Thursday, October 31, 2013

Best Password Manager APPS for Windows RT (paid)

If you are like me, you probably have hundreds of website subscriptions, email accounts, credit cards, bank accounts, ecommerce store registers, ATM passwords, email passwords and so many other online and offline services that needs passwords and other document information.

I don't have more than 6 to 10 different passwords, but to remember what password is related to what web site, store, etc, etc and docs #, PIN and other usual online/offline register is almost impossible

After testing some apps, I found eWallet from Ilium Software Inc is the best one. Below is some reasons I choose eWallet.

  • The UI interface is cool, very well designed and easy to use.
  • You can save your wallet on Skydrive and keep it synchronized using the same wallet on up to 5 devices/computers.
  • eWallet has a 256-Bit Data Encryption, what makes it impossible to have its password broken
  • You can set it to automatically get out of the data screen and go to password screen after "N" seconds without activity
  • For each record (card) you can change fields' name.
  • You can create your own card categories
  • eWallet uses a template depending of what "type of card" you chose.
  • You can manage several wallets
  • Ilium is a known by its serious and good quality apps


  • Use a at least 8 digit password when creating your wallet and don't forget to use letters, numbers and one symbol character.
  • Before creating your first card, plan and add your categories. (Ex: Finances, Forums, Personal Docs, Shopping, eMail accounts, Software Serial #, etc, etc) 

some added cards of my wallet and respective categories
some added cards of my wallet and respective categories

US$ 9.99

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Adding MUSIC from my SD card to the Music Library on Surface RT

The solution for this issue depends on which Windows RT version you are using, so, check the respective solution for both Windows RT and Windows 8.1 RT Preview versions


"Library" item on File Explorer is gone on Windows 8.1 RT Preview and there's no "manage" feature on File Explorer to add folders to your Music, Video and Photo Files, but now it is much easier to make it work.

On File Explorer, click with the right mouse button or touch and hold on each of your Music, Video, Photo and Documents folders on your SD Card and choose "Include on Library" to add to the respective library. After some time, the files will be available on all media apps.
Adding music, videos, photos and documents to libraries on Windows 8.1 RT Preview


Have you tried to play music from your SD card on your Surface RT ??? For some reason, Surface RT doesn't recognize the SD Card as a disk drive, but as a removable media and removable media can't be added on media library on Surface RT. ...bad...isn't it ?

You can add music from a Pen Drive on your USB, you can also add music from your network (drives from other computers), and you can also add music from external disk drives connected on your Surface USB...

...but as I already said, you can't add music from your SD Card. When you go to the file explorer, managing your library and you try to add the SD card, you get an error message saying it's not possible, but...

...there's a SOLUTION !!!

If you don't want to wait for the upcoming Windows 8.1, that will fix this problem, click on the link below and follow the steps. It's easy and I did it in less than 2 minutes.

Check this link >>

Windows RT/8 Live Tiles make de difference. Effective and cool !

What are Live Tiles ? Well, most of you probably know what it is, but I think "Live Tiles is the Windows 8 Start Screen showing data is dynamic" and not static as showed on iPad/iPhone and other mobile devices. I consider Live Tiles one of the most significant advantages of Windows RT/8/Phone when compared to Apple devices.

Click and see Live Tiles examples in Details
Click on the image above to see how Live Tiles work. Below is my Surface RT Start Screen plenty of Live Tiles examples. Some of these tiles I've turned them ON for dynamic data just to show your guys. Usually I choose to let only some significant data content tiles to show dynamic data.

They are not only cool, but really useful and effective to know what's going on with your dynamic data looking them at a glance.

Any application installed on Windows 8 / Windows RT is able to dynamically show strategic data on the its tile (icon) on the start screen (if the apps developer choose to). But what's important is that the user can easily chose to make one or more tiles (application icons) live or not, in other words, make them show or not, dymanic data.

Let me know if you have any question about Live Tiles.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Windows RT and Windows 8 effective synchonization and integration


One of the main concerns when I buy a mobile phone or tablet is about synchronization with my other computers. 
What kind of information we can share and synchronize, and how ?  I confess I was not aware of what I would get on this matters when I bought my Surface RT. Everything was a 'incognito" and there's still a problem for me, I had not moved to Windows 8 on my notebook. It was a new notebook, but because I had hundreds of applications on my Windows 7 old notebook, I was worried about this move.

