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Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11 released
June 29, 2015 – 13:10 | No Comment

Xara Group has announced the release of Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11, its one-stop photo editor, graphic design and publishing tool for Windows Vista+.
Art Brushes are a highlight, a new technology which smoothly stretches …

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Find similar audio files with MediaPurge
June 27, 2015 – 07:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MediaPurgeBuilding a media collection is much more fun than organising it, and no matter how good your intentions, it’s all too easy to end up having to navigate a scattered mess of audio and video files.

MediaPurge is a freeware Windows application which provides several ways to restore order, including finding audio duplicates, tagging, renaming or sorting files into a new folder structure.

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Investigate suspect files with Exeinfo PE
June 26, 2015 – 07:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Exeinfo PEIf you find a suspect executable file on your system then you’ll probably start by running an antivirus scan, but that may not tell you very much. Even a “clean” verdict only means “clean right now”, and it tells you nothing about the file itself, where it’s from, or what it might be trying to do.

Exeinfo PE is a free tool which analyses executable and other types of files, and tells you more about them. It can’t directly detect malware, but might be able to help you better understand a mystery file.

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PolyBrowser brings tab-free web browsing
June 25, 2015 – 08:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PolyBrowserTabbed interfaces are the design of choice for just about any application which needs to open multiple documents simultaneously, and it’s easy to see why: they’re simple, straightforward, easy to manage and use.

PolyBrowser is a Firefox-based web browser which does things a little differently, ditching the tabs in favour of “panoramic navigation”. Instead of hosting browsing sessions in isolated tabs, PolyBrowser stitches them together, side by side. You can scroll freely from one page to another by dragging the horizontal scrollbar, or right-clicking and dragging horizontally with the mouse.

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Explzh is a do-everything archive manager
June 25, 2015 – 05:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ExplzhSome people’s archiving needs are simple: right-click to extract zips, combine a few files into a zip of their own occasionally, and that’s about it. Nothing that can’t be handled by Explorer on its own.

If you’re, well, a little more demanding, you might be interested in Explzh, a free archive manager for Windows with a host of features you won’t always find elsewhere.

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Transit App: a smarter way to navigate your city
June 24, 2015 – 12:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Transit AppFinding your way around big cities is generally a challenge, even if you live there. You might know the best bus routes, or have mastered the metro, but you can still be in trouble if a service is unexpectedly cancelled and you’re left looking for an alternative.

Transit App is a free Android and iOS app which helps out with a host of tools for planning journeys around and across your local city.

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Convert.NET is a desktop translator
June 24, 2015 – 07:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Convert.NETConvert.NET is a free (for personal use) text processing toolkit with maybe the most bizarrely mixed-up feature set we’ve seen.

Choose “Language Translation” from the list top-left and it seems reasonably normal. Type or paste text into the box, enter a URL, choose one or more files, select your source and target languages and the program translates them for you via Google, Bing, Yandex or Excite.

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1-4a Rename is a versatile batch renamer
June 23, 2015 – 09:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

1-4a RenameRenaming one file on a PC is easy. A whole folder full? That’s more of a challenge. Explorer can’t help, and even turning to the command line doesn’t give you very much.

1-4a Rename is a free, portable batch renaming tool which aims to change all that. It’s old, and the interface is a mess, but if you need real renaming power then it might be worth a try.

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WhatsApp Desktop is a very unofficial WhatsApp client
June 23, 2015 – 05:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WhatsApp DesktopWhatsApp is a great mobile messaging app, but you might occasionally wish you could run it from a desktop, where you can take advantage of the full-sized keyboard and screen.

There’s no official desktop app available, but if you like the idea then you could try the extremely unofficial WhatsApp Desktop, an open source tool available for Windows, OS X and Linux.

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Uncover hidden malware with RunPE Detector
June 22, 2015 – 07:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Phrozen RunPE DetectorMalware uses many tricks to hide its process, and one of the most common is known as RunPE.

Essentially this involves starting a known and trusted process – Explorer.exe, say – in a suspended state, replacing its code with the malware’s own, then starting it up. Even running something like Process Explorer won’t reveal any problems unless you look very, very closely.

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CSVPad is a portable CSV editor
June 22, 2015 – 05:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CSVPadCSVPad is a compact, free and portable editor for CSV and similar files.

The program can handle all kinds of format variations: tab separated, colons, semicolons, pipes, dollars and more. Fortunately you don’t have to worry about the details as by default CSVPad automatically detects and uses the correct format all on its own.

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Back up Windows and program settings with CloneApp
June 21, 2015 – 16:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CloneAppCloneApp is a tiny, free and portable tool which can back up and restore the settings of many popular Windows programs.

Supported software includes 7-Zip, Adobe Reader, Classic Shell, Gimp, Google Chrome, Google Earth, IrfanView, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office 2010/ 2013, Firefox, Opera, VLC Media Player, and it can preserve plenty of Windows settings, too: Favorites, Contacts, Network folder settings, Start Menu and more.

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