IMPHOTO: Free Photoshop alternative Photo and Image Editor software for Windows 10

GIMP is one of the best free open-source photo & image editing software. But some users believed that GIMP was a few features away from being a complete solution to photo editing needs, and so someone created a modified version of GIMP with improved features and options, and they call it GIMPHOTO. Gimphoto comes with GIMP loaded with useful plugins and resources. The UI is tweaked a bit here and there.

GIMPHOTO for Windows 10

GIMPHOTO comes packed with Gimp plugins that have been developed by other developers across the globe. These plugins can help you extend features and add more options while editing an image. Let us take a look at some of the outstanding feature of this free Photoshop alternative software.

GIMPHOTO for Windows 10


Gimphoto makes use of Clearlooks GTK engine to render the UI. The interface is almost the same, but you may notice changes in the appearance of controls. They are more smooth and flat because of the Clearlooks engine. Gimphoto also includes a tool that lets you use any other GTK theme and customize the UI more easily.

Menu Convention

A few changes to the menu structure have been made. Although, the naming convention remains the same so that you can still follow GIMP tutorials as it is they were before. The right click menu has also been modified to add more tools so that they are easily accessible.

Additional Plugins

This section covers the additional plugins that come preinstalled with Gimphoto.

Save for Web

This plugin lets you save images in webioptimized quality. Since disk space is an expensive resource these days, you can create images that are beautiful to look and are small in size. This option has been added to the ‘File’ menu.

David’s Batch Processing

This plugin exactly does what it says. You can easily manipulate images in batch mode without learning any new scripting language. You can perform operations like rotate, resize, color, blur sharpen, crop and even rename. This is a pretty nifty plugin and can help you a lot if you use batch operations.


This plugin adds some really useful color management features to the GIMP. Gimphoto uses this plugin for RGB to CMYK conversion. This feature is mostly required by professionals and needs in-depth knowledge of digital imaging. You can find this plugin under ‘Image’ -> ‘Mode’.


This script lets you add some effects to the separate layers of the image. You can add effects like border, gradient, glow, and shadow.

Other than these plugins, a few other additions have been made. You will find a new and improved set of brushes awaiting you. A new and modified brush set has replaced the default one, and the developer has stated to improve it further and add more brushes to it.

The default set of gradients have been modified, and almost 30 new gradients have been added to create button, symbol or graphics for Web 2.0 design style.

So that was pretty much that has been changed to make this tool more useful. All in all, Gimphoto is a complete photo editor that can handle most of your image editing needs.


Moreover, Gimphoto updates come along with GIMP updates. So the latest version of Gimphoto is now running upon GIMP 2.4 stable version while GIMP has been updated to 2.8 in the meantime and we expect a new Gimphoto update with all the new GIMP feature like single window mode, etc. With this tool, you get all the GIMP functionality with more features.

Gimphoto is an outstanding feature-rich image editing software that does what it says. It can serve as a PhotoShop alternative software for those who cannot afford PhotoShop. The UI is very easy to understand, the image is in the center and the toolbox and others sub-windows are aligned around it. You can easily perform basic and complex tasks on Gimphoto. Click here to download Gimphoto. The software is Open-Source, and the source code is available for further modifications.


7 of the best new free VST/AU plugin synths to download in 2017

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Free and easy

Reason 9.5 users can download Waves’ AudioTrack plugin for free

To celebrate the fact that Reason now supports VST plugins, Waves is giving users of Propellerhead’s DAW the opportunity to download its AudioTrack processor, which offers EQ, compression and gating, for free.

Said to offer an intuitive and easy-to-use interface, Reason 9.5 users can download AudioTrack for nothing until 31 July 2017, after which the price will rise to €25.

“We’re thrilled to work with Propellerhead as they embrace the world of VST plugins,” said Udi Henis, Waves International Marketing Manager. “Musicians love Reason’s unique workflow, and we’re excited for our customers to find new ways to use Waves plugins within Reason’s modular environment.”

“With VST support in Reason 9.5, we’re excited to work with Waves and offer Reason 9.5 owners AudioTrack for free,” said Mats Karlöf, Propellerhead Product Manager.

AudioTrack is available now from the Propellerhead Shop.


Over 80 powerful VFX & color grading plugins now free to use in any major video editor

Image result for Over 80 powerful VFX & color grading plugins now free to use in any major video editorFXHOME ( today released Ignite Express (, a free suite of over 80 powerful plugins which transform editors like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and more, turning them into advanced visual effects toolkits.

From world-leading keying technology to 360° video effects and the ultimate light flares collection – this suite contains over 300 effects and presets in total and uses professional HitFilm technology to help editors generate impressive visual effects, achieve perfect grading, color correction and much more. Created to fit into any workflow, users can plugin and power up using Ignite Express on Mac or PC with the editor of their choice: After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Motion, Sony Catalyst, DaVinci Resolve, NUKE, EDIUS, Media Composer and Vegas Pro 14 are all supported.

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Ignite Express offers choice to video editors worldwide, with direct native support giving a smooth workflow and high performance every time. They can effortlessly scale up production value and dramatic flare in their next project with advanced VFX plugins, or experiment with hues, exposure, and hyperstylized effects to create their own signature film look. Ignite Express even contains advanced keying plugins for bold and believable composites, including a matte cleaner tool to seamlessly smooth edges.

