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Apply Cool Vintage, Color Effects to Photos Online Free with PicFull

While there is a flood of image editing sites out there, we should focus on sites providing unique, high quality photo filters that are truly easy to use.

Picfull is a free and online service to edit your photos with ease, completely online. While many different online services exist to spice up your images, most of them are just for instant fun.

Their selection ranges from vintage filters to bolder modern ones, each of which has its own set of parameters that can be tweaked by the user in real time. Plus, multiple filters can be applied to the same photo, allowing for almost endless variations.

Edit Photos Online with PicFull : Add Vintage, Colour Effects

Picfull tries to be different by providing a quality selection of high quality filers, which are truly easy to use. The quality of your photo is not compromised, as it doesnt scale down the image but keeps the original resolution intact.

Apply Cool Vintage, Color Effects to Photos Online Free with PicFull

The process of editing your own photos is very simple. First, you choose a photo from your computer to work with. Next, choose one of the many filters to apply to your photo. Now, you can customize your photos to your liking, by changing one or more filter parameters.

Once you are happy with the result you can apply the filter, and then can choose another filter to process the photo with again. This allows for endless variations, as you can stack filters on top of each other. Finally, when youre done, your photo can be downloaded and shared with the world.

Here are some samples of some the colour effects available. Visit the site for more…

Apply Cool Vintage, Color Effects to Photos Online Free with PicFull

Here is a summary of Picfull’s most important features:

  • High quality resolution output; no downscaling.
  • Large variety of high quality filters, each providing unique parameters for customization.
  • By tracking filters on top of each other, endless variations are possible.

Visit http://www.picfull.com to add cool colour effects to your photos. 

Also See : Make Yourself Look Slim, Thinner in Photos

Play MP3 Files in Dropbox by Streaming Songs Inside the Browser

Google Music Alternative DropTunes: Stream Play MP3 Songs in DropboxGoogle’s new Music Beta service is cool, but it’s now available for US only. If you are looking for an almost similar alternative, I recommend you check out DropTunes. It an online service that lets you play mp3 songs in your Dropbox account directly in your browser online.

Play Songs in Your Dropbox Account Online

ª Go to Droptunes : https://droptun.es/

Log in with your Dropbox email and password. You’ll see all the folders you have. Navigate to the one with your songs in it and you will see all the music files listed.

Click the Play button beside a song to start playing it. Once the song has finished playing, the next song in the list starts playing automatically… although there is no shuffle option to play randomized songs in the list.

Google Music Alternative DropTunes: Stream Play MP3 Songs in Dropbox

There is a seek-bar and volume control and its supports both Flash and HTML5 mode. Which means if your browser supports HTML5 like Chrome and Firefox then you can play music with Droptunes on devices which doesn’t support flash.

The good thing about playing music from your Dropbox you can sync it with various other services like iTunes etc. And if you are using DropTunes from a mobile device then your songs are with you all the time. Quite good enough if you’re looking for a cloud based music player.

For iOS users, MusicDrop, SongBox and BoxyTunes are useful apps for iphone, ipod touch or ipad which does an awesome job of turning your DropBox into a  cloud music jukebox service. They let you stream music from your DropBox account, also fetches album artwork and other info.

We recently also wrote about a chrome extension that lets you add online files directly to your Dropbox, which means you can save any mp3 URL you come across the web to your Dropbox immediately.

Tip: If you are a song lover I recommend you try YouTube Music Discovery which is an awesome tool that lets you create personalized playlists with music from popular artists and songs related to your name entered, or get list of the top 50 songs on YouTube.

Save Any Online File, Image Directly to Dropbox, Google Docs, Flickr

Save Any Online File, Image Directly to Dropbox, Google Docs, FlickrBasically I like backing up most of the important documents I download by uploading them to my Dropbox. Also some times I upload them to Google Docs for editing etc. For image I mostly upload them to Picasaweb or Flickr and share the funny ones on Facebook.

But what I mostly have to do is download them first then re-upload them again especially the images, photos. A better and productive solution would be to save the files directly into my online cloud accounts.

