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SmartFTP 6.0 debuts new ribbon-based interface, drops Windows XP and Vista support
April 24, 2014 – 05:58 | No Comment

SmartSoft Ltd has unveiled SmartFTP 6.0 (32-bit) and SmartFTP 6.0 (64-bit), a major new update of its powerful FTP client for Windows machines. Version 6 debuts a new ribbon-based interface, plus vastly improved text editor …

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Analyse your network from your Android or iOS device with Fing
April 23, 2014 – 12:25 by Nick Peers in Featured, Tips | No Comment

Fing - Network ScannerOnce upon a time, you knew exactly what was connected to your home network: your desktop, a laptop maybe and perhaps even your mobile phone. These days, keeping track of networked devices – from printers to smart TVs – can be a painful task.

If you’re wondering what’s currently connected to your home network – perhaps you’re worried about security, or surprised at how slow your internet speeds are – then you need help. And if you’ve got an Android, iPhone or iPad, help is delivered in the form of Fing – Network Scanner.

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SX Antivirus Kit bundles all SecurityXploded virus-hunting tools
April 23, 2014 – 05:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SecurityXPloded has announced the release of SX Antivirus Kit, a collection of its system checking and malware detection tools.

Despite the name, there’s no antivirus engine here, nothing to directly detect and remove threats. The 14 bundled programs are more focused on manual detection, helping you spot any signs of malware on your PC.

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NirSoft releases Wifi Collector – for Android?
April 22, 2014 – 06:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NirSoft has announced the release of Wifi Collector, its first Android app.

Yes: Android. NirSoft’s Nir Sofer may be best known as a prolific developer of Windows utilities, but he’s now decided to branch out into the mobile world.

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Troubleshoot application launch issues with WinPrefetchView
April 21, 2014 – 09:10 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Prefetching is an excellent Windows technology which records the files loaded when an application starts, helping the system to optimise its launch time in future.

Normally this all happens entirely in the background. But if you’re having launch problems with a particular application, or you just want to better understand how your PC works, then NirSoft’s WinPrefetchView (32-bit version here) might be able to help. (As long as you’re not using an SSD, anyway – prefetching is unnecessary and probably disabled.)

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Compress your JPEGs by up to 20% with wxPackJPG
April 20, 2014 – 06:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

JPEG compression is amazingly efficient, but while this is normally good news, it’s a little disappointing when you’re archiving. Store your JPEG library in a zip file and you’ll barely cut their size at all.

Choose a more specialist compression format, though, and the results can be very different. WxPackJPG is a graphical front end for the open source PackJPG, and it claims to compress JPEGs by up to 20%.

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Explore hidden Windows icons and bitmaps with NirSoft’s ResourcesExtract
April 19, 2014 – 16:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

The software you run on a PC may be packaged in several different formats: EXE, DLL, CPL and so on.

These file types aren’t just for executable code, though. They can also contain resources for the program can call on, as required: icons, bitmaps, cursors, videos and more.

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MediaPortal 1.7.0 FINAL adds Wake On LAN support, boosts stability
April 18, 2014 – 05:30 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

MediaPortalTeam MediaPortal has released a major update of its open-source media center for Windows. MediaPortal 1.7.0 FINAL comes with a number of beneath-the-hood changes that will affect the program going forward, including future plans for a home screen editor within MediaPortal itself.

The new build also promises enhancements to the TV and video On Screen Displays, a new Wake On LAN feature and support for accessing information about video files automatically.

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Pinnacle Studio 5 launched on iPhone, updated for iPad
April 17, 2014 – 12:08 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Pinnacle Studio iOSCorel subsidiary Pinnacle System has launched Pinnacle Studio for iPhone 5.0 alongside an updated Pinnacle Studio for iPad 5.0, which has been rebuilt with an iOS 7-themed interface and 64-bit support.

Pinnacle Studio for iPhone contains an identical feature-set to its bigger iPad brethren, explaining why its first release is version 5. Features include support for mixing video, audio and photos with Storyboard and Timeline editing features plus a wide range of tracks, effects and titles, plus 1080p HD video quality.

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Rain Alarm: a handy weather alert app that works almost anywhere
April 17, 2014 – 12:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

RainAlarm200-175As you might guess from its name, Rain Alarm is a smart app which can warn you about imminent snow or rain. That doesn’t sound too special – there are a host of tools promising to do the same thing – but this one has what it takes to stand out from the crowd.

It’s about as cross-platform as you can get, for example: there are apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows 8; add-ons for Firefox and Chrome, or you can just visit the Rain Alarm website from almost anything with a browser.

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WordPress 3.9 brings faster, easier media editing
April 17, 2014 – 08:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WordPress.org has announced the release of WordPress 3.9, a significant update which brings a host of worthwhile improvements.

Uploading your images is now as easy as dragging and dropping them into the editor. Once there, quicker access to crop and rotation tools, as well as the ability to resize them “in place”, makes for a smoother editing experience.

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Sketch 3 for Mac adds reusable Symbols and Presentation Mode, improves Export tool
April 17, 2014 – 06:08 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Sketch 3 for MacBohemian Coding has released Sketch 3.0, a major new version of its Mac vector-based design tool. Version 3.0 adds a brand new feature called Symbols, which lets users combine multi-layered objects into a reusable group.

Other changes include major improvements to the Export Tool, redesigned Text and Layer Styles, a revamped inspector and a new Presentation Mode for showing off designs in full screen.

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