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Saturday, August 19, 2017

HOW TO DOWNLOAD FREE KINDLE APP FOR PC / MAC

Saturday, August 19, 2017 0
So, you're a book lover? Does the thought of getting many new books without spending a ton of money give you a rush? Well, dear bibliophile, you're at the right place. Being book lovers, we all have at least once bought a book from Amazon, right? After all, you get the same books, at a cheaper price than the fancy walk-in bookstores.

Almost every book in paperback or hardcover edition you browse on Amazon.com, has it's Kindle Ebook version that's cheaper, right ? Besides, Kindle book has a lot of advantages over the printed version - No shipping time, environmentally safer, no hassle, and it saves a lot of space too. So it's no wonder if you want to make a change, and move over from the good old Hardcover/Paperbacks to the new Ebook versions. Sounds good, right? But wait. Don't you need to buy a Kindle device to read all those amazing books easily? Which means you actually have to spend a lot of money to save money. Well, here's the good news - You don't need to buy Kindle device to read Kindle versions of books you bought. You can read them using amazon Kindle app on your Android/iOS phone, and even on your Windows PC/Mac if you don’t want to spend money for an actual Kindle device.
Download Free Kindle App on Most Devices by clicking on this image
Free Kindle App for PC, Mac, or Smart Phones
Free Kindle App for PC, Mac, or Smart Phones
Although Kindle is an amazing tool for all the bibliophiles, especially the new Kindle fire which has totally changed the way we read, there are many who may be unable to afford it, or who feel that they've already spent a lot on gadgets. Well, the people on Amazon make sure that all their customers get what they want, therefore the Kindle fire apps are available for free for all your phone's and computers. Not just that, you can access your single amazon Kindle account on multiple devices at the same time, as they're all in sync. So, you read a chapter on your iPad sitting anywhere, and then you can pick up where you left at your office Mac/PC.

What’s even better is that the app on all devices stay in sync, so the chapter you were reading on your computer can be picked up on your iPad from the same place you left off, it knows where you are in the book. This feature works wonders - imagine if a friend living hundreds of miles away wanted to borrow a printed book that you had ? Either they'd have to wait for as long as it took for you to meet again, or you'd have to pay for shipping. But when it comes to the new Kindle ebooks- it's so easy! Just share your Kindle account with them, and they can read it too! Moreover, Amazon keeps running huge discount deals on best-selling Kindle eBooks that you can download for lifetime.

While many of you may be thinking that to get Kindle app for pc or Kindle app for Mac would be a very difficult tech-y process, it's actually just a piece of cake. All you need to do is to take the following steps :-
  • Click on this link to get the "FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices".
  • You'll be redirected to the App Store of corresponding devices( iOS, Android, Windows PC, Mac, iPad, Blackberry, Windows phone).
  • Click on install or download button.
  • Once the app is downloaded, open the file and install it following the simple installation instructions if any.
  • Once the installation process is finished, Launch the Kindle app on your PC/Mac.
  • Log-in with filling the same credentials you use to login to your amazon account.
  • Voila! You can now buy unlimited Kindle ebooks and read them anytime, and you can also find your Kindle books you already bought on your PC/Mac now!
Kindle App for PC- Free download available from Amazon
Kindle App for PC- Free download available from Amazon
Other than the method above, you can also download the Kindle app on your Mac or PC directly from the app store. For downloading it on your Windows 8/10 PC, make sure you are signed in with your Microsoft account. Simply open the Microsoft app store, search for Kindle app in the search box, and click on install. Similarly, for your Mac, open the Mac App Store, enter Kindle App in the search box, and open the Kindle App. Click on install, and it's done! Totally hassle-free!

The Kindle app for both PC and Mac is almost same in interface, and very easy to use. You can find your books that you had previously bought in the app too. And since it's all synced, when you open those books, you'll be starting from the exact same page you were on, when you left the last time. There's a ton on other features on the Kindle app -
  • You can highlight any word/line/section that you want to.
  • It has an inbuilt dictionary function that helps you find the meaning of a word you may haven't read before.
  • You can bookmark as many pages as you want to, whenever you feel it's something important, something you might want to come back to read.
  • Change the font size as it suits you
  • Adjust brightness, as per the lightning conditions around you - and switch to night mode at night to reduce strain on your eyes.
  • Change the theme of the app by simply choosing a theme from the given options.
So no matter what, if you're using the Kindle app for pc, or the Kindle app for Mac, or even the Kindle app for Android and smartphones, you have your access to the huge library of millions of Kindle Ebooks available right at your fingertip - in a cheaper, faster, lighter, and environmentally friendlier way.

