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AlomWare Reset: for when rebooting is just too slow
July 4, 2015 – 08:34 | No Comment
AlomWare Reset: for when rebooting is just too slow

If your PC seems sluggish after a lengthy session then you might reboot to free up resources, get a clean start. But it could take a while, with perhaps minutes of disk thrashing as various …

Windows 10 Build 10162 edges towards the finish line
July 3, 2015 – 12:00 | No Comment
Windows 10 Build 10162 edges towards the finish line

Microsoft has announced the release of Windows 10 Build 10162 to the Fast ring.
Gabe Aul’s blog post on the release said the company was “focused at this point on bug fixing and final polish”, …

Capture, edit and share webpage screenshots with qSnap
July 3, 2015 – 09:00 | No Comment
Capture, edit and share webpage screenshots with qSnap

Taking a screenshot of what you can see on a computer is easy. Capturing something larger than the screen – in particular, a lengthy web page – is much more of a challenge, and even …

Scan pages as searchable PDFs with NAPS2
July 3, 2015 – 05:23 | No Comment
Scan pages as searchable PDFs with NAPS2

Earlier this year we wrote about NAPS2 (Not Another PDF Scanner 2), a tiny open source tool which could scan documents to PDF, TIFF and other file formats. We liked the program’s simplicity and ease …

Scan for local wifi with Acrylic WiFi Free
July 2, 2015 – 10:54 | No Comment
Scan for local wifi with Acrylic WiFi Free

If your wifi isn’t performing well then using a scanner to check for competing networks can often tell you more.
Unsure where to begin? Acrylic WiFi Free claims to be “the most advanced WLAN Scanner”, which …

Imagina is a professional photo processor for Windows
July 2, 2015 – 06:33 | No Comment
Imagina is a professional photo processor for Windows

With so many image viewers and editors available for the PC, it’s not easy for developers to make their product stand out. Some try to win you over with the sheer quantity of features, but …

Shrink your PDFs with PDF to DjVu GUI
July 1, 2015 – 11:53 | No Comment
Shrink your PDFs with PDF to DjVu GUI

At first glance, “PDF to DjVu GUI” doesn’t sound like the most promising of programs. Convert documents from one of the most commonly supported formats ever, to something most people don’t know at all? If …

iTunes 12.2 brings Apple Music to the desktop
July 1, 2015 – 07:00 | No Comment
iTunes 12.2 brings Apple Music to the desktop

Apple has released iTunes 12.2, bringing Apple Music and the new Beats 1 radio station to OS X and Windows.
Additions include the new Connect, a sort-of social networking service where artists share “thoughts, photos, music …

DNS Jumper 2.0 brings turbo DNS testing
June 30, 2015 – 12:04 | No Comment
DNS Jumper 2.0 brings turbo DNS testing

Sordum has released DNS Jumper 2.0, an update of its freeware DNS changer for Windows.
New startup options mean you can have the program load along with Windows, test for the fastest DNS server and apply …

Track & edit video objects with Sensarea
June 30, 2015 – 09:03 | No Comment
Track & edit video objects with Sensarea

Most video editors provide various effects you can apply to a movie, maybe tweaking its brightness, contrast or colours. But typically these filters work with the entire frame only, which seriously limits their usefulness.
Sensarea is …

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11 released
June 29, 2015 – 13:10 | No Comment
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11 released

Xara Group has announced the release of Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11, its one-stop photo editor, graphic design and publishing tool for Windows Vista+.
Art Brushes are a highlight, a new technology which smoothly stretches …