Save Any Online File, Image Directly to Dropbox, Google Docs, Flickr

Cloud Save is a useful chrome browser plugin which lets you save any file url link directly into your cloud accounts like Google Docs, Box.net, Dropbox, Amazon Cloud Drive, SugarSync, Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Min.us, Twitpic and more (see screenshot above).

Install Cloud Save <Webstore Link>

After installing this extension in your browser, right-click on any element of a web page (file, document, photo, video, etc.) and new context menu item appears in which you can select any of the list of online storage services available and save that file directly into your account. Nice and easy.

I have seen a similar kind of feature in FluffyApp, which is an easy tray app. to upload files via drag drop, that uploads images and files when you drag and drop them from your web browser into the tray icon, which then uploads them your Cloudapp account.

Another tip I’d like to share is, if you cloud account application creates a synced local folder on your computer (just like dropbox does), you can drag and drop images from a webpage into this folder to directly upload them.

Also check out this desktop app. Joukuu which lets you manage all your cloud based files from your desktop across multiple type of cloud accounts like dropbox, google docs, box etc.

Transform, Convert Photos to Cartoon Like Caricatures, Vector Images

Transform, Convert Photos to Cartoon Like Caricatures, Vector ImagesHave you seen movies like Waking Life and Waltz with Bashir ? In Waking Life the entire movie is cartoonized, ie, it was originally shot like a normal movie but during post production the movie content was made to look like cartoons or hand drawn animations.

You too can create the same effect for your photos and images and make them look like cartoons, caricatures so you can use them as clip arts, profile avatar, greetings, posters etc.

Tip: Make Yourself Look Older in Photos

Photo to Cartoon: Free Online Tool to Create Vector Images, Cartoon Illustrations

The online tool at  lets you caricaturesoft.com converts photos into cartoons in one click. It’s free and easy. Just click Open Photo to upload your photo and drag the slider to manage the intensity of carbonization.

But you must also try their desktop application (download) which has better controls for customizing your photos into cartoons plus it converts, raster images and photographs into high quality vector art.

Photo to Cartoon: Free Online Tool to Create Vector Images, Cartoon Illustrations

They also have a Movie Cartoonizer which converts movies into cartoonized animation and cartoons with various automated options, settings and manual tools. Perfect for making movies like the Waking Life and Waltz with Bashir etc.

There is a similar tool online tool cartoon.pho.to and convert2ctn which produces similar good enough results.

For the desktop IntoCartoon is a freeware tool designed for conversion of photos into cartoon-like pictures or other graphic representations like pencil sketches.

Using Photoscape to Convert Photos into Cartoon, Paintings Easily

We have mentioned Photoscape earlier, which is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos and many features, here’s one that lets you convert photos into cartoons, clip arts and paintings.

Step 1 : Once installed open Photoscape and load the image from the explorer on the left.

Step 2 : Click on [Filter ] button and select Noise Reduction (Clear Skin) and set it to High to reduce grainy parts in the image. You can also use Clear Blur is some cases.

Using Photoscape to Convert Photos into Cartoon, Paintings Easily

Step 3 : The click [Filter ] button again and select Pictorialization > Oil Painting to add a cartoon, painting effect on the photo. you can increase the amount to add more cartoon effect. Similarly try other effects like Water Painting for similar effects or whichever is better.

This is the type of result you can expect…

Transform, Convert Photos to Cartoon Like Caricatures, Vector Images

And if you are a newbie photoshoper then you can read this tutorial. And if you’re looking for a professional service try cartoonme.com where professionals create cartoon versions of your portrait photos, pets etc for cheap.

Also See: Put Faces On Objects: Create Cartoons Like Annoying Orange

Convert Print Locked PDF Files to Printable JPG Image, Word Document

Want to print a pdf file but its print locked ? Many pdf documents are print locked pdf formats which blocks you from printing or copying especially ebooks, forms etc. But here’s an useful tip : simply convert the pages in a print locked pdf file into printable formats like a JPG image or word documents which also retain any styles, designs, tables in the PDF file using something similar to File Center to help do this.

Convert PDF Files to JPG Images Online – Best Free Tools

Here are some of the best tools you can use to convert pages of print locked pdf files into individual jpg images online…

Zamzar : I think Zamzar is probably the best online file conversion tool that provide a huge range of input and output formats. And yes, it will let you convert offline as well as online files upto 100Mb in size.

