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Toasts&Tiles for Gmail 1.0.0.4

A dedicated Gmail client for users of Windows 8

by Bob Thornton

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Operating Systems: Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 30 April 2013
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Developer: ToastsAndTiles.com
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Toasts&Tiles for Gmail
Easily manage your Gmail accounts in Windows 8 with Toasts&Tiles

If you’re running Windows 8 or Windows RT and make use of Gmail, there’s no need to head to your browser to check your email. Toasts&Tiles for Gmail is a standalone email client for Gmail that is capable of handling up to three different accounts (including Google App accounts). In some respect, this app is little more than a wrapper for a browser, but it does have a few extras to offer.

First of all, as the name would suggest, there is support for toast notifications. Give the app permission to run in the background and you will be alerted whenever new messages are received. Live tiles are also supported so you can get a quick overview of the state of your inbox from the Start screen.

As this is a modern app is can be used in full screen mode, or snapped to the edge of the desktop in a small, always-visible bar. This provides another handy way to keep on top of your inbox and you can take advantage of all of the usual features of Gmail.

In terms of extra options, there are not very many to explore. The font size of emails can be adjusted as required, and there is the ability to pin individual messages to the Start screen for easy access. But besides this what you have is a beautifully simple email client designed with Gmail users in mind.

It could be argued that the restriction of only working with Gmail is too limiting, but as it is possible to configure your Gmail account to pull in emails from other providers, this is something that can be easily worked around. 

Verdict:

An incredibly simple app, but one that makes it easier to keep on top of your Gmail inbox.

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Spektrel Art 1.0.0

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Spektrel Art is a stand-alone program and Photoshop plugin which transforms digital photos into "magical art that glimmers and gleams with intersecting lines of tapered light".

What does that mean? Essentially it applies a configurable mix of effects, enhancing edges, smoothing backgrounds and emphasizing colours. Take a look at the thumbnail for one example, and the official product page has more.

Spektral Art works much like any similar tool. Open an image, click one of the thumbnails to apply a particular preset, or click a few buttons and drag some sliders to fine-tune the results.

There's surprising scope for variation, too. For example, just switching from the "Light" to "Dark" theme can transform a bright and friendly image into something dark and sinister, at least in some cases (results vary depending on the source image).

Please note, the demo version doesn't allow images to be saved.

SPECIAL OFFER: as we write, the developer is offering Spektral Art for free. The offer expires August 29th. Please note that you must provide your name, address and phone number to receive your free license.

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