With Ignite Express, we can help editors all over the world tell great stories, no matter their workflow,” says Josh Davies, Founder and CEO of HitFilm. “It’s important to us that everyone has access to our powerful technology, so we’re thrilled to be able to offer these free plugins and open up a new world of possibilities for video editors and creators worldwide.”

Ignite Express users will find even more advanced plugins available in Ignite Pro, which is available from the HitFilm store for $199. It contains over 150 plugins and offers further flexibility for video editors.

They [HitFilm] feel that helping future generations become masters of their craft is the right thing to do.” – Dan Cooper, Engadget



  • For information about HitFilm’s products and services, please visit
  • For reviews and briefings, please contact [email protected]
  • The HitFilm YouTube channel has over 130k subscribers and provides free weekly tutorials and filmmaking techniques:
  • Media information, including a product description, logos and images can be downloaded here:

Ignite Express 2017 is FREE to download ( from the 15th June 2017 for both Mac and PC.

Minimum requirements are:
• Apple Mac – OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan or macOS 10.12 Sierra
• Windows PC – 64 bit version of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10

ABOUT FXHOME, Makers of HitFilm
In 2011, Josh Davies set out on a mission to prove that professional grade post-production tools can be made available to everyone. HitFilm was created as an all-in-one video editing and visual effects software solution – at a fraction of the cost of other industry standard tools.

With over 1.3 million users, HitFilm is one of the leading post-production software tools in the industry, offering professional software options and unrivalled community support for the next generation of filmmaker.

What started as a big idea on a little budget, has grown to a global movement of filmmakers who share HitFilm’s vision for the future of video software.


Cowboys Free Agent Focus 2017: Which WR Will The Cowboys Sign?

On Monday, we took a shot at zeroing in on some possible free agent candidates. It’s anyone’s guess as to what the team will do as they look to put together a couple new contracts to round out their position group, but today – it’s time for our guess. When we last left off, these nine candidates were placed on the table.

If we apply a rotisserie matrix to each category (best =9, worst = 1) and add up the collective score we get a new set of rankings:

Disclaimer: the cost numbers are completely related to how they are ranked from Walter Football. These values are subjective and not extremely reliable, but they do serve as a guide that approximates their price.

Kenny Stills

What’s interesting about this is that Kenny Stills leads the pack. Our own Michael Sisemore recently wrote about Stills being an appealing option for the Cowboys.

This past season was actually sort of a breakout for Stills and his best season since he’s been in the NFL in terms of playmaking ability. He finished the 2016 season with 43 receptions, 726 yards, and nine touchdowns (led team). Though he’s not the prototypical number one guy, a spot reserved for Jarvis Landry, Stills showed that he can be a great complement to Landry.

He mentioned several great points to support this choice, but you can now add solid run-blocker to the list. If the market dries up and Stills is still there when the costs become relatively cheap, he looks like a great choice.

Russell Shepard

A name that might be foreign to most of us is Russell Shepard from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He only played 433 snaps, which is comparable to Brice Butler so he’s not a player that sees a lot of action. The Bucs also used him for 154 snaps on special teams so he would have some value there as well. His score is boosted by the fact that he’ll most likely be the cheapest player of this group, but he still meets the other three requirements. He’s an under the radar type of player, but that falls in line with how Dallas works in free agency. “Who is that guy?” is something we are no stranger to hearing.

And it looks like he catches the ball with his hands.

Brandon LaFell

LaFell was solid filling in for A.J. Green when he got hurt. He logged over 1,000 snaps and graded out as the 12th-best run blocker in the NFL last season. He was able to essentially match his 2014 16-game season playing with the New England Patriots offense. He could be equally effective in an offense as good as the Cowboys.

Michael Floyd

When Floyd was released by the Arizona Cardinals, many Cowboys fans wanted the team to snag him as is the norm whenever a former big-name player gets dropped. And when New England signed him, more frustration mounted as many associate any move they make as a brilliant one. But the change of scenery hasn’t done much show any indication of resurrecting his career. Maybe it’s being new to a system? Maybe he’s just falling out of the league?

At one point Floyd was looking like the heir apparent to Larry Fitzgerald after a great 2013 season where he had over 1,000 yards receiving, but those days are over. Could he still be a valuable contributor to the receiving group?

Dontrelle Inman

Inman was a late bloomer as he spend his first two seasons in the CFL. Shout out to all you Toronto Argonauts fans. During his three seasons with the Chargers he has shown some nice growth and had 58 catches for 810 yards last season. While he emerged as Philip Rivers main target when Keenan Allen went down, he fits better as the number two WR.

He’s got that TWilly toe-tap down.

Kenny Britt

The Cowboys love players who have that first-rounder upside despite struggling to live up to their draft price. Mostly because they come cheap and have the talent to still be decent even if they never reach their full potential. Britt has been so-so during his first seven years in the league, but then broke out last year when he surpassed the 1,000 yard mark for the first time in his career. At 6’3” 215 lbs, he’s even bigger than Williams’ frame.

His recent success could drive up his price, but that’s the only thing working against him as he possesses many attributes that would fit in nicely with the Cowboys.

The Redskins Duo

Either of the free agent receivers would be nice to have on the Cowboys. Pierre Garcon is a great run blocker and DeSean Jackson is a top-notch deep threat. Both have reached the 30-year-age mark so they have that going against them, but they are proven commodities and should get a decent deal from someone other than Dallas. These are two players whose price Cowboys fans wouldn’t mind seeing elevate as it would then mean one of two things – either Washington had to pay out a hefty penny to keep them or they’ll be catching passes elsewhere next season.


