Ultimate List of Adobe Air Games

Who does not like games? I bet I heard only a few no’s there. There are several ways to play games, you can play them online, on your PC or on a gaming console. But that you could also play games using ?

In this post, we will list out some of the best games you can play on your desktop using Adobe Air. Since Adobe Air is cross-platform you can play it on any operating system.

Pacman

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Any kid who has touched a video game will remember this classic. I even play it today even though I am 27 :-). Enjoy the classic Pacman as a Adobe Air game. Download Pacman.

Lines Puzzle Game

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The main objective of the game is to create as many lines as possible using the least possible objects. A bit complicated in the beginning, this game can get very addictive. You are forewarned. Download Lines.

Simple To-Do List Manager

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Scattrbrain is a lightweight and simple to-do list manager based on . It will help you keep track of small tasks and appointments. You can set due dates for your tasks and also apply different color codes to them. One of the best features of this app is that you can also import your Google Calendar appointments into it.

Download Scattrbrain

Share Files on Twitter with TwittMyFile

Sharing files, music and videos is not new with . We have covered several tools to share files on Twitter and share music and videos on Twitter.

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TwittMyFile is a handy application, which will allow you to upload and share files on twitter using FileSocial. We had earlier covered the FileSocial service to share files on twitter.

TwittMyFile provides users with an easy drag and drop interface for uploading files to FileSocial. Once the file has been uploaded, you can add a short message and share the link to the file on Twitter.

Techie Buzz Verdict

TwittMyFile leverages an existing service, in the form of FileSocial and provides a easy desktop interface to upload and share files on twitter.

Since this application runs on , it can be installed and used on any platform which supports Adobe Air.

Rating: 2.5/5 (Good)

Download TwittMyFile

Listen to Internet Radio on Your Desktop using AirFM

Music is one of the most soothing hobbies I have had for a very long time. I make it a point to always carry some form of music player or radio player with me whenever I travel. Most portable devices make it easy to listen to radio while on the go, however listening to radio on the desktop can be a bit difficult.

Of course there are several websites where you can listen to internet radio online, however, having a desktop tool would be good too.

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AirFM is a based application which will allow you to listen to internet radio stations on your desktop. You can choose from a list of pre-defined radio stations and play any of them for free.

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You can also add the radio stations to your favorite list and access them easily. You can also skip songs and play the next in queue by using the control buttons.

Techie Buzz Verdict

AirFM is a excellent lightweight internet radio player with a minimal interface. There are more than 200+ stations to choose from, however, the developer claims that users can add their own stations, but I did not find an option to do that.

It would be even more better, if the option to add custom radio stations would be available to users.

Ratings: 3/5 (Good)

Download AirFM

Imageshack Desktop Photo Uploader

Imageshack is one of the most popular anonymous image sharing service where users can upload images and share them with others, without having to create a account. However, users still have to visit the website to upload images to Imageshack.

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If you are looking for a desktop tool to upload images to Imageshack, you can use the Imageshack uploader, which is a application based on .

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Once you have installed the software, you can drag and drop your images on the uploader area to upload the image to Imageshack. You don’t have to register or login to Imageshack.

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Imageshack uploader also provides you with an option to crop/resize the images before uploading them online.

Also see: Localhostr Screenshot tool and uploader

Techie Buzz Verdict

Imageshack is widely used by forum users to upload and share images and screenshots. A desktop tool to upload images will definitely make things much more easier.

Imageshack uploader also store a history of all your uploaded images. You can easily view your history to find links to the images.

Download Imageshack Uploader

Translate Content On Your Desktop Using Air Translate

Language barriers are usually overcome using translators, in person or as a service. We have told you about several tools which allow you to translate Word documents, translate PDF files and documents, use an  instant messenger for translation and a free desktop translator.

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To add to that list, we came across and application called AirTranslate, which is based on the platform. AirTranslate makes use of the Google translation engine to provide you with a desktop tool to translate content on your desktop.

