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Quick review: VX Search 5.12
July 28, 2015 – 07:52 | No Comment
Quick review: VX Search 5.12

Windows Search has plenty of power these days, and there’s a whole library of capable freeware if you need more, so is there really any reason why you should bother with the free-for-personal-use VX Search?
We …

Explore your family tree with FTAnalyzer 5
July 28, 2015 – 05:38 | No Comment
Explore your family tree with FTAnalyzer 5

Genealogy sites like Ancestry are great for presenting family trees, taking all that raw data and presenting it in a straightforward graphical form.
But if you want to really understand your tree, to spot problems, links, …

Plan projects, brainstorm and share ideas with MindMaple Lite
July 27, 2015 – 04:56 | No Comment
Plan projects, brainstorm and share ideas with MindMaple Lite

MindMaple Lite is a free application for generating mind maps, project plans, running brainstorming sessions, and generally helping to organise, present and share your ideas.
Download and installation is straightforward – no registration, adware or other …

Instantly invert your screen colours with NegativeScreen
July 24, 2015 – 05:33 | No Comment
Instantly invert your screen colours with NegativeScreen

Optimising your PC’s screen colours cuts eyestrain, reduces headaches, and helps you sleep at nights. It can be surprisingly easy, too – set up a program like SunsetScreen and it works largely automatically.
There may still …

Get your finances under control with Yapbam
July 23, 2015 – 08:47 | No Comment
Get your finances under control with Yapbam

Managing your money can be complicated, tedious, time-consuming. It’s tempting to just leave your accounts to look after themselves, and if your finances aren’t too tight then you might get away with that. For a …

Microsoft’s new “Send” is “instant emailing” for Office 365
July 23, 2015 – 03:59 | No Comment
Microsoft’s new “Send” is “instant emailing” for Office 365

Microsoft’s Garage group has released Send, a quick and easy iOS app for sending SMS-like short emails via Office 365 and school email accounts. No subject lines, no signatures, it’s essentially an instant messaging program …

Easily print custom image thumbnails with Primg
July 22, 2015 – 13:25 | No Comment
Easily print custom image thumbnails with Primg

Windows provides many ways to browse a folder of images, but it’s much less flexible when it comes to printing. Typically you’ll have to print your pictures one at a time, or make do with …

CyberLink launches Media Suite 13
July 22, 2015 – 11:17 | No Comment
CyberLink launches Media Suite 13

CyberLink Corporation has released Media Suite 13, its comprehensive do-everything collection of multimedia software.
Highlights include the leading consumer video editor PowerDirector 13, PowerDVD 15 for media playback, and an excellent image editor in PhotoDirector 6.

Microsoft ships stand-alone Android Emulator
July 21, 2015 – 07:11 | No Comment
Microsoft ships stand-alone Android Emulator

Microsoft has released the final build of Visual Studio Emulator for Android, which despite its name, doesn’t install or require Visual Studio: just Windows 8+ with Hyper-V.
The big disadvantage of the package is still the …

MobaXterm 8.0 adds PuTTY engine, credentials, PowerShell support
July 20, 2015 – 13:09 | No Comment
MobaXterm 8.0 adds PuTTY engine, credentials, PowerShell support

All-in-one remote networking toolkit MobaXterm 8.0 has shipped with the ability to create credentials for multiple sessions.
The latest build is packed with technology derived from the open source PuTTY, including the SSH/ telnet/ rlogin/ serial …

Pattern-lock Android apps with ES App Locker
July 20, 2015 – 07:06 | No Comment
Pattern-lock Android apps with ES App Locker

Android devices have plenty of security options – passwords, PINs, pattern locks – but they’re mostly about blocking access to the entire system. Get past the lock screen, and if a friend picks up your …