I’m still on board the TWilly train. He’s a great fit for the team and retaining him would be good for the offense. The problem however, is that his price will most likely be too high. It’s possible he doesn’t have enough suitors and the Cowboys luck out and keep him. But it’s more possible that another WR on this list goes for cheaper. Since he’s at the top of the scoring matrix, I’m aligned with my colleague, Mr. Sisemore, that Kenny Stills would be a great addition. If the price of Kenny Britt falls a bit, he would be a great replacement for Williams.

But it all comes down to which of these players slide down the price scale. Between Williams, Stills, and Britt – the most affordable of these options will be your Cowboys wide receiver.

And don’t be surprised if Shepard sneaks in as a low cost replacement for Butler.

Which WR do you think the Cowboys will sign in free agency?

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10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Best Free iPhone AppsAnother day, another patch of white hot paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. We’ve got 10 fresh apps for Apple fans today, and they span all different genres. As always, these sales could end at any time so be sure to check out the list below as soon as you can.

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

Rocket Video for Google Cast


Normally $1.99.

Unleash your Chromecast with Rocket Video Cast. With Rocket you can browse the web and stream any web video on your Chromecast attached TV, and you can even store those videos and cast them later.

Rocket is also a fully featured file manager that allows you to store files to your iOS device. You can then view/play the stored files right on your device offline or transfer them to your computer, and of course you can cast your stored videos to your big screen.

– Cast videos from all major streaming video sites
– Cast from major file sharing sites
– Full featured web browser
– Start screen with the most frequent visited history entry’s
– Open saved tabs on startup
– Real-time search in your browsing history, bookmarks and tabs
– Search engine integration in the Address bar
– Share URL’s via Twitter, Mail
– Search in the website
– Passcode protected
– FTP Server to transfer files in and out of the app
– Download Manager
– FIle Manager to organize your files in folders etc.
– Playlists and background audio
– Address bar search engine options (Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, StartPage can be changed App Settings > Search Engine)
– Multi format video/audio player allows you to play almost any video and audio format without leaving the app (wmv, mpeg, mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4, 3gp, sf, avi, divx, dv, gxf, m2p, m2ts, m2v, m4v, mkv, moov, mov, mp4, mpg, mpv, mt2s, mts, mxf, ogm, ogv, ps, qt, ts, vob, webm, wm, mp3, m4a, wma).
– Extract audio from mp4 files (convert to mp3)
– File Manager – create folders/organize/move files/etc.
..and lots lots more.
– (NEW!) Import videos from Camera Roll
– (NEW!) Cast your Rocket playlist for files in the app
– (NEW!) Download m3u8

Supported format for Chromecast include mp4, m4v, m3u8, hls, and live streams are supported.

Flash video, iTunes purchased videos, Silverlight and other DRM protected videos like Amazon Instant Videos, HBO now, Hulu, Netflix are not supported!

This app is not affiliated with Google or one of its products or trademarks and is developed independently.

Download Rocket Video for Google Cast

Favourite Contacts Launcher


Normally $0.99.

With Favourite Contacts Launcher, call like a Boss. !!

Swipe right from lock screen, and tap to call. So, easy it is!!!

Call and text your favorite contacts directly from the Widgets screen! also called as Today extension.

This Widget support calling, message, WhatsApp, Telegram, email, FaceTime and FaceTime audio also.

You can also organize contacts in groups (e.g. Family, Friends, Work) and access them directly from the widgets.

This is an app with a powerful widget that will dramatically improve everyday use of your iPhone.

While currently contacting your friends can be an annoyingly long process because you must open apps and search through contact after contact.
But with Favourites Contacts Launcher just swipe right from the lock screen, home screen, or pull down the widgets screen from within any app and get immediate access to your favorites.

● Call & Text from the Notification Centre
● Group contacts as family, friends, work and etc.
● Add unlimited contacts to different groups available
● Call & Message, WhatsApp, Telegram, Email
● FaceTime & FaceTime Audio
● Works on iPhone 5 / 5s, 6 / 6s/ 6s+, 7 / 7+ with IOS 8 and above.

Much more coming in the next updates.
So, Stay tuned!!

Download Favourite Contacts Launcher

Audio spectrum analyzer


Normally $3.99.

Spectrum Analyzer is a powerful real-time audio analysis app. Ideal for room tuning or speaker tuning, this app provides precision audio measurement and visualization that fits in your pocket!

Spectrum Analyzer has many advanced features which are normally only found in much more expensive sound analysis software. It offers fast and accurate spectrum analysis suitable for both amateur hi-fi enthusiasts and professional A/V engineers.

Feature Highlights:
● Octave Band Real-Time Analyzer
● FFT Plot
● Smooth HD Graphics
● Multispectral Harmonic Analyzer
● Integrated Sound Level Meter (dB-A weightnings)

Download Audio spectrum analyzer

Self Control


Normally $1.99.

This app is dead simple! Have you ever wasted your time on the Internet? Self Control allows you to temporarily block distracting websites. You can always unlock them again but it requires that you think twice before doing so: “Do I really need to browse funny cat pictures right now?”.

Getting rid of your wasteful browsing habits is as easy as downloading this app and adding your favorite time wasters list. A predefined list of potentially distracting websites is provided. More free time for you GUARANTEED.

Due to iOS restrictions, the application can currently only block websites on Safari. Other applications are not affected by it.