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[3] Adobe Air applications are platform independent, which means that you can run this app on any OS which supports Adobe Air. Since this translator uses the Google Translation engine, it provides translation for more than 50 languages.

Another interesting feature about this app is that it will automatically use the text from the clipboard and add it to the translate text box. This will save you some trouble of copy pasting text into the interface.

Overall this app provides a neat and simple interface to translate content from one language to another.

Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Download Air Translate

Easily Share Screenshots on Twitter with Screentweetr

I usually take a lot of screenshots on and share it using TwitPic. The usual process of sharing screenshots involves, taking a screenshot and uploading it using or using the web interface for TwitPic. Sometimes this becomes a tedious task, since it involves multiple processes to just accomplish a single task.

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Also Read: Tools and Services to Share Music and Videos in Twitter

I got used to using another app called Localhostr uploader, which provided a easy way to take screenshot and upload it to the web, unfortunately using that too required to follow multiple processes, when it came to sharing those screenshots on twitter.

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ScreenTweetr is a a very useful application based on , which will allow you to quickly take screenshots, upload it, and share it on twitter. Once you download and install the application, you will have to associate your twitter account with it.

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To take a screenshot, press the print screen button on your PC or use Alt + Print Screen to capture the active window. Once you do that, the Screentweetr application will get activated, allowing you to upload the image to your chosen service along with a message that will get posted to twitter.

Screentweetr currently supports uploading images to TwitPic, TweetPhoto, Twitgoo, ScreenTweet, yFrog, MobyPicture, img.ly, Posterous, TwitrPix and TwitDoc.

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[1] This is an awesome application for Twitter users who frequently share screenshots or images on twitter. With a wide range of supported services for uploading images, this app makes it a breeze for many users.

The only sore point is that the app does not support OAUTH validation, which is the norm these days for associating an application with twitter, without having to give out your password.

In addition to that, this app does not provide an option to modify the used to take screenshots, and upload them to twitter. This becomes a bit of problem if you use multiple screenshot software, like in my case. I don’t want to modify the shortcut keys for my regular screenshot software, and ScreenTweetr will only work if I turn my regular screenshot software for creating blog images off. Having an option to setup custom shortcut keys for Screentweetr, is something I would like to see in the next update. Hope the developer takes note of this.

That aside, this is a highly , and will definitely save you a lot of efforts to share images on twitter.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Download Screentweetr

Animated Gmail Notifier for Your Desktop

providers users with many ways to get notifications about new emails, you can choose to use a the Gmail notifier for or even choose to use Google Talk for desktops.

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However, do you want to get notified about emails through a fancy animation? If yes, the B2 Gmail Notifier is your best bet. B2 Gmail Notifier is a based cross-platform software, which will show you animated notifications whenever you receive a new email in Gmail.

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The application also allows you to choose from several pre-defined animations, while providing you with an option to download and install new ones.

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Considering it is a animated application, we put it through a series of tests. We saw that it uses moderate amount of RAM (38 MB), however, whenever there is a new notification, the CPU usage jumps considerably.

Techie Buzz Verdict

This application is not something that has not been done before. However, it is innovative in the sense in which it displays the new email notifications. Other than that, we would like to see support for multiple Gmail accounts in the app.

Looking at the system usage trends, we saw that the app tends to jump up in CPU usage whenever animations are displayed, this though does not hinder in your other activities, but system with low RAM may tend to hang up at times.

Download this app, if you love animations and want to keep a check on your emails.

Techie Buzz Ratings: 2.5/5 (Good)

Download B2 Gmail Notifier

Best TweetDeck Tips, Tricks and Use Cases

I have been using for quite sometime now, and I must admit that sometimes it is a bit of memory hogger. However, the fact that it is one of the best clients available today, I continue to use it, albeit by tweaking it to use lesser memory and provide me with more functionality.

Here are some tips, tricks and use cases, which will help you out when it comes to using TweetDeck. Most of the tips are generated using TweetDeck version 0.31.1, so you might not see the options if you are using a older version.