Simple browse select the file or add the pdf url path (for online files) and then select the out put format as jpg, or png (larger size but higher quality), then add your email id and then click convert. Once the conversion is done they will send the files in a .zip file as attachment to the email id you provided.

Neevia : Their Document Converter makes it easy for users to quickly convert files of many formats into PDF or Image format like JPG.  Simply upload the pdf file and choose jpeg or png as output format an then select your delivery method.

You can wait for the conversion to be completed on the browser or provide email address to let them send you the download link once converted. The converter is really good quality and fast but the upload limit is 1MB only. Very useful for those quick single page PDF documents that can’t be printed.

Other similar sites are CoolUtils, My-Addr and CPdftoImg.

Free Software Desktop Tools to Convert PDF to JPG

PDF-XChange Viewer : Its actually a PDF file viewer with lot of cool features. One of them being able to export PDF pages or entire files to any one of the supported image formats including BMP, JPEG, TIFF, PNG and many more.

Convert Print Locked PDF Files to Printable JPG Image, Word Document

Open your print locked PDF file in the viewer, then click on File > Export to Image and a window open where you can set which pages to convert, the image type to convert to and the destination folder. You can also add finishing touches like Page Zoom, rotate pdf etc.

Quick PDF Convert : Very simple lightweight desktop software for converting PDF files to JPG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, EMF and BMP files. The process is a very simple 3 step process. Just select your print locked PDF or any pdf document and select the output format and click Start Conversion.

Despite the conversion process is so simplistic the tool offers a range of fine-tuning options, including DPI, image quality and partial conversion. But what makes PDF to Image really irreplaceable is its batch PDF conversion. You can load multiple PDF files (or drag&drop them) and convert all of them to images with a single click!

Tip : Create Better Presentation Slides Using PDF

Use Google Docs to Convert PDF Files into Word, Text Documents

1. Login to your Google Docs account and go their file upload page (Link).

2. Drag and Drop your PDF file to upload it.

3. Check the option Convert text from PDF or image files to Google Docs documents as enabled and click Start Upload.

4. Once uploaded, open the file online in Google docs’ viewer and Click on File > Download As > Word, RTF, ODT etc.

Now you could also choose to directly print the document from Google Docs (File > Print) option if you have the printer connected.

Note : This method is only for files with text based content only. Images, chart will be excluded. File upload limit is upto 2MB.

Facebook App to Convert PDF to Word Inside Facebook

The Able2Extract team has also developed a facebook app (Link) turn your PDFs to editable word docs instantly directly from your facebook. Once the app is installed, Upload your file. When your file is uploaded, the conversion will begin automatically. Click on the URL provided to pick up your file.

Free Software Tools to Convert PDF into Word

For the online version we mentioned Zamzar which is the best for converting PDF to Word online for free. You can also use NitroPDF’s online pdf to word converter.

Here are few desktop freeware tools to do the same.

PDF Tiger : A free PDF To Word Doc tool that can quickly, accurately create PDF documents from Word, Excel, Powerpoint, txt or Images. It can also convert PDF files into editable MS Word Documents, Rich Text Documents, Plain Text Files, Images, HTML Files, and Shockwave Flash SWF Files.

In batch mode PDFTiger will convert more than 10,000,000 files at a time. Its lightweight but really powerful for converting your print locked pdf files in word documents.

AnyBizSoft : Just with one click, you can convert your read-only PDF files into fully formatted editable Word documents less one minute.

Convert PDF to Word, Convert PDF to Word document

PDF to Word Converter can convert PDF file which was restricted by author to prevent others from copying, editing or even printing. The original text, layouts, images and hyperlinks can be exactly retained in the generated Word documents.

You can also try Hellopdf, PDFZilla converting PDF to Word formats including docx.

While it’s not possible to replicate the exact formatting and appearance of the original file used in creating a PDF, we believe the mentioned tools produces the best results than any other freeware tools out there.

