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Need user-friendly bootable recovery media? AOMEI PE Builder Free 1.0 has your back
September 30, 2014 – 07:45 | No Comment

Everyone – and we mean everyone – needs some kind of recovery disc. It could be the only thing between you and losing critical data, or a lengthy (and possibly unnecessary) Windows reinstall, for example.
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Get Chrome working again with Chrome Software Removal Tool
September 29, 2014 – 08:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Your browser’s misbehaving? It’s a common problem, and you’ve probably got your own quick fixes: delete the cache, scan for malware, remove the last add-in you installed, whatever it might be.

Now Google is offering a little extra assistance with Chrome Software Removal Tool (CSRT), a Windows beta which scans for programs known to cause problems with Chrome and offers to remove them.

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IObit Uninstaller 4 fully removes Windows 8 apps
September 26, 2014 – 11:16 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

IObit has announced the release of IObit Uninstaller 4, an interesting extension of its freeware program uninstaller.

The program now has the ability to completely remove Windows 8 apps. A “batch uninstall” option ditches as many as you like in a single operation, and the “Powerful Scan” tool ensures there’s no hard drive or Registry junk left behind.

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Terminals: a remote desktop client for (almost) anyone
September 26, 2014 – 07:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Windows remote desktop, VNC, telnet, SSH – there are many ways to access a remote computer, and using them all can require a whole library of networking tools.

Fortunately, there are alternatives. The open source Terminals not only handles a lengthy list of protocols – RDP, VNC, ISA, SSH, Telnet, RAS, HTTP, HTTPS – but a tabbed interface means you’re able to open and manage multiple connections simultaneously.

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CCleaner 4.18 brings Active System Monitoring to the Free edition
September 25, 2014 – 17:11 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Piriform Ltd has released CCleaner 4.18 and CCleaner Portable 4.18, the latest versions of its popular Windows cleanup tool.

This time the big addition is a limited version of Active System Monitoring, a smart feature previously reserved for the commercial CCleaner Professional. Turn it on and CCleaner monitors your system, checking for junk, and lets you know when it’s time to clean up.

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ACDSee 18 and Pro 8 bring smarter, easier photo editing
September 25, 2014 – 14:00 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ACD Systems has unveiled the latest versions of its flagship photo editors, ACDSee 18 ($79.99, $39.99 upgrade) and ACDSee Pro 8 ($199.99, $59.99 upgrade).

Both editions include a new Explorer extension, PicaView, which previews an image from its context menu and launches ACDSee with a click.

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Cyotek Gif Animator 0.0.3.0 adds sprite sheet creator, WebP support
September 25, 2014 – 10:27 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Cyotek has announced the release of Gif Animator 0.0.3.0, an updated beta of its ultra-configurable GIF creator.

The program can now export any or all of your animation frames as a sprite sheet, with your choice of columns, rows, margins, spacing and more (there’s WebP format support, too).

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 released, focus on more automatic features
September 25, 2014 – 07:40 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Photoshop Elements 13Adobe has released Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Adobe Premiere Elements 13, brand new versions of its consumer-level photo-editing and video-editing suites.

Version 13 remain standalone tools – allowing users to purchase them outright – and come with a number of new and improved features to build on previous updates.

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ocenaudio is an outstanding audio editor
September 25, 2014 – 07:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

There are hundreds of free audio editors around, and if your needs are basic – trimming an MP3 here, maybe adjusting volume there – then just about any of them will do.

Finding more capable editors can be a real problem, but there are a few around, and ocenaudio is a very interesting example.

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Review: CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Ultimate
September 24, 2014 – 16:24 by Mike Williams in Featured, Reviews | No Comment

Review: CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Ultimate

CyberLink PowerDirector has long been one of the most powerful consumer video editors around, packed with functionality, yet still remaining very usable for just about every level of user.

PowerDirector 13 doesn’t bring any radical changes, and the core of the package remains much as before. Import your source files – images, audio or video, even PowerPoint presentations – and arrange them on the 100 track timeline. Apply effects and transitions by dragging and dropping, then preview and tweak each one as required.

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Foxit Reader 7.0 and Foxit PhantomPDF 7.0 released, add Shared Review, 2D Barcode Display features
September 24, 2014 – 06:55 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Foxit Reader 7.0In its first major updates for almost 18 months, Foxit Corporation has unveiled Foxit Reader 7.0 and Foxit PhantomPDF 7.0. Both builds gain Shared Review capabilities along with 2D Barcode Display.

Each build also gains unique functionality – user environment customisation is the biggest draw in Foxit Reader, for example, while Foxit PhantomPDF users gain an Outlook Add-in, plus PDF Portfolios and Document Sanitzation features.

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Norton Security 2015 now available
September 23, 2014 – 14:51 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Symantec has announced the first full release of Norton Security ($79.99) and Norton Security with Backup ($89.99), its one-stop replacement for Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security and Norton 360.

The most obvious change is the revamped interface. It’s recognisably Norton – if greener than usual – with its many functions neatly organised under Security, Identity, Backup and Performance tabs.

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