Disable Notifications: In my experience, the notifications provided by TweetDeck are the biggest memory hoggers. It is best to disable the notifications to reduce memory usage in the application.

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To disable the notifications, go to the Settings -> Notifications, and click on the Detail on and Summary on to turn them off.

Save on API Calls: Twitter has a limitation on the number of API calls any third-party service or application can make to them. If you are a heavy twitter user you might run out of API calls quickly, and then have to use the web interface to update your status and view other’s updates.

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If you use TweetDeck, you can save on few twitter API calls, by disabling some features. By default, TweetDeck is setup to display user profiles directly inside the app, you can save some API calls by choosing to Open profiles in a web browser instead. Go to Settings -> General to make that change.

Quick Reply, Retweet, Direct Message or Favorite a Tweet: When I first started out using TweetDeck, I was a bit clueless about these features.

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When you hover over the profile image of a twitter user, you will find options to reply to a tweet, retweet the message and even send a direct message to the user. To favorite a tweet, click on the other actions icon and select Favorite from the Tweet submenu.

Save Time While Typing Twitter Handles: In twitter, you need to type the handle of the user, preceded by a @in order to send a message to them. You can have TweetDeck auto-complete the twitter usernames for you.

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To turn on auto-complete, go to Settings -> General, and select the checkbox next to Use autocomplete for usernames. The next you type @ in your tweet, a new overlay will popup, allowing you to autocomplete the twitter username. This overlay will also show up when you begin your tweet with D, the shortkey for sending direct messages to users.

Create Groups of Users: Twitter by default does not provide users with an option to create groups, they have introduced a feature called lists, but it is not available for all users yet.

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Using TweetDeck, you can add users to different groups and then track them in a separate column. To add a group, click on the twitter icon and then click on the groups icon in the overlay window. Give you group a name and select the members who form part of the group.

Once you have added the group members, click on Add group, it should then add a new column to TweetDeck, where you can follow tweets from just the group members.

Adding new members to a group is easy, just hover over a user’s profile picture and click on the Other actionsicon. From the user menu, click on add to group to add the user to a pre-created group.

Limit Number of Updates per Column: If you are like me and have 20 columns related to different accounts, searches and trends, you might want to limit the number of updates that are shown in each column to reduce memory usage.

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To limit the number of updates per column, go to Settings -> General and change the Max numbers of updates in a column to suit your needs.

Access Multiple Twitter Accounts in TweetDeck: Many users choose to have multiple accounts in Twitter. For example, I have a personal account @keithdsouza and a account for Techie Buzz, @techiebuzzer where we push latest news updates.

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TweetDeck allows you to add and manage multiple twitter accounts from the same interface. To add new accounts to TweetDeck, go to Settings -> Accounts and choose to Add new accounts.

Access Facebook and MySpace Feeds in TweetDeck: TweetDeck allows users to add and MySpace feeds to their interface. In addition to that you can also comment and like items from your friends on Facebook, directly from TweetDeck.

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To add your Facebook or MySpace account to TweetDeck, click on the icons on the top of the application and follow the steps to authenticate your accounts. Once done, you will see new columns with Facebook and MySpace updates in TweetDeck. You can also follow the previous tip to add new Facebook or MySpace accounts to TweetDeck.

Quickly Search and View Twitter Trends: TweetDeck allows you to quickly search the twitter Timeline for keywords and trends.

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To add a new search, click on the twitter column and then click on the search icon. Input the keywords for the search and click on the search icon next to the input box. This should add a new search column, where you can follow all the public timeline updates from twitter that contain the keywords. You can also all the latest trends in Twitter, by adding a column for Twitscoop.

Sync your Accounts across multiple PCs: Sometime back TweetDeck announced the ability to sync your accounts across multiple PCs, by providing users with cloud storage on their servers.

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To create your own account on TweetDeck servers, go to Settings -> Sync and create a new TweetDeck account. Once you have created your account, your searches and default twitter account will be synced with TweetDeck servers.