Tip: Copy Text or Print Locked PDF Files Free PDF Password Remover

7 Best Websites to Find Free Photoshop Textures, Background Styles

Textures are essential resources needed by every photoshop designer as they offer the possibility to create backgrounds, visual styles and environments to the design work. It also depends on where you’re hosting your site. There are various features on wordpress compared to wix that aren’t the same and therefore, will not work if not coded correctly. There are many places where you can find free textures for Photoshop, however some of the best site that are interesting for different types of content are mentioned below. Have a look…

Tip: Check if an Image is Photoshopped

Top Websites for Free Photoshop Textures

Best Websites to Find Free Photoshop Textures, Background Styles

1. Grunge Textures (url)

It is a place where you will find all sorts of grunge textures. With over 1400 textures sorted in 21 categories the site is a good choice for those designing in this style so appealing. provide quality background textures that can be used free of charge for digital artwork, 3D rendering, web design and print projects. They specialize in weathered and worn surfaces.

2. DeviantArt (url)

deviantART is a platform that allows emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their digital art works within a peer community dedicated to the digital art.There you will find a wide variety of designs including photoshop textures uploaded by members. It is undoubtedly one of the best sites to find textures, background styles.

3. Shizoo (url)

It is notable for its unique textures which are really interesting and original. There are also a number of other useful resources for your designs like brushes and icons.

4. Amazing Textures (url)

If you are looking for free textures for Photoshop in an orderly and then classified Amazing Textures is a great option and should give you a ride. Among other things, the site lets you upload your own creations. Their texture library has hundreds of free textures to download, high-resolution textures, images, backgrounds, wallpapers and texture maps.

5. Texture King (url)

Download free high resolution, high quality textures for personal and commercial use from TextureKing. The textures range in subject from house insulation to cracked marble to paint-splattered concrete. The categories include Concrete, Grunge, Wood, Metals, Stone/Rock, Fabric, Paint, Rust, Dirt/Sand, Plastic, Liquids, Plaster, Glass etc.

6. Star Textures (url)

Startextures.com provides quality high resolution textures, that can be used in any kind of digital and design artwork. It is a gallery of high resolution, quality textures classified into several categories with creative and unique content and really useful for those who want to make quality designs. All the textures are free to use in any kind of computer graphics, games, printed material, movies, website design and 3D models.

7. Texture Warehouse (url)

The site offers textures ideal for those who want to experiment with 3D design. They offer free, high resolution textures to designers and 3D artist. The images are licensed under a Creative Commons Licensed. The textures are updated frequently.

If you want to add some of your favourite sites to the list leave a comment. I hope this list will be useful for your photoshop design work.

Also See: Fix Blurred Images Taken by Digital Camera without Photoshop

Create Beautiful Scanner Photography, Make Original Scanner Art

Create Beautiful Scanner Photography, Make Original Scanner ArtBored with traditional photography? Sick of drawing stick figures in your sketch book? Why not try scanner art? Its cheap, creative, and fun and the best part? It can capture three-dimensional and high-resolution images/objects fantastically.

Sometimes known as scanography, or scanner photography, scanner art was popularized by practitioners of macro photography in the late 1960s and has since been taken up by amateurs and semi-professionals worldwide.

How To Make Original Scanner Art

Want to learn how to get artistic with your scanner? Read on.

Gather Your Materials

Create Beautiful Scanner Photography, Make Original Scanner Art
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First, envision what you want your scanner art to look like. Lots of vibrant colors, or a more muted tone? Grainy or smooth texture? Many subjects (for a collage effect), or just one or two? You can use almost anything as material for scanner art feathers, beads, dollar bills, random shapes made out of construction paper, flower petals, vegetables, mini machine parts, dolls, hands and faces, seashells, photographs, etc. Any object will do, really. Get creative! Just make sure that your proposed subject isnt wet or greasy, which can ruin the scanner. (For extra protection, use a thin plastic film to prevent objects from scratching the surface.)

Create Beautiful Scanner Photography, Make Original Scanner Art
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If you dont have a scanner, there are lots of cheap or used ones easily available on sites like eBay and Craigslist you can even buy new ones for $100 or less at office supply chains. If you like scanning a lot of text, you might want to consider getting a specially-made book scanner, as well, you might even find using something similar to this hp scan software by Lucion could be helpful too.

Place Them Properly and Re-Scan

Create Beautiful Scanner Photography, Make Original Scanner Art
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Remove the top of your flatbed scanner and carefully place your materials on it (as if youre looking up from the scanner.) Dont close the lid. Turn off the lights and locate the Start button. Done!

