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Windows Server Essential Remote App is here!–My Server for Windows 8

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Here is something new from Microsoft! My Server App is a port of the Windows Phone version, and those of use that use the app on Windows Phone know this app is to Access and Manager your Windows Server Essentials, i.e. the Home Server replacement for Server 2012. The functionality is basically the same, but I expect Microsoft to add more features to this app as time goes on. Here is Microsoft’s description from the Store:

Description
My Server for Windows 8 is an application designed to help you keep seamlessly connected to your server resources through devices running Windows 8. With My Server, you can manage users, devices, alerts, and access shared files in Windows Server 2012 Essentials.  In addition, files that you have recently accessed with My Server files continue to be available to you even when offline.

Features
Browse, edit and search files stored on your server
Manage users, devices, and alerts
Share local resources to server or save server resources locally
Access files that you opened recently even without an Internet connection. The changes made offline will be automatically synchronized to the server when online
Playback of media files stored on server

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This is an app to get if you treasure remote access to your files and media on your Home Server. Download now straight away from the Store via the link below.

Source: Windows Store

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App Focus: Fotor–The Best All-In-One PhotoEditor in the Store!

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The question through the ages have always been “How much goodies can you get for free?” As we all know, nothing goes for free in Life, right? There’s got to be a catch. But then, once in a while you come across exceptions to that rule. That, unlike Google products, still in this age some awesome things you can still get for free. This is the case with this App: Fotor!

The App comes packed with features you’ll expect in an expensive app. Just think of anything you want to do within a Photo-editing App, this app has got it. Please don’t believe me, just see for yourselves from this description from the Store and the subsequent Screenshots:

Description
Fotor is the best all-in-one photo editing application!
Perfectly combine the windows 8 user experience with cutting-edge tools including Basic Editing Tools, Brilliant Visual Effects, Frames, 1-Tap Enhance, Collage, Text, Tilt Shift and Raw Converter, all bundled together in one powerful package!
What’s New:
New Home Page
Before we just had feature buttons on the home page, now it’s a collage of sample photos you can click to try out new features, or just play around when you don’t have a photo of your own to edit.
Undo and Redo
Don’t like that last edit?  Hit the Undo button just above the editing space.  Decided you like it after all?  There’s now a Redo button right next to it.
Improved responsiveness and functionality
We’ve changed some things under the hood to make Fotor for Windows 8 leaner and meaner.  You should notice an increase in functionality as well as a decrease in response time.
Multi-Touch Zoom
Now all you need is two fingers and you can zoom in or out with the multi-touch zoom capability.
Adjustable Collage Border
So, you want to make a collage with those 4 pictures, but you think 4 equally sized photos would be a little boring, right?  Have no fear!  You can now just drag the collage border to change the dimensions of any of the photos in the collage!
Features:
Collage
Enjoy the freedom to arrange your pictures however you want with three different modes of collage:  Template Collage, Photo Stitching and Shuffle Collage.
Add Text
Input plain text or choose a stylish text template, personalize your photos by adding your own commentary, thoughts and messages for others to see, or just add notes to help you remember.
Raw Converter
RAW converter with tone mapping supports over 100 camera RAW formats. Import the RAW files and Fotor will take care of the rest.
Powerful Editing
Fotor contains some of the most powerful and easy to use photography editing tools for adjusting brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpen/blur, temperature, tint, cropping, flipping and rotation etc.
Effects & Frames
Stretch your creativity further with Fotor’s huge palette of Effects designed with input from experienced graphic designers and photographers. Fotor provides over 60 effects in various categories, including Classic, Lomo, B & W, Art and Vignettes, plus choose from 23 different styles of frames!
1-Tap Enhance
1-Tap Enhance quickly transforms “dull” or “bad” photos with a pixel by pixel enhancement, all with only one touch.  Analyzing brightness, contrast, saturation and exposure value, Fotor optimizes the source image to become an even more amazing photo!
Tilt Shift
Tilt Shift gives your images the depth-of-field and other visual effects normally seen only on professional grade DSLR cameras. Magically unleash your creative inspiration, while using a mix of clear focus and selective blurring to create magnificent photos.

Features
Powerful Editing
Effects & Borders
1-Tap Enhance
Tilt-Shift
Collage
Add Text

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Well, they call this “The best all-in-one photo editing application!”, I think they’ve earned that title. The question then is why free for all this awesomeness? Well I don’t know, but I am glad its free, for now. I guess when they’ve garnered enough users, they’ll monetize. So, get this while you can. Download now from the Store via the source link below.

P.S.: I hope those detractors slamming Metro Apps are taking a look at such apps as this. That you can develop an All-Touch Apps for the Metro that is usable and makes sense. If a Dev sets his/her mind to it, they can achieve awesomeness as you’ve seen.

