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IObit Game Assistant 3 adds game “Boost”
May 22, 2015 – 10:27 | No Comment

IObit has launched IObit Game Assistant 3, a major update for its simple game launcher/ monitor/ manager.
The program automatically recognises more than 4,000 games, and its launcher can now – at last – organise them …

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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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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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Panda Global Protection 2016 beta now available
May 19, 2015 – 12:58 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Panda Global Protection 2016Panda Security has announced the first public beta of Panda Global Protection 2016, a revamp of its comprehensive all-round security suite.

The new release provides enhanced wifi protection, detecting and alerting you to potential vulnerabilities.

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Process Hacker 2.35 released
May 19, 2015 – 07:42 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Process HackerFabulous PC monitoring tools Process Hacker and Process Hacker Portable have been updated to version 2.35 with some welcome extras and enhancements.

One major addition is support for viewing the load time and load reasons for process modules, on Windows 8 and above. If a long-running process like Explorer.exe is developing problems, you can now sort its modules by load time to get clues about the cause.

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View 100s of retro graphics formats with RECOIL
May 19, 2015 – 04:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

RECOILViewing images is easy these days. No matter which platform you’re on, or what application you’re running, just about everyone uses the same standard formats, and these can typically be displayed on your device’s native viewer, with no need to install anything else.

In the early days of computing, 30+ years ago, it was different. There was no JPG, no PNG, so companies like Atari and Commodore had their own graphic formats. Even these weren’t fixed, with new variations all the time, which makes it very difficult if you’d like to view any of them on a modern computer.

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EncFSMP: a real cross-platform encryption tool
May 18, 2015 – 11:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

EncFSMPEncrypting your most confidential files can be very easy, at least with the right application. Create a container; choose a password; drag, drop, done.

Sharing those containers is often more difficult, especially if the recipient needs to install a copy of your original encryption tool, and it’s not available for their platform.

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Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12 adds Windows 10 support
May 18, 2015 – 09:41 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Ashampoo WinOptimizerGerman developer Ashampoo has announced the release of Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12 ($49.99), its hugely comprehensive all-in-one PC maintenance toolkit.

Extended drive and internet cleaners work to free up more hard drive space. They can optimise multiple user accounts in a single operation, too – no need to log into each account individually.

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Extract, convert and process your PDFs with PDF MultiTool
May 16, 2015 – 09:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PDF MultiToolPDF MultiTool” sounds like it’s going to be yet another PDF toolkit: the usual set of basic functions, none of which work very well, which only exists at all because the developer hopes you’ll install its assorted toolbars.

But no: this really is different. There’s no adware here, no toolbars or similar irritations, and the feature list includes plenty of interesting extras which you’ll rarely find elsewhere.

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