Download Self Control

Race by Hearts


Normally $0.99.

Turn your cardio workouts into a fun, social and competitive experience!

Race by Hearts motivates you to a more effective workout and together with your training buddies you’ll get even more out of your training.

► Use your team to drive you forward.
Race by hearts is all out being social. Not with the purpose of telling everyone how cool you are (because you are!), but instead use the real time heart rate data within your team to motivate you to train even harder. You gain a better, more efficient workout. Your teammates do the same. Everybody shares, everybody gains.

► It’s a competition, if you want it to be.
One of the best motivators is to do great, preferably even greater than someone else. That’s why training alongside your friends, keeping track of each other is a perfect way to motivate yourself to perform just that little bit better.
However if your are not in a competitive mood, Race by Hearts works just as well as a general heart rate monitor. It shows your heart rate in real time, stores your data and gives you a nice overview after your workout.

► Powered by your heart.
Your heart rate says a lot of things about you. How fit you are, whether you are stressed or relaxed. And with Race by Hearts it also tells you how hard you are working out, if your are putting in more effort that your training buddies, and which one of your teammates is currently in the lead. It all depends on your individual heart rates.

► Heart rates are relative.
We all have hearts, yet we are all different. This is the reason that while your heart rate tells a lot about you, it does only say something about you. What is a high heart rate for you might not be for someone else. Heart rates are as individual as favorite colors. Therefore RBH calculates a normalized reference for every team member, making it possible to do a true comparison between individuals.
– Shows current heart rate and intensity, average heart rate and intensity, as well as how many calories burned so far. For you and every other member of your team.

– Team members are arranged according to their current intensity level, showing you the live ranking during your workout.

– Heart rate intensity is calculated from your maximum and resting heart rates, which provides a normalized basis for comparing intensities across individuals.

– Create your own session and have your training buddies join you, to train together, motivate each other and just have a fun and social workout session.

– Your session leader can control your team’s workout, ensuring that all members start and stop the workout data capture at the same time – giving everyone a common base to compare from.

– Stores your workout data so you can review previous workouts and track your training sessions, your progression, and your team rankings.

– Works with Bluetooth 4.0/LE/Smart compatible heart rate sensors. No dongles required, no extra hardware, no wires! And these heart rate sensors work with other apps and equipment as well.

– Optional integration with Apple Health, includes reading user data (Age, Weight and Gender) into Race by Hearts, and sharing workouts to Health, including calorie burn and heart rate measurements.

– Export your workouts to RunKeeper (, as a .CSV file, ready for external analysis or post them to your Facebook feed.

Download Race by Hearts



Normally $1.99.

It is a household account book app that there are three types of layout.

●Three of the household account book layout
You I can use the week and month display household accounts of that infinite horizontal scrolling.

●Beautiful two themes
And a two themes of WHITE and BLACK, you can use to choose the one you like best.

Three types of graph
– By the scope of the week day line graph
– Another range of the month day line graph
– Range is the month of category pie chart

Other Features
– Editing of expense items, additional functions
– Theme change function. It can be changed from two types of theme

Download Spends



Normally $0.99.

GIFCon is the best app to convert your GIFs into videos. Tweak the number of times you want the video to loop and even control the playback speed of the converted video. Save and share the video anywhere you want!

* Control the number of times a converted GIF will loop
* Control the playback speed of the converted GIF
* Browse through and manage saved GIFs and converted MOV files
* Post converted GIFs to Instagram! If your video is too small, add loops till it’s more than the minimum duration (3 seconds)
* File size, number of frames (GIF), video duration are easily visible
* Search for animated GIFs in picTrove 2 pro and import them into GIFCon
* Import from your device Photo library
* Import from any cloud files provider including iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.
* Import from various file apps:
– Google Drive
– Dropbox
– Microsoft OneDrive
– Box
– Readdle Documents
* Save converted videos to your device’s photos library. GIFCon will maintain a library album for you to easily find the videos you saved!
* Landscape orientation support on all devices

Download GIFCon

Pocket Anatomy


Normally $14.99.

“Navigating the body couldn’t be EASIER” – Medical Student

Boost your anatomy knowledge TODAY! Looking for the Lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve? With our award-winning app, it’s easy: retrieve any anatomical structure and relevant clinical information in an instant. Search through 1000s of anatomical structures such as ligaments, tendons, arteries, veins, organs, and glossary items. Browse by system layers including skin, skeletal, connective tissue, muscular, circulatory, digestive, reproductive, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary and more…

“User Interface: This is really what separates this app from the rest. Easy and high resolution zooming and movement. Navigating the body couldn’t be easier. Of all the anatomy apps I’ve seen this is definitely one of the best.” Medical Student *****

“Thinking of you: All the anatomy apps have the blue dots with information, but with Pocket Anatomy you can click on a muscle and it will give you origin, insertion, key relations, functions (actions), nerve and blood supply, and clinical perspectives, plus a notes section so that you can write in additional notes. Even better, in the updated version you can add pins to really CUSTOMIZE it.” Medical Resident *****

Our growing community of 1 Million users are becoming better medical professionals by learning and refreshing using Pocket Anatomy.

Visualize complex medical concepts with the newly added Blausen Animations Library – the World’s leading library of award winning 3D medical animations. 30 animations are included in your first purchase. With additional in-app purchase you can also unlock over 1,000 more animations, detailing anatomy, physiology, conditions and procedures. You can watch each video unlimited times and even save it to your device for offline viewing.

