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OpenShot 2.1.0 adds animation tools, extends audio support
August 30, 2016 – 05:05 | No Comment

OpenShot Studios has shipped OpenShot 2.1.0, the latest release of its cross-platform open-source video editor.
The big news this time is the addition of many animation features, including layers, transparent image sequences and keyframe support.

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SBGuard Anti-Ransomware is a one-click malware blocker
August 30, 2016 – 04:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SBGuardAustralian backup vendor Sydneybackups has released SBGuard Anti-Ransomware 1.3.0, claiming it “protects your Windows PC against all known Ransomware malware, such as CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, TeslaCrypt, CryptoXXX, CTB-Locker, Zepto and many others”.

How does it work? According to the developer, the program “injects a large number of restriction mechanisms and modifies some core Windows components to prevent malicious behaviours and executions.”

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Back4Sure is a versatile PC backup tool
August 29, 2016 – 09:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Back4SureAt first glance, Back4Sure might not seem the best choice of file backup software. First released back in 2009, the developer still hasn’t tested it on Windows 10, it doesn’t look promising – right?

Well, maybe, but don’t rule it out just yet. Older applications might not use toast notifications or display their status in a live tile, but they may still have many advantages.

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Scan your PC for alternate data streams with StreamArmor
August 29, 2016 – 06:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

StreamArmor.If you’re manually checking a PC for malware then you could browse a folder in Explorer, look at file names, sizes, maybe open anything suspect to see what it contains. But you might be missing something…

Drives formatted using NTFS store file information in attributes. The contents of a file are stored in the $DATA attribute, and that’s what you’ll see in Explorer, and view when you open the file in an application.

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Avoid adware with Unchecky
August 27, 2016 – 14:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

UncheckyUnchecky is a free tool which monitors installations and automatically unchecks unrelated “offers”, helping ensure you only install the software you expect.

We’ve written about the program before, but a recent update has seen it leave beta and add support for a host of new installers and applications.

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Restrict and limit Windows user accounts with FrontFace Lockdown Tool
August 27, 2016 – 10:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FrontFace Lockdown ToolIf you’re setting up a PC for others to use then you’ll often want to limit their actions, prevent them running other applications or tweaking system settings.

Windows has many security and user settings that can help, but they’re scattered across many applets and may be hard to find.

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OpenStreetView is a crowd-sourced Google Street View
August 26, 2016 – 07:17 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

OpenStreetViewOpenStreetMap has launched OpenStreetView, an open-source alternative to Google Street View.

The service offers free Android and iOS apps to record images while you’re driving. Upload the results to the OpenStreetView servers and they’ll be shared with the world.

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Transfer user profiles to a new PC with Transwiz
August 25, 2016 – 06:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

TranswizMigrating to a new PC can bring all kinds of hassles, and transferring user profiles is particularly awkward– especially as the old Windows Easy Transfer applet was discontinued in Windows 10.

Transwiz is a freeware wizard-based tool which simplifies the process, backing up and restoring user profiles in a very few clicks.

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Why can’t you open that EPUB?
August 24, 2016 – 10:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

pagina ePub-checkerYou’ve found an ebook you need, downloaded the EPUB, tried to open it, but– your viewer won’t display it properly. Or maybe at all.

You might assume it’s the viewer, and try something else, but the problem could also be the file. A converter or publishing program might save something with an EPUB extension, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be a valid EPUB file.

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Track your AdSense earnings with Auburn
August 23, 2016 – 08:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AuburnAre you earning so much with Google AdSense that you’re always online checking your balance?

OK, probably not, but if you’re earning something then tiny Windows freebie Auburn could save you time by displaying your earnings in a system tray icon.

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OpenOffice gets an unofficial iPad port
August 22, 2016 – 04:01 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Office 700He’s already ported OpenOffice to Android, and now Akikazu Yoshikawa has announced the release of Office 700, “the world’s first port of OpenOffice for iOS”.

The package includes all the key functions: text editing, spreadsheets, presentation, drawing and just about everything apart from databases.

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My Family Tree 6.0 improves GEDCOM support, date handling
August 21, 2016 – 06:44 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

My Family TreeThe free genealogy tool My Family Tree has hit version 6.0 with a host of small but welcome enhancements.

Smarter GEDCOM handling includes a new import log to help diagnose any problems, and options to choose who to export when you’re saving a file.

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