Voralent’s Antelope compresses JPGs and PNGs with a click
August 30, 2014 – 05:20 | No Comment
Voralent’s Antelope compresses JPGs and PNGs with a click

Earlier this year we looked at Voralent’s JPGMini and PNGMini, easy-to-use tools which reduced JPG and PNG file sizes without affecting image quality.
The developer has now released a replacement, Antelope, which handles JPG and PNG …

Display your internet IP on the desktop with Mr.IP
August 29, 2014 – 06:48 | No Comment
Display your internet IP on the desktop with Mr.IP

Discovering your external IP address is generally very easy. Just visit a site like WhatIsMyIP.com and it’ll give you the IP, location, ISP, and a whole lot more.
If you need speedy access to this address …

Easily inspect DXF files with de-caff DXF Viewer
August 29, 2014 – 05:26 | No Comment
Easily inspect DXF files with de-caff DXF Viewer

DXF is a very popular CAD file format which has been around since 1982, so you might expect there to be plenty of good viewers around by now.
Unfortunately, the reality is very different. DXF can …

GlassWire is an easy-to-use network monitor
August 28, 2014 – 09:38 | No Comment
GlassWire is an easy-to-use network monitor

Whether you’re concerned about security, or just hoping to optimise your PC’s performance, understanding what’s accessing your internet connection can be very helpful.
Network monitors will tell you more, but they’re often targeted at experts, weighed …

KDE Mover-Sizer brings handy Linux desktop tricks to the PC
August 28, 2014 – 07:13 | No Comment
KDE Mover-Sizer brings handy Linux desktop tricks to the PC

Resizing and repositioning windows on the PC desktop is such a fundamental task that you’ll almost do it without thinking. Move the mouse to the title bar/ border, click, drag, release. Very basic, very simple …

HDD Guardian tests and monitors your hard drive health
August 27, 2014 – 09:06 | No Comment
HDD Guardian tests and monitors your hard drive health

SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a hard drive/ SSD monitoring system which reports on various reliability indicators, and sometimes highlights imminent hardware failure.
These predictions can sometimes be questionable, but SMART still has plenty …

Design stylish, detailed diagrams with yEd
August 26, 2014 – 10:46 | No Comment
Design stylish, detailed diagrams with yEd

yEd Graph Editor is an interesting free diagram designer with some unusual features.
The core interface works much like many similar applications. You’ll choose your symbols from a palette (flowchart, UML, ERD, BPNM, network, computer, more), …

Create fun photo collages in seconds with Shape Collage
August 26, 2014 – 06:36 | No Comment
Create fun photo collages in seconds with Shape Collage

Shape Collage is a photo collage tool with a difference. You’re not restricted to creating collages with the standard rectangle or “pile of photos” look: they can use whatever shape you like.
The free-for-personal-use program crams …

Mini review: Argente Utilities
August 25, 2014 – 06:33 | No Comment
Mini review: Argente Utilities

Argente Utilities is a one-stop PC maintenance suite with tools to clean, optimise, repair and generally improve your system speed and reliability.
It’s a relatively lightweight, portable package, arriving as a 7.5MB zip file, and there’s …

MultiHasher is an excellent file hash calculator
August 23, 2014 – 06:02 | No Comment
MultiHasher is an excellent file hash calculator

MultiHasher is a very well-designed file hash calculator which comes packed with essential features and functionality.
The good news starts with the download. It’s free, a compact 2.75MB and entirely portable, just unzip and run.

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

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 …