Source: Windows Store

Freda–That Awesome eBook Reader Updates in the Store

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Turnipsoft has done it again, they’ve made Freda even more user friendly by releasing a barrage of Updates to the App, bringing it to version 3.2. This version now has almost everything the users were complaining about in the Reviews: Bookmarks, Annotations, Delete books from bookshelf etc etc etc. Just see this Release Notes and screenshots:

Release notes
Update 3.2  fixes various bugs, and adds
– The ability to add bookmarks and annotations, and to delete books from the bookshelf
– Selecting multiple books to download simultaneously from SkyDrive or local folders
– Creation, deletion, editing and re-ordering of book sources
– Additional display options (such as choice between smooth and sharp text rendering and the option to turn off the patterned background)
– A live tile display showing details of current book (and you can pin additional books to your start screen)
– Various user experience improvements
Freda is still being actively developed; we’re working now on features like:
– Dictionary and Translation lookup
– Search for text in the book
– Search and filter your bookshelf
– Customising and managing book sources
If you have any problems with the app, or you have any suggestions for new features, please contact us at freda@turnipsoft.co.uk .

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You can go download the update now in the Store.

Source: Windows Store

Barnes and Noble’s Nook App is now in the Store

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And so the Nook App finally drops in the Store. I blogged this first with the Keynote of Windows 8 launch that we are getting the Nook App in the Store. My apologies for bringing the news late as the app dropped in the Store while I was at work. As to be expected of an App in which Microsoft has a personal invest, it is a superbly built app, fully featured and leaves the Kindle App in the dust. Basically the Kindle app is a joke at the moment. For an app that was built for the Metro experience, it was poorly implemented, it has the worst paging experience of any app in the Windows Store. You have to look carefully before you see you’ve turned a page. If you blink you’ll miss it. So, here is B&N showing off the Nook, my question is how much of the App was built by B&N, I will put my money on it that MS practically wrote this app. Just look at the size, ticking 15Mb, that’s a lot of feature packed into an MX App. With this app, the value of your Surface and Windows 8 devices just gone up! For the description of the App itself, I’ll leave it to Barnes & Noble as follows:

Description
Get an incredible reading experience with NOOK® for Windows 8™. Choose from NOOK books, magazines, newspapers, and comics on your Windows 8 tablet and PC. Shop over 3 million titles including New York Times bestsellers, new releases, and the hottest newsstand issues. Sample any NOOK Book for FREE – or try any newspaper or magazine subscription for 14 days, including Us Weekly, O, The Oprah Magazine, National Geographic, and USA Today FREE for 14 Days.
NOOK for Windows 8 supports NOOK Comics. Read comics, graphic novels, and manga featuring popular characters like Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Archie Andrews, Naruto, and more from top publishers like DC, Marvel, Archie, and VIZ. Our latest graphic novel additions from fan-favorite Dark Horse Comics include Mass Effect, Hellboy, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and Sin City – all available on your Windows 8 tablet and PC.
NOOK for Windows 8 lets you customize your reading experience with different fonts, line spacing and themes. Turn pages with the flick of a finger or jump to any page. The app even comes loaded with free books.
And so you never lose your place, NOOK for Windows 8 syncs the last page you’ve read across your tablet or PC. No matter which device, always pick up right where you left off.
With NOOK for Windows 8, read what you love, anywhere you like.
NEWSSTAND CUSTOMER FAVORITES INCLUDE:
Entertainment & Celebrity – Us Weekly, OK! Magazine, Star
Health & Fitness – Weight Watchers, Women’s Health, Shape
Food & Cooking – Eating Well, Food Network Magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray
Sports & Recreation – Runner’s, ESPN The Magazine
Business & Finance – The Economist, Black Enterprise, Harvard Business Review
Family & Parenting – Family Circle, National Geographic Kids, Parents, Girls’ Life
Fashion – Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Elle, Marie Claire
Home & Garden – HGTV Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Living

Features
Shop over 3 million books, magazines, newspapers, and comics at your fingertips
Free samples of books and 14-day free trial subscriptions of newspapers and magazines
Syncs the last page you’ve read across your NOOK devices and apps, so you don’t lose your place
Adjustable fonts, spacing and themes let you customize your reading experience
NOOK Channels™ offers a pioneering recommendation system that provides an easy way to discover new titles by theme

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So, how about that for a large splash. The App comes with Kitchen and Sink and you can see. If you are curious about the App, please download via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

Western Digital Drives App debuts in the Store

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Western Digital arrives in the Store with an app WD Drives. The app is a Multi-Media player for your content stored on any WD Drives. I wonder if thy allow the app to access other OEM Drives or your library in General. Its good to see OEMs warm up to Windows 8 like this. WD describes the app as follows:

Description
Discover, enjoy and share the photos, videos and music on your external WD drives with our new WD app for Windows 8.  Media stored on WD storage products is automatically discovered, organized and presented in our easy to navigate application.  Browse photos, enjoy slideshows, watch videos and play music all within the WD app for Windows 8.
List of supported WD devices:
         • My Passport
         • My Passport Edge
         • WD Elements
         • My Book
Supported photos formats:
.jpg, .jpeg, .tiff, .tif, .png, . .jfif, .jpe, .bmp
Supported video formats:
.avi, .wmv, .wm, .asf, .mp4, .m4v, .3gp, .3gpp, .3g2, .3gp2, .mov
Supported audio formats:
.acc, .mp3, .m4a, .wma, .wav

Features
Discover, enjoy and share files on your external WD hard drives
Browse and enjoy your photos, videos and music files
Automatic discovery of all media files stored on your external WD hard drives

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Download the app now in the Store via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store