So these were the two most commonly used methods to download the Kindle app on your PC/Mac. You'll be able to download the app for your device without any hassle for sure if you just follow the steps above. Do you know any other way to download the apps ? Let us know in the comments! Happy reading!
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

8 Best Screen Recorder for Mac

Thursday, August 03, 2017 0
Have you ever needed to record something happening on your Mac perhaps an online clip, a streaming YouTube video, an application window, or perhaps an strange behavior or a problem with an app or website to show it to a programmer or developer for debugging. Well, you can do all this with an screen recorder app. Screen recorder for Mac records or captures all the activities happening on your Mac display. Be it a browser window, Skype call, online clips, YouTube videos, System Preferences window or anything that you work with on your Mac screen can be recorded along with all the steps you are doing. You can also use such screen recorder to produce tutorials and presentations for educational purposes or to capture movies and streaming YouTube videos on your Mac and much more. There are various screen recorders available for Mac but most of them don't allow you to record audio and webcam alongside the main screen recording or some don't allow to add annotations with text and graphics and thus choosing the best screen recorder for Mac could be little trickier for you. So here in this post I have made a list of 8 best free and paid screen recorders for Mac that you can choose from.

Screen recorders for Mac are known with different names like Screen Capturing app, Screen Recording, Screen Grabbing or Desktop Recording app. No matter what you call it but they all are more or less doing the same job with a little extra features. In my previous post I have explained " How to take screenshot on Mac " though screenshots are the easiest way to capture everything that you see on your Mac screen, but sometimes screenshots aren't enough to put your point across. Screen recording is the optimized and smarter option to explain things in a better way because it will have a set of multiple screenshots together with voice over instructions. In this post I will tell you about some best free and paid Screen Recorder for Mac. These screen recorders capture whole or a selection of your Mac screen and gives you a video file to share with anyone. If you are an individual who just need to record the Mac screen for a short duration with basic enhancements then free screen recorder will be the best option for you however, if you are a professional and want to record a long duration video with extra features, enhancements and better voice over quality then go for a paid version.

What are the use of Screen Recorder for Mac?

Here are some major task that become easier with the use of Mac screen recorder:
  • Recording anything happening on your Mac screen.
  • Producing a tutorial video to show someone how to do something on Mac.
  • Capturing an strange behavior or error with an App or website.
  • Capturing streaming videos and music in high definition.
  • Create a professional video on product reviews, edit it, cut out unnecessary frames, add subtitle and effects and then publish it finally.

How to record Mac screen?

Apple has been known to provide the best software technology in the market and it provides its new macOS users with multiple free professional grade apps like Number, Pages, iMovie and more whereas other software manufacturers normally charge you something for such apps. Similarly, If you need to record the screen on your Mac, you don't need to buy any third part screen recorder app unless you are producing a professional video where you need to edit, cut and add frames or use multiple enhancements. Every Mac running OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) has an inbuilt screen recording functionality with QuickTime Player which is as simple as clicking "New Screen Recording" from File menu at the top. Not just the Mac screen you can also record your iPhone and iPad screen with QuickTime Player. Apart from QuickTime Player there are multiple other free and paid Screen Recorder for Mac with different features and abilities. Here I am going to show you some best free and paid screen recorder for Mac.


Best Screen Recorder for Mac

#1. QuickTime Player (Free)

If you have a Mac running OS X 10.6 ( Snow Leopard), you can use free inbuilt QuickTime player for screen recording on Mac. It has the ability to record your Mac screen along with the audio from your Mac's internal microphone or an external audio input device like your iPhone Earphones. It is simple to use and it produces high quality video without any limitation in terms of length or duration.

To record your Mac screen with QuickTime Player:

  1. Launch QuickTime Player from Dock or /Application/ folder, or simply search in Spotlight.
  2. Now click File > New Screen Recording, or just press Control+Command+N and it will open a small screen recorder window.
    Best Screen Recorder For Mac QuickTime Player
    Best Screen Recorder For Mac QuickTime Player
  3. Here the small red circle in the middle is the record button. You can click on the little triangle icon to the right of the record button and select the Internal Microphone or your iPhone Earphones when connected, in case you want to capture audio in the recording too.
    How to record Mac Screen with QuickTime Player
    How to record Mac Screen with QuickTime Player
  4. Click on the Red record button in the center and it will show an small screen overlay with instructions.
    QuickTime Instruction Overlay
    QuickTime Instruction Overlay
  5. Simply click anywhere on the screen to start full screen recording or click and drag the mouse or track pad cursor while holding the left button pressed for recording within selection of the screen.
  6. When you want to finish recording click on the Stop button in the top menu bar or right click on the QuickTime Player in the Dock and select Stop Screen Recording.
    Stop Recording button in QuickTime Player
    Stop Recording button in QuickTime Player
  7. QuickTime will automatically open the newly recorded video in a new window. Click File > Export > Select the format you wish to convert the video into.
    Export Recorded video in HD or for iPad ,Pod using QuickTime Player
    Export Recorded video in HD or for iPad ,Pod using QuickTime Player
  8. Type a name for the file and save it and you are done with the screen recording.
  9. You can even edit the recorded video with QuickTime Player, split clip, add an external clip to end or beginning, or trim out unnecessary frames.
  10. If you want to add subtitles, blur effects or want to give more professional touch you can use iMovie or Camtasia Screen Recorder.
You can also watch this YouTube video on how to record Mac screen using QuickTime Player.