Well, to make it short, I moved to Windows 8 because of my Windows RT. I was excited about to explore their integration.

Right after I've installed Windows 8 on my new notebook, It was a so great surprise to see how things got so synchronized. Below I will comment some of my experiences about the integration on my Surface RT versus my Windows 8 notebook.

OS Level Sync Configuration: Besides the sync of several apps, Windows 8 allows you to configure them to sync with other Windows 8/RT devices in many dimensions, including all the dimensions listed on the image below:

So, when you change desktop themes, images, colors, passwords on websites, networks and dozens of other configurations in the main device, everything is synchronized with other devices.

But this is just the beggining, many other metro apps have their configuration synchronized too. All your personal news configuration on Bing News, Bento News and other news apps, are all synchronized. For example: on Bing News or Bento News, you can create news sections from specific news sources, on Bing News you can also create "Topics Sections" where Bing get together all news from many sources with specified keywords you define. All these configuration data are automatically synchonized.

Mail, Calendar, People and many other apps are also synchonized. 

Besides that, Skydrive, the Microsoft cloud system with more than 200 millions of users, is used to store data from many apps, so, all the data is also kept updated with it.

Example: I use eWallet from IliumSoft, the best password manager for Windows RT. On eWallet Apps I  manage more than 200 sites passwords, credit cards, computer password and all kind of passwords I use on my day-by-day. All the data is always kept updated on all my devices.

You can choose to keep many other files (documents, music, photos, etc) synchonized using Skydrive. 

All these features make you feel as you are using the same computer when working with many of your apps on your Windows 8 or Windows RT device.

OneNote is another application that keeps all your data synchronized on all of your devices. And it's note and content sensitive, in other words, if you have OneNote opened simultaneously on your Windows RT Tablet and Windows 8 notebook, if you change a single word on a note on one device and another word on the other device, both contents are synchronized on both sides.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Notes Taking ! Do you need a PRO apps ? OneNote or Evernote ?

APPS REVIEW: 7 Notes Application review & comparison 

In times of fast growing of Evernote application available for Windows Desktop, iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows RT, the so many limitations and bugs on its version for Windows RT led people like me to look for other options.

OneNote, the Microsoft Application for serious notes taking, has two different versions running on the same Windows RT Tablet and we will look about their differences, pros and cons.

I will also give my impressions about other notes apps like ArcNote, CaptureLive, Note Anytime, eJournal and Collabor8r. As you will see, these apps have a different approach when comparing to OneNote and Evernote.

So frustrated with Evernote !

About two years ago, I decided to move from Office OneNote to Evernote. Despite OneNote has many features, its UI (User Interface) is more ease, more attractive and practical and better navigability.

I was doing OK despite a few Evernote bugs till I've bought my Surface RT Tablet. When I've noticed there was a version for Windows RT, I thought it was all I needed, but after installing I realized how limited and buggy it is. Many messages exchanged with support, I've subscribed to beta versions and it kept crashing and with serious synchonization problems. After almost three months of headaches and the perception that Evernote was not taking the Windows RT version serious, I gave up. I start to do some research about OneNote again and decided to move back to it.

OneNote and its two versions on Windows RT

The first thing I realized about OneNote is that there were two versions available on my tablet. One is a full desktop version with same UI that the one in my Windows 8 Notebook. The other one, a Windows RT Native apps with a very different UI (so cool), but, much less features comparing to the desktop version.

Well in fact I can use both at the same time once they always synch with Skydrive, so there's is no problem at all, but I really wish the OneNote native Windows RT apps could be full feature because it's so much fun to work with it.

I had a lot of work to export/import from Evernote to OneNote. There's not a tool to help you on this task on the OneNote side, despite Evernote has a easy tool if you want to move to the opposite direction (OneNote to Evernote).

Now, after a long time using OneNote again, I uninstall all my evernote and can easily work with OneNote, but I confess I wish it has a better interface for touch screen.

Both Evernote and OneNote are free on Windows RT.

Other Notes Taking Apps

There are several multimedia notes taking applications for Windows RT. Some apps focus on realtime event taking note and some other focusing on handwriting notes and drawing.

