Miro, please share the same through the comments section.

If you are looking for a tool which can make your PDF editing tasks easy and quick, you can use PDFSAM (It stands for PDF Split and Merge). With help of this new tool, you can combine multiple PDF documents into a single PDF file or split a single PDF file into many. Not only that, you can reorder the pages or extract pages from a PDF file as well.

Merging Multiple PDF Files

Well, before getting into the details, I must admit that the interface of this software is a bit dated. However, once you get the hang of it, things become easier for you.

Look at the screenshot below. You should be able to find the Merge/Extract plug-in from the left sidebar. Now click on the same and then click on Add button that you see at the right side. You should add all the files that you want to merge and those should be visible to you along with the page numbers. Now, select a destination folder for the merged PDF file and click on Run button. It really is that easy!


Splitting PDF Files

Similar to merging, you have to select spilt from the left pane. Then add a PDF file and select your options for splitting. Choose your destination folder, desired name for the output file and click on Run. You are done!


Reordering the pages of a PDF file

Suppose, you have scanned the pages of a PDF file in wrong order. Now, thanks to PDFSAM, you don’t need to rescan everything. Select the Visual Reorder option and choose the PDF file that you want to reorder. You will get a thumbnail of all the pages. Now use the options Move Up, Move Down, Rotate Left, Rotate Right, Delete etc. and reorder it as you wish. Don’t forget to click run to save the final PDF file.


Do you have any experience related to PDFSAM? If yes or if you have used a similar tool, please share your experience through the comments section below.

You can’t stay awake all the time while downloading large files. Many times, we actually leave the computer on for downloading the file and go to bed or some other work. This is a smart move. But after the download is completed, your computer will still stay on without anything to download. Hence, you will waste electricity and also some cash. So, what is the solution? A good trick will be to hibernate the system. It will save some power but the download will not continue when the computer is in hibernated state. You will be able to resume your session at a later time though.

If hibernating the computer doesn’t seem to be a good idea to you, let’s discuss an application that can automatically turn off your computer and also wake it up. We are talking about SmartPower here.

The basic features of SmartPower

  • You can set a schedule to turn your computer off or on.
  • It can automatically turn your computer off if the CPU is not in use.

How to use SmartPower?

First of all, you have to set the schedules. You can add as many as you want to and also set up the start and end time. The screenshot below should help you to understand this in a better away:


Now, head over to the networks tab. First of all, you should enable the stay on check box. You should select the network interfaces and specify the traffic threshold as well. SmartPower will wait till your network traffic drops below the threshold value you specified here, even if the scheduled turn off time has reached.


You should remember one thing that both incoming and outgoing data are considered while taking the traffic threshold into account.

SmartPower is very easy to use and can help you operate your computer in a smoother way. You can download the application here: www.ignatu.co.uk/SmartPower.aspx.

Sometimes you want to delete files quickly and securely.  The default setting on most computers places all deleted files into a isolated holding area, known as the Recycle Bin. If we don’t want those deleted files to be stored in the Recycle bin we must manually delete them. Unless we disable the recycle bin or remember to use the SHIFT+Delete command while deleting a file, we generally need to put in some extra effort to delete files manually from the Recycle bin (Clearing the Recycle Bin isn’t much trouble, however forgetting to regularly clear the recycle bin can cause a buildup of large files and sensitive data, potentially causing performance and security concerns).

Here are two simple tips illustrating how to disable the Recycle Bin (You should only do this when you are positive that you won’t need to recover the deleted files in future):

Disabling the Recycle bin

Recycle Bin Registry

  • Right click on the recycle bin icon on your desktop and click on properties.
  • A new dialog box should appear and there you will see a radio button that states “Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted” (Under “settings for selected location”).
  • Check that radio button and click Apply.
  • Finally, click on OK to close the dialog box.

