Audacity 2.0.6 released, refines user interface, improves selected effects
September 30, 2014 – 07:07 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

audacity_200x175Popular open-source, cross-platform sound recording, editing and mixing tool Audacity 2.0.6 has been released. The new build contains a number of minor improvements and various bug fixes.

Most of these changes affect the user interface. Both Cut and Delete options have been moved to the top of the Edit menu, for example. The Transport menu has also been altered to offer a single Play/Stop button as well as a “Play/Stop and Set Cursor” option for leaving the cursor set where playback has halted.

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Get Chrome working again with Chrome Software Removal Tool
September 29, 2014 – 08:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Your browser’s misbehaving? It’s a common problem, and you’ve probably got your own quick fixes: delete the cache, scan for malware, remove the last add-in you installed, whatever it might be.

Now Google is offering a little extra assistance with Chrome Software Removal Tool (CSRT), a Windows beta which scans for programs known to cause problems with Chrome and offers to remove them.

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CCEnhancer 4.1 released, extends CCleaner support to hundreds of programs
September 29, 2014 – 07:31 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

CCEnhancer 4.1Ever felt frustrated by CCleaner’s relative limited support for third-party apps? Did you know you can – with a lot of care – add your own programs to its cleaning database? Does that sound a bit scary? No matter, you can add support for hundreds more programs with no fuss using a free tool called CCEnhancer 4.1.

The tool lets you easily augment the CCleaner information file with 1,000 other program options – and with the release of version 4.1, the tool makes it easier for you to add your own program entries from within CCEnhancer itself.

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Lightworks 12 brings new content manager, colour correction
September 27, 2014 – 13:03 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

EditShare has announced the release of Lightworks 12, its powerful non-linear video editor for Windows, Linux, and – at last – Mac.

The hugely extended Content Manager is a highlight. Everything is immediately accessible, there’s easier searching and filtering to help you find what you need, you can even drag and drop files directly into open bins as required.

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Acronis True Image 2015 brings new interface, faster online backups
September 26, 2014 – 16:11 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

Acronis International has unveiled Acronis True Image 2015, a significant update for its popular PC (and Mac) backup tool.

An entirely new interface makes it easier than ever to run basic backups. Choose your source – which can now be “Entire PC” – and destination, and it’s ready to go immediately.

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IObit Uninstaller 4 fully removes Windows 8 apps
September 26, 2014 – 11:16 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

IObit has announced the release of IObit Uninstaller 4, an interesting extension of its freeware program uninstaller.

The program now has the ability to completely remove Windows 8 apps. A “batch uninstall” option ditches as many as you like in a single operation, and the “Powerful Scan” tool ensures there’s no hard drive or Registry junk left behind.

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Terminals: a remote desktop client for (almost) anyone
September 26, 2014 – 07:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Windows remote desktop, VNC, telnet, SSH – there are many ways to access a remote computer, and using them all can require a whole library of networking tools.

Fortunately, there are alternatives. The open source Terminals not only handles a lengthy list of protocols – RDP, VNC, ISA, SSH, Telnet, RAS, HTTP, HTTPS – but a tabbed interface means you’re able to open and manage multiple connections simultaneously.

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CCleaner 4.18 brings Active System Monitoring to the Free edition
September 25, 2014 – 17:11 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Piriform Ltd has released CCleaner 4.18 and CCleaner Portable 4.18, the latest versions of its popular Windows cleanup tool.

This time the big addition is a limited version of Active System Monitoring, a smart feature previously reserved for the commercial CCleaner Professional. Turn it on and CCleaner monitors your system, checking for junk, and lets you know when it’s time to clean up.

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ACDSee 18 and Pro 8 bring smarter, easier photo editing
September 25, 2014 – 14:00 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ACD Systems has unveiled the latest versions of its flagship photo editors, ACDSee 18 ($79.99, $39.99 upgrade) and ACDSee Pro 8 ($199.99, $59.99 upgrade).

Both editions include a new Explorer extension, PicaView, which previews an image from its context menu and launches ACDSee with a click.

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Cyotek Gif Animator adds sprite sheet creator, WebP support
September 25, 2014 – 10:27 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Cyotek has announced the release of Gif Animator, an updated beta of its ultra-configurable GIF creator.

The program can now export any or all of your animation frames as a sprite sheet, with your choice of columns, rows, margins, spacing and more (there’s WebP format support, too).

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 released, focus on more automatic features
September 25, 2014 – 07:40 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Photoshop Elements 13Adobe has released Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Adobe Premiere Elements 13, brand new versions of its consumer-level photo-editing and video-editing suites.

Version 13 remain standalone tools – allowing users to purchase them outright – and come with a number of new and improved features to build on previous updates.

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