We rounded up more than 50 of our favourite tools and tips for unlocking extra value from popular browsers, productivity applications and multimedia tools.
Five essential multimedia add-ons
1. Picasa to flickr: The Picasa to flickr plug-in for Picasa is free, handy, and platform-independent. It uses a simple Java applet to let you zip files from the popular image editor directly to the equally popular Flickr photo-sharing service.
2. The Filter: Your party starts in 15 minutes and you forgot to make the music playlist. No problem - seed The Filter: an iTunes and Windows Media Player add-on with a handful of tunes you like. Not only will it generate a killer party sound track, but it will dredge up hot tracks that you might even have forgotten you had.
3. EvilLyrics: This free download gets rid of the junk code that accompanies most lyrics search results by looking for lyrics in the background whenever you play a song in iTunes, WinAmp, Windows Media Player, or another application. The results aren't perfect, but EvilLyrics is on target more often than not.
4. ffdshow: Dodge the hassle of juggling multiple video formats by turning to ffdshow, a versatile plug-in that supports most video players and provides all the video codecs you are likely to need.
5. Plugin Galaxy: This collection of free effects and filters for Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro offers a range of warping and blurring effects, plus handy features like a "page curl" for image corners, all accessible within Plugin Galaxy's single interface.
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