• Ant – A Modern & Flat GTK Theme for Linux Desktops

    Sorry, customization buffs. It has been a while since I wrote on any themes and that is because I haven’t seen anyone that I think is worth telling you all about yet. But yesterday, I came across a beautiful GTK theme that I can’t seem to get enough of. It’s called Ant. Ant is a flat GTK theme that looks like a unity of Arc, Adapta, and Numix. It is based on the modern desktop theme suite, EvoPop  and thus its mostly flat look with a minimal use of shadows to illustrate depth. It is available in 3 color variants: Ant – light color scheme, with red highlight. Ant Dracula – dark color…

  • Ardour – An Audio Editor for Recording and Mixing Sounds

    Ardour is a cross-platform Digital Audio Workstation for recording, editing, and mixing sounds and beats. It is so professionally made it can be a contender of the famous Adobe Audition DAW quality-wise. It is professionally used by audio engineers, musicians, soundtrack editors, and composers. I wouldn’t say Ardour features an intuitive-enough User Interface for beginners but those who are familiar with the workings of DAWs will see that its UI workflow isn’t difficult to get up and running with when it’s opened for the first time. Plus, the development team has done their best to keep the User Experience uniform across platforms. Ardour Sound Editing Ardour Sound Mixing Features in…

  • Atom-IDE – Atom Text Editor on Steroids

    One of the questions beginner developers ask is what the differences between a Text Editor and an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) are. Of course, with time (given some hands-on experience), their question is answered as one either gets a text editor or an IDE. GitHub, in collaboration with Facebook, has decided to blur that line by bringing a set of optional packages that provide IDE-like functionality to Atom as they announced Atom-IDE. Atom-IDE is, therefore,  Atom Text Editor with integrated IDE capabilities like program diagnostics, document formatting, and context-aware auto-completion, which are enabled by installing a set of optional packages. Atom IDE Features in Atom-IDE FOSS: Free to use and download with source…

  • Brisk Menu – An Efficient Menu for the MATE Desktop

    Brisk Menu  is an open-source menu designed for the Mate desktop environment which usually ships with Solus OS as its default menu applet. That notwithstanding, Brisk has functionalities on its own e.g. a built-in search feature that simulates the Windows start menu while still providing optimum performance. It features an adaptive UI which is themeable and put pressure on your battery and memory that is friendly and this comes to me as no surprise especially after learning that Brisk-menu is a collaborative project between Solus and Ubuntu MATE . Brisk Menu Features in Brisk Menu Freeware: Brisk Menu is free for everyone using the Mate Desktop to download and use. A…

  • Cloud9- A Cloud-Based Dev Environment for Web Projects

    Many web developers I know prefer using Linux-based distros for their work for a variety of reasons. Many users will argue that Linux OSes don’t particularly have an edge over Mac or Windows PCs but with time, such arguments seem to be going extinct owing to the trend of coding in the cloud. Cloud-based IDEs are becoming more popular (especially in developed countries) and it’s about time we started paying them some attention. Today, we introduce to you a freemium cloud service for developers who appreciate not having to keep their project files on their local machinesand it goes by the name of CLoud9. Cloud9 is an online development environment…

  • Codeanywhere – A Feature-Rich Cross-Platform Cloud IDE for Linux

    Codeanywhere is a feature-rich cross-platform cloud IDE that offers coding features you’d expect from an offline application even more with services like cloud services, sandboxed projects, collaboration features, and a revision system. It features a beautifully designed dark-themed User Interface with syntax highlighting, multiple panes, inbuilt console with FTP and SFTP capabilities, SSH for remote connection, Dropbox and Google Drive support, and many other features. Features in Codeanywhere Commercial software. Online editor. Remote connection including FTP and SFTP. Support for Dropbox and Google Drive integration. Built-in terminal console with support for SSH. Version control for saved documents in the form of revisions. Share and collaborate with coding colleagues in real time. Predefined…

  • CodeBlocks – A Free & Cross-Platform C, C++ and Fortran IDE

    CodeBlocks is a free and open-source IDE for C, C++ and FORTRAN development. It features a consistent User Interface across all desktop platforms with a class browser, a tabbed interface, and its functions can be extended using plugins. It also features keyboard shortcuts, smart indentation, code folding, and a to-do list management panel that different users can use, among others. It is written in C++ and it does not require any interpreted languages or proprietary libraries. CodeBlocks IDE in Action The IDE gives developers a lot of control over the code they write and how it is executed. For example, users can choose which compiler to use. Features in CodeBlocks Freeware: Code…

  • Coffee – A News and Weather App for Linux

    There’s a new weather app in town and it does more than just tell the weather. Apart from being beautiful, it tells the news too and so far there are 8 different sources to choose from! Coffee is a recent open source project with which you can keep yourself up to date with both news feeds from around the world and the weather. It features a minimalist User Interface with a well-thought-out icon set and color scheme. The weather section is neatly separated from the news feed section and the settings panel is simple and intuitive enough to require no formal training. Its sources for news feeds are provided by…

  • Crello – A Free Cloud-Based Graphic Design Tool

    This Cloud-Based app is for beginner and professional designers alike and it is a free service that can be regarded as an alternative to another free app for designers, Facebook’s Canva. Crello is a free cloud-based graphic design software and photo editor that can be used to create professional flyers, posters, pictures, cards, magazines, ebooks, etc. It features 5000+ designs that you are free to customize and use whichever way you see fit not excluding social media ads, page covers, magazines, flyers, and greeting cards. Users are able to pick designs from the dozens of already decorated templates or to create projects from scratch. Crello also has all the common…

  • Cryptomator – An Excellent Encryption Solution for Your Cloud Files

    Cryptomator is an open source client-side encryption software with which you can encrypt the files you save with several cloud services. It is cross-platform (available for Linux, Mac, Windows, and iOS) and has an Android app on the way. Cryptomator works excellently with Google Drive, Dropbox, Mega and other cloud storage services that synchronize with a local directory. And because the encryption is done on the client side, you can rest assured that no unencrypted data is shared with any online service. With Cryptomator, you can create an unlimited number of vaults with unique passwords which will always be secure thanks to its 256-bit keys AES encryption method. Still on…