You can disable the recycle bin from your system registry as well. To do so, follow the below mentioned steps:

Recycle Bin Disable

  • Click on Start Menu and on Search box write “Regedit.”
  • Hit Enter and the Registry Editor window should appear.
  • Now, locate this key from the left menu of Registry Editor Window: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\BitBucket
  • Now, select the value name “NukeOnDelete” and change its value to 1 (0 means that recycle bin is active, that is the default value in general).
  • Make sure the data type is “DWORD” before you exit the Registry Editor Window.
  • Finally, you need to reboot your system so that the changes are reflected.

The aforementioned steps are for Windows 7. That being said, the steps will be more or less the same for older operating systems as well, if you run into any problems I will be happy to help you through the comments section.

How to Share Your Photos and Images on Forums

No matter what subject your favorite online forum discusses, you’ll probably want to share a photo or two with the rest of the members.  If you’re a group of cat lovers, you’ll want to post pictures of your fur baby. If you’re all into cars, you’ll want to show off your classic Mustang.  The only problem is that you don’t know a fast, easy way to share your favorite photos with the other forum members. That’s about to change.

Uploading and sharing your pictures takes just a couple of minutes—and won’t cost you anything.  One of the most important things to know is that particular forum’s protocol for sharing photos.  Every forum moderator has his or her own preferences.  You need to follow these rules so that you’ll continue to be a welcome part of the online community.  Pay attention to things like size requirements, appropriate subject matter and what means of posting the forum owner prefers (some want you to embed the photo in your post; others prefer an external link).

Once you’re familiar with these rules, pick the pictures that you’re most interested in sharing.  Make sure that you have backup copies of these images before you do anything.  That way, you won’t lose anything if something goes wrong.  A routine backup every few weeks or so is a good idea even if you don’t modify your photos, as a computer crash will take out your files.

Not many forums let you upload to their site directly from your computer.

Uploading directly to a forum stores the image files on the forum’s server.  That will take up a lot of valuable space that’s better used on other things — like archiving past forum posts.  Instead, you can upload your pictures to an online photo service.  Photobucket and Image Shack are two popular examples of these sites, TinyPic is another.  After you sign up, you can create a virtual photo album.  In many cases other users can view these images if you send them the URL.  This is a quick, easy way to share your photos with everybody on the forum.  All you have to do is create a clickable link directly to the photos or albums that you wish to share. The other readers will take care of the rest (clicking, mostly).

An even better way to share your pictures is to embed them in your forum posts.  This is easy to do.  Go to the message composition (or message reply) page. You should see a button on the control panel that lets you create an “img” link.  Click on this once to open that code.  Now copy the URL of the photo that you want to share and paste that into the message window.  Close the tag and preview your post.  If all has gone well, you should see your image right there in the forum.

One courteous thing to do is to resize your photos at some point before you share them with other forum members.  You can resize the files with an image editing program like Paint Shop Pro.  If you don’t want to spend any money on software, GIMP is a good program – as well as free alternative.  Just resize your image, upload to the online storage site and share as usual.

Many people, however, aren’t familiar with image editing programs.  Others just don’t want to put that much effort into editing their digital images.  If you’re one of those people, look for a storage site that lets you resize images after you have uploaded them.  Some sites even give you labeled defaults so that you don’t have to put much work into figuring out the right sizes for your forum-bound photos.  Just click on the appropriate size and let the site do the rest of the work.

Another thing to remember is that some people are still using dial-up Internet access.  Believe it or not, it doesn’t really take that much bandwidth to load text, and check your email.  Remember we all used to use dial-up at one time.  You should keep your photo posting to a reasonable level — say, two or three resized images at the most per thread — to make sure that these users will be able to enjoy the forum as much as you do.  If you still aren’t sure of what you’re doing, you should search the forum for answers.  Typically, somebody before you has had the same problem.  He or she probably created a thread about the issue, and received help.  If you use the forum’s “search” feature to find this thread and follow the advice, you’ll save yourself the time and trouble of creating a new thread and then waiting for replies.

Sharing your favorite images and photos with other people on online forums and sites is easier than you might think, especially nowadays.  Just follow the above tips to get started.

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