Review: CyberLink Media Suite 12 Ultimate
July 31, 2014 – 13:15 by Mike Williams in Reviews | No Comment

Review: CyberLink Media Suite 12 Ultimate

After almost 20 years developing multimedia software, it’s no surprise that CyberLink has some impressive products. But they can seem expensive. PowerDVD is definitely a versatile and feature-packed media player, but if you’re used to freeware then its $99.95 list price might send you elsewhere.

Fortunately CyberLink’s Media Suite 12 Ultimate offers a more value-for-money option, providing a big chunk of the CyberLink range – a total of fifteen products – for as little as $139.95.

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Session Manager automatically saves and restores your Firefox windows
July 29, 2014 – 08:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Get engrossed in your latest web research project and you’ll soon be navigating an array of browser tabs, each one with some vital piece of information – it’s very easy to lose track.

Firefox offers a few very basic options to help you maintain control. Clicking History > Restore Previous Session will reopen whatever you were viewing last time, for instance, or you can bookmark all open tabs for reference later.

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Convert web pages to PDF with wkhtmltopdf
July 28, 2014 – 09:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

It can often be useful to keep a local copy of a web page, and your browser’s “Save Page As” option is a good place to start. But typically this saves an HTML file and a separate folder with its resources, or an archive format like MHT, not so convenient if you’d like to share the document with others.

Wkhtmltopdf is an open source tool which quickly converts HTML to PDF, ready for viewing just about anywhere. It’s written for the command line, but don’t let that put you off – you’ll be using it productively in seconds.

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Take control of your Windows startup programs with Autorun Organizer
July 25, 2014 – 10:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Your PC’s taking an age to boot? It could be launching too many programs when Windows starts. There are plenty of freeware “startup manager” tools which claim they can help, but Autorun Organizer is better than most.

The program checks a good range of startup locations, for instance: the Startup folder, the Registry, Task Scheduler. It’s not Autoruns, but there’s more than enough to be useful.

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Firefox 32 Beta and Firefox Aurora 33 released, reveal minor features, tweaks and improvements
July 25, 2014 – 07:34 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Firefox Developer iconFresh from its release of Firefox 31.0 FINAL, Mozilla has unveiled Firefox 32.0 Beta 1 and Firefox Aurora 33.0a2 for desktop computers.

While there are no jaw-dropping new features in either Beta or Aurora (alpha) builds, both contain a number of minor additions and some useful improvements that help keep the web browser’s evolution ticking over.

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CCleaner 4.16 widens cleaning to include TeamViewer and OneDrive, adds repair option
July 24, 2014 – 12:01 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

CCleanerIt’s that time of the month when Piriform issues its regular CCleaner update for Windows PCs, and undeterred by the recent CCleaner for Mac 1.08 release, the company has shipped CCleaner 4.16 and CCleaner Portable 4.16 right on schedule.

The new release adds support for a number of new programs, improves its Firefox and Chrome cleaning tools and adds a new Repair option to the uninstaller should it be needed.

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Drawpile: work on drawings with 20+ other users in real time
July 24, 2014 – 11:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Do you sometimes need to collaborate on drawings or sketches? Drawpile is a cross-platform application which allows 20+ users to use the same canvas, all at the same time.

The drawing engine initially looks quite simple. There’s a pen and brush, a line, rectangle and ellipse, they all support a range of colour options, and you’re able to add text annotations as required.

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Skype for Android 5.0 readies the way for new “Find your friends” feature
July 24, 2014 – 08:24 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

SkypeMicrosoft has released Skype for Android 5.0, a new release of its chat tool that includes free audio and video messaging. The new release concentrates on providing support for one single upcoming feature: find your friends.

The feature, will should roll out over the next few weeks, will give users the option of connecting Skype to their phone’s address book, making it easier to connect with existing contacts through the chat service.

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CyberDuck 4.5 restores Windows Azure support, adds new SSH/SFTP protocol implementation
July 23, 2014 – 13:08 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

CyberDuck 4.5Bern-based developer iterate GmbH has released CyberDuck 4.5, a major update to its Windows and Mac FTP and cloud-storage browser tool. This open-source tool provides users with a user-friendly means of browsing FTP/SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage and Rackspace Cloud Files servers.

Version 4.5 restores support for Microsoft’s Azure Blob Storage connections, adds a new SSH/SFTP protocol implementation and adds support for updating Windows users via the Taskbar’s Notification area.

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IObit unveils Driver Booster 2.0 Beta with simplified user interface, promises faster downloads for all
July 23, 2014 – 08:23 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

IObit Driver Booster 2.0IOBit has unveiled Driver Booster 2.0 Beta, a preview of the next major version of its driver update tool for Windows. The utility offers simple updating to free users, while a paid-for Pro version adds the ability to back up drivers along with faster download speeds and other enhancements.

Version 2.0 opens with an overhauled user interface, designed to make the program even simpler to use. Users also gain the ability to make the program semi-translucent via a Transparency slider in the program’s Settings menu.

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Create animated GIFs from video clips with Movie to Gif
July 23, 2014 – 07:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

They’re extremely basic, horribly limited, just about the most low-tech form of computer animation you can get. But then animated GIFs are almost 25 years old, so we probably shouldn’t expect too much. And even now, they’re still useful as a reliable way to display simple animations on just about every platform.

We’ve discussed several ways to create animated GIFs before, but the latest is Movie to Gif, which does exactly what its name suggests: point the program at a video and it’ll render a finished GIF for you.

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