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Grabilla 1.23 adds scrolling window captures
September 20, 2014 – 05:06 | No Comment

All-in-one free screengrab tool Grabilla has been updated to version 1.23 with the ability to capture scrolling windows.
This is ideal if you need to capture a long web page or other document. There’s no need …

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Plane9 is a fun music visualiser/ screensaver
September 22, 2014 – 06:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Most big-name audio players come with a few visualisations to liven up playback. Right-click inside Windows Media Player, click Visualisations, and you can have it display swirling clouds, spectrum-type bars, psychedelic ripples and space flight effects, amongst others.

These aren’t always great quality, though. There may not be much choice, and smaller audio players often don’t have a visualiser at all. But if you like the core idea, you can always improve the situation by installing the free Plane9.

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epCheck: track your favourite TV shows from the Windows desktop
September 19, 2014 – 09:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

The easiest way to track your favourite TV shows is usually to download a suitable app, or maybe sign up at a website. There are a huge number of options, and the only real challenge is finding out which one is best for you.

But what if you’d like a solution that works offline? One that doesn’t involve opening yet another account somewhere, and runs happily on the Windows desktop? Then you need to check out epCheck.

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F-Secure SAFE 2015 protects desktops, tablets and phones
September 18, 2014 – 06:36 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

F-Secure has released F-Secure SAFE 2015, a multi-platform security suite which protects Windows and Mac desktops, and Windows 8, Android and iOS mobile devices.

Desktop protection concentrates on the core essentials, with antivirus, browsing and banking protection, simple parental controls and a spam filter. As previously, the Windows client uses Windows’ own firewall.

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CyberLink unveils Director Suite 3, including PowerDirector 13 and PhotoDirector 6
September 17, 2014 – 12:29 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

CyberLink has announced the release of PowerDirector 13 (from $79.99), PhotoDirector 6, ColorDirector 3 and AudioDirector 5 ($129.99), all available individually or as a part of the new Director Suite 3 ($299.99).

PowerDirector 13 highlights include a new Transition Designer, which enables you to create your own custom transition from any image.

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O&O Defrag Professional 18 launched, integrates with Syspectr platform, promises reduced defrag times
September 17, 2014 – 06:09 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

O&O Defrag 18.0Berlin developer O&O Software has unveiled O&O Defrag Professional 18.0 32-bit and O&O Defrag Professional 18.0 64-bit, a major new build of its renowned Windows drive defragmentation tool.

Version 18 introduces two new features of note: the ability to configure and use the tool remotely using a smartphone or tablet, and a History view that provides users with an analytical chart of how the program has accelerated the system.

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FileOptimizer 7.0 beta adds lossless FLAC compression
September 17, 2014 – 05:57 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

FileOptimizer200-175Javier Gutiérrez Chamorro has released the first public beta of his one-stop lossless compression tool, FileOptimizer 7.0.

The major new feature is support for optimising FLAC files. Our first tests suggest this is going to take a long time (minutes per file) and achieve maybe 2 or 3% savings, but it’s still a welcome addition to the package.

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ChrisPC Free Anonymous Proxy 5.50 adds more proxies, improves speeds
September 17, 2014 – 05:03 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ChrisPC has released the latest edition of its free-for-personal-use online privacy tool, ChrisPC Free Anonymous Proxy 5.50.

The upgrade seems to have concentrated on the fundamentals, now extending the anonymous proxy list to 1,000+ from more than 50 countries.

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Opera Beta 25 released, finally adds full bookmark support, debuts Linux build
September 16, 2014 – 07:22 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Opera BetaOpera has released Opera Beta 25, which sees the Opera Next channel renamed as part of what could be a landmark release for the alternative web browser when it hits final release next month. The headline new feature is the overdue implementation of bookmarks into the browser.

It’s also joined by the first Linux beta build since Opera relaunched last year, plus offers a redesigned Start page, integrated PDF viewer and support for web notifications direct from the Windows or Mac desktop.

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Auslogics unveils Driver Updater 1.0
September 15, 2014 – 13:53 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Australian utilities developer Auslogics has released Driver Updater, a commercial tool which can update all your PC drivers with a click.

If you’ve tried anything similar, the program’s core abilities won’t surprise you. Launch a scan and any outdated drivers are quickly listed, along with the dates and times of the latest version. You’re then able to update all your drivers, or just a select few.

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Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 5 introduces 64-bit support, optional ribbon user interface
September 15, 2014 – 11:19 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture Berlin-based developer has released Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 5.0, a major new version of its commercial CAD software for home and garden design projects.

Version 5.0 adds 64-bit support for improved performance, plus debuts a new, simplified ribbon-based UI as well as adding support for 2D fill patterns and textures.

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Andy runs Android on your Mac, Win 7/8 desktop
September 15, 2014 – 10:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Almost three years on from its first release, BlueStacks is probably still the easiest way to run Android apps on your Windows desktop. But it also has issues: performance can be a problem, and you don’t get full control over your virtual device.

Andy is a new contender which takes a different approach, running an Android image with VirtualBox. It can be much more awkward to configure, but performance is great, and every aspect of the system can be tweaked to suit your needs.

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