#2. Recordit: Fast Screencasts (Free)

Recordit is a free screen recorder for Mac with basic features which is available for both Mac and Windows. It allows you to quickly record the selection of your Mac screen. Though it's free but it is available with very limited basic features. The recorded video is automatically uploaded to the their server and can be downloaded only in .GIF format. You can not record for more than 5 Minutes. Another limitation is unable to capture the top menu bar in whole screen recording, only the selection of screen can be recorded.
Recordit Screen Recording button
Recordit Screen Recording button
See a sample Gif on how to use it.

#3. Icecream Screen Recorder (Free Version)

Icecream Screen Recorder Mac is another good software to record your Mac screen for short duration as it only allows recording for 1 minute with free version. It can be downloaded from the App Store. The good thing about this app is that the video will not be watermarked and you can record the full screen or selection along with audio and webcam, and add graphic elements (arrows, text, Circle, steps, Rectangles, etc.) during the video creation. You can customize Video quality, Video format, Audio input source and more from settings.
You can also watch this YouTube video on How to record Mac screen with free Icecream Screen Recorder.

#4. Jing (Free)

Jing allows you to record video up to 5 minutes long. You can also capture full or selection of screen using this app. It includes the option to use the mic or other external audio input device while recording. The only drawback with this app is that it only allows saving video in .SWF( Shock Wave Format) or sharing it through screencast.com after uploading it there so it becomes inconvenient to share or upload this video on your own server. Screencast is an online sharing service by TechSmith that provides 2GB of free online storage. The best feature with Jing is that you can mute the mic anytime and un-mute it during recording.

Watch this short YouTube video on how to record Mac screen using Jing free version.

#5. Monosnap (free)

Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor

Monosnap is the best free screen recorder for Mac that allows you to take quick screenshot and record video with better quality as well. It features unlimited video recording with no limitation in duration and includes the option to use Mic, System's Audio, and Webcam recording all at the same time while recording the Mac's desktop screen. It can be downloaded from the App Store. Here are some additional features that make it better than other free Screen recorder.
  • It is fast and light on your Mac.
  • Allows to draw pointer or rectangle during the recording which can be useful in explaining things in a presentation or video tutorials.
  • Allows adding webcam and mic in desktop recordings
  • You can choose to include recording from an external camera in main desktop recording.
  • Saves the recorded video in MPEG-4 format and allows you to upload it directly to YouTube, Dropbox, Amazon S3, Box Storage, or your own server using FTP.
  • You can highlight important point with arrow and rectangle.
If you want to use a free screen recorder I would suggest Monosnap for longer recording and Icecream Screen Recorder for a short video. Watch this YouTube video on how to use Monosnap free screen recorder for Mac.

Paid Screen Recorder for Mac

#6. Snagit ($49 for Lifetime)

Special Pricing for Students and Educators - $29.95
Compatibility : OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or later

Snagit is the most powerful premium screen recorder for Mac which combines all the features of above mentioned free desktop recorders and add more extra features required by professionals. It can be used for both screen capturing and recording. It's the most optimized, fast and powerful screen recorder which delivers video in MPEG-4 format with no time restrictions. Here are the reasons why it stands out from the crowd:
  • You can record full screen, selection, window, or a full webpage even if it's not showing on the screen.
  • It includes the use of Webcam, Mic and System's audio along with the main desktop recording .
  • Snagit keeps all the previous recordings in a tray at the bottom for a quick retrieval.
  • Customize and edit every recorded video with professional tools and effects.
  • Add blur, shadow, reflection, or fade effect to any screenshots or video recorded if needed.
  • Short screen recording can be turned into an animated GIF.
  • You can toggle between webcam and screen recording during a video or just show the webcam in full screen temporarily and return to the screen recording.
  • Split Clip, add an external clip to the end, beginning, or middle and trim out unnecessary frames.
  • Annotate screen recording with pen, text, arrows and shapes.
Snagit can be downloaded from TechSmith for $29.95 for students and educators. It also comes with 15 days free trial. Watch this YouTube video on How to use Snagit and Monosnap screen recorder for Mac.

#7: Camtasia ($199)

Special Pricing for Students and Educators - $179.00
Compatibility : OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or later

Camtasia is known for its best screen recording and video editing features. It is also from TechSmith but more powerful as it combines all the features of Snagit and a professional video editor like iMovie. It does not only capture your Mac screen but also record audio/video from multiple sources like FaceTime, or Skype at the same time. This is a highly professional screen recorder which also allows you to zoom in and out of different parts of the screen in video editing. Following are the key features of Camtasia which make it distinct from others similar app.
  • Easily record your Mac screen or import your own audio and video files for editing purposes.
  • Split clip, add an external clip to end, beginning, or middle and trim out unnecessary frames.
  • Apply special video effects to animate your text, images, or icons.
    Camtasia Screen Recorder and Video Editor for Mac
    Camtasia Screen Recorder and Video Editor for Mac
  • Add from thousands of royalty free music, images and icons to your project.
  • Adding music or image to original video is as simple as drag and drop the object in timeline editing.
  • Annotate your video with arrows, callouts, shapes, and more to put your point across easily.
  • You can even include quizzes into your videos to find its reach and user reaction.
  • You don't need any other third party app for screen recording to publishing of the video as everything from start to finish can be done by just one app Camtasia.
Camtasia can be downloaded from TechSmith too for $179.99 for students and educators. It also comes with 15 days free trial.