Re-scan different arrangements until youre satisfied that youve tried every combination (itll make the editing process a lot less stressful). Use the preview function on your computer to ease the process.

There are many interesting composition schemes to try; for example, if you take, say, a dollar bill and spin and drag it as the scanner light travels across the bed, you can make an interesting distorted rainbow effect. Objects that move by themselves will be harder to control with the flow of light, though.

Edit

Create Beautiful Scanner Photography, Make Original Scanner Art
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If youre planning on using your scanner art for something other than personal enjoyment (selling it, for example) then you might want do do a little Photoshop editing or, if thats too expensive, try GIMP (its a free, downloadable photo image editor that works almost just as well.) Polish your picture to perfection: you can add frames and colourful background designs, intensify colours, delete a stray hair, and clean up any dust (or bugs!) that got caught in your picture from the scanner. You can even use your editor to flatten the background, making your subjects appear to float in the foreground.

Display

Create Beautiful Scanner Photography, Make Original Scanner Art
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The methods of displaying your new scanner art are endless: postage stamps, personalized greeting cards, decoratively framed pictures, book covers, etc. Remember, you can use your scanner as a tool to record significant events in your life that might not be better suited for a camera flowers from a first date, for example (you cant capture the texture as well in a standard photograph!)

If you feel like youve gotten really good at scanner art, you may want to try submitting your work to real-life art galleries (yes, they have them just for scanographers!) Need more inspiration? Try looking here.

About the Author: Bryan Cochand is a freelance writer for Adobe. Adobe software, such as web design software, and services, like web application development, revolutionize how the world engages with ideas and information; anytime, anywhere, and through any medium.

Also See: Improve White Background Photos, Pictures of Objects, Products

Most Popular Indian TV Reality Shows: Most Watched Contests in India

Reality TV shows are the latest buzz for the entertainment industry in India. These TV contest shows have welcome heartily by many audiences across the country who have become tired of the never-ending saga of the family dramas and soaps and thus most prefer switching over to the reality tv shows.

The rising popularity of the Indian reality shows lies in the fact that these are short termed yet these present the perfect dose of entertainment. These shows give opportunities to the prodigies residing in the interiors of the country to showcase their talent. These TV shows have given many people the opportunity to launch careers. In order to affirm their celebrity status, they have to use platforms like Instagram so they can harness a position as an influential member of society. It is well known that celebrities use Buzzoid to buy Instagram likes in pursuance of this objective.

Top 5 Reality TV Shows in India with Highest Viewership

Guest Article by Kaustav Ghosh :-

The characters that are part of the reality shows are real. As a result, it is easy for the audiences to relate to the participants. These shows have not only changed the destinies of many television channels but also of many ordinary people.

The boom in the Indian reality shows occurred right after the unprecedented success of Kaun Banega Crorepati on Star Plus and Indian Idol on Sony, which opened up numerous avenues for such shows on Indian television. Remember you can watch all of these shows on a smart TV for a better expierience!

The Indian Reality shows have also been consistently successful in offering a wide variety on comedy, song, dance, talent hunt contest and several others. Celebrity reality shows are another aspect of reality television that has become extremely popular with the audience. Here is a list of most popular and latest reality shows in India:

1.Indian Idol (Sony Entertainment Television)

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3320/3255816853_3ce2cc1b03_q.jpgIndian Idol is a popular television show on Indian television, a singing talent contest to determine the best undiscovered young singer in the country. It is based on the international Idol series format, launched by UK show Pop Idol.

It started airing in India with the First Season in 2004-2005.5 successful seasons of Indian Idol have taken place till now and really very deserving people have won the titles.

Winners:

  • Season One (2004-2005) :Abhijeet Sawant
  • Season Two (2005-2006) :Sandeep Achary
  • Season Three (2007) :Prashant Tamang
  • Season Four(2008-2009): Saurabhee Debbarma
  • Season Five(2010): Sreeram Chandra.

The show encourages young talent of the country and has a panel of very respected jury members who are from the Indian Music Industry or Film Industry who have worked with some prominent singers of the country.

2. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa (Zee TV)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/05/Sa_Re_Ga_Ma_Pa.jpg/230px-Sa_Re_Ga_Ma_Pa.jpgSa Re Ga Ma Pa, formerly known as Sa Re Ga Ma before Shaan’s debut, is a musical contest shown on Zee TV. ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge’ is one of the oldest and the most reputed reality show on Indian television. This is one show, which brings into limelight the real talent.The first episode aired on May 1, 1995.

The most notable and prominent singers that emerged from the contest are listed below:

  • Avdhoot Gupte
  • Priya bhattacharya
  • Shreya Ghosal
  • Nihira Joshi
  • Sanjeevani Bhelande who won the championship in 1995
  • Hamsika Iyer – Runner up of the championship in 1995
  • Vijay Prakash who participated in 1999
  • Kunal Ganjawala who participated in 1997 and again in 1998
  • Bela Shende who emerged as winner of Mega Final.
  • Sanjeevani who became renowned singer.

Cast

  • Sonu Nigam- Host (1995-1999)
  • Amaan Ali Bangash & Ayaan Ali Bangash- Host (1999-2001)
  • Shaan- Host (2002-2006)
  • Aditya Narayan – Host (2007)
  • Dhairya Solecha & Afsha Musani -Hosts of Little Champs 2009
  • Ms.Jani & Karan Singh-Hosts of Mega Channel 2009
  • Purob Kohli-Host(2010)

3. MTV Roadies (MTV)Your browser may not support display of this image.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bSRtCeruCho/TW_LxxBn2qI/AAAAAAAAAwY/HQdKIFQdypA/s290/Roadies_logo.jpgThe meanest reality show on Indian Television, MTV Roadies has travel, adventure, drama and also a dash of voyeurism. The auditions are deliberately acrimonious to test the participant’s attitude, tolerance and patience levels.

Each episode consists of number of tasks or challenges which they have to perform. These tasks can be either Money tasks or Immunity tasks. In the Money tasks, the Roadies add cash to their account on successful completion of these tasks while in Immunity tasks, the team or roadie which wins gets Immunity. The team or roadie which attains Immunity becomes safe from vote-out i.e its members cannot be voted-out in that particular episode.

Winners:

  • Season One: no official winner but Rannvijay, who was among the two finalists from this season went on to become a MTV VJ and host the following seasons
  • Season Two: Ayushmann Khuranna
  • Season Three: Parul Shahi
  • Season Four: Anthony Yeh from Kolkata
  • Season Five: Ashutosh Kaushik from Saharanpur.
  • Season Six: Nauman Sait from Bangalore
  • Season Seven: Anwar Syed

Roadies is obviously the BAAP of all reality shows in India. It is a youth-based popular reality television show on MTV India.People watch it to see the constant altercations among the Roadies and to have a laugh at their expense. But the main reason Roadies 4 is to know When The Hell Will Bani Get Eliminated.

4.The Great Indian Laughter Challenge (Star One):

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2674/3989491764_79292cff9a_q.jpgThe Great Indian Laughter Challenge is one of the very successful reality shows on Indian television. It is a competition of stand up comedians that is presented on STAR One. This show is produced by Endemol India, the fourth series of the show launched on June 6, 2008. It has run through three seasons where stand-up comedians and performers from different places came together and showed their comedy skills to judges, live audience and people.

The show was judged by Shekhar Suman, an eminent TV personality and Navjot Singh Sidhu who a famous former cricketer and cricket commentator from India. .” The show also made host Perizad Kolah very popular and Shonali Nagrani .

Winners:

  • Season One: Sunil Pal
  • Season Two: Rauf Lala from Pakistan
  • Season Three: Kapil Sharma from Amritsar
  • Season Four: Suresh Albela from Kota, Rajasthan

The judges for the grand finale, included Umer Sharif, the legendary Pakistani performer.The first two seasons were followed by another show The Great Indian Laughter Champions which included top performers of the previous shows.The fourth season features judges Navjot Singh Sidhu and popular actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who has replaced Shekhar Suman.