These apps are great for note taking on courses, seminaries, meetings and other presentations once they allow you to create notes with text, image (from camera or from your disk), sketch and audio.

I've installed a few of them, the most complex and full featured ones. So, below you will find some considerations.

ArcNote: As some other multimedia notes taking apps, ArcNote allows you to create text note, camera image notes, sketching and notes from a image on your disk.
But here, the cool thing is that all your notes can also have an "audio note" attached to them, so, while you write a text, you an be recording an audio at the same time. you can keep recording while you take a picture, add a image from a file or doing any other task. You will never miss anything.

But... there's a really important feature missing. It can't synchronize. It doesn't connect to Skydrive or any other cloud service.

ArcNote has some other flaws. The apps comes with a view folders (like categories) where the notes can be move to, but you can't change their name or even create a new one and they didn't make a good job with the names, so it's easy you create a note that doesn't fit to any of those "folders". UPDATE ON THIS ISSUE: now you can rename, delete and create new categories, but unfortunately it can't still sync or save on Skype.

important !
Doesn't support video notes so far.
No synchronization.
ArcNote is stable and rarely crashes and it's FREE !

Note Anytime: If you want a decent handwriting configuration, here is the one you need (it's an add-in you must pay for it).
This is a very complex application in terms of detailed features and configurations. A great piece of software.
Note Anytime has the best handwriting and drawing plot/trace. It corrects the "trembling" trace and let your drawings beautifully delineated.  You also can add cool drawings from a gallery. The pattern of traces of your writings and drawings can be changed to different colors, texture and thickness. Below is a drawing note I made myself.

The images to the left are part of a single note where I've added text, images and drawings. I could also have added a camera picture.

Note Anytime also alows to choose from several paper backgrounds with different textures, colors and formar.

Users can also add header and footer to page notes.

Another sofisticated feature allows you to work with handwritings and drawings with a selected magnified part of your note, so you can write and draw with thinner traces and small details.

You can open a PDF directly into Note Anytime using the file explorer and "open with" option clicking with the mouse right button.

The image to the right is an example of a drawing note where I chose a small area of the note including a small caterpillar that appears to be big with the magnification.

Note Anytime is a very well developed application with so many details, what make it a serious applications for notes taking. Notes can be managed in many customized folders. You can add tags to notes and search them. There are also many sharing options, including upload to Tumbr and print.

Note AnyTime can cost up to US$ 25 with a the add-ins.
It doesn't support video images nor audio.
It synchonizes with other devices using Skydrive.

Capture Live: This would be a great application if not some major flaws. Each note is like a note hub with text, drawings, pictures and videos on it. Every note is on time frame where the audio is recorded all the time. Imagine a school class session. Once you start the note (ex: MathAgo-23), the audio starts to be recorded and will stop only when you close the note. While the audio is recorded, you can add text, drawings, photos and videos.

Capture Live crashes sometimes and can be considered not stable. Another problem is that after you close a note, you can add more information to it (another text, image, etc). You can't even change the note name. If you mistype the note title, you can't correct it. The note content can't be edited also. I guess they didn't finish the apps and decided not to go on with it.

Capture Live is Free !

eJournal: This is an interesting notes taking apps but in my Surface it crashes frequently.
eJournal is event centered. You start creating a Journal document, and then, adding as much notes as you want to it.
You open the Journal you has just created and it shows a desktop area where you can create scratches, add text, images from you computer or from the camera, videos and audio. You can add many data to a single page and can also add a new page easily. Another very annoying issue is that every time you click on many of its icons, it asks for to buy a add-in. So, it's not really for free.

Collabor8r or Work Notes Pro:  Both applications available at Windows Store are exactly the same, from the same developer. This is a well-built apps and not event centered, but note centered. In other words, you don't create of define an event and then add notes to it, but you create independent notes. The only way to relate them is creating something that they call notebook, but it works more like a category on a list. You can then list the notes by these categories. The UI is a little bit confusing about note types and what kind of content they support. If you select a text note, you can add also attach a image from a file. The same occurs with drawing type note. On Video and Photo notes you can also add some text. Finally, there's a Map type note where it saves an image of a place you search on the map (it uses Bing Map). But.... Collabor8r has some problems synchronizing from the tablet to the notebook. The inverse sync works well. So the notes created on the Notebook goes to the Tablet, but the ones created on the tablet are not sync to the notebook. Apps has great potential and awesome design.  Check the image below.
Colabor8r is free.