#8. ScreenFlow ($129)

Manufacturer : Telestream LLC
Compatibility : OS X El Capitan 10.11 or Later

ScreenFlow is another powerful professional screen recorder for mac which allows recording from your iSight camera while recording screen activities. It can also import files from iTunes and iPhoto libraries for editing purposes. You can use it to record iPhone and iPad screen too after connecting the iOS device to Mac. I would say this is the second best screen recorder for Mac after Camtasia. If you don't want to spend too much on screen recorder and video editor then this would be the best option for you. Here are the key features of ScreenFlow that make it competent to other professional screen recorder.
  • It produces high quality video even on retina displays.
  • Record full screen, selection or window and then crop or zoom a part of the video for a professional look.
  • Option to record your iPhone or iPad screen.
  • Ability to add text and video animations gives more professional touch.
  • You can animate titles, graphics, and logos with built in special effects.
  • Easy to use caption editor tool to add, edit and publish subtitles to your videos and display one or more small video clips on top of the main video.
  • Option to publish your videos directly to YouTube, Vimeo, Imgur and other such vlog services.
  • You can play the same video in reverse by flipping the video clips in timeline.
ScreanFlow Mac Screen Recorder
ScreanFlow Mac Screen Recorder- Image: Telestream.com
That's all about the best free and paid screen recorder for Mac, I am sure you would love this article as I have spent so much time in comparing the features of different Screen Recorder for Mac and If I were to recommend a Mac screen recorder to someone I would say Monosnap in free version and Camtasia or Snagit as paid one. If you know about any other useful and productive screen recorder that is also easier to use, do let me know in the comment section below.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

How to Print Screen on Mac

Friday, July 28, 2017 0

What is Print Screen on Mac?

Print Screen is a Windows keyboard key dedicated to capture the whole screen upon pressed. If you look at the upper right side of a windows keyboard you will find this key labelled as "Print Screen" or "Prt SC". As the name suggests, it captures the entire desktop screen and prints it into the clipboard which you can paste anywhere into an application or a file on Windows. Surprisingly, there is no "Print Screen" button on your Mac keyboard but that does not mean that you can not Print screen on Mac. In fact, Mac has more advance and smarter way to do this and gives you more control over the ways screenshot is taken or the location where it has to be saved and whether to print the whole screen or selection of the screen. 
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Print Screen on Mac is normally known as Screenshot, Screen Captures or Screen Grab and in order to Print Screen on Mac you'll need to hit a set of keys to capture the screen in various ways. This is both smarter and much more powerful in Mac as it gives you 8 different ways to take screenshot. You can choose from capturing the entire Mac display, selection of the screen or just an active window or you can even set a timer for Print screen and it automatically captures the screen after the timer expires. This post is typically aimed at new Mac users who have recently switched over from Windows and wondering where is the print screen on Mac. Here I will explain to you the procedure to take screenshot or print screen on Mac in details.

How to Print Screen on Mac?

Take the Print Screen (Screenshot) of your entire Mac screen

This method will capture the whole screen and all open windows and running apps and save it into .PNG image file extension on your desktop . You can generally use this to capture video frames, Online payment receipt, game scores or an error message. Here are the steps to do this:
  1. Open all the windows you want to include in your screenshot, and arrange them exactly the way you want to see them in Screenshot.
    Print Screen of your entire Mac screen
    Print Screen of your entire Mac screen
  2. Press Command + Shift + 3 all at the same time.
  3. You'll hear a camera shutter sound, and your screenshot will be saved on your desktop in .PNG format automatically, with the name Screen Shot [Date + Time].
  4. If you do not wish to save the Screenshot to your Desktop but just want to copy the Screenshots to the Clipboard and paste it into a document, hold down the control key in addition to Command+Shift+3. For example, if you want to Print a screenshot of your entire Mac screen into a Word document, press Command-Control-Shift-3, go to your Word document, then paste the screenshot where you want it.


How to Print Screen (Screenshot) selection of your Mac screen

In case you just want to Print Screen a part of your Mac screen, you should follow this step. You can use it for capturing a pop up message, App Menus, an specific app Window in Mac, an image on the web, or a part of your chat.