A unique combination of features makes Pocket Anatomy the superior Anatomy and Physiology product in the market place:

Confusion is easy when it comes to anatomy terms. With our intuitive search option it will suffice to type in only the first characters of the word you are looking for, or one of the words composing the main term. E.g. if you type in “trap” you will get “trapezoid” as well as “coracoclavicular-trapezoid ligament”. The more letters you type the more refined the search.

Fly around the human body swiping your finger on the screen, fluidly navigating from the skin layer through the superficial to deep musculature, and on through to internal organ structures, ligaments and the skeletal system.

Pocket Anatomy now includes full 3D male and female anatomy as well as detailed stand alone visual information on circulatory, connective tissue, digestive, integumentary, lymphatic, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, skeletal and urinary systems.

Anatomical structures in each layer are pinned for identification. Each pin is associated with additional concise relevant information and clinical notes.

Studying for your next Anatomy and Physiology exam? Add your notes next to a pin, bookmark the content you are interested in and retrieve it every time you need it. Test your knowledge with your classmates or challenge yourself with our quizzes.


***** “This BEAUTIFUL app offers mobile medical education for students.” Apple iTunesU

***** “EXCELLENT visuals and seamless 3D navigation” MedGadget

***** “Renders the old text-book pretty close to obsolete” CNET

We are committed to offer you the best updated content to help you enhance your anatomy learning experience. With over 35 free updates to our software since 2010, we are committed to ensuring that your voices are heard. Please email us at [email protected] and share your feedback on how to improve the content, usability & design of our apps.
Claudia, Conor, Dave, Mark & Team

Download Pocket Anatomy

Delete Contacts


Normally $0.99.

This app is the best way to quickly delete multiple contacts of your address book, to symply merge all the duplicate contacts and to easily backup all your contacts!

Key Features:


Delete multiple contacts of your address book at once! Fast and easy!


Merge all the duplicate contacts of your address book with one tap! Very simple!


Backup all the contacts of your address book with one tap! Fast and so useful!


Share backup files via text message, email, Dropbox, iCloud Drive, .. !


Restore contacts at any time directly from the app! Choose contacts to restore!

Download Delete Contacts

Draw Pad Pro


Normally $2.99.

With nearly 3 million downloads to date, Draw Pad Pro is a clear and compelling choice for taking notes. The app is designed as a beautiful and innovative way to create and manage all your thoughts, ideas, sketches, scribbles, and more. It offers a variety of customization options, powerful productivity features, and sharing capabilities. Draw Pad Pro is built to take advantage of the latest in iOS technology, and works beautifully on all your devices.

Download Draw Pad Pro today, and enjoy its simplicity and functionality. Use the app for your next big idea or project.


Best Kodi add-ons 2017 | How to get Plex on Kodi & other great add-ons: Watch free content, stream to your phone, and discover new shows with Kodi add-ons

Those building a home media centre from a desktop PC or laptop have often turned to XBMC as the interface of choice. There are many reasons for this – it’s free, well supported, and easy to setup. In August 2014 the name XBMC was dropped in favour of Kodi, and since then it’s gone from strength to strength, with the development community releasing a number of add-ons that extend the power of the system. In this feature we’ve gathered together several of the best available, so you can get the most from your media.

See also: 12 Best Media Streamers

Most of the add-ons listed below are available directly from the Kodi Add-on Repository, where you’ll also find guides on how to install them. For the few that aren’t there, a quick Google of the name will locate the latest version of the app.

Best Kodi add-ons 2017: Media streaming

Content is king when it comes to a media centre, and there are several add-ons available that let you find TV shows or movies on the web and bring it to your Kobi powered screen.


The app has become the most used video add-on since Genesis lost its reliability-factor. Exodus is made by the same developers of Genesis and provides a better user experience through a redesigned and simplified interface, making it easier to navigate to find your favourite videos. Just like Genesis it doesn’t differentiate between legal and illegal content, so you’ll have to use your common sense and moral judgement to divine that for yourself. As a reminder, here’s our step-by-step guide on how to install Genesis on Kodi.


Salts, or Stream All The Sources, is a relatively new add-on that is a great alternative to one of the previous fan-favourites, Genesis. The add-on uses content drawn from different website in order to keep-up with readily available HD content. The media portion of the add-on will need a account, where it’s free to create.


This video add-on is regarded as one of the most comprehensive list of video content available. Through a team of developers, Phoenix maintains a large and constantly updated list of content. The app also has dedicated sections created by the developers to appeal to certain audiences, such as female-orientated shows will appear under the ‘Her Place’ section. This is a great way to discover new content.


If the grey nature of Genesis bothers you then you might prefer to look at PlayOn. This smartly designed app acts as a portal to a variety of paid for streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and many others. The real advantage that it offers is the ability to record all of the shows onto your HD in MP4 format, and stream them to other devices in your home, or take them with you if you’re travelling somewhere without an internet connection. At the moment the focus is on US content, but there’s still decent offerings for UK viewers.



The other obvious big app that should be on everybody’s list is YouTube. There are a few on offer at the Kodi Add-On repository with Bromix’s simply named YouTube offering being the one we would recommend.


Navi-X is also an interesting one to investigate. This app acts as a gateway to user generated playlists of content from around the web. As with Genesis this can lead you into murky waters, but there is also the option to create your own Playlists to redress the balance.


The video game industry is constantly growing and with eSports really taking off in 2016, people are streaming a lot of content. If you enjoy watching game streams, among other streams available – then Twitch should be your go-to app.