Collabor8r or Work Notes PRO Apps

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bing News: The Incredible News Applications (including considerations about Bento News)

When you think on keeping updated with world news, including subjects of personal interested, you must think on Microsoft Bing News, a MS official news application for Windows RT.

OK, I know some of you may be thinking on Bento Apps, a competitor news application you can compare to Bing News. I will also write some considerations about it.

Bing News, in my opinion, is the best of all if you want personalized news and articles.

There you can choose news sources, press agencies, add Feed URLs and some other cool personalization as you can also do using Bento News, but...

Why Bing News is the Best

The most extraordinary feature is the "Topics" feature where you can write down some keywords and keep a news section dedicated exclusively to a very specific subject.

I'm not talking just about subjects like "Soccer, Blues Music, Tablets and Phones, Comedy TV Show, etc" and other general subjects, but being specific like: "Barcelona Soccer Team, Jonny Lang, Friends TV Show, Surface RT".

Think about your preferred movie actor, or musician, soccer player, UFC fighter and any other specific topic. Right after you create a topic, Bing gathers all last news about it and put them all as a news section.

Check the topics I've created in the images below:

Bing News with the Menu showing the TOPICS I've created
News on my topic "Windows RT"

News on my topic "Dream Theater" 


All your topics and other customizations is automatically synchronized with your desktop/notebook or Windows Phone device(s). Just access Bing news on your Windows Phone (per example) and they will be there.
I access and read Bing News many times a day. I always find fresh news and articles on the topics I've created.

And about Bento News ??

Well, I used it also, just a few times a week, to read specific publications like "Harvard Business Review", "Gizmodo" and some more.

Bug: I found an error on Feed URL configuration on Bento Apps. I've added a feed about my company blog and it brings only the first two posts of my blog. Can't wonder why.

I've tried the same feed ur on Bing News and "bingo"...all my posts where there. My only complaint is that it doesn't show my posts images when I browse to my blog's section on Bing.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Bing Translator: A powerful and cool Windows 8 application.

Bing Translator is definitely a awesome apps anyone will love.

There are dozens of translator apps for Windows RT. Some of them were made to run side by side with another application on a multi-task environment.

Realtime Camera Translation

The really cool thing about Bing Translator is its feature using the Tablet or computer camera. Choose the source and destination languages and point the camera to the text you have in your hand and Voila !! The text translation appears immediately overlapping the text image.

Now, imagine the possibilities: You will be able to translate traffic signs, newspapers headlines, street signs, billboards, etc, etc.

On a daily good light condition even the text of a book can be translated/

For this article, I took the first thing I had near to me and pointed to my computer camera and the result is below.

Paper Rule from an Englih School
As you can see, the sentence on the 2nd line could not be translated because it was two small and now is 1am in my home office and the light is not that good.

My mom got crazy when I show Bing Translator to her.

You are also able to save the picture with the overlapped text translation.

So, for me, a 5 star apps.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Does anybody wants a Windows RT REAL REVIEW ?

This the quick review I've posted on many Magazine and News Websites

I think most of these tech reviewers turn their equipment on once in a while and think they are able to make intelligent and useful reviews. Article headlines like " Windows RT is dying" or "no one wants Windows RT"  sells and this is the only thing they care about, getting "Click throughs".

I use my Windows RT tablet for business Ina average of 9 hours a day on average for: Remote desktop management, OneNote serious use, Project Management, Multimedia Content Management (multimedia Journal), PowerPoint, Skype, great PDF reader with annotation feature, MindMapping, Travel planning and management using 3 awesome applications, Shopping list (my wife loves that), great dictionaries used side by side with the awesome Bing News and other apps.

And yes...I have some fun with cool gastronomy and wine apps, game with Pinball FX and car racing.

