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Pixelmator for iOS 2 launched, adds iPhone support
May 28, 2015 – 07:44 | No Comment

The Pixelmator Team has unveiled Pixelmator for iOS 2.0.1, a major new release for its renowned image-editing tool for Apple mobile devices.
It’s a landmark release because version 2’s headline new feature is that it now …

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ExeWatch warns you of new executables
May 29, 2015 – 07:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ExeWatchThere are many ways an attacker might try to compromise your PC, and one common option is to download and run an executable without your knowledge. If your antivirus engine doesn’t recognise the threat then that could leave you with a serious problem.

Run ExeWatch and it might be a different story. The program watches your local drives, looking out for new executable files, and raises an alert the moment anything appears – downloaded, extracted from an archive, written by some other program, whatever it might be. It has no malware-removal abilities, but that early warning may still save you a lot of pain.

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Edit and explore Flash SWFs with Free Flash Decompiler
May 28, 2015 – 07:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Free Flash DecompilerIf you need to know more about a Windows executable then there are plenty of low-level tools which can help: PEStudio analyses the file itself, Resource Hacker gives you access to its icons and images, Process Monitor records what it does, and so on.

Flash files – SWFs – aren’t as well supported, but you do have a few options, and JPEXS Free Flash Decompiler is one of the best.

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Quickly create stylish icons with Seanau Icon Toolkit
May 27, 2015 – 09:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Seanau Icon ToolkitCreating Windows icons can be a challenge. Regular image editors aren’t optimised for the process – that’s if they have ICO support at all – while specialist icon designers are often bulky and complex.

Seanau Icon Toolkit is a free icon editor which applies a few tricks to make the process much more straightforward.

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Convert archives between formats with ArcConvert
May 26, 2015 – 06:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ArcConvertIf you’re an experienced computer user then you probably don’t spend much time thinking about archive formats. You’ve just installed something like 7-Zip and are ready to extract whatever you find.

Not everyone is as well equipped, though, so if you’re sharing something like a .gz with others then it might be wise to convert it to a more basic .zip, first.

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Reor is a quirky desktop calculator
May 25, 2015 – 07:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ReorLaunch Windows desktop calculator Reor for the first time and it’s tempting to think: is that it? The tiny interface really is stripped back, with little more than a numeric keypad, four operators and an equals button.

But wait. There’s more. And clicking on the Menu button reveals all.

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Terrify your friends with Windows Error Message Creator
May 24, 2015 – 07:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Windows Error Message CreatorYou’re busy working on your PC. Everything seems fine. But then, without warning, an error message tells you that some irreplaceable files have been lost forever.

It’s horrible. A nightmare. But if you’re the twisted type then you can now bring this experience to your friends, with a little help from Windows Error Message Creator (WEMC).

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Uncover website problems with Darcy SEO Checker
May 21, 2015 – 10:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Darcy SEO CheckerSearch engine optimisation software is usually all about keywords, helping you find what’s going to work for you, and optimising your content and site structure to deliver better search engine rankings.

Despite its name, Darcy SEO Checker doesn’t bother with any of that, instead spidering across your site to check for HTTP error codes, URL issues, description and title problems, and more.

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Nektra SpyStudio goes freeware
May 20, 2015 – 12:43 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

SpyStudioNektra Advanced Computing has announced that its system monitoring tool SpyStudio 32-bit/ 64-bit is now free for both personal and commercial use.

An essential download for geeks everywhere, SpyStudio reveals a host of low-level details on what a process is really doing: the files and Registry keys it’s accessing, the windows it creates, COM objects instanced, API calls made, and more.

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Control your PC by spoken commands with VoiceBot
May 20, 2015 – 08:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

VoiceBotBinary Fortress has launched VoiceBot, a macro manager for Windows Vista+ which allows you to control games and other applications with spoken commands.

At its simplest, you might have VoiceBot recognise the word “New”, then issue the command Alt+F > N. Quick, easy, and works almost everywhere.

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Google Chrome 43 FINAL adds web MIDI hardware support, improves permissions API
May 20, 2015 – 07:33 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google ChromeGoogle has unveiled Chrome 43 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux. Version 43’s main new feature is support for hardware MIDI instruments.

Chrome 43 also implements a couple of behind-the-scenes tweaks for developers that will help benefit end users through reducing the number of unnecessary prompts for action without compromising security.

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Microsoft launches Office for Android preview
May 20, 2015 – 07:12 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Microsoft Office for AndroidMicrosoft has launched a preview of Office for Android smartphones.

Pre-release versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available for phones running Android 4.4 or later.

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