ripgrep is a fast, powerful cross-platform grep
September 28, 2016 – 08:33 | No Comment
ripgrep is a fast, powerful cross-platform grep

Once you’re used to the power of grep, regular Windows text-searching tools can seem a little, well, basic.
Fortunately there some quality alternatives around, and ripgrep is an excellent open-source project with builds available for Windows, …

Block unwanted hotkeys with Simple Disable Key
September 27, 2016 – 07:01 | No Comment
Block unwanted hotkeys with Simple Disable Key

Well-chosen hotkeys make a program much easier to use, but there can be problems: you might keep hitting one by mistake, or maybe it gives users quick access to a feature you’d rather restrict.
Simple Disable …

Navigate the galaxy with Gaia Sky
September 26, 2016 – 16:31 | No Comment
Navigate the galaxy with Gaia Sky

Gaia Sky is what the developer calls a “real-time, 3D, astronomy visualisation” package, which normally means you get to fly around like you’re in Star Trek, but with real-world deep-space images to make it more …

Protect your web privacy with ScriptSafe for Chrome
September 24, 2016 – 08:19 | No Comment
Protect your web privacy with ScriptSafe for Chrome

ScriptSafe is a free Chrome extension which has been helping users manage their web privacy for years, building up a huge list of features along the way.
The add-on can help block various content types, fingerprinting …

MathMagic Lite is a versatile equation editor
September 23, 2016 – 07:51 | No Comment
MathMagic Lite is a versatile equation editor

Math is hard to avoid, even if you’re a total mathphobe, and anyone might find they occasionally need to use an equation in a document.
High-end packages like Microsoft Word have equation editors built-in, but if …

mutool is a command-line PDF toolkit
September 20, 2016 – 07:43 | No Comment
mutool is a command-line PDF toolkit

Open-source PDF toolkit MuPDF has been under development in one form or another since 2002, and over the years it’s built up a host of document viewing, conversion and extraction features.
The package doesn’t get the …

Flico identifies landmarks in YouTube videos
September 20, 2016 – 04:22 | No Comment
Flico identifies landmarks in YouTube videos

Flico is a clever Chrome extension which can identify landmarks in YouTube videos and tell you more about them.
It’s easy to use. If you spot a landmark you don’t recognise, pause playback, click the Flico …

Boost speeds on busy PCs with Project Mercury
September 19, 2016 – 06:26 | No Comment
Boost speeds on busy PCs with Project Mercury

Modern CPUs are powerful devices which can run most applications without difficulty, but run enough processes at the same time and your performance will soon fall away.
Project Mercury (64-bit version) is a freeware tool which …

Easily switch between 20+ DNS servers with Change DNS Helper
September 18, 2016 – 14:36 | No Comment
Easily switch between 20+ DNS servers with Change DNS Helper

Switching your DNS servers can improve web performance, enhance security and help you reach some sites you can’t normally access.
It’s awkward to do this manually, but Change DNS Helper is a free tool which makes …

Simulate colour vision deficiency with Colour Simulations
September 15, 2016 – 01:32 | No Comment
Simulate colour vision deficiency with Colour Simulations

Get involved in any graphic design project and you’ll probably spend an age choosing the colour scheme– but this shouldn’t just be about personal taste.
Around 5% of the population have some form of colour vision …

NeuralStyler: Prisma for the desktop?
September 14, 2016 – 04:14 | No Comment
NeuralStyler: Prisma for the desktop?

The popular mobile app Prisma has been making headlines recently with its ability to transform images into works of art using the styles of various artists.
Now the open-source NeuralStyler is claiming to deliver similar results …