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Malwarebytes 3.0 aims to replace your antivirus
December 8, 2016 – 14:31 | No Comment

Malwarebytes has released Malwarebytes 3.0, a new package which combines its anti-malware, anti-exploit, anti-ransomware and web protection technologies.
You won’t see most of these in the free version, unfortunately. That’s still strictly on-demand anti-malware only, although …

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Style offers Prisma-like photo styling for the desktop
December 8, 2016 – 11:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

StyleDesktop image editors have been offering effects like “Oil Painting” and “Pencil Sketch” for years, without anyone paying much attention, but the rise of the smartphone has created a whole new market for these photo-transforming tricks.

Style is a Prisma-like tool for Windows and Mac which converts regular photos into works of art using various classic styles.

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Snipaste: screen capture for designers
December 8, 2016 – 05:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SnipasteSnipaste is an unusual developer and designer-oriented screen capture tool for Windows.

Basic operations are simple and you’ll feel at home right away. Press a hotkey, left-click and drag to capture a rectangular area: easy.

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Get 10 free Photoshop plugins with Auto FX Free
December 7, 2016 – 06:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Auto FX FreeAuto FX Free is a free collection of 10 free Photoshop plugins which can also be used stand-alone.

The effects include Focal Zoom, Light Brush, Lighten and Sharpen, Mood Lighting, Soften Details, Vitality, Dreamy Photo, Mosaic, Abstract Edges and Photo Border.

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Manage, view and annotate your PDFs with Gaaiho Reader 4.0
December 6, 2016 – 08:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Gaaiho ReaderGaaiho Reader is a lightweight and feature-packed PDF reader for Windows.

The program opens with a more cluttered interface than Adobe Reader – menus, buttons, sidebars – but basic viewing remains very straightforward.

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B.S. Detector highlights “fake” news links and sites
December 5, 2016 – 10:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

B.S. DetectorA busy Facebook feed could be crammed with all kinds of articles and news headlines, but are they genuine, or propaganda, or hoaxes, or something else entirely?

B.S. Detector is a free extension for Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Safari and Edge which claims it can help.

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DevDocs is an offline developer’s documentation browser for Chrome
December 4, 2016 – 04:28 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DevDocsYou’re working in your browser, testing some new web development project, but there’s a problem. And you’ve no idea why. So you open some documentation in a separate browser tab, more in your development environment, maybe a separate PDF or two until you find whatever you need.

Alternatively, you could just install DevDocs, a free Chrome app which gives you speedy access to documentation for 190 technologies from one interface.

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SpeedCrunch is a simple but powerful scientific calculator
December 3, 2016 – 09:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SpeeddCrunchSpeedCrunch is a keyboard-based scientific calculator which is easy to use, yet still has the power that advanced users need.

The program is both open-source and portable, which means no real setup hassles. Just unzip the download and run speedcrunch.exe to begin.

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Identify mystery file types with TrID-Net
December 2, 2016 – 11:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

TrIDNetIdentifying a file type is often very easy. A glance at the icon gives you a general idea – VLC Media Player tells you it’s a media file, for instance – and the extension tells you everything else.

Life isn’t always that simple, though. File extensions might be lost, changed, or maybe you’ve just found a mystery file in a folder somewhere and would like to know what it is.

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Dimensions 2 Folders organises images by height, width, more
December 1, 2016 – 09:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Dimensions 2 FoldersIf you’re working on a document or design template then you’ll often need images of a specific resolution or aspect ratio, but finding matching pictures on your own system might take a little work.

One option is to add a few extra columns to Explorer. Go to the Pictures folder, right-click a column header, select More and add items like “Dimensions” (1920×1080) or Horizontal/ Vertical Resolution (xxx dpi).

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Get regular “take a break” reminders with stretchly
November 30, 2016 – 07:42 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

stretchlyStretchly is an open-source tool which displays regular “take a break” reminders when you’re working on your PC, Linux system or Mac.

There are plenty of similar tools around, but stretchly has some unusual touches which help it stand out from the crowd.

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Automatically map the network drives you need with Network Drive Control
November 29, 2016 – 15:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Network Drive ControlSet up your own home network and you can have Explorer automatically map any remote drives you like, whenever you log on.

Connect to another network, though, and Explorer will still try to connect to the drives that aren’t there, along with drives for work, school, or whatever else you might have set up.

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