  1. Open the window or pop up or chat screen you want to take the screenshot of and arrange them exactly the way you want to see them in Screenshot.
  2. Press Command + Shift + 4 all at the same time. The mouse pointer will turn into a crosshair.
    Print Screen a part of your Mac screen
    Print Screen a part of your Mac screen
  3. Place the new crosshair cursor at one corner of the area you want to capture (for example, top left), then click and hold.
  4. Drag the crosshair over the area of the screen you want to capture.
    Crosshair for Print Screen on Mac
    Crosshair for Print Screen on Mac
  5. You can also Hold down Option key to change the lock point to the center of the area or hold down Shift to lock all sides but the one in the direction you're currently moving.
  6. When you're done with the selection of the area, just let go of the mouse button or trackpad. Whatever is covered by the outline generated by crosshair will be saved as a screenshot.
  7. You'll hear a camera shutter sound, and your screenshot will be saved on your desktop in .PNG format automatically, with the name Screen Shot [Date + Time].
  8. Again you may hold down the control key in addition to the shortcuts mentioned above, in case you just want to Print Screen to the Clipboard and paste it into a document directly.

Print Screen a specific window on your Mac screen

If you want to Print screen a specific application window and nothing else — use this option to Print the whole application window precisely, no matter which shape it is in.

  1. Open the application window or click on it to make it active.
  2. Press Command + Shift + 4 all at the same time and then press the Spacebar, the cursor will turn into a camera and the current window will be highlighted in light blue to make sure it's the selected one.
    Print Screen a specific window on your Mac
    Print Screen a specific window on your Mac
  3. To select a different window, Simply move the cursor over that window and Place the camera cursor on top of the window you want to Print Screen.
    Print Screen a specific window on your Mac
    Print Screen a specific window on your Mac :The mouse cursor changes to a Camera Icon
  4. Once the desired window is selected just click to take its screenshot.
  5. You'll hear a camera shutter sound, and your screenshot will be saved on your desktop in .PNG format automatically.
  6. Again you may hold down the control key in addition to the shortcuts mentioned above in case, you just want to Print Screen to the Clipboard and paste it into a document directly.

Print Screen With Timer

Printing screen with timer can't be done using keyboard shortcuts rather you need to use an inbuilt utility called "Grab" located in /Application/Utilities/ folder on your Mac. This approach will run a timer on the screen allowing you some time to arrange any app window, menus and other tools exactly the way you want to see them in Screenshot. This will automatically print the whole screen after the timer expires. You can also take the screenshots from selection of the screen or an active window using Grab utility.

Print Screen on Mac using Grab Utility
Print Screen on Mac using Grab Utility
Open Grab utilities from Applications > Utilities folder. It opens with no specific window but a number of menu options on top.Click on Capture menu from top and select Timed Screen.
Print Screen on Mac using Grab Utility
Print Screen on Mac using Grab Utility
A small window will pop up saying "Grab will capture the screenshot ten seconds after you start the timer". Once you’re ready, press Start Timer and prepare for Timed Screen Grab to capture the whole screen.
Print Screen on Mac With Timer
Print Screen on Mac With Timer
After ten seconds, it will print the screen, and show you the image which you can save at your desired location.

How about taking the screenshot of an entire webpage

Obviously, you will not be able to Print Screen the full web page using Grab or Keyboard shortcuts as mentioned above because they will only capture or print things that you see on the screen at a time. And a long web page can't fit to the screen and you will need to scroll it. But don't worry taking screenshot of long web page is also possible with the help of third party tool.There are various paid and free tool. Snagit is one of the famous paid software compatible for both Mac and windows which can take the screenshots of a long web page. There is also a free browser extension for chrome called Full Page Screen Capture which can capture the screenshot of the full long web page. If you don't want to use Chrome then simply use Free Online Web Capture tool, where you just need to enter the URL of the web page you want to take the screenshot of and click Capture Web Page, it will take the Screenshot of the whole webpage into the format you select which can later be downloaded.The best thing about this free online screenshot capture tool is that, it free and can be used anywhere.
Look at the screenshot of Web-Capture.net that I took using the same online tool.
Screenshot of a Long Web Page
Screenshot of a Long Web Page
I am sure you have enjoyed the above Print Screen method on Mac and now finally the real meaning of Print Screen on Mac can be accomplished by printing the real screenshot image using a physical printer. So simply double clicking on the screenshot image to open it with preview and hit Command+P to send it to your printer.
So that was all about printing Mac screen or a section of the screen on Mac. If you have any other simple method to take screenshot or Print Screen on Mac or the one I have missed, do let me know in the comment section below.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How to Find What all Tools and Plug-ins a website is using

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 0
A simple way to find everything a website is running, the technology or the widget they are using. Have you ever come across a nice looking website or eStore that might appeal to your taste and needs and has a great widget for subscriptions, using a trendy and responsive WordPress theme, applying a beautiful font or configured with a simple and faster eCommerce solution. Have you ever wondered on how to find which web hosting company a website is using or which payment gateway it has integrated with or which WordPress theme or Plug-ins a website is running. Let me tell you, you are not the only one trying to discover these information as there are thousands of  Web developers, Designers, Webmasters or Digital Marketing professionals who are looking for the same information to get ahead of their competitors. Not surprisingly, these are the questions we can find ourselves using some simple tools or browser extensions while browsing those website or eStore. In this post I will be introducing you with some simple and industries's best tools that will help you always in finding the tools, widgets, WordPress theme, Real Font name or the Web Hosting provider a website is using.
How to Find What all Tools and Plug-ins a website is using
How to Find What all Tools and Plug-ins a website is using, GIF Source - WhatRuns.Com

How to Find What all Tools and Plug-ins a website is using?

