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PortableApps.com Platform 12 adds app menu, instant search, automatic app closing
August 22, 2014 – 09:35 | No Comment

John Haller’s PortableApps.com has announced the release of PortableApps.com Platform 12, a major update for the all-in-one app manager.
Right-clicking the Platform system tray icon now displays a cascading menu containing all your apps, links to …

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Transform your photos with PhotoWand (Windows 8)
August 22, 2014 – 07:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PhotoWand is a free photo effects app for Windows 8. It’s not going to compete with the desktop equivalents any time soon, but there’s more than enough power here to make it genuinely useful.

There are simple and practical tools to improve your photos, for instance, including a crop function, blur and sharpen filters, and adjustments for hue, saturation, brightness and contrast.

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View images inside archives with Honeyview
August 21, 2014 – 07:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

There are thousands of image viewers available for Windows, and the chances are you already have more than you need. Does the free Honeyview have anything to make it worth a download? Let’s see.

One immediate plus is that the program comes from Bandisoft, developer of the excellent free archiver Bandizip, and someone who knows exactly what they’re doing.

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Snap Clap takes better selfies with a clap of your hands [Android]
August 20, 2014 – 08:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

The average selfie can look a little strange, oddly framed and at a weird angle as you strain to fit everybody in. Usually no-one cares – it’s supposed to be spontaneous, that’s that point – but sometimes you just can’t get any kind of picture, no matter what you try.

Snap Clap is a simple Android app which helps out by taking a photo when you clap your hands. No stretching or contortions required, just position the camera as required, walk into shot and clap your hands. A four second countdown and a flashing light tells you Snap Clap has activated, then the photo is taken.

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Quickly access 30+ antivirus cleanup tools with Antivirus Remover
August 20, 2014 – 06:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Antivirus software installations are often complex, involving many low-level alterations to your PC and its settings. Sometimes they don’t work as they should – or the regular uninstaller fails to remove them completely – and this can leave you with all kinds of frustrating problems and system instabilities.

Security vendors often have stand-alone tools to properly remove and clean up after their products. A quick web search should point you in the right direction, but if you’re regularly cleaning up other people’s PCs then the free Antivirus Remover could save you a little time.

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Convert eBooks between 25+ formats with TEBookConverter
August 19, 2014 – 05:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

EBooks come in many different formats, and while some are easy to read anywhere (PDF, DOCX) others can be much trickier to handle outside of your regular reader (FB2, PDB). If that’s a problem, you might like to try TEBookConverter, a portable tool for Windows which converts these more awkward eBooks into something you can access just about anywhere.

The program is essentially a shell for Calibre, which immediately gives it support for 25+ common formats: djvu, docx, epub, fb2, html, mobi, pdf and more.

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Make notes, to-do lists or outlines with CherryTree
August 18, 2014 – 10:10 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CherryTree is a versatile free tool for brainstorming, planning, creating to-do lists, managing tasks, and generally keeping yourself organised.

This works much like many similar programs. You’ll create a few “nodes” – folders on a tree – to structure your ideas. Each node is effectively a separate page where you can enter whatever text notes, links, images, tables, lists, files and more.

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Get more from the command line with EventSentry SysAdmin Tools
August 18, 2014 – 07:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Although Windows has a reasonable set of command line tools, they’ve not changed much in recent years. Microsoft presumably hopes you’ll master PowerShell and build anything else you need for yourself.

Alternatively, you could just install EventSentry SysAdmin Tools, a free collection of 35+ (mostly) console-based programs to help you with various file system, network and monitoring tasks.

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HaveClip synchronises clipboards across your network
August 16, 2014 – 05:40 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

There are many ways to exchange data between applications, but the clipboard is probably the simplest. Copy here, paste there: easy.

The open-source HaveClip takes this idea to the next level by synchronising clipboards across your network. Copy text, an image, maybe a file on one computer – Windows, Mac or Linux – and it’ll be (almost) immediately available from another.

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Quickly share a folder of photos online with MyImgur
August 15, 2014 – 08:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Sharing photos online can sometimes be an awkward process, where you’re forced to visit some ad-packed website, maybe sign up for an account, then enter all your details before you can do anything at all.

Fortunately MyImgur bypasses all the usual hassles, and allows you to share a batch of photos with almost no work at all.

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Major PhotoDemon 6.4 beta adds layers, undo history, auto-adjusts, more
August 15, 2014 – 06:23 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Tanner Helland has announced the first beta for PhotoDemon 6.4, the latest edition of his open source portable photo editor. But don’t be fooled by the apparently minor version number: this is a massive update with a host of significant new features.

Strong support for layers is a highlight. PhotoDemon 6.4 gives you an unlimited number which you can hide, show, reorder, merge or duplicate as required. There are 24 blend modes on offer and you’re able to resize, rotate, mirror or flip any layer without flattening the image.

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Patients beware: Surgeon Simulator out now on Android
August 14, 2014 – 13:39 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Wannabe medical students everywhere, it’s time to rejoice: popular PC game Surgeon Simulator is finally out on Android.

As usual, you get to save the lives of your grateful patients on a daily basis. Or butcher them mercilessly; it’s your call, really.

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