If you’re in the UK or have a proxy setup, then the iPlayer app is a great way of watching shows that aired on the BBC. This can be anything from Top Gear to Match of the Day. It’s a must if you like BBC shows – despite it not being Kodi exclusive, it’s sitll a worthy app to have installed on your device.

Best Kodi add-ons 2017: Media management

Plex (official Kodi add-on)

You don’t always want to stream content from the web, especially if you already have a library of media on your existing devices. In this case Plex is an excellent app that allows you to access your personal videos, movies, TV shows, photos, and music all from one place. It has DNLA support built-in and can send your content to other devices or even stream it across the web when you’re not at home. Previously you had to search for PLEXBMC to find this essential app, but now it’s officially available as a Kodi add-on. 

“We’ve been working closely with some of the best Kodi add-on developers in the world to create an awesome, fully-immersive Plex experience within Kodi. Seriously: once you’re up and running, you’ll never know it’s not Plex! You get the same Plex server discovery, user switching, gorgeous library browsing, and media playback experience you know and love, plus a few (okay, a few dozen) more settings to tweak to your heart’s content,” writes Plex on its blog.

The Plex for Kodi add-on is a Plex Pass only preview, and you can find it in the new Plex for Kodi forums here. Learn more about Plex for Kodi here.

Plex for Kodi

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Dbmc (Dropbox) & Onedrive

Dbmc is another useful app that brings Dropbox integration to your TV screen, turning it into a huge photo viewer. You can also find a similar client for Microsoft’s Onedrive service on the Kodi repository.

Best Kodi add-ons 2017: Music


The website and app comes to no surprise for those wanting to listen to the latest and greatest music from across the world. Better still, SoundCloud has an extremely vast array of high-quality music. This is the ultimate music app on Kodi, which will allow you to discover new artists or even podcast, such as our very own Tech Weekly Podcast!

TuneIn Radio

This app is well known on smartphones and desktops, as it houses an amazing amount of radio streams from across the world. TuneIn Radio is a great addition to those wanting to hear their favourite radio DJs who might be located in a different continent.

MP3 Streams

Listening to music is always a plus on a TV/HTPC and MP3 Streams does exactly what it says in the title – allows you to stream MP3 songs from across the world, straight to your Kodi. Due to its fantastic organisation and list of content, MP3 Streams is used by many to listen to their favourite tracks.

Best Kodi add-ons 2017: Additional add-ons

Addon Installer

As the name suggest the app is designed so that you can install other apps for your Kodi. This allows you to easily install add-ons and repositories without having to worry about finding them.


If you’ve ever been curious about how much content you consume, and what it actually is, then Trakt is a simple, little plug-in that tracks your viewing habits. There’s a calendar feature to notify you of upcoming programs it thinks you’ll like, and Trakt also includes a social element where you can share your watchlists with friends.

BSPlayer & Subscene

Media should be enjoyed by everyone, but with streaming services often omitting subtitles this isn’t always the case. BSPlayer & Subscene are a couple of add-ons available that allow users to download subtitle packs and apply them to movies and TV.

Picture Slideshow Screensaver

The biggest screen in your house is a fine place to display your photographs, so installing this screensaver add-on will make that happen. You can choose from either Music or Movie fanart, or select a custom folder with your own snaps inside.

ROM Collection Browser

The add-on allows you to play retro video games, such as Pac-Man and Super Mario World! This is a great way to re-live some golden-oldies and play them through your Kodi device.

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20 Free and Secure Alternatives to the Parse Push Service

Since Facebook announced the end of Parse, we’ve been looking at the best alternatives for sending push notifications.

Push notifications are an essential tool for engaging and retaining users. Developers can use them to send their users reminders, let them know about recent updates or ask for reviews and feedback.

Using a reliable service for push notifications helps if you want your app or game to have active users.

Until now, Parse has been one of the best suppliers of this service. Unfortunately, it ends, in it’s current form, after January 2017. It’s becoming an open-source project and won’t offer all the same services as it used to.

Since this news broke in January 2016, a number of alternatives to Parse have grown in popularity. We’ll take a look at what these services have to offer and how they compare to the original Parse Push notification service!

Plus, find out how to integrate a push notifcation service into your V-Play App or Game with a simple code snippet!

Requirements – Alternatives to Parse

We had four main requirements in mind when looking into Parse alternatives:


Free Usage Plan

The new service should provide a free usage plan so developers can try it out for themselves and see how to get started. Signing up for a service without the ability to test their push notification features in a real world scenario is a serious roadblock for most developers.

Similar Feature Set

The new plugin should provide the same feature set we already offer with our Parse plugin. We still want the ability to send push notifications on a transactional basis to single devices, all devices of a user, or a group of users. This is an essential feature that must be supported. The concept of channels, used within the Parse plugin, is an optimal design pattern that we want in any potential replacement.

Easy Migration

We were looking for a scenario where transitioning from one push provider to another would only take a few seconds. The best case would see you as a Parse Plugin user making only one change to your code, simply changing your item’s name to see the new service properly set up.

Cross-Platform Performance

Like Parse, a new plugin should handle the platform-specific differences between iOS and Android transparently, both in the app or game code, and from the back end side.


Ideally, sending pushes from your server shouldn’t get out of control when sending different requests for iOS and Android, and dealing with sockets or customized payloads. We wanted to stick with a simple HTTP request, sending a JSON body, and the rest being handled by the push plugin when possible.