We can use some simple tools in the form of a browser extension or a website that uncovers the technology behind a site. These tools actually scan the source code, look for the files and folder hierarchy, read the html comments, analyze the frameworks and finally show the results. The results include the Widgets and theme used by a website, Javascript Frameworks, Analytics and other Programming languages running on a website, Font Script installed and other details useful for a developer or designer. So using these tool you can easily find out the Platform or Technology used by any Website.
Find what all Tools and Plug-ins a website is using with WhatRuns
Find what all Tools and Plug-ins a website is using with WhatRuns

Here are 5 best web tools to find all the tool, plug-ins and technologies used by a website.

1. WhatRuns

This is a new browser extension tool which was launched just two months ago and due to its better detection accuracy and capability to find even the latest fonts and plugins compared to other similar product it has got featured on the first page of Chrome Web Store. Almost 13K users have already installed it in just withing two months. Out of my curiosity, I also installed it to check if it detects the tools and Wordpress theme I am using on my new site slowmacshooters.com and to my surprise, It gave me all the correct information. Being a lightweight on your browser and due to providing a detailed user friendly information it stands out from the crowd. I believe this is the best tool to find everything a website is running.
WhatRuns Extension that helps you identify Wordpress theme, Plug-ins and more
WhatRuns Extension that helps you identify Wordpress theme, Plug-ins and more
It can help you identify all the web technologies used on any website such as Wordpress Theme, Widgets, JavaScript Frameworks, Fonts, tools for comments,reviews and Live Chat, Web Server, eCommerce Platforms and Payment processor running on a website and much more. As of writing, it is only available as browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox. You can download it from Chrome Web Store or from Mozilla Ad-Ons Library. Just click on its icon on the upper right side of the browser while you are visiting any website and it will reveal the technologies that the website is using. You can also add a website in your follow list and get notified when the website uses a new technology or removes an older one.

Note: It does not support intranet sites or local files as of now. So if you are testing it on a website running on intranet which works only at your works,you might not get the correct answer.

2. BuiltWith

It's another powerful tool which is almost 10 years old now. It is available as both browser extension and an online Web Tool that detects the technology a website is using just by typing the website address in the search box located at the upper right corner of the page. It also shows you almost everything such as Content Management System, Framework, Advertising used, Analytics and tracking, Content Delivery Network, Domain name and Hosting provider, Shipping Provider and Widgets used. It also provides you with some advanced information under Detailed Technology Profile tab such as no of Sitemap URLs submitted by any website, Monthly Tech Spends,Email Hosting Providers, and  Audio / Video Media used by the web-server which other tools does not detect. But the usage of this tool is limited with the Trial account and you need to purchase their premium service for unlimited lookup.
BuiltWith Online tool to identify the Tools and Plug-ins behind any website
BuiltWith Online tool to identify the Tools and Plug-ins behind any website
It is also available as an extension for ChromeFirefoxSafari and Microsoft Edge browsers. Add it to your browser then visit any website to find what all tools and plug-ins it is using. You just need to click on its icon in the browser tool bar menu at the top of the page and it will show you the information in a drop down.

3. Wappalyzer

Wappalyzer as a browser extension gives you a quick detail of the technologies used by a website which include Widgets, Fonts, Analytics and Trackers, Advertising Partner, Web Server type, CDN, Marketing automation tool and much more. It doesn't give you a detailed information on all the tools a website is using but still can be used for finding brief information for quick comparison.
Wappalyzer a powerful tool to find CMS, Platform or Technology used by a Website
Wappalyzer a powerful tool to find CMS, Platform or Technology used by a Website
This tool is available as browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox. Add the extension to your browser and just click on its icon on the upper right side of the browser while you are visiting any website and it will reveal the Tools, Plug-ins and technologies that the website is using.

4. W3Techs

W3Techs is another powerful online Internet research tool that digs deep and gives you detailed information of a website. In order to find what all tools, plug-ins and technologies a website is using simply go to W3Techs online Site info Tool > type the website URL and click  on the "Site Info" button to uncover the technologies behind it.  It finds the the following information and shows them in a tabular form:
W3Techs to find out what tools any website is using
W3Techs to find out what tools any website is using
  • Popularity rank according to Alexa
  • Main Visitors Locations
  • Server Side Programming Language
  • JavaScript Library used by the website
  • Details about CSS and Image Format used
  • Traffic Analysis Tool
  • Advertising Network used by the site
  • Server Location
  • Content-Management System
  • Web Hosting Provider for Some Website
Find CMS, Platform and Technology used by a Website with W3Techs
Find CMS, Platform and Technology used by a Website with W3Techs
It is also available as browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox.