You will be able to access the settings from any other PC or even your iPhone, once you have signed into your sync account. TweetDeck will automatically alert you to add columns when you access TweetDeck on a new PC.

View and Follow New Followers in TweetDeck: A new feature introduced in TweetDeck version 0.31.1 allows you to view and follow new followers inside the application.

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To add the new followers column, click on the twitter icon and the on the New followers icon. If you have multiple accounts you will be asked to choose, which account to display the new followers for. Make that selection and click on Finish. A new column will be added to TweetDeck, from where you will be able to see the new followers and also follow them from within TweetDeck.

Quickly Report & Block Spam Users in TweetDeck: Twitter is notorious for spam, and have been taking some steps to allow users to easily report spam users.

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However, if you use TweetDeck, it is much more easier to report spam and block users. If you want to report & block a user. Click on the more options on the profile picture and go to the User menu. From the submenu, either choose to Block the user or Block & Report the user as Spam.

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When you choose the second option, a popup overlay will be displayed, asking you to confirm the block. Once you click on Ok, the user will be blocked and a direct message will be sent to @spam with the twitter user’s handle.

Quickly Drag and Drop Images for Sharing: The latest versions of TweetDeck allows users to quickly share images and photos by dragging it to the update textbox.

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When you drag and drop images to the update input box, you will be given an option to choose which service you want to upload the images to. TweetDeck supports uploading images to TwitPic, YFrog and TweetPhoto.

You can setup your accounts for the above services by visiting Settings -> Services.

Record and Upload videos to Twitter: You can record and upload videos from TweetDeck, by associating your 12seconds account.

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Once you add your account, by clicking on the twitter account and adding the 12 seconds service. You will see a new column with the 12 seconds videos you have created, click on the record button at the top of the column to record videos and share it on twitter.

Associate your Bit.ly account with TweetDeck: TweetDeck allows you to shorten URLs using several services. Out of them Bit.ly provides users with an option to create API accounts, in order to track the shared URLs.

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You can associate your Bit.ly username and API key with the shortened URLs by visiting Settings -> Services and entering your Bit.ly information.

Summarizing: I am certainly happy with TweetDeck and use it on both my PC and the iPod touch, these tips may come in useful to you, to help you use this software better. However, there might be something’s, which I   may have missed out on, so do feel free to add your own tips to this list. Also don’t forget to tell us, if these tips come in handy to you.

Please note: TweetDeck is based on , you will need to download and install that before you can use this application.

Adobe Photo Uploader For Facebook

There is no dearth of softwares available to upload photos to . The Picasa Facebook photo Uploader works flawlessly, allowing you to edit and upload photos and albums to Facebook. In addition to that, you can also use a desktop application to upload photos to Facebook.

Adobe has released another app based on , which will allow you to upload photos from your desktop to Facebook. The best part about this app is that, you can also view and browse your Facebook wall and friends profile from within the app. You can also reply and comment to your friends posts.

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Once you have downloaded and installed the application, you will need to login and give permissions to the application to upload photos to your Facebook profile. Once you have given all the permissions, you will be logged into your profile, from where you can browse your timeline, comment and like posts from friends and more.

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Uploading photos to Facebook is pretty easy. Click on the Upload tab in the menubar, and choose the album you want to upload the photos to. You can also create new albums using the app.

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Adding photos to your album is pretty easy. Click on the Add Photosbutton, it will show you a browse file dialog. Choose the photos you want to add to the album and click on Ok. You can choose multiple photos at once. Using the photo Uploader, you can also add captions to your photos.

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Once you have chosen all the photos, click on the green arrow in the right hand side to upload the images to your Facebook profile. The upload should take a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the number of images you are uploading.

This app is a definite timesaver. We highly recommend it, if you frequently upload photos to your Facebook profile. Since Adobe Air works on multiple platforms, you can use it to upload images from Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

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Download Photo Uploader for Facebook