We also kept in mind that we’d probably want to have the option of supporting push notifications on new platforms in the future. So services that already provided push notification support for Windows Phone 10, Ubuntu Phone or desktop notifications earned extra points.

Available Services for Sending Push Notifications

Based on these requirements, we had a closer look at alternatives to the Parse Push service. We’ve ranked the services too, with the best Parse alternatives for V-Play developers getting extra points. These were the services that made it onto our final shortlist:

Google Cloud Messaging (GCM)

Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) soon became our favorite for a feature-complete Parse substitution for V-Play developers. Google provides an abstracted push service for both iOS and Android, using Push only is free, and Google’s topics can be created from your app without any additional server-side code.

parse_alternatives_GCMFurthermore, as Parse is already using GCM service as a foundation for sending pushes, push performance is identical to using Parse.


As we started implementing GCM, we also had another look at alternatives for the V-Play Game Network. We wanted to find a way of sending and receiving push notifications for game invites, user chats or friend requests. Based on this simple feature set, we had a look into OneSignal.

parse_alternatives_OneSignalOneSignal supports a wide range of platforms, including iOS and Android and also supports a similar feature to Parse channels, called tags . You can set a collection of tags on a device and target your push notifications based on those tags. This looked promising!

OneSignal also provides server-side localization of push notifications, maintaining the different device languages in their own database and allowing you to update your push texts without releasing a new app update. You can send a localized push notification for three languages from your back end, just like this curl request demo:

curl --include \
--request POST \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "Authorization: Basic <API-Key>" \
--data-binary '{ "app_id": "<App-ID>", "contents": { "en": "New friend request", "de": "Neue Freundschaftsanfrage", "es": "Solicitud de nuevo amigo", "fr": "Demande d’ajout" } }' \

Depending on the device language, only the set language will be sent to the device and shown in the push.

Tags can be aggregated and it’s also possible to use different operators. So if you tag your users with a region identifier and their current user level in your RPG game, you can send a push to users who are currently checked in at middle-earth and have a level greater than 10, with a tag combination of:

   {"key": "region", "relation": "=", "value": "middle-earth"},
   {"key": "level", "relation": ">","value": "10"}

OneSignal service is free for all push notifications and provides a lot of features. These are covered in our documentation.


While there are many great services out there, a lot of them missed our basic requirements for app and game push notifications. Some of the services lack a free plan for transactional push notifications, although they are reasonably priced for their rich feature set, such as Batch.

parse_alternatives_batchUnfortunately, Batch doesn’t provide a concept like channels for transactional pushes. It’s only possible to assign a single value for identifying users across devices. They have a great feature set though so we will be keeping an eye on any developments regarding the Batch service.

Urban Airship

Urban Airship does a great job at handling marketing and campaigns. They automatically segment users based on events triggered from within your app, something it has in common with Batch.

parse_alternatives_Urban AirshipThese features are quite nice for advanced use cases, but they’re not suitable as a replacement for Parse. Their initial set up for a new push service is much harder than the current method. Also transactional pushes with Urban Airship aren’t that feature-rich, as is the case with others.

Amazon SNS

Amazon SNS looked great when we first considered it. There’s a free plan, transactional push notifications and Amazon provides a similar concept to Parse’s channels, called topics. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to create new topics on-the-fly. You have to create topics from your server-side code first, making things a lot more complicated for your back end.

For example, sending pushes to all devices of a user, identified by a userId, is easy with Parse:

 Parse { channels: [ "userId" ] }

When trying to do this with Amazon SNS, you first have to explicitly create this channel/topic (“userId”) from the back end. It’s not possible to create topics on-the-fly.

And there’s another restriction on Amazon SNS: You can only create up to 10.000 topics per app. While this might seem like more than enough, if you create a sports news app that sends out push notifications for a range of sports, it’s not possible for all your users to get a unique channel. Instead, you would have to manage tokens and users in your own database backend.

Note: Amazon released an even newer push notification service just as this article was being written. You can check out Amazon Pinpoint here.

Firebase (FCM)

Firebase was acquired by Google in 2014 but it was only this year that they started to support push notifications. It also added advertising through AdMob integration and analytics for mobile developers.

firebaseThese sound like cool new features, but Google basically just added GCM as a push back end and AdMob for advertising and renamed them “Firebase”. As we currently support both features with our GCM and AdMob plugins , Firebase isn’t ranked as highly as you might expect. We are however looking into other features of Firebase and will keep you updated on this one!


Accengage offers a range of Push services for mobile developers, from CRM connections to Push Geomarketing.

logo-accengage-205x49You can try it for yourself with their free demo but it will cost you to use their full services. The main advantage of this service is the ability to segment users in a number of ways. You can segment your users based on a range of behaviors and target them for better engagement. The lack of a full free service is the only thing stopping it from being ranked higher.


This service is dedicated specifically to sending push notifications and is priced depending on how many active users you have. Their free tier allows you to engage with up to 100 monthly active users.

catapushAnyone looking for advanced push notification features as standard should take a look at Catapush. They offer guaranteed delivery, delivery statistics, and 2Way communication through push.


While QuickBlox isn’t an all-in-one service, it does offer separate SDKs for sending push notifications with iOS and Android. And their free plan lets you send 20 notifications per second, as long as you have less than 20,000 users.

We can’t attest for how easy it is to send these notifications or what customizable options are available. But their free plan definitely offers value for developers working within a restricted budget.


