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iTunes 12.2 brings Apple Music to the desktop
July 1, 2015 – 07:00 | No Comment

Apple has released iTunes 12.2, bringing Apple Music and the new Beats 1 radio station to OS X and Windows.
Additions include the new Connect, a sort-of social networking service where artists share “thoughts, photos, music …

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Scan for local wifi with Acrylic WiFi Free
July 2, 2015 – 10:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Acrylic WiFi FreeIf your wifi isn’t performing well then using a scanner to check for competing networks can often tell you more.

Unsure where to begin? Acrylic WiFi Free claims to be “the most advanced WLAN Scanner”, which sounds encouraging. It’s free for personal use and runs on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10, so we grabbed a copy to take a closer look.

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Imagina is a professional photo processor for Windows
July 2, 2015 – 06:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ImaginaWith so many image viewers and editors available for the PC, it’s not easy for developers to make their product stand out. Some try to win you over with the sheer quantity of features, but Imagina is more about the quality: it doesn’t do much, but what you get works very well.

The thumbnail browser doesn’t just open with the usual JPGs and PNGs, for instance – dcraw support means it can handle many RAW formats, initially displaying them in an attractive photo collage-like “3D Desktop” view.

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Shrink your PDFs with PDF to DjVu GUI
July 1, 2015 – 11:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Pdf to DjVu GUIAt first glance, “PDF to DjVu GUI” doesn’t sound like the most promising of programs. Convert documents from one of the most commonly supported formats ever, to something most people don’t know at all? If you need to share files with a wide audience then there’s no way that will ever be a good idea.

And yet, DjVu does have its advantages, especially with document size. We tried out the program with 12 PDF files, and while one DjVu version was fractionally larger, most were 25% – 80% smaller than the original, and a couple dropped by around 90%.

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Track & edit video objects with Sensarea
June 30, 2015 – 09:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SensareaMost video editors provide various effects you can apply to a movie, maybe tweaking its brightness, contrast or colours. But typically these filters work with the entire frame only, which seriously limits their usefulness.

Sensarea is a free video editor for Windows which allows you to select objects, then tracks them in the frame, automatically applying your chosen effects. If you wanted to conceal someone’s identity, say, you could set up the system to pixelate their face with just a few minutes work.

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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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CCleaner 5.07 FINAL released – allows users to manage Firefox Web Apps
June 25, 2015 – 08:24 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

CCleanerPiriform has unveiled the latest monthly update to its Windows cleaning tool with the release of CCleaner 5.07 FINAL. The new release is also available as a portable build.

The headline new feature is the ability for users to manage their Web Apps in the Firefox web browser. This feature is accompanied by a number of new improvements, including better support for Windows 10 ahead of its official release.

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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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PDF24 Creator v7 adds Explorer integration
June 24, 2015 – 11:22 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

PDF24 CreatorFree virtual PDF printer PDF24 Creator has been updated to version 7.0 with a range of new and enhanced features.

Top of the list – and not before time – is Explorer integration. Right-clicking one or more files now displays options to open, split, join, optimize, extract and convert them, while right-clicking the desktop allows users to import from the scanner, camera or clipboard.

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