Netcraft is not just an online internet research tool but also an anti-phishing and risk evaluator. They have also earned their name in Anti-Phishing community and provided services to small and medium organizations. It doesn't only find the technology and programming language a website is using but also the Hosting provider, Server Location, Risk Rating of every site you visit. Following are some useful information that you can get from Netcraft's site report tool. You just need to type the domain name or website address in the search box on online web tool and hit enter to get the following information.
  • Site rank, Date first seen and Primary language
  • Domain registrar, Nameserver and Hosting company
  • Web Analytics and Trackers used by the website
  • Client and Server-Side programming language
  • Risk rating and Block list
  • Framework and CMS used by the website
  • HTTP Compression and Encoding
Find what all Tools and Plug-ins a website is using with Netcraft
Find what all Tools and Plug-ins a website is using with Netcraft
It is also available as browser extensions for ChromeFirefox and Opera.

I hope that will be enough on such tools to find out a lot of information a website is built with. Though there are hundreds of tools available to identify the technologies behind any website but I have mentioned the industry's best tool above. They will give you a clearer idea of how an eCommerce site or a niche blog are built. If there is another easier trick that you know to find out all the tools and Plug-ins a website is using, I'd love to hear that and appreciate you sharing that in comment section below. 
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

How to Hide or Turn Off Comments on a per webpage basis?

Sunday, July 23, 2017 0
Every modern website has a user comment section these days and it has become an additional source of information as different users share their experience and let others know about the quality of a product, advise, and alternative options. Comments come in different forms, YouTube Video comments, Product reviews or experience with a product as on Amazon.com, direct comments on a blog or as messages on a Facebook profile page. It also gives publisher or seller an opportunity to understand the users reaction and how satisfied they are. Though its useful for most of the internet users but sometimes it can be worst for you because commenters can be stupid, stereotyped and cruel and those comments from them may hurt your feelings or bring your morale down. By using a simple comment blocker tool like Shut Up or CommentBlocker you can hide or turn off comments everywhere on the internet when you browse on your computer or iPhone. Some websites are well known for their excellent comments features like Amazon.com but others like news portal, YouTube and many more are filled with spam, trolls, hates, typos and worse. Using the comment blocker tool you can also make some website show comments while hiding it for others.
Screenshot of Comments Taken from Nicki Minaj's Anaconda Song
Screenshot of Comments Taken from Nicki Minaj's Anaconda Song- Awful but taken it just for example
Comment blockers are actually a content blocker tool which blocks a part of the content on a website and hide it. Shut Up is a majorly used comment blocker that can be used with Windows, Mac and iOS. It only works with Chrome and Safari browser. If you have Firefox and want to hide comments in Firefox you can use the addon called CommentBlocker. These tool also allow you whitelist your favorite sites.


How to hide or turn Off Comments on a per webpage basis?

  • Simply click on the link to download Shut Up for Chrome or for Safari.
  • If you are using Firefox then download CommentBlocker addon.
  • Double click on the downloaded extension file and confirm to enable it in your browser.
  • That's it. All the comments on every sites will be hidden or turned off by default.
    Hide or Turn Off Comments on a Webpage
    Hide or Turn Off Comments on a Webpage
  • Now remember after doing this you will not be able to see or do comment on any Facebook post.
    Comment hidden or turned off for facebook
    Comment hidden or turned off for facebook
  • If you want to enable or show comments for some website like Facebook or Amazon Simply click on the gray speech balloon icon in the upper right when you are visiting that site.
    Toggle the Comment on a Webpage
    Toggle the Comment on a Webpage
  • Your settings and changes are remembered for future so you do not need to enable it every time you visit those website you have enabled comments on.

How to hide comments on iOS device?

  • Download Shut Up for iOS from iTunes or the App Store
  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, then scroll down and Tap on Safari.
  • You should see a new option called Content Blocker after installing it.
    Enable Shut Up on iPad
    Enable Shut Up on iPad To Hide or Turn Off Comments on a per webpage basis
  • Tap Content Blocker and enable Shut Up. You are done.
  • Now all the comments on every sites will be hidden or turned off by default.
  • If you want to see comments on iPhone or iPad simply Long-press the Reload button, then tap "Reload Without Content Blockers."
    Disable Comment Blocker for one particular Site on iPad
    Disable Comment Blocker for one particular Site on iPad
CommentBlocker and Shut Up are two majorly used free tools that block comments on almost every site. There are other paid content blocker too like peace and crystal for Mac and iOS devices which provides more customization features but I would not recommend you to pay for such a small task. You can also watch this YouTube video on "How to hide or turn Off Comments on a webpage?"

