Holidays: some free software to enjoy!

The vacation is over for some, but it’s starting to others! Whether you plan on going a month at sea, or simply take the time to make some trips or even watch a movie lying in your lounge chair, we have some software and free games for you!

That you will be missed given the colors of the sky lately, but we are not in October, but in the summer! And at the time of the hunted / crossover July / August, the holidays will be a nostalgic memory when you are about to return to the office … However, if you are in the other camp, the hope of First you’ll have better luck than juilletistes but before you pack your bags, we thought of you!

Of course, we can not strongly advise you to stay as far away from the light of your LCD. However, a computer or a smartphone can be a valuable ally for preparing a trip, be guided in an unfamiliar place, take your kids or manage its budget. Discover without further delay our selection.

Before leaving, make your film stock!

Icepine 3GP MP4 Converter for Windows / Handbrake for Mac OS X

If you intend to pay you a few movie nights, or occupy your children during the trip, no need for a DVD SALE: rather go through the check encoding videos! Of course, if you take your PC, you do not have to worry about the format … However, on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets, MP4 format is often the only known solution.

To convert your video in the right format with ease, we can turn to Icepine Free 3GP Video Converter. This small software childishly use has everything you need. It supports many input formats: .mkv Matroska, AVI, DivX, Xvid, RealMedia, .wmv, .asf, .mov Quicktime, .flv, Mpeg1, MPEG2, DVD, VCD, SVCD, AVCHD, DV, GMOs, MTS, M2TS, MOD, TOD, MP4 and 3GP. Regarding the subtitles, it handles formats SRT, sub, idx, ssf, ass and allows complete customization of appearance. You also have filters to improve the videos, including deinterlace.

Download Icepine 3GP MP4 Converter for Windows!

If you’re more Mac, the most effective solution is undoubtedly Handbrake. Also available for Windows, Handbrake offers a sufficiently complex interface to satisfy the most picky, but also presets for most Apple devices (iPhone, iPod, Apple TV …). A reference !

Download HandBrake for Mac OS X

Find all the shops and services nearby!

AroundMe for iPhone and Android!

Lost in a city where you are looking for a restaurant, a bank or a gas station? Despite the arrival of many applications of this kind, the inexhaustible AroundMe remains a model of simplicity for users of iPhone or Android smartphone. The principle is simple: after locating your GPS position, the interface offers different categories of businesses or services: banks, cinemas, restaurants, hospitals, hotels or pharmacies. A tap on the category, and the application displays the results closer to your position. You can then view them on a map, and even switch to the Maps application for directions. It’s simple, free, still effective and especially cross-platform! Unfortunately, the Android version seems less relevant in our tests than the iPhone version … It is nevertheless indispensable to keep in his pocket in case of envy or unexpected!

Download AroundMe for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

Download AroundMe for Android

Going to several? Do your maths easily!

Les Bons accounts with Friends for iPhone and iPod Touch

If you plan to go with a few friends, a problem is bound to arise: management of expenses! Who owes what to whom? Who paid for it? In order not to cause unnecessary stress with these problems, here’s good friends accounts, an application made on behalf of BNP Paribas, but that is absolutely not for the customers of that bank.

The interface is very fun and easy to use. Through a system of events and participants, it easily captures expenditures and their beneficiaries, for a given event (restaurant, cinema …). Participants are represented by avatars, and “Accounts” button to easily determine who owes what and to whom. What will avoid unnecessary head shots, even though we would have liked more customization for certain aspects …

Download The Good Accounts Between Friends for iPhone and iPod Touch!

Plan weather in several days

The Weather Channel for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android

You’ve probably noticed, the summer is somewhat capricious this year! In an ideal world, it should be out shorts and sandals every day, but lately, umbrella or sweater was sometimes not too! Also, summer is also synonymous with thunderstorms, which can be dangerous.

To view the predictions for several days and be informed of any alerts from Météo France, the free application from The Weather Channel is a reference which advantageously replace standard widgets or your smartphone applications. The application offers a national or regional weather via a map of France, but also international forecasts to 10 days. In addition to the encrypted data and maps, you will also enjoy video content from the broadcast chain by Canalsat for each region. Already available on iPhone and iPod Touch, the Weather Channel has since opened for Android and iPad with an application of the most successful. We just regret the somewhat intrusive ads.

Download The Weather Channel for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

Download The Weather Channel for Android

A little game for several days of rain!

Teeworlds for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux!

The holiday was also rainy days, so we slip into our virtual case a perfect little game to brighten: teeworlds. We can not emphasize enough that this little multiplayer game (LAN or online) has it all: a cute largely inspired by Kirby universe, and a simple and effective concept, a primary there, largely inspired by Quake III Arena.

unlikely mix? Certainly not ! The game combines subtly cute side platforms to taking immediate hand, and the pleasure of small frags friends, since these Kirby clones, in their innocent appearance, are desperate to disperse puzzle way: Hammers giants, pistols, shotguns, rifles or grenade launchers are part of the arsenal. Catchy, cute and more is available on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, teeworlds has it all!

Download Teeworlds for Windows and Linux

Teeworlds download for Mac OS X

Your personal translator at hand!

Free Translator / With Voice Translate for iPhone and iPod Touch!

On holiday abroad, it is not always easy to understand menu, panel, or be understood. In case of failure, Free Translator / Translate with Voice can be a more effective alternative to the traditional pocket dictionary. In addition to “traditional” features of translation, for which it recognizes still many languages ​​(English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Russian, Afrikaans, Albanian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech , Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian …), this iOS app offers two features that can be very useful. The first displays the word translated in full screen.

The advantage? The show the person you ask for help, for example. The second feature is the ability to pronounce the word by the mobile device, using the built-in speaker. Moreover, the application keeps a history of your translations. Clever!

Download Free Translator for iPhone and iPod Touch!

Stay in touch with your loved ones!

Skype for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android!

We will end this selection with the inevitable hello to family and friends. The postcards, that’s fine, but the audio or even video, all the better, and in this area, it is obviously impossible to do more universal than Skype. Recently acquired by Microsoft, the famous video conferencing software is now available on multiple platforms including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android and iOS. And what’s more, it handles video on all of these platforms (to benefit from 3G, it must be understood that the use is permitted by your plan).

If the more advanced features (video on several computer, calls to fixed or mobile) are paid, the key is always available and the variety of available versions should make sure to get in touch with at least one member your family to give you. The audio and video quality is satisfactory overall although we are never immune system declines, and functionality for exchanging files allow you to drag a few holiday photos in your conversations. In short, everything not to lose contact and enrage friends returned to the office!

Download Skype for Windows

Download Skype for Mac OS X

Download Skype for Linux

Download Skype for Android

Download Skype for iPhone and iPod Touch