My only complaint is no compatible 3G modem in the market. Ad...besides that I can plug many common printers, mouse, pen drive, scanner using the universal USB port, add my 32GB micro SD card... well I also use it to plug on my TV using a wireless keyboard (a very common one for Google TV hardware..using USB) to watch movies and videos....there's
more...using to se my thousands of photos of my dozens of international trips...straight from my home network accessing my two I was forgetting my two Bible Applications with noting and bookmark features. What do you want more ? Please, tell me Mr Reviewer.

Is it so hard to understand that what motivates people to buy Apple stuff is not the same that motivates people to buy Windows Tablets ? Apple is a FAD. If they release a can opener called iCan, millions of idiots just run to buy it. I could also write more about things I've done with my Surface RT, but it is too much for a quick reading. Sorry if my English is far from perfect. My native language is Portuguese.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Outlook is comming to Windows RT ! Who actually needs it ?

There's a bunch of news and articles about the soon release of Outlook for Windows RT.

Windows RT has a group of apps to work with email, appointments and contacts (including social a messaging system). In the beginning, the Mail application was so limited that it causes a huge rejection and many started asking for Outlook.

Despite the ability to manage multiple email accounts (using imap), Mail Apps missed many important features like select and manage multiple messages (delete, move, etc).

Many Improvements: A few months later, a new releases of Mail, Calendar, People and Messaging was released and I confess email got a huge improvement. It can't still manage tasks.

I still want Outlook RT, but I confess I could live without it once all my contacts, emails and appointments are synchronized between my Surface RT, Windows 8 Notebook, my Windows Mobile 6.5 Phone (yes...I can synch also using my old Windows Mobile Phone) and my account.

Everything is perfectly synched. I still want Outlook to use with POP email configuration (and not only imap) and also manage my tasks and the integrated environment offered by Outlook.

The live tiles are also a huge help to keep your eyes on new emails, appointments and messages in at a glance in addition to the real time notifications on the top left of your tablet.

I use my Surface RT Tablet primarily for business purposes, and then, for entertainment.

Do you want to know more about Mail, Calendar, People and Messaging apps ? Let me know.

My typical Surface RT serious use, most for work purposes

I  use my Windows RT tablet for business, 8 to 9 hours a day on average and my main use and applications are:

1.     OneNote serious use for my hundreds of work and personal  notes
2.     Project Management & To Do lists
3.     Multimedia Content Management (multimedia Journal/notes),
4.     PowerPoint
5.     Skype
6.     Lots of PDF reading with annotations (ebooks, white papers, articles, manuals, etc)
7.     MindMapping
8.     Travel planning and management
9.     Shopping list (my wife loves that)
10. English to Portuguese and English to English great dictionaries used side by side with other applications (pdf reader, news reader, Internet Explorer, etc)
11. Recipe, Gastronomy and Wine Review applications
12. Watch movies, videos and photos on my TV using HDMI connection, Multimedia Remote Control 
13. Cloud storage and sync (Skydrive)
14. eMail and internet browsing
15. Bible reading with annotations and text highlighting
16. eBay Shopping
17. Mapping and tracking software
18. Application and sometimes a wireless keyboard (one for using with Google TV)
19. Text editing with Office/Word and just a very eventual Excel use
20. Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin Social applications
21. News reading with customized subject sections
22. A few games (Pinball FX and Car Racing)

Ps: Please, feel free to ask me about any of them specifically.

The Surface RT Harware and Handling Review (my forearm hurts)

I won't be listing Surface RT detailed specifications; you can find them here, at MS web site.

Below are a very summary hardware review once it's not different from almost all I've seen around.

Hardware Quality: It is a fantastic and impressive peace of hardware and have no scratch on its glass regardless of my intense daily use.

Size: Therefore the 10.8" size result on great graphic view for most common applications (specially movie watching) with its 16:9 ratio aspect, it could be a little smaller to fit better in the hands, but it is not a serious issue for those who want a 10" or larger tablet.

Weight: The Surface RT weighs 1.5 pounds and therefore it weights the same of a iPad 3 (1.44 pounds), it can cause pain and even serious injuries if you are a heavy user like me.

Since I've bought my Surface RT, I use it 8 to 9 hours a day on average and got a forearm inflammation that don't want to go away. I can few a light pain every time I use my tablet, but I know it is not Surface RT's fault, but mine.