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Notification Center on my Mac displays same message multiple times- [Fixed]

Friday, July 21, 2017 0
Notifications on your Mac keep you informed about the events happening around you when you are busy doing something on you Mac. It notifies you about everything from new emails to a new ‘like’ or "comment" on your latest Facebook post. It is very convenient to get notified about everything happening around you without leaving your important work and logging in to a different website. But think of a situation where you receive more than 100 notification of 1 single Facebook comment, how frustrating and annoying it could be. You won't believe that I also got caught up in such a situation where I was getting 80 repeated gmail notification of just one single email from my friend. These repeated or duplicate notifications may be associated with any website, service or app. I tried a lot of troubleshooting steps for fixing this issue myself and finally found a fix which I will explain to you in this post. So if the notification center on your Mac displays same message multiple times then just follow the steps mentioned in later part of this post to fix it.
Notification Center on my Mac displays same message multiple times
Notification Center on my Mac displays same message multiple times
Some users have reported that this problem started after upgrading to macOS Sierra but let me tell you that, this issue has been around for more that 4 years now and occurs on every Mac OS X version. You may get multiple duplicate notifications from Facebook, Twitter, Gmail or Calendar appointments. This exact same problem also occurred with Gmail app for iOS way back in 2012 which Google fixed by updating the Gmail app for iOS. Google had identified this as a bug with the Gmail app that if you read a message in webmail on your Mac that message is still tagged as unread on iOS app and the notification is not cleared from iOS resulting in generation of multiple copy of the same notification. What I believe is that, it is not an issue with the app anymore but an error connecting with the server which causes those duplicate notifications.

Symptoms: 

  • You receive multiple copy of same notification as a banner along the right edge of your Mac.
  • You get multiple notification for every 1 single Facebook "like" or "comment".
  • You see more than 10 notification for every single new email. 
  • You can not dismiss or clear the notification as it comes back again.


What to do if Notification Center on my Mac displays same message multiple times:

In order to fix this multiple duplicate notification issue you need to follow all the step mentioned below in the order they are written.

#1. Disable notifications for problematic App, Service or Website

  • Click on the Apple logo at the top left corner and select System Preferences.
  • Choose Notification and Select the problematic account like Facebook, Gmail or Twitter on the left.
    Notification Preferences
    Notification Preferences
  • Uncheck the boxes for "Show notification on lock screen" and "Show in notification Center" on the right.
    Disable Facebook Notification in notification center of Mac
    Disable Facebook Notification in notification center of Mac
  • Select the Alert Style to None.
  • Close the System Preferences window and jump to Step 2.

#2. Remove the Problematic App, Service or Website

  • Go to System preferences > Internet Accounts.
  • Select the service like Facebook or Twitter on the left.
    Remove Facebook from internet Accounts
    Remove Facebook from internet Accounts
  • Uncheck the box for Notifications on the right and click the "-" button at the bottom left side to remove the service.
  • If you have any App installed for these accounts then go to /Application/ Folder in Finder and move the App to Trash as well.

#3. Remove the entry from Keychain

  • Go to /Application/Utility/ Folder in Finder
  • Open Keychain Utility and look for any entry named Facebook or Prefixed with Facebook or Twitter in case of receiving multiple notification from Twitter.
  • Delete the associated entry and close the Keychain utility.

#4. Delete the following .plist files

Click on the "Go" menu in Finder and Select "Go To Folder..." and type ~/Library and select Go.
Open Preferences folder and delete the following files.
com.apple.preference.notification
com.apple.preference.notifications.remoteservice
com.apple.notificationcenterui.plist
com.apple.notificationcenterui.XXXXXXXXXX.plist

#5. Restart your Mac and Reset SMC

Resetting SMC is a simple task of holding CTRL+Shift+Option key together during start up but iMac and MacBook with removable battery has a different way to reset SMC. Read the post on How to Reset SMC for details.

#6. Sign out of all active Session

In case of receiving multiple duplicate notifications from Facebook

  • Log on to Facebook in Safari, and do not enable Apple OS integration when asked.
  • Go to Settings from top right drop down arrow sign.
  • Select Security and go to the option called "where you're logged in" and open "Apple OS Integration" 
    Sign out of Active session to stop receiving multiple notification of same message
    Sign out of Active session to stop receiving multiple notification of same message
  • Click end activity for all active sessions here.
  • Clear History from Safari and restart your Mac.

In case of getting multiple repeated notifications from Gmail

  • Log on to Gmail in Safari and do not enable Account integration with macOS when asked.
  • In the bottom right, click Details and a new pop up window will appear.
Sign out of All active session on Gmail
Sign out of All active session on Gmail
  • Click Sign out all other web sessions.
  • Clear History from Safari and restart your Mac.

#7. Sign in to the services as a fresh to get notifications

Log on to Gmail or Facebook in Safari and Enable account integration with macOS when asked.
You'r now ready to receive notification and the multiple duplicate notifications issue will be fixed.

That was all about the troubleshooting steps to fix repeated notification of same message in notification center on your Mac. If you are also facing this problem let us know if the above steps helped you fixing it.
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