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MPlayerX Is a Powerful, Intuitive Video Player for Mac that Almost Puts VLC to Shame [Download Of The Day]

Mac OS X only: If you’re tired of QuickTime X’s minimal approach to features or VLC’s clunky, not-so-pretty interface, free app MPlayerX brings a smooth, easy-to-use player to OS X with support for multiple video formats. More »

Data Glue is a Simple FIle Joiner and Splitter for Mac OS X [Downloads]

If you download files from file sharing sites or services, sometimes they’re split into parts. Mac OS X has a few utilities for joining files together (or splitting them up), but Data Glue is the most simple and effective. More »

Best File Encryption Tool: TrueCrypt [Hive Five Followup]

Last week we asked you to share your favorite file encryption tool. We tallied up the votes and put the five top contenders before you in the Hive Five. Now we’re back to highlight the winner and runners-up. More »

How to Break Down the Barrier Between Your iPhone and Computer [Video]

Your iOS device is a killer pocketable computer; your desktop is more powerful with a bigger screen. They need to play better together. Here’s how to break down the barrier between the two and shuttle text, files, media, and more seamlessly between your desktop and iPhone. More »

Steam Mover Relocates Applications to Free Up Space on Your Primary Drive [Downloads]

Windows only: If your primary hard drive just isn't large enough to hold all the software you need on a day-to-day basis, then Steam Mover is the perfect tool for the job—assuming you have another storage drive handy. More »

Convert EXT2 or EXT3 to EXT4 Without Reformatting Your Hard Drive [Linux]

If you’ve been running Linux for a while, you’re probably using the now slightly-outdated EXT2 or EXT3 file system. Technology blog Ghacks has a guide to converting those formats to the newer, faster, EXT4 without doing a clean install. More »

Total Commander 7.5 RC Speeds Up Tabbed File Browsing [Updates]

Windows: Total Commander, our readers’ favorite alternative Windows file manager, has updated a lot of its geekier and more powerful features, including FTP and file comparison tools. But what fans of Total Commander will really notice is how snappy it moves. More »

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Similarity Finds and Removes Duplicate Music Files [Downloads]

Windows: Got a whole bunch of music files scattered across your hard drive by various media apps? Similarity can find duplicate music files using file names, metadata tags, and even audio analysis, and makes it easy to get rid of them. More »

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Link Shell Extension Creates Windows Symlinks With Ease [Downloads]

Windows only: Explorer plug-in Link Shell Extension creates symbolic links easily through the context menu—very useful for those without command-line geek skills. More »

Gloobus Provides Snappy, Sleek File Previews in Linux [Downloads]

Linux: Sometimes you just need to see what’s inside a file without actually opening the application meant to handle it. Gloobus, a sleek, dark file previewer based on the Mac Quicklook tool, wants to make file previews elegant and convenient.

Ubuntu and other GNOME-based Linux distributions have their own built-in file preview tool, sure. But that previewer doesn’t act on every file type, leaving you sometimes regretting a double-click as GIMP or another heavy tool loads up with your file. And thumbnail icon previews aren’t available for every file you can create or download. Gloobus aims to provide universal file previews inside its dark, stylish interface.

Installing Gloobus isn't quite a one-step process—you'll need to install either a repository or compile from source to patch your system's desktop display program (Nautilus) to work better with Gloobus. Once it is there, though, smacking the space bar on any file brings up a preview. If you like how Gloobus looks, you can install CoverGloobus, which shows the cover art for the music you're currently playing, whether you've downloaded it or not.

Gloobus and its related plug-ins are free downloads for GNOME-based Linux systems only. Hit the link below and its Installation page for help getting Gloobus up and running.

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