5. Jhalak Dikhla Jaa (Sony Entertainment Television):

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQp9_D6EWRHv-YcdMmJahudlMfrvSjYzsDPNacjsq9QcGcGa5CkJhalak Dikhhla Jaa is an Indian version of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. ony Entertainment Television brings Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa with new celebrities and well known faces to perform with professional dance partners on a highly competitive stage. The show is produced by Synergy (makers of Kaun Banega Crorepati), BBC worldwide and Theatre Red for SET in India.

The show whose format is taken from the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ show of BBC, which has been a huge success across 27 countries like Britain, America, Australia, New Zealand, and Italy.It also loosely based on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ show, and was started by Sony to compete against STAR One’s already popular Nach Baliye show.

Seasons

The first season of the show that started on September 7, 2006 was hosted by real life couple Archana Puran Singh and Parmeet Sethi.

The second season of the show that started on September 28, 2007 and ended December 15th, 2007. The show was hosted by Mona Singh, Winner of first season, and Rohit Roy. This time there were 12 participants.

The third season started on February 27, 2009 and ended on May 31, 2009.and hosted by beautiful Shweta Tiwari and Shiv Pandit.

The fourth season of the show premiered on December 12, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television and hosted by Mona Singh and Sumit Raghavan

Winners

  • Season One – Mona Singh, television actress
  • Season Two – Prachi Desai, television actress
  • Season Three-Baichung Bhutia,famous footballer
  • Season Four-Meiyang Chang,Actor,Singer,Dentist & Anchor

Judges

  • Season One – Farah Khan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Shilpa Shetty
  • Season Two – Urmila Matondkar, Shiamak Davar and Jeetendra
  • Season Three-Saroj Khan , Juhi Chawla and Vaibhavi Merchant
  • Season Four-Madhuri Dixit, Malaika Arora Khan and Remo Dsouza.

It’s a ‘Bollywoodisation’ of salsa, jazz and cha cha for the contest, says dance consultant for the Sony reality show and choreographer Sandip Soparrkar whose task is to ensure that the international dance forms appeal to the Indian viewer.

Disable Lightbox Gallery View for Facebook Photos Permanently in Chrome

Facebook recently launched their new interface for viewing photos, albums through a lightbox gallery type photo viewer which loads on clicking any picture on the wall, album. But somehow it didn’t impress most users and if you want to disable lightbox gallery view permanently here is a way for chrome browser users.

Tip : Leave Facebook Groups Quickly

Revert Back to Old Facebook Photo, Album Viewer

Here is a chrome extension which reverts the Facebook photo viewer to the old version, rather than using the lightbox gallery view recently introduced.

#Install Revert Facebook Photo Viewer [Link] (for Chrome)

Runs silently and efficiently in the background, and only on Facebook pages. No icons, no settings, no "fancy photo lightbox viewer" nonsense.

For other browsers, once the lightbox gallery view (theatre mode) pops up simple hit refresh [F5] or open the image link in a new tab.

You can also remove &theater at the end of the url in the address bar and press enter to show the old facebook photo viewer.

Also See : Download All Facebook Album Photos At Once

Make Connect the Dots Puzzles: Create Dotted Worksheets for Kids

Make Connect the Dots Puzzles: Create Dotted Worksheets for KidsDot to dot printables (or connect the dots worksheets puzzles) are a fun way for kids to learn their numbers and number order.  They are easy for pre-school and kindergarten kids to connect the dots to reveal the final picture and in process help to improve hand-eye coordination in kids.

Tip: Create Toys from Trash: Make Science Projects, Toys from Junk

Convert Photos, Pictures to Dotted Worksheets, Connect Dots Puzzles

PictureDots is an excellent online tool that allows you to create dotted worksheets, join the dots puzzles which can downloaded as PDF with any photo, picture of your choice for printing.

Step 1 : Find a photo or image online (use image search) and copy the image url. [right-click > select Copy Image location or Image URL]

Step 2 : Go to picturedots.com, use the "Make Puzzle" link and then Click on Load Image.

Step 3 : Enter the image url and click "get image".

Step 4 : After the image is loaded click on borders of the image to add dot points in order.

Step 5 : After its done click the "Make PDF" button to download the worksheet as printable pdf.

This best way to use photos of your dog, car etc. and teach your kids about stuff as well.

You can also find some readymade printable worksheets, connect dots puzzles for free download at here and here.

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