Any other 9" to 11" tablet will cause the same problem. I remember I used a 7" Android tablet for a long time and had no problem.

Cameras: Well, the cameras are poor. The front camera, used to chat, skype, etc, is good as a chatting video camera and I don't complaint, but the back camera, usually used to take pics and event video purposes is weak, poor and takes very poor pics at night. I've have read that tablet cameras are not used for photos like the mobile phones are and I agree, but sometimes we really want to take good pictures for noting purposes.

Touch Keyboard: It's cool, looks great when attached to the Surface RT, but for my little and "notebook size keyboard" addicted hands, I feel better typing in the software touch keyboard, but the touch cover works well and it is very sensitive. The magnet keyboard connection (and also the magnet power adapter connection) is a fantastic and cool idea.

Where's my 3G/4G ? I really miss a 3G interface. I need it. Despite many users try to convince me that I don't need a 3G, I really do. Why ?  Here are some very real reasons: 

  • My phone can tether, but it creates a "ad hoc" wireless type network and Surface RT CAN'T see "ad hoc" network, so...I can't connect tethering. Many other phones work different and can be used for tethering purposes
  • Even if I could tether, I don't want to drain my phone's battery and many times I need to talk while I work on my tablet.
  • I visit costumers in a daily basis and use my Surface RT on meetings and companies usually don't like to give their wireless password away. Corporate network are usually for their private use only.
  • Many times I desperately need to use the tablet in my car to send emails, proposals, etc
  • I still can't understand why MS didn't make Surface RT compatible with most 3G/4G dongles available on the market

NO GPS: I also miss a GPS. I use a device tracking software that works great giving my tablet geo-position anytime on the internet, but it uses the cell phone towers localization method, so it's not accurate as GPS Satellites are. If my Surface RT gets stolen, I won't be able to know where it is with accuracy, but with up to 300 feet of error margin. I would love to also to have a GPS to use with mapping applications

Overall hardware considerations: In general, Surface RT is great. Microsoft did a great job with it's hardware quality, but I really miss a 3G and GPS features.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Detailed and deep Surface RT Review

After 5 months using Surface RT for serious tasks on a average of 8 hours a day, here are all my impressions, pros & cons, weakness and strenghens and all sort of important information for those who want a deep and real analysis on Microsofr Surface RT.

Below are some important information, assumptions and my personal profile to consider when reading all my posts.

  1. I'm a heavy user computer with deep experience on Windows PCs
  2. I have an Android Phone, a Windows Phone, a Windows 8 notebook and had a Android Tablet long time ago.
  3. I'm a business person who uses Surface RT for both work and personal stuff, but my priority is use tablet for busines.
  4. I'm NOT Microsoft devotee nor rate Apple. I just want to think and evaluate rationally when choosing a computer or any other tech gadget
  5. My Surface RT configuration is a 32GB, with a touch cover and a 32GB MicroSD Card
  6. My native language is NOT English, but Portuguese, so, sorry about eventual miswritings and mispellings.

Check my daily use in the post: Does anybody wants a REAL Surface Rt Review ?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Surface RT vs Surface PRO and the conventional Windows 8 issue.

There's hundreds of articles and reviews talking about the confusion regarding to the Windows RT and regular Windows 8 version. They talk about MS failure, great mistake and other negative considerations, so here is mine consideration in a few very objective statements:

No Legacy Windows Application is not a big issue: There's no way a Tablet to really replace a notebook, maybe for the very light PC user (internet browsing/Office). Surface can't run legacy windows applications, but only applications built for the Windows 8 UI / Metro Interface. I believe for most people who wants a tablet, it is not a big issue, even for me, a heavy user who uses the Surface RT for business. iPad can't run also all the Mac applications and nobody complain about it.

There's many applications for serious use on Windows Store: Ok....iPad is fun and there's much more entertaining cool applications comparing to Surface RT, but if you want applications for personal and work daily management including education, travel, business, shopping, etc, etc...there's a bunch of fantastic apps on Windows Store. You won't feel the lack of any really important application. Take a look on my postabout the applications I use on a daily basis.

The FANTASTIC integration with your Windows 8 PC: Well, I will dedicate a fully post about this issue. I love the way my Surface RT and my Windows 8 PC synchs configuration and data. Here is my post about it