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Pixelmator for iPad 1.0 launched, offers Photoshop-style editing on your tablet
October 24, 2014 – 12:06 | No Comment

The Pixelmator Team, renowned for its Mac image-editing tool of the same name, has released Pixelmator for iPad 1.0, a similarly powerful image manipulation tool.
The app, which costs $4.99 and requires iOS 8.0 or later, …

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RapidWeaver 6.0 adds five new themes, debuts Addons Manager, Markdown tool
October 21, 2014 – 15:19 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

RapidWeaver 6UK developer Realmac Software has unveiled RapidWeaver 6.0, a major new version of its acclaimed web design tool for Macs.

Version 6, which now requires OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later to run, throws in a new Addons Manager, bundles five new themes and promises vastly improved performance thanks to full 64-bit support and a revamped publishing engine.

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Check downloads and websites for malware with Metascan Online for Firefox
October 20, 2014 – 17:55 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Metascan Online for FirefoxOPSWAT has announced the availability of Metascan Online for Firefox, an addon which allows the browser to scan downloads, websites and web connections for threats.

Checking a link is as easy as right-clicking it and selecting “Scan with Metascan Online”. If the link is a file then it’s uploaded to VirusTotal competitor Metascan Online, checked with 40+ commercial antivirus engines, and a detailed report tells you which – if any – detected it as a threat.

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SumatraPDF 3.0 displays multiple documents in tabs, improves eBook UI
October 20, 2014 – 11:21 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

SumatraPDF 3.0Krzysztof Kowalczyk has released SumatraPDF 3.0, a major new release of his lightweight and portable PDF and eBook reader for Windows.

Version 3.0 adds support for tabs, allowing users to view multiple documents side-by-side, plus extends support for eBooks and adds a new document measurement tool to the user interface.

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Avira 2015 offers optional Dropbox install, online product management
October 18, 2014 – 18:04 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

AviraAvira has announced the arrival of its 2015 product line, including Avira Free Antivirus, Avira Antivirus Pro and Avira Internet Security.

The main highlight is a “superior” engine to improve PC protection, along with enhanced Android and iOS apps.

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Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 15 now available
October 18, 2014 – 11:42 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

ParagonHDMLogoParagon Software Group has announced the release of Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 15, the latest edition of its all-in-one drive management package.

The new Embedded Recovery Media Builder 3.0 creates Windows PE and Linux-based recovery discs from within the suite, and if you’re running Windows 7 or later then there are no further downloads required. (XP/ Vista users will still need Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit or Automated Installation Kit.)

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FlightGear 3.2 enhances graphics, flight dynamics, plane models
October 17, 2014 – 12:58 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

FlightGearThe free, open-source flight simulator FlightGear 3.2 has been updated to version 3.2 with a stack of new and enhanced features.

A more realistic JSBSim flight dynamics model now includes support for ground effects, including bumpiness, solid-ground detection and adjusting of friction factors. (The official release notes point out that you can’t ride on water any more, either.)

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View, process and sort RAW images with FastRawViewer
October 17, 2014 – 08:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

It’s no secret that working with a camera’s RAW images can improve photo quality, as you’re accessing all the information from the original shot.

But as RAW files are also huge, and often slow to render (if your preferred software supports them at all), it’s no surprise that most photographers stick to JPEG.

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iTunes 12.0 unveils radical new redesign, promises simpler playlist editing
October 17, 2014 – 07:22 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

iTunes 12.0.1To coincide with the release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Apple has unveiled iTunes 12.0.1, the first major release of its media manager and player for almost two years.

The new release debuts a flatter, more modern look designed to tie in with Yosemite, which includes a new red app icon and some redesigned and restructured elements. The update also adds support for some iOS 8/Yosemite-only features such as Family Sharing.

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Review: Acronis True Image 2015
October 16, 2014 – 12:30 by Mike Williams in Reviews | No Comment

Review: Acronis True Image 2015

Acronis’s True Image has always been one of the more feature-packed backup tools around. Imaging, file and folder backups, syncing, online backup, continuous data protection: it’s all here.

Over the years True Image has piled on the extras, too: Try & Decide, disk editing, a secure file shredder, and more.

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Driver Booster 2.0 updates more drivers, adds rollback support
October 16, 2014 – 07:45 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

IObit has released Driver Booster 2.0, a major update for its free driver updater.

An expanded driver database, now held online, and the ability to scan for unplugged devices should ensure the program finds even more updates.

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Opera 25 FINAL released, finally adds full bookmark support, redesigns Start page
October 16, 2014 – 06:00 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

opera_new-200x175Norwegian browser developer Opera has released Opera 25 FINAL, a landmark release of its web browser. The headline new feature is support for bookmarks.

The feature – long overdue – attempts to steal a march on Opera’s rivals by providing thumbnail images for each site that’s bookmarked. Also new in version 25 is a redesigned Start page and built-in PDF viewer.

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