I always liked the way i could organise my apps by size and delete them on the iPhone and would love to have a system like that on my Surface RT. Well you can! (ok a tad over-dramatic).
Searching for “disk space” will reward you with 3 possibilities:
- Uninstall applications to free up disk space (just what i was after)
- Clear disk space by deleting necessary files (Same as Disk Cleanup on a desktop)
- Defragment and optimise your drives
Selecting option 1 shows me that I have just under 9.6GB of space left and I can delete any app from my largest (Where’s My Water 2 @ 770MB) to the smallest (Sound Recorder @ 16KB) by simply selecting the desired app for deletion and selecting the “uninstall” button, then a further confirmation “unistall” button within a pop-up dialog box.
In true spirit of my recent trip I thought it would be a great idea to see if there was a flight tracker on the Surface RT, and there is. Admittedly it is a no frills app, without any map overlay, but it is functional.
- Search by flight number with flight number suggestion integrated for ease of flight searching.
- Departure date/time
- Arrival date/time
- Gates and Terminal Info
- Recent Search History
- Get real time flight status info like on time, delayed, landed, cancelled etc
- Multiple flight segment information
- Real time flight position in a route.
There is no built-in feature in Windows RT that can record the screen and output a video file and currently there are no apps (you can record from a desktop if remotely connect). A static alternative feature exists named: “Problem Steps Recorder”, then you may access it by using the “Run” command “psr” on Windows 8 computer or if you are using a Windows RT device, then follow the steps given in the previous post.
To search for the screen recording apps in Windows Store, you may follow these steps:
- Tap on Windows Store App icon from the Start Screen to open it.
- Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and then tap on “Search” option from the Charms bar.
- Type “steps” or “PSR” in the search box and search for an app which can record the screen and output to a video file.
- Windows key and R
- Type “PSR”
- Press OK
The recording can has comments made to support any activities, and once complete you can save the output as a zip file or emailed as a Zip file/ The compressed file contains an MHTML file – which is a webpage archive format which can edited with word.psr
An example converted to word can be found here: Recording_20131012_1136
If you are looking for a screen recording app that can output a video file, then you may have to search for an it using your favorite search engine on Windows 8. If you are using Windows RT device, then search for an appropriate app in Windows Store.
Now this is an App I really like by Wimberry. We all know what flashcards are but this app allows you to create a set of cards with a variety of differing cards up to a 1000 cards per set. Foreach card you have a front (question) and back (answer) with each having the following abilities:
- Add Text
- Add Image
- From a file
- Take Photo
- Add a sound
Playing a set of cards (the app includes 6 editable demo’s) allows you to swipe left or right through the card set and swiping up or down allows the back of the card to be displayed. Each card can be set (or unset) as correct/incorrect with a score summary displayed at the end of the score set, I love the fact that you can then either start over or play “skipped” cards. The card set can be viewed as an entire set to give an overview with the font or back of the cards being flipped between. Cards can also be shuffled or ordered.
The only downside is that the app is free due to supporting ads. However they are extremely unobtrusive.
A great little audio editing app
- set fade in/out,
- copy, cut, paste or delete sections
- unfortunately no visible recording time whilst recording
- stop/start/continue recording
- visible library
- Save formats:
- Zoom in/out of timeline
I do like the fact that this allows you to actually record audio as well and would be a worthy alternative to voice notes for skydrive mentioned in an earlier post if all you wanted was an unfussy audio recorder with a good set of editing options
Animated GIF’s are in vogue again and this little app by Big Idea Development allows you to pull together a number of images, resize and modify FPS (Frames Per Second) and export as an animated GIF. Great for that blog or website 🙂
Ever wondered what is updated on your Surface? no! ok then this post is for the down right nerdy the 🙂
Today’s post is in regards to voice recognition on the Surface RT, from dictation to O/S control. I could write a short overview or a long drawn out step-by-step guide but I would not do it any justice in comparison to this blog post at “Love My Surface” – go read it here http://www.lovemysurface.net/speech-recognition-on-surface/
In reality it does take awhile for the Surface RT to catch-up with anything longer than a short sentence. Background interference can also play havoc, even though the microphone are of good quality, so do use a local mic.