Boxcar calls itself the “Universal Push Notification Platform” and is another service worth checking out for those with a smaller  budget. It offers cross-platform support for iOS and Android and let’s free users send 200 Pushes Per Minute.

boxcarOn top of that, the team at reckon they have the fastest Push notification network on the market.

Parse Open Source

For a couple of months now, the Parse open-source server has been supporting the sending of push notifications. However, there are important features missing like sending queues, so it’s not really production-ready as of now.


Backendless offers a fully-functioning mobile-backend-as-a-service to developers. This service includes the ability to send push notifications from client or server and has cross-platform capabilities.

backendless-comPerhaps the strongest feature of the Backendless MBaaS is the ability to push to iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Amazon users at the same time. Backendless offers a free license with extra features available when you need them.


If your main concern when finding a Parse alternative is avoiding downtime during migration, then Sashido is a strong choice. They offer to migrate your services with zero downtime.

sashidoSashido also offers 24hr support. You can start your 14-free trial to see how quick migration really is and see if the service suits your needs. After that, you can use Sashido on a pay-as-you-go basis, choosing only the services you need!


Syncano offers the ability to send push notifications to Android and iOS users. This is possible from a dashboard that was designed with ease-of-use in mind. Syncano is a customizable tool with the ability to add sockets to your app.

syncanoYou can get started with a 30-day free trial and continue using Syncano’s services from $25/month once it ends.


TeraData, or Appoxee as it was once known, offers their own complete tool for sending push notifications. TeraData offers a campaign builder, personalization options and a dashboard for tracking the success of push notifications to iOS and Android devices.

teradataA demo of TeraData is available on request.


Although Kumulos is mainly aimed at app marketing agencies, it may have some use to you as a developer. It offers cross-platform push notifications for Android and iOS and user segmentation features.

kumulos-logo1Kumulos services begin with a free trial and can be used on a pay-as-you-go basis after that.


Not only does Carnival offer push notifications, it provides a range of rich messaging services. These allow you to customize your push notifications with images and videos. The service also includes the ability to send in-app notifications and deep-link messages that bring your user to a different part of your app.

carnivalCarnival starts with a free demo available upon request.


streethawkStreetHawk offers push notifications for Android and iOS users along with a host of other user retention and engagement solutions. With a simple integration model and the ability to send triggered notifications, it may be worth checking out. StreetHawk starts as a free trial and integrates with a number of services such as Flurry. Mixpanel and


This service offers the ability to send push notifications to up to 500,000 devices free. It has support for Android, iOS, and 19 other platforms.

If you’re interested in more than sending push notifications, things can get pricey quickly with this service. Their first paid license starts at $50/month, although it’s stacked with features.


Kinvey offers enterprise-level solutions for a number of business, but you can’t forget it’s MBaas too. Along with Push Notifications, it offers data storage, location tracking and more. If you have a large project in mind, it may be worth getting in touch with Kinvey to see what kind of a deal they can do for you.

While there’s no free trial to speak of, you may be interested to sign-up and take their free tutorial to see if you’re interested in what they have to offer.

Parse Alternatives for V-Play

You can add push notifications to your V-Play App or Game in just a couple of minutes. Here’s a quick code example to show you how easy it is to add OneSignal push notifications to V-Play:

import QtQuick 2.0
import VPlayPlugins 1.0
OneSignal {
  appId: "<add-your-app-id-here>"
  onNotificationReceived: { console.debug("Received notification with message:", message) }

For further information on how to integrate the OneSignal Plugin with your V-Play app or game, seeour documentation.

To summarize, we decided to go with two plugins for now: Our new OneSignal plugin, which features an easy setup and simple, targeted push notifications. And the new Google Cloud Messaging plugin that supports advanced use cases like client-side localized push notifications and invisible background downloads, as already provided by our Parse plugin.

You can access V-Play Plugins for monetization, analytics and more with the V-Play Indie License. To test the plugins for yourself, download our Qt Plugin Demo App from the App Store and Google Play.

For the full source code of this sample app, including all V-Play Plugins, you can check out this GitHub sample.


Get 10 free Photoshop plugins with Auto FX Free


Auto FX Free is a free collection of 10 free Photoshop plugins which can also be used stand-alone.

The effects include Focal Zoom, Light Brush, Lighten and Sharpen, Mood Lighting, Soften Details, Vitality, Dreamy Photo, Mosaic, Abstract Edges and Photo Border.

Unusually, the developer doesn’t ask for any details with the download or installation, and there are no annoying restrictions or “upgrade now!” nag screens.

You don’t need a Photoshop plugin-compatible editor to try out the effects, as they’re all available from a bundled host program called “Auto FX Free”.

Launch this, open an image (JPG, PSD, PNG, BMP, TIFF) and your preferred plugins are available from the “Select AFX Effect” menu.

A panel displays the settings for each plugin. Choose Focal Zoom, for instance, and you’re able to set the position of the effect, its strength, opacity, adjust its lighting effects, and customize the results with a brush.

Filters may optionally be combined, and you can save the finished image as a JPG, PSD, PNG, BMP or TIFF file.

The stand-alone “Auto FX Free” program seems to have a bug or two. We found it crashed most of the time when using the “Abstract Edges” effect, and would occasionally fail elsewhere for no apparent reason.

Still, most of the time it worked just fine, we could play around the effects, explore their many configuration options and produce some quality results. Give it a try.

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