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Bear 1.1 unveils loads of improvements, including improved tagging, export
March 22, 2017 – 07:17 | No Comment

Shiny Frog has released Bear 1.1, its Evernote-baiting, notetaking app for Mac and iOS. Mac users gain Touch Bar support and wider drag-and-drop support, while iOS users can now take “smart” web clippings using the …

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Cobbler stores secret notes in an encrypted file
March 23, 2017 – 09:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CobblerCobbler is a tiny portable utility which stores plain text notes – passwords, bank details, whatever you need to keep private – in a secure and encrypted file.

Launch the program and you’re prompted for a master password. Enter something lengthy and secure, or press Ctrl+G to generate a strong passphrase for you, and a basic editor appears.

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CCSIO Benchmark is a smarter way to test drive speeds
March 22, 2017 – 08:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CCSIO Disk BenchmarkCCSIO Benchmark is an intelligent drive speed checker from Swiss-based storage expert Pipemetrics.

The tiny portable program (210KB download) uses multiple combinations of options to automatically find the fastest possible read and write speeds for any storage device.

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SuperPhoto enhances your pics with hundreds of fun effects
March 21, 2017 – 19:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SuperPhotoSuperPhoto is a fun Android, iOS and Windows app which can revamp your photos with more than 300 effects in the free build, 1,500+ if you buy the full version.

There are filters to turn your pictures into works of art: Painting, Stencil, Banksy, Pencil Drawing, Stylize, Pastel, Cartoonize, Warhol, more.

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M-Kavach is an Android security app from India
March 20, 2017 – 07:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

M-KavachM-Kavach is a versatile Android security app from the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, a research and development arm of the Indian government.

The app offers several modules and security layers to protect you from a range of threats.

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Kdenlive is a powerful video editor for… Windows?
March 18, 2017 – 19:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

KdenliveKdenlive has been a popular non-linear video editor in the Linux world for a very long time, but the developers have also recently released a first Windows port.

The build doesn’t skimp on functions: there’s a full multi-track timeline and an array of effects and transitions to explore.

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Riot Isolator is a versatile but quirky security toolkit
March 17, 2017 – 10:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Riot IsolatorRiot Isolator is an unusual application which offers a host of powerful privacy and security tools in a single free package.

The program should normally be installed to deliver the best protection, but there’s an option to run it stand-alone, convenient for testing.

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How to switch between windows of the same application on a PC
March 16, 2017 – 11:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Easy Window SwitcherWindows enables switching from one application window to another by pressing Alt+Tab– what could be easier?

Well, quite a lot, especially when you’ve got 30 or 40 windows open but are only interested in the ones belonging to the current application.

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ColourGrab is a likeable colour picker for Windows
March 15, 2017 – 19:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ColourGrabColourGrab is an easy-to-use colour picker which enables speedy capture of any colour on your screen, and reuse of its hex or RGB value elsewhere.

The program adds an icon to your system tray and can be activated with a click, or you can start grabbing immediately by pressing Alt+C (customisable).

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mrViewer is a quirky but powerful media player
March 14, 2017 – 10:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

mrViewerWhile most PC media players are identikit clones which bring nothing new to the playback, mrViewer is a rare exception. A program that has the courage to do things differently. Very differently…

This starts less than impressively with an oddball interface. Menu bars, ribbons, standard toolbars? MrViewer doesn’t have any of the usual UI chrome, and leaves you looking at tiny buttons with such informative text as “F” and “W”.

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NetAudit is a simple network toolkit
March 13, 2017 – 07:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NetAuditNetAudit is a portable network toolkit for Windows which combines simple Ping, Traceroute, Whois and connection monitoring features.

The program interface is a mess. There’s a useless list of processes; a Network Usage indicator which isn’t scaled properly so it’s almost always blank; big arrows with figures to presumably indicate total uploaded and downloaded data, although with no tooltips or labels it’s hard to tell.

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StExBar extends Windows Explorer with some time-saving extras
March 11, 2017 – 05:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

StExBarStExBar is a tiny freeware tool which extends Windows Explorer with some handy features.

The program has been around for years, but it’s just been updated to work fully on Windows 10, so we grabbed a copy to see how it would perform.

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